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10 must-see Calgary art events happening this June

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Milena Petrovic May 31, 2017 6:13 am 60

The temperature isn’t the only thing that’s rising this month. Calgary’s diverse art show line-up is heating up stages across the city with mysterious plays, captivating soundscape installations, symphonic sounds, and a vibrant jazz festival.

From theatre production debuts by local and travelling talents to recurring crowd-pleasing favourites like Calgary Civic Symphony’s POPERA, there is no shortage of creativity in Calgary.

Here are 10 of the must-see and experience art events happening during June.

The Stridents – TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary

This multidisciplinary installation will intrigue your senses and your mind. Andrea Roberts brings together sound using early recording techniques, vocal incantation, and drones mixed with groupings of prints and sculptures to explore feminist resistance in the context of neoliberal capitalism.

  • Where: TRUCK Main Space – 2009 10 Avenue SW
  • When: Opening reception is on June 2 at 8pm. Runs June 2 to July 15
  • Tickets: Free

POPERA! – Calgary Civic Symphony

Ending its 41st season on a high note, the Calgary Civic Symphony brings back the popular POPERA show full of lively operatic classics by Mozart, Sondheim, Bernstein and more.

  • Where: Jack Singer Hall, Arts Commons- 205 8 Avenue SE
  • When: June 4 from 2:30-4:30pm
  • Tickets: At Arts Commons; $18-$25

Sex with Strangers – Attic Players

Widely-produced in the US for over two years including a Broadway production directed by David Schwimmer, Sex with Strangers makes its Canadian debut. In a story about a growing connection between a blogger and a book writer both with literary ambitions aiming to do all they can to succeed, this love story explores their burning desires, secret agendas, and the powers and struggles created by our digital-dominated world.

  • Where: Motel Theatre, Arts Commons- 205 8 Avenue SE
  • When: June 16 to 24
  • Tickets: Email [email protected] to reserve or purchase it at the door; $22.50

Summer Jazz Festival – JazzYYC

Happening on stages throughout the city including performances at Inglewood’s Ironwood Stage and Grill, Lolita’s Lounge, and with a main concert featuring multi-JUNO award-winner, pianist Renee Rosnes in a duo with bassist Neil Swainson at MRU’s Taylor Centre, this four day festival will jazz up Calgary’s summer.

  • Where: Various locations
  • When: June 15 to 18
  • Tickets: Through JazzYYC; Free – $35

Everyone We Know Will Be There: A House Party in One Act

A 17 birthday is about to be celebrated as an audacious teen throws a house party while his parents are vacationing on a yacht. No seats are assigned to enjoy this play exploring teenage identity. Set in a residential home, you will be immersed in the party as you follow one of the cast’s five characters to experience their side of the story intimately.

  • Where: At a residential home – 10 Tuscarora Way NW
  • When: June 14 to 17 from 7 to 9:30pm nightly
  • Tickets: Available online for $17

The Suncor Stage One Festival of New Work

Marking the 30 anniversary of Stage One supporting theatrical creation, development, and production of one-act plays, you can catch local talent with up to three shows debuting per week at Lunchbox Theatre.

  • Where: Lunchbox Theatre – 160 9 Avenue SE
  • When: On Fridays and Saturdays from June 9 to June 24
  • Tickets: Free admission

Drowning Girls – Vertigo Theatre

Based on a true serial murder case known as ‘The Brides in the Bath’ that was committed By George Joseph Smith in England between 1912 to 1914, this lyrical production of the story of three murdered wives is breathtaking. The three-character cast delves into each of the wive’s stories from their devotion to their husband to their last breaths.

  • Where: Vertigo Theatre – 115 9 Avenue SE
  • When: Playing until June 11
  • Tickets: At Vertigo Theatre; $66

Sci-Fi Spectacular: Star Wars to Star Trek

Photo courtesy of Calgary Philharmonic 

Paired with astronomy images by astronomer Dr. José Salgado, this orchestral homage to Hollywood’s Sci-Fi film and TV themes will have you humming the familiar tunes and feeling out of this world.

  • Where: Jack Singer Hall – 205 8 Avenue SE
  • When: June 16 and 17 at 8pm
  • Tickets: At Calgary Philharmonic; $25-$85

Shakespeare by the Bow: As You Like It – Theatre Calgary

Featuring up-and-coming actors, this Theatre Calgary production is front and centre on the most beautiful stage of all—Prince’s Island Park. Pull out a picnic blanket and bring along some snacks and enjoy watching Shakespeare’s As You Like It against a summery backdrop.

  • Where: Prince’s Island Park
  • When: June 20 to August 27
  • Tickets: Pay-what-you-will

Calgary Poetry Slam – The Unicorn Super Pub

Showcasing local poets mixing sounds, styles, and strong personalities in front of a panel of judges, the Calgary Poetry Slam reveals the hidden spoken word community to create an energetic and captivating event.

  • Where: The Unicorn Super Pub, Celtic Celler – 223 8 Avenue SW
  • When: June 26 at 8pm (doors open at 7pm)
  • Tickets: $5 at the door

See also: 55 things to do in Calgary June 2017


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Milena Petrovic
Milena is a freelance writer & photographer relying a bit too heavily on caffeine, sleep, & irony. She has carried (actual) hot sauce in her bag long before Beyoncé turned it into a baseball bat metaphor. With an insatiable appetite, you can find her dining throughout YYC & beyond looking for the next best meal & usually finding it.

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