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LETTER FROM JOHANN

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eing a South African (and a new Canadian!), it took me a while to adapt to Calgary winters. Don’t get me wrong—South Africa has winter too, and to be honest, I have been colder in South Africa than I have ever been in Calgary—but that’s another story. What I had to get used to here is that winter is when people go out: to shows, hockey games, restaurants, and skiing. In my home country, we stayed home and hibernated during winter, which was all of one month long. But here I have learned to enjoy all the incredibly diverse and exciting happenings during the loooong winter. So much so, that I have to admit to now looking forward to it! Just flipping through this issue of the Arts Commons Magazine is enough to get anybody excited about the season. We have so much going on, and we want you to “Come on in! We are OPEN – and warm!” So many of our activities include free experiences, and our resident companies have worked hard to be accessible to all, because we do not want you to experience any barriers to enjoying wonderful moments with us. Accessibility is not only about cost. I hope you will enjoy our improved wayfinding signage, our behind-the-scenes experiences, our visual art galleries, and our new social gathering space adjacent to the Ca’Puccini Theatre Café. We want you to feel at home and welcome in our “Commons”, where you can gather to enjoy and share meaningful experiences through the arts. This is a year where many of the organizations in this facility, as well as the facility itself, celebrate our collective 30th anniversary. Since opening our doors on September 14, 1985, we have had the treasured privilege of serving this ever-growing community. As we grew from three to six theatres, and from three to seven resident companies, the city grew from 600,000 to 1.2 million residents. Every resident—old and new—bringing their own stories, cultural expression, ambitions, desires, creativity and joys to the place we call home. Through ups and downs (and Calgary knows about that!), we have always found a way to move forward, and to hold hands while doing so. So it is with the Arts Commons family, and we feel honoured that you have always been a part of our story – holding our hands as we move forward. Thank you! We feel a genuine pleasure knowing we have made your journey just a little better, a little more fun, a little more compassionate, and a little more creative. So come on in and enjoy Elska’s “Indie music for kids”, High Performance Rodeo’s offerings of international greatness (and some strangeness too), all kinds of free events and exhibitions, The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s 60th year, Theatre Calgary’s behind-thescenes look at the world premiere of The Little Prince – The Musical, Downstage’s free plays, and so much more – all here at your Arts Commons. Welcome!

Johann F. Zietsman President & CEO, Arts Commons

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Getting to know each other Iceland’s Elska comes down from her volcanic island and brings her curious creatures and infectious pop beats to Calgary. Arts Commons' Director of Programming talks about the ‘Bjork for kids’ and the rise of indie music for kids, or K-indie.

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Calgary’s Other Rodeo Celebrates 30 Years The High Performance Rodeo looks back on their history, from the illegal to the merely experimental, from world-renowned artists to the most obscure, all in the service of heating up Calgary during its freezing Januarys.

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Winter Freebies at Arts Commons Be it a life drawing session with theatre costumes, an experimental panel discussion with Canadian artists, or a stirring documentary on the 1960s women’s rights movement, there’s plenty you can come out to experience for free.

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An explosion of imagination Get a behind the scenes glimpse at the costume designs for the world premiere of Theatre Calgary’s The Little Prince – The Musical.

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Two World Wars, Nine Conductors, and a Petition to Holland How the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra has weathered the years to celebrate their 60th anniversary today.

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What’s on at Arts Commons What’s new and notable this winter at Arts Commons.

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A Living Legacy We remember a dear friend of Arts Commons and the thousands of lives that she and her husband Ken have impacted over the years.

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The where’s what and the what’s where of Arts Commons.

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Jennifer Johnson

TASHA KOMERY Editor-In-Chief

Jennifer Johnson is the Director of Programming at Arts Commons in Calgary, presenting multiple music series, speakers, youth and special presentations alongside a robust arts learning portfolio and a focus on local artists. At the heart of Jennifer’s programming philosophy is expression, inspiration, identity, connection, and belonging.

ALEX BONYUN (maternity leave) Managing Editor

RICHARD LAM Managing Editor

KAIJA DIRKSON Creative Manager

ERIN BELTON

Shelley Spackman

Graphic Design

Shelley Spackman is Interim Artistic Producer at Downstage and has a diverse background in fund development, event design, volunteer management and communications. A selfproclaimed lifelong lover of the arts - she has worked with Arts Commons and with One Yellow Rabbit on their everzany High Performance Rodeo. Please note Shelley is also camera shy so Rex (Downstage’s resident office dinosaur) is her stand-in headshot.

CONTRIBUTORS Kaija Dirkson, Anne Georg, Jennifer Johnson, Natasha Jensen, Saskia Knight, Richard Lam, Trudie Lee, Jodi Lucas, Zachary Moull, Marie Pollock, Shelley Spackman, and Johann Zietsman

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Anne Georg

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

Anne Georg freelances as a writer and photographer for various publications and organizations. It’s a good life. It affords her fabulous opportunities to ask a lot of impertinent questions and be part of the culture and social scene wherever she may roam – and roam she does.

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lska’s Middle of Nowhere is theatrical storytelling and song at its best. Part theatre, part concert, and part campfire tales, playful pioneer Elska explores an undiscovered island in Iceland. Her infectious modern pop and techno grooves are freshly appealing to a new generation of parents and children alike and her stories and songs echo our Canadian experience.

As Arts Commons continues to develop and present more youth and family programs, I encourage our audiences to join us in the journey. There is no need to have ever attended a kid’s show before, nor to have kids of your own. There are no rules on how to dress or when to applaud. We encourage multi-generational participation. Join your grandkids, nieces, and nephews. Invite your child’s friend, or plan a family ‘play’ date.

I selected this 50 minute performance for its delightful combination of stories, fresh take on “K-indie” music (indie music for kids), inclusion of mixed media, and simple yet stimulating visuals. Above all I found Elska’s journey to be beautifully in touch with the lives and experience that Calgary’s children and families share each day.

Access to a wide variety of the arts throughout our lives, particularly at a young age, is a proven driver for self and societal development, improving our ability to contextualize, understand, and form opinions. The arts help us develop empathy and build perspective. It is in these ways that we shape our sense of identity, of community and belonging.

We are a country of immigrants and a province of pioneers. Calgary’s wonderfully diverse and growing community reflects the immigrant experience and pioneer spirit which binds us all. Every day we experience our city evolving, getting to know and understand one another, striving to build something special, and knowing we can achieve great things together. Elska too is a pioneer. As she embarks on her adventure, she tells the tales of the characters she encounters along the way and shares how strangers become friends. Elska’s journey exemplifies compassion, kindness, discovery, and respect. Her spirit exudes joy and appreciation for the moment and her surroundings. She reminds us when to put the cell phone down, to be present to all the wonder around us, and to appreciate the special people in our lives. Middle of Nowhere may be a performance for children but it appeals to the child in all of us.

