A photo of Suzie Vinnick holding a guitar towards the camera
Suzie Vinnick | Photo: Courtesy of ProArts Society

Free This Week

Get into the groove with these free events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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March is nearly upon us and although time might be speeding by, you can take a moment for yourself and check out Calgary’s arts scene with these awesome—and free—events. Here is what we’re hitting up this week:

ProArts Presents Suzie Vinnick

February 27, 2019, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Suzie Vinnick is the proud owner of a gorgeous voice, prodigious guitar and bass chops, and an engagingly candid performance style. Co-presented with the Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest, don’t miss this free lunch hour concert.

A Walk Through Blues History

February 27, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00pm
King Eddy, National Music Centre (438 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Hosted by John Rutherford as part of the Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest, this series explores the history of the blues and how it informs the music we hear today. Listen in as featured guest, Suzie Vinnick, talks about the role of women in blues.

Stephen Henighan with Marcello Di Cintio

February 28, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free admission

Head to Shelf Life Books this Thursday for a night of readings featuring veteran writer Stephen Henighan and W.O. Mitchell Book Prize winner Marcello Di Cintio.

Bring the Baby Art Tour & Tummy Time

March 1, 2019, 12:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

A relaxed, social tour, bring your baby to the Esker Foundation and have tot-friendly fun while discussing the exhibitions. This program starts with a casual half-hour tour of the current exhibitions, followed by a half-hour of tummy time social fun for both baby and guardian!

Make or Break Opening Reception

March 1, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Main Space Gallery, Alberta Printmakers (4025 4th St. SE)
Free admission

Jonathan Green combines his own documentation of the so-called wilderness with appropriated images from survival books, and online images of wild landscapes. Merging them with pictures of cabins, construction sites, and modernist architecture, these camp-like spaces have the potential to work with or against the reality of nature.

A print showing a bulwark around Mount Robson

Jonathan Green’s One to Lose: Formwork Mt. Robson | Image: Courtesy of Alberta Printmakers

Collage and Painting with Ashleigh Bartlett

March 2, 2019, 1:00 – 5:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration required

A workshop that draws inspiration from Neil Campbell’s exhibition wheatfield, Ashleigh Bartlett discusses Campbell’s interest in painting on the wall, art and magic, the senses, and the importance of the human scale. With an emphasis on geometric abstraction, rule-based painting, and collage, participants will investigate scale, materials, and process, cut, paste, and paint to create a series of abstract visual outcomes. 16+ only.

Journey Through Genocide: A Reading

March 2, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free admission

An afternoon with Raffy Boudjikanian, listen in as he reads from his book that explores three humanitarian crises. Boudjikanian is joined by local author Taylor Lambert.

Leighton Art Centre Spring Reception

March 2, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144th St. West, Millarville)
Free admission

March and April are going to be months to remember at the Leighton Art Centre with the opening of two fascinating exhibitions created by three Western Canadian artists. Working in a wide variety of media, this is your chance to explore just turn your head a little and Context is Everything.

Community Day

March 3, 2019, 9:00 – 5:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Bringing people together through art, be sure to head to Glenbow for its sixth annual Community Day, an event where everyone is invited to visit the museum for free thanks to Chevron Canada.

Youth Jam at The Blues Can

March 4, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00pm
The Blues Can (1429 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

All youth musicians and bands are invited to come jam the first Monday of every month. Bring an instrument, a few songs, and a few friends. The Marcus Trummer Band kicks things off at 6:00pm and the jam rolls until 9:00pm.