Art of Asia at Glenbow
Take advantage of Free First Thursday Night at Glenbow and visit Art of Asia before it closes for extensive renovations | Photo: Elyse Bouvier

Free This Week

Celebrate Calgary’s arts community with these affordable offerings

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

A great way to get out of your comfort zone is to check out something you’ve never seen before. This week alone you can take in an afternoon concert with an operatic flair, explore one of Calgary’s largest cultural cornerstones, and hear stories from local Indigenous youthall for free. Here’s what we’re hitting up:

ProArts@Noon Presents Kathleen Morrison

June 6, 2018, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Appearing with Calgary pianist Mimi Park, soprano Kathleen Morrison has just returned from a hugely successful 10 city concert tour of China where she performed for over a combined 1 million people. Swing by ProArts@Noon for this not-to-be-missed lunch hour concert.

Mini Masters

June 7, 2018, 11:00 – 11:45am
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration essential

Calling Calgary’s newest contemporaries! Join the Esker Foundation on the first Thursday of every month for a hands-on art class. Parents and guardians are invited to bring their little ones, ages two to five, to explore art making in this fun and social program. All are welcome to participate, just dress for mess.

Day Dreamer

June 7, 2018, 4:00 – 9:00pm
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)
Free admission

FosterMAK is proud to present the second solo show of local artist Lancette Burton. Inspired by childhood dreams, dreamy landscapes, and the endless possibility of big skies, Burton has combined the paintings from two series to exhibit 20 original pieces of art for sale.

Invite for Lancette Burton's Day Dreamer

Free First Thursday Night

June 7, 2018, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)

Although this month’s Free First Thursday falls in between exhibitions, it’s a great time to visit Glenbow’s permanent ones. The museum is committed to expanding the reach and impact of art and culture in our community, and this monthly offering is a great way to do that! So, swing by and explore.

What Kind of Man are You

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

Come on out for an evening with Degan Davis as he reads from his debut book of poetry, What Kind of Man are You, alongside established local writer, Marcello Di Cintio.

Songs for Pythagoras: Peter von Tiesenhausen

June 8, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

The Art Gallery of Alberta and Esker Foundation have teamed up to present the Calgary launch of the publication, Songs for Pythagoras: Peter von Tiesenhausen.

Momo Performance + Disability Community Day

June 9, 2018, 10:00am – 2:00pm
Inglewood Community Association (1740 24th Ave. SE)
Free, registration required

Join a free dance class for all bodies, brains, abilities, skill levels, and ages, and celebrate of the end of MoMo Performance + Disability’s 15th season. Space is limited in the classes, so register in advance.

Spring Salon

June 9, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Wolf Willow Studio (9 Spruce Centre SW)
Free admission

Spring is blooming in Spruce Cliff, so don’t miss this community day featuring local artists at Wolf Willow Studio.

The screen, the dream, the stitch, and the weld

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

Join curator Shauna Thompson on this walking tour of Vanessa Brown’s The Witching Hour and Anna Torma’s Book of Abandoned Details. Together, discuss the narratives of material value, craft, fabrication, remembrance, and feminist histories, as well as the richness of humour, pleasure, and fantasy that weave together these two exhibitions.

A Youth Explosion

June 9, 2018, 5:00pm
Big Secret Theatre, Arts Commons (225 8th Ave. SE)

Bridges Social Development’s annual free all ages event provides a space for Southern Alberta’s Indigenous youth. Be a part of the supportive audience as the participants share and explore wisdom stories, community mapping, change leadership, and social entrepreneurship.

Poster for A Youth Explosion

Bee Kingdom Glass Open Studio

June 9 & 10, 2018, 12:00 – 5:00pm
Bee Kingdom Glass (427 22nd Ave. NW)
Free admission

Swing by Bee Kingdom’s studio and find colourful scotch glasses, decanters, and a lot more just in time for Father’s Day. You can even experience the studio and see the creation of glass work while you’re there.

Mural Launch Party

June 11, 2018, 7:30 – 9:30am
Mainstreet Bowness (6303 Bowness Rd. NW)

See the work of 150 high school students and meet the Bowness High School Art and Construction students and staff, this party brings together community and art.

Loft 112 Book Club

June 12, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)

Rescheduled from June 5, Deborah Willis joins the Loft 112 Book Club to discuss her book The Dark and Other Love Stories. Bring a treat (appetizer or dessert) to share and email if you are interested in joining.