As Arts Commons strives towards “a creative and compassionate society through the arts" we are proud to begin offering thoughtful and fun family experiences. Engineers, architects, chefs, and landscapers exemplify where and how creativity surrounds our daily experience. Arts Commons Presents looks forward to sparking the imagination of our children and celebrating the power of bringing the arts to life.

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CALGARY’S OTHER RODEO TRADITION CELEBRATES 30 YEARS WRITTEN BY ANNE GEORG

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ne Yellow Rabbit’s High Performance Rodeo is forward looking by its very nature and all of its impulses and instincts. Its vision is about “Who we are now” and that usually means developing collaborations for sometime in the future. That said, no one is anything without their history. And with the 30th anniversary of OYR’s High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts, it’s time to find out why HPR is what it is now. Back in 1987, the inaugural festival featured five shows that were—safe to say—bizarrely experimental. The event was not even legal because the venue (a converted office in a downtown building) contravened fire laws. Only a few dozen people attended the secret festival (you had to know a phone number, to find out the meeting place, from where you were brought to the office). Over the decades, the Rodeo grew with One Yellow Rabbit. It secured a venue and even a marketing budget(!). It began to collaborate with Calgary’s leading educational and cultural organizations – and took its place among them. The Rodeo has grown up with Calgary, and it has also changed Calgary with its unwavering conviction that Calgarians would come to the theatre if you gave them stimulating performances. And they did – to see NYC-based Penny Arcade’s international premiere of Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore! The Penny Arcade Sex and Censorship Show. It was 1992 – and the Rodeo’s first box office hit. From there, the Rodeo has brought to Calgary some of the most celebrated artists in Canada and the world – and some of the most obscure. Think Goat Island (1997) and Mexico’s Lucha VaVoom

(2012). The Rodeo has hosted global cultural royalty, too. Philip Glass was the Rodeo’s first official Artist-in-Residence (2009). Other notable artists include: Laurie Anderson (2005, 2012), Brian Eno (2011), Bruce McCulloch (1997, 2014), Marie Chouinard (2001, 2003, 2004), and Daniel MacIvor (1991, 2001, 2004 2013, 2016). In 2007, the Rodeo changed its name to include ‘Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts’ in recognition that this scrappy festival was a big part of Calgary. The Rodeo has always been all about Calgary; building it, bending it, shocking it, exposing it, embracing it and changing it for the better. It has also nurtured a new generation of theatre-makers in Calgary (Ghost River Theatre and Green Fools, among others) by offering opportunities to participate, perform, and create at the Rodeo. In 2016, Kenna Burima, one of these young artists now in full stride, is collaborating with the Rodeo and other artists in The Calgary Songs Project, a 30-year pageant of song created from 30 songs by Calgary musicians. Public input is encouraged and there’s going to be dancing involved – as always at the Rodeo. But 2015 is the year the Rodeo rings in their 30th anniversary. With 25 shows in over a dozen venues, it has become the signature event for Calgary and Arts Commons in the month of January. And, as observed by Calgary’s own Mayor Naheed Nenshi: “It’s January. It can be chilly. But in the Arts District, it’s hot, hot, hot! High Performance Rodeo has become one of the best festivals in the country where all Calgarians can enjoy cutting edge performance and an incredible urban vibe.” This is who we are now.

“The Rodeo has always been all about Calgary; building it, bending it, shocking it, exposing it, embracing it and changing it for the better.”

Opposite: Photo of dancer Carol Prieur from Humanitas, Compagnie Marie Chouinard © Michael Slobodian.

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The High Performance Rodeo

January 7–31, 2016

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Happenings #3 February 29, 2016

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uick! Picture your favorite memory at Arts Commons. Was it the concert where you finally got to hear your high school anthem or wedding song performed live? Was it a chance encounter or a conversation with an artist working in the centre? Was it a chilling reveal in a twisty, tumultuous stage play? Or was it a single, sustained note that brought tears to your eyes? We want everyone to have more of those. More moments, more surprises, and more delight. As a gathering space for artists and audiences, we want your winter to be filled with fun, cultural things to do without ever stepping in the cold and without emptying your wallet. So grab a Ca’Puccini coffee and roam the halls with us for these free events...

Opposite: (a) Artists from The Peel, (b) In Stillness by The Peel Project artist Katie Green, (c,d) Life drawing sessions in The Hub at Arts Commons. Photos © Natasha Jensen, (e,f) Stills from She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry.

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Join us on 8th Avenue outside at Jack Singer Concert Hall for a noon-hour celebration of the 100th anniversary of Alberta’s women receiving the right to vote.

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Our Happenings tradition continues with a massive, centre-wide celebration of The Peel Project, in which six Canadian artists journeyed through North America’s last intact river system, documenting their experiences through their art. A massive and multi-layered project that brings together film, visual arts, and science, this reception will include: Art!Flicks premiere of The Peel documentary, post-show panel discussions, live performances, button making, and of course, snacks and wine for a proper toast.

Life Drawing March 14, 2016 Bring your drawing materials and stretch your artistic muscles! Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a curious beginner, you can learn to draw with this free session themed around the vast costume collection from Theatre Calgary and Alberta Theatre Projects; this is a chance to find inspiration from the rich and detailed costumes of the stage. Registration required. Please contact njensen@artscommons.ca

Art!Flicks April 19, 2016 As part of Happenings #4, Arts Commons will present a free Art!Flicks screening of She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry. This stirring and informative documentary charts the rise of the women’s movement in the United States between 1966 and 1971 with warmth, humour, and passion. The film's unique blend of historical clips and interviews has been called “a great political success story. Visionary and heroic,” by The New Yorker.


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WRITTEN BY ZACHARY MOULL

“One sees clearly only with the heart,” Antoine de SaintExupéry wrote in his cherished book The Little Prince.

Theatre, she’s known for her creative uses of unexpected materials – her designs call for newspaper, tinfoil, and bubble wrap as often as lumber and fabric, converting everyday elements into fantastical creations onstage. “The transformation,” she says, “is part of the magic.”

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is eloquent tale about the power of love and creativity comes to Theatre Calgary in a world premiere musical adaptation by Nicholas Lloyd Webber and James D. Reid. “It’s a spellbinding and captivating story,” says Lloyd Webber, “moving through space and time with an array of weird and wonderful characters.”

Opposite: Preliminary research sketches for Little Prince and Snake costume designs by Bretta Gerecke. Sketches © Bretta Gerecke Below, Left: Director Dennis Garnhum, music supervisor Simon Lee, and writers Nicholas Lloyd Webber and James D. Reid explore one of the new musical’s songs. Photo © Zachary Moull Below, Right: Sarah Caraher (The Little Prince) celebrates Alberta Culture Days, adding to Theatre Calgary’s pop-up creativity mural. Photo © Zachary Moull

Saint-Exupéry, who was a pilot himself, filled his original book with evocative illustrations of his characters and the marvellous worlds they inhabit. His clean-lined drawing style, Gerecke says, “allows you to fill in the blanks with your imagination.” Gerecke hopes that her designs for The Little Prince – The Musical will spark creative thinking in much the same way. “My job as a designer,” she says, “is to help the audience go to places that they may have never imagined before. When I go to the theatre myself, I want to be transported.”

