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consider the opportunity to work in the arts to be a very precious privilege. Not only am I surrounded by smart, passionate, creative people, but I am also witness, participant, and beneficiary of what we call “cultural collisions.” Sadly, in today’s reality, we probably think of “collision” as a negative. After all, it is defined as “coming violently into contact!” But it is the other definition that we contemplate in this issue: “the meeting of particles or of bodies in which each exerts a force upon the other, causing the exchange of energy or momentum.” In other words: it is an exchange, rather than a clash. Exploring this further, I discovered that “inelastic collisions” (the clash type) stop you dead in your tracks. But “elastic collisions” occur in a way that conserves the forward motion of the colliding bodies, and turns it into different kinds of energy. Enough physics for now! “Cultural collisions” bring an endless variety of different forces together into moments where their “differentness” transforms into powerful experiences that change the way we see these differences. Imagine the potentially life-changing impact on a young child attending a performance of We Are All Treaty People during the Calgary International Children’s Festival, which is described as: “Two grade six girls, one from the Tsuu T’ina Nation and the other of European descent find their friendship barred by a trickster who reveals the complex shared history of the land of their ancestors. Can they still become friends given the struggles of the past?” This issue includes these impactful collisions, as well as your Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance of British composer Gustav Holst’s interplanetary masterpiece The Planets, conducted by their new Norwegian Music Director, Rune Bergmann, with trumpet soloist Adam Zinatelli performing a work commissioned to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday – what a glorious collision of cultures! You will also discover enticing collisions ranging from Alberta Theatre Projects bringing Henry VIII with The Last Wife to 2017, to a National Geographic Explorer taking us to Madagascar. We look forward to many elastic collisions with you, in the comfort of our new seats!

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The most endangered primate in the world sits on the brink, and National Geographic Explorer Mireya Mayor’s discoveries may just help to save it.

Starring Katherine Parr, a feminist before the term was coined, and the notorious Henry VIII; Alberta Theatre Projects’ The Last Wife is more House of Cards than Masterpiece Theatre. Find out why!

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Yamo Yamo? The breadth of stories shared at the Calgary International Children’s Festival is impressive, but what is the benefit to children when it comes to being exposed to varied cultural experiences?

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Take a Seat at Arts Commons After 32-years of hard work, Jack Singer Concert Hall is ready for something new, and you might want to be sitting down for this one!

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Worlds Collide in New Season at the Calgary Philharmonic Meet the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s Maestro Bergmann, multitalented musician and soughtafter musical visionary hailing from the fjords of Norway as he makes his introduction with Holst’s Planets.

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History Beyond 150 Olivia Marie Golosky examines the colonial narrative surrounding Canada 150, and speaks with visual artist Terrance Houle about his upcoming exhibition at Arts Commons. 2

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Black Ties, Lions, and Vows The Jack Singer Concert Hall provides a dramatic backdrop for any event, but even more so for two young people who exchanged their vows on stage.

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What's On at Arts Commons The where's what and what's where of Arts Commons.

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Bank of Music TD Bank Group has cemented a reputation for putting their support behind music in Canada.

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The Stoic Cowboy Exploring how history has affected the Canadian landscape through the lens of Canada 150, visual artist Jake Klein-Waller becomes a cliché: the stoic cowboy.


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Rita Sirignano

TASHA KOMERY Editor-In-Chief

Rita Sirignano is an artist and writer. Her work has won several awards, including the Brenda Strathern Late Bloomers Award for fiction. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Calgary Herald, Western Living, Avenue Magazine, and Swerve. She is also the Adult Programming Associate at Calgary’s Wordfest.

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KAIJA DIRKSON Creative Manager Graphic Design

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Olivia Marie Golosky CONTRIBUTORS

A proud member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Olivia Marie Golosky is a queer artist and advocate for equity with a passion for grassroots community-building. Her background is in theatre and film production as a stage manager, technician, and playwright. Currently, she sits on the Indigenous Steering Committee for the NCRA, produces/hosts a podcast through CJSW 90.9FM, Through The Kaleidoscope, and is a member of the Calgary Congress for Equity & Diversity in the Arts.

Hilary Angrove, Alex Bonyun, Olivia Marie Golosky, Saskia Knight, Christy Offer, Rita Sirignano, Jaimee Turner, and Johann Zietsman

RESIDENT COMPANIES Alberta Theatre Projects, Arts Commons Presents, Calgary International Children’s Festival, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Downstage, One Yellow Rabbit, and Theatre Calgary

Christy Offer Christy joined Kidsfest as Festival Programmer in 2015 and is stoked to be programming arts experiences in which her nieces can participate. Previously, as Artistic Presenting Manager at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, she co-curated various series and won a UBC President Staff Award for her community engagement programming. She holds a BMus and MBA, and for fun, plays in string quartets.

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ON THE COVER Coming to Kidsfest this May, the interactive performance of the Git Hayetsk Dancers features the beautiful mask work of Pacific Coast First Nations artist Mike Dangeli. Learn more on page 9.

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LEMUR LIFE

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SAVING THE WORLD’S MOST ENDANGERED PRIMATE

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lemur is a small, furry primate which lives in one very small place in the world – Madagascar. Apart from being cute, they are also critically endangered – many subspecies are already extinct. The question is, why should you care? Primatologist, conservationist, and National Geographic Explorer Mireya Mayor became fascinated with these small primates in the mid-90s. At that time, there were only 30 known species of lemur, and very few of those had ever been photographed. When Mayor started to study lemurs up close in Madagascar, she quickly realized that there was more to these charismatic and cute primates than what she’d been told. “As I was studying these animals, I realized that they looked very different than some of their closely related cousins, but they were only considered subspecies,” says Mayor “So I decided that a genetic study was in order. I did the first captures and genetic studies of these animals, and my instincts were correct. They were very different and actually warranted full species status.” Her initial discoveries inspired Mayor to apply for a second grant to return to Madagascar. During that next expedition, she discovered the rufous mouse lemur, one of the smallest species of lemur in Madagascar. Realizing how little science knew about these animals intensified her passion and love of lemurs, driving her to learn more.

