We understand that every event ticket and admission pass is important to our community partners. We highly value the investment each of them makes to the Sun Life Financial Arts + Culture Pass which allows low-income Calgarians the opportunity to experience quality arts and Canadian culture experiences.
Thank you to the following partners who are opening doors to arts and culture.
The Calgary Foundation, established in 1955, facilitates collaborative philanthropy by making powerful connections between donors and community organizations for the long term benefit of Calgary and surrounding area. The Calgary Foundation provided a community grant which made the Calgary Public Library's Arts & Recreation Pass pilot project a possibility.
City of Calgary Recreation Department
Recreation is for everyone and the City encourages all Calgarians to live active, creative and healthy lifestyles. Our Fee Assistance program helps all Calgary residents enjoy the recreation programs and facilities at reduced rates. Fee assistance is available for Calgary residents in financial need to help make recreation opportunities more affordable. If you are approved, you will receive a recreation Fee Assistance card.
EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts
EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts is the home of Calgary's most innovative artistic companies and partners, and is proud to present and promote creative collaboration within our city.
GlobalFest's mandate as a not-for-profit society is to produce an inclusive, world class, multi-faceted arts and culture festival that celebrates and showcases cultural diversity and artistic excellence within our communities and across the globe.
Kids Up Front Calgary
Kids Up Front provides children and teens with experiences that foster possibilities, passions and dreams … one ticket a time.
Aero Space Museum of Calgary
The Aero Space Museum of Calgary supports and encourages the development and maintenance of an Aero Space Museum in the City of Calgary, through educational activities and through collections and displays related to Canadian aviation history in general and to the City of Calgary in particular.
Alberta Ballet (Former Partner)
Alberta Ballet, a not-for-profit charitable organization, is Canada's third largest dance company and is in its 45th season. Alberta Ballet has developed a distinctive repertoire and performance quality that has brought it to the forefront of both its home and international stages.
Alberta Theatre Projects
Our aim at ATP is to make Life More Beautiful, by creating and producing great contemporary theatre from Canada and beyond. In the welcoming oval of the Martha Cohen Theatre you’ll see a dazzling range of people, stories, styles, moods and cultures. We tell some universally appealing tales, share some laughs and tears, and we’ll go on some daring theatrical adventures too. When the noise of the world seems overwhelming, a terrific night in the theatre can suddenly make us feel nourished, truly and fully alive.
Art Gallery of Calgary
The Art Gallery of Calgary (The AGC) is a non-collecting, public contemporary art gallery and a registered charitable organization. The AGC is dedicated to presenting contemporary art exhibitions and providing quality art education programs and experiences for people of all ages.
BD&P Mystery Theatre Series
BD&P Mystery Theatre Series produces and presents five shows based in the mystery genre. Since their very first production in 1978 - Agatha Christie's THE MOUSETRAP - they have continued to expand our boundaries. BD&P Mystery Theatre seasons include everything from classics such as GASLIGHT to more contemporary work like the critically acclaimed presentation of Catalyst Theatre's NEVERMORE.
Calgary Folk Music Festival
From its origins as an eccentric kitchen party writ large to the major national event it has become, the Calgary Folk Music Festival embraces a singularly Canadian festival style, earning a glowing reputation for programming that welcomes music from around the corner and the globe, bringing together marquee artists, local favourites, history-makers and innovators to Calgary for a broad-ranging vision of folk with an edge, and a festival with a wry, get ’er done attitude.
Calgary Highland Games
The Calgary Highland Games are an annual celebration of Scottish traditions and culture. Competitions in dancing, piping, drumming, pipe bands and Scottish Heavy Events take place throughout the day. There are sheep dog, anachronism, and country dancing demonstrations and a wide variety of Scottish vendors selling everything from kilts to Irn Bru. This year marks 100 years since the first Games were held at Victoria Park in Calgary.
Calgary International Film Festival
The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is a 11-day celebration of visual arts and cinema, screening over 200 multi-genre films from around the world and highlighted by a series of gala events, awards ceremonies, and special presentations.
