Spotlight Cabaret is a restaurant, bar, rooftop patio, and live venue that showcases comedy, music, dance, drag, improv, sketch, film and theatre.
Spotlight celebrates the era of cultural refinement, social elegance and general prosperity of the 1920s. The “Roaring 20s” will be reignited as we model our restaurant on the art deco style establishments of Old Hollywood and Classic New York. We serve superb cuisine and drink in an unforgettable atmosphere of rich culture and effervescence.
Our unique, curved stage hosts the BEST Edmonton has to offer in terms of theatre, comedy, music and film.
And Spotlight’s large roof top patio serves you big sky, sunshine and slush, every nice day we get!
The Ownership Team
The beginning of a beautiful friendship…
Jeff and Aimée had been searching for two years for the perfect venue for their Cabaret concept. An interest in an alternate location in the Whyte Ave neighborhood prompted Jeff to call his cousins, Brian, Wayne and Neal, and respectfully ask for their blessing to open up a new restaurant concept close to theirs. They of course gave Jeff their warmest congrats and blessing to join the neighborhood. A couple conversations and a few days later, they realized, the time to rebrand O2’s on Whyte was now, why not partner with Jeff and Aimée and ignite the Spotlight Cabaret concept inside their fantastic Whyte Ave location? A deal was made and the renovations began!
Jeff is an actor/writer/improviser/dancer/singer coming into this business with over 21 years experience as a business owner. Jeff was part owner and operator of Louisiana Purchase in downtown Edmonton. During his time there, the restaurant was featured on You Gotta Eat Here, The Food Network, made the list of the Top 100 Restaurants in Canada (Open Table), and received multiple Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Awards. Jeff is currently co-owner/operator of Lacombe Parks Spirits in St. Albert which is a multiple award winner in several categories, St. Albert’s Favourite Liquor Store, Best Beer Store, Best Wine Store…the list goes on! Before becoming a successful restauranteur, Jeff went to theatre school at Grant Macewan and was a realtor for 8 years. Jeff is an AMPIA and Sterling Nominated actor and Gemini Nominated writer for television having starred in the sketch comedy TV show Caution: May Contain Nuts for the last 12 years. Caution was born from the original subversive sketch troupe Blacklisted, which was legendary in its day and Jeff was proud to be a founding member. Jeff has three beautiful children, Noelle, Phoenix and Vincent who he loves dearly.
Aimée is an actor/writer/stand-up/improviser/singer/dancer with 20 years experience in the restaurant industry as a server. Aimée also has several years of sales and publicity experience in the auto and television industry respectively. Aimée has founded, produced, and directed many shows across Alberta and in Vancouver, her improv show “Sin Peaks” was called “the best comedy Vancouver has to offer” by Vancouver Weekly. Aimée is a four time Canadian Comedy Award Nominee, Gemini nominated, and AMPIA nominated writer and performer. Aimée can be seen on TV in Hell on Wheels, Wynonna Earp and Caution: May Contain Nuts and is currently a writer on a new TV show for APTN called The Next Best Thing. Aimée lives with her partner Michael who is her rock, and what a handsome rock he is! She also loves spending time with her Mom and niece Elizabeth. Aimée is an avid snowboarder, horror movie buff, and foodie.