Jenn Grant. Photo: Dee Dee Morris

EDM, flamenco and opera are just the tip of the musical iceberg this April in Calgary 

Pavel Kolesnikov In Recital 

With a variety of waltzes and nocturnes, this recital from award-winning pianist Pavel Kolesnikov will be a magical evening of music. April 2, 7:30 pm at the Rozsa Centre, 206 University Court NW, honens.com/

Lil Xan 

Kick off the first weekend of April with a bang when SoundCloud rapper Lil Xan brings his hard-hitting rap and emotional lyrics to Calgary as a part of “The Return” tour. April 5, 10 pm at Modern Love, 613 11 Ave SW, modern-love.ca/

Sled Island All-Ager Rager

This multi-venue musical bash is a chance for people of all ages to get a taste of what Sled Island is all about. You might even catch the writer of this article headlining the Pin-Bar show with his band, Brain Bent! April 6, 2 pm at Pin-Bar (501 17 Ave SW), Sloth Records (736B 17 Ave SW), and Loophole Coffee Bar (750 10 St SW), sledisland.com/

Anastassiia Alexander + Ricardo Sanchez

An explosion of Flamenco guitar and dance will take over the Congress stage during this all-ages event. April 7, 2 pm at Congress Coffee Company, 1A-215 36 Ave NE, congresscoffeeyyc.com/

Jenn Grant 

Presented by the Calgary Folk Music Festival, Jenn Grant’s eclectic blend of piano songwriting and indie-pop soul will light up Calgary’s historic Inglewood district. Learn more about Festival
Hall in our venue profile on page 28. April 12, 8 pm at Festival Hall, 1215 10 Ave SE, calgaryfolkfest.com/ 

TEMPO: A Symphony of EDM

Performed by the Electronic Symphonia orchestra, TEMPO is an exciting mashup of electronic dance music and elegant classical instrumentation.  April 13, 9 pm at The Palace, 219 8 Avenue SW, thepalacetheatre.ca/

Eagles Double Header

In a fun coincidence, Calgarians will have two chances to celebrate The Eagles in April – much to the chagrin of The Dude. Arts Commons will pay tribute to the legendary rock band when their Classic Albums Live series takes on “Their Greatest Hits,” including Hotel California. Speaking of Hotel California, a cover band of the same name that bills itself as “The Original Eagles Tribute” band recreates the eponymous band’s smooth soft rock to the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino. There’s plenty of room at the Hotel California any time of year… but especially in April. 

April 18, 7:30 pm at Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 8 Ave SE, artscommons.ca 

April 27, 6:30 pm at Grey Eagle Resort & Casino, 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, greyeagleresortandcasino.ca/ 

Blue Jay Sessions

Singer-songwriters across a variety of genres come together for a weekend of intimate live performances, with Sunday featuring local drag queen superstar Valerie Hunt as host. April 19-20 at 6 pm, April 21 at 11:30 am at The Prairie Emporium, 334 53rd Ave SE, theprairieemporium.com/  

Corrupt w/ Prayer Handz and Niteshade 

Get ready for speaker-blasting bass and hip-shaking grooves when UK electronic artist Corrupt lands in Calgary. April 20, 9 pm at Sub Rosa, http://subrosayyc.com/200 8 Ave SW, subrosayyc.com/ 

Tori Kelly

The Calgary stop of Tori Kelly’s “Purple Skies” tour promises an electric night of soulful singing and irresistibly catchy pop music. April 21, 8 pm at Macewan Hall, 434 Collegiate Blvd NW, machallconcerts.com/ 

Das Rheingold

Calgary Opera presents the first part of
Wagner’s epic Ring cycle of mythological operas, with powerful music from The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. April 20, 24 and 26, 7:30 pm at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Ave NW, calgaryopera.com/

Insomnium with Omnium Gatherum and Wilderun

Metal heads are in for a treat when Finnish metal band Insomnium makes a rare Calgary appearance this month. April 22, 7 pm at Dickens Pub, 1000 9 Ave SW, dickensyyc.com

International Jazz Days Festival

From an album release show for Delirium Street Party Brass to an Ironwood performance from the Tina Hartt Quintet, this multi-day shindig promises to be as bold as the music it celebrates.  April 26 – 30, Multiple venues, jazzyyc.com

Cody Johnson

The country anthems of Cody Johnson’s “The Leather Tour” will be a great way to enjoy a little Stampede spirit in the spring. May 2, 7:30 pm at Scotiabank Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise SE, scotiabanksaddledome.com