A poster for the exhibit opening of Outliers: Queer History in Calgary
Outliers: Queer History in Calgary exhibition launches this week | Image: Courtesy of Lougheed House

Free This Week

From milestone celebrations to children’s art, Calgary's stories shine

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

Looking for something to spark your interest this week? There are parties, receptions, launches, screenings, recitals, and so much more! Here’s what we’re checking out this week—there’s so many great events so get planning.

32nd Annual Exhibition of Children’s Art

Until May 16, 2019
Municipal Building Atrium (800 Macleod Tr. SE)
Free admission

Featuring children’s art from the North Mount Pleasant and Wildflower Arts Centres, celebrate the sculpture, painting, drawing, and mixed media artworks created by young artists, aged three to 17.

ProArts Presents MRU Vocal Academy

May 8, 2019, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

With weekly rehearsals and masterclasses by notable recording artists, teachers, singers, actors, choreographers, and directors, the Vocal Academy presents highlights from its various recitals this year. From sacred works and Mozart’s operas, to German lieder and classic musical theatre, don’t miss this concert from Calgary’s gifted young singers.

Outliers: Queer History in Calgary

May 9, 2019, 5:30 – 8:00pm
Lougheed House (707 13th Ave. SW)
Free admission

With the launch of Outliers: Queer History in Calgary, be the first to see this new exhibit’s fascinating exploration of more than 50 years of queer culture and activism in Calgary. Through artifacts, ephemera, video, newspaper clippings, photographs, and more, Outliers is a frank and unflinching immersion into the voices and events that have shaped Calgary’s queer community.

Viva La Cultura

May 9, 2019, 5:00 – 8:00pm
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with live music, open studios, art demonstrations, mini workshops, new art exhibitions, and more. Join in and gaze in awe as artists work live and showcase their finery!

A poster for Viva La Cultura at cSPACE King Edward

Esker Community Evening & Artist Talk

May 10, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

An evening of activities, art-making, and an artist presentation by Brandon Vickerd, head to the Esker Foundation for an inside look at the new public art installation Wolfe and the Sparrows, commissioned by The City of Calgary Public Art Program for the new 12th Street Bridge in Southeast Calgary.

Spring Show & Sale

May 11, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm
St. Peter’s Anglican Church (903 75th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Check out the Group Art Society of Calgary’s spring show and sale. Come for a day of art, meet the artists, and see original paintings in a variety of mediums, sizes, and prices. Donations for the Calgary Food Bank are gratefully accepted.

ADAC Calgary Gallery Hop

May 11, 2019, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Various venues
Free admission

A national not-for-profit organization, join the Art Dealers Association of Canada for this one-of-a-kind gallery hop. With stops at Wallace Galleries, Herringer Kiss Gallery, VIVIANEART, Trepanier Baer Gallery, Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Loch Gallery, Masters Gallery, and Jarvis Hall Gallery, you won’t want to miss it.


A graphic for the ADAC Calgary Gallery Hop

Christine Klassen Gallery Opening Reception

May 11, 2019, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)
Free admission

With new shows by Karen Klassen and Madeleine Lamont, swing by Christine Klassen Gallery for this joint opening reception. There’s even a chance to hear Klassen give an artist talk at 2:00pm.

Vocal Recital

May 11, 2019, 7:00pm
St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (1121 14th Ave. SW)
Free admission

The Calgary Boys’ Choir’s 45th-anniversary celebration continues with past and present members of the choir performing solo vocal repertoire. See how the training attained through the boys’ choir has affected these wonderful singers.

Riverview Artists Spring Show & Sale

May 11 & 12, 2019
Killarney-Glengarry Hall (2828 28th St. SW)
Free admission

The 12 artists who make up the Riverview Artists Group present their latest exhibit of original paintings. Finding inspiration in a wide range of subjects, they express their ideas in a variety of styles and techniques.

Dinosaurs: A Blown Glass T-Rexhibition

May 11 & 12, 2019, 12:00 – 5:00pm
Sticky Tongue Gallery, Bee Kingdom (427 22nd Ave. NW)
Free admission

With a new exhibition all about dinosaurs, swing by Bee Kingdom HQ and check out its new Sticky Tongue Gallery for this playful show. You can even get your hands on a scotch glasses with a brand-new t-rex skeleton medallion.

A poster for Dinosaurs: A Blown Glass T-Rexhibition at Bee Kingdom

Art Display in the Park

May 12, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Central Memorial Park (1221 2nd St. SW)
Free admission

Featuring fine art works on display by local landscape photographers and artists, swing by Central Memorial Park for this afternoon hosted by Calgary Parks. The event is weather dependent, so check the forecast before you head out.

Brothers in Song

May 12, 2019, 3:00pm
Knox United Church (506 4th St. SW)
Free admission

Celebrate 45 years of the Calgary Boys’ Choir with special guests The Heebee-jeebees and a chorus made of choir alumni and friends. The boys even have something special planned for all mothers and mother figures in the audience.

ImaginAsian 2019 Arts Exhibition

May 12, 2019, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free admission

A celebration showcasing the work of Asian-Canadian artists and performers, this is a launch event for the week-long art exhibition that takes place May 27 to June 3, 2019. Don’t miss this fantastic evening with the Korean Art Club in celebration of Asian Heritage Month.

Outliers Tour & Talk

May 14, 2019, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Lougheed House (707 13th Ave. SW)
Free admission, RSVP required

Go on a guided tour of the exhibit Outliers: Queer History in Calgary and join James Demers from Calgary’s Queer Arts Society for his trans/non-binary 101 workshop all about the language, lived experience, and context of trans people and their families.

Print(ed) Word Salon Series

May 14, 2019, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Simmons-Harvie Community Living Room, Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free admission

Join artist Carole Bondaroff and writer Lee Kvern as they discuss their book, How To Build A Street Girl. This free event is the fifth in a series of 12 talks to take place on the second Tuesday of each month.