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The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra on stage

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Music can bring great comfort in times like this. The concert hall may be closed, but this live-stream library is free and open to everybody. Enjoy the orchestra performing works by Beethoven, Brahms, and others, as well as superstar guests like Paul Brandt, Renee Fleming, and more.

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Location: Online ArchiveFree
Katie Ohe working in her studio

Esker Foundation

Full of mini-documentaries, exhibition montages, and behind the scenes experiences, the Esker Foundation’s website has tons of awesome content for you to explore whenever you want. We particularly love its current audio series featuring Katie Ohe talking about her intricate and ingenious sculptural works.

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Location: Online ArchiveFree
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Mini Masters at Home

Each month the Esker Foundation facilitates hands-on art workshops for children. As they cannot currently host them in person, they are bringing them to you in your homes. Check out this series of amazing creative projects that use everyday and easy to find materials that you might already have on hand.

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Location: Online ArchiveFree
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Library at Home

The Calgary Public Library has something for everyone to explore! From virtual storytimes and fun activities, to online courses and unlimited free streaming and reading, hit up this treasure trove of free online resources that you can access anytime from home. And with new content added regularly, be sure to check it out.

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Location: Online ArchiveFree
David Morrissey playing in his living room

Isolation Point Virtual Concert Series

The Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music Society is proud to present its online performance project, the Isolation Point Virtual Concert Series. These concerts are free to watch and you can donate to a fund to help as many local musicians as possible.

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Location: YouTubeFree
Aron Hill in his studio


Herringer Kiss Gallery has invited their artists to create work that speaks to the strategies, opportunities, problems, and outcomes of isolation. This could, of course, refer directly to the COVID-19 crisis or isolation in general. This work has been submitted for you to enjoy free at cost and new content is added regularly.

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Location: See WebsiteFree
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Department of Moose Information

Loose Moose Theatre Company invites you to check out the Department of Moose Information, a web game show created by some of the people who work at Loose Moose Theatre. Hosted by Dave Ware, watch as teams are put through a series of challenges to see who comes out on top!

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Location: YouTubeFree
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Honens @ Home

Things have dramatically changed in the way we live, socialize, and enjoy life. For many, music is not an option—it is essential. That’s why Honens is gathering concerts you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. And with new content added regularly, be sure to check back for more great music.

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Location: Online ArchiveFree
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Dancing with Darkness

Local musician Bruce Petherick offers a live 30-minute piano performance  to help you relax and sleep. Special event nights have included an evening of French piano music, an evening of re-interpreting melodies from Hamilton, and a listener’s request night that included pieces from Depeche Mode, Divynls, and Pink Floyd.

Showtime: 10:30pm
Location: Facebook LiveBy Donation
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TC Takeout

Theatre Calgary’s stage might be dark at the moment, but they still want to reach out and share entertaining and meaningful content with Calgary and the world. TC Takeout provides artists an opportunity to share their talents with you, the audience! Tune in to learn more and check back regularly for fresh content.

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Location: Stream OnlineFree
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The Alberta Queer Calendar Project

Cardiac Theatre presents The Alberta Queer Calendar Project—a full year of podcast drama from queer, Albertan writers in 2020. Episodes are released monthly in 2020 and are free to access. Upcoming episodes include work from Natalie Meisner and Dale Lee Kwong.

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Location: Stream OnlineFree
A still from Kandis Friesen’s exhibition Tape 158: New Documents From The Archives

Extended Indefinitely

An extension of Kandis Friesen’s postponed exhibition in storage, two video works are hosted in continuous loops; one consists of rhythmic text, the other a tableau vivant of an ancient oak tree in Ukraine. This exhibition in absentia becomes the new exhibition space for an indefinite extension of time.

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Location: Stream OnlineFree
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Alberta Spotlight

A weekly online concert showcase shining a light on Alberta-made music, this online series presented by a bunch of amazing partners is meant to connect Albertans across the province with music during these times of physical distancing. Performers are announced weekly, so be sure to stay tuned!

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Location: Online ArchiveTip Your Performer
Detail of Rust Plumes by in Scott Everingham's Smooth Sailing exhibition

Smooth Sailing

This solo presentation of abstract paintings by Toronto-based artist Scott Everingham takes a rather cynical and ironic look at the larger notion of what makes one resistant to personal development. In this exhibition the artist takes sailing and considers it in the context of obstacles and stormy waters.

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Location: VIVIANEART (1018 9th Ave. SE)Free
Barbara Ballachey's Spring Rush

The Last Picture Show

Prior to the Calgary gallery closing permanently October 15, this monumental group exhibition is the crescendo of the talents in The Edge Gallery’s roster of artists. The Last Picture Show embodies picturesque paintings, intimate prints, conceptual photographs, and more.

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Location: The Edge Gallery (1416 9th Ave. SE)Free
Carl White's Cloudbusting

Onion Skin

Referencing the metaphorical layers of an onion, Carl White’s newest body of work shifted focus to creating art in a time of great change as well as how he is taking on the role of an artist during such a vastly transitional time in history. Book an artist reception visit September 18 to 20.

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Location: Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)Free
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Play The Parks: Calgary

A new, annual, and free multi-genre concert series, Play The Parks celebrates diversity and connect communities while showcasing six parks around Calgary. The series launches with pre-recorded 30-minute performances from nine artists, hosted on CMI’s Facebook page every Wednesday and Friday.

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Location: Stream OnlineFree
Works by Ben Skinner & Genevieve Dionne

Artistic Pairings

Highlighting work of seven couples and how their work and practices support and inspire each other, the exhibition shows each couples’ work, side by side, along with text from the artists on how their partner in life and art influences, inspires and supports their own art practice.

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Location: Herringer Kiss Gallery (101, 1615 10th Ave. SW)Free
Mat Glenn's Get Dressed so ur Ready

Earn Your Stripes

An ongoing project by Mat Glenn investigating the visual language of human-nonhuman opposition in the natural landscape, the market inspires humans to control and conquer landscapes using a specific material language of straps, nylon, taped seams, and more.

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Location: The New Gallery (208 Centre St. SE)Free


Contact Calgary Arts Development’s communications team at 403.264.5330 ext. 211 or by email at events@calgaryartsdevelopment.com.

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