Shellie Zhang's No MSG (In Memory of Lee Garden) is a neon sign with MSG crossed out by a red circle and line
Shellie Zhang’s Accent opens this Friday at The New Gallery | Photo: Courtesy of The New Gallery

Free This Week

Check out celebrations, readings, openings, and more

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

Do you need to refresh the bank account after the long weekend but still want to go out and have fun? Thanks to Calgary’s arts community you can do just that! This week offers a bunch of incredible opportunities to hit up for free.

ProArts Presents Calgary Musicscapes Band

May 22, 2019, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

This concert reflects the wide array of music of the Calgary musical community. From klezmer to mariachi, jazz to Métis fiddling, director Edmond Agopian’s arrangements display the spectrum of Calgary’s international music scapes.

Before I Was a Critic I Was a Human Being

May 22, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00pm
Untitled Art Society (343 11th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Join Untitled Art Society and Shelf Life Books for the Calgary launch of Amy Fung’s new book, Before I Was a Critic I Was a Human Being. The evening includes readings from their latest works by Fung and Larissa Lai.

flywheel Reading

May 23, 2019, 7:30– 9:00pm
Pages on Kensington (1135 Kensington Rd. NW)
Free admission

filling Station, Canada’s experimental literary magazine, hosts an evening with readings by Jessie Loyer, Joshua Whitehead, and more. Don’t miss this extra special event this Thursday.

Accent Opening Reception

May 24, 2019, 8:00pm
The New Gallery (208 Centre St. SE)
Free admission

Combining a history of product marketing alongside archival materials, Shellie Zhang’s Accent presents a case study of the nuanced and racialized undertones within the everyday. Explore the show at its opening reception this Friday.

Spring into Art

May 24 & 25, 2019
Uplands Recreation Centre (20 Hawkside Rd. NW)
Free admission

Alberta Escape Artists’ next fine art show and sale features work by Janet B. Armstrong, Linda Fundytus, Anne McGilvary, Sue Penry, Barb Scott, and many more. Take in artist demonstrations, refreshments, and live music by Martin Cochrane throughout each day. Don’t miss it.

Acappella Blitz

May 25, 2019, 10:30am – 5:30pm
Various venues
Free admission

This Saturday, Rhythm of the Rockies is planning to blitz the city of Calgary with pop-up a cappella performances. With one large bus, seven venues, and 55+ chorus members, it’s going to be an incredible day of music. It kicks off at 10:30am at the Calgary Zoo and wraps at 5:00pm at the Blind Beggar Pub.

Poetry in the Park: Celebrating Mary Oliver

May 25, 2019, 12:30 – 2:30pm
Weaselhead & Glenmore Park Preservation Society (66th Ave. & 37th St. SW)
Free admission

Honouring poet Mary Oliver, join the Weaselhead & Glenmore Park Preservation Society to grieve, celebrate her life, and share in the gifts of poetry she left with us. Bring one or two of your favourite poems by Mary to share and read aloud.

Bill’s Book Café

May 28, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free admission, registration required

Join the CEO of the Calgary Public Library, Bill Ptacek, as he sits down with the President & CEO of Platform Calgary, Terry Rock, to discuss Bandersnatch by Diana Pavlac Glyer. The book looks at how members of the Inklings benefited from the critical exchange of ideas. Register for free with your library card.