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May 2, 2017 – Arts Commons, Calgary’s premiere multi-venue, multidisciplinary arts centre has grand plans to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the confederation.

Crowd cheering Michael KaeshammerFirst, Arts Commons partnered with the Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary to expand its TD Arts Access Pass program. 500 more free tickets (in addition to the 1000+ already delivered in the program) will be distributed through the Ethno-Cultural Council to immigrant, refugee and ethno-cultural communities.  As part of this program, Arts Commons invited the community to a boogie-woogie sesquicentennial party with Micheal Kaeshammer on April 12. Audiences were treated to a stellar performance by showman Kaeshammer and his band which included several local jazz heavyweights. The evening culminated on the stage of Calgary’s Jack Singer Concert Hall in a moment of song and spectacle.

Then, on July 1st, Arts Commons Presents will be delivering eight hours straight of arts and culture programming on Calgary’s Olympic Plaza on behalf of the City of Calgary. Live performances, visual arts, improvisation, and community arts activities – the whole Calgary arts community will be leading the party.

“It’s wonderfull to celebrate Canadadian talent through artists such as German-born Canadian Michael Kaeshammer. For 2017, in celebration of Canada’s 150th, we are also delighted to partner with the Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary to fulfil a shared vision of promoting civic participation of immigrants, refugees, and new communities in the arts,” said Jennifer Johnson, Director of Programming at Arts Commons.


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