Press Releases & Media Advisories
Wednesday, November 17, 2021Arts Commons Presents Invites You to Celebrate the Holiday Season with the Jazzy Nostalgia of Timmy’s Happy Christmas, 1974.
CALGARY – This holiday season, Tim Tamashiro and Arts Commons Presents invite you to revisit a time when the holidays meant TV specials, tinsel, and upbeat carols on your AM radio. Vocalist and self-proclaimed jazz evangelist Tim Tamashiro takes us on a nostalgic journey through Christmases past with music and stories rooted in a distinctly Canadian sensibility on Friday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jack Singer Concert Hall as part of the BD&P World Stage series.
Wednesday, November 10, 2021Arts Commons and TD Bank Group Announce Naming Sponsorship of TD Incubator and Inaugural Cohort of Artist Development Program
In an important announcement regarding the support of the future of the arts in Calgary, Arts Commons and TD Bank Group (TD) are proud to share the newly named TD Incubator program, formerly the Arts Commons Incubator program, embarking on a three-year commitment of support for homegrown Calgary artists. Built to support those who work across artistic disciplines and have historically been underrepresented in the downtown Calgary cultural scene, TD Incubator program aims to accelerate the careers of 20-35 QTBIPOC interdisciplinary artists each season who reflect the diversity and vibrancy of Calgary. Prioritizing artists from communities who reflect the diversity of Treaty 7 territory, this program is for artists whose work is in conversation with the world around them.
Wednesday, November 3, 2021TD Amplify Cabarets Return to the Arts Commons Presents with Two Doors: Dispatches from the In-Between, curated by Jae Sterling and Contra
CALGARY – Suspended in time, held in a moment between here and an indeterminate future – it’s a feeling we’ve all known since March 2020. Two Doors: Dispatches from the In-Between is a cabaret that challenges audiences to embrace this moment of suspension in an immersive evening of music, spoken word, visual art and dance. What will you discover in between two doors? Join Arts Commons Presents for a cabaret that explores transformation, transition, and the unknown on Saturday, November 20 for two performances at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the Engineered Air Theatre.
Monday, November 1, 2021Arts Commons Presents brings Billboard Blues Chart-Topping GA-20 to the 2021-22 PCL Blues series this November
CALGARY – Bridging the gap between old-school Chicago blues and the fresh sounds of the contemporary scene, GA-20’s debut album, Lonely Soul, set out to make the music they weren’t hearing – a modern spin on icons like Lazy Lester, J.B. Lenoir, and Earl Hooker. Lonely Soul immediately snagged the #2 on the Billboard blues charts and garnered the acclaim of critics worldwide. Now, GA-20 makes their Calgary premiere with their new album, Try It…You Might Like It! GA-20 Does Hound Dog Taylor which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart, on November 26 & 27, 2021 in the intimate Engineered Air Theatre as part of Arts Commons Presents: PCL Blues series.
Thursday, October 14, 2021Arts Commons: RBC Emerging Visual Arts Program and Media Gallery Exhibitions Share Thought-Provoking and Energizing Perspectives
With the reopening of Arts Commons to the public, the galleries within the building are ready to showcase the emerging and established artistic talent that our city has to offer.
Friday, September 17, 2021Arts Commons and Resident Companies Announce Audience Vaccination Policy for Indoor Events
CALGARY – This fall marks the official return of live performance to Arts Commons, the largest performing arts centre in Western Canada and home to its six Resident Companies: Alberta Theatre Projects, Arts Commons Presents, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Downstage, One Yellow Rabbit, and Theatre Calgary. To ensure the health and safety of all patrons, staff, and artists, Arts Commons and the Resident Companies will require audience members to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before attending an in-person, indoor event as of October 1, 2021.
Thursday, September 9, 2021Leading Mayoral Candidates share the stage at Arts Commons to share their vision on how to rebuild a vibrant and thriving Calgary
Calgary – In a partnership between Arts Commons, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the Calgary Downtown Association (CDA), and Creative Calgary, and in preparation for the upcoming municipal election, the leading five Mayoral candidates (based on public opinion polls) will be invited to a public debate and discussion on Monday, October 4, 2021, from 11:30am to 1:00pm. VibrantYYC will take place at Arts Commons’ Jack Singer Concert Hall. While all candidates have been notified of the event, only the leading five will be participating.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021Arts Commons Presents: Experience RBC Emerging Visual Artist Program exhibitions in person at Arts Commons now through September 27
The Arts Commons building and +15 walkways reopen today! You can join us now through to September 27, 2021 for these thought-provoking and moving works exhibited in the Lightbox Studio, Ledge and Window Galleries of Arts Commons. If visiting us in person doesn’t work for you, we invite you to venture online for an immersive 3D gallery tour at artscommons.ca/3D.
