Jessica Armas Noda exhibition: Oct 18 - Dec 15


Jessica Armas Noda is an emerging contemporary artist. Originally born in Cuba, she now makes Calgary her home. We are thrilled that her show "JUMPING FROM THE BUILDING INTO THE GARDEN" will be exhibiting at Theatre 1308 from Oct 18 - Dec 15, 2019.

Meet the artist! On Friday, Oct 25, Jessica will be hosting a reception. If you are interested in being added to the guest list, please RSVP to Admission is free!

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Jessica Armas Noda


Oct 18 - Dec 15, 2019

I have been interested in art & creations my entire life. Since I was a little kid, I used to get things done fast at the school to start drawing and sketching on the back of my notebook. I always playing to create something! On the other side, I was sometimes too hard with myself being under a misconception that art was a special gift that only some people were born with. I figured out that I was totally wrong! My creations are the result of something that I cannot hold inside of me, it simply pops up through my pores. So, I used to create dried floral arrangements, fashion and interior designs and mixed media paintings, as a hobby.

Later, I came to Canada looking for a better future for my family and for myself. I took courage to face my new life in all senses. I started my new artist career I like to call “I let myself go” and I decided to do what I always wanted, express my creativity and feelings through the canvas. I am an emerging contemporary artist, working primarily on acrylics. I usually employ negative intuitive painting technique (I let myself go) and I use it as a background. I make use of very diverse tools to create background shapes and textures, from kitchen utensils until my daughter’s toys. Then, I work on top of the canvas using gel skins – collage technique, if I am on a more realistic mood. When I have my emotional side activated, I draw zen-doodles instead, on top of my intuitive background. I am working hard to show the entire world that if you can feel art, you can create art.

Coming soon to Theatre 1308…


Beyond Borders: Avataar

Sunday, October 20, 2019

7:00 PM 10:00 PM

“...serpentine grooves, nimble melodies and unending pleasure. The music is intricate without being overbearing and showy, and the result is blissful." - World Music Central

"...stellar compositions executed by surging talent." - Downbeat

Tickets & Info: click here

Theatre 1308 Presents!


Dear friend of Theatre 1308,

Last year, we set about creating a new performance venue that was to be intimate, fully-equipped and affordable. Turning this vision into reality required countless volunteer hours as well as substantial financial support from both Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church and The Calgary Foundation. Everything came together last February when we launched Theatre 1308 with our first annual Bright Side Festival. It was a fantastic "eight days of optimism" and we are so grateful for the enthusiastic support we received - thank you!!

What's next?

In the weeks that followed the festival we were approached by a number of local artists who were interested in using our venue. From our conversations emerged the concept of artist-curated programming. The idea was that Theatre 1308 would collaborate with a small number of progressive artists who would each create a unique concert series. These would feature exceptional performers and be decidedly forward-looking. Our model would seek to minimize the financial risk to performers, with an eye towards community building and long-term sustainability.

Thankfully, this idea has taken wings and we are thrilled to announce the inaugural season of Theatre 1308 Presents, featuring four unique concert series, curated by four amazing musicians - and one amazing philosopher!

We invite you to click the "Learn more" links below to meet our curators and see the excellent programming they have in store. Be sure to stay tuned to this email channel as we will be announcing many fantastic events in the coming weeks.

See you @ 1308!


Jazz @ 1308

Curated by Jon McCaslin

A new music concert series that features local Calgary jazz artists. Curated by jazz drummer Dr. Jon McCaslin, the original and creative voices of Calgary's jazz scene come alive, on stage at Theatre 1308.

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Beyond Boarders

Curated by Frank Rackow

The Beyond Borders series at Theatre 1308 features musicians and ensembles reaching across musical styles, traditions and borders to create new sounds and rhythms. From fusing Indian classical music with jazz, to exploring common elements in klezmer and Arabic music, the series offers new discoveries that will delight, surprise and move audiences.

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Curated by Jiajia Li & Laura Reid

A genre-blurring series providing a stage for new sound creation.

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Philosophers’ Cafe

Curated by Dr. Tinu Ruparell

U of C philosopher Dr. Tinu Ruparell and guests in conversation on a variety of topics. Each event features a mini-concert from a special musical guest.

Learn more…