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Canmore’s artsPlace reopens Sept. 8, programs and events announced

“We’re very excited to be reopening to celebrate our fifth birthday. We’re excited to be able celebrate and that we’re able to welcome back our community back to artsPlace and we can’t wait to connect with everyone."
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Barb Fyvie competes in Creative Combat at artsPlace. The popular event returns Nov. 14. RMO FILE PHOTO

CANMORE – Canmore’s community arts and culture hub is opening its doors just in time for its fifth anniversary and a couple crowd-favourite fall events.

With new health and wellness measures set up, artsPlace reopens to the public in a limited capacity starting Tuesday (Sept. 8). As part of the reopening announcement, artsPlace released its anticipated fall programs schedule and dates for the Canmore Festival of Art & Creativity and Creative Combat 6.0.

“There’s been certainly a lot of uncertainty [about reopening], especially back in the spring and summer,” said Paula Krupa, communications manager at artsPlace.

“Seeing that right now the regulations do allow us to do some programming, we felt comfortable and confident in our decision to open our doors and, of course, during these times we have taken many extra precautions to make sure we create a safe space for everyone who wants to come back to artsPlace and enjoy arts and creativity this season.”

From Sept. 8-11 and Sept. 14-18, artsPlace will be open with temporary hours from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Masks are mandatory inside and sanitization areas are in place.

On Sept. 9, fall program openings go on sale to members, and Sept. 10 to the general public. There are returning favourite programs and new ones this fall, and there will be size limits to program groups, added Krupa.

“Most of our programs are in-person because we saw that there was the most interest in those programs,” Krupa said. “That being said, for those who perhaps don’t feel comfortable coming in-person, we do have a few online programs.”

Coinciding with artsPlace's anniversary is the fifth annual Canmore Festival of Art & Creativity from Sept. 18-27.

This year’s festival is 10 days worth of free programming, live-streamed performances, virtual talks, small-group art workshops, and an outdoor market on the first weekend.

“The festival is expanded this year. Usually we do it over the weekend and this year, we decided to do it over 10 days,” Krupa said. “It allows us to provide all this exciting programming and maintain group sizes for those programs.

“Mostly what we are featuring are small group, in-person workshops for adults, teens or families.”

On Nov. 14, the popular art duel, Creative Combat 6.0, returns to artsPlace with limited tickets for guest seating. A live stream will be available.

For 20 minutes only, 12 artists will put their skills to the test and try to outdo competitors.

“[Viewers] would likely tune in from home on a livestream that will be happening at artsPlace, so that is the option that we are offering,” said Krupa. “We will have interactive chat rooms you’ll be able to see the artists up close and the action.”

For live performances and screenings at the theatre, artsPlace is looking into how that will look for later this fall. However, Krupa added it would be possible to have a small group watching in the theatre, in addition to it being live streamed. Similar to how Creative Combat 6.0 will look.

Visit for more information on artsPlace's programs and events.

“We’re very excited to be reopening to celebrate our fifth birthday. We’re excited to be able celebrate and that we’re able to welcome back our community back to artsPlace and we can’t wait to connect with everyone,” said Krupa.

“We are certainly grateful for our community for the last five years and how much we’ve been able to grow together with everyone who’s been enjoying arts and culture at artsPlace with us.”


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