Red Hot Hayseeds performing
Head to the King Eddy for Hockey Happy Hour with the Red Hot Hayseeds | Photo: Courtesy of the King Eddy

Free This Week

Shake off the mid-month blues with these awesome events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

Can you believe it’s the middle of January already? Make the most of it and get out of the house with free events from the High Performance Rodeo, the King Eddy, and many more.

Here’s what we’re checking out this week:

ProArts Presents Allison Lynch

January 16, 2019, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

Squeeze in a bit of High Performance Rodeo with this free noon-hour performance by Allison Lynch. With an eye to the golden age of jazz and a finger on the pulse of the modern singer-songwriter aesthetic, join Lynch for a vibrant mix of modern and classic melodies.

Hockey Happy Hour with the Red Hot Hayseeds

January 16, 2019, 4:00 – 7:00pm
King Eddy, National Music Centre (438 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

With live music, drink specials, and delicious eats, head to the King Eddy this Wednesday for the perfect pre-game for cheering on the Calgary Flames. Featuring Calgary’s own Red Hot Hayseeds, get ready to get on your feet to the sounds of some good-time country.

Before Digital: Post-1970 Photography in Alberta

January 17, 2019, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art + Design (1407 14th Ave. NW)
Free admission

Curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette in partnership with Contemporary Calgary, this exhibition takes a selective look at the late analogic period through the eyes, camera shutters, and darkrooms of 27 Alberta photographers.

A photo taken by Ernie Kroeger called Within Sight of the Great Divide

Ernie Kroeger’s Within Sight of the Great Divide | Photo: Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Single Onion #155

January 17, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free admission

With its first lecture of the year, join the Single Onion for a night featuring disabled poets. The evening features readings from Don Edstrom, Josh Forbes, Katrina Woodroffe, and Riki Entz.

The Veronicas

January 18, 2019, 10:00pm
Big Secret Theatre, Arts Commons (225 8th Ave. SE)
Free admission

The award show where everyone wins is back at the High Performance Rodeo for the third year in a row. Hosted by Denise Clarke, don’t miss this fast-paced, sassy celebration of the people who make theatre in Calgary.

Elliptical Reception

January 19, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00pm
HUB @ 302,
Alberta Society of Artists, Crossroads Art Centre (302, 1235 26th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Errol Lee Fullen has maintained a professional art practice for over 40 years. See his newest show at its reception and get to know the stories behind the work at an artist talk at 2:00pm.

Colour Field Painting

January 19, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00pm
RGO Treehouse, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission, registration required

Contemporary Calgary’s Contemporary Kids program returns with this fun image-filled exploration of colour field painting and how the techniques of this movement continue to inspire the practices of contemporary artists.


January 19, 2019, 7:00 – 11:00pm
TRUCK Contemporary Art (2009 10th Ave. SW) & Stride Gallery (1006 Macleod Tr. SE)
Free admission

Organized by Tarah Hogue, Maria Hupfield, and Tania Willard, TRUCK Contemporary Art, Stride Gallery, and grunt gallery team up for this artistic and curatorial collaboration. Featuring work by Christi Belcourt, IV Castellanos, Marcia Crosby, Maria Hupfield, Ursula Johnson, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Isaac Murdoch, Esther Neff, Tanya Tagaq, Tania Willard, and Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory, #callresponse promotes discussion and action around Indigenous cultural revitalization, land-based knowledge, and cross-cultural solidarity. Explore the show at its opening reception on January 19—it starts at 7:00pm at TRUCK before heading to Stride at 9:00pm.

Hockey Happy Hour with Erin Ross & The Rhythm Method

January 22, 2019, 4:00 – 7:00pm
King Eddy, National Music Centre (438 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

More home games means more Hockey Happy Hours at the King Eddy. Featuring Calgary’s own Erin Ross & The Rhythm Method, enjoy a mix of blues, honky-tonk, and rock before heading to the Dome to cheer on the Calgary Flames.