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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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Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre

Medicine Hat, Alberta
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The Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre is connecting everyone with Arts and Heritage. Whether you're an art lover, a cultural enthusiast, or someone who can appreciate the beauty of an architecturally stunning facility, the Esplanade brings for you visual art performance art and cultural heritage under one roof.

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Winspear Centre

Edmonton, Alberta
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Savour the musical magic of everything from classical masterworks to pop and kids’ concerts in a stylish, acoustically superb Winspear Centre performance hall.

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Vertigo Theatre

Calgary, Alberta
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Vertigo Theatre has entertained audiences for over 30 years with high quality programming. Located at the base of the Calgary Tower in the heart of downtown Calgary, it is home to two performance venues and its two performance series BD&P Mystery Theatre and Y Stage Theatre Series.

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Edmonton Attractions Pass

Take advantage of Edmonton's attractions with a U-Pick Pass. The Edmonton Attractions Pass gives you access to any 4 out of 15 of the region's most visited attractions for one low price. Or, choose to upgrade to the Ultimate Pass for admission to all 15 attractions.

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Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival Package

Don’t miss nine epic days filled with stories of remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers and filmmakers worldwide. Festival tickets start at $15. Special Festival rates at surrounding accommodations start at $139 per night for 2 guests, subject to availability.

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A Taste for Adventure: Dine & Stay Packages

For 16 days in the fall, Taste for Adventure celebrates all things culinary in Banff and Lake Louise. Why not make a proper adventure of it and take advantage of dine and stay packages? Choose from participating accommodation and restaurant partners. Prices vary. Subject to availability.

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Proteus Saxophone Quartet

Spruce Grove, Alberta
2018-02-17 to 2018-02-17 MST

The Proteus Saxophone Quartet is redefining the traditional saxophone chamber music experience with their high energy, intense, varied performances. Named after the god of the sea, being modular and versatile, the Proteus Saxophone Quartet explores the numerous instrumental combinations of the saxophone family through the creation and performance of chamber music. Since forming in 2011 these four Canadian saxophonists have developed an immediate artistic bond and vision and have committed themselves to presenting lively, diverse, and beautiful concerts. They have performed throughout Canada, France, and the United States. In an attempt to advance new works for saxophone quartets without adhering to a singular aesthetic or stylistic genre, they have collaborated with diverse guest artists and composers, including Sean Perrin, François Rossé, Robert Lemay, and Denis Levaillant.

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Jim Byrnes in Concert with Charlie A'Court

Slave Lake, Alberta
2017-11-02 to 2017-11-02 MST

Jim Byrnes was born in St. Louis, Missouri – that’s blues country. He grew up on the city’s north side. One of the neighborhood bars had Ike and Tina Turner as the house band. A legendary blues guitarist, he began his career in 1964 at the age of 13 and performed professionally for the first time in 1964. Since that time, he has received 18 music awards starting in 1991 with Blues/Gospel album of the year, followed by two Juno awards for blues album of the year, one in 2006 and the other in 2011. He's won the Maple Blues Award four times and Best Western Canadian Music Award for blues album. Opening for Jim is Canadian singer-songwriter-guitarist Charlie A’Court, the proverbial force to be reckoned with. Planted at the crossroads of roots and soul, Charlie’s mighty voice, fierce guitar work and con-temporary songwriting have earned him an international following and a host of awards and accolades for his five solo albums to date. This blues concert is the second in Stage North's 2017-18 series. Tickets $30 in advance.

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Harry Manx with special guest Kevin Breit

Banff, Alberta
2018-01-14 to 2018-01-14 MST

Harry Manx has been dubbed an “essential link” between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. His unique sound is bewitching and deliciously addictive to listen to. Blend Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues, add a sprinkle of gospel and some compelling grooves, and you’ll get Manx’s unique “mysticssippi” flavour. It’s hard to resist, easy to digest, and keeps audiences coming back for more.

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