Where Are Concerts Held?
The home of the Nickelodeon is the Crescent Heights Community Hall, 1101 – 2nd Street NW in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It is located in Crescent Heights Park at the corner of Second Street and Eleventh Avenue NW.
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All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 7:00. Rush seating is the rule, with the following exception: season’s ticket holders who arrive early will be given preferential admission from 6:50 to 7:00 P.M. Our ticket capacity is 193 patrons, and 110 are season’s ticket holders.
How Do I Get There?
From out of town: Calgary is divided into four quadrants, northwest, northeast,
southwest and southeast. The Trans-Canada Highway becomes 16th Avenue North in
Calgary. There is a signed turnoff onto 16th Avenue North from the north-south running #2 Highway.
Once you are in town: To find the hall, get to 16th Avenue NW, then turn south at the traffic light at Fourth Street NW. After four blocks, 4th Street dead ends and you will turn left onto 12th Avenue. Head east for a couple blocks until you hit the four way stop sign at 2nd Street. Turn right, and a block in front of you is a parking lot. The Crescent Heights Community Hall is located on the west side of this lot. Unless there is a big event at the school or curling club next door, there is usually ample parking available.
A Typical Night at the Nickelodeon
Our ticket capacity is 193 patrons. Seats for Nickelodeon concerts are available on a “first-come, first serve” basis. Our season ticket holders have priority admittance if they arrive between 6:50 and 7:00 pm. At 7:00 the doors are open for general admission.
The Nick is a non-smoking and cell-phone free venue. We appreciate the cooperation of our audience in abiding by this policy and trust that it makes the club’s atmosphere
The hall is set up with tables and chairs downstairs and rows of chairs in the balcony. An evening at the Nick is a combination of enjoying music and socializing. Prior to the show and during our two breaks, liquid refreshments (beer, wine, coolers, liquor, pop, juice, tea and coffee) and food (entrees, soups, appetizers, popcorn and spectacular desserts) are available at the bar.Liquor tickets must be purchased at the refreshment ticket table.
Patrons generally mingle and visit with friends old and new after they have secured
their seats. Coffee and tea drinking patrons are encouraged to bring their own
Near the front entrance, product tables offer CD’s by our featured
performers. Most performers are happy to autograph their CD’s after the show.
Our good friends from the Canadian Society For Traditional Music are usually on
hand with a selection of tapes, CD’s and books by hard-to-find Canadian
performers. Tickets for ALL of our fall or new year’s shows in our Nickelodeon season are available at the ticket table – after the first set.
When the lights go down, our artistic director will take the stage to welcome
you to the club. There are often announcements of upcoming performances and
events made at this time. Our opening acts perform one 40 minute set. These
feature Alberta-based artists, as well as touring performers from further
afield. Some of these performers may be appearing at their first concert
engagement and some may be old hands on the folk circuit. The Nick believes in
performer development and considers the opening sets to be opportunities for
upcoming performers to develop their craft. A glance through the Nickelodeon’s
past performers will show that a great many of our past openers are now
Our headline performers are chosen from the vast world of touring folk
musicians. A typical Nick season will generally feature a majority of Canadian
performers, although acts from the U.S. and Great Britain are presented from
time to time. A season’s roster will typically feature a few old favorites,
back for a return visit and a few acts that have never played at the club or in
Calgary before. Taking a chance on an act you’ve never heard of is highly
recommended. Remember, the Nick was the first Calgary club to present Ani
DiFranco, Laura Love, The Mollys, Connie Kaldor, Stephen Fearing, Fred
Eaglesmith, Lynn Miles, David Francey, The Duhks, Le Vent du Nord, The Bills,
Harry Manx, Tracy Grammer and many more.
The Nickelodeon wishes to thank the Calgary Arts Development and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for their generous support. We also wish to acknowledge airplay support of our performers on CKUA and CJSW.