Monday, August 30, 20212021-22 is Officially the Season of Gratitude – Enrolment is Open for Arts Commons’ Free Ticket Program for Calgary’s Essential Workers
As one of the hardest hit industries by the COVID-19 pandemic, the performing arts industry is indebted to the unparalleled efforts and sacrifices of essential workers in all areas of life – from postal workers to nurses and doctors to public transportation drivers and grocery store clerks. Starting today at 10 a.m., those who have performed these key roles and more during the pandemic can now enrol in Season of Gratitude, a program to disseminate 10,000 free tickets to Calgary’s essential workers and their households from Arts Commons. The window to enrol is open from today until October 29, 2021.
Friday, August 27, 2021Live Performance is Back! Arts Commons Presents Announces Exceptional 2021-2022 Season Lineup That Celebrates the Power of the Live Arts
It’s been too long! After a season of virtual performances and outdoor, socially distanced events, Arts Commons Presents is thrilled to welcome audiences back with the announcement of a return to live in-person events with the 2021-2022 season. Were heard you loud and clear Calgary that the arts are an essential element to the well-being of everyone in our city. Arts Commons Presents is pulling out all the stops for this spectacular lineup of critically acclaimed and award-winning musicians, performers, and National Geographic Explorers who will reenergize Calgary’s downtown performing arts centre after 17 months of dark stages.
Thursday, August 12, 2021Arts Commons Presents announces partnership with CKUA to complete 2020-21 season of PCL Blues series in state-of-the-art audio recordings
As arts organizations continue to find creative ways of reaching their audiences, the 2020-21 PCL Blues season from Arts Commons Presents is leaping from the stage to the radio waves. In a new partnership, Arts Commons will use its advanced sound equipment in the legendary Jack Singer Concert Hall, optimized to work with the new Canon video gear installed during the pandemic, to record audio performances of Canadian blues artists Tim Williams: Conversations in Blue, Miss Emily, and Rooster Davis to air on CKUA’s Friday Night Blues Party at 9 p.m. throughout the month of September.
Monday, August 9, 2021Arts Commons is bringing live music back to Calgary’s downtown core with a free, family-friendly, and socially distanced outdoor concert: SHOWTIME: A Live Music Celebration
Classic Albums Live headlines with Creedence Clearwater Revival: Chronicle, Vol. 1 and Bow Valley folk-pop artist Amelie Patterson opens at Olympic Plaza, presented by Arts Commons and BD&P.
Friday, August 6, 2021The 2020-21 season of TD Jazz with Arts Commons Presents making its virtual broadcast debut with cutting-edge Canon camera technology
August 6, 2021 CALGARY – Arts Commons is thrilled to announce that the TD Jazz series, currently in its eighth season of showcasing amazing jazz talent from around the world and close to home, will be shared with all of Calgary through the use of Arts Commons’ state-of-the-art Canon Canada technology installed this year in the Jack Singer Concert Hall. First to be captured in crystal clear definition from this storied stage will be B.C.-based JUNO nominee Laila Biali (broadcast Sunday, August 22) and the ultimate jazz dream team from the province, Alberta Jazz All-Stars feat. PJ Perry and Al Muirhead (broadcast Thursday, September 9). Both concerts will be free to preregistered audiences and broadcast for one night only on artscommons.ca.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021Applications Officially Open for Arts Commons Incubator Multidisciplinary Artist Development Program
With the end of closed galleries and dark stages in sight, Arts Commons is moving full speed ahead into the future of Calgary’s artistic life with Arts Commons Incubator, a first-of-its-kind professional artist development program at the city’s largest performing arts centre. Designed deliberately to support Calgary-based artists who reflect the diversity and vibrancy of Treaty 7 territory, Arts Commons Incubator is now accepting applications until August 31, 2021 from multidisciplinary artists whose work defies categorization and is in active conversation with the world around them.
Monday, July 12, 2021Celebrate an extended Pride Month with Sissy Fit: The Future is Queer Cabaret and Arts Commons Presents
CALGARY – After a year-long delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sissy Fit: The Future is Queer Cabaret– the final production in Arts Commons Presents’ 2020-21 season of TD Amplify Cabarets – is ready to bring a celebration of queer Calgary artists from across the rainbow into your home with a virtual premiere watch party on Sunday, July 25 at 7 p.m. After a roof-raising premiere in 2019, Sissy Fit Cabaret and curator Brett Dahl are back to reimagine his powerful showcase of the LGBTQ+ performing artist community. Whether you’re already a Sissy Fit fan or have yet to have the pleasure, Dahl promises that Calgary audiences won’t be disappointed after the wait! Because International Pride Month may be over for 2021, but the future is queer.
Monday, June 28, 2021Discover the connections between Indigenous and African diaspora communities through live performance with Arts Commons Presents Braving Beauty Cabaret
June 28, 2021 CALGARY – Making its virtual premiere on Sunday, July 11 at 7 p.m. Braving Beauty Cabaret is the latest in the TD Amplify Cabaret series produced by Arts Commons Presents. Exploring two seemingly distant communities and their surprising and provocative parallels, Braving Beauty Cabaret uncovers the connections between the Indigenous Nations of Treaty 7 with those of the African diaspora using dance, music, poetry, and movement followed by a talkback with audience members.
