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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

Art & Performing Art Options

Rosebud Theatre

Rosebud, Alberta
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Alberta's largest rural professional theatre. Ticket price includes buffet meal and live music. Theatre only available. Historic, rural setting. Inspiring productions and heart-felt storytelling! Rosebud Theatre artists also mentor Rosebud School of the Arts students. Rosebud School of the Arts students are involved with many Rosebud Theatre productions, and they work alongside professional artists. Don't miss your chance to live the theatre in Rosebud! On Highway 840, one hour northeast of Calgary or 20 minutes southwest of Drumheller.

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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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Grande Prairie Live Theatre

Grande Prairie, Alberta
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Grande Prairie Live Theatre is a one-stop entertainment destination. With a season of plays, a concert series of Canadian and international roots music artists, a winter season of feature films and the Reel Shorts Film Festival May 10th to 16th, 2016, this community theatre is unique in the breadth of its programming.

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Jesse Cook

Banff, Alberta
2018-08-18 To 2018-08-18 MST

Come to the Banff Center to witness this rapidly rising smooth jazz guitarist as he brings his signature musical flair to the sun soaked Shaw Amphitheatre. Jesse Cook - Canadian guitarist, composer, and producer - incorporates elements of flamenco rumba, jazz and many forms of world music into his work. He is a Juno Award winner, Acoustic Guitar Player's Choice Award silver winner in the Flamenco Category, and a three-time winner of the Canadian Smooth Jazz award for Guitarist of the Year. He has recorded on the EMI, E1 Music and Narada labels and has sold over 1.5 million records worldwide.

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Summer Music Series: World Premiere by Zosha di Castri

Banff, Alberta
2018-07-20 To 2018-07-20 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 for live music with Zosha Di Castri, a Canadian composer/pianist living in New York. Her work (which has been performed in Canada, the US, South America, Asia, and Europe) extends beyond purely concert music including projects with electronics, sound arts, and collaborations with video and dance. Join them for a pre-Concert talk at 6:45 p.m. in the Bentley Chamber Music Studio.

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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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