Edmonton’s music scene suffered a major blow late last week after the Jasper station abruptly shut down forever.
The venue, which has been open for five years, posted a message on its website and social media pages on Friday afternoon announcing the closure.
After five years, Station on Jasper has hung up its mic.
We had many outstanding shows and amazing nights that we will remember. Our team was simply amazing – and we can’t thank them enough.
— Station on Jasper (@StationOnJasper) February 3, 2023
“Many great musicians have shared their talents on our stages with many Edmontonians – and we are proud to have been a part of them,” read a statement on the venue’s website.
“We’ve worked hard to reopen after all the Covid closures, but it’s been a tough race.”
Artists and residents expressed their disappointment on social networks:
It’s quite sad. It hurts my heart to lose another small concert hall in the heart of our city. sorry to lose you @StationOnJasper. #Yes #yegdt #yegcc
— Dan St Pierre (@stpierredan) February 4, 2023
@StationOnJasper was one of our 5 favorites. We sympathize with its staff who have always been exceptional, but we are deeply saddened by this systemic failure within the industry that allows the closure of places as incredible as this one.
— Caroline Lambert-Mimnaugh (@LambertMimnaugh) February 4, 2023
One of the few mid-sized venues in Edmonton, Station on Jasper has been a major venue for touring and aspiring Canadian musicians.
Due to unfortunate circumstances, the Jasper station is unable to host the Antilove show next week and was unable to find a last minute replacement location on short notice. This means that I unfortunately cannot visit Edmonton for this year’s mini tour. pic.twitter.com/H79sA1J3sk
— Vanden Dool (@VandenDoolMusic) February 4, 2023
The Station on Jasper opened in June 2018 in the space that once housed the Needle Vinyl Tavern, which was closed following allegations of sexual assault and harassment against one of the owners.
Several upcoming Juno-related events that were scheduled to take place at this location have now been postponed.
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