15 Performing Arts Groups to Check Out In Calgary in 2017!

15 Performing Arts Groups to Check Out In Calgary in 2017!


Calgary has an amazingly vibrant local arts scene. From theatre to dance to opera, there is something for everyone. Many groups have special performances for children and also lots of volunteer opportunities that may allow you to check out the show while you're helping them out! Today, we are counting up 15 fantastic local performing arts groups that you can check out in 2017and help support our local artists!

1.  Alberta Ballet

Alberta Ballet is Canada’s second-largest ballet company and is renowned around the world for the contemporary and classical productions that encompass its repertoire. In 2016-2017, Alberta Ballet performs its 50th season and boasts a company of 28 classically trained professional dancers from as far away as Japan and as close to its home-base of Alberta.

2.  Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) has been a cornerstone to the Calgary art scene since 1955. From classical giants to rock and roll hits and family favourites, the CPO offer about 85 shows per season.

3.  Calgary Opera

For 44 years, Calgary Opera has made a name for itself as a company that is committed to the development of Canadian talent and the development of new opera works.  On the mainstage, Calgary Opera produces a subscription season of three full-scale operas at the 2,400-seat Jubilee Auditorium, complimented by a series of opera-related events and fundraisers.

4.  Decidedly Jazz Danceworks

Established in 1984, Decidedly Jazz Dance (DJD) has carved a niche for itself as one of Canada’s most unique dance companies. DJD continues to enrich Calgary’s arts scene and community through the creation of their dedicated jazz dance centre and world-class performances.

5.  Theatre Calgary

Theatre Calgary traces its origins to the 1960s grassroots movement for local professional theatre. Over the past 11 years, has engaged in national and international collaborations with companies such as Soulpepper, the Shaw Festival, the National Arts Centre, and American Conservatory Theater.

6.  Vertigo Theatre

Vertigo Theatre has entertained audiences for over 40 years with high quality programming, evolving into a truly unique organization. Vertigo Theatre is located at the base of the Calgary Tower in the heart of downtown Calgary, and is home to the organization, its two performance venues and its two performance series, BD&P Mystery Theatre and Y Stage Theatre Series.

7.  StageWest

For 30 years, Stage West has entertained Calgarians with theatrical performances from film and television celebrities. Today, the theatre and restaurant hosts 10,000 people per month.

8.  Jubilations Dinner Theatre

Jubilations Dinner Theatre has been a staple of the Calgary theatre scene for over 13 years. Take in the excitement (and the stunning live vocals) while you enjoy a four-course meal, served by the actors themselves.

9.  Luminous Voices

Founded in 2012, Luminous Voices is Calgary's professional chamber choir. Comprised of some of the finest ensemble singers in Calgary, the choir also brings together exceptional singers and musicians from across the continent to collaborate with local performers. 

10.  Alberta Theatre Projects

Founded in Calgary in 1972 by Douglas Riske and Lucille Wagner, along with playwright Paddy Campbell, Alberta Theatre Projects envisioned bussing school children to see plays about Canadian history at a historic site. ATP was the first Canadian theatre for young audiences to have its own home – the Canmore Opera House in Heritage Park. ATP now produces an annual season of six plays, including plays from the national and international repertoire, at least two world premieres, a Family Holiday Show, and a presentation.

11.  One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre

One Yellow Rabbit (OYR) was once a punk rebel upstart troupe of ‘creatives’ – actors, writers, poets, jugglers, musicians and a dancer – on the cusp of a cultural renaissance that was Calgary. Over 30 years, OYR has shape-shifted into a cultural treasure that transcends the narrow geographical boundaries of city and nation.

12.  Calgary Youth Orchestra

Calgary Youth Orchestra (CYO) is Mount Royal University Conservatory's internationally acclaimed ensemble and one of Canada’s leading community youth orchestras, comprised of approximately 65 musicians ages 14 to 24. The orchestra performs a series of concerts throughout the year, participates in the annual Alberta Youth Orchestra Symposium in Banff, and tours internationally.

13.  Spiritus Chamber Choir

Spiritus Chamber Choir is an internationally award-winning amateur choir founded in 1995, based in Calgary, Canada and their concert programming by the choir portrays a broad range of repertoire. Spiritus performs a number of concerts each season. Check out their website for more information!

14.  Lunchbox Theatre

Bartley and Margaret Bard and Betty Gibb were looking for a way to present live theatre during the lunch hour to downtown shoppers and workers, so in 1975 they founded Lunchbox Theatre. Located in Calgary’s downtown core, it is now recognized as one of the most successful and longest running noon hour theatre companies in the world!  Lunchbox Theatre focuses on the development and production of original one-act plays; many of which are written by local Calgarians and produce eight plays per season.

15.  Kensington Sinfonia

For more than 25 years, Kensington Sinfonia has been Calgary’s accessible classical performance ensemble. The group puts on a number of concerts each season, including several that encourage children to attend (with free admission for those under the age of 12!). Great entertainment for all ages!

So there you have it... a year's worth of local entertainment and fun for everyone.  Calgary has something special here with our arts scene. Check them out and support our local artists!