High Performance Rodeo

Laycraft Lounge Performances

Jan. 27 - Feb. 3 2023

Join us for a couple of free performances on a Friday - One at noon and one at happy hour.


Centre Court, Second Floor, Arts Commons


Free Event

Friday, January 27 / 23 - Noon - MIRANDA MARTINI

Join One Yellow Rabbit, Friday, January 27 for a free afternoon concert by local musician and writer Miranda Martini.  Miranda co-wrote the music in “John Ware Reimagined”, a musical about the life and impact of legendary cowboy John Ware and can be heard in the NFB documentary “John Ware Reclaimed”. As a queer woman of colour, Miranda often explores these facets of her identity in her work. 

The concert begins at 12:30pm in the Centre Court, Arts Commons. Bring your lunch, bring your friends, and grab a seat as the High Performance Rodeo brightens your lunch hour with a 50 minute acoustic concert.


Friday, February 3 / 23 - 4pm - JOE SLABE

Join us in Centre Court, Arts Commons outside of the Big Secret Theatre for a Happy Hour Concert by the one and only, Joe Slabe. 

This acoustic concert is a great chance for festival goers to come together and celebrate the closing weekend at the High Performance Rodeo. 

Drink specials will be available at the Laycraft Lounge, the office watering hole of the High Performance Rodeo. 

Joe Slabe is a Calgary-based writer and composer with a Masters Degree in musical theatre from Goldsmiths College of the University of London. He has written and composed seven book musicals, most notably Crossing Swords, which won five awards at the 2013 New York Musical Festival, including Best Book and the Theatre for the American Musical Prize, and The Urban Jungle Book, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Tom Hendry Awards and won the Calgary Critics’ Award for most promising collaboration, which he shared with director, JP Thibodeau.

Joe also loves working with other writers and has created and contributed songs to nine original musical theatre revues, most notably Touch Me: Songs for a (dis)Connected Age, which won the 2014 Calgary Critics’ Award for Best Production of a Musical and was recently presented by Theatre Calgary as part of their tc UP CLOSE series, and the Naughty… but Nice! revues, which won the 2016 Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical and are entering their seventh year of production.

​Joe mostly makes his living as a musical director, having MD'd over fifty shows, and has several Betty Mitchell Awards to his credit. He is the founding artistic director of Forte Musical Theatre Guild and received the 2004 Greg Bond Award for outstanding contributions to musical theatre in Calgary. His last name rhymes with “The Bay”.