Cochrane Culture Days – Let’s Celebrate!

Come on out to Cochrane Culture Days September 11-13! There are so many venues to enjoy –  a Sculpture Garden, Visual Artist Demonstrations, Film Industry Presentations, Movie Days, Outdoor Performance Stages, an Artist Studio Drive and a Cruise Cochrane Drive By (aka The Culture Cruise)!

The event is planned with multiple concurrent attractions so that people can enjoy one and move on to the next without forming large audiences. Volunteers will be on hand at each site to encourage social distancing, ensure boundaries are respected, provide hand sanitizer and clean surfaces as needed.

It all starts on Friday with a Family Movie at the Cochrane Movie House! The feature film is Secret Life of Pets, followed by some short films by Alberta film makers. Two theatres are designated to our special event, each with three showtimes. That adds up to six screenings! Email to reserve your tickets. 

On Saturday, the fun really takes off!  The Saturday morning Movie showtimes continue and three outdoor performance stages – Front Stage, Upstage and Centre Stage – open up packed with folk bands, bagpipes, jazz bands, dancers, and our very own Choral Waves Choir,  Riverside Jazz, and Band on the Bow!

Stop by Route 22 Artist Collective Gallery where the artists have set up outside to demonstrate their techniques.

At 12pm the Back Stage in the Lions Club Event Centre opens with locally produced short films (two of the filmmakers grew up in Cochrane!), presentations about the film industry, and musical theatre appreciation by our very own Aurora Borin.

After taking in a presentation, wander through Cochrane’s very first  Sculpture Garden of awesome bronze, stone, wood and steel art forms.


Venture out on the Artist Studio Drive to visit remarkable studios where the artists demonstrate their techniques in glass, paint, bronze and pottery. Get your Guide here. 


To top it off, Cruise Cochrane members gather at Cochrane Town Square and hit the road at 2:30pm for the “Culture Cruise” as they pass by all of the venues and artist studios.

On Sunday, the Front Stage, Back Stage and Sculpture Garden carry on with more great music, films and 3D art.

Cochrane Culture Days is a perfect opportunity for the residents of Cochrane and area, who have lacked so many activities since March, to enjoy a variety of visual and performance arts during this time of social distancing.

This event could never have happened without the incredible support of Cochrane Music Society – our music directors, accompanist and all of our members –  many of whom are contributing huge volunteer hours. CMS enthusiasm is unique and amazing!