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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

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Naughty… but Nice! (Seven’s On Screen)

Everyone’s favourite sweet but risqué holiday celebration goes digital with an on-demand recording that integrates live performances with music videos and even an animated short.



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.


Share Your Best Images

Did you receive funding from Calgary Arts Development in 2020? If so, we want to share your best photos. Images must be print resolution, have caption and credit information, and be from 2020.


RISE UP Relaunch Lunch #6

Discussing hotel spaces and how artists and hoteliers could work together to activate these spaces, the next RISE UP Relaunch Lunch takes place on March 4, 2021. Register to take part!


Office Closure

While our offices have been closed to the public since March 16, 2020, Calgary Arts Development will be observing Family Day. All staff will be off on February 15, 2021. Have a good one!


RISE UP Calgary Song Contest

With over 100 talented Calgary musicians submitting their original songs, the winner of the RISE UP Calgary Song Contest is Emily Triggs with her song, Light You Up. Congratulations!


RISE UP Relaunch Lunch #5

Breakout into smaller groups to discuss and share ideas on how to move new projects forward. Join RISE UP Calgary on February 4, 2021 for its next Relaunch Lunch—register to take part.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

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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.

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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

ONLY 5 DAYS until the First Annual #ART and FOUND DAY! Imagine a day when hundreds of artworks from hundreds of artists are dropped off in cities all around the world for people to find! That’s hundreds of people that will be uplifted by artistic creativity and talent. That’s some Scavenger Hunt!!! With the chaos of 2020 behind us, it’s time to bring positivity, inspiration and happiness to our communities. As artists and creatives we have the power to do that. HINT: I will be dropping off one painting somewhere in Garrison Woods between 6:30am and 9:00am and a second painting somewhere in the vicinity of the Eau Claire Market between 10:30am - 5:30pm. ...

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"How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun." -Vincent Van Gogh

Yellow is often considered the brightest and most energizing of the warm colors. It's associated with happiness, sunshine, joy, intellect, and energy.

What does yellow signify for you? 💛

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Feynman. Acrylic and wood sheet on birch panel. 24 x 24 inches. #custom #commission #yycartist #yyclcl #acyrlic #birchpanel #feynman #feynmandiagrams ...

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