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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.
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 Loose Moose Theatre company has garnered international acclaim for the pioneering work it has done in the field of improvisational comedy. Established in 1977, this theater company puts up some wonderful productions for children, a repertoire which includes stories like The Ugly Duckling and Aesop's Fables. The shows are always hilarious, and make for fantastic entertainment for the entire family. They also offer improv classes for adults.
All forms of art, such as musicals, ballets, plays and concerts have been performed at the grand Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. This state of the art auditorium annually welcomes national as well as international artists, touring shows and also hosts the Calgary Opera and Alberta Ballet. School graduations, community galas, trade shows and other special events are its other offerings.
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.
Polish Canadian Cultural Centre is an important venue in Calgary, one which is ideal for numerous functions. Be it a private function or a corporate event, the numerous halls can be personalized according to the requirement. It has been a popular place to host several concerts, banquets and mega events. The Great Hall, Varsovia, and Zagloba Room have large seating capacities. Besides the halls, there is Cafe Polonez for refreshments. All rooms are equipped with cutting edge technology and audio visual equipments. There is also a large parking facility available for more than 400 cars. Call the facility for hiring details.
At The Laugh Shop, be prepared to roll on the floor laughing, because you will be entertained by some of the best local and international performers in the business. Located inside Hotel Blackfoot, this 18-and-above club has established quite a reputation for its side-splitting comedy shows. If you cannot make it to the venue, you could even hire a professional stand up for your own private event. There are also dinner-and-show packages you could avail of, making it an evening of fun, food and of course, laughter.
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.
Stampede Park is a sprawling outdoor event venue that is reputed for hosting the major events and happenings in the city. Although it hosts a plethora of formal as well as informal events throughout the year, it is mostly remembered for hosting The Calgary Stampede Festival, a ten-day event dubbed “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth,” that draws about a million visitors to Calgary every year.
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.
Pumphouse Theatre has been in existence for many decades and has a rich cultural heritage. Situated in Downtown Calgary, this venue has proved to be extremely valuable for struggling artists and theater groups who can't afford many of the city's other rental venues. All year round, a number of festivals are held here for adults as well as children, ranging from 8 to 80 years! Drama camps are held every year during summer time for the kids of Calgary.
Canada Olympic Park was the venue for the 1998 Winter Olympics and offers a variety of adventure sports facilities. These facilities are used both by high-performance winter athletes and by ordinary, adventurous, Calgarians. The bobsled track immortalized by four Jamaican sledders continues to be used for World Cup events. The downhill ski slope is a popular entry-level spot for skiers, while the half-pipe area crawls with local snowboarders. The park also gets steady summer use by cross-country and downhill mountain bike racers. Inside the main COP building there is a restaurant/bar and the Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum. Prices vary according to activity.