Opening of Doherty Hall Ignites Energy to Stampede Park/L’ouverture du Doherty Hall énergise le Stampede Park

Calgary – The Calgary Stampede Foundation, along with the Doherty family, the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta are proud to open the doors to Doherty Hall. Doherty Hall is the most recent addition to Stampede Park, and is envisioned to be a hub of professional arts activity and educational training.

“Doherty Hall will bring a whole new feel to Stampede Park,” says Bob Thompson, Calgary Stampede Foundation Chair. “Beginners to masters, Doherty Hall will be an inclusive environment for artists from all disciplines to create. The space will truly come alive.”

Doherty Hall is a heritage replica of Westbourne Church which honours the history and contributions of Calgary’s early communities. With special care, some historical materials, most notably the brick cladding, was restored to its original state and incorporated into the replica building.

“Our government is proud to have supported the construction of Doherty Hall, which gives the Calgary Stampede Foundation a new and much needed performance and rehearsal space that honours the heritage of the region,” says the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism. “This new facility in Stampede Park will allow for expanded arts programming for years to come and will ensure the continued vibrancy of the arts scene in Calgary.”

The new building is modern and purpose-built for artists of all disciplines. The 120 person performance space fills a gap in the community with state-of-the-art audio/visual systems. Doherty Hall will be flexible and suitable for performance, presentation and exhibition purposes filling a void in our city for performance and rehearsal space.

“Our family wanted to contribute to a community gathering place,” says Mike Doherty. “Our family is committed to seeing youth succeed; the addition of Doherty Hall to Stampede Park will certainly make an impact on the arts community.”

Doherty Hall was made possible by generous contributions from the Doherty Family, the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund and the Alberta Government’s Province of Alberta’s Community Facilities Enhancement Program.

“Doherty Hall is a venue that will provide members of the Calgary arts community a state-of-the-art space to master their craft. Art contributes to vibrant and engaged communities and our support of this facility provides greater opportunities for artists of all disciplines,” says the Honourable Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism. “Today, we are honouring Patrick and Maureen Doherty by supporting artists for generations to come.”

Artists at all levels and disciplines will come together in an inspiring, inclusive and creative environment where they can create, explore and enjoy arts and culture. Doherty Hall has been specifically designed to showcase a broad range of disciplines and engagement types; it will accommodate workshops, rehearsals, musical performances, art exhibitions and more.

About the Calgary Stampede Foundation
Since its inception in 1994, the Calgary Stampede Foundation has worked to preserve and promote western traditions, culture and heritage through charitable giving as well as promoting and advancing character-building youth programs. The Foundation is currently working with community leaders and philanthropists to develop world class programs and facilities that ensure our western legacy is preserved for future generations. The Calgary Stampede and Calgary Foundation are shareholders of the Foundation, which is responsible for a number of youth-oriented programs including Stampede School, the Calgary Stampede Showband and The Young Canadians.

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