Cochrane Culture Days Was a Terrific Success!

Saturday, September 11    Sunday, September 12

Despite constantly threatening weather, and sometimes downright rain, most of our outdoor performers were able to go ahead and entertain very appreciative audiences. We were so pleased to be able to expand the Indigenous component and include multi-ethnic performances. The indoor Mesmer’s Glass Concert, Puppet Pop Up and !BOOM! She Said were wonderful, innovative events that complemented the Marketplace.

Huge Thanks to All of Our Wonderful Sponsors!



We are so excited to announce that
Jessica McMann – musician, contemporary dancer, composer and choreographer (and Cochranite!) – will be our headline performer at
Centre Stage, Sunday 4pm!


Jessica is a nominee for the Prophets of Music Emerging Artist Award for the YYC Music Awards.

Jessica McMann is a Cree (Cowessess, SK) musician, contemporary dancer and choreographer. She is also a classically trained flutist with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Calgary and an MFA in Contemporary Arts from Simon Fraser University. Her recent compositions and soundscapes explore Indigenous identity and history. She is also co-founder and co-director Wild Mint Arts, an Indigenous arts company. Currently her personal experience, Two-Spirit identity, Cree and Blackfoot language, history of powwow and hoop dancing, and the strength of Indigenous women guide her current contemporary dance work. She works regularly with Elijah Wells, a Blackfoot animator to bring the stories of Transgender, Two-Spirit and Queer persons alive.

Jessica’s recent Musician artist-in-residence at the Banff Center for the Arts resulted in an Indigenous classical CD recording with Beverley McKiver in the fall of 2019. Jessica’s work has been shown by Pregones Theatre(Bronx, 2020), re:Naissance Opera (2020), Made in BC (2018, 2019, 2020) and at Fairy Tales Film Festival (2012, 2020), Matriarch Uprising (2019), Vancouver International Children’s’ Festival (2018), Vancouver International Jazz Festival (2018), AlterNative: IndigiQueer (2017), IndigeDIV (2017, 2019), Talking Stick Festival (Vancouver 2012, 2013, 2020), Kootenay Cultural Festival (2012, 2015, 2016), ASTAM; Cree Festival (2012), Coastal First Nations Dance Festival (2011,2012, 2014, 2017, 2018) Vancouver Queer Film Festival (2011), Q the Arts Festival (2011), and 7a*11d (2010).

“Too Good; That MAY Be”, an immersive soundscape movement performance was shown at the Urban Shaman Gallery in Winnipeg as part of “The 60’s Scoop; A Place Between” in 2017.  She has also toured in Sweden, Netherlands, and Belgium. She has created soundtracks for the ITWE Collective, performed with the Ambrose University Chamber Orchestra and the Foothills Philharmonic Orchestra, and was a guest musician for Arcade Fire at the Junos. She has performed regularly with Laura Vinson and the Free Spirit. Her collaborative visual arts work with Elijah Wells are in the permanent collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, UK.

Jessica is a Laureate of the Hnatyshyn Foundation REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards.


Front Stage – Centennial Plaza (Main Street)

Come out to enjoy a full schedule of bands, choirs and dancers!
Saturday  11am – 6pm
11am   Cochrane Pipe Band
12pm   Mini Thni Dancers
1pm    1776 Dixie Band
2pm     Fig Fusion
3pm    Claude Holtz
4pm    Steve Bridgett

Sunday      11am – 4pm
11am   Riverside Jazz Band
12pm   Hippocratic Oath Big Band
1pm     Choral Waves
2pm     KT Calcutt
3pm     Creekside Collective
4pm     Go See Jessica McMann at Centre Stage

Centre Stage – Lions Club Event Centre Parking Lot

Relax on the natural grass “amphitheatre” and take in exciting performances.
Saturday 12pm – 6pm
12pm     Band on Bow Concert Band
1pm        Eurhythmic Dance Studios
1:30pm  Young Bhangra Calgary
2pm        Snap Dance Studios
3pm        Calgary Thai Dance For Fun
4pm        The Oak Trio (Celtic Band)
5pm        21 Strings (Chinese Harp)


Sunday     12pm-5pm  
It’s Drumming Day!
12pm   Yama no Oto (Japanese Taiko)
1pm   One World Drum – public drum circle – Drop in to join the djembe drum circle!
2pm   Stoney Nakoda Drummers and Singers and Mini Thni Dancers
3pm   Marcos Parrado (Bolivian Pan Flute)

4pm   Jessica McMann


Marketplace – Lions Club Event Centre

Saturday  12pm – 6pm    Sunday 12 – 5pm
Browse artist vendor booths for original art, giclee, cards, wooden signs, bead bracelets, leather goods, children’s books, earrings, prints, fused glass items, candles, ISOLOVEPLAY boxes, jewellery, handmade blankets, wood resin filled charcuterie boards and MORE!