Told through the eyes of a lost pilot who has forgotten his childhood talent for drawing, The Little Prince – The Musical celebrates the rekindling of the imagination. In the months leading up to the premiere, Theatre Calgary brought the creative spirit beyond its walls, curating a pop-up creativity project and partnering with Calgary Public Library to hold readings of The Little Prince across the city. The production’s design team has been working hard to meet bold expectations, with Dennis Garnhum, the show’s director, asking for nothing less than “an explosion of imagination.”

When the show opens in mid-January, a remarkable cast of Canadian musical theatre superstars will lead the audience on that journey, including Adam Brazier (The Woman in White) as the Pilot and Louise Pitre (Mamma Mia!) as the Snake. Elicia MacKenzie, who won the hearts of viewers on CBC’s How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria, plays the Rose, and newcomer Sarah Caraher takes on the title role. “We sought out bold and original performers,” says Garnhum, “and I’m thrilled to be hosting artists with such extraordinary passion for musical theatre.”

“When a director gives you a gift like that,” says set and costume designer Bretta Gerecke, “you have a responsibility to run with it.” One of Canada’s most innovative designers, Gerecke is uniquely qualified for the task. As the resident designer for Edmonton’s award-winning Catalyst

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The Little Prince – The Musical

Jan. 19 to Feb. 28, 2016

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403-294-7447 theatrecalgary.com

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TWO WORLD WARS, NINE CONDUCTORS AND A PETITION TO HOLLAND HOW THE CALGARY PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PREVAILED TO CELEBRATE THEIR 60 TH

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WRITTEN BY MARIE POLLOCK

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he Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates a milestone this year: it’s our 60th anniversary. And while the Calgary Philharmonic officially formed in 1955, the Orchestra’s history actually begins well before that. Before there was the Calgary Philharmonic, there was the Calgary Symphony Orchestra, formed in 1910. The Symphony consisted of 55 amateur and professional musicians and was conducted first by A.P. Howells, and later by Max Weil. After World War I, the Calgary Symphony disbanded, leaving

Alberta Philharmonic decided to merge, forming the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Henry Plukker. Since 1955, the Calgary Philharmonic has been a cornerstone of Calgary’s arts community, and is widely regarded as one of North America’s finest and most versatile live music ensembles. The Orchestra is now on its ninth principal conductor (Roberto Minczuk) and its third home, having moved from the Palace Theatre to the Jubilee Auditorium to its current home at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.

“In its 60-year history, the Calgary Philharmonic has strived to make the Orchestra accessible to Calgarians from all walks of life.” Calgary without an organized symphony orchestra until 1928. The orchestra reformed and eventually grew to include 75 musicians. Unfortunately, war intervened once again, and the Calgary Symphony disbanded during World War II. Hoping the third time was the charm, the Calgary Symphony once again reformed in 1947 with conductor Clayton Hare. This brings us to 1955, the most pivotal year in the Calgary Philharmonic’s history. In February 1955, Werner Van Sweeden, a flautist in Calgary, sent a petition signed by 42 musicians to Dutch conductor Henry Plukker, asking him to conduct in Calgary. Plukker obliged, and arrived in Calgary shortly thereafter. Having seen that the Calgary Symphony already had an established conductor, Plukker formed his own orchestra over the summer, calling his group the Alberta Philharmonic Orchestra. While both organizations were highly respected, it was determined that Calgary could not financially support two major orchestras, so after several months of negotiation, the Calgary Symphony and

And although the Orchestra leaders and home bases have changed, the mandate of the Calgary Philharmonic remains the same: to bring audiences exceptional musical performances every time. In its 60-year history, the Calgary Philharmonic has strived to make the Orchestra accessible to Calgarians from all walks of life. In addition to performing great classical hits from Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, the Orchestra also brings a symphonic twist to the music of such artists as Michael Jackson, the Bee Gees, and Pink Floyd. And for the people who can’t come to the Orchestra, there are a variety of education and outreach programs that bring musicians directly into the community. Musicians from the orchestra frequently visit schools, seniors’ homes, and other charitable organizations for outreach and educational performances. Now 60 years old, the Calgary Philharmonic truly remains Calgary’s Orchestra.

Above: Henry Plukker, Conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra from 1955-62. Middle: (Press clipping) The Women’s League of the Calgary Philharmonic Society’s Symphony-To-Spring Ball, 1961. Bottom: Current Conductor Roberto Minczuk. Photo © Trudie Lee.

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December 9, 2015 – February 29, 2016 visual and media arts

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Making of: The Peel Project A behind-the-scenes look at the art created by Aurora Darwin, Anthony Wallace, Daniel J Kirk, Katie Green, Carleigh Baker, and Callan Field. where when

December 1, 2015 – February 29, 2016 visual and media arts

Arts Commons Presents Gallery of Alberta Media Arts

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A Public Decompression: The Peel Project An experimental and open studio for artists Daniel J Kirk and Katie Green.

JP Marchant, Kyle Whitehead, and Austin Taylor present their short films that explore snapshots of life and art from the different artists’ perspectives.

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Lightbox Gallery

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December 16, 2015 – April 29, 2016

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December 7, 2015 – February 29, 2016 visual and media arts

Arts Commons Presents

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Calgary-based artist Sasha Foster will entirely transform the Ledge Gallery into a psychedelic neon spatial fantasy. She will stimulate the senses through use of audio, visual, and tactile encounters, creating a carefully curated experience for the audience. where

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The Peel Project: Confluence at Aberdeen Canyon A sound installation in the +15 Soundscape featuring artists Anthony Wallace and Carleigh Baker. where when info

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January 7 – 11, 2016

January 9, 2016

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One Yellow Rabbit and Theatre Calgary

EMH Productions Inc.

Part of the 30th anniversary of High Performance Rodeo

Iranian singer Ebi may be 66 years old, but his voice is showing no signs of age. Ebi has become a voice for three generations of Iranians worldwide. His latest album Jane Javani is as relevant, as politically charged, and as powerful as anything he’s put out in his 50-year career.

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Through a series of songs played live on a vintage bicycle, award-winning Toronto theatre artist and songwriter, evalyn parry, takes her audience on an innovative musical and theatrical journey about women, cycling and liberation. where when

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Calgary, I Love You, but You’re Killing Me

One Yellow Rabbit and Theatre Yes

The Club

Part of the 30th anniversary of High Performance Rodeo

Part of the 30th anniversary of High Performance Rodeo

The City is a nest and a distraction. Safe and dangerous, comforting and alien, it exhausts and energizes in equal measure. Calgary, I Love You, but You’re Killing Me is about music, comedy, and the mysterious relationship we all have with home.

