Midsummer Ball

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A celebration of arts and culture like no other.

Join us for the 41st Banff Centre Midsummer Ball Weekend, July 17-19, 2020.

Experience an unforgettable, immersive weekend of artistic expression, rich storytelling, and unbound creativity as we celebrate the lasting legacy of one of Canada’s most prominent arts and culture events. 

Midsummer Ball Weekend proceeds go directly to Banff Centre's Artists’ Fund, providing artists with the support, mentorship, time, and space they need to realize their creative potential.

We look forward to welcoming you to our stunning campus located on Treaty 7 Territory in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Guaranteed advance tickets and table purchases are available to Midsummer Ball sponsors and Creativity Circle supporters.

“Every day in Banff has been an awakening experience that could not have happened anywhere else.”

- Andrew McCormack, Dance: The Creative Gesture & Choreography Lab

Ticket Information

Tickets are $1,500 per guest and include all food, beverages, and activities throughout the event. 
On-site accommodation is available for $300 per night.
Please contact our office for ticket and registration information. 


Weekend Itinerary

Friday, July 17 

Your weekend begins with a private Welcome Reception, hosted by our Midsummer Ball Committee and Banff Centre staff. Then it's on to our legendary Friday Night LIVE!, a delicious culinary festival paired with world-class showcase performances featuring Banff Centre artists and alumni. The evening wraps up with live jazz and cocktails in our elegant outdoor lounge, where guests can mingle with the artists and leaders who are shaping the future of arts and culture in Canada.

Saturday, July 18 

On Saturday, guests receive exclusive behind-the-scenes access to creative spaces and artists-in-residence as they tour Banff Centre’s expansive campus. Through guided walks, live performances, creative spotlights, and opportunities for intimate conversation, Ball guests explore the heart of what makes Banff Centre so unique.  Saturday evening begins with a champagne reception, red carpet photos, and a sumptuous gala dinner prepared and served by Banff Centre’s renowned culinary arts team. The gala showcase performances feature emerging and established artists who are paving the way in their creative fields, followed by music, dancing, and the famous late-night scotch bar. 

Sunday, July 19 

On Sunday, Banff Centre President & CEO Janice Price hosts a private brunch at her home, followed by an afternoon outdoor concert in the Shaw Amphitheatre with unforgettable mountain views.

All proceeds benefit the Artist's Fund

Banff Centre provides both emerging and established artists the space and resources they need to expand their artistic practice and cultivate their craft. World-renowned faculty work with some of our generation's brightest creative minds in dedicated practice and creation spaces. On our inspiring campus in Treaty 7 territory and removed from the demands of daily life, the artist is free to explore, collaborate, push boundaries, and create brave new work. 

Banff Centre’s Midsummer Ball Weekend plays a critical role in raising money for the Artists’ Fund, which provides critical financial support to 3,000+ artists and leaders who come to Banff Centre each year. All proceeds from Ball Weekend go directly towards our arts programs and supporting artists on their creative journey. Our goal is to increase scholarship levels so that more deserving artists can access Banff Centre programming based solely on their creative ability, not their ability to pay. The more support the Artists' Fund receives, the more artists we can bring to Banff Centre to strengthen the creative voices among us.

Hear the artists themselves speak to their Banff Centre experiences in our Artists’ Fund Video.

If you would like to make a donation to the Artists' Fund, please visit our donations page.

Become a Midsummer Ball Supporter

Creative Circle Supporters

As a Creativity Circle Supporter, you will enjoy exclusive benefits and recognition for your Ball Weekend experience. 

In-Kind Supporter Opportunities 

As an in-kind supporter of the Silent Auction, you will benefit from the outstanding brand visibility associated with this event.

Matching Fund Patrons

Inspire other Ball guests to invest in emerging artistic talent and the value and power of the arts in our communities today.

Sponsorship Opportunities 

Explore the benefits and recognition opportunities available to you as a sponsor of the Ball. 

Guests socialize outside in a green courtyard.
Guests sit inside a covered tent at an outdoor fundraising event.
Guests socialize at Banff Centre in the summer.
Guests bid on auction items at the Midsummer Ball.
Dinner guests enjoy a banquet dinner service at Banff Centre.
Three musicians perform on a outdoor stage.
Guests gather around a fire at the Midsummer Ball event.
Sushi Chef prepares a meal at the Midsummer Ball.
Fluorescent lights scattered across the ground during a summer night.
Male vocalists performs on stage in a tuxedo.
People gather on the rooftop to enjoy the sun.
Artist Sean McCann performs at Midsummer Ball.

Midsummer Ball Committee

Midsummer Ball committee poses for a picture

(L to R): Patricia Moore, Mary Fong, Kim Van Steenbergen, Glenda Hess, Debra Law, Melanie Busby

2019 Supporters

Presenting Sponsor

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Showcase Performances Sponsor

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Friday Night LIVE Sponsor

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Lead Print Media Sponsor 

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Lead Travel Sponsor

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