An artwork of two crows facing each other
Tune in for an online interview and studio tour | Photo: Courtesy of Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry

Free This Week

Tons to explore as first days of spring hit

Haider Ali

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

Can you feel it? Spring is in the air, and there’s no better way to make the most of it than by checking out this week’s free offerings. With music, art, and talks galore, don’t be left without something to do—get planning now!


Until March 17, 2022
Southcentre Mall (100 Anderson Rd. SE)
Free to explore

Canstruction Calgary brings together teams of engineers, designers, architects, and builders to create extraordinary structures out of non-perishable food items. The designs are then judged, exhibited to the public, and then deconstructed, with food going to the Calgary Food Bank.

The Distance Between

Until March 19, 2022
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts (1407 14th Ave. NW)
Free to explore

The Distance Between evokes the ongoing pressure on species and habitats worldwide. Jude Griebel’s hand-constructed sculptural installation and Lorraine Simms’ meticulously rendered drawings consider our kinship with animals and explore our broken relationship with nature and the ecosystem.

Soundboard Piano Tour

March 16, 2022, 12:10 – 1:00pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

This ProArts@Noon concert features talented piano students from the University of Calgary. The students have a variety of backgrounds and future ambitions, and each has something special to share with their audiences through their passion and love for music.

Participatory Architecture

March 16, 2022, 5:00pm
SAPL City Building Design Lab (616 Macleod Tr. SE)
Free to attend, registration required

The University of Calgary School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape presents its first in-person lecture of 2022. In his lecture, Shajay Bhooshan of Zaha Hadid Architects speaks about participatory development systems as enabled by advances in digital technologies of design and manufacturing.

Mind of a Snail

March 17, 2022, 8:00 – 9:00pm
Stream online
Free to attend, registration required

Join the Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppetry for this session hosted by its Co-Educational Directors Peter Balkwill and Elaine Weryshko. Introducing you to puppetry and mask artists from around the globe, see an interview studio tour and throw in some intimate shenanigans along the way.

Frame of Mind

March 17 – 24, 2022
AT Art & Interiors (325 10th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Wigalo Holding Ltd. and AT Art & Interiors present artist Joel Patry’s most celebrated work for the first time in Calgary. The exhibition reviews how Patry’s work interprets the relationship between natural and urban environments, with all pieces available to purchase.

Calgary Retired Teachers Association Art Show & Sale

March 19, 2022, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Southwood United Church (10690 Elbow Dr. SW)
Free to explore

The Calgary Retired Teachers Association presents its art show and sale. Come out and browse original artwork in various styles and mediums and meet the artists. There is free parking available and a chance to win door prizes!

TIPI_LOOPS.dreamwaves Artist Talk

March 19, 2022, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Esker Foundation (4th Floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to attend, registration required

Join Esker Foundation for an artist talk with bridge space artists Joey Big Snake, Brendon Many Bears, and Kaitlyn Purcell as they discuss their work and the audiovisual digital art installation TIPI_LOOPS.dreamwaves.

Winter Soundwalk #3

March 20, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Parking lot across from Rouge Restaurant (700 12th St. SE)
Free to attend, registration required

New Works Calgary presents its third winter soundwalk of the year, hosted by drummer, percussionist, accompanist, and improvisor Robin Tufts. Join him for this unique opportunity to get outdoors, connect with nature, and explore the city on this soundwalk through Calgary’s Inglewood.

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