Anne Wilson's Topologies: Made at the V&A
Anne Wilson's Topologies: Made at the V&A | Photo: Courtesy of Esker Foundation

Free This Week

Bundle up and get out of the house with these awesome offerings

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

The weather might be feeling a bit chilly this week, so throw on a sweater and get out of the house with these awesome events. From concerts to launches to receptions and more, indulge yourself without breaking the bank.

Jewish Book Festival

Until December 15, 2019
Calgary JCC (1607 90th Ave. SW)
Free admission

The 24th edition of the Jewish Book Festival features authors and readers of all ages gathered in a celebration of books, ideas, and current conversations that make up the fabric of today’s Jewish world. Ten remarkable authors present their latest work alongside exhibitions, exchanges, and workshops.

Repsol Choir

December 11, 2019, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

The Repsol Choir performs under the direction of musician, composer, and musicologist Bruce Petherick, accompanied by local artist Ron Proctor at the piano. Hear this four-part choir and company ambassador live on your lunch break.

Discussions in Contemporary Art

December 12, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration required

Continuing this new informal lecture series, guest speakers present on different aspects of contemporary art and practice. This month features Sarah Alford, an Assistant Professor in Craft History and Theory at the Alberta University of the Arts and a practicing artist.

December flywheel

December 12, 2019, 7:30 – 9:00pm
Pages on Kensington (1135 Kensington Rd. NW)
Free admission

Join filling Station as they celebrate their flywheel reading series for December. With readings from Lynda Monahan, Sholley Powell, Mel Vee, and Michaela Stephen, be sure to spend a night with Canada’s experimental literary magazine.

Long Lunch/Quick Reads

December 13, 2019, 12:00 – 2:00pm
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Loft 112 welcomes Ore Arowobusoye for a third time. Join in and enjoy this story by a talented writer who was part of the Tent Peg Series for young writers, studied under Aritha van Herk, and is a computer science graduate from the University of Calgary. Chapbooks are available for $5.

Powerful Because They’re Different

December 14, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

This tour with Naomi Potter explores craft as a strategy used by Jeffrey Gibson and Nep Sidhu to navigate past and present traumas, offer space for resilience or reconciliation, and propose future trajectories of healing.

All of the Above Opening Reception

December 14, 2019, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Christine Klassen Gallery’s holiday show is an eclectic and playful mix of new work by CKG artists. Join them for a seasonal celebration with their artists and be the first to see new inventory for 2020.

Love Came Down

December 14, 2019, 7:00pm
First Baptist Church (1301 4th St. SW)
Free admission

First Baptist Church invites you to join them for their annual Christmas concert, Love Came Down, where you can enjoy performances by vocal and handbell choirs, a pipe organist, pianist, and special guests, Lily String Quartet.

Cuentos y Pijamas

December 15, 2019, 12:00 – 3:00pm
New Horizon Mall (260300 Writing Creek Cres.)
Free admission

Celebrate the Christmas spirit with this family-oriented event featuring storytelling, a pinatas market, decorations, creative workshops, and music. Bring your own gingerbread man decoration and come dressed in your pajamas!

Master Class for Families

December 15, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration required

An afternoon of family fun delving into new mediums with art projects and activities, this is a fun and educational program where kids aged five to 10 have the opportunity to respond creatively to the work featured in the gallery space.