A place to keep us virtually connected with our community.

 

Visit us here for updates on local online shows, performances, articles and videos available for you to enjoy. You'll see both new and familiar faces, with several featured artists who have previously visited the Bella Concert Hall.

 

Our stage is dark for now but we’ll be back soon!


Virtual Shows

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra launched a four-part online series, An Orchestra Adventure, featuring Associate Conductor Karl Hirzer for a fun and educational tour of the Orchestra. This kid-friendly series will take children on a musical journey highlighting the four sections that make up a symphony orchestra including woodwinds, strings, brass and percussions. Parents, educators and children are encouraged to tune in to watch these 15-minute webisodes now available online.

For Calgary Folk Festival fans, this is for you! Starting May 30, the Calgary Folk Music Festival will host weekly virtual performances for $8 throughout the summer. Yep, you read that right. Ticket purchasers can watch through Side Door or Zoom on Saturday nights and support one of Calgary’s most iconic music festivals.

Watch and be inspired by Almighty Voices episodes hosted by Tom Jackson with guests including Myles Goodwyn, Liona Boyd, Barney Bentall & Dustin Bentall, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Bif Naked and more. The project benefits Unison Benevolent Fund, a non-profit providing counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community.

Don’t miss out on Dave Kelly’s show In the Neighborhood on Youtube and Facebook Live Monday to Friday at 10 a.m. The live stream features familiar faces, including hosts Dave Kelly, Mandy Stobo, Jim Button, and Russell Broom, along with other local and international celebrity heroes and guests. Follow @davekellylive on Facebook to get the latest show info!

Wordfest connects Calgarians with life-changing experiences through live events featuring some of the best authors and writers from around the world. During the pandemic, Wordfest is hosting Online Happy Hours with special guests several times a month.


Videos

The 2019-20 concert season at the Taylor Centre came to an unexpected close but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good one. We welcomed many artists and performers to our stage including Tegan and Sara, Paul Brandt, Skydiggers, Matt Mays, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Dave Kelly Live, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary Youth Orchestra and more. Watch the recap video to get a glimpse at the incredible shows from this season.

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra recently hosted an online series of Emerging Artist Recitals featuring talented musicians ages 12 to 18 from across the globe who would have been attending the prestigious Morningside Music Bridge (MMB) program in Boston this summer. The initiative culminates in the MMB’s annual Concerto Competition with eight finalists competing for more than $6,000 in prizes. Two MRU Conservatory students are featured including Jessica Yuma and Luka Coetzee. Watch the virtual recitals of these incredible young performers.

The Rocky Mountain Taiko Ensemble is one of our incredible resident MRU Conservatory performers. Until you can enjoy a performance live at the Bella, watch the Rocky Mountain Taiko Ensemble perform at GlobalFest 2019.

Take in this amazing virtual performance of Rain in Jiang Nan by the Calgary Chinese Orchestra Youth Ensemble on YouTube. The Calgary Chinese Orchestra is an MRU Conservatory orchestra group that frequently performs at the Bella Concert Hall.

In response to the pandemic, Calgary Opera is sharing several videos in its COVID-19 Concert Series. Watch and listen to incredible local talent and if you choose to share on social media, be sure to tag #thegiftofopera!

In addition to its virtual series, Calgary FolkFest has also shared a few playlists on Youtube to keep you entertained. Check out Isolation Station to listen.

The Esker Foundation has an online channel that shares weekly art activities for all under two main categories. Esker Youth Engagement (EYE) is an initiative designed to connect youth to contemporary art and artists through creative activities provided for free by Esker's education team. Every week you will also find new 'Mini Masters at Home' art projects for children and families, with easy-to-follow guides and made using readily available materials. Find out more about Esker Foundation’s online programs.

Alberta’s Exposure Photography Festival has launched two online series so folks can hear and learn more about the work and practices of the Exposure 2020 exhibiting artists as well as the exhibitors in the 8th edition of the Photoville FENCE. Watch the Online Artist Talks and The FENCE artist features to learn more about these incredibly talented photographers.

