Rhythms of 17th

Welcome to our inaugural event, Rhythms of 17th! The 17th Ave Retail & Entertainment District BIA has partnered with Calgary Opera, the Alberta Ballet and Arts Commons who have curated a number of local artists to bring you this amazing, COVID – conscious music and dance festival. 

We have a jam-packed summer planned and we can’t wait to showcase some of Calgary’s most talented artists. Want to make a night out of it? Make a reservation at one of your favourite restaurants before or after the show! Click HERE for a list of some fantastic restaurants to check out on 17th Ave.

Check out our schedule below and be on the lookout for ticket announcements at the link!


Calgary Opera

Dates: July 29th (SOLD OUT), August 5 (SOLD OUT) and August 12 (SOLD OUT)

Time for Each Event: 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM 

Location for Each Event: The Field behind Western Canada High School.

Andrea Hill
Jason Ragan
Krista de Silva
Laura Brandt
Mel Kirby
Tyler Fitzgerald
Thomas Glen
Neil Craighead
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Alberta Ballet 

Dates: August 6th (SOLD OUT) and August 13th (SOLD OUT)

Time for Each Event: 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM 

Location For Each Event: The Field behind Western Canada High School

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Arts Commons

July 14th, 2021 at 12:30 PM -1:30 PM in Tomkins Park

July 17th, 2021 at 12:30 PM -1:30 PM in Tomkins Park

July 20th, 2021 at 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM in Thomson Family Park 

July 22nd, 2021 at 12:30 PM -1:30 PM in Tomkins Park

July 31st, 2021 at 12:30 PM -1:30 PM in Tomkins Park, Featuring Aya Mhana (Contemporary World Music)

August 6th, 2021 at 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Tomkins Park, Featuring Tricia Edwards and Allistair Elliott (Contemporary Jazz)

August 6th, 2021 at 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM in Tomkins Park, Featuring Scarlett Butler (Country Folk)

August 12th, 2021 at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM in Tomkins Park

August 20th, 2021 at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM in Tomkins Park

August 21st, 2021 at 12:30 PM -1:30 PM in Tomkins Park

August 24th, 2021 at 12:30 PM -1:30 PM in Tomkins Park

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Physical distancing, hand sanitizer and mask wearing while moving around is recommended. 

To make sure everyone can enjoy the music festival, there will be a seating arrangement in place. Those who will be bringing blankets/festival chairs will be sitting at the front, before the stage. If you choose to bring lawn chairs or folding chairs, seating will be behind those with blankets and along the sides of the audience space in section two. Bleachers will be on site and will be located behind those with lawn chairs and folding chairs. This seating arrangement will be implemented so that everyone can see the show from their seats. As the performances are only 45 minutes long, please restrict movement/walking during the performance unless absolutely necessary. For those with wheelchairs and other mobility means, please keep in mind that this festival will be held outdoors on a grass field. Please make appropriate arrangements to ensure mobility on the field is manageable for your needs.

Please note that there will be NO washrooms on site. If you require the use of a washroom please visit one of our neighbouring retailers or restaurants. Garbage and recycling bins will be available on site at the entrance and exit of the location. Please ensure you do your part to protect our environment and keep our green space clean. 

Please Note: We recommend bringing bug spray or wearing clothing that supports mosquito bite protection


There will be limited parking stalls available behind Western Canada High School as well as street parking on 17th Ave SW. Other options that we recommend are car pooling, taking transit, walking or e-scootering to and from the event! Head to the link below for a list of different ways to get down to 17th Ave! 


**Note: After registration, your email address will be shared with our event partners, Calgary Opera and Alberta Ballet. 

Security will be available on site during the event to help ensure COVID recommendations are encouraged.

When you enter the Rhythms of 17th  Festival space there will be photography, video and audio recording occurring. By entering the event premises, you consent to photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by the 17th Avenue BIA and its affiliates and representatives. Images, photos and/or videos may be used to promote similar 17th Avenue BIA events in the future, highlight the event and exhibit the capabilities of 17th Avenue BIA. You release 17th Avenue BIA, its officers and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication and use of interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/or sound recordings. 

By entering the event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment of royalties in connection with any use, exhibition, streaming, webcasting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such use, exhibiting, broadcasting, webcasting, or other publication irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by the 17th Avenue BIA or the person or entity designated to do so by the 17th Avenue BIA. You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before entering the event.** 


The freshly minted 17th Ave Gift Card is accepted at over 40 locations on the Ave and the list keeps growing. Click the button below to get started.