“Today there are more than 100 species of lemur that have been identified. Because they live in this natural laboratory of sorts, specification happens at a much faster rate,” says Mayor, referring to the same phenomenon that brought about the evolution of Darwin’s finches in the Galápagos Islands. “We’re still recovering lemur species on an almost monthly basis. To think of these amazing animals going extinct before we even have a chance to see them is a very likely and grim possibility, unless we act fast to protect them.” “Exhibits go a very long way, not just in educating people about what’s happening in Madagascar with lemurs,” says Mayor. “They also help people to fall in love with them and care, which is the most important thing right now to save them.”

As grim as some of the statistics are, including the forecast that by 2018 there will be no rainforest left in Madagascar – there is most certainly hope. Action is being taken by researchers, conservationists, and biologists in Madagascar and around the world, including the new lemur exhibit at the Calgary Zoo.

–– Mireya Mayor comes to Calgary as part of National Geographic Live, brought to Arts Commons by Series Presenter the Royal Bank of Canada. The Calgary Zoo’s Land of Lemurs opens in July 2017 to the public. For more information, visit artscommons.ca/ngl and calgaryzoo.com

Calgary Zoo curator Dr. Malu Celli is overseeing this fully-interactive walkthrough exhibit, which will house three different species of lemur. The goal is to deepen the Calgary community’s understanding of the lemur, as well as raise money for efforts to save them in their native habitat. “We all play a role protecting biodiversity,” says Dr. Celli. “We’ll be collaborating with different partners to try and reconnect isolated forest fragments, monitor lemur populations long term, but also the community piece is to improve the livelihood of locals in Madagascar.”

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Opposite (top to bottom, left to right): The rufous mouse lemur poses for one of its first photos. | Mireya Mayor with Masai tribesmen on assignment for National Geographic. | Cataloging, weighing, and examining a lemur in Madagascar. | On expedition with the sun setting in Africa. | Mouse lemur in hand, Mireya jots down notes about her exciting discovery. Top right: Mireya Mayor with one of the world's smallest primates.

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t the 2017 Calgary International Children’s Festival, kids will have the exciting opportunity to see Scottish and Québécois puppet theatre, First Nations mask-dance, West African storytelling, American hip hop, and more. These artists each integrate diverse influences reflective of the global age in which we live. Our kids are fortunate to have access to such a cultural mosaic of artistic performances to help foster their intercultural fluency. To truly understand art however, its cultural context needs to be understood – something that presents a challenge for most of us but perhaps especially for children who are still figuring out the world. Kids rely heavily on their own experiences when constructing meaning from art. So can these multicultural performances be meaningful for them? Absolutely! These performances provide kids with an amazing opportunity to experience different cultural traditions through the artists’ individual approaches to arts participation.

Yamo Yamo? (‘Are you okay?’ in Baoulé) Ya!!! (Audience) From the start, the West African artists in Masabo elicit high energy participation from their young audiences. This call and response motif punctuates their show, each time the kids being encouraged to fully embrace their 'Ya!' The artists also bring kids up on stage to help enact stories. In these ways, their show blurs the boundary between artist and audience and reflects how traditional West African cultures participate in art. Many African languages do not even have a word for ‘art’ since it

is not conceptually separated from social functions. Community members actively participate in artistic expression as part of these functions, and children experiencing Masabo’s performance get to live this immersive cultural practice. This socially-integrated concept of art also exists in indigenous cultures of North America. However, art of the Pacific Northwest First Nations can have more restricted contexts. For example, songs can belong to individuals or families, or to certain ceremonies or rites. During their performance, the Git Hayetsk Dancers express how sacred the sharing of art is within their cultures by acknowledging ancestral and current guardians of songs and thanking them and the audience for being able to share them. In this way, the Dancers welcome the young audience into their inner circle, and when eagle dancers in gorgeous regalia soar through the audience, kids become immersed in this traditional practice. Audiences of any age can appreciate that experiencing these songs and dances is special.

anti-bullying, and confidence, which kids naturally internalise through emphasis and repetition. As adults, we have a tendency to enforce the rules we follow as adults on children. We should instead allow kids to be kids as audience members, and react genuinely to art without judgement or censure. By enabling kids to actively negotiate their own arts participation, they will experience, learn, and expand their world around artistic expression and community. And hopefully have a blast in the process! –– Kidsfest 2017 is brought to you by Festival Presenting Sponsor Qualico Communities.

Although with a shorter history, hip hop has a rich cultural tradition. When kids groove to and adopt the beats of GRAMMY© Award winning Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s kid hop, they will turn the Jack Singer Concert Hall into a dance party, partly reminiscent of the urban 1970s dance parties that launched the hip hop phenomenon. In addition to the fun, Skidoo brings messages of empowerment,

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Opposite page: Fana Soro of Masabo performs live for students. Top, left to right: The acclaimed Git Hayetsk dancers perform with masks carved by noted First Nations artist Mike Dangeli. | Recent GRAMMY© Award winner for best children's album Secret Agent 23 Skidoo performs at Kidsfest 2017.

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ou might want to be sitting down for this one! After 32 years of hard work as a world-leading venue, the Jack Singer Concert Hall has a lot to be proud of. Impeccable acoustics with an adjustable sound canopy, a beautiful hall design, and the all-star McCarthy organ are just a few of its notable features. Starting this summer, another will soon be its brand new seats. 32 years is a long time for any seats to hold up, but with failing hardware, crumbling foam cushioning, and a lack of repair support due to their outdated nature, it’s becoming more and more costly to keep the current seats functional. “The Jack Singer Concert Hall seating has exceeded its 30-year lifespan,” says Wes Jenkins, Director of Faculties at Arts Commons. “We’ve been planning and looking forward to upgrading the seats for the last five years, so it’s really exciting for us that it’s finally happening.”

Funded by the City of Calgary’s Cultural Spaces fund and Canadian Heritage, the Jack Singer Concert Hall will receive just over 2,057 new Canadian-made seats, including upgrades such as a soft close system and cup holders. Each seat will have to be acoustically balanced within the space

into this,” says Jenkins, who sent fabric samples to a laboratory in Quebec to test their acoustic value as part of his decision making process. “If we choose a fabric that has a certain ability to reflect sound, we have to rebalance the whole formula.” Another factor in the hall is maintaining the deliberately rough wall finish, which means that painting the hall is not possible.