A play in an elevator may make some cringe, but the loud music, dancing cast, and flashing lights in The Club distract from the tight space. And if you’re not expecting all this, the confusion about what’s going on will as well. where when info

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PCL Blues: Lurrie Bell The Chicago blues tradition is personified in Lurrie Bell, a man who’s emotional honesty and heartfelt lyrics can be felt in every twang of his electric guitar. Son of famed blues harmonica player Carey Bell, Bell picked up his father’s guitar at age five and has been playing ever since. where when

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Arts Commons Presents

Big Secret Theatre

8pm HPRodeo.ca

January 14, 2016

January 8 & 9, 2016 music

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MS Society of Canada, Alberta Division

2016 Calgary Whiskey Festival In support of the MS Society of Canada, the 2016 Calgary Whiskey Festival is a barnburner of an evening, featuring over 100 whiskies from distilleries around the world. where when

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Engineered Air Theatre

Jack Singer Lobby

6pm artscommons.ca

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January 15 & 16, 2016

January 19 – February 28, 2016

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Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Theatre Calgary

Blockbuster Broadway!

The Little Prince – The Musical

In association with Lamplighter Drama, London, UK. Based on the book by Antoine de SaintExupéry. Adapted by Nicholas Lloyd Webber and James D. Reid.

Broadway’s biggest hits come to life as conductor Adam Johnson, the Calgary Philharmonic, and guest Broadway vocalists roll out some of the biggest show tunes from New York’s most beloved musicals. Jack Singer Concert Hall

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The Little Prince is one of the most universally cherished books of all time, selling millions of copies worldwide. Now it comes to life in a spectacular new musical celebration of the imagination and the artist within us all.

8pm

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calgaryphil.com

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January 17 & 18, 2016

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Max Bell Theatre

Show times vary theatrecalgary.com

speaker series

Arts Commons Presents

National Geographic Live Gorongosa Reborn with Bob Poole

January 21, 2016

Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Bob Poole takes us deep into the African wilds and civil warzones where he worked with rangers and scientist to save a lost Eden in one of the biggest conservation projects on the planet: Gorongosa National Park.

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From the Podium Lecture: Tchaikovsky’s Fate: Mottos & Meanings in the Late Symphonies Tchaikovsky’s last three symphonies are a microcosm of his life, embodying the Romantic notion of the struggle of the individual against morality. We examine his remarkable life and music and his ingenious use of musical mottos.

© Bob Poole

Jack Singer Concert Hall

where

lecture/presentation

January 19 – 31, 2016

where

theatre

tickets

when

Jack Singer Concert Hall

6:30pm calgaryphil.com

One Yellow Rabbit and Alberta Theatre Projects

Life, Death and The Blues Part of the 30th anniversary of High Performance Rodeo

Blues jam meets live theatre! This is the true life tale of a typical Canadian kid from a South Asian / Irish background, who just can’t help lovin’ the Blues. Martha Cohen Theatre

where when

tickets

Show times vary HPRodeo.ca OR ATPlive.com

January 22 & 23, 2016 © Michael Cooper

A Theatre Passe Muraille production, in association with Hope And Hell Theatre Co.

music

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Tchaikovsky & Sibelius with Augustin Hadelich Augustin Hadelich, one of the hottest violinists playing today, makes his Calgary Philharmonic debut performing Sibelius’ powerful Violin Concerto. The Orchestra wraps up the evening with Tchaikovsky’s passionate Symphony No. 6. where when

tickets

january 22

Arts Commons Winter 2016

Jack Singer Concert Hall

8pm calgaryphil.com


January 27 & 28, 2016

January 30, 2016

theatre

music

One Yellow Rabbit presents

Tooth Blackener

Part of the 30th anniversary of High Performance Rodeo

Singer-songwriter and crowd favourite MBF returns to his hometown to fill the Jack Singer Concert Hall for his new album, I wanna make it with you. A record born in longing, it is what Michael describes as ‘music to get a speeding ticket to’.

Bastardy

Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s documentary about Australian legend Uncle Jack Charles: veteran actor, musician, Koori elder and activist – but for a good portion of his nearly 70 years, he has also been an addict, a thief, and a regular in Victoria’s prisons. where when

when

February 3, 2016 music

Arts Commons Presents

BD&P World Music: Yamato: The Drummers of Japan – Bakuon

theatre

One Yellow Rabbit and reWork Productions

Who Killed Spalding Gray?

Having thrilled millions of audience members around the globe since their founding in 1993, Yamato is dedicated to showcasing the undeniable dynamism of Japan’s traditional Wadaiko drums. Combine these massive drums with dance, costume, and a flare for the dramatic and you have one heart-pounding evening of contagious rhythm.

Part of the 30th anniversary of High Performance Rodeo The return of Rodeo favourite, Daniel MacIvor, in his latest creation inspired by the death of a celebrated American monologist. A solo performance about truth, lies, and the four most important things in life. Big Secret Theatre

where

8pm tickets HPRodeo.ca when

8pm artscommons.ca

7:30pm HPRodeo.ca

January 27 – 30, 2016

where

Jack Singer Concert Hall

tickets

Big Secret Theatre

tickets

where

when

Jack Singer Concert Hall

7:30pm

tickets

artscommons.ca

January 29 & 30, 2016

February 3 – 7, 2016

film

theatre

One Yellow Rabbit presents

Fire Exit Theatre

Part of the 30th anniversary of High Performance Rodeo

Not your typical cancer play. Sarah & The Dinosaur is an unorthodox, funny, heartbreaking, and honest narrative of one woman and her journey with a cancer that comes to her in the form of a dinosaur.

Eternal: A film by Daniel Fish

Sarah & The Dinosaur

In July 2013, Daniel Fish shot two actors repeatedly performing the final scene of the 2003 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for two hours — the only constraint: they must keep going, no matter what happens. where when

tickets

where when

tickets

Big Secret Theatre

Engineered Air Theatre

Show times vary fireexit.ca

5pm HPRodeo.ca

jan/feb

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February 4, 2016

February 6, 2016

music

music

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Calgary Phil Presents: Rachmaninoff Vespers – Luminous Voices & Pro Coro Canada

Jack Singer Concert Hall

where

8pm tickets calgaryphil.com when

Renowned worldwide for their daring feats of balance and flexibility, the Peking Acrobats bring their contingent of contortionists, jugglers, trick-cyclists, and gymnasts to the Calgary stage for a visual spectacular, with the Orchestra providing the epic soundtrack.

© Tom Meinhold

Receiving rave reviews, Alberta’s premier professional choral ensembles – Calgary’s Luminous Voices and Edmonton’s Pro Coro Canada – join together in harmony for a haunting performance of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers.

The Peking Acrobats

where when

tickets

Jack Singer Concert Hall

8pm calgaryphil.com

February 6 & 7, 2016

February 5, 2016

(family) music

Arts Commons Presents

music

Arts Commons Presents

© Bernhard Kristinn

PCL Blues: Marcia Ball Famous for her contagious smile and exuberant energy, Marcia Ball has mastered the art of playful good time blues. The Texasborn, Louisiana-raised roadhouse songstress has taken her groove-laden sound from coast to coast, garnered a Grammy nomination, and is a true original.

