It’s been two long years, but the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) has finally shared a look at the upcoming Arts Commons Transformation expansion!

Turn on the spotlight and feast your eyes, because the city will be getting a brand new building that will change the way the public enjoys live music, plays and comedy in the downtown area.

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Featuring a 1,000 and 200-seat theatre, this expansion will mark “a significant step forward in the delivery of the largest arts-focused infrastructure project currently underway in Canada.”

Estimated to boost the capacity of Arts Commons by 45%, this new addition will boast 162,000 square feet and have a naturally lit, fully transparent ground floor, a skylight and modern amenities.

Photo via Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC)

“This city has never failed to impress me with its fearless hopes for the future. Today, we don’t just reveal a stunning new design—we come together to celebrate the fact that the largest cultural infrastructure project currently underway in Canada is truly and uniquely Calgarian,” said Arts Commons President & CEO Alex Sarian.

“Together with the transformation of Olympic Plaza, which is being reimagined as an integral part of the Arts Commons campus, the Arts Commons Transformation is a vital pillar for revitalization in the downtown core and a timely response to the city’s swelling demand for flexible, accessible arts and culture venues that support diverse and relevant programming.”

Photo via Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC)

According to the CMLC, the project which as mentioned, will include the expansion and the modernization of Olympic Plaza, will cost $660 million with construction set to begin later this year – so get ready!

The countdown is on.

As always, we’ll keep you up to date, but it won’t be long Calgary. Something big is coming and it’s going to make a big difference.