Lindsay Sorell installs inflatable paintings at Contemporary Calgary
Lindsay Sorell installs inflatable paintings as part of her evolving exhibition Studies in Healing | Photo: Courtesy of Contemporary Calgary

Free This Week

Check out festivals, artist talks, opening receptions, and so much more

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

As the Family Day long weekend approaches, there are plenty of free events to check out. From the inaugural GLOW – Downtown Winter Light Festival to screenings, talks, and performances, there’s a ton to do.

Here’s what is on our list this week:

ProArts Presents Impasto Duo

February 15, 2017, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Formed in 2015 by two similar souls who are passionate about music and performing, check out Impasto Duo this week at ProArts@Noon. Featuring flutist Jiajia Li and pianist Elisabeth Desruisseaux, Impasto Duo is known for impressing audiences with their technically demanding and expressive performances.

The Art of Well-Being

February 15, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Lincoln Park Room, Mount Royal University (4825 Mount Royal Gate SW)
Free, registration required

Partners for Mental Health and Art With Impact present this evening of mixed media in support of mental health. Featuring a silent art auction, short films, and discussion, check out this social event bringing together members of the community, students, and artists for a great cause.

Baconfest 4

February 15, 2017, 5:30 – 8:00pm
John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library (616 Macleod Trail SE)

Week three of Calgary’s favourite Urban Planning Film Festival includes a screening of A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curitiba, Brazil from director Giovanni Vaz Del Bello.


February 15, 2017, 8:00pm
Studio 122 (122, 4029 8th St. SE)

Part of Exposure Photo Festival, the seventh instalment of Muse features work from Jason Eng, Greg Gerla, Colin Way, Bryce Meyer, Julya Hajnoczky, Jeremy Fokkens, and Nathan Elson. Check it out at the opening reception that includes music, food, and a unique showcase of the work.

NEXT2016 Artist Talk & Performance

February 16, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Contemporary Calgary (117 8th Ave. SW)
Free, registration required

Head to Contemporary Calgary for two free programs presented in conjunction with NEXT2016, an ongoing series in support of emerging practices. At 6:00pm check out an artist talk from Jayda Karsten followed by a special collaboration between an upright bass player and a dancer in Lindsay Sorell’s exhibition Studies in Healing.

Seven Pounds

February 16, 2017, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Globe Cinema (617 8th Ave. SW)

Join the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine for its upcoming screening of Seven Pounds—a drama about a man who sets out to change the lives of seven people he doesn’t know. Presented by Science in the Cinema, the screening is open to the public and includes free popcorn.

Single Onion #138

February 16, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

The Single Onion welcomes everyone to the next offering in its lecture series, Black History Month, a celebration in poetry. Curated by Say Word, the evening features readings from Julian Smith, Mel Vee, Zaire Sealy, and Priscilla Bukasa, and celebrates the rich history and culture within people of colour.

GLOW – Downtown Winter Light Festival

February 17 – 20, 2017
Multiple locations
Free, family-friendly

Join Downtown Calgary for its inaugural winter light festival. From 6:30 to 11:00pm each night, check out various public spaces throughout downtown as they are lit with one-of-a-kind installations, projections, theatrical experiences, and interactive light art commissioned from local, national and international artists.

Collaborative Drawing with Kelsey Fraser

February 18, 2017, 1:00 – 5:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration essential

In this workshop participants will produce a collaborative drawing from series of sequential collaborations including a ‘telephone-game’ drawing exercise. Participants must be over the age of 16 to participate and all materials will be provided.

Mobile Phone Production

February 18, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Apple Market Mall (3625 Shaganappi Trail NW)
Free, registration required

EMMEDIA is teaming up with Apple Market Mall as part of its new community events initiative to offer a complimentary workshop dedicated to better utilizing the technology packed into countless pockets. Space is extremely limited, email Bryce Maruk at for registration details.

Master Class for Families

February 19, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration essential

Join the Esker Foundation for an afternoon of family fun at the gallery that delves into new mediums with art projects that relate to its current exhibitions. An educational, energetic, hands-on program for kids ages five to 10, an adult is required to stay for the duration of the workshop. All materials will be provided.

Fort Calgary WinterFest

February 20, 2017, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave. SE)

Looking for a sweet Family Day activity? Head to Fort Calgary for a day full of great offerings including a Quebecois maple sugar shack, tipi stories, games, crafts and more.