Paint Ur Art Out              True North Art Design             Amped2Play              Foothills Art Club
Crooked Tree Dzn          Jacqueline Price                       MJ’s Crafts                   WiCK’D YYC
Cochrane Art Club          Work Ink Ltd                              Jim Uniacke Art         So Awesome Customs
Painting With Jeffre      Carver Maker                             Heather’s Crafts          Amber Fine Arts
Cochrane Big Hill Needlearts Guild                                Bearspaw & District Community Fair Assoc
Cochrane Public Library                                                     Cochrane Integrated Arts Society

Upstage – Lions Club Event Centre

Saturday  12pm – 6pm    Puppet Pop Up by WP Puppet Theatre

Drop by with the kids to make your and their own puppets!
All materials supplied and volunteers on hand to help.
Takes about 20 minutes. No registration required.

Make your own squirmy snake, slithering dragon puppet. We supply the basic materials and guidance – you supply the imagination. When your creation is finished use our tabletop stage and pose for a photo or perform a little video.

Puppet pop-up workshops actively promote all family members—youngsters and elders alike—in creating art and drama together. The projects are scaled so that everyone can make something.

WP Puppet Theatre is a not for profit charity based in Calgary AB. Our online and offline performances and learning opportunities use the power of puppetry to impact positive social change. Programming for children through seniors includes a biennial Festival of Ideas, VIEW from the Inside courses promoting mental health and wellness, school residencies, online courses and puppet performances. For more information 

Saturday  3:00 – 3:30pm   Mesmer’s Glass Concert by Ali Morrison
Public participation concert by candle light on all glass instruments – tumblers, goblets, fishbowls, bottles, vases!
See Information and Register Here to join this exciting ensemble! (16+ yrs)
No Previous Musical Training Necessary
Rehearsal 9:30am, Concert 3pm. FREE!

Mesmer’s Glass is a large, interactive “staged-improvisational performance” from 25 to 50 people.  The magic of the event is the spontaneous creation of a sound piece unique to that particular space and time. All participants experience both the sense of ‘audience’ listening for the first time to the group music, and also the sense of being a ‘performer’ as a musician involved in the mass ensemble.

As each group of ‘musicians’ and each group of ‘instruments’ is unique, each ‘staging’ is a one-off individual performance event that can never be exactly re-created.

Click Here for more information and to register.

Ali Morrison is a classical pianist who has performed, recorded and been invited to live and work in seven countries. Her work performing with percussionists inspired a lifelong passion for rhythm, music on ‘found objects’ and making instruments from objects that are destined for the bin.

Now living in Canada, when not immersing herself in Bach and Beethoven, she teaches piano, examines for RCM, coaches teachers, adjudicates festivals and gives Masterclasses to aspiring young pianists.

Ali’s idea of ‘Play Time’ is creating events that bring community together: The Children’s Festival of Lights (across Ireland), the Boat Ballet (32 sailing vessels choreographed in Dublin Bay), the Feast of Fools (Peru), and !BOOM! She Said and Mesmer’s Glass in each country that she has lived.

Sunday  1pm, 2pm, 3pm !BOOM! She Said by Ali Morrison
15 minute Drum Sessions
Drop in public participation drumming on “found” instruments.

No registration required.

EVERYONE is a Musician!   Fast, Physical and FUN!  Come and make the earth move with Mass Percussion Event on Found Objects and Recycled Instruments.  Best Suited for ages 6 to 96 yrs.

The First Musical Instrument was the Heartbeat. There is nothing that we do unconsciously without that beat and rhythm. Come and enjoy moving and making powerful music and that makes the earth move!

Thank you for joining us in this wonderful celebration of arts and culture!