In keeping with our intention to provide a pleasant experience to promote contact between participants we will be providing the following:

Coffee House

7am to 11pm each day

Located in the Labyrinth Room at Knox United church, this area will be open from 7am to 11pm each day of the Festival and provides coffee, tea, juice, water and snacks to the members. This same area is also the location of any displays provided by presenters to the festival.

Registar's Office

9am to 5pm each day

Located in the Library Room at Knox United Church, this area will be open 9am to 5pm each day of the Festival to provide information and access to resources for members. Any items offered for sale to the members will be located in this room. This office opens into the Coffee House as well so it is convenient for visiting between events.


There are receptions after each of the evening concerts for registrants and companions only. There will be a cash bar and the Knox United receptions will be held in the Theatre Room located below the sanctuary. The Gala reception will be held in the lobby of the Jack Singer Concert Hall.

Welcome Reception - Monday July 2nd @ 10pm

On the first day of the Festival, the reception to welcome you will be held in the Knox United Church Theatre, located down the stairs from the sanctuary main entrance. There will be cash bar along with complimentary snacks, tea and coffee. This reception follows the opening concert by Ryan Jackson.

President's Reception - Tuesday July 3rd @ 9:45pm

This reception follows the Paul Halley concert and is located in the Knox United Church Theatre. This reception is sponsored by the RCCO Centre Presidents. Complimentary snacks, tea and coffee as well as a cash bar.

Missa Gaia Reception - Wednesday July 4th @ 10pm

This reception follows the Missa Gaia concert and is located in the Knox United Church Theatre. It will likely spill over to the Parlor area located across the hall for those people who wish to sit and chat after a long day. Remember that the Coffee House will still be open as well!

Closing Reception - Thursday July 5th @ 10:30pm

This is the final reception of the Festival and will be located in the lobby of the Jack Singer Concert Hall and will take place after the Gala Concert. There will be a cash bar available.


There are two group dinners during the festival; the first is a Western BBQ at Christ Church and the second is the Gala Dinner prior to the final concert at Jack Singer Concert Hall.

Western BBQ - Wednesday July 4th, Christ Church @ 5:45pm

No visit to Calgary would be complete without at least a taste of the Stampede. We are known for our friendly outdoor barbeques. Think of it as the first hint of the Calgary Stampede, which follows on the heels of our Festival.

Gala Dinner - Thursday July 5th, Anatolia Turkish Restaurant @ 6pm

As we gather together before the final concert of the Festival, this dinner will take place at a restaurant located beside the Arts Commons complex. If you have time before the concert, stroll through the Olympic Plaza located just outside.

National Music Centre Tours - Thursday July 5th @ 1:30pm

From 1:30pm to 4:00pm you have an opportunity to visit the National Music Centre, which is a short walk from the Arts Commons complex. The number of people that can be handled at one time is limited so it will be best to organize into groups. Since the time from 4:00pm to 6:00pm is free time there is more flexibility.

Transportation Services

The Festival is located in the downtown area of Calgary a block from the LRT line. LRT rides within the city centre are free of charge. You will need an LRT ticket between the Holiday Inn/University and the downtown. Since everyone's needs are different and group rates are not offered, we have decided to make this transportation method the responsibility of the registrants.

Wednesday is our 'Bus' day and there will be transportation provided to the various venues at times and locations that we hope will be convenient. The details are in the schedule. Please note that we are providing service to those people who might want to cut the bus day short or skip the bus tours but go to the BBQ.

Remember that Calgary has the +15 walkway system such that you can cover the entire downtown area without even going outside. With the weather in Calgary being so variable, that may be a welcome option.

Nearby Coffee Shops & Restaurants

We have put together this google map showing coee shops and eating establishments within walking distance of Knox United. Just in case you want to explore a bit, or get away for some quiet time.

Note: If you are using your phone in vertical format scroll down as the map is on the bottom.

  • Knox United Church

    Host Venue

    Most of the Festival activities are based here.