Explore Elska’s island, a wondrous place off the coast of Iceland, full of curious creatures, fascinating fauna, and infectious pop beats. Called “the Bjork for kids”, Elska enchants with fun lyrics and a catchy techno-pop sound that will enchant parents and children alike. where when

Martha Cohen Theatre

where

Elska: Middle of Nowhere

tickets

Martha Cohen Theatre

1pm & 3:30pm artscommons.ca

when 7:30pm tickets

artscommons.ca

February 5, 2016 music

Live Nation

Corb Lund An ambitious, stylistically diverse and frequently surprising collection, Canadian songwriter Corb Lund returns with his highly anticipated new studio album, Things That Can’t Be Undone and a tour across Canada. Recorded in Nashville, the record pushes his darkly biting tales and rural balladry into new terrain.

February 12 & 13, 2016 This romantic outing features 2012 Honens Prize Laureate Pavel Kolesnikov‘s interpretation of Rachmaninoff’s dizzying Rhapsody, followed by the addition of Samson Tsoy for a four-handed, energetic performance of Bruch’s duo-piano concerto. Then, it’s all about the famous pair of star-crossed lovers, as the Orchestra crowns the evening with a sweeping performance of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.

Jack Singer Concert Hall

where

when 8pm tickets

artscommons.ca

february 24

Arts Commons Winter 2016

music

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Romeo and Juliet & Rachmaninoff with Pavel Kolesnikov This Valentine’s Day weekend, the Orchestra presents two evenings of romance with Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Bruch’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite. where

Jack Singer Concert Hall

when 8pm tickets

calgaryphil.com


February 12 & 13, 2016

February 20, 2016

burlesque

music

The Garter Girls Inc.

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Valentine’s Day with Mr. Gorgeous

Brahms Two: Lovers & The Lullaby with Angela Hewitt

The Garter Girls collective annually delight Calgary audiences by showcasing international stars and the best of local burlesque. This year the collective is presenting King of Burlesque Mr. Gorgeous! where when info

Optimistic and pastoral, Brahms’ Second Symphony follows the frenzy that surrounded the First, while the most famous “cradle song” of all-time affirms the ubiquitous lullaby’s appeal.

Engineered Air Theatre

8:30PM artscommons.ca

where

tickets

February 18, 2016 Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

speaker series

Brahms One: The Love Triangle with Angela Hewitt

Arts Commons Presents

National Geographic Live Spinosaurus – Lost Giant of the Cretaceous with Nizar Ibrahim

Each player in the alleged love triangle of Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann, and Robert Schumann is represented through their music, culminating with Brahms’ triumphant First Symphony.

tickets

Jack Singer Concert Hall

8pm calgaryphil.com

February 19, 2016

Meet Spinosaurus, the largest predatory dinosaur yet discovered—larger than T. rex— and hear the incredible story of how this prehistoric giant was almost lost to science, before being brought back to light with the help of a remarkable young paleontologist.

© Nizar Ibrahim

when

calgaryphil.com

February 21 & 22, 2016

music

where

Jack Singer Concert Hall

when 8pm

where when info

Jack Singer Concert Hall

Sun 2pm / Mon 7pm artscommons.ca

music

Arts Commons Presents

February 25 – 27, 2016

TD Jazz: Gregory Porter

film festival

Grammy-winning jazz singer and songwriter Gregory Porter performs with an intoxicating blend of soul, gospel, jazz, and blues drawn from his roots in Bakersfield, California. His signature style is saturated in every note of his smooth, captivating vocals.

tickets

Jack Singer Concert Hall

7:30pm artscommons.ca

Calgary’s oldest film festival has humble beginnings of showcasing films made on a shoestring budget. Created to inspire, challenge and reinvent traditional notions of cinema, this is one of the few festivals in the world that showcases film exclusively on Super 8 and 16mm.

©Shawn Peters

when

The 24th Annual $100 Film Festival

© Shawn Peters

where

$100 Film Festival

where when

tickets

Engineered Air Theatre

Show times vary 100dollarfilmfestival.org

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February 26, 2016

February 28, 2016

music

film

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF)

Brahms Three: The Brilliance of Brahms with Inon Barnatan

The Oscars®

Join the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) for the biggest night in Hollywood! Celebrating the magic of motion pictures, while raising funds to support CIFF, the evening includes a champagne red carpet reception, a pop-up glamour salon, entertainment, silent auction, and live screening of the Oscars®.

Part of the Calgary Philharmonic’s Cetlebration of Brahms, Inon Barnatan joins the Calgary Philharmonic for an evening featuring Brahms’ Third Symphony and First Piano Concerto. Jack Singer Concert Hall

where

when 8pm tickets

calgaryphil.com

where when

tickets

February 27, 2016 music

Brahms Four: Brahms’ World with Simone Lamsma

when 8pm tickets

calgaryphil.com

art party

Arts Commons Presents

Happenings #3

©Marco Borggreve

Jack Singer Concert Hall

where

5pm calgaryfilm.com

February 29, 2016

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

The final concert of the Calgary Philharmonic’s Celebration of Brahms features violinist Simone Lamsma playing Brahms’ D Major Violin Concerto, while the Orchestra completes the composer’s symphony cycle with Symphony No. 4.

Engineered Air Theatre

Our Happenings tradition continues with a massive, centre-wide celebration of our GAMA filmmakers, Ledge Gallery artists, and The Peel Project, where six Canadian artists journeyed through North America’s last intact river system. This reception will include experimental panel discussions, live performances, films, and much more. where when

February 28, 2016

info

Upper Centre Court

6pm artscommons.ca/happenings

music

Calgary Civic Symphony

February 29, 2016

Scintillating Soundtracks

Jack Singer Concert Hall

where when

tickets

2:30pm artscommons.ca

film

Arts Commons Presents

Art!Flicks: The Peel

©Tony Hauser

Enjoy great classical and original music from films such as Amadeus, The Shining, On Golden Pond, Gone With the Wind, Lord of the Rings, The Imitation Game, Jaws, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Up and Star Wars.

The Peel is a documentary following six Canadian artists paddling through North America’s last intact river system. A story of art, adventure & Canadian identity. A post-show panel discussion of this North American premiere will take place after the screening with the artists and filmmakers. where when info

february 26

Arts Commons Winter 2016

Engineered Air Theatre

7pm artscommons.ca


March 1 – 19, 2016 theatre

March 3, 2016

Alberta Theatre Projects

music

Enbridge New Canadian Play: Cockroach

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

A man from an unnamed Middle Eastern country hustles to survive in icy Montréal. Can he escape the dark corners of his life, get beyond survival, and start to thrive? Based on the best-selling novel by Rawi Hage. where

Melding high art with pop culture, chamber group Art of Time Ensemble re-invents The Beatles’ soundtrack to the Summer of Love. where

Martha Cohen Theatre

when

when

Show times vary tickets ATPlive.com

tickets

8pm calgaryphil.com

music

visual arts

Arts Commons Presents

PCL Blues: Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar

Arts Commons Presents Gallery of Alberta Media Arts

Wingman, A Woman Comes Into the Room, and M22. 079

Canadian vocal powerhouse Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar hit the stage with songs full of gospel fire. A darling of folk music festivals, Martin has been praised across North America for her performance that is, “gritty, playful, sexy, and 100% real.”