"We’ve worked slavishly to ensure that we don’t change the acoustics of the hall. Even the choice of the fabric plays into this"

“Even one coat of paint would smooth the walls,” says Jenkins. “And over the span of the entire hall that would change the acoustics quite a bit.” The installation of the new seats will also allow for more accessible and wheelchair seating, an aspect that needs improvement in the current Hall layout. —— Installation of the new seats starts this summer. Stay tuned through Arts Commons Facebook Page for up to date info, photos, and video! #artscommons @yycarts

– no small undertaking for the designers, acousticians, and facility staff involved. “We’ve worked slavishly to ensure that we don’t change the acoustics of the hall. Even the choice of the fabric plays

Out with the old, and in with these new features: • Soft close system for quiet entrance and exit • Cupholders* • Improved cushioning • Curved arm rests • Fabric rigorously tested to uphold the acoustic integrity of the Hall • Wider seating area* *Not available on all seats

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Worlds Collide in New Season at the Calgary Philharmonic WRITTEN BY JAIMEE TURNER

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he upcoming Season will usher in a new era for the Calgary Philharmonic under the leadership of new Music Director, Maestro Rune Bergmann, who is a compelling and sought-after musical visionary hailing from the fjords of Norway. True to the depiction of a renaissance man, Maestro Bergmann has risen in the cross-cultural world of Classical music as a multitalented musician who plays trumpet, piano, and violin/viola, in addition to being of keen discernment in choral and orchestral conducting. While he steps into his leading role in Calgary, the Maestro will continue to serve as Artistic Director & Chief Conductor of Poland’s Szczecin Philharmonic, and Artistic Director of Norway’s pioneering Fjord Cadenza Festival. After appraising the talent he’d be working with at the Calgary Philharmonic, Maestro Bergmann has taken a warm-hearted and focused approach to showcase the global talent of this group of musicians: “The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra will be an orchestra for the world”. Maestro Bergmann’s global vision for the Orchestra is captivating much like his colossal personality. In later June, Calgarians can come see for themselves a dynamic performance as Maestro Bergmann takes the reigns conducting a mighty symphonic display of Holst’s The Planets. The theme rides in complimentary tandem with Bergmann’s vision to lead the Philharmonic to the world stage.

"Maestro Bergmann’s global vision for the Orchestra is captivating, much like his colossal personality."

So beautifully tied in to this spectacular performance is a special debut of a Calgary Philharmonic co-commissioned Trumpet Concerto written to honour Canada’s 150th Anniversary. Principal Trumpeter Adam Zinatelli will perform this commemorative piece. As the unveiling of the 2017-18 Season approaches, there will be many highlights in the programming surrounding the cultural origins of music. The annual festival will be centered around the True North, including a new commission of music to reflect Canada’s vast landscapes and cultural mosaic. Aligned with the hospitable spirit of Calgary, the Orchestra welcomes many artists and musicians from around the globe and pays tribute to the world’s music and classical repertoire. The Calgary Philharmonic continues to be a place where the music of the world is celebrated and the international language of music is expressed.

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Opposite: The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra's music director, Rune Bergmann Above, right: The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra's Principal Trumpeter, Adam Zinatelli

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elebrating Canada 150 is a contentious issue, especially as an Indigenous person. While the past 150 years were a time of celebration for many, it was also a time of destruction for many others. For Indigenous peoples, the past 150 years represents a time of colonization: an attempt to erase and eliminate our land, identity, language, and culture, which was celebrated for centuries before. In fact, implying that this land on which we reside only has one hundred and fifty years’ worth of identity and culture to celebrate is ludicrous. The hundreds of Indigenous nations, with their unique and specific cultures, have and continue to exist and thrive as they have for thousands of years prior. As Indigenous peoples, we have had a massive canon of colonial narrative written and created about us by non-Indigenous 16

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people. The counter-narrative to this canon – created and led by Indigenous peoples and artists – has been around for years, but has more recently come into the mainstream with movements like Idle No More and the protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Combating these colonial narratives and stereotypes of “what it means to be Indigenous?” and “how Indigenous art should look and feel” is inherent in the work we create. Our identities and artistic expressions counter the ideas of Canada 150, by asserting that our histories and performances are just as valid as mainstream non-Indigenous works that are celebrated. That we can be more than beads and feathers.


Terrance Houle, a proud member of the Kainai Nation [Blood Tribe], is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist who will be in residence at Arts Commons for three months. Houle’s project iitahwáákomímmotsiiyo’p or what makes us love each other is an exploration of these anti-colonial narratives. Through experiencing his mother’s battle with cancer and his father’s commitment to her by going to Sundance for his wife for over ten years in the hope that she would recover from her illness – iitahwáákomímmotsiiyo’p explores the complexity of Indigenous love through family and connections to our ancestors and the land. Houle stresses the importance of connecting the spiritual to the corporeal through song and prayers by not only showing love and reverence for oneself, but for the ancestors and their spirits who have come before us. Throughout his performances, Houle incorporates his own compositions. “At the end of the day, all I have is my body, spirit and songs.”

Houle’s goal through his work is to have non-Indigenous people feel empathy for Indigenous peoples; “to show that we are humans.” As Houle states: “Colonialism is violence.” This project aims to show the self-love and self-care Indigenous peoples go through existing in a nation where many simply want them to assimilate. Healing through these performances is not only key for the audience but for Houle himself. Personified by “washing” with dirt and bringing the land into the conversation, it is a critical element incorporated in his projects. –– See Terrance Houle’s ongoing exhibition in the Ledge Gallery at Arts Commons starting June 5, as well as visual arts exhibitions by Nicole Kelly Westman & Areum Kim, Brittney Bear Hat & Richelle Bear Hat, Hannah Doerksen, and Jake Klein-Waller.

Houle’s work is the embodiment of the positive and negative that exists within us as humans — the balance it takes to be whole, and to evoke emotions from his audience.