The Nickelodeon is a volunteer-operated, non-profit organization. The Nick appreciates the countless hours dedicated by our volunteers. Without their work these special nights would not be possible.
History: (a work in progress)
The Nick was founded in 1980 by the members of what would become the Nick house band, Plug Nickel and their friends. Plug Nickel was initially comprised of Bob de Wolff, Al Williams, Don Gowan, J.P.Huang and Barb Herbutt.
The Nick was the fourth volunteer-run folk club to be established in Calgary after the Calgary Folk Club, Rocky Mountain Folk Club and Saturday Night Special. The intention of our founders was to include a broader selection of performers and musical genres in the Nick line-up, hence the name Nickelodeon Music Club.
The first Nick concert took place at the Ramsay Community Hall on January 19, 1980 featuring houseband Plug Nickel, Edmonton swing band Fat Chants and guitar wizard, Bob Evans. That first “season” presented 7 concerts and among others, featured the debut of Connie Kaldor, Ken Hamm and David Essig to the Calgary folk club scene.
Nickelodeon Music Club – Headliners (3 in 1 night acts are included)
Ad Vielle Que Pourra
Anderson & Brown
The Arrogant Worms
Marc Atkinson Trio
Del Barber & The Profiteers
Better Late Than Never
Willie P. Bennett
The Bill Hilly Band (later The Bills)
Bourne & Johnson
Bourne & MacLeod
Bourne & Madagascar Slim
Bill Bourne with Eivor Palsdottir
brava (Cindy Church /Laura Smith/ Susan Crowe)
Michael Jerome Browne
CFMA Nominees (Dawn & Marra / Jorge Miguel / Rebecca Lappa / Sora)
Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer
Chuck & Albert
Cindy Church & Susan Crowe
The Clumsy Lovers
Susan Crowe w/ John Reischman
The D. Rangers
Carlos del Junco (also with The Blues Mongrels)
Duck Donald Band
Luke Doucet & Melissa McClelland (later called Whitehorse)
Electric Bonsai Band
Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt
Evans & Doherty
Fear of Drinking
Rick Fines & Suzie Vinnick
Archie Fisher with Garnet Rogers (U. Of C. Concert)
Roy Forbes & Connie Kaldor
Cate Friesen/Katherine Wheatley
Amos Garrett Acoustic Trio
Amos Garrett Jazz Trio
Bill Garrett & Curly Boy Stubbs
The Good Lovelies
John Gorka & Susan Werner
The Great Western Orchestra
Halpin & McConnville
John Wort Hannam
The Harbord Trio
House of Doc
Dakota Dave Hull & Sean Blackburn
James Hill & Anne Janelle
Ron Kavana Trio
Christine Lavin (& Don White)
Laurie Lewis & Grant St.
Little Miss Higgins
Laura Love Band
Laura Love Duo
Barry & Lyn Luft
Rita MacNeil (Jack Singer Concert Hall)
Mae Moore & Lester Quitzau
Mystic Sons of the Coyotes
Palace Banjo Band
Pan Canadian New Folk Ensemble (Kim Barlow, Christine Fellows, Old Man Leudecke)
Lester Quitzau Trio
Red Clay Ramblers
John Reischman & the Jaybirds
Pharis & Jason Romero
Santa Fe River Band
Karen Savoca w/ Pete Heitzman
Scarlett Washington & Whiteley
Scatter The Mud
Spirit of the West
Orrin Star & Gary Mehaluk
The Steel Wheels
Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project
The Stray Birds
Sultans of String
Sweetgrass (Bill Bourne & Jim Morrison)
The Sweet Lowdown
Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra
The Tiller’s Folly
Lucy Blue Tremblay
Guy Van Duser & Billy Novick
Le Vent Du Nord
The Wailin’ Jennys
Wendell & Wheat
Diamond Joe White
Wild Colonial Boys
The Wild Turkeys
The Wyrd Sisters
Zubot & Dawson