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Arts & Performing Arts Culture, Heritage & Arts

There’s live art and theatre year-round in Alberta. The province's stages celebrate homegrown talent and showcase world-class performances. • Theatre: In the big cities, expect top-notch productions across genres. Even in smaller centres, community theatre is alive and kickin'. • Classics, but not: See cheeky Cowtown Opera perform on the banks of the Bow River in downtown Calgary. It's opera that's totally approachable. Or listen to the Edmonton and Calgary orchestras do pop music and Tchaikovsky with equal grandeur. • Pro tip: Seek out an art opening or book reading for free cheese and wine with your local artist experience. 

Calgary | Mike Seehagel

Studio Bell, National Music Centre | Calgary

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VASA Galleries and Studios

St. Albert, Alberta
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VASA Galleries and Studios offers the public the unique opportunity to visit with artists working in their studios and an art gallery for viewing works of Alberta artists. This vibrant artist run center is a must for all art lovers and would be artists.

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Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre

Edmonton, Alberta

In its 36-year history, Workshop West has been considered one of the most outstanding new play companies, not only in western Canada, but also across the country. We have produced over 100 plays and over 68 World Premieres of some of Canada’s finest playwrights. Many of these writers have gone on to have national and international careers.

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Bailey Theatre

Camrose, Alberta
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The beautiful, historic Bailey Theatre in downtown Camrose is the oldest live performing arts theatre in Alberta. Backed by the passionate people of Camrose, the newly restored Bailey Theatre is a stunning mix of history and state-of-the-art technology. The result is a perfect blend that's admired by performers and patrons alike.

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Summer Music Series: World Premiere by Tyshawn Sorey

Banff, Alberta
2018-07-27 To 2018-07-27 MST

For the 2018 Summer Music Program, Banff Centre has commissioned an extraordinary 12 new works! This new music will make an indelible impact on the contemporary music scene and will involve the Banff Centre participants in the most important process of the musical world: the creation of new art. Join them and Tyshawn Sorey, a composer-performer, educator, and scholar working across an extensive range of musical forms. Sorey is a multi-instrumentalist who performs on percussion, trombone, and piano. He performs nationally and internationally with his own ensembles, as well as with artists. 2018 he will assume the role of Co-Artistic Director for the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music.Join them for a pre-Concert talk at 6:45 p.m. in the Bentley Chamber Music Studio.

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L-E-V Dance Company: OCD Love

Banff, Alberta
2018-06-22 To 2018-06-22 MST

The Banff Center is hosting the L-E-V Dance Company. the name of which includes the Hebrew word for heart (lev). And it is matters of the heart that form the theme of the brand new L-E-V creation “OCD Love” The work also deals with OCD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, which repeatedly poses challenges for love and for life. A powerful piece, danced to pulsating techno beats created by DJ Ori Lichtik.It's about love that always misses, or lovers who keep missing each other. Please make sure to stop by! For more information visit the Banff Center website.

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Jens Lindemann and Brassfire

Banff, Alberta
2018-07-22 To 2018-07-22 MST

Attend the Banff Center, to enjoy the Brassfire concert! It is an interactive performance celebrating the rich musical history of the trumpet in particular.Brassfire is a complete stylistic performance presented by one of the most versatile players in history and the “International Brass Personality of the Year” (Brass Herald). Along with his stellar trio of world-class players, Gilad Dobrecky (Israel) on drums and percussion, Kristian Alexandrov (Bulgaria/Canada) on piano and percussion and Jeremy Coates (Canada) on bass, Brassfire is an entirely unique concert experience.

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