The Alberta Pianofest & Young Artist Academy was created in 2011 with the goal of bringing to Edmonton, and Pigeon Lake, Alberta, a world-class summer music festival and two-week study course of master classes and lessons for advanced piano students aged twelve to eighteen. The festival resides at Rundle’s Mission, an Alberta Historic Site, beautifully situated on the shores of Pigeon Lake, one of Alberta’s most popular vacation destinations. The inaugural Alberta Pianofest was in 2013 and featured six recitals by internationally acclaimed concert pianists from across North America.

Arts on the Ave is a non-profit, community based, grassroots initiative engaged in developing 118th Avenue (75 – 106 Streets) into a community arts district. It has organized and presented a broad range of activities: extensive art showings, a variety of inter-disciplinary festivals as well as activities that are a blend of artistic expressions in an educational, mentoring and sharing environment. Arts on the Ave is committed to creating traditions, signature events, and creative places. Some of the organization’s projects include the Kaleido Family Arts Festival, Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival and The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse. www.artsontheave.org

Established in 1979, the Brian Webb Dance Company presents Edmonton's only complete season of contemporary dance and is recognized as the largest dance season west of Toronto. The BWDC is a community-minded, dynamic, artistic builder and a team builder. It creates work through collaboration, the democratic exchange of ideas to create something new. www.bwdc.ca

Broadway Across Canada and Broadway Across America are the foremost presenters of first-class touring musicals and plays in North America, operating in 40 markets. As a leading Broadway producer, BAA is dedicated to the development and production of new and diverse theatre. www.broadwayacrosscanada.ca

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Jonathan Christenson and with the ongoing collaboration of Resident Designer Bretta Gerecke Catalyst is known for its highly identifiable aesthetic. The company's work is characterized by a bold and distinctive theatricality that integrates a strong musical component with striking visual imagery, a heightened physical performance style, poetic text, and an often darkly comic sensibility. www.catalysttheatre.ca

Headquartered in Montreal, Cavalia Inc. is an entertainment company that specializes in the creation, production and touring of innovative shows for audiences of all ages. Founded by Normand Latourelle, the company has an expertise in equestrian and performing arts, and is known for making the most of cutting-edge technology, multimedia and special effects. www.cavalia.net

Cirque du Soleil is a Quebec based company recognized all over the world for high-quality, artistic entertainment. Since its dawn in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has constantly sought to evoke the imagination, invoke the senses and provoke the emotions of people around the world. | In 1984, 73 people worked for Cirque du Soleil. Today, the business has 4,000 employees worldwide, including more than 1,300 artists. | At the Montreal International Headquarters alone, there are close to 1,500 employees. | More than 100 types of occupations can be found at Cirque. | The company’s employees and artists represent more than 50 nationalities and speak 25 different languages. | Close to 150 million spectators have seen a Cirque du Soleil show since 1984. | Nearly 15 million people will see a Cirque du Soleil show in 2014. | Cirque du Soleil hasn’t received any grants from the public or private sectors since 1992.

Sorrentino’s Compassion House is a haven for women traveling to Edmonton for cancer treatment. The expanded house includes 14 guest suites, spacious common areas and an elevator to ensure the house is accessible to everyone. Compassion House Foundation does not receive government funding. It relies on community support and the proceeds from its annual Fashion with Compassion event to operate Sorrentino’s Compassion House. www.compassionhouse.org

Bringing artists from around the world together in a 10-day musical celebration, the 2014 Edmonton International Jazz Festival (EIJF) runs June 20 - 29 with sounds to suit every taste. In addition to headliners Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood and Bobby McFerrin spirityouall, the EIJF features more than 50 acts from Edmonton, Canada and around the world on stages city-wide. www.edmontonjazz.com

The Edmonton International Street Performers Festival was the first of its kind in North America. Now in its 29th year, it is known worldwide for its amazing artists and generous audiences. Since 1984, almost four million people have played in the streets and shared a laugh at StreetFest. www.edmontonstreetfest.com

Festival Place is a vibrant multi-use center for the arts, community and business and is a point of convergence for the cultural visions, ideas and energies of the community in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Since opening in May 1994, Festival Place has welcomed amateur and professional artists to its stage and has hosted many community activities and events. Each year it offers over 100 professional performances by leading local, regional, national and international artists, including its own Festival Players and Festival Players for Youth. www.festivalplace.ab.ca

Shadow Theatre produces contemporary theatre for an adult audience that inspires and entertains while keeping story of paramount importance. The Company chooses the finest plays from around the world to move its audience's hearts and open their minds. www.shadowtheatre.org

The Silver Skate Festival is a 10-day, family-oriented festival running February 13-22, 2015 in Edmonton's scenic river valley. Rooted in Dutch winter traditions, the festival combines sport (especially skating), arts and culture, and recreation. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015, the Silver Skate Festival is the longest running winter festival in Edmonton. Over the years, it has grown in leaps and bounds, from a small skating event to a large-scale, winter extravaganza. Last year, more than 70,000 visitors came out to play.