Press Releases & Media Advisories

  • Tuesday, July 20, 2021

    Applications 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, 2021

    Celebrate 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, 2021

    Discover 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, 2021

    Arts 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, 2021

    Arts 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

  • Thursday, April 29, 2021

    Arts 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, 2021


    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, 2021

    Arts 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, 2021

    Arts 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, 2021

    Arts 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, 2021

    Arts 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, 2021


    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, 2021

    Arts 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, 2021

    Building 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