Banff National Park Gets Ready to Host its Summer Showcase of the Arts

The 2014 Banff Summer Arts Festival Takes Centre Stage, June 14 – August 23

The Banff Centre Outdoor Amphitheatre

Photo Credit : The Banff Centre

This summer, from June 14 – August 23, The Banff Summer Arts Festival (BSAF) showcases some of the finest talent in Canadian and International arts. 

Featuring over 85 public events including 30 free events for all ages, BSAF 2014 allows spectators to experience unparalleled performances and events in contemporary dance and ballet (Dance Masters, Still Here by Heidi Strauss, Louise Lecavalier); indie rock (Daniel Lanois, Kevin Drew, Percussion Cabaret), Indigenous arts (Diverse as This Land and National Aboriginal Day), main stage opera (Russell Braun); literary readings (Joseph Boyden and Jean Sioui), political talks (Our Man in Tehran: Ken Taylor) and a visual art lecture series (Shary Boyle) at our indoor and outdoor cultural venues.

The Banff Summer Arts Festival is deeply connected to The Banff Centre’s arts programs. Each year, the Centre supports the commissioning and creation of new work by individual artists and arts collectives.

“Summer is a great time to be in Banff,” says Carolyn Warren, Vice President, Arts at The Banff Centre. “The Festival brings artists together across disciplines to collaborate and interact with audiences in unexpected and surprising ways.”

Highlights of BSAF 2014 include #Uncle John on August 2 - an open-air opera inspired by Mozart’s Don Giovanni - a partnership between The Banff Centre, Against the Grain, and Canadian Opera Company that will be performed in various venues in Banff. On July 23, the launch of the You Were in My Dream will take place, an interactive art installation at the Walter Phillips Gallery.

In addition, described as 'the most tragically brilliant dancer alive today’, Louise Lecavalier is an iconic Canadian contemporary dancer and choreographer. On June 18, she presents So Blue at the Eric Harvie Theatre. This high-voltage ballet duet with dancer Frédéric Tavernini and set to the visceral music of Mercan Dede, showcases her great work as a choreographer.

The summer season in the stunning outdoors Shaw Amphitheatre, located at The Banff Centre, kicks off on July 1 for a special Canada Day Concert presented by The Banff Centre and the Polaris Music Prize. Hosted by Steve Jordan (founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Music Prize), this concert features an eclectic mix of hip Canadian music.

Continuing on a roll of outdoor events at the Shaw Amphitheatre, on July 20 Shane Koyczan, one of the most distinctive and celebrated spoken word artists of his time, takes to the stage with special guest Tanya Tagaq, an Inuk singer from Nunavut, for an unforgettable outdoor spoken word matinée. Tagaq came to international prominence for her collaborations and tours with Bjork and the Kronos Quartet.

On July 26, Coeur de Pirate, the nom-de-plume of award-winning pop singer Beatrice Martin, lights up the stage at the Shaw Amphitheatre. For classical music lovers, our Music for a Summer Evening series (21 evenings) in the Rolston Recital Hall features emerging artists who represent the best national and international classical musicians.

The Banff Summer Arts Festival is designed to appeal to all ages and all cultural interests, with large-scale main stage shows, intimate club gigs, as well as vivid literary and visual arts content, all set against the backdrop of the stunning Canadian Rockies in Banff National Park. Join us at the intersection of art and ideas this summer!

Tickets now on sale. To book, contact the Box Office: 403.762.6301 or 1.800.413.8368.  View the full program

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The Banff Centre
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Media and Communications Officer

Banff Lake Louise Tourism
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Senior Manager, Travel Media Relations

About BSAF - The Banff Summer Arts Festival is the longest running arts festival in Canada. Since its inception in 1933, the Festival provides unparalleled access to the arts through dozens of free and ticketed events. In most cases, the performances you see on Stage are the outcome of The Banff Centre’s arts training programs which support the commissioning and creation of new work by individual artists and arts collectives, and provide resources for collaboration and applied research. Over the past decade, more than a quarter of a million people have experienced exceptional events in Banff set within an iconic mountain landscape (UNESCO World Heritage Site) at the Banff Summer Arts Festival. 

About The Banff Centre - The Banff Centre is the largest arts and creativity incubator on the planet. Our mission is inspiring creativity. Over 8,000 artists, leaders, and researchers from across Canada and around the world participate in programs at The Banff Centre every year. Through its multidisciplinary programming, The Banff Centre provides them with the support they need to create, to develop solutions, and to make the impossible possible. Moving forward, the Centre will disseminate the art and ideas developed in Banff using new initiatives in digital, web, radio, and broadcast media. 

About Banff Lake Louise Tourism - Banff Lake Louise Tourism is a destination marketing organization for the Town of Banff, Community of Lake Louise and Banff National Park. Supporting over 800 businesses, our mission is to engage visitors in unrivalled, remarkable experiences with our membership.