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Check out Chiaroscuro – a contemporary take on a traditional liederabend | Photo: Maxwell Mawji

Free This Week

October continues with free and fabulous events

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  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

From literary celebrations to musical journeys to a discussion on arts and advocacy, there is a wide range of free arts events to check out this week. Use our roundup as your guide to getting out there!

Art & Advocacy — Change Makers

October 12, 2022, 7 – 9pm
Stream online
Free to attend, registration required

Elephant Artist Relief Society’s next Umbrella Talk is about arts and advocacy. Join a panel discussion with local artists Jesse Del Fierro, Wunmi Idowu and David LeReaney, who amplify voices and instigate collective action.

Exhibition Tour with Robin Arseneaust & Naomi Potter -RESCHEDULED-

October 13, 2022, 6 – 7pm
Esker Foundation (4th Floor, 1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free to attend, registration required

Join Esker Foundation exhibiting artist Robin Arseneault and curator Naomi Potter as they tour Arseneault’s exhibition, Falling Off The Log, consisting of 12 large sculptures that started from a set of palm-sized pieces of driftwood.

Please note that this event has been rescheduled to November 25, 2022.

Found in Oblivion — Opening Reception & Artist Talk

October 14, 2022, 7 – 9pm
A/P Main Gallery (4025 4th St. SE)
Free to attend

Alberta Printmakers presents Found in oblivion by Melika Forouzan Pour. This exhibition attempts to revive forgotten memories and is a contemporary interpretation of historical images that brings attention to old Iranian family photographs.

Fall Show & Sale

October 15, 2022, 10am – 4pm
Dalhousie Community Association (5432 Dalhart Rd. NW)
Free to explore

The Calgary Sketch Club is hosting its annual Fall Show and Sale featuring original artworks from over 25 local artists. There will be a door prize for an original piece of art, and both admission and parking are free.

Hello Friend…

October 15, 2022, 11am, 11:30am & 12 noon
St. Patrick’s Island Playground (1300 12th St. NE)
Free to attend

Presented in masks using movement and music, Hello Friend… illustrates the joy of divergent thinking and celebrates the creative play of one undeterred young kid.


October 15, 2022, 7:30pm
The Grotto, Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW)
Free to attend, tickets required

RISE UP Downtown Vibrancy Program presents Chiaroscuro, a contemporary take on a traditional liederabend, featuring piano and performers. Enjoy fresh new presentations of traditional gems through unique lighting, and a literal journey through the space.

Flint & Feather w/ Phillip Alexander Nugent

October 16, 2022, 2 – 4pm
Asylum for Art (2505 14th St. SW)
Free to attend

Flint & Feather and Friends is a free six-week concert series on Sunday afternoons at Asylum for Art. Join Flint & Feather and this week’s feature artist, Phillip Alexander Nugent, a Bow Valley folk troubadour from Canmore.

Gulf Canada Pop-up Show & Sale

October 17 – 21, 2022, 9am–4pm
Gulf Canada (401 9th Ave. SW)
Free to explore

Riverview Artists is a group of 12 Calgary artists with diverse styles and techniques. Buy your first piece of original art, add to your collection or browse for your pleasure at their show and sale!


October 17, 2022, 6 – 10pm
Studio Theatre, cSPACE King Edward (125, 1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free to attend, registration required

Join the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program in celebrating incoming and outgoing writers-in-residence Leah Horlick and Teresa Wong. The evening features readings by both writers, followed by a book signing and reception.

Microclimates of History

October 18, 2022, 7 – 8:30pm
In-person at Burnswest Theatre, Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave. SE) or stream online
Free to attend, registration required

The weather has always captured artists’ and writers’ imaginations, and more recently, literary critics have taken an interest. Join the Calgary Institute for the Humanities for this talk from UCalgary Assistant Professor Dr. Morgan Vanek about how it has influenced art.

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