Free This Week

Enjoy launches, readings, concerts, festivals, community celebrations, and more

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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With tons of opportunities to connect with your community or get to know a new one, this week is shaping up to be spectacular. Swing by a Neighbour Day celebration or take part in a bridge-building event, there’s lots to see and do. Here’s what we’re checking out:

ProArts@Noon Presents Repsol Choir

June 13, 2018, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Formed in the spring of 2002, the Repsol Choir is a recreational choir under the direction of musicologist Bruce Petherick and accompanied on the piano by Ron Proctor. While the choir takes their role as company ambassador seriously, their focus is on sharing their love of music and having fun. Hear them perform at this free lunch hour concert.

ArtMatch Summer Exhibition

June 13, 2018, 5:00 – 8:00pm
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)

Meet and mingle with the participating artists at this wine and cheese reception. With 25 participating local artists and over 80 original paintings, this is a chance to see some beautiful artwork and take home a one-of-a-kind painting.

Above the Star

June 13, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free, all-ages

The first book in a new fantasy series from Alexis Marie Chute, join Shelf Life Books for this launch, reading, and signing for Above The Star. Joined by local author E.C Varga, the evening includes activities such as a scavenger hunt and a chance to meet a character from the book.

Brianna Gluszak Opening Reception

June 14, 2018, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary (280, 1721 29th Ave. SW)

Visit the Alberta Craft Gallery this month to see the work that Calgary artist, Brianna Gluzsak, created during her stay in Denmark. And make sure you stop by the Second Thursday Artist Spotlight for a chance to meet her, chat about the work, and hang out with fellow craft admirers.


June 14, 2018. 7:30pm
Pages on Kensington

With readings from Shenaaz Nanji, Ryan Stearne, Bethan McBreen, Pamela Medland, and David Martin, join filling Station for the next flywheel reading.

Artist Talk with Jolie Bird

June 15, 2018, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Discussing 1597; Harmonious Frequencies, an ongoing performance-based installation in the Esker Project Space, join Jolie Bird as she shares details about her slow building techniques.


June 15 & 16, 2018
Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Join the Calgary chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists for this juried art show with artists in attendance. Bring a cash donation for the food bank and enter your name to win an original painting donated by a chapter member.

Poster fro ART-O-RAMA

Neighbour Day

June 16, 2018
Throughout Calgary

With dozens of events throughout the city, Calgary’s fifth annual Neighbour Day returns on June 16. Sprung from the community spirit that lifted our city through the flood of 2013, the day features community parties, barbecues, low-key gatherings, and so much more.

Making It Right ~ Relations Art Festival

June 16, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Wild Rose United Church (1317 1st St. NW)

A bridge-building event that uses art as the medium to create relationships between Indigenous and non-indigenous communities in Calgary, this festival is an interactive art experience that you won’t want to miss.

Threads of Beauty: Hungarian Textiles in the Glenbow Collection

June 16, 2018, 11:00am – 12:00pm & 1:30 – 2:30pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration essential

Daryl Betenia, Manager, Collections offers a behind-the-scenes look at Glenbow’s small but beautiful collection of Hungarian textiles. Learn about the various uses behind these textiles and the history of how they became part of the museum’s collection.

Rock Painting for Neighbour Day

June 16, 2018, 11:00am – 2:00pm
Central Library, Calgary Public Library (616 Macleod Tr. SE)

Taking place just outside of the Central Library, join Create and paint a rock or two to give to a special neighbour.

Neighbour Day Party

June 16, 2018, 12:00 – 4:00pm
The Alex Community Food Centre (4920 17th Ave. SE)

One of many Neighbour Day offerings, join the Alex Community Food Centre for a celebration of the diversity and strength in our community. The day is filled with nutritious food, multicultural celebrations, and amazing neighbours.

Listening to our City

June 16, 2018, 1:00 – 4:30pm
BMO Amphitheatre, Stampede Park (1410 Olympic Way SE)

Join the Calgary Stampede Foundation for this celebration of youth achievement with performances from the Calgary Round Up Band, Calgary Stetson Showband, Band of Outriders, Calgary Fiddlers, The Young Canadians, Calgary Arts Academy, and the Calgary Stampede Showband.

PROCESS; thinking through Artist Reception

June 16, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Avenue. SW)

A behind the scenes look at the creative process of fine craft, this exhibition features the work of 17 Alberta Craft Council members and comes to Calgary after a successful stint in the Edmonton gallery.

Poster for PROCESS; thinking through Artist Reception

A Workshop with Joy Cohen and Richard Bucher

June 16, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

An interactive workshop and reading with Joy Cohen and Richard Bucher, head to Shelf Life Books this Saturday for an afternoon of career guidance.

Music in the Park

June 17, 2018, 12:00 – 2:00pm
Baker Park (9333 Scenic Bow Rd. NW)

Celebrate Father’s Day in the park with The City of Calgary and Amy Bishop. Pack a picnic lunch, bring a blanket, and settle in for some great entertainment. All events take place rain or shine.

JazzYYC Jazzwalk with Art

June 17, 2018, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Along Music Mile (9th Ave. SE)

Celebrate the JazzYYC Summer Festival with this free, family-friendly guided journey with Art Proctor to various venues throughout Inglewood and the Music Mile. With multiple shows in multiple venues, there’s a little something for everyone, from the jazz aficionado to the newest listener.

Master Class for Families

June 17, 2018, 1:00 – 2:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration required

Join the Esker Foundation for an afternoon of family fun at the gallery and delve into new mediums with art projects that relate to the current exhibitions. Don’t miss this educational, energetic, hands-on program for kids ages five to 10 (an adult is required to stay for the duration of the workshop).

Aboriginal Awareness Week Opening Ceremonies

June 18, 2018, 10:30am – 2:30pm
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)

Come out and help celebrate the diversity and rich history of the Indigenous people of Canada. Open and free to all, the day includes a craft fair and performances by Armond Duck Chief and Saskia Dejong.

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June 19, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00pm
containR Art Park (1020 2nd Ave. NW)

Every Tuesday throughout the summer, head to #SOSTuesdays for the Sunnyside Open Stage hosted by Eugene Saunders and guests! Starting this week, swing by to support local talent or share something yourself.

YYC Free Market (1.0)

June 19, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00pm
containR Art Park (1020 2nd Ave. NW)

Explore this experimental market where the atmosphere focuses on sharing what we know and offering what we have. It’s a market where the current monetary economic, capitalist, and consumer-based structures are temporarily turned off, no money is required.