Season Of Gratitude

Essential workers, we've saved you a seat.

As an essential worker, you’ve selflessly placed the needs of your fellow Calgarians above your own. Whether on the front lines providing medical care during the pandemic or in the background keeping the city’s services functioning, everyone in the Arts Commons family wants you to know that you are seen and that we are beyond grateful.

To show this, we have created the Season of Gratitude program just for you.


With the backing of a generous donation from the Rodney & Karen McCann Family, shows from our Resident Companies’ 2021-22 seasons will be providing free tickets to those who self-define as essential workers and their families.

Yes, self-define: we're not here to tell you who is and isn't "essential." Whether you're a nurse, a city services worker, a server at a restaurant, or a pharmacy employee—you decide if this program is for you.

This is no one-night-only event: Season of Gratitude is designed to fit your schedule and preferences. Simply choose what type of shows interest you and if you'll be coming alone, with a loved one, or bringing the whole family, and we'll offer you a selection of tickets for the season’s shows you care about.

Qualifying productions for Season of Gratitude will come from across the Arts Commons ecosystem, including our six resident companies:

  • Alberta Theatre Projects
  • Arts Commons Presents series: BD&P World Stage, TD Jazz, PCL Blues, National Geographic Live and Classic Albums Live
  • Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Downstage
  • One Yellow Rabbit
  • Theatre Calgary

Applying is easy. Just fill out this form before the deadline of October 29, 2021. Applications open on Monday, August 30 at 10 a.m.

When the application window closes, our box office team will match you and/or your family to the perfect upcoming performance in the 2021-22 season. Between November 8 and 12, 2021, you will receive via email a special one-time redemption code and link to redeem your Season of Gratitude tickets. Please read your offer email carefully for instructions regarding limited redemption timeline, free ticket allotment, additional tickets for sale, and more.

That’s it! We simply ask that you bring identification to confirm your role as an essential worker when attending your performance.


Not an essential worker? You can still be involved! Click the tabs above to learn how.

Season of Gratitude is made possible by the generous support of the Rodney & Karen McCann Family along with support of our Founders Circle and Explorers Circle members.