Image of Territories of Dreams
A unique, new, temporary and participatory project arrives at Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre | Photo: courtesy of KOAC

Free This Week

A brand new week of free events awaits

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  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

The upcoming week is full to the brim with exhibitions, talks, performances and more. Take a look at this week’s free arts round up and schedule some time to take it all in!

Sies / Parsons Duo

June 14, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

Percussionist Chris Sies and pianist Jani Parsons present a concert of duo and solo works for piano and percussion. This program will take the audience on a sonic experience that is extensive, expressive and memorable.

Indigenous Artist Spotlight & Discussion

June 14, 2023, 7 – 9pm
Stream online
Free to attend, registration required

Join Elephant Artist Relief Society as they feature three local Indigenous artists who will share experiences and provide insight for aspiring Indigenous artists on how to overcome obstacles and survive and thrive as an artist within a colonized society.

Calgary on Purpose

June 14, 2023, 7 – 8:30pm
Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW)
Free to attend, RSVP required

Join Contemporary Calgary for an evening of conversation and connection. A few extraordinary creative Calgarians will show brief examples of their work, and they they will be interviewed by the inimitable Dave Kelly, followed by an audience conversation.

Farmers & Makers Markets: Beltline & Sunalta

June 14 & 17, 2023
Central Memorial Park & Sunalta Community Association
Free to explore

Check out the Farmers & Makers Market at two locations this summer — on Wednesdays at Central Memorial Park and on Saturdays in the inner-city neighbourhood of Sunalta. Each week, you’ll find dozens of local farms and producers, ready-to-eat food, live music and their free, drop-in kids arts & culture program.

First Sound, Last Sound

June 15, 2023, 6 – 6:30pm
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

At the centre of the exhibition Pulse of the Planet by Mel O’Callaghan is a performance, First Sound, Last Sound, featuring two large-scale tuning forks. Performers and audience members are called into awareness of their own somatic rhythms.

Author Visit: Heather Patterson

June 15, 2023, 7 – 8pm
Sparrow Artspace (36 4th St. NE)
Free to attend

Heather Patterson is an emergency physician and an award-winning photographer. During the pandemic, she began photographing the intimate moments at Calgary hospitals that went on to become Shadows and Light, her recent book publication.


June 15, 2023, 7 – 9pm
Globe Cinema (617 8th Ave. SW)
Free to watch, tickets required

As part of the Canadian Cinema in the New Millennium series, Tracey Deer’s 2020 film tells the story of a violent land dispute between the Kanien’kehà:ka people and the town of Oka through the eyes of “Beans,” a preteen girl living in Kahnawà:ke.

RBC Emerging Artist Program at the 2023 Stage One Festival of New Canadian Work

June 16 & 17, 2023
Online or in-person at Vertigo Theatre (Suite #161, 115 9th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Lunchbox Theatre continues its dedication to the creation, development and production of new Canadian one-act plays. Attend the free workshop readings and help shape the new plays that will grace the Lunchbox stage in years to come.

ART SPOT 15 Year Anniversary Art Show

June 17, 2023, 12 – 10pm
Artpoint Gallery & Studios (1723 9th St. SW)
Free to attend

Celebrate 15 years of arts and culture with ART SPOT! Featuring over 70 local artists, live music, performances, live art, activities, a bbq and more! You can also catch Leela Aheer perform alongside band Shadoplay!

Territories Of Dreams

June 17, 2023, 2 – 4pm
KOAC Sculpture Park (244034 Horizon View Rd, Springbank)
Free to attend, RSVP required

Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre is excited to announce the arrival of the unique, large-scale, temporary and participatory project Territories of Dreams. The opening celebration in the sculpture garden is free to the general public!

Tails and Treasure

June 18, 2023, 1 – 5pm
University District Discovery Centre (4410 University Ave. NW)
Free to attend, RSVP required

University District’s upcoming Tails and Treasures event include three shows from the one and only SuperDogs, live music from the Rondel Roberts Band, as well as a best trick and best dog costume contest and a kiss your pooch photo booth.

Devotion: Louis Riel Writes Home — Curator’s Tour

June 19, 2023, 1pm
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (435 Campus Lane NW)
Free to attend, registration required

Annie Murray, Rare Books and Special Collections Librarian, will offer an intimate tour of Devotion: Louis Riel Writes Home, an exhibition featuring selections from Libraries and Cultural Resources’ newly acquired Louis Riel Collection.

Summer Songs on Stephen Ave

Stephen Ave (8th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Support live local music on Stephen Ave this summer, supported by the Calgary Downtown Association. Check out the Stagehand website for the full schedule as well as other free concerts around the city!

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