Jadda Tsui, Heather Kai Smith, and Joel Hamilton present their short films that explore the medium by using animation, abstractions, and scratched film stock. Arts Commons

where

when

Always open tickets artscommons.ca

Engineered Air Theatre

when 7:30pm tickets

March 2, 2016

artscommons.ca

March 4 & 5, 2016

music

music

Arts Commons Presents

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

BD&P World Music: Boban y Marko Marković Orkestra

Classic Soul: Aretha to Marvin The hits of chart-topping soul music legends of the ‘60s and ‘70s, from Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner to Marvin Gaye and James Brown, are performed by two of Broadway’s finest performers.

Renowned as the best Balkan brass brand on the planet, Boban y Marko Marković Orkestra has to be seen live to be truly appreciated. Their bold, brassy style is simultaneously electrifying and melancholy, drawing deeply on their Serbian heritage. *Warning: Dancing in the aisles may occur. where

Jack Singer Concert Hall

March 3 & 4, 2016

March 1 – May 30, 2016

where

where

Jack Singer Concert Hall

when 8pm tickets

Jack Singer Concert Hall

calgaryphil.com

when 7:30pm tickets

artscommons.ca

march

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March 9 – May 27, 2016

March 11 & 12, 2016

visual arts

music

Arts Commons Presents

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

A collaboration between Calgary artists Cassandra Paul and Nate McLeod, who will create paintings, sculptures, found objects, and video. The exhibition will continuously evolve, with new works being added every week to have an ongoing and changing installation of objects. Ledge Gallery

where when

Jonathan Biss Plays Beethoven

© Benjamin Ealovega

Cassandra Paul and Nate McLeod Faux-Naif

Always open artscommons.ca

info

Widely revered for his impeccable mastery of Beethoven’s works, Jonathan Biss exquisitely interprets Piano Concerto No. 2, paired beautifully alongside Rachmaninoff’s colourful Symphonic Dances. where

Jack Singer Concert Hall

when 8pm tickets

calgaryphil.com

March 14, 2016 free public program

Arts Commons Presents

March 9 – May 27, 2016

Life Drawing

visual arts

Join us for a completely unique drawing experience that gives you the chance to be inspired by the rich and detailed costumes of the stage. Each free session is themed around Theatre Calgary and Alberta Theatre Projects’ vast costume collection. Register today!

Arts Commons Presents

A curated selection from artists Zac Slams, Melissa Skowron, Marzieh Mosavarzadeh, and Melinda Topilko, whose works revolve around ideas of gender, identity and power dynamics. Window Galleries

where when

Always open artscommons.ca

info

© Zac Slams

Power and Gender: identity interpreted through discourse

where when info

The Hub

6:30pm artscommons.ca

March 15 – April 10, 2016 theatre

March 10, 2016 lecture/presentation

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

From the Podium Lecture: Beethoven Evolved: To Romanticism and Beyond We examine the evolution of Beethoven’s style in the early, middle, and late stages of his career, and how his music not only bridged the Classical and Romantic periods, but influenced composers for generations to come. Jack Singer Concert Hall

where

when 6:30pm tickets

calgaryphil.com

march 28

Arts Commons Winter 2016

Theatre Calgary

Bad Jews

Jewish cousins are forced to bunk together in an apartment and the result is a wickedly funny and ferocious brawl over religious tradition and family legacy. *Explicit language and adult content. where when tickets

Max Bell Theatre

Show times vary theatrecalgary.com


March 17, 2016

March 24, 2016

music

music

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Jeff Parry Productions

The ferociously entertaining 21-year-old pianist Conrad Tao provides the virtuosic fireworks for this concert, featuring Grieg’s acclaimed Piano Concerto in A Minor.

Direct from London's West End and Broadway, the hit show, Let It Be, will take audiences to the concert the iconic group would have given had they reformed on October 9th, 1980: John Lennon's 40th birthday. You'll hear Beatles' classic hits, as well as popular individual works from each of the Fab Four.

Rush Hour: Northern Exposure: Grieg’s Piano Concerto

where

Let It Be: A Celebration of the music of the Beatles

Jack Singer Concert Hall

when 6:30pm tickets

calgaryphil.com

where

March 18, 2016

Jack Singer Concert Hall

when tickets

music

7:30pm artscommons.ca

Stampede Entertainment Inc.

An Evening with Harry Manx

April 3, 2016

A prolific artist, Harry Manx has been dubbed the “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 to create his unique ‘mysticssippi’ flavour. where when tickets

music

MusiCounts in association with CARAS

JUNO Songwriters’ Circle

JUNO Songwriters’ Circle brings together some of the most talented Canadian singer-songwriters, sharing songs and stories on stage in support of MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with CARAS.

Jack Singer Concert Hall

7:30pm artscommons.ca

where

March 19, 2016

Jack Singer Concert Hall

when 12pm tickets

music

artscommons.ca

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Nordic Masters: Grieg, Nielsen & Sibelius

April 5 – 23, 2016 theatre

The majesty of the Nordic countries is illuminated through the talents of three of the region’s greatest composers. Program includes Sibelius’ Finlandia, Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4 “The Inextinguishable.” where when tickets

Alberta Theatre Projects

Buyer & Cellar

An out of work actor in LA takes a position as the sole employee in the private mall in Barbra Streisand’s basement. Yes, you read that right.

Jack Singer Concert Hall

8pm

where

calgaryphil.com

when tickets

mar/apr

Martha Cohen Theatre

Show times vary ATPlive.com

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April 6, 2016

April 12, 2016

music

music

Arts Commons Presents

Paul Mercs Concerts

Canadian Iranian group Niyaz blend medieval Sufi poetry and folk songs from their native Iran. The Huffington Post described Niyaz as “an evolutionary force in contemporary Middle Eastern music.” Featuring Azam Ali.

Experience the iconic music and visuals of the Star Trek franchise across its five decades of storytelling that includes 700 episodes and 12 blockbuster films. This lavish production includes an impressive live symphony orchestra and international solo instruments.

BD&P World Music: Niyaz and guests

Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage

Jack Singer Concert Hall

where

where

when 7:30pm tickets

Jack Singer Concert Hall

when 7:30pm

artscommons.ca

tickets

artscommons.ca

April 8 & 9, 2016

April 13 – 30, 2016

music

theatre

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Downstage

Renowned Pops conductor Jeff Tyzik leads this big band salute to the swinging sounds of Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, and the legendary Benny Goodman, featuring the talents of Dave Bennet and Jens Lindemann.

What would you sacrifice for the greater good? Benefit is a riveting drama that wrestles with what trade-offs, big and small, we are willing to accept in order to do good.

