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Check out the opening of Diane McGeachy's In Good Company | Photo: courtesy of Congress Coffee

Free This Week

Let these free arts finds, find you!

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  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

November continues with lots of great art happening across the city! This week, check out literary events, art sales, exhibition openings and more!

MRU Kantorei Choir

November 15, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

One of Mount Royal University Conservatory’s choral ensembles, Mount Royal Kantorei is a mixed voice, auditioned, 70-member chorus that has been making exceptional choral music for 26 years. Check out their ProArts@Noon concert!

Single Onion #197

November 16, 2023, 7pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free to attend

The Single Onion Reading Series takes place the third Thursday of the month, nine times a year. The fall season wraps up with four great poets: Vivian Hansen, Sholley Powell, Nikki Reimer and Juleta Severson-Baker.

Diane McGeachy Art Opening

November 17, 2023, 7:30pm
Congress Coffee (Suite #1A, 215 36th Ave. NE)
Free to attend

Join Congress Coffee for the opening of Diane McGeachy’s new show In Good Company: an exhibition of hand-built ceramic cups, vases and containers with coiled smiles, two-handled ears and faces, that become the ‘sitters’ for 10 paintings on paper.

Contextural Fibre Arts Sale

November 17 & 18, 2023
Alexandra Dance Hall (922 9th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

Celebrate all things fibre art at the annual Contextural Fibre Arts Sale! The artists will be in attendance to show and describe the processes involved in fibre art.

Show + Sale Winter Market

November 17 & 18, 2023
Alberta University for the Arts (1407 14th Ave. NW)
Free to explore

Get ready for the holidays with the 2023 AUArts Students Association’s Show + Sale Winter Market and snag the finest wares from Alberta’s emerging artists, designers and craftspeople at the Alberta University for the Arts campus.

Calgary Justice Film Festival

November 17 – 19, 2023
Various venues
Free to attend

Check out the 18th Calgary Justice Film Festival and Peace Fair. Watch new documentaries from Canada and around the world that examine issues that impact all of us as individuals, Canadians and global citizens.

Handmade Here Holiday Show and Sale

November 17 – 19, 2023, 10am – 5pm
Triwood Community Hall (2244 Chicoutimi Dr. NW)
Free to explore

Handmade Here Artist Collective presents a carefully curated selection of local artists bringing you a weekend of wonderful work to explore and purchase. Free entrance, parking, coffee and cookies. Be sure to check it out!

Laycock & Marchessault & Newkirk — Exhibition Opening

November 18 2023, 2 – 5pm
Wallace Galleries (500 5th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Wallace Galleries presents a diverse and eclectic selection of works by three of its prestigious and talented artists coming together to bridge the gab between abstraction and landscape. All three artist have a lyrical painting style.

Fairview Studio’s Famous Fall Pottery Sale

November 19 2023, 10am – 4pm
Acadia Recreation Complex (240 90th Ave. SE)
Free to explore

One of Calgary’s most loved pottery studio’s annual fall sale is almost here! With more than 50 potters showcasing their designs and creations, there is something for everyone, every taste, every need, every occasion and every gift.

Community Choir Singalong — Glam Rock Edition

November 19 2023, 2 – 4pm
Congress Coffee (Suite 1A, 215 36th Ave. NE)
Free to attend

Join Kenna Burima and Chris Nevile for a good old-fashioned singalong featuring a song list perfectly curated to have you belting it out whether you think you’re a singer or not. A willingness to sing loudly and badly with other people is a must!

A Youth Explosion

November 19, 2023, 5 – 8pm
The GRAND (608 1st St. SW)
Free to attend

A Youth Explosion (AYE) is an Indigenous youth-led and created storytelling event showcasing BIPOC youth and featuring a youth artist exhibit and youth vendors. Enjoy their creations during intermission and after the performances.

The GRAND: Then & Now

November 21, 2023
The GRAND (608 1st St. SW)
Free to attend

The GRAND has helped shape our city’s arts and cultural landscape over the last 111 years. Professor Dr. Donald B. Smith, with Marcel Hebert recall the city’s early history, from the vantage point of Western Canada’s oldest theatre.

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