Top to bottom, left to right: Terrance Houle, Blood First Nation, artist, 2012. Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange series. Photo ©William Wilson Houleiinniiwahkiimah, 2010, Terrance Houle he is tired, Terrance Houle. Photo ©Henry Chan

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THE LAST WIFE GIVES CATHERINE PARR HER DUE

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arlier this year, while watching a performance of her play The Last Wife during its run at Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre, Kate Hennig overheard a conversation. “Two women were talking behind me. And one asks, ‘So did she write this play about Donald Trump?’ And the woman sitting next to her, reading the program, said, ‘No she couldn’t have – it was first produced in 2015’.” It’s easy to understand the theatre-goer’s confusion, despite the fact the actors are enacting situations from 500 years ago. “The idea of women in power, and the relationship of power and sex is as current as what is in the papers today,” notes Glynis Leyshon, who is directing the production in Calgary. “It’s a play about what power can do. How we are attracted to it, seduced by it, fear it. It’s about how we react in a room with a character like a Henry VIII: a charismatic bully.” In case your knowledge of British royal history needs a refresher course, a quick recap: Catherine Parr was the sixth and last wife of Henry VIII, and final Queen Consort of The House of Tudor. When the childless, twice-widowed Parr married Henry in 1543 – despite being in love with another

man, Thomas Seymour, brother of Henry’s third wife, Jane – she became a beloved stepmother to his three children, including

“The writing of history has always been male dominated,” says Hennig. “And the voice of history has been seconded by

“The idea of women in power, and the relationship of power and sex is as current as what is in the papers today” the daughters from his first two marriages, who’d been declared illegitimate. Parr’s influence with the egotistical King was formidable; so much so, that she is said to be instrumental in the passing of the Third Succession Act, which restored Henry’s daughters to the line of succession to the throne.

others who had to accept that common history if they were to be accepted. I’m very interested in a more diverse ownership of history.” Hennig’s take is particularly relevant today, with politicians debating the meaning of “Canadian values”. “If we are to accept that we’re Canadians, we have to hear history through diverse cultural voices – women and all the cultures that make up Canada,” she says.

In many ways Catherine Parr was a feminist before the term was invented. Intelligent, strong-willed, and a supporter of Protestant Reformation – which led the conservatives in Henry’s court to plot against her – it’s the power dynamic between her and Henry that’s at the crux of the play.

–– The Last Wife, a contemporary examination of patriarchy, sexual politics, and a woman’s power, runs September 12-30, 2017 at Alberta Theatre Projects.

More House of Cards than Masterpiece Theatre, as Hennig herself notes in her forward to The Last Wife, this is not a period piece for English accents and fancy costumes. Part of what the play explores is the very version of royal history we know from those costume dramas of yore.

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evin Lu and Christine Nguyen knew they wanted something different when it came to a setting where they would exchange their vows. So many of their friends and family were choosing hotels for their receptions, but they wanted something unique. How many people have held their reception in a 1,800 seat theatre on the same stage that rock stars, comedians, jazz singers, and National Geographic Explorers have spoken and performed? “We would change nothing if we had to do it all over again. Maybe just slow time down and enjoy more of the night. Everything flew by so quickly,” says Kevin. “Most memorable moment is definitely the old historic venue itself and how our amazing wedding planner decorated it.”

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Of the six venues in Arts Commons, ranging from the cozy Motel Theatre to the impressive Jack Singer Concert Hall, Christine and Kevin chose the hall for their dinner, with dancing and festivities in the lobby of the concert hall. Their evening including everything from a black tie reception and ceremony, to a traditional Lion dance performed on stage for all of the guests. Decorated by Shauna Marra of Devine Wedding and Event Planning, the venue was truly an impressive sight, and made for memories that the young couple will have for a lifetime. Shauna Marra found the venue an exciting challenge that lent itself to grand decor. “The venue has these beautiful high ceilings that create a grand feeling but then is complimented by this stunning pyramid like chandelier bringing the room in and creating a more

intimate feel. It is a unique, historical, and breathtaking venue that really provides opportunity for unforgettable events and undoubtedly one-of-a-kind experiences." One of the elements they found particularly unique was the Founders Room, which is located just off the main lobby area. “Guests could grab a cocktail and head over to this room for a quiet little get away,” says Marra. For the wedding, this area was converted into a mini games room where guests could slip away for a peaceful conversation or a classic game of Scrabble or Clue. “We both view Arts Commons a little differently now,” says Kevin. “We had the pleasure to attend a show there a few weeks after and it definitely brought back some fantastic memories.”


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Top to bottom, left to right: 1 Kevin and Christine’s wedding featured a traditional Lion dance in the Jack Singer Concert Hall lobby. 2 Kevin and Christine in front of the McCarthy Organ in the Jack Singer Concert Hall. 3 An elegant place setting on the Jack Singer Concert Hall stage. 4 Guests enjoyed their meal on stage with beautiful chandeliers suspended from the ceiling high above. All photos Š Gabe McClintock Photography Spring/ Summer 2017 Arts Commons

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March 7 – May 28, 2017 visual and media arts

Arts Commons Presents

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Sankalpa Centre for Dreams and Visions

March 6 – May 28, 2017

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©Eveline Kolijn

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April 3 – May 28, 2017 what do you call, WE, and Lilly Gets a Pet

Bound, jHartfield Cemeteryj, Cut Out, and Newborns

Window Galleries

Lightbox Studio

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Arts Commons Presents

Arts Commons Presents

where

where

visual and media arts

visual and media arts

Tackling a variety of taboo and complex subjects through sculpture, textiles, photography, and mixed media, these exhibits feature artists Dayna Ellen, Felicity Hart, Jocelyn Reid, and Violet Costello using the materials of traditional craft making.

Through mark-making, Chelsea Rushton’s work explores the information about human bodies and life paths available to practitioners of yoga nidra, or yogic sleep.

Arts Commons presents three short films that capture the passion of movement, showcase a group of young storytellers, and bring a smile to your face with playful puns by filmmakers Mary-Anne McTrowe, The Bum Family, and Rosanna Terracciano. where

Broadcast Lab

when info

Always open artscommons.ca

April 18 – May 20, 2017 March 6 - May 28, 2017 visual and media arts

Arts Commons Presents

The Ocean Inside The Ocean Inside by visual artist Eveline Kolijn uses synthetic materials to express forms and patterns found in nature, and our society’s relationship with it. where when info

Ledge Gallery

Always open artscommons.ca

theatre

Theatre Calgary

Crazy for You© The New Gershwin Musical

Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. Book by Ken Ludwig. A co-production with the Citadel Theatre, Edmonton

When a young banker is sent to the sleepy town of Deadrock to foreclose a rundown theatre, his heart and life are turned completely upside down. This hilarious Tony-winning song-and-dance extravaganza features the classics I Got Rhythm, Someone to Watch Over Me, and Nice Work If You Can Get It. where

Max Bell Theatre

when tickets

may 24

Arts Commons Spring/Summer 2017

Show times vary theatrecalgary.com


May 1 –June 30, 2017

May 5 & 6, 2017

visual and media arts

music

Arts Commons Presents

Arts Commons Presents

Part meditation, part auditory journey, Aidan Lytton’s Caverns of Sound is a multi-channel soundscape which explores an otherworldly cave environment.