Monday, June 21, 2021Arts Commons Presents: ArtsXpeditions pop-up performances return for another summer in a neighbourhood near you!
Arts Commons Presents is proud to announce that after a wildly successful first season in the summer of 2020, ArtsXpeditions is once again bringing beloved local performers directly to Calgarians in all four quadrants of the city. These popular pop-up performances bring music, dance, and storytelling to parks, senior care centres, and schoolyards – they could surprise you anywhere that you live, work and play. And the 2021 season of ArtsXpeditions will be twice as big. It all kicks off with the first ArtsXpeditions performance taking place on Tuesday, June 29 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. on Riverwalk Plaza in Calgary’s East Village.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021Arts Commons Presents: RBC Emerging Visual Artist Program exhibition has virtual unveiling for Spring 2021 exhibitions
Activating the gallery spaces at Arts Commons even amid ongoing social distancing restrictions, the spring exhibitions of the RBC Emerging Visual Artist Program are officially open - virtually. Using immersive 3D imaging technology, Arts Commons Presents is sharing the work of 31 artists featured in the Lightbox Studio, +15 Galleries (including the Education Gallery), and Window Galleries. These exhibitions are free to view from now through to July 23, 2021 and +15 Galleries will be available until September 15, 2021. View now at artscommons.ca.
Thursday, April 29, 2021Arts Commons Presents offers free at-home family adventure with Mountain Goat Mountain - an interactive audio theatre experience
When families are facing more screens, at-home schooling, remote working, and less time for fun and connection, Arts Commons Presents is offering Calgarians young and old a free, interactive audio theatre experience where YOU get to play the main characters and your home is your stage!
Monday, April 26, 2021FIRST PHASE OF ARTS COMMONS TRANSFORMATION GETS FUNDING GO-AHEAD
Arts Commons, together with our partners at Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) is thrilled with today’s City of Calgary announcement to allocate $80M towards the Arts Commons Transformation (ACT) project, as part of its Greater Downtown Plan. This commitment means ACT can proceed through design development and completion of the Phase 1 expansion. Valued at $240 million, Phase 1 involves construction of a new building expected to include three versatile, purpose-built performance venues plus connections to the existing building and supporting amenities.
Monday, April 26, 2021Arts Commons Presents: National Geographic Live Virtual presentation of Reimagining Dinosaurs
Meet two paleontologists on the cutting edge of dinosaur discovery with Arts Commons Presents and National Geographic Live Virtual in Reimagining Dinosaurs, streaming into Calgary on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 7pm featuring Nizar Ibrahim and Sebastián Rozadilla.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021Arts Commons Presents: TD Amplify Cabaret: Love Notes
Join Arts Commons Presents for the next event in our popular series of cabarets featuring local artists and inspiring themes - this time in a virtual setting. Love Notes Cabaret, an evening of positivity and hope - even in this challenging time - with poets and musicians, takes place on Sunday, April 25 at 7pm with a free online watch party - including the cabaret hosts and performers - as well as a virtual post-show conversation.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021Arts Commons Presents: National Geographic Live Virtual presentation of Women and Migration
Meet three of the world’s most inspiring photojournalists as Arts Commons Presents and National Geographic Live Virtual explore the complex relationships between human movement, economic and political conflicts, and gender with Saiyna Bashir, Miora Rajaonary, and Danielle Villasana: Women and Migration on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7pm.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021Arts Commons Presents: National Geographic Live Virtual presentation Life on Other Worlds
In the second presentation of Arts Commons Presents: National Geographic Live Virtual, we invite you to explore the infinite possibilities of space with Life on Other Worlds with Kobie Boykins and Kevin Peter Hand on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7pm.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021ARTS COMMONS ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH CANON
The past year has highlighted the significance and importance of the arts in our communities and in our lives. More than ever, the need to connect to others, especially during periods of lockdown and extreme isolation, have revealed how essential creative expression is for our emotional and mental health and for our shared humanity.
Thursday, February 18, 2021Arts Commons Presents: TD Amplify Cabaret Strawberries & Peaches Celebrates Black History Month
Arts Commons Presents TD Amplify Cabaret series is back! In celebration of Black History Month, Strawberries & Peaches opens the TD Amplify Cabaret season on the new date of April 11, 2021, filmed in the Engineered Air Theatre in Arts Commons and shared virtually with Calgary audiences (rescheduled from its former date on Sunday, February 28th.)
Thursday, February 4, 2021Building Resilient Communities
CMLC President & CEO Kate Thompson, and Arts Commons President & CEO Alex Sarian discuss the Arts Commons Transformation project as part of the CMLC 2021 Outlook event