Free This Week

Start your month off right by checking out these free events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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With free concerts, receptions, workshops, and screenings, this week offers a great chance to check out Calgary’s arts community. So grab your calendars and hit up these sweet offerings:

ProArts@Noon Presents Collegium Musicum

April 4, 2018, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Returning from its Easter break, join ProArts@Noon as it presents the early music ensemble, Collegium Musicum. This free, lunchtime concert includes Spanish music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and early baroque periods.

Mini Masters

April 5, 2018, 11:00 – 11:45am
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration essential

Calling Calgary’s newest contemporaries! Join the Esker Foundation on the first Thursday of every month for a hands-on art class. Parents and guardians are invited to bring their little ones, ages two to five, to explore art making in this fun and social program. All are welcome to participate, just dress for mess.

Free First Thursday Nights

April 5, 2018, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)

Marking the second Free First Thursday with the immensely popular exhibition Frida Kahlo: Her Photos, start your month off with a bang and head to Glenbow.

PUSH 8th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition Reception

April 5, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00pm
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)

Featuring works by senior students from the University of Calgary’s Department of Art, celebrate at the closing reception. Don’t miss this juried, student-organized exhibition, designed to showcase creative and innovative works.

PUSH 8th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition Poster

Fulbright Scholar Jack Wilkins

April 5, 2018, 7:00pm
Doolittle Studio, University of Calgary (Craigie Hall F206, 210 University Court NW)

Visiting Fulbright Scholar Jack Wilkins presents this concert of new works developed as part of his appointment as Research Chair in the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts. Featuring Wilkins’ compositions written especially for Calgary-based musicians and creative thinkers, this concert highlights a number of local performers.

Paul Grindlay & Jim Picken

April 6, 2018, 12:00pm
Knox Presbyterian Church (3704 37th St. SW)

Calgary’s newest concert series, Red Carpet Recital Series presents this free noon-hour concert with bass-baritone Paul Grindlay and Jim Picken on harpsichord. Sharing and exploring extraordinary, demanding, and virtuosic music for the bass voice by Henry Purcell, a $7 lunch is available for purchase after the concert.

Bring the Baby Art Tour

April 6, 2018, 12:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

A relaxed, social tour, bring your baby to the Esker Foundation and have tot-friendly fun while discussing the exhibitions.

Calgary Artists Society Spring Show & Sale

April 7, 2018, 10:00 – 4:00pm
Parkdale United Church (2919 8th Ave. NW)
Free admission

Featuring a diverse selection of original paintings by 45 local artists, find high quality framed artwork in a variety of sizes, mediums, and subject matter at this show and sale. With over 300 paintings and artists in attendance, don’t miss the Calgary Artists Society’s show and sale.

Vaisakhi Mela 2018

April 7, 2018, 1:00 – 6:00pm
Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd. NE)

Encouraging all recognized multicultural associations to represent their country and share songs, dances or any other performances or activities, don’t miss this mega event celebrating Indian New Year, harvest festival, and religious festival, all rolled into one.

Tour of the Canadian Architectural Archives

April 7, 2018, 1:30 – 2:30pm
University of Calgary (2500 University Dr. NW)
Free, registration required

Go on an outing with the Esker Foundation and join staff from Archives and Special Collections at the University of Calgary for a guided tour of the Canadian Architectural Archives. The CAA is the largest collection in the world of Canadian architectural materials and you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the archival storage vault as well as some special items.

Artist Reception & Talk

April 7, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)

A triple combo of exhibitions, join the Alberta Craft Gallery Calgary and explore Dena Seiferling and Stefanie Staples’ Perch, Allison Tunis’ Acceptable Bodies, and Jamie Kroeger’s Chronicles of a Contemporary Dirtbag. Get to know more about these current exhibitions at this opening reception and artist talk.

Alberta Craft Gallery Calgary's Artist Reception & Talk

Land’s End Composer Competition 18th Edition

April 7, 2018, 7:30pm
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary (206 University Court NW)

Performing the works of three Canadian composers, join the Land’s End Ensemble for this competition. Presented in workshop format where compositional technique, form, and instrumentation is discussed among the ensemble, the jury, and the composers, First Prize includes a $1,500 commission for a new chamber work to be performed and recorded by the Land’s End Ensemble.

Love, Simon

April 8, 2018, 10:00am
Landmark Cinemas 10 Shawnessy Calgary (100, 16061 Macleod Tr. SE)

Hosted by Mike Morrison of Mike’s Bloggity Blog, here’s your chance to see this American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Greg Berlanti. Having been greatly moved by the story, Morrison has personally rented out a movie theatre and raised enough money for 230 people to see this ground-breaking film for free.


April 9 & 10, 2018, 12:00pm
F.R. Matthews Theatre, University of Calgary (210 University Court NW)

Presenting six works by third year BFA dance majors that were created in a fast and furious month-long process, don’t miss these new works that address historical events, contemporary occurrences, and protest scenarios.