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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. 
Alberta Ballet Performance

Alberta Ballet Company

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

Francis Winspear Centre for Music

Art & Performing Art Options

Carriage House Theatre

Cardston, Alberta
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Located in the original 1912 Palace Theatre building, this Cardston theatre company hosts live theatrical productions and has an extensive program during the summer months.

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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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McLuhan House

Edmonton, Alberta

Discover McLuhan House from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. Visit the 1912 craftsman residence and enjoy Arts Habitat’s micro museum celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Herbert Marshall McLuhan.Opened in January 2016, McLuhan House was restored and designated as a space for interpreting McLuhan, a famous Canadian public figure, contemporary media theorist, and prolific author who lived in Highlands from 1911 to 1915.

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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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Blue Rodeo

Banff, Alberta
2018-07-06 To 2018-07-06 MST

Visit the Banff Centre for Arts and creativity and stay to join the legendary Canadian band Blue Rodeo for their annual outdoor performance. One of Canada’s most iconic bands! In the thirty years since forming, Blue Rodeo have sold over 4 million albums, won countless Juno awards, been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, been named to the Order of Canada and have been honored with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. Come watch them play live!

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The Sheepdogs

Banff, Alberta
2018-08-04 To 2018-08-04 MST

Trends come and go, styles fall in and out of fashion, but The Sheepdogs remain steadfast in their commitment to rock n’ roll excellence. Join them at the Banff Center for some “Pure, simple, good-time music,”. The triple Juno Award-winning Saskatoon-based quintet has expanded its sound on Changing Colours to encompass more styles and hues to enhance The Sheepdogs’ trademark beef-and-boogie twin-axe riffs, hooks, shuffles and long-haired aesthetic. An event you cannot afford to miss!

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