Esplanade Performing Arts and Heritage Centre

“Acoustically, it’s one of the best places to perform in Canada.”

Ben Hepner, Tenor

A lively coalesce of art and heritage, the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre is where cultural stories are expressed through various performance-based mediums (such as music, dance, theatre, paintings, sculptures, exhibitions, and installations).

Situated just steps from the South Saskatchewan River, on the traditional Blackfoot territory, the architecture is a contemporary addition to the urban fabric of Medicine Hat. The building occupies an eminent position on downtown’s elegant First Street South. Two north-facing roof terraces offer panoramic views of the South Saskatchewan River as well as Saamis—the shoreline escarpment that has informed the city’s name.

Inside, patrons are delighted to discover a vibrant art gallery, a prized museum, an intimate studio theatre, a dynamic education suite, and a comprehensive public archive. The building, light-filled and dynamic, also includes a 700-seat theatre with exceptional capabilities and a memorable atmosphere. Welcoming and accessible—aligned with the spirit of the community—it features some of the best acoustics in the world.

Completed, in 2005, for Alberta’s centennial celebrations, this performing arts venue proudly hosts a lively procession of local and global artists, storytellers, and their audience. It is a cultural landmark and a significant urban catalyst, embracing the community with an active public presence.

Client City of Medicine Hat
Completion 22/10/2015

In joint venture with Dialog
Photography Tim Griffith

Awards See all project awards
2009 Alberta Construction Magazine, 30 top projects of the last 30 years
2007 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards, Schreyer Award
2007 Alberta Masonry Awards, Award of Merit
2006 The Brick Industry Association, Brick in Architecture Awards, Silver
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