Cherish Violet Blood in Deer Woman
Cherish Violet Blood in Deer Woman | Photo: Courtesy of Downstage

Free This Week

New month brings new lineup of free events to explore

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

The leaves might be mostly off the trees but Calgary’s arts community has plenty of colourful options for you to check out for free this week! From powerful, online theatre productions to live and in-person concerts, there’s something for everyone.

Deer Woman

Until October 18, 2021
Stream online
Free to watch, donations appreciated

Lila, one missing girl’s big sister, refuses to stand idly by. When circumstances converge, Lila finds the perfect opportunity to avenge her baby sister’s murder while exercising the skills taught by the Canadian government while serving. Join Downstage and Azimuth Theatre for this presentation of Article 11’s Deer Woman.

Blazina & Stepkowski-Tarhan Duo

October 6, 2021, 12:10 – 1:00pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to watch

This duo shares a few of the pieces they have created for their most recent new work directed at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, adding Flamenco song and dance to a new translation of Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba.

Occupying Chinatown

October 7, 2021, 6:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

The New Gallery is thrilled to host an online artist talk with Paul Wong on the occasion of the publication of his newest book, Occupying Chinatown, and its new main space exhibition, Pulling Back the Paper, an archival exhibition and research lab that gathers and shares the intersecting histories that has shaped the gallery.

New Relationalities

October 7, 2021, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Join Marigold Santos for an artist talk about her creative practice, and her work featured in RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting, followed by a conversation with Marissa Largo. The Esker presents this discussion around sensorial memories, mothering, and creative work. Be sure to tune in!

FreeFall Magazine Launch

October 7, 2021, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Canada’s magazine of exquisite writing, join FreeFall Magazine as it celebrates the launch of Volume 31 Number 2 by highlighting its 2020 contest winners. Its mission is to encourage the voices of new, emerging, and experienced Canadian writers and provide a platform for their quality work.

Peter Mansbridge

October 7, 2021 7:00 – 8:15pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration recommended

Imagine On Air presents veteran broadcast journalist Peter Mansbridge and his new memoir, Off the Record. The one-hour conversation is hosted by Wordfest’s Creative Ringleader Shelley Youngblut. Register to get your own Digital Doggie Bag.

Anti Social AF

October 8 & 9, 2021
The Dark Arts (608 1st St. SW)
Free to explore

Hannah Elizabeth Roberge and H.E.R. Art present new works in Anti Social AF. Roberge stands in the crossroads of creativity, talent, freedom, and struggles. Her work is a mixture strength with a touch of vulnerability, be sure to check it out at The Dark Arts!

Stage Two Festival of New Canadian Work

October 9, 2021, 12:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Lunchbox Theatre’s Stage Two develops new plays selected from its recent Stage One Festival, culminating in a presentation to be streamed online for a digital audience. It’s the perfect way to ease back into live activity safely while developing artistic work for potential production. This week see the next step in the production of Home for the Holidays, a new musical by Cayley Wreggitt and Alixandra Cowman.

Prairie Grid Market

October 9 & 10, 2021, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Carter Cadillac (649 Heritage Dr. SE)
Free to explore

Head to the Prairie Grid Market featuring a number of local food vendors, as well as daily performances by talented local musicians including Project WILD 2021 finalists Robert Adam and Alex Hughes, ZENON, Megan Dawson, Ashley Ghostkeeper, and Jon MacAulay. Check it out!

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