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Don’t miss the free kick off to this year’s Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo at POW! Parade of Wonders | Photo: Courtesy of Calgary Expo

Free This Week

Check out show & sales, parades, slams, and much more

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Bridging two months and what feels like two seasons, this week offers many great and free events to check out. From the fifth annual POW! Parade of Wonders to Authors for Indies Day, there’s something for everyone—even a theatrical block party!

Here’s what we’re hitting up this week:

Healing with the Multi-Verse Energy Workshop

April 26, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00pm
The Peanut Gallery, Fluevog Shoes (207 8th Ave. SW)

Part of Caprices Fine Arts’ Diverse Synergy show, check out this free lunch hour workshop with participating artist Kerrilynn Noble.

ProArts Presents Steve Fletcher

April 26, 2017, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Keyboardist Steve Fletcher has an exceptionally broad range of musical influences that have shaped his playing over the past 30 years and you can hear him perform at this free lunch hour concert.

Life on Mars with Shauna Thompson

April 27, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Join curator Shauna Thompson as she contextualizes how the works in Earthlings have been brought together. This presentation focuses on the curatorial process, precedent exhibitions, and studio co-operatives in the north.

NōD Magazine Launch Issue #21

April 27, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Celebrate the launch of NōD Issue #21 with open mic readings and musical performances. Run by wayward undergraduates at the University of Calgary who cannot be subdued by essays, NōD Magazine is known for its innovative features intersecting the literary and visual arts communities.

POW! Parade of Wonders

April 28, 2017, 10:30 – 11:45am
Stephen Avenue & Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)
Free, family-friendly

The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo might not be free to attend, but the fifth annual POW! Parade of Wonders certainly is! See pop culture-loving Calgarians dressed in costume as they parade through downtown Calgary—last year more than 2,000 people joined in and 10,000 watched. With a new route, your best bet is to hang out around Stephen Avenue or head to Olympic Plaza.

Calgary Night Market

April 28, 2017, 5:00 – 11:00pm
Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW)

With live bands, late night shopping, buskers, and much more, the Calgary Night Market returns for the season. Swing by after work or make a night of it.

Can You Hear Me Now? Poster

Can You Hear Me Now?

April 28 & 29, 2017
Bishop Grandin High School (111 Haddon Rd. SW)
Free with a non-perishable food item

Get ready for some awesome poetry and check out Alberta’s provincial school poetry slam. With junior and high school teams from all over the province competing as well as an alumnus slam, it’s well worth swinging by.

Chestermere Fine Art Guild Annual Show & Sale

April 29, 2017, 10:00am – 4:00pm
MPP Room, Chestermere Recreation Centre (201 West Chestermere Dr., Chestermere)

Chestermere Fine Art Guild members showcase their new works at this annual spring art show. Come out to discover affordable art in a variety of mediums and subjects.

Calgary Creative Arts Guild Spring Show & Sale

April 29, 2017, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Montgomery Community Centre (5003 16th Ave. NW)

Join the Calgary Creative Arts Guild for this show and check out original works from over 20 local artists. Donations to the Veteran’s Food Bank gratefully accepted.

St. Andrews Heights Artists’ Society Spring Art Show

April 29, 2017, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Holy Cross Anglican Church (2828 19th St. NW)

Join local artists from the St. Andrews Heights Artists’ Society as they present new work at the society’s annual spring art show. Meet the artists, ask questions, and find out what inspired their work.

Not Your Mother’s Bazaar Spring Art & Craft Sale

April 29, 2017, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Rosemont Community Hall (2807 10th St. NW)

Swing by and check out ceramics, jewellery, lino-cut prints, and much more at this community sale featuring local artists and unique pieces.

Art Show

April 29, 2017, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Voltage Creative Garage (2101 34th Ave. SW)

Allisha Morris and Amber Leigh (of Amber Leigh Creative) join forces to present this one-day-only art exhibition featuring new works from the past year. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to chat with the artists.

Art with a Purpose

April 29, 2017, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Venue 1008 (1008 14th St. SE)
Free, register online

ArtMatch hosts this show and sale of local, original paintings including an exclusive meet and greet with the artists, complimentary wine and snacks, and free parking. The day also features a talk on how to choose original art with Vandy Midha. A portion of all the art sales go to Janus Academy, a school for autistic children.

Authors for Indies Day

April 29, 2017, 11:30am – 5:30pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

An annual event held at independent bookstores all across Canada, head to Shelf Life Books to meet participating authors Sharon Butala, Richard Harrison, Richard Kelly Kemick, Suzette Mayr, and Susan Ouriou.

Invite for Walking With Our Sisters Ceremony & Community Conversation
Ceremony & Community Conversation

April 29, 2017, 12:00 – 3:00pm
Mahmawi-Atoskiwin (100, 2323 32nd Ave. NE)

Community members are invited to join this second community conversation in preparation for Walking With Our Sisters—a commemorative art installation that will be displayed at Mount Royal University next spring in honour of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW).

Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover Pre-Loved Book & Art Sale

April 29 & 30, 2017
The Hub at West Canadian (1601 9th Ave. SE)

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary hosts this secondhand book sale that includes an art show. All proceeds support the society, a not-for-profit supporting vulnerable and marginalized women.

Elements PopUp Art Group Show & Sale

April 29 & 30, 2017, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)

Join artists Kristen Cruikshank, Louise Savoie, and Jo Reimer for this pop-up show and sale at Loft 112. Browse new works from these local artists and take your favourite home.

ATP’s Spring Block Party & BBQ

May 2, 2017, 11:30am – 1:30pm
On 8th Ave. in front of Martha Cohen Theatre, Arts Commons (215 8th Ave. SE)
Free, family-friendly

Drop by Olympic Plaza this Tuesday because there’s a party going on. Alberta Theatre Projects is celebrating its 2017/18 season with a free barbecue featuring live music by local musicians. There are even behind-the-scenes theatre tours and much more.

Flow Painting Demo

May 2, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00pm
The Peanut Gallery, Fluevog Shoes (207 8th Ave. SW)

Part of Caprices Fine Arts’ Diverse Synergy show, check out this free lunch hour demonstration with participating artist Parvin Ansari.

Expecting Sunshine

May 2, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

A gripping memoir, Expecting Sunshine tells the story of a mother, Alexis Marie Chute, who set out to rediscover her identity after her son Zachary died in her arms at birth. Celebrate the launch of this personal look at how grief touches every aspect of family life.