You've been waiting in the wings… Now it’s SHOWTIME! 

Calgary – we are overwhelmed! Demand for Showtime has exceeded expectations and registrations have reached our limited capacity for Olympic Plaza. If you have registered and are unable to attend, we ask that you please reach out to the Arts Commons box office at 403-294-9494 or to cancel your reservation and make room for other Calgarian music lovers!

Can’t make it? Follow along on social media at @yycarts on Twitter and Instagram and the hashtag #ACShowtime, and watch key moments from the show livestreamed on the Arts Commons Facebook page!

This summer, Arts Commons is inviting all of Calgary to celebrate the return of live performance. Showtime: A Live Music Celebration will bring the city together like only live music can – with a little folk, a little country, and a lot of rock and roll – all safely distanced right here in our own front yard,” Olympic Plaza. 

Be our guest - entrance is FREE for all ages, with registration. 

Roll out the blanket with friends and family, grab a bev and a snack for sale at our onsite concessions, and sit back and enjoy a late summer party at Showtime: A Live Music Celebration, part of Arts Commons Presents BD&P World Stage series.   

Showtime: A Live Music Celebration 

Thursday, August 26
Olympic Plaza (222 8 Avenue SW)
Gates - 6 p.m.
Show - 7 p.m.


We’re so happy that the performing arts are on their way back to normal, daily life – and we want it to stay that way! That’s why we’re taking extra precautions to stay healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Attendance is capped at 25% capacity to allow 2m distancing.

Masks are encouraged while walking around the plaza.

Dedicated staff will routinely wipe down high traffic areas. 

Feeling sick? Know someone who is? Cancel your RSVP any time!


Showtime is a free outdoor music spectacular in the Arts Commons Presents BD&P World Stage series. 

Headlining the night is the crowd favourite concert series from Arts Commons Presents, Classic Albums Live – performing iconic albums from rock and roll history note for note and cut for cut with some of Canada’s best musicians – no wigs, no impersonations, just music.  

Showtime will feature Classic Albums Live Creedence Clearwater Revival: Chronicle, Vol. 1, the definition of 1960’s American swamp rock with hits like “Fortunate Son,” “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” and “Bad Moon Rising.” Synonymous with the anti-war protests of the 1960s, this hit CCR album instantly transports listeners to a time when music was the unrelenting voice of hope and love in a tumultuous time. 

Opening the show is Amelie Patterson, a Bow Valley-based folk-pop songwriter rising in the ranks of Canadian music, following names like Arcade Fire, Kathleen Edwards and Feist. The inaugural poet laureate of Banff, Patterson is known to Calgarians through her appearances at the Calgary Folk Festival and Stampede City Sessions and winning “Alternative Recording Of The Year” at the 2020 YYC Music Awards for “The Patient Kind.” Her latest single, “Let Your Trouble Go,” was released in October 2020, about yearning to relieve a friend’s stresses.  

Entrance to the park opens at 6 p.m. Show begins at 7 p.m. 




Olympic Plaza - 228 8 Ave SE

Entrance to Showtime will be located at the southwest corner of Olympic Plaza, off the corner of 8 Ave and 1 St SE. Several exits will be located around the border of the square. The Arts Commons underground parkade will be open for parking.

There will be no re-entry. 

For the first time, Olympic Plaza will be fully licensed for Showtime: A Live Music Celebration, and audiences can enjoy onsite food and beverage vendors. 



Besides your beautiful selves, we suggest you bring the following: 

  • A picnic blanket and festival chairs if you’re coming in a group of three or fewer – seating will be available first come, first served on the plaza’s grassy sections as well as its concrete seating area 
  • If you’re arriving in a group of four to six people – make your way to the reservation stand for available picnic tables close to the stage once you’re on site. Picnic tables will also be available on a first come, first served basis. If they’re full when you arrive, put your name on the waitlist like the hottest brunch spot! But bring a charged cell phone so we can text you when one’s available. 
  • ID if you’re over 18 and plan on drinking. The whole plaza will be licensed to serve alcohol during Showtime. Present your ID at the gates to get a wristband. 
  • Layers of clothing – you never know with Calgary weather! 



Attendance is free, but preregistration is required! Upon registering, you will receive a digital ticket that you can present to attendants at the entrance to the event starting at 6 p.m. on August 26.

Calgary - we are overwhelmed! Event preregistrations have reached our limited venue capacity for Showtime. 

Feeling ill or have had close contact with someone who is? Signed up but can no longer attend? Simply contact the box office at 403-294-9494 or to cancel your reservation at no penalty.

If you can't be there in person, catch key moments from the show streamed live to the Arts Commons Facebook page throughout the night!


Why, that’s so nice of you to ask!

Arts Commons is a not-for-profit organization and a registered charity that is transforming community through the power of art. Ticket sales, venue rentals, and other income only cover 65% of the annual $12M operating budget of Arts Commons, leaving a $4.1M fundraising gap.

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to Arts Commons when registering for Showtime: A Live Music Celebration to help ensure Arts Commons is able to re-open a stronger, more impactful institution at a time when the world needs the arts more than ever.


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