Image of two people viewing "The Visitors" exhibition by Ragnar Kjartansson
Visitors at "The Visitors" by Ragnar Kjartansson | Photo: Elyse Bouvier, courtesy of Esker Foundation

Free This Week

A jam-packed roundup to round out your April

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An International Jazz Days concert. An EU Film Series screening. A book launch with local authors. These free arts events are just a few ways to cap off your April this upcoming week. Read on to learn more!

Duo Silva present Pot-pourri et Amusemens

April 26, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

Tim Janz, eight-keyed wooden (Irish) flute, and Ralph Maier, classical guitar, perform music that resonates with the warmth of the wood that brings sound to life and creates an atmosphere of pleasant indulgence.

Michelle Grégoire – International Jazz Days Festival Kickoff

April 27, 2023, 12 – 1pm
Devonian Gardens, CORE Shopping Centre (4th floor, 317 7th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

JazzYYC International Jazz Days Festival starts with a free show featuring Calgary’s Michelle Grégoire. A pianist and composer, Grégoire’s music has been described as ingenious, elegant, balanced and original, with great depth and imagination.

When All Is Said and Done

April 27, 2023, 6 – 7pm
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to attend, registration required

Join Esker Foundation Curator Shauna Thompson for a tour of the current exhibitions: Ragnar Kjartansson’s The Visitors and Margaux Williamson’s Interiors.

Marilène Oliver

April 27, 2023, 7 – 8pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Marilène Oliver discusses her current exhibition at Alberta Printmakers, My Data Body, which brings together printmaking techniques and advanced digital technologies to make visible the myriad of personal data constantly being surveilled, collected and stored.

Sunny Ways Book Launch

April 27, 2023, 7 – 9pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free to attend, registration required

Check out the Calgary launch of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s newest poetry collection, Sunny Ways, published by Invisible Books. Fitzpatrick is joined for an evening of readings by poets Weyman Chan, Nikki Sheppy and Sonja Greckol.

I Didn’t See You There (2022)

April 27, 2023, 7 – 9pm
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free to watch, tickets required

Shot entirely from the perspective of creator Reid Davenport as he navigates his hometown in his electric wheelchair, this contemplative film explores the legacy of circus freak shows among the culture of ableism.

POW! Parade of Wonders

April 28, 2023, 10:30am
Stephen Avenue & Olympic Plaza
Free to watch or participate, registration recommended

Calling all fans to the POW! Parade of Wonders, Canada’s biggest cosplay parade celebrating all things pop culture and creativity in beautiful downtown Calgary. Grab your favourite costume and take your spot!

Book Launch

April 28, 2023, 6:30 pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Join Radical Bookshop and Press for the launch of three new chapbooks from authors Josef Schabell, Audrey J. Whitson and Seth Rasporich. The virtual event includes live readings and a Q&A with the authors.

Symposium: Power, Identity and Alexander the Great

April 29 & 30, 2023
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (2500 University Dr. NW)
Free to attend

Power, Identity and Alexander the Great is a two-day symposium held in conjunction with the end of Nickle Galleries’ exhibition The Birth of Portraiture: Alexander the Great and His Successors, curated by Marina Fischer.

International Jazz Day Free JazzWalk

April 30, 2023, 11:30am – 5pm
Various venues, Music Mile
Free to attend

The world-famous JazzWalk returns, travelling from venue to venue throughout Inglewood and East Village, featuring amazing music by several local musicians, including Mark Alexander Trio, Sarah Matheson-Nadeau Quartet, The Fox Big Band and many others!

2023 EU Film Series: Extracurricular

May 1, 2023, 6:30pm
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free to watch, tickets required

A recently divorced father is told he can’t see his nine-year-old daughter on her birthday, so he holds her classroom hostage with a gun and a birthday cake. Ivan-Goran Vitez’s third feature is a tense hostage thriller with sharp political commentary. Presented by the Calgary European Film Festival.

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