About M:ST

Foregrounding the body, M:ST creates an artistic and cultural context where nuanced dialogues, ethical reflexivity, and social change are animated through experimental, risk taking programming.

Mountain Standard Time Performative Art is committed to presenting embodied artworks works from a variety of disciplines that reflect current issues and practices in contemporary art. Through exhibitions, performances, workshops, and biennials, M:ST fosters the development of performative art practices among local, national and international artistic communities. M:ST’s role in presenting professional, high quality cultural experiences continues to grow, increasing opportunities for education and critical discourse surrounding contemporary performative practices.

Our programming is free and open to the public.


A world in which people welcome difference and embrace the space of encounter.


Embodied Experience: Your body and the meaning you carry, listening
Complexity: Rich and unfolding discourses, contextualized ethics, heterogeneity, making relations
Hospitality: Collaboration, conviviality, generosity, intercultural experience  
Experimentation: Risk, fearlessness, curiosity, interdisciplinarity


M:ST acknowledges that we stand on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Amidst the ongoing social, cultural and environmental effects of colonialism, we are committed to dialogue and collaboration with Indigenous artists and communities as part of our mandate to foster performative art practices in Southern Alberta.


The Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society (M:ST) was originally conceived in 2001. At the time of its creation, M:ST represented the latest in a series of successful interdisciplinary festivals that combined art forms through the collaborative efforts of the Calgary arts community.


Desiree Nault
Artistic Director

Jordan Schinkel
Engagement + Operations Director

Bianca Guimarães de Manuel
Research Fellow

Qian Cheng
Research Fellow

Board of Directors

Didier Morelli, Secretary
Janira Moncayo, Director
Marc Tran, Director
Marina Crane, Director
Mercedes Webb, Vice President
Riel Manywounds, Director
Sidi Chen, Director
Toni Cormier, President
Vanessa Henry, Director
Verna Mah, Director

e: board(a)mountainstandardtime.org


CommunityWise Resource Centre
#206A, 223 – 12th Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2R 0G9

e: info(a)mountainstandardtime.org
t: (403) 837 6678

Accessibility Information

M:ST is located in the CommunityWise Resource Centre, and our office is located on the second floor in room #206A. Outside of the building, there is a ramp leading to the main entrance, as well as a series of stairs and a handrail on both sides. The main floor, including the kitchen, common room, and two bathrooms, are the only wheelchair accessible spaces in the building. In-between the first and second floor has 22 stairs. Bathrooms are gender neutral and there is a wheelchair accessible stall.

Staff are very happy to facilitate comfortable meetings in any way we can. Please call ahead at (403) 837-6678 or e-mail us at info(a)mountainstandardtime.org to let us know how we can accomodate you.

Getting Here

BUS: Please visit Calgary Transit for the most up-to-date information. Buses stop at various points along 12th Avenue and along 1st Street. The C-train and many bus routes arrive on 1st Avenue and 7th Street SW which is a 5 block walk to CommunityWise. The Stampede/Victoria Park C-Train station is also a 6 block walk.

BIKE: 12th Ave is a part of the Calgary Cycle Track Network offering safer bike route access to our centre.  We have many metal bike parking rails on the sidewalk and next to the driveway in front of the building. If you need more secure parking for your bike during business hours you can ask admin staff to help find a spot in the backyard.

PARKING: Parking downtown can be a challenge. There is paid street parking on 12th Avenue and on nearby streets (no parking on 12th Avenue during rush hour 7:00-8:30 and 15:30-18:00). Street parking is free after 6 pm Monday – Saturday and free all day on Sundays. There is also an accessibility parking spot located directly in front of our building.

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