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.
Chief Executive Officer:
Tony McGrath, CEO
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Fiona Kennedy, Operations Manager
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Alexandra Söhn, Events and Business Development Manager
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Chantal Wall, Audience and Client Relations Manager
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Teigan Blondin, Production Manager
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J.S Sirois, Technical Director
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Front of House:
Alan Johnson, Box Office Manager
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Jewel Winkler, Audience and Client Relations
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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.