Community Partnerships

Community is a core value at United Active Living. One way we live this value is through our partnerships with the larger Calgary community. These partnerships offer residents access to new learning opportunities, art, music, fitness and other activities and programs. Many of our fun and engaging Arts & Culture Programs are made available to residents through these community partnerships.

Meet Our Partners:

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Calgary Philharmonic has been a cornerstone of Calgary’s arts community since 1955. It is one of North America’s most versatile live music ensembles presenting an average of 85 concerts a year featuring music from classical giants to rock & roll hits and family favourites.

The Calgary Phil reaches more than 20,000 people annually throughout Alberta through educational and outreach programs to students, older adults and charitable organizations. Residents attend selected CPO dress rehearsals. They also enjoy in-house performances and lectures by the Calgary Phil musicians.

Calgary Opera

Calgary Opera is one of Canada’s most highly regarded professional arts organizations having presented more than 300 productions over its more than 45-year history. Thanks to our sponsorship, United Active Living residents enjoy talks in their own community by conductors or other artists/craftspeople who are associated with the mainstage productions. An annual performance by CO’s Emerging Artists at a United community is always a highlight of the season. As well, residents attend dress rehearsals of the mainstage operas at the Jubilee Auditorium.


The Honens Piano Competition takes place every three years and is considered one of the world’s most prestigious events of its kind. The annual Honens Festival is one of Canada’s premier piano events. Our partnership with Honens sees United residents heading to concert halls for the Honens Piano Festival concerts and enjoying intimate in-house recitals by world-class Honens Laureates.

Calgary Pro Musica

Calgary Pro Musica encourages and celebrates the intimate art of chamber music. For more than 40 years, it has been enriching Calgary’s cultural life by presenting world-class artists and master classes led by visiting artists at the University of Calgary’s Department of Music. Concerts are presented within the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall in the Rosza Centre at the University of Calgary. United’s partnership with CPM enables our residents to attend some of these performances and enjoy in-house recitals by young artists.

Calgary Civic Symphony

Calgary Civic Symphony has been performing for Calgarians for more than 40 years. The orchestra is made up of amateur musicians who volunteer their time for the love of the music. United’s partnership with the Civic Symphony includes sponsoring the CCS concertmaster Maria van der Sloot. In return residents attend concerts at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, and Maria and her colleagues perform at United communities.

Alberta Music Education Foundation (AMEF)

AMEF is a registered charity providing funding and innovative ideas for community music education. Formed in 1997, AMEF exists because of the belief that the study and performance of music is an integral and necessary part of well-rounded life and vibrant communities. It provides funding, ideas, and resources to Alberta’s community music students and teachers. United Active Living’d partnership with AMEF has featured 2 installments so far of a unique collaboration called the Alberta Heritage Music Project. It pairs United Active Living residents with talented music and drama students from Calgary high schools. Together they create skits, songs or poetry that tell their own stories about the importance of music in their lives.

Calgary Jazz Orchestra

The Calgary Jazz Orchestra is a high energy, passionate and fun group of musicians whose goal is to engage and reach the audience with every song. Led by the inimitable trumpeter/singer/arranger and composer Johnny Summers, the atmosphere is upbeat and fun and is consistently enjoyed by all ages and all musical tastes. The musicians are personable and witty—and laughter by all is guaranteed in every show. United residents attend CJO concerts and players from the orchestra also come as duos to our communities for a very intimate and interactive experience.

Lunchbox Theatre

Lunchbox Theatre delivers a fun and unique experience to its audience—upbeat performances in an intimate and comfortable atmosphere. Patrons are encouraged to eat their lunch while they enjoy the show. This friendly approach makes Lunchbox Theatre an ideal place to introduce theatre to new audiences, both young and old. Lunchbox Theatre focuses on the development and production of original one-act plays, many of which are written by local Calgarians. The United Active Living Partnership includes actor and director talks in our community as well as discounted tickets for the performances.

THIRD ACTion Film Festival

A cultural shift has started, and we are but one more pebble in the landslide that is age-positive living in life’s third act. For the vast majority of Canadians, the third act will be the last three decades of our life. THIRD ACTion Film Festival’s focus is to celebrate aging and the accomplishments of older adults to help speed along an age-positive culture shift and empower everyone to envision their best third act. United Active Living residents have special film screenings curated just for them from the Festival’s Executive Director, Mitzi Murray. These screenings sometimes include personalized greetings from the filmmakers and an after-screening discussion of the films.

Educational Opportunities

Mount Royal University

Mount Royal Music Conservatory has developed a recital series with United Active Living featuring gifted students who perform for our residents. United’s residents have also partnered with English program students to create a “Writers in Residence” program that gave voice to the life experiences of United’s residents.

The MRU Arts and Culture series features University faculty engaging with our residents on diverse topics—from politics to Bach. Both these initiatives provide residents with learning opportunities that expand the meaning of community. In return, students and faculty discover that learning has no age limits.

St. Mary’s University

Coinciding with the opening of United’s Fish Creek community, United and St. Mary’s University agreed to pursue mutually beneficial activities in education, research and more. Students benefit from the opportunity to learn from or work with our residents. Residents in turn benefit thanks to educational talks from professors and performances by student artists and musicians.