Photo: Sebastian Hanlon, courtesy of Calgary Folk Fest

SHAPING IDENTITY

Our city leaves its thumbprint on all our citizens and the millions of visitors we welcome each year. That unique Calgary character comes from our history and geography, our artistic and cultural vitality, and the stories of the people who live here. Arts have the ability to both reflect and interpret who we are, and project that image beyond our borders.

Thundering Nations International | Photo: Courtesy of Action Dignity

Our Canada, Our Story

How do you grow a community out of a whole world full of different ones? That’s a question that popped up frequently in the offices of Marichu Antonio, the Executive Director of Action Dignity–formerly the Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary—an organization dedicated to working with culturally diverse communities from every corner of the planet to negotiate what was often an unwelcoming, challenging and highly racialized Canada.

IN 2017:

0
public activities produced by Calgary arts organizations
0
held outside of Calgary in 2017
0
arts education and public arts activities held in the Centre City
0
held outside the Centre City

Based on data from organizations funded in part through Calgary Arts Development.

Calgary artists are receiving opportunities for international exchange, developing their craft and acting as ambassadors for Calgary. Of the artists who received funding for professional development:

0
%
of opportunities took place in Canada, outside of Calgary
0
%
of opportunities took place outside of Canada

Femme Wave

In 2015, Kaely Cormack and Hayley Muir, members of The Shiverettes, a Calgary feminist punk band, took a look around Calgary’s punk music scene. The view lacked something. “There just weren’t many women,” Cormack says. “We’d play a lot of shows and we’d be the only women onstage. We’d be the only women organizing shows, but there would be no women doing sound. It was just very male-centric. We didn’t see ourselves represented in the scene.”

2017 headliner Sammus performs at the Femme Wave Fun House | Photo: Jarrett Edmund

IN 2017:

Calgary-produced arts activities reported engaging artists and participants from diverse communities

0
activities engaging multicultural communities
0
activities engaging people with disabilities
0
activities engaging Indigenous communities
0
activities engaging LGBTQ+ communities

Based on data from organizations funded in part through Calgary Arts Development.

Cool Choir performs at the Jubilee | Photo: Richard Alan Brown

SNAPSHOT

COOL CHOIR

Cool Choir is fairly new in Calgary but represents a modern concept in choirs that is very popular in the United Kingdom. Cool Choir takes the traditional classical or community choir experience and injects well-known rock and pop songs—everything from Queen, Michael Jackson, and Tom Jones to Ed Sheerhan, Coldplay, American Authors, and many more. Calgary’s largest adult choir (over 300 people singly weekly), in 2017 they released an emotionally-charged new and original anthem, celebrating diversity, as part of the Canada 150 anniversary. There are no auditions, no requirements to read music and no training or prior singing experience is needed. Cool Choir operates on the ethos ‘if you can speak you can sing’ and offers weekly rehearsals in a fun, welcoming and relaxed, all-inclusive environment.

 

SNAPSHOT

EMPATHY WEEK

Calgary hosted the world’s first Empathy Week in June 2017, with the second festival taking place June 1 to 7, 2018. Empathy Week is a seven-day festival of events that promotes empathy, human connection, and the recognition of our shared humanity. Empathy Week is a community initiative curated by Humainologie (a division of the Calgary Centre for Global Community) with numerous partners and individual Calgarians coming together to host a variety of events that are suitable for diverse audiences with varied interests as a way of creating strong relationships and healthy communities.

The Unity Project, St. Patrick’s Island | Photo: Chris Jensen