Live Music Around #BurlON

Posted July 26, 2022by Carson Baker
Band on stage

Good friends, good food and good drinks are all made better by the sound of live music.  We have an abundance of local talent performing a variety of genres around the city for your enjoyment.  Highlighted below are some of the best places to catch live music in Burlington.


Barra Fion

Barra Fion specializes in pairing great beverages with great food.  Their from-scratch menu items and selection of beverages are sure to impress. Live events are resuming at Barra Fion with solo and duo performers on the patio on most Wednesday and Thursday nights. For a full list of upcoming performances visit https://www.barrafion.ca/events 

The Dickens

The Dickens is a classic pub located in downtown Burlington that hosts a variety of music events. An open mic night takes place on Wednesday followed by karaoke on Thursday and live bands on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. You can contact the restaurant for more lineup details here: https://www.thedickens.ca/

Stage set up with colourful lights at the Dickens pub

Slye Fox

The Slye Fox is a British style pub in mid-Burlington featuring a concert stage.  They have live music on Thursdays at 6:00 as well as Fridays and Saturdays at 8;30. Check out the line up here: https://www.slyefox.com/burlingtons-concert-stage

QB’s Sports Bar

QB’s is a classic sports bar with a lively environment.  Live music is on Saturday nights usually starting 9:00pm or 10:00pm to accommodate for that night’s sporting events.  It is recommended that you call ahead to confirm at 905 637 9797.

Carrigan Arms

Carrigan Arms is a classic pub in north Burlington. Show off your own musical talent with the New Personics jam night every Thursday from 7:00-11:00 and karaoke on Friday night and then enjoy the talent of local artists on Saturday and Sunday.  On Saturdays, the matinee takes place from 3:00pm-6:00pm and then, after a short break, the music returns from 8:00pm-12:00pm.  On Sunday afternoon enjoy country music from 2:00pm-6:00pm.  For lineup details check their website.

Uptown Social House

Uptown Social House is another one of Burlington’s many great pubs.  Various unique live music events take place here each week. Monday night is jam night starting at 7:00pm with Mike Shotton and his band. On Thursday from 7:00pm-10:00pm as well as Friday and Saturday from 9:00pm to 12:00pm, dueling pianos, which is known as the most interactive show in town, takes place.  Events at this venue are guaranteed to be full of familiar tunes, lots of singing and laughter. Reservations are strongly recommended for dueling pianos shows.  Finally, on Saturday afternoon from 1:30pm-5:00pm the James Anthony band performs!

2 men on 2 pianos; ad for Dueling Pianos

District Kitchen + Bar

District Kitchen + Bar is a casual eatery with an impressive selection of drinks including local craft beer.  The restaurant features live music with acoustic sessions on Thursday nights from 7:30pm – 10:30pm. Located in Aldershot, it’s a must visit.

Black Swan

The Black Swan is a classic pub with a down to earth setting and a large, covered patio.  On Fridays starting at 9:30pm the pub features a variety of live bands.  Additionally, on some Saturdays, a live matinee takes place from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Every Saturday also brings a chance to show off during karaoke starting at 9:30pm. For lineup details, please refer to the restaurant’s website here: https://blkswan.ca/burlington/entertainment.html

Band playing at the Black Swan


Studebaker is a family run modern day pub with a comfortable and relaxed environment.  You can catch various country and blues artists here starting at 8:00pm on Fridays and 2:00pm on Sundays.  Keep an eye on their events page here for more information: https://studebakerburlington.com/promos-events/

2 piece band at Studebaker, 2 men on guitars

Jersey’s Bar and Grill

Jersey’s is a casual sports bar featuring pub food and pool tables in north Burlington.  They feature live music on Fridays and Saturdays beginning around 9:30pm.  Check the following link for lineup details: https://jerseysbarandgrill.ca/entertainment.html

Band playing at Jersey's

Piper Arms Pub

Piper Arms offers experience dining for brunch, lunch and dinner.  They also have extensive offerings of cocktails and beer.  This restaurant features occasional live music events.  They usually take place in the evening between 5:00pm and 9:00pm.  Stay tuned to their website for lineup and times: https://piperarmspub.com/burlington/events.php

Central Park Bandshell – Concerts in the Park

Various performances can be caught here from 7:30pm to 9:00pm every Wednesday and Sunday through the summer until August 28.  Follow this link to find performance details: https://www.burlington.ca/en/live-and-play/Concerts-in-the-Park.asp

Ireland House Concert Series

The museum will be making use of their garden stage this summer by spotlighting local musicians.  The admission follows a ‘pay what you can’ rule and you should bring your own blanket or lawn chair if you plan to attend.  These events are taking place on every other Friday night in July and August from 7:30pm – 8:30pm  The lineup is presented here: https://theheartofontario.com/event/summer-music-series-at-ireland-house-museum/

Music in the Gardens

Every Sunday evening in the summer, the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens hosts concerts. These are payed events for those above 3 years old that includes access to the RBG center, Hendrie park, Rock garden and Laking garden. Check out the line up here: https://www.rbg.ca/things-to-do/by-season/special-events/garden-music-nights/?on=2023-07-02

Have fun when you’re out and about in #BurlON and enjoy the tunes! And if we’ve missed anyone, please let us know!

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