Mount Royal Artio Choir launched onto the Calgary choral music scene in 2012. After a decade of innovative and creative work, Artio has now come to a conclusion, as our beloved director Jean-Louis Bleau moves on to new artistic endeavors.

For the last ten years, Artio has been a trailblazer in the art of choral theatre, reshaping and redefining the choral arts through choreography, staging, and immersive performance experiences. We have sung in dozens of languages, performed in fields and forests, and collaborated with countless artists from Calgary and beyond. Our time in Artio has been a truly unforgettable experience, and we can’t thank you enough for letting us share it with you.

Artio’s legacy lives on through video on our YouTube channel. (see links below) We welcome you to enjoy recordings of past performances there, including our 2019 production of Scorched, and our final project, The Nature of Us.

To all singers, performers, collaborators, funders, and audience members, we are so grateful for our shared collective experience.

Thank you to everyone who has supported Artio over the past ten years.


Artio specialized in choral music that is distinct, demanding, diverse and innovative. They explored a variety of genres from early music through to innovative creations crafted by contemporary composers. They re-imagined and re-invented music of the past and embraced the avant-garde music of tomorrow while continually seeking to push the boundaries of choral music and performance.

Mount Royal Artio was involved in a number of collaborative events, which included performing on stage with Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield in 2016, and Tanya Tagaq in 2017.

ARTIO. The Nature Of Us (Oct 2023)
ARTIO. The Nature Of Us (Oct 2023)
ARTIO. The Nature Of Us (Oct 2023)

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