9 Calgary arts events to check out in September

Aug 24 2017, 7:05 am

We’re a couple weeks in to September, and the thought of having to wear socks and sweaters again soon is probably making you grumpy. But have no fear, there are plenty of events happening around town to help you curb the end-of-summer blues.

From Calgary’s International Film Festival to the handfuls of upcoming theatre shows, captivating classical musical performances, and even a luxury fashion show, there are plenty of reasons to get you excited to grab your coat and dash out the door.

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Here are some great art events to check out in Calgary this month.


Blow Wind High Water – Theatre Calgary

Photo Courtesy of Theatre Calgary taken by David Cooper

To celebrate its 50th season, Theatre Calgary is debuting a play written by the notable Canadian playwright, Sharon Pollock. Telling a story of Calgarians facing a flood with a sense of playfulness, Pollock shares a story about unity, family, resiliency, and what it means to be Calgarian.

  • Where: Max Bell Theatre at Arts Commons – 240 9 Avenue SE
  • When: Now until September 30, showtimes vary
  • Tickets: Theatre Calgary; $35-$89

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – Stage West Calgary

This musical comedy delves into the reality of relationships by exploring the awkwardness of dating, the desire for love and marriage revealing all of its truths, myths, and quirks. As the second-longest running comedy off Broadway, this show has proven to be one that will get you laughing, reflecting, and laughing some more. Tickets include a meal and show option.

  • Where: Stage West Calgary – 727 42 Avenue SE
  • When: Now until November 12, show times vary
  • Tickets: Stage West Calgary; Prices vary

Nine Dragons at Vertigo Theatre

For those of you who like stories riddled with mystery, get ready for this Canadian premiere of a crime thriller that will have you at the edge of your seat. When an affluent European girl is discovered murdered on the streets of an urban area in Hong Kong called Kowloon, a committed Chinese police detective takes the case and goes up against prejudice and corruption from his superiors.

  • Where: The Playhouse – 115 9 Avenue SE
  • When: September 16 to October 15 at 7:30 pm
  • Tickets: Vertigo Theatre; $29-$61

Sunset Studios – Dirty Laundry Calgary

Photo Courtesy of Dirty Laundry Calgary

The only thing staged at Sunset Studios is the setting. This is a fully improvised two hour comedy soap opera performed live. Set in 1942 while the rest of the world is at war, these actors are aspiring to get their rise to fame at Sunset Studios in Hollywood. You get to watch their lives on and off screen all unscripted.

  • Where: Lunchbox Theatre – 160 9 Avenue SE
  • When: September 18 and 25 at 7:30 pm (shows continue to occur weekly, dates vary)
  • Tickets: Lunchbox Theatre Box Office; Single Adult Pass: $16, Single Student or Senior Pass: $10, Season Pass $125

Calgary International Film Festival

Photo Courtesy of CIFF from Entanglement

Running for its 18th year, Alberta’s largest film festival, CIFF will be going on for 12 days, screening 200 multi-genre feature and short films from over 40 countries. Act fast and save 25% on a Festival Pass or Pack Passes.

  • Where: Various Cinemas
  • When: September 20 to October 1, showtimes vary
  • Tickets: Calgary International Film Festival; Single ticket: $15, Festival Pass: $300, 10 or 20 Pack Passes start at $125

La La Land in Concert – Calgary Philharmonic

Based on a story of two aspiring artists falling in love in LA, the movie, La La Land is made from its magical soundtrack. Soak up the whimsical jazzy tunes of this six time Academy Award winning musical film played live by Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • Where: Jack Singer Concert hall – 205 8 Avenue SE
  • When: September 21 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Calgary Philharmonic; $40-$60

After Hours at Studio Bell

Back by popular demand, The National Music Centre is hitting high notes by giving Calgary a space to dance and mingle. This late night (and licensed!) event has a new headlining pop act, Braids performing and DJs spinning live techno and house throughout the evening. You can also make beats of your own with their interactive drum machine experience and even immerse yourself into a collaborative virtual reality game.

  • Where: Studio Bell – 840 4 Street SE
  • When: September 22 from 7 to 11 pm
  • Tickets: Studio Bell Box Office; Adults: $20, Students and Seniors: $15.50

Sound of Music – Broadway Across Canada

The Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium will be alive with the sound of music as it shares the story of Maria, a woman who leaves an Austrian convent to become a nanny to seven children of a naval officer widow. Get ready to revisit this classic film as an onstage musical that will undoubtedly have you singing along to Do-Re-Mi.

  • Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium – 1415 14 Avenue NW
  • When: September 26 to October 1 (showtimes vary)
  • Tickets: Ticket Master; $35-$135


Photo Courtesy of Our Park Online

Presented by Bankers Hall, this lavish art and fashion show oozes Canadian creative talent and opulence. This show gives you the chance to feel a part of the glamorous fashion world as you can immerse yourself around the works of Canada’s up and coming high end fashion designers and artists.

  • Where: Spruce Meadows – 18011 Spruce Meadows Way SW
  • When: September 30 at 7 to 11 pm
  • Tickets: Ticket Leap; Standing room: $50, General seats: $85, VIP passes start at $170
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