Beltline Bonspiel at Lougheed House
With live music and curling, don’t miss this year’s Beltline Bonspiel at Lougheed House | Photo: Courtesy of Lougheed House

Free This Week

Round out your busy week with these free events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

With Valentine’s Day and a long weekend ahead, there’s a ton of great events to check out this week. From hands-on activities to talks, readings, and workshops, you can take your pick. Here’s what we’re hitting up:

ProArts@Noon Presents Catherine Lippitt with Brad Mahon

February 14, 2018, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Soprano Catherine Lippitt began her musical training in the Calgary Children’s Choir and sang both as a chorister and a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Joined by Brad Mahon on classical guitar, don’t miss this free lunch hour concert with ProArts@Noon.

Market Collective Gallery Opening

February 15, 2018, 6:00pm
Village Brewery (5000 12A St. SE)

This season Village Brewery invited 24 Market Collective artists to design a beer label for its Village Square Winter Variety Pack and now you can see a variety of work from participating artists on the taproom walls. Swing by to raise a pint to the artists and kick-off this two-month showcase.

Single Onion #147

February 15, 2018, 7:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

The second in its 2018 lecture series, join the Single Onion for Black History Month: A Celebration in Poetry. Curated by local poet and spoken word artist Wakefield Brewster, the evening includes readings from Julian Smith, Tola Dee, and Mel Vee.

Artist Talk: Art, Science, History, and Hearsay

February 15, 2018, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Calgary-based artists DaveandJenn, Jennifer Saleik, and David Foy, merge history with hearsay, mythology with the everyday, and bronze with plastic. Learn about their process and how this joint practice has evolved from making highly detailed resin paintings to include intricate multi-medium sculptures and, most recently, installation work.

Meredith & Peter Quartermain Talk & Reading

February 16, 2018, 4:00pm
The Insurgent Architects’ House for Creative Writing, University of Calgary (Social Sciences Tower 1059, 2500 University Dr. NW)

With two seperate talks—An Illcolonial Cross-Continent Poem by Meredith Quartermain and Coming to Terms: Memoir by Peter Quartermain—join the University of Calgary’s TIA House for a night of critical and creative thought. A light dinner will be served after the event and participants are encouraged to stay and visit.

Beltline Bonspiel

February 17, 2018, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Lougheed House (707 13th Ave. SW)
Free, family-friendly

A day of curling and live music, cheer on six community curling teams as they compete for the coveted 1915 Brewery Trophy. You can even try your hand in the family curling zone or take in a tour of the house.

Family Fun Day at Alberta Craft Gallery

February 17, 2018, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29 Ave. SW)
Free, family-friendly

Start your Family Day weekend with a spark of creativity—join the Alberta Craft Gallery for hands-on weaving and puppet making activities. There’ll even be hot chocolate and coffee to keep you warm.

Family Fun Day at Alberta Craft Gallery

Pancake Inventor’s Notebook–Cookbook Launch Party

February 17, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Urban Concept Gallery (2104 23rd Ave. SW)

A photographer’s cookbook, this publication is an epicurean feast for the eyes and palate. Sample some amazing pancake inventions while authors David Leech and Lizzy Davies tell stories and sign books at this launch party.

Maia Caron & Joan Crate

February 17, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Join Shelf Life Books as two Métis authors—Maia Caron and Joan Crate—discuss how they discovered stories about Indigenous women who lived through the Métis North-West Resistance and the residential school system in Alberta.