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What's On in Calgary

Stay up to date with arts and culture events throughout the year

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Online This Month

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel with warmer weather ahead and vaccines rolling out but we’re not quite there yet. Thankfully, Calgary’s arts community has a ton of digital offerings for you to explore this April making it easy to stay safe.

Kyra Newton dancing captured by Citrus Photography

Online This Month

March 2020 saw Calgary’s theatres go dark, music venues go quiet, and all sorts of planned offerings cancelled indefinitely. But, a year into COVID-19 restrictions, Calgary’s arts community continues to adapt and put on events for you to explore.

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Chinook Blast

Launching a new festival during a global pandemic and a polar vortex might seem like an impossible task, but for more than 30 local programming partners, it’s a challenge that epitomizes the can-do Calgary spirit.

Marker drawings courtesy of Mike Hooves

Online This Month

There might be a chill in the air but you don’t have to bundle up to enjoy these offerings as Calgary’s arts community continues to pump out awesome online events. Go digital and check out these great shows this February!

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Online This Month

With a new year and an ongoing fight to bend the curve, Calgary’s arts community continues to pump out quality content—just digitally instead of in person—and you can tune in all month long. Check out these great online events this January!

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The Yuletide Sessions

Working within the ongoing challenges that the performing arts sector is facing due to COVID-19, Calgary Opera is celebrating its first entry into the realm of digital programming with this virtual holiday concert. Tune in!

A family looks through toilet paper rolls on their front steps in Porchtraits by Neil Zeller

Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are upon us and many are trying to find the perfect gifts for those we cherish. Luckily, these great offers make it easy to give the gift of arts and culture while supporting the local community at this incredibly important time.

Alexa Andrews on stage as Annie

Annie The Musical

After being put on hold due to new COVID-19 regulations in Alberta, StoryBook Theatre has managed to get its production of Annie The Musical online, just in time for the holiday season! Grab your tickets, tune in with the family, and enjoy.

Stephen Hair in A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Theatre Calgary presents a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic that you can enjoy in the safety and comfort of your own surroundings. This re-imagined filmed production is sure to fill the hearts of young and old with the spirit of Christmas.



Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

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COVID-19 Impact Survey

In May 2020, Calgary Arts Development undertook a survey of arts organizations in Calgary to better understand and plan for the COVID-19 disruption to the arts, culture, and creative industries.

Calgary Engagement Survey 2018

Calgary Engagement Survey

How a community connects with the arts can be a clear indicator of vibrancy. Overall, 93% of Calgarians are connected to the arts and culture sector in one way or another.


Wave 4 Results

The New Experience Economy

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Future of Calgary’s Live Experience Economy

Stone-Olafson is supporting experience-based organizations with timely research on how audiences will engage post-pandemic. The fourth wave of results is now available.



Information About COVID-19

Calgary Arts Development has received a number of inquiries about the COVID-19 outbreak. This page is updated regularly with anything that is pertinent to the local arts sector.


Anti-Racism Statement

We need to confront racism every day. At Calgary Arts Development, we stand firmly against these racist acts and will act in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, Asian, and people of colour.


Office Closure

While our offices have been closed to the public since March 16, 2020, Calgary Arts Development will be observing Good Friday. All staff will be off on April 2, 2021. Have a good and safe break!


Financial Wellness for Artists

The Dancer Transition Resource Centre and Calgary Arts Development are co-hosting an online workshop via Zoom to help you manage your personal and business finances more effectively.


RISE UP Relaunch Lunch #7

Join a number of advocacy groups to discuss relaunch strategies and what is needed to get events, artistic endeavors, and festivals back up and running. The next Relaunch Lunch is April 8, 2021.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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#yycLCL March 2021

Using the unique attributes of watercolour on canvas to her advantage, Linnea Martina’s intention is to spark personal recollections in the viewer.

Karen Begg and Adora Nwofor in the Studio West Bronze Foundry, working on a bronze chicken statue

Episode 15

Join Adora Nwofor and meet some uniquely talented Calgarians who are taking their creativity to new heights by diversifying and sharing their skills.

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Kayla Browne

Kayla Browne decided that if the choice was to blend in to get along or to take a stand, she was going make architecture a brighter place.

Julie Freedman Smith in front of a snowy Max Bell Arena

Episode 14

Join Adora Nwofor to celebrate those Calgarians who follow inspiration and pursue passion to enjoy the benefits of living creatively.

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Colin Menzies

Talking about their practice and projects in the worlds of mental health and creativity, tune in to learn about leaning into the arts as a way of wellness.

Yukichi Hattori putting on stage make-up

Episode 13

Join Adora Nwofor as we celebrate those Calgarians living their most creative lives along whatever avenue they’re fueled to follow.

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Mariya Stokes

Combining social consciousness with her artistic career, Mariya Stokes is a local musician and songwriter who cares deeply about her community.

Adora Nwofor makes a beat at a computer at the Beat Drop studio

Episode 12

Today we learn how to drop a beat, we’ll discover what digital projection mapping is, and we’ll visit some spectacular light displays.

A still of Ayush Gosh playing a sitar

Episode 11

Join Adora Nwofor as we feature the world’s youngest sitar player, a French horn player who also has a knitting podcast, and so much more.

Tom Marten's It's Nobody | Image: Courtesy of Indefinite Arts Centre

Do you have pet?

Meet Sonny, he is very smiley, a very good boy.

Watercolour on paper 9x12 inches
2021 commission

I love creating this portraits. They bring so much joy in your home.

If you are looking fo a unique gift send me a direct messages and I can answer any questions you might have.

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Persephone & Phineus went to their new home today. They’re part of my Cabin Collection. ...

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More alcohol ink experiments. Working toward a much larger piece once I get a hold of some substrate.

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Art-based workshops and programs can help us connect to our story and emotions - sometimes even before we are ready to speak out loud about them.

Creativity is innately connected to our vulnerability - it is our mark, we are seen, and we are celebrated among peers and supportive community.
We'd love to create with you. Learn more with our link in bio.

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Spring is here! 💐
I’ve been sitting on my sunny patio this week and have really enjoyed the warm weather. It might not be bathing suit season just yet, but I’ve been pretending it is!

If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go? ✈️

#travelnow #anywherebuthome #letsgotothebeach

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