A promo image for Wreck City documentary
Relive Wreck City on it's 10th anniversary through this documentary screening | Photo: Courtesy of AuArts

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Haider Ali

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

Transition into December with film screenings, literary talks, art markets and a whole lot more as we inch ever closer to the holidays. Read this week’s roundup for free arts events you won’t want to miss!

Movement Research Festival (MoRF)

Until December 6, 2023
University Theatre, University of Calgary (230 University Court NW)
Select events are free to attend

This new festival celebrates the depth and breadth of dance research and features innovative dance works, a conference profiling the latest dance research, as well as a highly anticipated showcase of dance films.

Vocal Latitudes World Music Choir

November 29, 2023, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

Vocal Latitudes is excited to present Come Travel With Me, a brand-new program of folk songs from around the world, featuring creative arrangements of traditional music, at this Pro Art at Noon series concert.

U/D Night Market — Holiday Edition

November 30, 2023, 5 – 9pm
Central Commons Park (University Ave. NW)
Free to explore

University District introduces their first ever holiday edition night market, where you can explore an array of seasonal delights! Discover a unique curated selection of over 35 local artisans while enjoying the twinkling lights of U/D and entertainment.

Newzones Gallery Holiday Party

November 30, 2023, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Newzones Gallery (730 11th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Join Newzones Gallery as they celebrate the holiday season alongside two exhibition openings. Opening the same evening is Deck the Walls!, their annual group holiday exhibition and Charlevoix, a solo exhibition by painter Peter Hoffer.

WRECK CITY Documentary

November 30, 2023, 6 – 9pm
Alberta University of the Arts (1407 14th Ave. NW)
Free to explore

In 2013, over 150 artists transformed an entire block of houses in Sunnyside into a temporary art spaces – prior to demolition. In celebration of Wreck City’s 10 year anniversary, AUArts is presenting a documentary screening and discussion!

An Evening with Jericho Brown

November 30, 2023, 7 – 8:30pm
Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (850 4th St. SE)
Free to attend, RSVP required

Join the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program for an Evening with Jericho Brown, the 2023-24 Distinguished Visiting Writer followed by Q & A and a book signing. Don’t miss your chance to see the Pulitzer Prize winning author live!

Day With(out) Art 2023: Everyone I Know Is Sick

December 1, 2023, 9am – 11pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Esker Foundation is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2023 by presenting an online screening of Everyone I Know Is Sick, a program of five videos generating connections between HIV and other forms of illness and disability.

Artist in Residency Art Exhibit

December 1, 2023, 6 – 9pm
Fuse33 Makerspace (1720 Radisson Dr. SE)
Free to attend

Join International Avenue Arts and Culture Community and FUSE33 Makerspace for the Artist in Residency Art Exhibit to see what the artists in the program have created.

Stride Editions — Opening Event

December 1, 2023, 6 – 10pm
Stride Gallery (1006 Macleod Tr. SE)
Free to explore

Stride Gallery invites you to our 2023 fundraiser, Stride Editions! They are showcasing risograph prints from over 20 local artists in Mohkinstsis (Calgary). Check them out!

Prairie Interlace Book Launch

December 2, 2023, 1 – 2:30pm
Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary (435 Campus Lane NW)
Free to explore

University of Calgary Press and Nickle Galleries invites you to the launch of Prairie Interlace: Weaving, Modernisms and the Expanded Frame. The book is derived from the travelling art exhibition of the same name.

Prince of Peace Christmas Bazaar

December 2, 2023, 11am – 2pm
Prince of Peace (300 Prince of Peace Way, Rocky View)
Free to explore

The Prince of Peace Christmas Bazaar is a family-friendly event bringing together local senior artisans and vendors. The market features many unique, hand-crafted gifts for the season, including handmade heirloom quilts.

Wildflower Arts Salon & Sale

December 3, 2023, 11am – 4pm
Wildflower Arts Centre (3363 Spruce Dr. SW)
Free to explore

Check out Wildflower’s 13th Annual Art Salon & Sale. This curated sale features the artwork from over 20 of their talented instructors, all professional, practicing artists in a variety of mediums.

HMCS Tecumseh Band Christmas Concert

December 3, 2023, 1pm
Webber Academy Performing Arts Theatre (1515 93rd St. SW)
Free to attend, tickets required

HMCS Tecumseh Band presents a special Christmas concert celebrating the Centennial of the Naval Reserve and of HMCS Tecumseh. Tickets are free and they will be gratefully accepting donations for the Veterans Association Food Bank at the door.

Tour – Christine Sowiak: More People We Know

December 5, 2023, 12noon
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (435 Campus Lane NW)
Free to attend

Join Nickle Galleries’ Chief Curator, Christine Sowiak for an insightful tour and discussion of More People We Know which builds on the success of the Nickle’s summer exhibition, People We Know, digging deeper into the permanent collections.

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