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.