Upcoming Events to Plan Ahead For ASAP

Register for Christmas fun runs, get deals on Christmas theatre shows and buy your High Performance Rodeo Flex Pass.

Stomp is in Calgary January 17 to 19.

Photograph by Steve McNicholas


Theatre and music events to know about


Slipper — A Distinctly Calgarian Cinderella Story

November 22 and December 31

The world premiere of this British-style pantomime about a very Calgarian Cinderella opens next week. There are several deals to take advantage of if you’re hoping to see the show. Any student of any age can see the show on Tuesday, November 22 for just $10 (as long as they have valid student ID.) For more information on the promo code for this deal, visit atplive.com. Also on November 22, the audience can live tweet during the performance. 

If you have a group of eight or more people going to this pantomime, you can save up to 20 per cent on tickets. To get this deal, call 403-294-7402 or email tickets@atplive.com. 

Martha Cohen Theatre, Arts Commons, 215 8 Ave. S.E., 403-294-7488, atplive.com


A Christmas Carol

November 24 to December 24

If you don’t already subscribe to Theatre Calgary’s e-Play newsletter, now is the time to become a subscriber. Newsletter subscribers can get 20 per cent off their tickets if they call to reserve before December 11. 

Max Bell Theatre, Arts Commons, 240 9 Ave. S.E., 403-294-7440, theatrecalgary.com


Cowtown Christmas

December 3

If you love Christmas and you love caroling, make sure that Cowtown Opera’s seasonal show Cowtown Christmas is on your radar. It runs for one night only and is an interactive concert — you’ll hear the Cowtown Opera singers, but you’ll also be encouraged to join in the caroling. 

St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 1121 14 Ave. S.W., cowtownoperacompany.com 


 Songs of Resilience

January 6

Songs of Resilience is part of the 31st annual High Performance Rodeo, but it’s only on stage for one night in January. The show by the Queer Songbook Orchestra is hosted by CBC’s Katherine Duncan and Olympic gold medalist Mark Tewksbury. If you’re interested in a musical show that sees an 11-piece chamber ensemble highlight the LGBTQ backstories and narratives behind popular songs of the twentieth century, buy your tickets now. Chances are, tickets will sell out. 

Max Bell Theatre, Arts Commons, 240 9 Ave. S.E., 403-294-7440, theatrecalgary.com


HPR Flex Pass 

On sale November 17

Speaking of High Performance Rodeo, the 2017 Flex Pass is available now. The pass is a bundle of four tickets and costs $120. The recipient of the Flex Pass can choose from 17 High Performance Rodeo shows, then use one ticket from the bundle for four different productions, four tickets to one production, or any other combination that works for that theatre-goer. The 31st annual High Performance Rodeo runs from January 5 to February 2. 

Various locations, 403-294-9494, hprodeo.ca



January 17 to 19

Tickets for this show went on sale on October 31. There are only three shows in Calgary, so percussion-lovers will want to buy their tickets sooner rather than later to avoid missing out. 

Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14 Ave. N.W., calgary.broadway.com

Races to register for now


Stoked Oats 5 km

November 20

The triathlon-specific store Tri It Multisport is hosting a 5 km run this Sunday. (Five kilometres isn’t very far — it starts at 8 a.m. and you’ll be done before the rest of your family wakes up, probably.) It only costs $25 to race, it’s a timed out-and-back course, and your registration fee includes a bowl of Stoked Oats oatmeal at the finish line. 

Start line at Pumphouse Theatre, 403-263-0079, tri-it.ca


Santa Shuffle

December 3

Try to raise at least $50 in pledges, find a Santa costume (or at least a Santa hat) and run 1 km or 5 km in support of the Salvation Army. 

Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade S.W., santashuffle.ca


Dashing Through the Glow

December 9

This event is just for fun. It’s not timed, so you can enjoy a gentle 2 km or 5 km jog. You’ll also be able to take your time to enjoy running past life-sized snow globes, a quarter of a million Christmas lights and 10-foot-tall Santas. And at the finish line, there’s chili. 

Spruce Meadows, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way S.W., 403-974-4200, sprucemeadows.com


15th Annual Amble with Angus

December 16

This 5 km charity run takes place on a Friday morning at 7:30 a.m., so plan to race before you head into the office. It’s a fun run along the river pathways that’s also for a good cause. The event supports the Calgary Food Bank Children’s Milk Program. Registration is $20 but you can always donate more. 

Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade S.W., amblewithangus.com 

Other events you should know about


CBC’s This is That

December 3

If you’re a fan of CBC’s satirical show This is That, you can catch Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring at the Banff Centre in early December. You can hear the character interviews and mockumentary stories for only $25. Also, if you like CBC comedy, know that The Debaters will be at the Banff Centre on February 12 and tickets are $45.  

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr., 403-762-6100, banffcentre.ca   


Calgary Icebreaker Polar Dip

January 1

On the first day of the year, a group of “dipsters” will be wearing costumes and plunging into ice water. If you want to participate, pay the $25 registration fee now before it gets too cold for you to second-guess the decision. (And it gives you more time to fundraise money for the SA Foundation.) If you’re not going to be jumping into the cold water, then pencil this event into your 2017 calendar and go spectate. 

Elbow Valley Resident’s Club, 100 Misty Morning Dr., calgaryicebreaker.com 


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