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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

Calgary | Mike Seehagel

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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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Fringe Theatre

Edmonton, Alberta
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Fringe Theatre provides a unique, evolving Edmonton experience, commonly known as 'fringing'. And, fringing is for everyone! It is an opportunity to get swept up in an international artistic force. It is a starting point, a journey, and a celebration - and it unites us all. At Fringe Theatre, there are opportunities for everyone to celebrate the culture of the community through theatre arts. Whether it's the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, Chinook Series, or productions from the Fringe Theatre Season, the house is fringing all year long.

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National Music Centre

Calgary, Alberta
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The new National Music Centre, Canada's home for music, offers a unique venue that provides opportunities for all aspects of musical performance, collaboration, community cultivation, engagement and exchange.

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5-Day Canadian Badlands Tour

Journey through the Canadian Badlands on this 5-day/4-night history and culture tour. Hike pine forest trails in the middle of the prairie, meet prehistoric dinosaurs, explore the culturally diverse city of Medicine Hat and dine on creative local dishes as you journey through southern Alberta. Tours available June to September.

Expires: 2018-09-30
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Rosebud Theatre Package

Enjoy an amazing evening at the Rosebud Theatre located just 25 minutes from Drumheller. This package provides 2 tickets to the Rosebud Theatre, 2 buffet dinner tickets during the show and an overnight stay at the Canalta Jurassic Hotel.

Expires: 2018-10-31
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Banff, Alberta
2018-05-26 to 2018-05-26 MST

Rugged and raw landscapes from across Canada continue to inspire Rod Charlesworth, a Canada House Gallery artist for over 30 years. Working with oil on canvas utilizing his hands, fingers, brush and palette knife Charlesworth’s pieces are rich, vibrant and luscious. Artist reception, May 26, 2-5 p.m.

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Spruce Grove, Alberta
2018-04-27 to 2018-04-27 MST

With original, funky tracks and cleverly covered classic R&B tunes, Vancouver's Brickhouse blends classic and modern (Blue Funk) with an ease that makes hearing and seeing them an addictive experience. For more than 10 years, Brickhouse was the official late-night house band for Vancouver's famous Yale Hotel. It was on the Yale stage that they built a legion of fans as diverse as you can get: hipsters, university students, baby boomers, tourists, and musicians who experienced the band live and grew to love their brand of groovy, bluesy, funky music. Known for almost-hypnotically melding mind, body, and soul, Brickhouse audiences are encouraged to sing and dance along and become part of a fantastic live music experience.

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2018 Bonfire Festival

Edmonton, Alberta
2018-04-12 to 2018-04-14 MST

Bonfire is Rapid Fire Theatre’s annual romp of new ideas in long-form improv. Starring the members of the Rapid Fire Theatre ensemble, each show at Bonfire has been created by one of RFT’s own. Every show at Bonfire is a new idea that we’ve never tried before; it might work, it might not, but either way it’ll be a joy to witness. The 2018 Bonfire Festival runs April 12-14 and 19-21.

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