White Rock may not be the first place you think of when you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy live music, but you’re in for a surprise! Not only is White Rock an awesome spot for live music, there are many great joints where you can enjoy a meal and a live performance, but it’s also the home of Blue Frog Studios, Canada’s hottest live recording theatre. Read on for where to enjoy White Rock’s live music scene.
Blue Frog is a state-of-the-art concert theatre that was originally designed as a large commercial recording studio that just happened to fit an 80-piece orchestra. In 2010 the studio hosted it’s first concert, with Grammy Award winning artist, Dan Hill and were pleasantly surprised when all 3 shows sold out. Since the Dan Hill concert, Blue Frog has played host to about 150 concerts per year with many of them recorded as live albums.
In 2014, San Francisco Band, Jefferson Starship visited the studio for a world-wide live stream broadcast for Earth Day, which was followed by a DVD video shoot for Alfie Zappacosta. In recent months, the studio has announced BLUE FROG LIVE with live streaming of their concerts, which expands their audience beyond the 100 sought-after seats in the studio, to thousands of viewers from around the globe.
Whether you are visiting for the first time or are a regular guest, your eyes and ears will be treated to some of the best performances White Rock has to offer! Click here for a complete list of upcoming concerts.
Can’t make it to a Blue Frog performance? Not to worry, there are other awesome options for enjoying White Rocks live music scene:
Bin 101 Wine & Tapas Bar
Bin 101 has a pianist tickling the ivories of the baby grand piano every Friday and Saturday night from 7:00 – 11:00pm. The music is primarily blues, jazz or contemporary and the artists rotate weekly. And every Wednesday, guests enjoy live jazz with Juno winner Gabriel Mark Hasselbach. If the music moves you, feel free to get up and dance as they also have a dance floor.
Washington Avenue Grill
The Washington Avenue Grill, or the WAG as some locals call it, has live music 4 nights a week. Wednesdays feature Jani Jakovac on piano and vocals, while Thursdays to Saturdays see a variety of talented musicians being featured. Enjoy dinner with upbeat, lively music and a killer view!
West Beach Bar & Grill
West Beach Bar & Grill has a long history of bringing awesome local acts to White Rock. Every Thursday through Sunday sit back and enjoy jazz, blues and classic rock. They have an extensive menu specializing in dishes that reflect the diverse cultural heritage in Canada … think perogies and schnitzel or butter chicken and chicken fried rice!
LOCALz on Marine
One of White Rock’s newest spots. LOCALz on Marine offers up live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The music is often classic rock or reggae, so grab a table or a spot at the bar and enjoy a classically crafted cocktail and some appetizers and enjoy the show.
Rock City Burgers
In addition to having one of the best burgers in White Rock, Rock City Burgers is the spot for making your own music! also has awesome live music. Every Tuesday from 9:00 pm – 12:00 am they have a mic where you can let loose and show the restaurant what you’ve got!
Barrique Kitchen & Wine Bar
Barrique Kitchen & Wine Bar has live music on the occasional Friday night from 5:00pm – 8:30 pm. Keep up to date on their Instagram to see what weeks they have it and enjoy your live music with some delicious French inspired cuisine, you won’t want to miss it.
Oceanside Public House
Head to Oceanside Public House for live acoustic music every Friday evening from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm.The genre of music varies every week so be sure to check out their website before you head over. And, if karaoke is your thing, don’t miss Karaoke Mondays!