A black and white page from Alyssa Duck Chief’s publication, It’s Never A Good Idea / Mohkinstsis Kikskanisto’p
A page from Alyssa Duck Chief’s publication, It’s Never A Good Idea / Mohkinstsis Kikskanisto’p | Image: Courtesy of Stride Gallery

Free This Week

Visual arts shine this week with lots of great events to check out

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

Looking for a way to get out and about without breaking the bank? Calgary’s arts community always has great free events to check out and this week gives you the chance to explore galleries, hear music, and much more.

Here’s what we’re hitting up:

ProArts Presents Kris Demeanor

March 6, 2019, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

The inaugural Calgary Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2014, Kris Demeanor is a songwriter, poet, theatre, and film artist who has released seven recordings of original songs. Don’t miss this free lunch hour concert.

Mini Masters

March 7, 2019, 11:00 – 11:45am
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration required

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.

Free First Thursday Nights

March 7, 2019, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Since its launch in 2016, Free First Thursday Nights has provided access to over 56,000 visitors and this popular program returns to Glenbow for 2019. It’s a great chance to check out popular exhibitions including the much-anticipated international fashion exhibition, Christian Dior.

Wild Horses Can’t Keep Me Away Reception

March 8, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Framed on Fifth (1207 5th Ave. NW)
Free admission

Feel the wildness of emotion and inspiration at the solo exhibition of finger-painter Prameesha Abeysekera.  With the freedom of splattered ink and the lines of movement, explore the show at the opening reception.

Femme For All

March 8, 2019, 6:00 – 10:00pm
Memorial Park Library (1221 2nd St. SW)
Free admission

Celebrate International Women’s Day with an evening of femme art, music, and film! This free event is hosted by Femme Wave, Calgary Public Library, Wordfest, Calgary Queer Arts Society, CJSW, and Alberta Music, and includes live performances, a shorts screening, an exhibition, and much more.

Speaking to the Spine: Exhibition Tour with Shauna Thompson

March 8, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration recommended

Join curator Shauna Thompson for a tour of Esker’s winter exhibitions and consider the conceptual linkages between Neil Campbell and Jeremy Shaw’s distinct yet sympathetic practices.

It’s Never A Good Idea / Mohkinstsis Kikskanisto’p

March 9, 2019, 2:00 – 5:00pm
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary (2009 10th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Stride Gallery and TRUCK Contemporary Art are pleased to launch a publication by Alyssa Duck Chief created in conjunction with the exhibition #callresponse. It’s Never A Good Idea / Mohkinstsis Kikskanisto’p encircles narratives connected to the signing of Treaty 7.

Bright Nights – Glass Talks

March 11, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00pm
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission

An insightful presentation about the work of glass artists Carissa Baktay, Robyn Weatherley, and Sheila Mahut, join the Alberta Craft Council and the Alberta University of the Arts to learn about different career paths.

Print(ed) Word Salon Series: Heather Urness & Elena Schacherl

March 12, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Simmons-Harvie Community Living Room, Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free admission, registration required

Join artist Heather Urness and writer Elena Schacherl as they discuss their artist book, Swimming with Sharks, as part of this monthly salon series.