You're invited to our 2019 Holiday Open House. Please join Calgary Arts Development as we celebrate the season.

Holiday Open House

Join Calgary Arts Development as we celebrate the season on December 12, 2019.

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SpaceFinder Alberta

Free to list and free to search, SpaceFinder links groups with space to rent with those who need it!

Arts in Action YYC Stories and data about how arts build a city

Arts in Action

Arts in Action YYC captures stories and data about how arts build a city. Read and share at

What's On in Calgary

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

The audience at Sing Along Messiah

Win Tickets to Sing Along Messiah

Get ready to sing, Calgary! Early Music Voices presents its 18th annual Sing Along Messiah concert and you can win your way in. Bring your friends, family, and score to this fantastic holiday tradition.

A photo of the Spiritus Chamber Choir

Win Tickets to A Spiritus Christmas

Celebrate the Christmas season with Spiritus Chamber Choir as it presents an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary advent choral music. This concert is sure to inspire and delight everyone.

A photo of the Calgary Multicultural Choir on stage

Gloria! Celebrating the Season Together

Observing the holidays, join the Calgary Multicultural Choir for its annual winter concert. The evening also features the Bow River Handbell Musicians Society Ringers so don’t miss this festive performance.

A dancer in Alberta Ballet's The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

This enduring holiday classic is sure to transport you to Imperialist Russia’s majestic era, when French fashion was in vogue and Tchaikovsky composed his timeless masterpiece. Join Alberta Ballet and jump-start the season.

Anne Wilson's Topologies: Made at the V&A

Free This Week

The weather might be feeling a bit chilly this week, so throw on a sweater and get out of the house with these awesome events. From concerts to launches to receptions and more, indulge yourself without breaking the bank.

Denise Clarke on stage in The Land, The Animals

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. Talk about a win-win situation!

The Festival Chorus on stage

Christmas in Rome

Just in time for the holiday season, go on a musical journey to the eternal city with pieces composed for and in Rome. The Festival Chorus welcomes you to attend the first concert in its 61st season and the sixth installment in its travelogue-themed concerts.

A photo of a family around a giant present, promoting A Cowtown Christmas

A Cowtown Christmas

A fantastic tradition, join in as Cowtown Opera brings you all the joys of the season in one Christmas package! Full of musical merriment, holiday hi-jinks, and seasonal sing-alongs, be sure to see what’s under the Cowtown Christmas tree.



Useful information about Calgary Arts Development and the sector

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.

Arts Professionals Survey

Arts Professionals Survey

In the fall of 2017, Calgary Arts Development conducted an Arts Professionals Survey to better understand the arts ecosystem and all of its complexities.


New Report

Calgary Economic Development


Holiday Office Closure

The Calgary Arts Development office will be closed from December 23, 2019 to January 2, 2020. We wish you all the joys of the season and look forward to working with you again in the new year!


Immigrants of Distinction Awards

Immigrant Services Calgary seeks nominations in a number of categories including arts and culture. Submit by December 1, 2019.


Office Closure

The Calgary Arts Development office will be closed on November 11, 2019 for Remembrance Day. We hope you have the chance to take in a service. Our office reopens on November 12.


Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Cultural Leaders Legacy Artist Awards. The deadline for uploading packages is November 22, 2019.


Living a Creative Life

Fuelling a vital, prosperous and connected city

Lanre Ajayi at Beakerhead


An exhibition of awe-inspiring artworks, and contemporary curiosities, join Lanre Ajayi for a look at Beakerhead’s Spectacle.

Dean Paul Gibson and David Haysom working through a scene on stage at the University of Calgary

#yycLCL November 2019

A co-production with The Shakespeare Company and the School of Creative and Performing Arts, Hit & Myth shared this awesome behind-the-scenes shot.

A photo of Harpreet Dayal against a mural in the East Village

Harpreet Dayal

An artist, learner, and believer in the power of art to build connection, cultivate love, and heal, Harpreet Dayal is the founder of the Love Notes Project.

Lanre Ajayi speaks to a performer at GlobalFest


Showcasing Calgary’s cultural diversity and artistic excellence, Lanre Ajayi swung by Alberta’s most explosive festival to get a taste of the celebration.

A photo of Brian Brennan

Brian Brennan

When Brian Brennan moved to Calgary in 1974, he had no idea thousands of theatre reviews, feature stories, obituaries, and 16 books were ahead of him.

Lanre Ajayi at Country Thunder

Country Thunder

North America’s premier touring country music festival, Country Thunder rolled back into Calgary this summer and Lanre Ajayi was on hand to capture it.

A photo of Sable Sweetgrass

Sable Sweetgrass

A short story writer, playwright, and filmmaker, Sable Sweetgrass works at Calgary Arts Development as the grants specialist for Indigenous programs.

Lanre Ajayi and Alison Hinds at Carifest


Enjoy the sound, music, and food from an island paradise! Lanre Ajayi swung by Carifest, a local celebration of Caribbean culture.

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

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