A Tribe Called Red, Blue Rodeo, Corb Lund, Sarah Harmer, and Jens Lindemann headline summer events at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

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Tickets on sale Wednesday, April 5 at 12 p.m.
Banff Centre Box Office: +1.800.413.8368 or +1.403.762.6301

BANFF, AB, April 5, 2017 – Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is heating up this summer with a lineup of events showcasing the most innovative and extraordinary artists in contemporary dance, music, literary arts, and visual and digital arts. With public talks, exhibitions, and performances by the likes of A Tribe Called Red; Blue Rodeo; Corb Lund; Sarah Harmer; and, Jens Lindemann, Banff Centre is the destination for arts and culture this summer. Tickets are on sale Wednesday, April 5 at 12 p.m. at banffcentre.ca/events

Banff Centre events are deeply connected to our artistic training programs, which give participants the opportunity to discuss, exhibit, and present works created right here in Banff. 

Additional highlights include: a remount of the chamber opera Kopernikus featuring emerging opera talents enrolled in our Opera in the 21 Century program; a series of discussions and performances by leading Indigenous thinkers and artists including Wanda Nanibush and Santee Smith; concerts by the groundbreaking classical and jazz musicians including Claire Chase and Steven Schick and Miro Quartet and Imani Winds; and, a recreation of Noetic by dancers participating in The Creative Gesture

Season Highlights

Outdoor Concerts at Banff Centre’s Shaw Amphitheatre
Experience the best of Canada’s music in open air in the heart of Banff National Park at Banff Centre’s Shaw Amphitheatre. Featuring: BrassFire featuring Jens Lindemann (July 2), an interactive performance celebrating the rich musical history of the trumpet; Blue Rodeo (July 7); Corb Lund with special guest Leeroy Stagger (July 15); Sarah Harmer (July 23); and, A Tribe Called Red (August 6). 

Contemporary Indigenous Voices: Speakers Series
This landmark series invites leading Indigenous artists to think collectively in order to reorient and retool the 150 anniversary of this country, and what art and artists' roles are in manifesting alternative futures. The series kicks off with the Art Gallery of Ontario’s first curator of Indigenous art, Wanda Nanibush (April 5); followed by author Lee Maracle (April 8); choreographer Santee Smith (May 4); visual artist Jolene Rickard (May 30); and, a new performance by the Qaggiq Collaborative called Kiviuq Returns (June 10). 

Banff Centre Open Studios
Open Studios allows audiences to go behind-the-scenes into the residencies and workshops that are part of Banff Centre’s artistic training programs. Get up close and personal with artists, musicians, dancers, and authors as they open their studios and present works and ideas created at Banff Centre. Featuring: Spoken Word Performances; Readings from the Writing Studio; Visual + Digital Arts Open Studios; Classical Music Open Studios; and, Literary Journalism Participant Readings.

Summer Music Series
Banff Centre’s Summer Music programs build on a legacy of emerging musicians working and performing alongside leading masters of the craft to create new music, refine traditional and contemporary practices, and animate the stages at Banff Centre. Join faculty and participants for a series of concerts that reflects the diversity and vitality of classical music in society. Featuring: Claire Chase and Steven Schick (June 20); International Contemporary Ensemble (June 22); Miro Quartet and Imani Winds (July 11); and, Vicky Chow and Winston Choi (August 1). 

Opera returns to Banff with Kopernikus (July 6 and 8), a chamber-opera written by Montréal-based composer Claude Vivier. Under the direction of the visionary Joel Ivany (Carmen, Les Contes D'hoffmann, Figaro's Wedding, #UncleJohn), an all-Canadian creative team explores Kopernikus' themes of loss, longing, and reconciliation by looking at what Canada has to celebrate and also come to terms with.

Originally choreographed for GoteborgsOperans Danskompani by internationally renowned choreographer, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Noetic discusses the ideas of interconnectedness in our world, and weaves movement and emotions through architecture. With set design by Antony Gormley, costuming  by Les Hommes, and an original musical composition by Syzmon Broska, Noetic will be recreated by dancers participating in The Creative Gesture (July 27 and 29). 

Jazz & Creative Music Series
For three weeks every summer, Banff Centre’s campus comes alive with jazz. With nearly nightly shows at The Club and Saturday Night performances, it’s hard not to feel the infectious vibe that takes over! Hear music played by participants in the Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music. Featuring shows almost every night between August 10 and 26.

For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit banffcentre.ca/events

About Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity: Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential and realize their unique contribution to society through cross-disciplinary learning opportunities, world-class performances, and public outreach. banffcentre.ca