Who We Are

Arts Commons is the home of Calgary's most innovative artistic companies and partners, and is proud to present and promote creative collaboration within our city.

Arts Commons is one of Canada’s largest and most vibrant arts centres. Located in the heart of Calgary’s Cultural District in the downtown core, the centre occupies a full city block and is home to five theatres and the world-class Jack Singer Concert Hall.

Each year, the centre hosts over 1,800 performances and events, including live theatre, concerts, dance productions, readings, public forums, art exhibits, and much more - all open to the public. The resident companies of Arts Commons including Alberta Theatre Projects, Arts Commons Presents, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Downstage, One Yellow Rabbit, and Theatre Calgary create, perform, and present a wide range of award-winning and highly acclaimed theatre and concerts each season.

Arts Commons also houses rehearsal spaces, a costume and set construction shop, administrative offices, meeting rooms, a café, and the centralized Arts Commons Box Office.

For 34 years, Arts Commons has been a key contributor to the social, economic, cultural, and intellectual life and well-being of Calgarians and visitors. The existing facility has been enormously successful, consistently working far beyond industry standards. However, the facility is working much harder than the design intended, bringing all the major infrastructure to the end (and beyond) of lifecycle. Furthermore, we are unable to satisfy the market demand for access to our facility, and are currently turning away some 600 critically important revenue-generating events annually.

The Arts Commons Transformation (ACT) project is our answer to addressing these issues. The video below will provide additional context and information. To learn more, visit our ACT webpage and if you would like to demonstrate your support of a brighter future for Calgary, please sign the letter to City Council.