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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 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.
Let go of your inhibitions, bring along your dancing shoes and be prepared for a wild time. The club offers young party-goers the ultimate party destination and can also be hired for private events. With a large stage and state-of-the-art equipment, this night spot has gained popularity all over the city for hosting an eclectic mix of live music events and DJ nights. These events cater to the crowd with varied musical sensibilities, so visit the website or check out their Facebook page to stay updated.
Earlier known as the Roundup Centre, the BMO Centre is a massive event facility located at the Calgary Stampede Park. With a combined area of over six football fields, the center comprises five exhibition halls and four flexible spaces that can be adapted into a comfortable venue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
McMahon Stadium is a large outdoor sports and concert venue in Calgary, with a seating capacity of 35,400. Located between the University of Calgary and the Banff Trail LRT station, it was used in the 1988 Olympics. Over the years, the stadium has played host to many concerts by notable artists like Ozzy Osbourne. It is also home to many of Calgary's major sports teams, including the Calgary Stampeders. Whatever the weather, the stands are packed with maniacal fans, often in varying degrees of drunkenness.