About Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre

The Esplanade is where arts and heritage come to life in Medicine Hat, where the stories of our great collective culture are told through music and dance, theatre, painting and sculpture, exhibitions and installations, artefacts, objects d’art and more.

A marvel of contemporary Canadian architecture on traditional Blackfoot territory just steps from the South Saskatchewan River, the Esplanade occupies an eminent position on downtown’s elegant First Street South. From its rooftop terrace, you can see Saamis, the shoreline escarpment which is the setting for the story of how Medicine Hat got its name.

Inside, visitors are delighted to discover a vibrant art gallery, a prized museum, an intimate studio theatre, a dynamic education suite, expansive public archives and many volunteers and staff who are eager to tell their versions of our city’s tale. The Esplanade also features a 700-seat main stage theatre which boasts superior theatre technology, acoustic perfection and striking interior design.

In the northeast corner of the Esplanade grounds stands another inviting building with stories of its own to tell. With its white picket fence, gingerbread trim and quaint heritage gardens, the restored Ewart Duggan House, the oldest brick home in Alberta, is open year-round for select events.

The Esplanade opened its doors in celebration of Alberta’s centennial in 2005 and ever since, Medicine Hat has been proudly hosting a lively procession of artists and audiences, storytellers and story-lovers, from around the region and around the globe.

The celebration continues today and you are expressly invited to attend.

Enter the Esplanade and enjoy.

Echoes in the Ice

NOV 17 - FEB 16

Connected by Long Threads

DEC 1 - JAN 26

Mahoney & Friends

FRI Dec 14 | 7:30 PM

Christmas at the North Pole

SAT Dec 15 | 7:30 PM

A Handcrafted Holiday

SAT Dec 15 | 1 - 3 PM

Mini Pop Kids LIVE

MON Dec 31 | 2 & 6 PM

Sass Class 101

WED Jan 16 | 7 PM

Cheesecake Burlesque Revue

THU Jan 17 | 7:30 PM


THU Jan 24 | 7:30 PM

Cathy & Bruce

SAT Feb 2 | 7:30 PM

The Trews

SUN Feb 3 | 8 PM

Neal McCoy

FRI Feb 8 | 7:30 PM

Matthew Good

TUE Feb 19 | 7:30 PM

Thank You For Being A Friend

THU Feb 21 | 7:30 PM

Aaron Goodvin

FRI Feb 22 | 7:30 PM


SUN Feb 24 | 7:30 PM

Earle & Coffin

WED Feb 27 | 7:30 PM

PIGS: Canada's Pink Floyd

SAT Mar 2 | 7:30 PM

Slocan Ramblers

MON Mar 11 | 7:30 PM

Twin Flames

MON Apr 1 | 7 PM

Aladdin Jr.

WED Apr 10 | 6 PM THU Apr 11 | 7 PM

Celtic Tenors

THU Apr 18 | 7:30 PM

Suddenly Mommy

Sat May 11 | 7 PM

Ali Hassan

WED May 15 | 7:30 PM

The Stampeders

TUE Jun 11 | 7:30 PM

The ABBA Show

SAT Jun 29 | 8 PM

Red Green

SUN Sept 22 | 7PM