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The Grand is situated on the land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is Mohkinstsis, which is also referred to as the City of Calgary. We honour and acknowledge Mohkinstsis and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani as well as the Iyarhe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations who also call this place home.  We also acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland.

The Grand is a not-for-profit organization (Charitable Registration: 134483981 RR0001). Since 2006, the theatre has been a centre for creation and presentation of contemporary performance from Calgary, Canada, and around the world. In 2019, we embark on a new chapter with a new vision for the future.

The Grand announces Black Radish Theatre and Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society as our inaugural resident companies.

We are honoured and delighted to be taking our first steps in giving back The GRAND to the community as a Culture House for the Arts by welcoming Black Radish Theatre and Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society to our building as their home. These two incredible theatre companies are a true reflection of the cultural rainbow that is The Grand and our mission to embrace all Albertans.

To learn more about our new partners, please visit their websites at blackradishtheate.ca and makingtreaty7.com

The Lougheed block, which houses The Grand, was built in 1912, when Calgary had a population of only 50,000. It was built as a multi-purpose commercial building, accommodating retail stores, offices, living quarters and on the ground floor, the Sherman Grand Theatre.

The Grand was the biggest and best theatre in the Pacific Northwest attracting stars like Sarah Bernhardt, Fred Astaire, Ethel Barrymore, the Marx Brothers, George Burns, Arthur Rubinstein, Paul Robeson, among others. Both the Liberal and Conservative Parties held allies here, as well as speakers such as Nellie McClung of the “Famous Five”, Prime Minister Robert Borden and Premier William Aberhart.

The original theatre had 1,350 seats upholstered in green leather with 810 on the main floor and 540 in the gallery. The theatre was very modern for its time – all 15 of the changing rooms below the stage had hot and cold water as well as electric lighting. The theatre was even equipped with an automatic sprinkler system. In 1957 with the opening of The Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, The Grand became primarily a movie house, an incarnation that lasted for almost 50 years.

EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE
Mark Lawes and Company of Artists
2015

SOMETIME BETWEEN NOW AND WHEN THE SUN GOES SUPERNOVA
Mark Lawes and Company of Artists
2013

ATTEMPTS ON HER LIFE
by Martin Crimp – Theatre Junction, Directed by Mark Lawes (Calgary)
2012

LUCY LOST HER HEART
Mark Lawes and Company of Artists
2011

THE COUNTRY
by Martin Crimp – Theatre Junction and Crows Theatre
2010

ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD
Mark Lawes and Company of Artists
2009

LITTLE RED RIVER
Mark Lawes and Company of Artists
2008

ATLANTIS PROJECT
Mark Lawes and Company of Artists
2006


ARCHEOLOGY
Mark Lawes and Company of Artists
2006

FAR AWAY
Caryl Churchill – Theatre Junction (Calgary)
2006

PRESENTATIONS

WHEN ONE DOOR CLOSES
CIRCA + La Boite (Australia)
2017

THE WATERSHED
Porte Parole + Crow’s Theatre (Toronto + Montreal)
2017

TO THE PAIN THAT LINGERS
Compagnie Virginie Brunelle (Montreal)
2017

TRANSISTOR
Cabaret Contemporain (France)
2017

PORTRAITS IN MOTION
Volker Gerling (Germany)
2017

THE MONKEY TRIAL
TGSTAN (Belgium)
2016

INTENSIONAL PARTICLE & SPLIT FLOW
Hiroaki Umeda (Japan)
2016

CITIES
La Pire Espece (Montreal)
2016

CONCORD FLORAL
Performed by members of Theatre Junction’s 2015/16 mentorship program  (Calgary)
2016

SNAKESKINS
Par.B.Leaux (Montreal)
2016

ISOLDE
New York City Players (NYC)
2016

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SEEKER
STO Union (QC)
2015

CATCH ME!
Flip Fabrique (QC)
2015

USUALLY BEAUTY FAILS
Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup  (MTL)
2015

FAMOUS PUPPET DEATH SCENES
Old Trout Puppet Workshop  (Calgary)
2015

UNTITLED FEMINIST SHOW
Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company  (NYC)
2015

SOCIAL FICTION
Pips:lab (NL)
2014

HOUSE
L-E-V  (Israel)
2014

GANESH VERSUS THE THIRD REICH
Back To Back Theatre  (Australia)
2013

SUNKEN RED
Guy Cassiers (Antwerp)
2013

HAPTIC AND HOLISTIC STRATA
Hiroaki Umeda (Japan)
2013

ME TALKING TO MYSELF IN THE FUTURE
Marie Brassard (Montreal)
2012

THE TEMPEST REPLICA
Crystal Pite (Vancouver)
2012

13 MOST BEAUTIFUL…SONGS FOR ANDY WARHOL’S SCREEN TESTS
Dean & Britta (New York)
2012

WE’RE GONNA DIE
Young Jean Lee (New York)
2012

PERFORMS TOM WAITS
L’Orchestre d’Hommes-Orchestres (Quebec City)
2012

ANOTHER DAY IN AMERICA
Laurie Anderson (New York)
2012

NEWYORKLAND
Temporary Distortion (New York)
2012

WORLD FAIR
L’A Rachid Ouramdane (Paris)
2011

THE GOLDEN MEAN (LIVE)
Compagnie Marie Chouinard(Montreal)
2011

L’EFFET DE SERGE
Vivarium Studio (Paris)
2011

UNDER THE SKIN
Wen Wei Dance & Beijing Modern Dance Company (Canada/China)
2011

C!RCA
by Circa (Australia)
2011

PERFORMS TOM WAIT
L’orchestre D’Hommes Orchestres (Quebec City)
2011

THE BALLAD OF RICKY AND RONNY – A POP OPERA
NeedCompany (Belgium)
2010

ARCHITECTING
TEAM (New York)
2010

WEST
Awesome (Seattle)
2010

DO ANIMALS CRY?
Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods (Belgium)
2010

ROADKILL
Splintergroup (Australia)
2010

CHINA
William Yang (Australia/China)
2010

7 IMPORTANT THINGS
STO Union (Quebec)
2009

ORPEHUS AND EURYDICE
Marie Chouinard (Montreal)
2009

THREE-SIXTY-FIVE
Wen Wei Dance (Vancouver)
2009

THE INVISIBLE
Marie Brassard (Montreal)
2009

7 DEADLY SINS
The Tiger Lilies (London)
2008

RADIO MACBETH
SITI Company (New York)
2008

THE RITE OF SPRING
Compagnie Marie Chouinard (Montreal)
2008

61 CIRCUS ACTS IN 61 MINUTES
Circa (Australia)
2008

PEEPSHOW
Marie Brassard (Montreal)
2007

SIZWE BANZI IS DEAD
Peter Brook (Paris)
2007

LIFE IS GOOD
W&M Physical Theatre (Poland/Calgary)
2007

UNBOUND
Wen Wei Dance (Vancouver)
2007

SOLO: THE DOUBT WITHIN ME
Philippe Decoufle (France)
2007

FAMOUS PUPPET DEATH SCENES
Old Trout Puppets (Calgary)
2007

INSOMNIA
Necessary Angel Theatre Company (Toronto)
2006

BODY REMIX GOLDBERG VARIATIONS
Compagnie Marie Chouinard (Montreal)
2006

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