    Canadian-based multinational fast food restaurant known for its coffee and donuts

  • Tim Horton's

    Canadian's coffee place

    Coffee is made with 100% Arabica beans, sourced from the world's most renowned growing regions. They also offer specialty beverages including lattes, cappuccinos, espresso, iced and frozen coffee, hot chocolate and tea.

    Canadian-based multinational fast food restaurant known for its coffee and donuts

  • Subway

    Casual counter-serve chain for build-your-own sandwiches and salads

    Peak wait up to 30 min. from 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. People typically spend 10 min here.

    SUBWAY brand is the world's largest submarine sandwich chain delighting customers by serving delicious, made-to-order sandwiches.

  • Caffe Artigiano

    Small Coffee Shop

    Italian style artisan coffee house & roaster. Hand sourced single origin coffee expertly brewed & crafted for lingering. Offers simple, fresh food

  • Starbucks

    Seattle-based coffeehouse chain known for its signature roasts, light bites and WiFi availability.

    Friendly people, great music and a comfortable upbeat meeting place create the famous Starbucks experience. The layout and atmosphere of Starbucks stores is specifically designed to be cozy and intimate, while at the same time providing people with their own personal space to use as they wish.

  • Pig and Duke

    Neighbourhood Pub

    The Pig and Duke is a traditional Neighbourhood Pub with two locations in Calgary (The Beltline [a community called Connaught] & Downtown Calgary). A true Canadian Pub that boasts some Celtic flair. We pride ourselves in serving great drinks, great food and most importantly a great time. Our service is second to none with our tartan clad lasses happy to please.

  • Koto Sushi

    Exceptional sushi and Japanese cuisine

    Enjoy the contemporary ambiance and meticulous service of Koto Sushi and discover a menu filled with traditional selections and inspired creations, made from the finest ingredients available. Choose from an amazing variety of sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, and tempura all expertly prepared and beautifully presented.

  • Kabuku

    Sushi and Sashimi Restaurant

    Part of a review from Urbanspoon

    The quality of their seafood is unmatched by any of the competition. Due to the high quality of their food I generally stick with sashimi as pieces are quite large. Beyond sushi and sashimi, Kabuku offers true "ginjo" sakes (try the sakitinis!) and many neo-Japanese style dishes suited to the Calgary palate. Their tempura is also unequalled and they offer just about everything (vegetables, seafood) you can think of.

  • Caesar's Steak House & Lounge

    In a city where beef is King. Caesar's Steakhouse is a Calgary Tradition

    Captivating diners since 1972, Caesar’s is undeniably old school with rich surroundings of burgundy leather, golden hues and dark wood finishes, but this setting is not the only thing that defines Caesar’s, but rather a complete experience that evokes a sense of nostalgia. We feature Alberta’s best beef, properly aged, individually cut to order and charbroiled on our open flame grill, paired with accompaniments to match any Emperor’s feast. Traditional service - including tableside preparations, modern and classic cocktails, and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list, all ensure a memorable experience.

  • The Tastemarket by SAIT

    An urban eatery for downtown foodies and innovative learning environment for future culinary entrepreneurs.

    We invite you into our classroom to enjoy traditional, authentic eats. Inspired by the story behind our food, we partner with local and sustainable suppliers to bring you SAIT-made charcuterie, woodstone flatbreads, a decadent bakery and a line featuring daily student creations.

  • Holy Grill

    Lunch is shorter. Way shorter.
    And both life and lunch are way too short for fast food.

    Good food, served fast? That’s where we come in, and that’s what you get when you come in to the Holy Grill. Good food, made from fresh ingredients, ready before the conversation at your table has a chance to hit an awkward lull. And, because life is definitely too short to skip the most important meal of the day, we’re also open for breakfast!

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The Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) is the professional organization for organists in Canada. It provides support to its members in the development and practice of fine organ and choral performance and sound musicianship, and works to promote these interests in the wider Canadian public.

Our vision: Inspiring connections with organ music.
Our mission: To promote a vibrant and inclusive community that engages more people in the transforming power of the organ and its music.

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