The Kings of Swing

Jack Singer Concert Hall

where when

8pm tickets calgaryphil.com

April 10 & 11, 2016 speaker series

Arts Commons Presents

National Geographic Live Extreme Planet with Carsten Peter Take an electrifying journey into some of our planet’s most extreme environments with Carsten Peter, a German photographer and filmmaker who captures dramatic images of places few humans have dared to go, from the South Pacific volcanoes to Tornado Alley. Jack Singer Concert Hall

where when

Sun 2pm / Mon 7pm

tickets

artscommons.ca

Benefit

Downstage

where when

tickets

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Show times vary downstage.ca

April 14, 2016 music

Arts Commons Presents

TD Jazz: The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra After 50 years of defining the New York jazz scene, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, house band of the Village Vanguard Club, leaves New York on tour for a rare Canadian appearance. Founded in 1966 by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, this is a rare chance to witness true jazz history, presented in partnership with CADME. where

Jack Singer Concert Hall

when 7:30pm tickets

april

Motel Theatre

artscommons.ca


April 15, 2016

April 19, 2016

music

film

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Arts Commons Presents

Have you ever been… to Electric Ladyland? In a fearless exploration of musical genres, the two time Grammy® Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet refashion works from Jimi Hendrix’s seminal sixties album, as well as other pieces inspired by the legendary guitarist including Little Wing and All Along the Watchtower.

This stirring and informative documentary charts the rise of the women’s movement in the United States between 1966 and 1971 with warmth, humour, and passion. The film’s unique blend of historical clips and interviews has been called, “a great political success story. Visionary and heroic,” by The New Yorker.

Calgary Phil Presents: Turtle Island Quartet Plays Hendrix

where

Art!Flicks: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

Jack Singer Concert Hall

where

when 8pm tickets

when

calgaryphil.com

info

Engineered Air Theatre

7pm artscommons.ca

April 17, 2016

April 21, 2016

music

music

Calgary Civic Symphony

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Be dazzled by the brilliant performances of Calgary’s best young talents and stars of tomorrow – the winners of the 2016 Calgary Concerto Competition (C3). Also featured on the program are orchestral gems – Estacio’s Bootlegger’s Tarantella and Falla’s Three Cornered Hat Suite No. 2.

Highly-regarded music ensemble Les Violons du Roy head to Calgary for a performance that includes Mozart’s popular Symphony No.40, plus an electrifying piano performance of the “Jeunehomme” Concerto by star pianist Alexandre Tharaud.

where

Calgary Phil Presents: Les Violons du Roy © Camarind Photo

Youthful Brilliance

Jack Singer Concert Hall

where

when 2:30pm tickets

Jack Singer Concert Hall

when 8pm

artscommons.ca

tickets

calgaryphil.com

April 19, 2016

April 23, 2016

art party

music

Arts Commons Presents

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Happenings #4

Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

Your invited to an art party! See new work and live performances, featuring local artists Cassandra Paul, Nate McLeod, Zac Slams, Melissa Skowron, Marzieh Mosavarzadeh, Melinda Topilko, Jadda Tsui, Heather Kai Smith, Joel Hamilton, and more! where when info

Themes of peace, hope and joy radiate throughout Beethoven’s profound Ninth Symphony. The piece is accompanied by the world premiere Calgary Philharmonic commission Daughter of Elysium, composed by the Orchestra’s own Arthur Bachmann.

Arts Commons

6pm artscommons.ca

where

Jack Singer Concert Hall

when 8pm tickets

calgaryphil.com

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April 24, 2016

April 28, 2016

music

lecture/presentation

Paul Mercs Concerts

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles Paul Mercs Concerts is thrilled to announce the Canadian 2016 tour of the internationally-acclaimed Beatles concert, RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles! Loved by their Canadian fans, this tour is like a homecoming for the globally successful group. Jack Singer Concert Hall

where when

7:30pm

tickets

artscommons.ca

From the Podium Lecture: When Hector Met Harriet: The Revolutionary Symphonie Fantastique This talk focuses on the birth and evolution of program music, by looking at the origin and construction of Berlioz’ manic masterpiece Symphonie Fantastique. where

tickets

April 26 – May 22, 2016 theatre

Theatre Calgary

The Light in the Piazza It’s Italy, 1953. Margaret Johnson and her daughter Clara are touring the sundrenched squares of Florence when a gust of wind carries Clara’s hat to the feet of a handsome Tuscan man. A winner of six Tony Awards. Max Bell Theatre

where when

Show times vary

tickets

theatrecalgary.com

Jack Singer Concert Hall

when 6:30pm

calgaryphil.com

April 29 & 30, 2016 music

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Symphonie Fantastique Berlioz’ vividly expressive blockbuster Symphonie Fantastique explores obsessive lust, stitching together fantastical sequences including a macabre execution and a bacchanalian witches’ Sabbath. where when

tickets

Jack Singer Concert Hall

8pm calgaryphil.com

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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

Founders Circle

BD&P World Music and TD Jazz

Big Print Sign Company Inc. Supporting Sponsor, Re-branding Campaign

Founders Circle is Arts Commons’ premiere donor engagement program. Arts Commons’ donors play a critical role in our work to bring the arts…to life.

Arts Commons Endowment Fund through The Calgary Foundation

Big Rock Brewery Inc. Official Brewery

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

CBC Media Sponsor

HONOURARY MEMBERS

Burns Memorial Fund Supporting Partner, Hub for Inspired Learning

Calgary Herald Media Sponsor

Cabra Consulting Supporting Sponsor,

Fresh Kitchen Sponsor, VIP Receptions, BD&P World Music

ALSA Road Construction Ltd. Supporting Sponsor,

EXPLORE National Geographic

The Calgary Foundation Partner, Hub for Inspired Learning Cenovus Energy Inc. Student Engagement Sponsor, National Geographic Live

ConocoPhillips Canada Resources Corp.

Major Sponsor, Arts Commons Box Office Student Engagement Sponsor, National Geographic Live Lead Sponsor, Arts Education Program

Dinner Optimist Club of Calgary Supporting Partner, Arts Education Program PCL Construction Management Inc. Title Sponsor, PCL Blues Royal Bank of Canada Series Presenting Sponsor,

National Geographic Live

Saskatchewan Mining and Minerals Inc.

Supporting Sponsor, EXPLORE National Geographic

SerVantage Services Inc. Supporting Sponsor, BD&P World Music Talisman Energy Inc. Supporting Sponsor,

EXPLORE National Geographic

TD Bank Group Title Sponsorship, TD Jazz Series

Title Sponsorship, TD Arts Access Pass

TELUS Supporting Sponsor,

EXPLORE National Geographic

Great Events Group Corp. Sponsor, VIP Receptions, TD Jazz Hyatt Regency Calgary Official Hotel McAra Unicom Official Printer Red Tree Sponsor, VIP Receptions,

National Geographic Live

Teatro Sponsor, Founders Circle ZGM Collaborative Marketing Supporting Sponsor, Re-branding Campaign

GOVERNMENT Government of Canada through the departments of Canadian Heritage and Service Canada Government of Alberta through Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the department of Culture and Tourism 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 and the Government of Alberta for a grant through the Community Facility Enhancement Program that enables us to undertake critical lifecycle initiatives that enhance the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the 560,665 square foot Arts Commons.