Big, bald, and straight from the Bronx, Theodore Joseph Horowitz, aka Popa Chubby, brings 25 years of hard-rocking electric blues to Calgary.

Caverns of Sound

where when info

PCL Blues: Popa Chubby

+15 Soundscape

where

Always open artscommons.ca

when

Engineered Air Theatre

8pm

artscommons.ca

tickets

May 2, 2017

May 7, 2017

block party

comedy

Alberta Theatre Projects

Jewish Family Service Calgary

Join neighbours in the downtown community for a free BBQ lunch in celebration of Alberta Theatre Projects’ 2017-18 season line-up launch. Grab a burger, enjoy live music by local bands and get to know this local theatre company.

Be part of the live audience to witness this once-in-a-life time comedy event, including award-winning comedian and CBC host of the show by the same name, Steve Patterson, and two of his favourite comics: Kate Davis and Dave Hemstad. See this triple threat of funny live at Arts Commons, while supporting a good cause.

Spring Block Party

where when

info

The Debaters Live!

Olympic Plaza

11:30am ATPlive.com

where when

tickets

May 5 & 6, 2017 music

French Classics: Ravel, Saint-Saëns & Franck

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Rush Hour: Beethoven Chill: Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" Beethoven followed his anthemic Fifth with a more gentle focus on countryside living with the innovative programme music of the Sixth Symphony. From a merry bubbling brook to a dramatic symphonic thunderstorm, this is the perfect way to kick back and unwind.

Jack Singer Concert Hall

where

8pm tickets calgaryphil.com

Artists, dates and programs subject to change. Listings within is as of time of press.

7pm artscommons.ca

music

Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 is a spectacular showpiece that escalates into a whirlwind of dazzling arpeggios, artfully performed by pianist Louis Lortie, and followed by Symphony in D Minor, which provides a fusion of French and Germanic orchestral traditions, showcasing the Orchestra at its finest. (Pre-concert Chat: 7:05pm; post-concert: Afterthoughts). when

Jack Singer Concert Hall

May 11, 2017

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

where

when

tickets

Jack Singer Concert Hall

6:30pm calgaryphil.com

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May 12, 2017

May 24, 2017

music

music

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Calgary International Children's Festival

Calgary Phil Presents: The Gryphon Trio

Bold and dynamic, two time JUNO® Award winning Gryphon Trio have a well-deserved reputation for stunning performances and eclectic repertoire. Renowned for their faultless explorations of Beethoven, their interpretation of the sublime “Archduke” Trip is the jewel of this performance. Jack Singer Concert Hall

where when

tickets

The Swinging Belles

This is your chance to kick up your heels with 2016 JUNO® Award winning The Swinging Belles, a swing, country, and jazz band for kids, packed with music and storytelling from Newfoundland. where

Max Bell Theatre

10:30am & 12:30pm calgarykidsfest.ca tickets artscommons.ca when

info

8pm calgaryphil.com

May 12, 2017

May 24, 2017 theatre

Calgary International Children's Festival

We Are All Treaty People

music

Chris Mitchell

An Evening with Chris Mitchell Canadian jazz saxophonist Chris Mitchell performs his best of Latin, R&B, and contemporary classics from Whitney Houston to Frank Sinatra. Engineered Air Theatre

where

Based on the highly acclaimed Making Treaty 7, We Are All Treaty People explores the relationship between two grade six girls, one from the Tsuu T’ina Nation and the other from European descent. where

Martha Cohen Theatre

10:15am & 12:30pm calgarykidsfest.ca tickets artscommons.ca when

8pm tickets artscommons.ca

info

May 13, 2017

May 24 & 25, 2017

music

speaker

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Calgary International Children’s Festival

Creative and versatile, the genius of Beethoven is explored in a concert highlighting shining examples of his best compositions. Pianist Roman Rabinovich interprets Beethoven’s expressively poetic Piano Concerto No. 3, while the Orchestra delves into career highlights including the sumptuous “Pastoral” Symphony (Pre-concert Chat: 7:05pm; Post-concert: Afterthoughts).

The Breadwinner, which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, is the unforgettable story of Parvana, a girl living under Taliban rule, who disguises herself as a boy so she can support her family. Meet the Governor General Award winning author, Deborah Ellis.

when

The Best of Beethoven

Jack Singer Concert Hall

where

8pm tickets calgaryphil.com when

may 26

Arts Commons Spring/Summer 2017

Meet the Author of The Breadwinner

where

Max Bell Theatre

10:15am & 12:30pm calgarykidsfest.ca tickets artscommons.ca when info


May 24 – 27, 2017

May 25, 2017

music, dance, and storytelling

dance

Calgary International Children's Festival

Calgary International Children’s Festival

Masabo delights children with the beauty of traditional West African cultures in a stunning, high-energy performance that explores themes of interculturalism and community.

Join the acclaimed Git Hayetsk Dancers for a beautiful and powerfully moving indigenous mask-dance. This immersive and interactive performance takes audiences deep into the folklore of Northwest Coast culture, interpreting the challenges and victories of First Nations people.

Masabo

Git Hayetsk Dancers

Big Secret Theatre Show times vary info calgarykidsfest.ca tickets artscommons.ca where when

where

Jack Singer Concert Hall

12:30pm calgarykidsfest.ca tickets artscommons.ca when

info

May 24 – 27, 2017 puppetry

May 25 – 27, 2017

Calgary International Children’s Festival

The Man Who Planted Trees

puppetry

Calgary International Children’s Festival

Can one person make a difference in the world? The Man Who Planted Trees tells the inspiring story of a shepherd who, along with his dog, journeys to plant a forest, acorn by acorn. where

A Heart in Winter /Le Cœur en Hiver

Be captivated by this theatrical take on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale The Snow Queen. This brilliantly choreographed production is beautiful and spellbinding. French and English shows available.

Engineered Air Theatre

Show times vary calgarykidsfest.ca tickets artscommons.ca when

info

where

Martha Cohen Theatre

Show times vary calgarykidsfest.ca tickets artscommons.ca when

info

May 24 – 27, 2017 dance

Calgary International Children’s Festival

May 25 – 27, 2017

Go Go Peekaboo!

