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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

Firebrand Glass Studio

Black Diamond, Alberta

Firebrand Glass Studio is home to award winning artists Julia Reimer and Tyler Rock. Their work is collected internationally including the private collection of the Prime Minister in Ottawa as well as the Emperor of Japan. Come visit the studio and see their beautiful artwork and one of kind commissioned awards or take a glassblowing workshop.

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Badlands Amphitheatre

Drumheller, Alberta
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The Badlands Amphitheatre is an outdoor theatre and music venue located in Drumheller, Alberta - the heart of the Canadian Badlands. Boasting spectacular scenery and superb acoustics, the Badlands Amp has been home of the award-winning Canadian Badlands Passion Play for 25 years and is an incredible setting for live shows and concerts. Every August the "Canadian Icons" concert series showcases the very best in Canadian talent, with a list of previous guests that include legends like Tom Cochrane, Blue Rodeo, Paul Brandt, and Randy Bachman.

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Mountain Galleries

Jasper, Alberta

Mountain Galleries’ mission is to support and promote living Canadian artists. Founded in 1992 by artist/filmmaker Wendy Wacko, Mountain Galleries is one of the largest commercial galleries in Western Canada with locations in Banff, Jasper and Whistler. The collection represents major and mid-career artists. The diversity of the collection is part of the gallery’s success. Museum quality clay, glass, bronze and stone carvings are featured, as well as a very carefully curated Inuit collection. The gallery also houses original paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor, as well as an interesting collection of private edition reproductions that are very reasonably priced.

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Billy (Les Jours de hurlement)

Edmonton, Alberta
2018-10-10 To 2018-10-20 MST

L'UniThéâtre presents Billy (Les Jours de hurlement) by Fabien Cloutier. Amidst freshly fallen snow and a thermometer reading below -27°C, three characters are screaming out for justice. One regarding the parental incompetence of a certain father, another in self-defense and against the frustrations in his life, and a third who has been waiting too long for a corkboard. This world full of negativity and gossip makes us reflect on our own actions in our communities.

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A Tribe Called Red

Banff, Alberta
2018-07-29 To 2018-07-29 MST

A Tribe Called Red performs at the Banff Centre's Shaw Amphitheatre for their third year in a row! Don't miss out on this event which has sold out before! Bursting forth from Canada’s capital, A Tribe Called Red is making an impact on the global electronic scene with a truly unique sound.If you’re an indigenous person living in a country that was forcefully colonized, it’s all too common to find yourself underrepresented and misrepresented if not blatantly and systematically devalued and attacked. Positive role models and a positive self-identity are hard to come by, yet the Canadian DJ collective A Tribe Called Red is a modern gateway into urban and contemporary indigenous culture and experience, celebrating all its layers and complexity.

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The Hamlet Complex

Banff, Alberta
2018-07-26 To 2018-07-26 MST

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity presents The Hamlet Complex. The Hamlet Complex will focus four weeks of intensive studio and stage time to develop and create this new work. it will involve Twelve dancers and three actors who will work with internationally acclaimed choreographer Alan Lucien Øyen Program Head Stephan Laks, and a highly experienced creative team of sound, light, costume, and set designers .Øyen will continue his highly acclaimed explorations of fluid combinations of dance and text in The Hamlet Complex. Through a reworking of Shakespeare’s classic and canonical work Hamlet, Alan will explore the depth and range of our most essential and basic emotions. Our love. Our longing. Our desperation. Our search for meaningful affirmation of our existence. The Hamlet Complex is a major reworking of Shakespeare’s classic play for actors and dancers, exploring the quintessentially existential topics of the play through contemporary words and movement.

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