Free This Week

Check out some of Calgary’s top arts groups for free

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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With the last full week of November upon us, Calgary’s best are rolling out the welcome wagon with free programming. From a one-of-a-kind presentation at the New Central Library to a community dance concert from Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, this week has some awesome events.

Here’s what we’re checking out:

ProArts Presents German Canadian Male Chorus of Calgary

November 21, 2018, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

A lunch hour break that brings beautiful traditional German songs, this performance starts with the famous Thunder and Lightning Polka composed by Johann Strauss. Rounded out by original Spanish songs composed by the well-known German composer/arranger Otto Groll, the concert also features solos by two members of the group.

Susan Orlean

November 21, 2018, 7:00pm
Performance Hall, New Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free admission, RSVP required

Here’s your chance to see the acclaimed bestselling author of Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada, Wordfest, and the Calgary Public Library. Hosted by Shelley Youngblut, Susan Orlean delivers a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution—our libraries—in celebration of the New Central Library.


November 23, 2018, 7:00 – 8:20pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration required

In 1976, Agnes Martin filmed Gabriel, her only completed cinematic work. Photographed in California, Colorado, and New Mexico with an Aeroflex camera, it follows a 10-year-old boy as he wanders aimlessly across varied landscapes.

A still from Agnes Martin's film Gabriel

Agnes Martin’s Gabriel | Still: Courtesy of the Esker Foundation

YYC Alternative Christmas Market

November 24, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Inglewood Community Association Hall (1740 24th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Fresh, fun, and creative, support local makers, artisans, designers, artists, and small business owners. Find booths from The Moccasin Lady, GF Crochet, Tea Life, Sweet Pea Vintage, Lulumae Creations, Ritual Donuts, Ice N Fire, Cozy Cove Treasures, Recrudescent by Meg, and many more at this upcoming market.

Won’t You Be My Neighbour

November 24, 2018, 1:00pm
Ducktoes Computer Services (902 Centre St. N)

Crescent Heights Community Association has teamed up with local mural artists Kathryn Pearce and Tanner Hamilton of Buds of Buds Collective to produce this community gateway and Calgary’s first augmented reality public mural. Explore the piece and its accompanying technology at the mural community launch.

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Community Concert

November 24, 2018, 8:00pm
DJD Dance Centre (111 12th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration required

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks is committed to bringing community together in its beautiful facility and is hosting its third annual community concert. Featuring dance artists from across disciplines and at many different points in their careers, this is your chance to experience the vibrancy and energy that lives and breathes within Calgary’s dance community.

Ready to be Inspired?

November 25, 2018, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Memorial Park Library (1221 2th St. SW)
Free admission, registration required

Join three Stonehouse Publishing authors, Lisa Murphy-Lamb, D.K. Stone, and Pam Clark, as they share their novels and the inspiration for their work. The best part? The inspiring books are available for you to take out with your library card!

Almost Home

November 27, 2018, 7:00pm
Social Sciences 203, University of Calgary (2500 University Dr. NW)
Free admission

A short documentary by Susan Cahill and Matt Rogers, Almost Home traces the story of Yvonne Hepditch and Jim Cahill as they travel back to an abandoned rural fishing village. The primary footage was shot in 2016, the 50th anniversary of Hepditch and her family relocating as part of the government-directed resettlement program in Newfoundland, and tells the ongoing story of resettlement, one that is not buried in a by-gone era of historical documents but is alive and present in the contemporary life of many people.