A promo image for Festival of Animated Objects Retrospect exhibition
Be sure to catch Retrospect at the Festival of Animated Objects | Photo: Sean Dennie

Free This Week

There's plenty of art and culture to take in for free this week

Haider Ali

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

If you’re looking for things to do this week, you’re spoiled for choice! And if you’re looking for what’s free, well, we have you covered there too. With so many events to choose from, you can take in a festival, photography, exhibition, vocal ensemble and more!


Until March 17, 2023
cSPACE Eau Claire Neighbourhood Hub (381 2nd Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Photographer Sean Dennie takes you behind the mask to meet the person behind the art through imaginative and revealing artist portraits. These images were captured by Dennie during the 20-year history of the Festival of Animated Objects from 2002-2019.

Active Mythologies

Until March 19, 2023
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Active Mythologies: Masks and Personal Narratives looks to celebrate the abilities of mask artworks to tell a story in relation to the artist’s traditional roots and personal mythologies. Don’t miss this fascinating exhibition of masks and personal objects!

Notre Dame Vocal Ensemble

March 15, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Notre Dame High School Vocal Ensemble comprises singers in Grades 10 to 12 under the direction of Lisa Stelmack and piano accompanist Egor Ukoloff. The ensemble members rehearse twice a week after school hours throughout the year. Go support them at this noon-hour show presented by ProArts!

Dust in the Sunlight — Exhibition Tour

March 16, 2023, 6 – 7pm
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to attend

Join Esker Foundation Director/Curator Naomi Potter for a tour of the gallery’s current exhibitions: Ragnar Kjartansson’s The Visitors, and Margaux Williamson’s Interiors. Make sure to to register as spots are limited!

Jean McEwen: Select Works

March 18 – April 12, 2023
Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Wallace Galleries is hosting an exclusive exhibition of select works by Jean McEwen. Celebrating the centennial of his birth, Jean McEwen is a renowned Canadian Québécois artist know for his groundbreaking work during the action expression movement of the ’50s-’60s and beyond.

Snap Shots: Pages from the Past

March 18 – April 12, 2023
Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

In conjunction with the Jean McEwen exhibition, Wallace Galleries presents works on paper by Ted Godwin, Kenneth Lochhead and Harold Town. Snap back in time with some historic modern works of artists from the Regina Five and Painters Eleven.

Forward Together — Closing Reception

March 16, 2023, 7pm
The Bows (2001b 10th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Forward Together is a group exhibition curated by Stephanie One Spot, Letecia Ochoa, Kayla Gale and AJ Kluck that showcases Indigenous artists and their expression of sovereignty and self-determination, contemplating the question: How do we as Indigenous peoples decide and imagine and create our future?

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