Image of painting of rabbit with landscape in background
Local artists come together to express their relationships to animals in this exhibition | Photo: courtesy of Amy Gaulin

Free This Week

Be sure to check out the free arts events on offer this week

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Expand your arts horizons with another exciting week of free events. From poetry, to music, to visual art, it’s all in this week’s roundup. Make sure to get out there!

Early Music Voices

April 19, 2023, 12:10 – 1 pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

ProArts@Noon Concert Series presents Early Music Voices featuring music by Heinrich Schütz and George Frideric Handel, performed by students from UCalgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts with guest Neil Cockburn on organ.

Poetry, peace, or politics?

April 19, 2023, 7 – 8:30pm
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free to attend, registration required

Join the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program for an evening of poetry performance by Iranian-born poet Bänoo Zan with welcome remarks by Calgary Poet Laureate Wakefield Brewster.


April 21, 2023, 5 – 9 pm
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9 Ave SE)
Free to attend, registration required

The aptly named PORTALS aims to create an immersive and interactive live music gallery that encourages the audience and musical participants to explore the current exhibitions at Esker Foundation.

Acclaimed Fine Art Show and Sale

April 21 & 22, 2023
Crescent Heights Community Association (1101 2nd St. NW)
Free to explore

Enjoy a stroll through original artwork by 12 of Calgary’s professional fine artists. This beautiful show features hundreds of paintings in a variety of styles, sizes and prices with the artists in attendance to chat.

The Animal Show

April 21 – 23, 2023
Nvrlnd Boutique (1048 21st Ave. SE)
Free to explore

Local artists Daniel Audet, Heather Buchanan, Amy Gaulin, Tobias Luttmer, Karin McGinn, Gary McMillan, Nick Rooney, John Ross and Carl White express their relationship to animals through painting, sculpture and drawing in this exhibition.

Spring Bliss

April 23, 2023, 10am – 3pm
Village Commons (610 8th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

The Perlin Foundation for Wellbeing invites you to a mini-mental wellness festival! Learn about brain health and how to support your mental wellness through a variety of local partners and check out the themed visual art on display.

POST MIN Show + Sale

April 24 – 27, 2023
Art Parkade, University of Calgary (2975 University Way NW)
Free to explore

The POST MIN Show + Sale is an annual student-run exhibition and fundraiser. Bid on miniature artworks by UCalgary art students, faculty and alumni and enjoy an evening of refreshments and snacks at their evening reception on Thursday, April 27.

Alberta Literary Awards Finalist Readings

April 25, 2023, 7 – 9pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free to attend

Please join the Writers’ Guild of Alberta for readings from 12 finalists of the various 2023 Alberta Literary Awards. Featuring short readings from Lareina Abbott, Paulo Da Costa, Marcello Di Cintio and many others!

Show + Sale Virtual Spring Market

Until April 28, 2023
Explore online
Free to browse

The AUArts Students’ Association invites you to their virtual spring market, where your purchase directly supports student artists. Find your perfect Mother’s Day gift while you browse the finest wares from Alberta’s emerging artists!

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