YMCA Calgary Launches Live Arts Series “YMCA Presents”

First-in-Canada arts series to bring the best in live performance to Calgary communities in 2022

Beginning in May, YMCA’s Seton and Rocky Ridge locations will be alive with the sound of music, as YMCA Calgary launches “YMCA Presents”, a YMCArts series that will bring the best in professional performers into Calgary’s communities for live performances in 2022. The series will kick off with “When You’re Smiling”, a special concert featuring the Tim Tamashiro Jazz Quartet – making their first cross-Calgary tour to perform in both YMCA theatres – May 7 @ 7:30 at the Evan Hazell Theatre (Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton) and May 14 @ 7:30 at the BMO Theatre (Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge).
“When You’re Smiling” will be a callback to the rat pack led by extraordinary Calgarian jazz musician and arts champion Tim Tamashiro (known across Canada as the former host of CBC’s main stem jazz program “Tonic”). Tamashiro is all set to sing and narrate the musical stories of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., three of the most talented rascals ever to put on tuxedos. The Tim Tamashiro Jazz Quartet will take audiences on a thoroughly entertaining musical journey celebrating the remarkable trio’s friendship, songs, and stories. Performances will take place cabaret-style with a full bar; tickets are $30 for members and $32 for non-members (with discounts for full tables).
The initiative comes from YMCA Calgary’s belief that the opportunity to explore and develop our creative selves should be available to everyone. YMCA Calgary is the first YMCA in Canada to expand its spaces and integrate core arts programming. In addition to this performance series, YMCA Calgary will offer engaging, professional, and accessible creative programming to all ages in locations across Calgary classes and camps will include dance, music, drama and visual art.

“Art and creativity are significant contributors to our well-being and success as humans,” said Shannon Doram, President & CEO at YMCA Calgary. “We have a long history as a trusted charity in the Calgary community and believe that layering in creative pursuits alongside physical ones has the power to boost potential in people of all ages.”

The YMCA Presents live performance series is hosted in two state-of-the-art theatres, the BMO Theatre in Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge, and the Evan Hazell Theatre in Brookfield Residential YMCA at Seton.
Upcoming shows include:

  • When You’re Smiling – Tim Tamashiro Jazz Quartet (May 7 & 14)
  • Al Simmons’ Inventive Musical Comedy (October 15 & 16)
  • Nutcracker (In A Nutshell) (December 10 & 11, and Dec 17 & 18)

Find out more at ymcacalgary.org/arts.