Spirits and Songs Tour

The Cool Little Towns on Calgary’s Doorstep are alive with the sounds of music….


DRIVING TIME
approx. 2.25 hours
ROUNDTRIP FROM SOUTH CALGARY
approx. 197 KM

The Spirits & Songs tour will take you through the rolling Foothills to Alberta’s first craft distillery and licensed cafés under open skies. Experience local and internationally renowned live music in a wide range of venues from street corners, to outdoor patios;  from wide open fields to western saloons; and if you time your visit just right, you might even catch some foot tapping tunes played in an authentic outdoor bandstand

If you are traveling on the weekend and love the idea of classic rock, country, hip hop, alternative and other kinds of music you will find a rich musical scene just outside the city, right on Calgary’s doorstep.

Here’s a Cool Little List of our own locally made Beer & Wine & Spirits – with a little bit of song thrown in for good measure – The Cool Little Towns south of Calgary are home to Alberta’s first craft distillery, a handful of microbreweries and even a couple of honey wine meaderies, not to mention enough memorable taprooms, cafes, bistros and bars to keep your weekends activity filled, all season long…

Take in a distillation or fermentation demonstration, Quench your thirst with a cocktail served in a tall cool glass wet with condensation – just remember if you’re driving then indulge with moderation

Check out what we make

Turner Valley:

Visit Eau Claire Distillery – Alberta’s First Craft Distillery in Turner Valley and sample some of their exquisite farm to glass spirits. Their behind the scenes tours and tasting events give visitors a fascinating insight into how spirits are made. This unique facility is one of the most talked about new tourist attractions in Alberta – right on Calgary’s doorstep. Their calendar is full of tour times and fun events.

Fahr Away Brewery – Traditional German Beer.  Strictly brewed in Alberta.  Opening soon in Turner Valley.

Black Diamond:

Hard Knox Brewery –  The Hard Knox Brewery is a destination where you will not only experience the exceptional beers created by brewmaster Isaac Privett, but also enjoy an atmosphere created with 80-year-old barn board and shiplap, tables handcrafted from a 70-year-old bowling lane, a stunning copper top bar along with antiques and history of the area displayed through pictures. They strive to hand harvest specialty ingredients such as spruce tips, wild berries and other vegetation that is local to the area.  This allows them to create exceptional beers with a truly Alberta flavor to them.

MD of Foothills:

From paupers and princes, to pirates and Viking hoards, mead has been shaping the tales told at night for millennia, and some of the best mead (aka honey wine) in Canada is made at two distinct meaderies, right here in our Cool Little Towns. While roaming the region, be sure to schedule tours of both Spirit Hills Honey Winery, and the Chinook Arch Meadery and savour some samples of this nectar of the gods.

High River:

High River Brewing Co  –  “They didn’t set out to build a brewery in High River, rather they set out to build High River’s brewery.  Their taproom is a place to celebrate with old friends and toast to new ones.  It’s a place to share stories of triumph, folklore and legend.  They brew the beers you’ll be drinking when you’re living out your next great story to tell.”

…. And what about those Songs??

Black Diamond:

The Westwood Restaurant in the heart of Black Diamond boasts “Good Folk serving tasty locally sourced food”. This fabulous restaurant opened in 2017 and hosts live music performances – “A small but mighty venue”,  Visit their website to see who plays next

The Black Diamond Hotel was built in 1929 and was the first establishment to offer food, drinks and lodging.  The hotel is still a centre of Black Diamond’s social activity with great food, service and entertainment.  It is the live entertainment that finds the Black Diamond Bar at its very best, one of those great moments that will linger in your memory for a long time.”

 Nanton:

A night at the Auditorium Hotel (affectionately nicknamed “the Odd”), will almost certainly be a night to remember for your and your friends – from its frequent playbill of above-average musicians jamming on the corner stage, to its crazy menagerie of ancient taxidermy; from the friendly ghosts to the company of regular characters whose names are carved into the tables if the walls of this 110+ year old hotel bar could talk – BOY the stories they’d tell! Weekly jam sessions and steak night on Thursdays along with frequent weekend performances by some incredibly talented and often legendary musicians.

Longview:

Twin Cities Hotel & Saloon – “You would be hard pressed to find a better way to spend your Sunday afternoon. Smooth unplugged music performances by random musicians from all over Alberta every Sunday from 2:00pm – 6:00pm. This event is usually a full house so show up early!”

Bragg Creek:

Powderhorn Saloon – “Every Friday night, the Powderhorn Saloon hosts the best party in town with Live Music, dancing and drink specials. Show starts at 8pm & goes till late. Don’t miss our Open Jams on Thursday nights at 7pm and the 1st Saturday of the month at 5pm.  All Welcome!”

Okotoks:

In Cahoots Bar & Grill – OPEN MIC ACOUSTIC JAM – “Have you been looking to show off your vocal skills? Practicing an instrument and can’t wait let loose on stage? This is the PERFECT opportunity for you.  Every Wednesday Night 8 pm-Late  Live Music with Local Talent creating the perfect Wednesday Night recipe!!”

The George Okotoks – Open Mic Night, Every other Thursday  – The George Traditional House was built in 2005 and has been a community favorite in Okotoks ever since.  They believe in supporting local, highlighting local artists, sourcing local food when possible and supporting local charities. Whether they’re bringing back your favorite band, raising money for charity… or a party to show their appreciation. You can find it all on their social media and website.

 

  • Seeking to make a memorable impression with that special someone?  This tour spirit-filled could be just what you are looking for – an afternoon full of unique experiences… that might even linger on into the night.

  • Do you and your friends love live music played in intimate venues?  Do you thrive on discovering new bands or get nostalgic partying to old favourites? If you answer yes to any of these, then grab a group and get out of town – THIS is the tour for you!!

If Music Fests are what excite you and the gang – check out this selection of BUSKERS & FESTIVALS & CONCERTS – OH MY!