Sep 05

Downtown Calgary Events | Week of September 5, 2017

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DUN DUn Dun dun! Okay, not the best piano description, so all the more reason to come out for 2017 Honens Festival. With free and ticketed concerts to tune into, there is certainly something for everyone. Also help continue the Canada 150 celebrations with the newest addition of Pianoscapes!

2017 HONENS FESTIVAL – September 7-10, 2017

Four days of music with a side of maple syrup!

The award-winning Honens Festival returns September 7 – 10, 2017.

To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, this celebration of piano showcases some of the country’s brightest classical music stars alongside Honens Laureates through innovative performance projects and dynamic community concerts.

Downtown concerts include:

For a full listing of concerts, masterclasses, events, and tickets, visit their website at

HONENS’ PIANOSCAPES – September 7, 2017

Pianoscapes is Honens’ gift to Calgary for the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. The project was inspired by the desire to enrich the community through providing access to music-making, and to encourage collaboration between business, music, and visual art. Five pianos are being transformed with designs that represent local artists’ unique reflections of Canada.

All pianos will be unveiled at a free event on 7 September on Stephen Avenue to kick off the 2017 Honens Festival. The five Festival pianists will perform a concert, culminating in a surprise ensemble rendition of … you’ll have to come to Stephen Avenue to find out!

The impact and legacy of Canada 150 will continue as the pianos will be placed in accessible community and public spaces across Calgary, and made available for free public programming.

Stephen Avenue Walk between Centre St. and 1st St. SE

Karen Biko
Kristen Carleton
Eveline Kolijn
Brianna Strong
Kale Vandenbroek & Angela Smyth


CONCRETE SONATA – September 8, 2017

Co-presented by Honens, Downtown Calgary and the support of the City of Calgary, the 2017 edition of Conrete Sonata returns to Downtown Calgary September 8, 2017.

Concrete Sonata and Pianoscapes are each a part of an outdoor concert series created by Honens and Downtown Calgary with support by the City of Calgary. Honens brings their piano laureates to play free, unique piano performances on the Downtown Calgary Street Pianos over the noon-hour to help promote the annual Honens Festival.

This year’s Laureate is Katherine Chi. Katherine is both the only woman and Canadian named Honens Prize Laureate and is returning to Calgary as part of Honen’s celebration of Canada 150. She is established as one of Canada’s foremost pianists, having done performances across North America and Europe.

Date: September 8
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Location: Concrete Sonata, Woodlands Piano – 3 Street and 6

We look forward to seeing all of you come out to continue to celebrate Canada’s 150 and Honen’s acclaimed and dynamic laureate, Katherine Chi.



Linda Faye Miller received international recognition for her appearance in Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award winning film Age of Innocence. Her onscreen performance, as Swedish soprano Christine Nilsson singing the love-duet from Gounod’s Faust, opens the film, igniting the love story between Michelle Pfeiffer’s and Daniel Day-Lewis’ characters.

In Calgary and Edmonton, she appeared twice for Alberta Ballet singing Four Last Songs of Strauss in the ballet of the same name by renowned choreographer, the late Rudi van Dantzig, who commended her for her “touching and magnificent singing.” She also sang in Alberta Ballet’s Carmen and Carmina Burana.

Ms. Miller’s voice defies a narrow classification, enabling her to sing lyric coloratura roles as well as more dramatic spinto roles.

An alumnus of University of Toronto’s Voice Performance department, Ms. Miller brings excellence in musicality, interpretation and language to vocal mastery.

Linda will be accompanied on piano by Mimi Park.


With 200+ films to choose from, crafting your schedule can be a bit overwhelming so join us the Globe Cinema for the second annual trailer party!

Stop by after work for a Big Rock Beer, watch some film trailers-twice (it will be played on a loop), and get to know the 2017 festival lineup – with a side of Big Rock and contests – to help you decide on your must-see list

Please note that this event is licensed (+18) and is a FREE event.

Date: September 8, 2017
Time: Doors open at 3:00pm and trailers start at 4:30pm

If you have an event happening in downtown, we want to know! Submit your event to our event calendar or email us at

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