One day in Edmonton: Folk musician Ken Stead

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Ken Stead is an Edmonton-based folk-roots singer/songwriter whose fan base has been growing rapidly since the release of his latest album Fear Has No Place Here. He has toured Canada extensively in support of the album, and has been a main stage artist at the Edmonton Folk Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, North County Fair and Come By The Hills, in addition to getting extensive radio play on CBC Radio and College Radio, nationally.

So what does he seek at the restaurants he visits? Not only good food, but also fun and personality, and preferably with live music. This Thursday, you can find Stead at Knoxville's in Calgary as a part of Wild 953 and Alberta Music's Project WILD: Country Showcase Series.

Here's where he goes for a day of eating in an around Edmonton.



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Route 99. In one word, character. In two words, huge pancakes. In three words, I love their breakfast so much.



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The Local. The Huevos Rancheros has the most boss sauce you’ve ever tasted, also a killer selection of local beers. Plus, they have a curling rink and ping pong tables!



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Viphalay. The spice is nice and the spice is right, even though my moustache area sweats when I eat their amazing green curry.


When I have drinks, I like to listen to live music and The Needle has some of the best live music around.