Since its inception, and especially in the past decade, 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. In July 2005, Calgary Opera moved to a new home - the Arrata Opera Centre - a 29,000 square foot facility in the historic Wesley United Church that brings together administration offices, rehearsal and education space, as well as props and wardrobe workshops. Calgary Opera mainstage productions take place at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Led by internationally renowned Music Director Roberto Minczuk, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra has been a cornerstone of Calgary’s multi-faceted arts community since 1955 and is one of North America’s finest and most versatile live music ensembles. A repertoire that is extensive and broad in scope consistently attracts acclaimed guest artists and conductors. From classical giants to rock 'n' roll hits and family favourites, the CPO offers an average of 80 concerts per Season designed to fit all musical tastes. The CPO provides several different concert Series: Masterworks and Showcase Classics, Serenade, Destination, Rush Hour, POPS, Specials, Festival Italiano, Bach@Knox and Symphony Sundays for Kids, covering a broad range of musical styles and repertoire and appealing to a wide and diverse audience.
City of Calgary, Calgary Transit Department
The Calgary Transit Department donated transit passes to the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre through the Participation and Integration Program (PIC Program). The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre then donated a selection of transit passes to the Calgary Public Library Foundation for use in the Sun Life Financial Arts + Culture Pass so that qualified individuals and families can reach their event destinations.
Based in Calgary, Alberta, Downstage is dedicated to producing Canadian theatre that creates conversation around social issues.
Their work provokes vibrant dialogue between Calgarians both informally and through their nightly post-performance discussions. Every season, Downstage produces a run of a World Premiere, a run of a Canadian script, and a work-in-development presentation as part of their new Fieldwork series.
Downstage is a Resident Company of the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts, and has received critical acclaim, the Enbridge Emerging Artist Award, the inaugural EPCOR CENTRE Founders Award, and 14 Betty Mitchell Award nominations, winning three times - most recently Outstanding New Play for In The Wake.
Fort Calgary is operated by the Fort Calgary Preservation Society. The Society’s mandate is to preserve, utilize, develop, interpret and promote Fort Calgary for the benefit of the citizens and visitors to the city of Calgary.
Front Row Centre Players
Front Row Centre Players Society is a not-for-profit, charitable organization, dedicated to providing opportunities for everyone to learn all aspects of musical theatre and to provide the community with top quality entertainment.
At the Glenbow Museum, intriguing stories from Western Canada connect with extraordinary art and artifacts from around the world. Combining a museum, art gallery, library and archives all under one roof, Glenbow boasts over a million artifacts and some 28,000 works of art in its vast collections and is one of the largest museums in Canada. Through a variety of dynamic programs and changing exhibitions and programs, and a broad collection of art, artifacts and historical documents, Glenbow Museum builds on a commitment to preserve our cultural and western heritage while simultaneously providing visitors with a glimpse of the world beyond.
Instrumental Society of Calgary
The Instrumental Society of Calgary (ISC) is a volunteer, non-profit organization whose purpose is to continue the Society tradition of providing an outstanding, affordable chamber music concert series to Calgary audiences. The ISC focuses on providing a stage for Calgary based chamber musicians to showcase some of their favorite music in an intimate 'chamber' environment to an audience as eclectic as the performers.
Land's End Ensemble
The Land’s End Music Society of Calgary is dedicated to introducing audiences to new music by Canadian and International composers and to performing landmark chamber works of the 20th and 21st centuries. The society sponsors a concert series in Calgary featuring the Land’s End Ensemble in combination with guest artists, and an annual competition for emerging composers in western Canada.
Lunchbox Theatre is recognized as one of the most successful noon hour theatre companies in the world. From a foundation of one-act plays, we’re committed to creating and performing high quality theatrical works.
Lunchbox Theatre delivers a unique experience to its audience – upbeat performances in an intimate and comfortable atmosphere. Patrons are encouraged to enjoy the play while you eat your lunch! This audience-friendly approach makes Lunchbox Theatre an ideal place to introduce theatre to new audiences, young and old.
Mount Royal Conservatory
The Mount Royal Conservatory is a Canadian leader in arts education. Established in 1910, the Conservatory has provided music and speech arts instruction to people of all ages and levels of development. The Conservatory is committed to providing quality instruction that sets the standard for similar programs throughout Canada. To this end it has built an outstanding group of teachers, established an extensive visiting artist program, and developed an international presence. In recent years the Conservatory has established a range of highly successful professional training programs targeted to the needs of outstandingly gifted young artists internationally.
