Bob’s Back from Africa

Bob, Blake and Caley were in Africa helping with a new residence for orphans from the Kibera slums. The children's current home is in Kibera, Africa's largest slum and it is in shambles. The roof is rotten, there is mold, asbestos, and no running water. To top it off, the children are being evicted at [...]

Bob’s Holidays

All our "Friends of Naked" know that Bob has been operating the cafe as a place for local young artists to use for free, for 25+ years. In all that time, he's never taken the time for a vacation, instead keeping the place available for the local neighbourhood. Bob is actually taking a vacation! And [...]

Naked Cafe

Well, it's been 25+ years and we've been providing a place for local musicians and artists to come and express themselves. When we started, we were one of the first internet cafes around, and that's been part of our business for all these years. Admittedly, in the beginning it was a bigger part, since we [...]

Improv – Supporting Inner City Youth

We’re excited to be hosting the monthly Improv with Boyle Street and Rapid Fire Theatre! Naked has been supporting inner city youth for a couple of decades, and this is a great way to spend a couple of hours: enjoy a coffee, have a laugh and help out. Admission is by donation. Last Tuesday every […]

New Events Calendar

I’ve installed a new events calendar that should make booking events a bit smoother! You still submit a booking ON the events calendar, just use the little button at the top right corner. Fill in some info, contact info, date etc (you can skip “venue info” because well, duh). Once it’s submitted you’ll get a […]

Munya Mataruse

One of the coolest artists who just “walked in” one day years ago, was Munya Mataruse. (@MunyaMats) He just dropped in one open stage, and blew the place away! A big star in Africa, he wanted to move into the Canadian market as well and brought his amazing stage presence to our stage! BIO: Munya Mataruse […]

Local neighborhood community music venue

It’s been 23 years that we’ve been providing a place for local musicians and artists to come and express themselves.

When Bob started Naked, it was on Whyte avenue, and was  24/7, smoking was still allowed, and computers were relatively new, so they were all occupied 24/7.  Eventually Naked was on Jasper avenue for years until “Downtown Business” developers decided to create an “entertainment district” which didn’t exist on 104 street, and kicked out all the small, locally owned businesses including Naked, Hole In The Wall cafe, Frontpage Magazine, New City Suburbs etc.  To make room for a bunch of hastily built bars.

While we’ve been around for a couple of decades, and have experienced our share of harassment (for being a local, creative space with artists, musicians, creative people, goth kids, after-bar drag queens and every other cross section of society) we’re still around and keeping the place open to provide somewhere for local young people to play music, and express their creativity.

Today, everyone has digital devices with them all the time, so while computer use is less, we’ve focused more on music.  In fact our computers have been removed to make room for more people to sit and enjoy events.

Thursday open stages start at 9pm, and our stage (which is FULLY equipped) is available for local artists to book their shows, especially new local artists who can do a show and invite their friends, family and fans to an intimate experience.

We look forward to hosting more and more artists, and for those who need computer use, we’d suggest the Edmonton Public Library as an alternative.

Your non-exclusive late night cafe and music venue.

David