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Zaphod’s, best live music club in Canada? You decide.

By François Levesque on February 24, 2009

Photo courtesy of Blurasis on Flickr

Photo courtesy of Blurasis on Flickr

You may be one of the many Canadian music fans following CBC Radio3 Searchlight – Best Live Music Club contest. The competition has been going on for a few weeks now, and we are down to the top 10.

At the beginning of the competition, the Ottawa area was relatively well represented with the likes of Babylon, Mavericks, Blacksheep Inn and others. Now there’s only one O-town destination left: York Street’s own  Zaphod Beeblebrox.

Zaphod’s is an great place to check up-and-coming acts from all over Canada, but looking at their past gigs there is amazing diversity ranging from K’naan to the Dandy Warhols to Malajube to Jeff Buckley. According to patrons, it’s a great place to go because you are close to the action, there’s good acoustics and, if you’re lucky enough, you might just get to meet the band members after their set. Just ask our friend Ming!

Curious about the others on the top 10? In alphabetical order they are:

  • Aeolian Hall, London, ON
  • Amigo’s Cantina, Saskatoon, SK
  • Baba’s Lounge, Charlottetown, PE
  • Call The Office, London, ON
  • The Capital Bar, Fredericton, NB
  • George’s Fabulous Roadhouse, Sackville, NB
  • The Grad Club, Kingston, ON
  • The Phog Lounge, Windsor, ON
  • The Starlight Social Club, Waterloo, ON

It’s all about bragging rights It’s partly for bragging rights but sources tell me the winner will recieve CBC Merchandise, Sirius radio and a CBC Radio 3 live show taping with Grant Lawrence hosting.  So if you like Zaphod’s, and think they deserve to be win best live music club in Canada, go vote for them at The winner will be announced February 25th.

While you’re here, why don’t you tell us what you love (or hate) about Zaphod’s…