Life in the toy chest is busy! With a million things to do, there is no time for turmoil or tantrums. It’s go go all the time for Clown, Teddy Bear, Dolly, and their friends. Join Kidsfest for this interactive show for tiny tots. where

theatre

Calgary International Children’s Festival

Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey A visually spectacular glow-in-the-dark journey, Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey is a unique, one-of-a-kind performance using electroluminescent technology, music, and movement to transport you to another world!

Motel Theatre

Show times vary calgarykidsfest.ca tickets artscommons.ca when

info

where

Engineered Air Theatre

Show times vary calgarykidsfest.ca tickets artscommons.ca when

info

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May 26 & 27, 2017

June 5 - August 28, 2017

music

visual and media arts

Calgary International Children’s Festival

Arts Commons Presents

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Walking to Save On, Lucidity, and Rainbow Fisher

More than just a world-class entertainer, GRAMMY® Award winning Kid Hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is an energetic advocate for literacy. His fun, lyrically intelligent raps empower kids and inspire individuality.

Arts Commons presents three short films that explore the microcosm of a grocery store whose days are numbered, a dream within a dream, and a docufiction that examines rituals based in powerful landscapes by filmmakers Susan Clarahan, JP Marchant, and Michael Janke.

Jack Singer Concert Hall

where

10:30am & 1:30pm calgarykidsfest.ca tickets artscommons.ca when

info

where when

info

June 2, 2017 Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Arts Commons Presents

The Land Persists Jake Klein-Waller’s The Land Persists endeavors to lead observers to question our relationship to landscape and the history that surrounds it. As he builds this work, he will simultaneously represent himself as a romanticized fictional character (the Cowboy) from the era. where when

info

Lightbox Studio

Always open artscommons.ca

Jack Singer Concert Hall

where when

visual and media arts

© Jake Klein-Waller

Conductor Laureate Roberto Minczuk presides over Mahler's Symphony No. 9, the triumphant finale to the Orchestra’s multiseason journey through Mahler’s symphony cycle. Order of Canada recipient André Laplante brings his prowess to Mozart’s most famous piano concerto, famously featured in numerous films, including Elvira Madigan. (Pre-concert Chat: 7:05pm; Postconcert: Afterthoughts.)

Always open artscommons.ca

June 5 - August 28, 2017

music

Mozart & Mahler with André LaPlante

Broadcast Lab

tickets

8pm

June 5 - August 28, 2017

calgaryphil.com

visual and media arts

Arts Commons Presents

June 4, 2017

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music

Calgary Civic Symphony

From the elegance and humour of Mozart and the hijinks of Offenbach, to the rhythms and drama of Bernstein, enjoy this return engagement of Cowtown Opera – back by popular demand! Jack Singer Concert Hall

where when

tickets

2:30pm artscommons.ca

may/june 28

Arts Commons Spring/Summer 2017

© Peter Schaaf

Popera!

iitahwáákomímmotsiiyo’p or what makes us love each other by artist-in-residence Terrance Houle, evokes the theme of Indigenous selflove, as influenced by Houle’s father (Ojibway) and mother’s (Blackfoot) relationship. where when info

Ledge Gallery

Always open artscommons.ca


June 5 - August 28, 2017

June 17, 2017

visual and media arts

music

Arts Commons Presents

Stagecoach

The Forgotten Years, maybe we’re drawn to water because of the rhythm or maybe because it’s what we’re made of, and CAMP

where when

info

StageCoach Theatre Arts Calgary presents it's End of Term Extravaganza, showcasing the hard work and talent of their students in singing, acting and dance, on the professional stage. Themed around fantasy, family and friends are encouraged to attend.

© Hannah Doerksen

Focusing on alternative narratives, this exhibit focuses on the telling of women’s stories of their relationships, hopes, communicating, and the strength of perseverance through adversity. Featuring artists Nicole Kelly Westman, Areum Kim, Richelle Bearhat, Brittany Bearhat, and Hannah Doerksen.

Spring End of Term Extravaganza!

where when info

Window Galleries

Engineered Air Theatre

12pm & 4:30pm artscommons.ca

June 21 – 24, 2017

Always open artscommons.ca

theatre

One Yellow Rabbit

In & Out of Love: A Listening Party to Watch in the Big Secret Theatre

June 9 & 10, 2017 music

Part of Sled Island, One Yellow Rabbit's Beautiful Young Artists dig in to a playlist of utterly 21st century music makers like Planningtorock, Zola Jesus, IAMX, Amanda Palmer, Grimes, and City and Colour to explore the whole damn quandary in the latest Listening Party to Watch.

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

The Planets

Classical Special! Holst’s interplanetary tour de force is a must-see symphonic event, featuring an impressively huge orchestra. This blockbuster performance closes the 2016-17 Classics Season in spectacular fashion. Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday as Principal Trumpet Adam Zinatelli debuts an exciting new Calgary Philharmonic cocommissioned Trumpet Concerto written to honour the occasion. where

where

info

June 23, 2017

Jack Singer Concert Hall

8pm tickets calgaryphil.com when

Big Secret Theatre

8pm oyr.org tickets artscommons.ca when

speaker series

TEDx

TEDxYYC TEDxYYC is back! While the past eight years have been absolutely stellar, our ninth may just be the best one yet. As Calgary’s largest and most well-attended independently-organized TED event, we are geared up to bring the very best to our stage.

June 16 & 17, 2017 music

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Sci-Fi Spectacular: Star Wars to Star Trek

Experience Hollywood’s ultimate sci-fi film and TV themes in this orchestral salute led by Pops conductor extraordinaire, John Morris Russell. From John Williams’ ubiquitous Star Wars to Star Trek, Close Encounters, and beyond, explore space with your Calgary Philharmonic as your guide. where when

tickets

where

Jack Singer Concert Hall

when 1pm tickets

artscommons.ca

Jack Singer Concert Hall

8pm calgaryphil.com

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June 29, 2017 music

DDA

Glenn Miller Orchestra The most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. Jack Singer Concert Hall

where when

tickets

7pm artscommons.ca

July 1, 2017 free public event

City of Calgary

Calgary Celebrates Canada 150! Join us for the Calgary Arts Showcase on Olympic Plaza – free for the whole family! where

Olympic plaza

when 10am info

artscommons.ca

July 3 – August 31, 2017 visual and media arts

Arts Commons Presents

Morose Code

Kerry Maguire’s Morose Code simulates what it might be like if you were to move through the vacuum of space, listening to radio waves broadcast from earth. Listen to collaged historical radio broadcasts and music composed in layers of sound. where when info

+15 Soundscape

Always Open artscommons.ca

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he stage, the lights, and the applause may be what draws aspiring young artists to the stage, but it’s the memories made along the way that keep kids coming back to SummerACT year after year. SummerACT is a musical theatre camp that has kids working with professional actors, music and dance instructors, in the inspiring atmosphere of Calgary’s premier arts centre, Arts Commons. The camp provides the opportunity for kids to create an original musical theatre production which they then perform for their family and friends in the Engineered Air Theatre, at the end of the two week session. The collaboration, creativity, and teamwork that is required to undertake this ambitious endeavor results in a lot of new friendships, laughs, and cheers

that build confidence and inspire kids to see themselves as connected to something greater than themselves. Even for kids who do not take to the stage, they will learn that there are so many ways to be involved in the performing arts, as directors, stage managers, or designers.