Watch the Mount Royal Kantorei Choir perform “We Lift Our Eyes”. The choir was set to perform this piece at the Cork International Choral Festival earlier this year. While the performance was cancelled, the Kantorei Choir continues to keep spirits up with this beautiful video showcase.

NHL fans can watch this video of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra battle against the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in this virtual stand-off performance of Hockey Night in Canada.

Our friends at Revv52 put together a special video compilation just for the Taylor Centre! It features two songs from a show that took place earlier this year in the Bella Concert Hall and Revv52's most recent virtual performances. Revv52 opened at the Bella in January 2016 and has performed on our stage every season since.
Be sure to check out the other videos posted to Revv52’s Youtube channel for a ton of living room dance party tunes!

Watch MRU Conservatory faculty and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra members Janna Sailor, Donovan Seidle and John Lowry perform alongside colleagues and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Inspired by the beauty of the Bella? Watch a behind-the-scenes video that looks at the architecture and process that went into creating our world-class concert hall. 

Watch Edmond Agopian , violinist and music director of the Mount Royal Conservatory’s Calgary Youth Orchestra, in a live-streamed performance titled From Our Home To Yours. 


Stories

Even though we are physically distanced, students from the Mount Royal University Conservatory continue to connect with the community through their art. Advanced Performance Program students Luka Coetzee and Typhen Chan recently gave unique one-on-one performances over the phone at two Calgary seniors’ residences as part of a project organized by United Active Living. Read the full story.

Earlier this year, award-winning writer and MRU Professor Natalie Meisner, PhD, was named Calgary’s 2020-2022 Poet Laureate. The position was formally announced on April 27 at Calgary City Hall in combination with the Mayor’s Poetry City Challenge. Read more about Calgary’s new Poet Laureate and her inspiring works.

Earlier this year, MRU Conservatory and Ambrose University established a partnership to allow Conservatory students to complete Bachelors of Music at Ambrose University. Under this agreement, MRU Conservatory’s Advanced Performance Program students will be able to apply for and complete their Bachelor of Music beginning in Fall 2020. Read more about this new Calgary-based Bachelors of Music program!

Are you an independent film buff? Mount Royal University student Adam Solway’s short film A Night Out debuted in Los Angeles at the LA Skins Fest late last year. LA Skins Fest describes itself as a “Native American Arts organization that offers year-round programming in film, television and music.” The story cuts to the heart of confronting insecurities, fears about leaving home and missed opportunities. Read more about Solway’s film and his big-screen experience.

Get two great book recommendations and a playlist of punk-folk tunes by reading this article where MRU English professor Randy Schroeder and former student collaborate to create music based on their newly published novels.


Platforms

Calgary Public Library lets you access tons of free resources anytime, anywhere. Check out Your Library at Home to discover a treasure trove of digital apps and activities for all ages, including science experiments for kids, study help for students, free online courses for adults, movies and music, virtual programs, and much more.

Contemporary Calgary has several stories and virtual presentations as part of its Art Where You Are program which includes a recent panel discussion on reckoning with a racialized and gendered spectrum of visibility, hosted in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery. Watch and listen to hyper(in)visibility here.

Calgary’s iconic Glenbow Museum can now be enjoyed anywhere. Check out Glenbow from Home , a platform that hosts a variety of virtual tours, online collections, offers educational videos, activity ideas, webinars and more.

Our friends at CAMP are helping to keep the creative community connected by making its team Slack channel public. It’s a great opportunity to chat with peers and make new friends. Sign up for free to join CAMP’s Slack channel.

While the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2019-2020 season was cut short, its musicians have found other ways to perform and share their love of music. Check out the CPO’s Quarantine Listening Series blog that offers videos, playlists and other stories to come from its Orchestra members.

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