Jan 12

High Performance Rodeo 2016 & More Downtown Events

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Each year the High Performance Rodeo fills an important niche in Downtown Calgary’s art scene and 2016 is no exception.

For the uninitiated; the High Performance Rodeo is a month long festival of boundary-pushing theatre, music, dance, comedy and performance art. Now in it’s 30th year, the festival is internationally renowned for the fun, exciting and unexpected types of theatre they bring to Calgary.

The largest of it’s kind Western Canada, the High Performance Rodeo is an excellent opportunity to experience something unique. No two years are the same, and the month-long festival has a number of shows that run at a variety of downtown venues.

Be sure to get your tickets soon, many shows sell-out! That being said, there are a few free events that are open to the public including Improv Everywhere’s MP3 Experiment happening at Bankers Hall on Friday, January 15th. This is a unique event that you can participate in, don’t miss it!


Looking for something to do in Downtown Calgary this week? Here’s a look at our events newsletter for the week of January 11th, 2016. Want events like these sent to you inbox every week? Sign up for the Downtown Calgary Events Newsletter

Calgary Songs Project - Until Jan 31

Keep your ears peeled for a hand picked selection of songs from the past 30 years of Calgary’s musical heritage. As a part of the 30th annual High Performance Rodeo, curators Kenna Burima and Arif Ansari have put together an eclectic playlist that will be playing in the Trees sculptures on Stephen Avenue.

To add to the fun, the songs have been arranged for the carillon and will be played noon hours all month from the Calgary Tower Carillon. This project kicks off the High Performance Rodeo and begins the officially proclaimed ‘Year of Music’ for 2016.

Tomorrow’s Child - Jan 12 - 17

This new adaptation of sci-fi giant Ray Bradbury’s short story Tomorrow’s Child is a one-of-a-kind, audio-only theatre experience presented to a blindfolded audience. The quirks of ‘50s sci-fi are re-imagined for a highly immersive sonic environment, created with the latest in sound technology.

Calgary, I love you… - Jan 12 - 23

Who are we as a city? If an animal, what kind? If a gender, what variety? Are we a griffin or a gopher? A sphinx or a spaniel? A warrior-queen or a tipsy teen? Does the city have a soul and if so how do we describe it? Just who the hell are we now?

One Yellow Rabbit dowses, parses, and probes these questions for the 2016 High Performance Rodeo. Calgary, I Love You, but You’re Killing Me is about music, comedy and the mysterious relationship we all have with home.

Alberta Brewer’s Dinner - Jan 12

Get to know 5 of Alberta’s newer brewers at National on 8th Ave for a 5-course dinner & beer pairing. Try beers from the Dandy Brewing Company, Blindman Brewing, Troubled Monk Brewing, Six Corners Brew Works, and Bench Creek Brewing, and have the chance to meet and chat with brewers.


Skate in Nature - Jan 17

Wipe away those winter blues! Grab your skates and head down to Prince’s Island Park this winter for The City of Calgary’s free Skate in Nature program. Enjoy some fresh air with family and friends, get toasty by the fire, and learn how local plants and animals adapt to the cold weather with some fun nature activities.

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