Hosting myriad performances yearly, Arts Commons is Canada's premier cultural space. The center is a six-level facility occupying a full city block in Downtown Calgary, and comprises many distinct event spaces like the Jack Singer Concert Hall and the Max Bell Theatre.
Seating over 19,000, Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome has a bit of something for everyone, including professional hockey, rock concerts, rodeos, circuses, conventions and more. Business outings or evenings with friends are made even more exciting when spent in the Super Suites or the Seminole Executive Club, two luxurious and elite locations found within the Saddledome. The Telus Conference Center also offers state-of-the-art facilities. Enjoy happy hour specials prior to games and concerts at Dutton's Canadian Lounge or take in great views while sample fine Calgarian cuisine at the Saddleroom Restaurant.
One of the world's great equestrian facilities is located in the rolling ranch lands just south of Calgary's city limits. Built and maintained by the Southern family, this sprawling site is now home to some of the world's top show-jumping events. The facilities are also a year-round attraction for horse-lovers and aspiring competitive riders. Competitions occur on six different grass rings, including the main venue that can seat 30,000 spectators for events. Four major competitions take place during the season, the biggest of which occurs in mid-September.
One of the largest venues in Alberta, the Jack Singer Concert Hall attracts big-name artists with its classical beauty and easy-on-the-ear acoustics. The hall boasts of the Carthy Organ, hand-carved from solid oak and containing more than 1600 polished alloy and wood pipes. This concert hall is part of Arts Commons, a performing arts complex occupying 10 acres (4.5 hectares) in Downtown Calgary. As one of the major art centers in Canada, Arts Commons hosts world-class performances on Singer Hall's state of the art stage. The Box Office opens one hour prior to performance and closes one hour after the show starts. This venue can also be rented for private events.
Located right in the center of downtown Calgary inside the Calgary Tower, the Vertigo Theater is comprised of two separate performance areas; The Studio and The Playhouse. Well known for its production of a mystery theater series, Vertigo Theater aims to entice the artistic sides of children with an emphasis on performances for a young audience. A stunning visual arts gallery, Vertigo Theater provides rental opportunities for all types of arts organizations that wish to showcase their works on a grand scale.
The Olympic Oval, one of the sites of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, continues to be a solid attraction for tourists. The massive silvery-white roof that covers this huge building on the University of Calgary campus is an engineering and architectural marvel. The facility remains the fastest speed skating track in the world, with records routinely shattered at World Cup competitions staged each year. Several national teams, including Canada's, train here, offering fans a chance to have very close brushes with the skating elite. The track is regularly open to the public for skating on regular or rental speed skates.
Explore Chinese and Canadian history and culture, right in the heart of the fascinating Chinatown area. Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre consists of a museum, Chinese library and a school, as well as the Cultural Centre Restaurant and more. You can also shop in the Chinese Arts and Crafts Store, which carries imported Oriental items. The building itself is of particular interest, standing out amongst the crowd with its impressive roof. The interior design is also intricate; both were completed in September 1992 by artists from China.
True to its name, the Theatre Junction GRAND was founded as the largest theater in the Pacific Northwest in 1912. It hosted such iconic acts as the Marx Brothers and Fred Astaire in its earlier days and continues to serve as a cultural hub in downtown Calgary. Known today for its contemporary performing arts, the landmark venue showcases exciting theatre, dance, film, and music productions. Better still, you can enjoy dinner and a show at the Theatre Junction GRAND, which also celebrates community the culinary arts with its award-winning restaurant, Workshop Kitchen + Culture.
Located in the Arts Commons at Olympic Plaza, Max Bell Theatre (ECPA) opens an hour prior to a performance and closes half an hour post the show. Shaped like a horseshoe, the venue can accommodate 750 people. The management is quite strict about entry, so you better not be late, or you will be seated only after a break in the ongoing performance. The main floor, the mezzanine level and the first and second floor balconies complete the seating arrangement of the theater.
Located inside the Arts Commons, the Engineered Air Theater takes its unique name from its sponsors. This 185 seat theater is ideal for musical concerts, talks, lectures, seminars, banquets and private receptions. The flexible seating arrangement gives the audience an ideal and up close experience. The balcony overlooking the arena gives the venue a regal look. Several facilities like a green room, dressing rooms, state of the art sound and lighting equipment and a main lobby, add to the popularity of this place. The theater is available as a rental facility.