July 3 – 28, 2017

August 18, 2017

summer camp

art party

Arts Commons Presents

Arts Commons Presents

SummerACT gives kids the opportunity to shake off summer boredom with two weeks of real stage experience working towards their very own original stage show in the Engineered Air Theatre.

In celebration of Canada 150, Happenings #9 is themed around heritage and Canadian dreams for the future. This Happenings event will be an exploration of what the next 150 might look like.

SummerACT

where when info

Engineered Air Theatre

Show times vary artscommons.ca

jun/jul/aug 30

Arts Commons Spring/Summer 2017

This year’s SummerACT program is all about Canadiana. With Canada’s 150 being celebrated throughout our nation, what better way is there to explore the land and the people that are Canada than through great Canadian music icons? From classic tunes by Canadian greats like Joni Mitchell, to the epically awesome duo Tegan and Sara (the Lego Movie song!), SummerACT kids will be inventing their own tribute to the country’s anniversary.

Happenings #9

where

Arts Commons,

Mezzanine Level

when 6pm info

artscommons.ca


Become a member of Founders Circle and discover exceptional benefits and exclusive offers, all while helping us share the transformative power of the arts with many more in our community.

Join today! 403-294-7455 ext. 1465 or artscommons.ca/founderscircle FOUNDERS CIRCLE GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY

All photos © Will Young

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thank you

Arts Commons wishes to express our sincere appreciation to the following corporations, foundations, governments, and passionate community leaders who give generously to support Arts Commons as we play a key role in the social, economic, cultural, and intellectual life and well-being of Calgarians and visitors.

CORPORATE SPONSORS & FOUNDATION PARTNERS

OFFICIAL SUPPLIERS AND SPONSORED GOODS OR SERVICES

ALSA Road Construction Ltd. Supporting Sponsor,

Founders Circle Founders Circle is the premiere donor engagement program at Arts Commons. Our donors play a critical role in our work to bring the arts‌to life.

BD&P World Music and TD Jazz

CBC Media Sponsor

Arts Commons Endowment Fund through the Calgary Foundation

Calgary Herald Media Sponsor

Big Rock Brewery Inc. Official Brewery

Great Events Catering Sponsor, VIP Receptions, TD Jazz

Dr. Martha Cohen, CM, LLD (in memoriam) Sandra LeBlanc Vera Swanson, OC

Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP Title Sponsor, BD&P World Music

Hotel Arts Sponsor, VIP Receptions,

LEGACY BUILDER MEMBERS

CBN Commercial Solutions Official Printer Cenovus Energy Inc. Student Engagement Sponsor,

National Geographic Live

Hyatt Regency Calgary Official Hotel

National Geographic Live

Newad Inc. Media Sponsor

ConocoPhillips Canada Resources Corp. Major Sponsor, Arts Commons Box Office

Our Daily Brett Sponsor, VIP Receptions, BD&P World Music

Student Engagement Sponsor, National Geographic Live Sponsor, Arts Commons Young Minds Initiative Sponsor, Hub for Inspired Learning

Dinner Optimist Club of Calgary Supporting Partner, Hub for Inspired Learning Keyera Corp. Supporting Sponsor, National Geographic Live

Rogers Media Media Sponsor

VISIONARY MEMBERS

Teatro Sponsor, Founders Circle

Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc. Supporting Sponsor,

of Canadian Heritage, Employment and Social Development Canada, and Service Canada

National Geographic Live

Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Inc. Supporting Sponsor, EXPLORE National Geographic

SerVantage Services Inc. Supporting Sponsor, BD&P World Music TD Bank Group Title Sponsorship, TD Jazz

Title Sponsorship, TD Arts Access Pass

TELUS Supporting Sponsor,

EXPLORE National Geographic

Government of Canada through the Departments

Government of Alberta through the Department

of Culture and Tourism, and Alberta Foundation for the Arts

The City of Calgary through the Department

of Community Services, and Protective Services Arts Commons would also like to express our gratitude to The City of Calgary for a grant through the Capital Civic Partner Grant Program, the Governemnt of Alberta through the Community Facility Enhancement Program, and the Government of Canada for two grants through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund that enables us to undertake critical lifecycle initiatives that enhance the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the 560,665 square foot Arts Commons facility.

Please note that only gifts of $10,000 or more are listed above. For a complete list of corporate, foundation and government supporters of Arts Commons, please visit our website at artscommons.ca. To inquire about becoming a supporter of Arts Commons, please contact Ms. Shone Thistle at 403-294-7455, ext.1468 or sthistle@artscommons.ca.

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PIONEER MEMBERS

Pattison Outdoor Media Sponsor

GOVERNMENT

Royal Bank of Canada Series Presenting Sponsor,

Bob & Sue Benzen Betty & David Smith Henry Sykes, QC & Molly Naber-Sykes

Don Douglas & Betty Dunphy Douglas David & Roxanne Dunlop Maureen Fielding R. Scott Hutcheson Gregory & Alexa Kudar

PCL Construction Management Inc. Title Sponsor, PCL Blues

EXPLORE National Geographic

HONOURARY MEMBERS

Michel Bourque & Bryan Clarke Patricia Dalk & Terry Burton Greg Epton & Greg Robertson John McWilliams, QC & Susan McWilliams Brian Mills & Susan Tyrrell Randy & Luba Pettipas Stuart & Vicki Reid C.A. Siebens Tharrie & Johann Zietsman

