Culture Lives in Calgary's Creative Industries

Calgary is a thriving and innovative hub for a number of creative industries, ranging from visual and performing arts to information technology and film, video and sound recording.

Three distinct subsectors and nearly 20,000 not-for-profit and for-profit establishments form a foundation for flourishing artistic ideas, talents and expression: creative industries; convergent media and technical services and creative design and consulting. Together they employ close to 70,000 Calgarians.

The city’s major cultural events attract more than three million attendees every year. And Calgarians spend more per capita on performing and visual arts than all other Canadians.

Calgary’s performing arts community includes: Alberta Ballet, Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary Opera, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Dancers Studio West, Theatre Calgary, One Yellow Rabbit and Theatre Junction. The city also has 19 museums and galleries, four historic and heritage sites and 75 art dealers.

Notable arts and cultural venues include the Calgary Zoo, Heritage Park, Arts Commons, the National Music Centre, the Glenbow Museum and the Art Gallery of Calgary.

To learn more about Calgary’s cultural industries, visit Calgary Economic Development’s sector profile.