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. Nicola Dawes at 403-294-7455, ext.1468 or ndawes@artscommons.ca.

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

LEGACY BUILDER MEMBERS Forst Family in loving memory of Steven Harris Henry Sykes, QC & Molly Naber-Sykes

PIONEER MEMBERS Dario Berloni Don Douglas & Betty Dunphy Douglas David & Roxanne Dunlop R. Scott Hutcheson Gregory & Alexa Kudar

VISIONARY MEMBERS Bob & Sue Benzen Michel Bourque & Bryan Clarke Greg Epton & Greg Robertson John McWilliams, QC & Susan McWilliams Randy & Luba Pettipas Stu & Vicki Reid C.A. Siebens Roderick Villanueva Evelyn Wigham Tharrie & Johann Zietsman

MEMBERS Angela Avery & Dave Newby Leslie Biles & Robert Armstrong Patricia Dalk & Terry Burton Norm & Colleen Dickson Anna Ells & Finn Pedersen Jane Golubev & Igor Tesker Brian & Annette Hester Joni Hughes & John Thompson Wes Jenkins Jennifer Johnson & Trev Habekost Dr. Arun Lakra & Dr. Roopa Lakra M. Ann McCaig Rodney & Karen McCann Jason & Leah McIntyre Arlene Flock McKen (in memoriam) & Bill McKen Jock & Diana Osler Holy Schile Nielsen & Dave Nielsen Margaret Southern


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, Gorongosa Reborn: A Cameraman’s Journal by Bob Poole Ken & Chris (in memoriam) Havard, Blue Ocean by Dr. Sylvia Earle

MEMBERS Sandra & Simon Barker Bennett Jones LLP Michel Bourque & Bryan Clarke James & Bev Butler Cabra Consulting Ltd. David & Roxanne Dunlop Jane Durango & Dr. Beverly Frizzell Greg Epton & Greg Robertson Jane Golubev & Igor Tesker Brian & Annette Hester Devin & Shelley Spackman 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 Ms. Saskia Knight at 403-294-7455, extension 1465, or sknight@artscommons.ca.

A Living Legacy WRITTEN BY SASKIA KNIGHT

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rts Commons recently lost a dear friend. Chris Havard was the kind of person one would naturally want to be around: warm, outgoing, adventurous, and always the first to volunteer to help others. Conversations with friends revealed that Chris and her husband Ken had great hearts, possessed a keen interest in nature, and were extremely generous with their time and money to support their community.

Chris Havard (in memoriam)

Chris was a true original: from becoming the first female geology graduate at the University of Calgary, to leading an effort to provide a home for the Alberta Wilderness Association when a lack of funding threatened to close the doors. Executive Director Christyann Olson fondly recalls, “Chris recognized the value of helping others learn about the importance of protecting the environment.” John McFaul, a nature guide and friend of the Havard’s, sat on the board of the Calgary Field Naturalist Society with Chris from 2001-2005. During this time, Chris drove the publication of a book on Calgary’s natural areas by promoting the idea in the community and securing funding. The book sold out quickly and John credits this largely to Chris’s leadership style, in which he describes her as a gifted facilitator, and easy going while keeping everyone motivated.

Chris and Ken Havard’s support of Arts Commons has also impacted thousands over the years. Motivated by their passion for birding, they became the first individual engagement sponsors in 2013 for the National Geographic Live presentation Birds Of Paradise. Director of Development & External Relations Greg Epton notes that Chris and Ken’s generosity paved the way for others to engage: “Not only did Chris and Ken make significant investments over the years, their leadership inspired others to join them as individual engagement sponsors.” Chris’s big-heartedness is exemplified by her most recent gift that helped us launch the Hub For Inspired Learning. This Campus Calgary 21st-Century program of hands-on experiential learning deepens student engagement with the curriculum and transforms learning to its highest levels. Chris’ vision, passion, and caring endures as a living legacy that will inspire and motivate Calgarians for years to come.

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Downstage s world premiere of Benefit

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nown for theatre that creates conversations around social issues, Downstage is removing barriers to access their work in order to broaden the dialogue and embrace more Calgarians.

In every performance of Downstage’s world premiere of Benefit, which runs from April 13 to 30, 2016, in Arts Commons’ Motel Theatre – 25 per cent of the tickets will be free of charge on a first-come, first served basis. “Our research showed that cost is the most significant barrier to many Calgarians attending a live performance,” says Simon Mallett, Downstage’s Artistic Director. “So we are thrilled to be launching a new approach – our Pay it Forward program.” The hope is this new approach to ticketing will bring new people to the theatre, cultivate a more diverse audience to engage in art that will be directly relevant

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to their lives, and allow them to participate in vibrant post-show conversations about issues that matter to them. Modeled on successful programs like Mixed Blood Theatre’s Radical Hospitality in Minnneapolis, participants will be told that their tickets have been covered for the night and that if they enjoy the show, they have the option to ‘pay it forward’ by making a donation to cover someone else’s ticket or to spread the word to others who may enjoy the show. The program is designed to be equally valuable to patrons new to theatre or new to Downstage shows, and to those who may face financial barriers. For more information go to downstage.ca or call the office at 403-294-7459.

“In every performance of Downstage’s world premiere of Benefit...25 per cent of the tickets will be free of charge on a firstcome, first served basis.”


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) service has a 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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P U RC H AS E T IC K E TS AT O U R B OX O F F IC E : C E N T RE CO U RT, 2 2 5 8 T H AV E S E

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Other parking options include:

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Civic Plaza Parkade

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TELUS Convention Centre

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Palliser Square (access Arts Commons via the +15 network)

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

LANDMARKS Calgary Tower

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Olympic Plaza TELUS Convention Centre Hyatt Regency Hotel

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Glenbow Museum Marriott Hotel City Hall

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Meet Spinosaurus, the largest predatory dinosaur yet discovered—larger than T. rex— and hear paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim tell the incredible story of how this prehistoric giant was almost lost to science.

SERIES PRESENTING SPONSOR

Become an Explorers Circle member today and meet Nizar Ibrahim in person! Visit artscommons.ca/explorerscircle Sunday/Monday, Feb. 21 & 22, 2016 Sun – 2pm / Mon – 7pm Student Engagement Sponsors

EXPLORE National Geographic Sponsors

Arts Commons Box Office Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Public Sector Support

Official Suppliers

Tickets: 403-294-9494 or artscommons.ca

EXPLORE National Geographic Supporting Sponsors

VIP Reception Sponsor

#artscommons @yycARTS Image by Davide Bonadonna. All speakers, dates and programs subject to change.

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