MEMBERS Anonymous (2) Colin & Wendy Anderson Joanna Barstad Leslie Biles & Robert Armstrong Carri Clarke & Reid Brodylo Norm & Colleen Dickson Jane Golubev & Igor Tesker Ken Havard Brian & Annette Hester Wes Jenkins Jennifer Johnson & Trev Habekost Tasha Komery Arun & Roopa Lakra M. Ann McCaig Rodney & Karen McCann James & Janice Morton Joe & Judy Osinski Jock & Diana Osler Holly Schile & David Nielsen Alane Smith Marg Southern Daryl & Cindy Stepanic Shone Thistle & Heather Shaw


Explorers Circle Members of Explorers Circle help National Geographic Society inspire people to care about the planet, and help Arts Commons bring the National Geographic Live speakers’ messages of exploration, discovery, and conservation to Calgary audiences. ENGAGEMENT SPONSORS Bob & Sue Benzen, Pink Boots and a Machete with primatologist and TV correspondent Mireya Mayor Ken Havard, View From Above with astronaut Terry Virts Michel Bourque & Bryan Clarke, A Wild Life with photographer Bertie Gregory Doug Flaig & Helen Timmons, Standing at the Water's Edge with marine biologist and photographer Cristina Mittermeier

MEMBERS Maureen Armitage & Shane Matthews Sandra & Simon Barker Michel Bourque & Bryan Clarke James & Bev Butler Cabra Consulting Ltd. David & Roxanne Dunlop Jane Durango & Dr. Beverly Frizzell Greg Epton & Greg Robertson Lloyd & Riona Freeman Jane Golubev & Igor Tesker Brian & Annette Hester Janine LaBossiere Jordan & Nyssa Moore Devin & Shelley Spackman Shone Thistle & Heather Shaw Joyce Warren & Vanessa Arrate Please note that only gifts of $1,000 or more are listed above. For a complete list of individual donors through Founders Circle and Explorers Circle, please visit our website at artscommons.ca. To inquire about becoming a member of Founders Circle or Explorers Circle, please contact Mr. Daniel Mills at 403-294-7455, extension 1441, or dmills@artscommons.ca.

WRITTEN BY SASKIA KNIGHT

F

or the past 13 years, TD Bank Group has been known as the “bank of music,” inspiring Canadians through their support of a variety of music events including the JUNO Awards, both the Vancouver and Montreal International Jazz Festivals, and a variety of concert series such as Arts Commons TD Jazz. According to Derek Turner, VP of Branch Banking In Calgary, their support of the arts in general speaks to TD’s company beliefs in “…truly enriching the lives of our customers and communities”. TD Bank is the presenting sponsor of the TD Jazz series at Arts Commons, and has helped bring a diverse, eclectic, and celebrated group of musicians to Calgary over the past five years. Additionally, through supporting the TD Arts Access Pass, TD enables newcomers to Canada to experience live music in venues such as the Jack Singer Concert Hall. According to Derek, “The TD Arts Access Pass aligns so much with what is important to us at TD, which is to enrich the communities that we do business in.” Derek explains that giving new Canadians and lower income households’ access to live music builds on the cultural fabric of the community. As the number one bank for newcomers to Canada, Derek believes that the TD Jazz series and the TD Arts Access Pass program are particularly important. “Diversity is an integral part of the cultural fabric of TD Bank Group because in order to serve communities better, a bank should reflect the

Derek Turner,Vice President, Branch Banking, Calgary, TD Canada Trust

market they do business in-culturally, from a business perspective, as well as in their employee base.” Derek excitedly builds on this idea to add that “from an employee perspective, TD’s engagement means a lot.” Employees can easily engage with TD’s community partners through the TD Volunteer Network. One of the innovative ways TD encourages employee engagement is through a giving program in which TD donates to an employee’s charity of choice after the employee contributes at least forty hours of their time to volunteering with that organization. From their support of the music-rich initiatives and the TD Arts Access pass, to making employee engagement meaningful and rewarding, TD is a bank that sees both their clients and employees as more than numbers, and the arts is stronger for having them as a dedicated supporter. Spring/ Summer 2017 Arts Commons

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The Stoic Cowboy WRITTEN BY HILARY ANGROVE

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or most art enthusiasts who are not artists themselves, understanding what motivates craftsmanship is somewhat of a mystery. Multidisciplinary artist-in-residence, Jake Klein-Waller, finds inspiration in his surroundings. “My inspiration started with exploring spaces, being alone and contemplating how those areas were created. Understanding the accumulation of history that the landscape provides, forming questions about place which developed into themes of mortality.” Moreover, Klein-Waller is motivated by his state of mind during the creative process, where he takes on the persona of the stoic cowboy, a character which he describes as a “hyperbole of myself, a hyper-masculine, quiet, white male.” During his exhibition in the Lightbox Studio at Arts Commons, he will use this persona and his visual art to explore ideas of colonialism and how history has affected the Canadian landscape over the past 150 years.

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Without a doubt, much has changed since the era of the cowboy in Calgary or since the first colonials appeared on the prairie landscape, and through Klein-Waller’s installation The Land Persists, viewers will have the opportunity to connect with this part of history. According to Klein-Waller, he’ll be “making tools as the cowboy, bringing parts of the national landscape into the space, the studio will be a place to walk into another sense of time, a past sense of Canada.” One of the byproducts of having the slow process of installation occur in a public art space such as the Lightbox Studio is the opportunity to exchange ideas and stories with the public. These exchanges can lead to the public’s greater understanding of what the artist is trying to communicate, what motivates them, and could in turn become another avenue of inspiration for Klein-Waller. –– Visit Jake Klein-Waller's exhibition The Land Persists in the Lightbox Studio from June 5 – Aug 28, 2017.


OUR LOCATION Our address is 205 8th Ave SE. Our main entrance is located off Stephen Avenue, one block east of the Calgary Tower and across from Olympic Plaza.

Located in the heart of Calgary’s vibrant downtown core, Arts Commons is home to the city’s premier performance venues. Offering public art spaces and six distinct performance venues, including the Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons is home to a variety of artists and an array of resident companies that include the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and annual events such as the Calgary International Children’s Festival.

GETTING HERE BY LRT Calgary’s LRT (light rail train) will take you to City Hall station, one block north of Arts Commons.

GETTING HERE BY CAR

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Arts Commons offers underground parking. Enter off Macleod Trail between 9th and 8th Avenues.

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Surface parking lots in the 200, 300 and 400 blocks on the south side of 9th Avenue SE

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