Mel Vee on stage during last year's We Gon Be Alright performance
Mel Vee on stage during We Gon Be Alright | Photo: Courtesy of Arts Commons

Free This Week

Enjoy behind-the-scenes looks and Black History Month events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

With the last full week of February ahead of us, this is a great time to get out of your comfort zone and experience something new. From an open rehearsal with Luminous Voices to events honouring Black History Month, there’s so many to hit up.

ProArts Presents Jeremy Gignoux Acoustic Ensemble

February 19, 2020, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

The ProArts Society presents the Jeremy Gignoux Acoustic Ensemble as part of its ProArts at Noon music series. Don’t miss this assortment of instrumental tunes, originals, jazz standards, and European traditionals.

Community Sing IV & Open Rehearsal

February 20, 2020, 4:30 – 6:00pm
Mamdani Opera Centre (1315 7th St. SW)
Free admission, registration required

In this first singing workshop of Luminous Voices’ season, the public is invited to come learn a few excerpts from their concert’s program and sing along. No experience is required but be sure to RSVP to

I Was Always the Sun

February 20, 2020, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Lukes, Central Library (802 3rd St. SW)
Free admission, registration required

Mikaela Cacho’s I Was Always the Sun is a coming of age story in the form of poetry. It’s about love, the trials, and stages of relationships—connections that end to start a new beginning. Enjoy a poetry reading followed by a Q&A at this event from Bahaghari, Action Dignity and the Calgary Foundation.

Single Onion #165

February 20, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free admission

The Single Onion celebrates Black History Month with guest MC Adora Nwofor. Swing by to hear Sue-Shane, Bethel Afework, and Nyabuoy Gatbel and don’t miss these great poets and performers.

Ask Me Anything Panel

February 21, 2020, 12:05 – 1:35pm
ATB Financial (102 8th Ave. SW)
Free admission, registration required

Join this discussion with photographers, strategists, and those in the arts and culture space that covers the resources experts use to automate business functions and build social media presence. You can ask anything regarding a career in photography!

Unabashed Magazine Launch

February 21, 2020, 5;00 – 8:00pm
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Unabashed is a Calgary based art and style magazine with a focus on local artists, challenging societal standards of beauty, and promoting being true to one’s self. This launch celebrates the release of Volume 2 and the first public release of the magazine!

We Gon Be Alright

February 21 & 22, 2020, 8:00pm
Engineered Air Theatre, Arts Commons (234 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration required

The margins of the Black community move to the front and centre as the We Gon Be Alright cabaret highlights the resilience of Black women and queer Black folks in tumultuous and uncertain times. This event is best suited for people 16+ due to mature content.

Jollof Rice War

February 22, 2020, 12:00 – 2:00pm
ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen (5302 Forand St. SW)
Free admission, registration required

In celebration of Black History Month and part of the Ethnik Festival of Arts and Culture, witness the emergence of Jollof Rice royalty! Limited seating is available, so be sure to secure your place for this epic battle by emailing

Rope & Knot Making Workshop

February 22, 2020, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Stride Gallery (1006 Macleod Tr. SE)
Free admission

Participate in a free workshop with Jolie Bird alongside her exhibition, The discipline of constructing. Bird creates a space to experience the tactile act of making both practical and decorative objects with their own hands.