New Works Calgary
New Works Calgary, through its concert series, supports the creation and performance of contemporary concert music with emphasis on Calgary and Southern Alberta composers and musicians. It encourages the exploration of relationships between music and other artistic disciplines, offering inquisitive audiences thought-provoking, enriching and unique experiences, creating a more vibrant cultural environment.
One Yellow Rabbit
For more than 30 years, One Yellow Rabbit has created genre-bending, innovative works of theatre that are noted for their intricate physical movement and musicality. Every January, One Yellow Rabbit produces the High Performance Rodeo, Calgary's International Festival of the Arts, which animates downtown with a vibrant array of theatre, dance, music and more.
Rosebud Theatre employs a resident company of artists who work together to produce our shows as well as mentor apprentice performers and technicians for a life in the theatre. Rosebud Theatre is located in Rosebud, Alberta.
StoryBook Theatre is one of Canada's largest theatres for young audiences. It has been delighting children of all ages for over 30 years.
StoryBook Theatre is also one of Calgary's largest community theatre companies, relying heavily on the passion and dedication of a large group of talented volunteers.
Theatre Calgary is Southern Alberta’s largest and longest running professional theatre company currently performing in the 750-seat Max Bell Theatre in downtown Calgary’s EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts. Founded in 1968, the company has become a leading presenter of large-scale international contemporary and classic works. Theatre Calgary is also dedicated to the development and premiere of new Canadian plays through the FUSE Play Development Program and committed to the development of emerging theatre artists in the community through Shakespeare in the Park presented in collaboration with Mount Royal University.
Theatre Junction GRAND
Theatre Junction GRAND is the home for multidisciplinary art from Calgary and around the world. Presenting and hosting work in a range of disciplines from theatre, dance, music, media art, visual art and interdisciplinary art, Theatre Junction GRAND is a crossroads for the exchange of art and ideas. We are “the junction” where people, art forms, and ideas converge to cultivate a sustainable and meaningful cultural landscape in the city of Calgary. The result is a realization and celebration of differences, opening new possibilities for citizens to move in new directions and emerge with new perspectives on the world and on the community in which we live.
Y Stage Theatre Series
Y Stage Theatre Series is Calgary's only theatre company presenting a full season of professionally produced theatre for young audiences. This family focused series attracts over 10,000 eager young people with family performances on weekends and school performances on weekdays. Y Stage productions are highly entertaining while also being socially relevant and thought provoking, providing a springboard for discussion on the themes and topics of the shows.
Vocal Latitudes - World Music Community Choir
The forty, uplifting voices of this mixed, community choir will delight you with a wide-ranging repertoire, from madrigals to jazz, pop, folk and vocal music from around the world. Featured in the ProArts At Noon series, Vocal Latitudes sings at many events around Calgary.
WordFest supports vibrant and healthy communities by providing accessible and engaging programming that shares the power of story. WordFest is a not-for-profit organization that brings readers and writers together through the power of story.
Youth Singers of Calgary
The Youth Singers of Calgary was created in 1985 by Shirley Penner who, together with Darlene Dusevic and Tricia Penner, developed a unique performing arts organization; providing an opportunity for young people to express themselves onstage through music, dance and theatre. As a performing arts company Youth Singers travels extensively, records, and appears at upwards of one hundred events each year, often accompanying top entertainers. Their artistic team has grown to include over forty outstanding educators, directors, arrangers, composers, choreographers, and dramatists.
Youth Singers believes that through the performing arts young people can find passion, purpose and direction, and encourages their development into future community leaders.
Calgary 2012 is an independent, non-profit organization that helps showcase Calgary’s culture and create legacy projects to encourage future cultural achievements. The goals of the organization are to raise awareness of the richness of Calgary’s cultural assets, empower cultural celebration and participation in every community in Calgary, to build a stronger sense of identity and have local and national impact. 2012 marks the centennial anniversaries of the Calgary Stampede, City of Calgary Recreation and the Calgary Public Library as well as the Theatre Junction GRAND and the Pumphouse Theatres.
Calgary Arts Development
Calgary Arts Development plays a leadership role to promote, foster and direct investments that develop the capacity of Calgary's arts sector to achieve public and artistic impact.