High Performance Rodeo

Cool Free Stuff

Jan. 15 - Feb. 5 2024

A whirlwind of free-spirited entertainment!


Wed 17 Jan. 5:00PM
Wed 24 Jan. 5:00PM
Fri 26 Jan. 6:00PM



Dive into the electrifying world of the Rodeo with our "Cool Free Stuff" lineup! Brace yourselves for an exhilarating experience featuring talk-back sessions, interactive events that blur the lines between audience and artist, and gorgeous live music that'll leave you craving an encore. 

Check out the schedule below and mark your calendars for a whirlwind of free-spirited entertainment that's bound to ignite your senses and spark conversations that linger long after the curtains fall.

This page is a work in progress! We will add more details as they are confirmed.

Algorithm: A Wax Museum Experience

Centre Court at Arts Commons (second floor next to the Big Secret Theatre)

Featuring CYPT youth performers.

Are you looking carefully? Or are you the one being looked at? Calgary Young People’s Theatre brings an immersive performance installation featuring an ensemble of youth performers exploring what exactly it is that youth get up to when being watched… and what happens when you look away.  This experience will rove the Rodeo, popping up where you least expect them.  Inspired by the popular children’s game “wax museum.” Directed by Noah Boyle.

Jan. 20 6:30 -7:30pm
Jan. 23 6:30 -7:30pm
Jan. 25 6:30 -7:30pm
Jan. 27 6:30 -7:30pm
Jan. 30 6:30 -7:30pm
Feb. 1 6:30 - 7:30pm
Feb. 2 6:30 - 9:30pm


Happy Hour at the Residence Inn by Marriot Downtown

Join us in the bright and modern lobby of our festival hotel, grab a drink and enjoy an up close acoustic performance by some of Calgary’s leading musicians.

610 10 Ave SW

Tyson Ray Borsboom - Wed. Jan. 17 from 5-7pm

Miranda Martini Live - Wed. Jan. 24 from 5-7pm

Presented with the generous support of The Residence Inn by Marriott’s Artists INN Residence INN program 



Centre Court at Arts Commons (second floor next to the Big Secret Theatre)

AWAKE AND STILL DROWNING is a 15-minute shared group experience about the day Nova Scotia becomes an island. It is a cautionary fable told through a combination of virtual landscape and live performance that signifies the high cost of human migration when the exploited ocean takes back what is hers. 

The immersive theatrical experience splits the audience into two groups: those in the first group become the protagonists, a flock of little white seabirds. This group performs a simple, guided walk along the isthmus as directed by a smartphone, which depicts the rising ocean and disappearing shoreline. The second group waits in line, witnessing the flock, unaware of the crisis unfolding inside the experience. They then join the dance, becoming part of the flock (and the catastrophe). The cycle continues until nobody is left, or we are forced to leave the venue.

Fri. Jan. 26

6:00pm - Group 1
6:30pm - Group 2
8:30pm - Group 1
9:00pm - Group 2

*Please arrive 15 minutes early and bring headphones*

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