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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. 

Studio Bell, National Music Centre | Calgary

Arts and performing arts at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music in Edmonton

Francis Winspear Centre for Music

Art & Performing Art Options

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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Elevation Gallery

Canmore, Alberta
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Created by a local goldsmith, Elevation Gallery showcases the fine art of emerging and mid-career artists, as well as jewelry by award-winning goldsmiths. The gallery also provides a number of art-related services, including art consultation, free delivery and installation of artworks, and free shipping to all North American locations. You can also bring in jewelry for repair and appraisal, or commission custom jewelry.

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The Kirschner Family Community Art Gallery at MacDonald Island Park

Fort McMurray, Alberta

The Kirschner Family Community Art Gallery at MacDonald Island Park is a no-fee art gallery. The overall objective of the exhibit space is to promote local and regional artists as well as develop an appreciation for visual art within the community. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Suncor Community Leisure Centre at MacDonald Island Park.

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The Debaters Christmas Show

Banff, Alberta
2018-12-02 To 2018-12-02 MST

The Debaters Live is the comedy stage show where comics go toe to toe in a battle of laughs and logic and the audience picks the winner. After a sold out show last year, The Debaters is back with this special Christmas themed event that features host Steve Patterson and two of his favourite comics performing stand-up, and two hilarious debates focused on the holiday season. Some language may be inappropriate for younger audiences.

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Don Amero's Little Christmas

Slave Lake, Alberta
2018-11-25 To 2018-11-25 MST

Stage North is proud to present Amero Little Christmas, a new take on a classic Christmas variety show. It falls somewhere between a Michael Bublé Christmas Special and Tom Jackson’s Huron Carole, giving the audience a modern take on an annual Christmas show. Between the witty banter, lots of laughs, heartfelt music and inspiring stories, Amero Little Christmas is an experience for the whole family. The opening act will be a local artist. Food service is available, and there is a cash bar. The starting time is early for young families. Arrive at 5:00 for something to eat and the show will follow at 6:00 p.m.

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Beacon Original Art 2-Day Fall Show & Sale

Calgary, Alberta
2018-10-13 To 2018-10-14 MST

2-DAY Event with different artists in attendance each day from 10am-4pm! Meet 50 artists showing Painting, Jewelry, Glass, Photography, Ceramics, Sculpture and Textiles. Beacon Original Art is committed to creating an environment of belonging for artists and art enthusiasts alike; and invite you, your family and friends to join us in building relationships and community spirit through the arts in Calgary! Comfortably browse and shop for unique gifts for Weddings, Birthdays, Graduations, Special Holidays, Retirements or treat yourself with fine art. Free parking, admission and draws. Credit cards and debit accepted. We hope to see you there!

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