If you’ve ever had a hard time getting tickets for any of the hundreds of awesome shows that take place in either of Alberta’s Jubilee Auditoria, this bit of news might help explain why: According to concert industry publication, Pollstar, the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditoria are among the busiest theatres in the world!
Pollstar, described as “the only trade publication covering the worldwide concert industry,” pulls ticket sales information from concerts around the world every year and compiles a series of top venues of the year. In 2015, the Southern Alberta Jubilee in Calgary ranked as the 45th busiest theatre in the world, with Edmonton’s Northern Alberta Jubilee following close behind at 52nd. That put the Southern and Northern Jubilees as the second and third busiest performing arts centres in Canada, respectively.
This is no small feat when you think about the sheer number of theatres and cities that span the globe. But it’s also not really that surprising considering the great assortment of concerts, shows and more that the Jubilee Auditoria bring to Albertans each year.
Celebrating community and culture, these venues provide a wide variety of programming ranging from commercial shows to cultural events and performances by resident companies, as well as many recitals and dance shows by community groups.
Last year, big ticket performances included comedian Jim Jefferies, Diana Krall, Ringo Starr and Weird Al. That’s quite the mix of flavours in itself, but when you throw in regular features by the Alberta Ballet, Calgary and Edmonton Opera Companies, Ukrainian Shumka Dancers, as well as Broadway shows like The Lion King, you begin to see the breadth and volume of what is available at both theatres.
2016 will be no exception; the year ahead looks to be full of an exciting mix of engagements including Broadway’s The Wizard of Oz, Blue Rodeo, Johnny Reid and George Thorogood—just to name a few. But there is so much more to be seen at both theatres, so we urge you to check out the Jubilee Auditoria calendars to see which events you might be interested in.