An image of Dale Lee Kwong
Tune in for Dale Lee Kwong's retrospective look at her work. | Photo: Courtesy of Chinook Country Historical Society

Free This Week

May continues with lots of art to experience

Haider Ali

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

What do a lunchtime concert downtown, an opening reception at Wallace Galleries, and an East Village art walk have in common? They’re all ART — and events you’ll find in this week’s list of free things to do.

Make sure to get planning and get out there!

Calgary Musicscapes Band

May 11, 2022, 12:10 – 1:00pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

ProArts@Noon Concert Series presents The Calgary Musicscapes Band, directed by Edmond Agopian and utilizing the violin, cello, drums, trombone, tuba, and piano. The band features a repertoire that reflects the wide array of music of the Calgary community.

cKIDS Club

May 13, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00pm
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free to participate, registration required

The cKids Cohort of tenants at cSPACE and Quest Theatre are excited to bring an experimental mash-up of arts and culture activities for young people aged 8 to 18. Limited spots available!

Artisan & Vintage Market

May 14, 2022, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Balzac Community Hall (10075 Township Rd. 262, Balzac)
Free to explore

Just across the highway from the Balzac Costco, you’ll find a pop-up market with 40-plus artisans and booths, including hand-crafted original goods and fantastic finds for your home and garden.  This is a family-friendly spring event by Tangled Tree Markets!

Art Walk with Katie Green

May 14, 2022, 10:30am
East Village
Free to participate, registration required

Join artist Katie Green on an art walk along RiverWalk through abutments, sheds, and public restrooms. The artwork, entitled Bridge, represents the East Village community, celebrating the people who were part of this exciting project.

Le Shi Solo Exhibition: New Works — Opening Reception

May 14, 2022, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Take a vacation to Eastern Canada through depictions of marshes, forests, and wetlands in a new series of acrylic paintings by artist Le Shi inspired by national and provincial parks in Ontario. Travel through seasons and experience symphonies of colour!

BonnyBoom Re-Grand Opening

May 14, 2022, 5:00 – 10:00pm
BonnyBoom (3640 15A St. SE)
Free to attend, registration required

The performing community gathers to thank former mayor Naheed Nenshi, who has been a great fan and friend of Calgary’s performing arts. He’ll also cut the ribbon on BonnyBoom, Calgary’s newest multidisciplinary arts playground and the new home of The Old Trout Puppet Workshop.

Mozart’s Requiem

May 14, 2022, 7:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Gustav Mahler’s sublime Rückert Songs grapple with themes of love and nature, while Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem became his feverishly written final testament. Conductor Karl Hirzer explores life’s journey with these two composers in a Calgary Phil concert that opens with a new work by Alberta composer Sonny-Ray Day Rider.

Sweet and Sour Inspirations

May 17, 2022, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Calgary writer Dale Lee Kwong presents a retrospective look at her work, and how it’s shaped by Chinese-Canadian history and her experiences as a queer woman of colour, adopted at birth and raised in the 1960s. Enjoy poetry, plays, short fiction, and personal essay.

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