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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.
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.
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.
Part of the hugely successful Vertigo Theatre Centre is an immensely popular venue, The Studio. It is very flexible and can hold in excess of 130 people. This experimental theater is replete with black curtains, black seating, ample lighting and other necessary technological requirements. Concerts, auditions, workshops and many more such events can be held here. The Playhouse, also within Vertigo, is another venue used for events.
National Music Centre, formerly known as Cantos Music Foundation, is a famous hang out for music lovers of the city. Located near the city center, this is a space for live musicals, performances, concerts and other entertaining events. Equipped with state of the art technology and perfect acoustics throughout the rooms, this event space is the perfect launch pad for every artist. Visitors can participate in various jam sessions irrespective of their caliber. The museum houses a vast collection of more than 2,00 objects all related to music, right from a magnificent grand piano to popular musicians outfits like Ray Saint Germain's suit and Lucille Starr's dress. Visitors can participate in enlightening tours about the world of music and peruse the antique, one of a kind collection that this center houses.
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.
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.
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.
Located inside the MacEwan Conference & Event Centre, the MacEwan Hall is a perfect venue to host meetings and events. It can accommodate up to 1000 people and it comprises a theater, a banquet space and even a classroom for conducting educational activities. The hall features an atmospheric lighting system, a public address system as well as a stage. MacEwan Hall, or "Mac Hall" also plays host to many major events, from big name comedians to popular bands and everything between.
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.