Experience the behind-the-scenes of music making and check out Luminous Voices’ open rehearsal
Experience the behind-the-scenes of music making and check out Luminous Voices’ open rehearsal | Photo: Courtesy of Calgary Music Events

Free This Week

Beat the winter blahs and get out to these sweet events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

With the return of cold weather, it might be easy to justify hibernating. But when Calgary’s arts scene has so much on the go, there’s no excuse to hide when you can hit up these free events. Here’s what we’re checking out:

ProArts@Noon Presents Rotary Park

February 21, 2018, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

A Calgary-based band playing a special brand of harmony driven, alternative bluegrass, Rotary Park’s combination of ambient folk music, powerful vocal harmonies, and banjo ripping bluegrass is sure to get you in the grove. Don’t miss this free lunch hour concert with ProArts@Noon.

Woolf’s Voices 19

February 21, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free, donations recommended

A gender bendy double edition where the masculine honours the feminine, join Shelf Life Books as it presents Woolf’s Voices 19. The evening features readings by Anthony Russo, Bonnie Buchart, Chris Evans, Hayley Feigs, Maria Rodriguez, Pamela Medland, Tito Gomez, and Zaire Sealy as well as music from NatMi and visual art by Jill M. Armstrong.

Riverview Artists February Show & Sale

February 21 ­– 23, 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm
+15 Level, TransCanada Place (450 1st St. SW)

Find original artwork by 12 local artists at this show and sale. Varying in style and technique, each piece reflects the unique creativity and inspiration of each artist.

Exhibition Tour: Research as Resistance

February 22, 2018, 7:00 ­– 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Join Elizabeth Diggon, the Esker Foundation’s lead researcher, for an informal tour that traces the threads of research and the connections to Alberta histories and institutions in Kapwani Kiwanga’s A wall is just a wall (and nothing more at all).

Métis Pioneers Book Launch, Conversation & Lougheed House Tour

February 22, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Lougheed House (707 13th Ave. SW)
Free, registration required

Head to Lougheed House for an evening about two remarkable Alberta Métis women—Marie Rose Delorme Smith and Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed—two pioneers of the fur trade. The evening includes an interview of Doris Jeanne MacKinnon hosted by Lougheed House Executive Director Kirstin Evenden followed by an audience Q&A, book signing, and tour. Seating is limited.

Open Rehearsal with Luminous Voices

February 23, 2018, 4:00 – 6:30pm
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)
Free, RSVP required

Experience the behind-the-scenes of music making as professional chamber choir Luminous Voices presents a preview of the upcoming Leap of Faith concert. Free and open to the public, the evening is followed by a reception. Space is limited, RSVP at info@luminousvoices.ca.

Artist Talk in the Union Cemetery Chapel

February 23, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Chapel, Union Cemetery (Entrance at Spiller Rd. SE)
Free, RSVP required

Join Candace Makowichuk as she discusses her current project as the Artist in Residence with the City of Edmonton Cemeteries. Working with historical photographic processes, learn about her exploration of the seven municipal cemeteries and one traditional burial ground.

Absurd Walls Opening Reception & Artist Talk

February 23, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Alberta Printmakers Gallery (4025 4th St. SE)

Within the exploration of failure and lowbrow artwork, Jacqueline Leigh Huskisson’s Absurd Walls studies repetition. Get insight from the artist herself at this reception and artist talk.

Lux & Umbra (Light & Shadow)

February 23 & 24, 2018
Union Cemetery (Entrance at Spiller Rd. SE)
Free, RSVP required

Celebrating the roots of photography in its purest form by using a historic bellows sheet film camera and 19th century printing processes, don’t miss this exhibit of Candace Makowichuk’s work in a concert setting. Presented with the support of The City of Calgary Public Art Program, Makowichuk was invited to Calgary by Sharon Stevens, the founder and curator of Equinox Vigil. The exhibition includes musical performances from Calgary’s own Timepoint Ensemble.

Don’t miss Lux & Umbra, a cemetery exchange project with Candace Makowichuck

Don’t miss Lux & Umbra, a cemetery exchange project with Candace Makowichuck | Photo: Courtesy of Equinox Vigil

How Can You Think That?!? A Political Book Club

February 24, 2018, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

This book club is for conservatives and liberals who want to bridge the great divide. Led by Julie Sedivy, a local scholar and writer, this month features The Comeback by John Ralston Saul. Buy the book, read it, and join in a lively discussion.

Young Masters

February 24, 2018, 10:30am
Masters Gallery (2115 4th St. SW)

Perfect for elementary school-aged children, join Masters Gallery for a fun and informative age-appropriate talk by Masters Gallery President, Ryan Green, as well as art-related activities and treats.

Small Cuts: Cut-Paper Animation Workshop

February 24, 2018, 1:00 – 5:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration required

DaveandJenn lead participants through a short introduction into the history and creation of cut-paper animations at this upcoming workshop. The day also includes insights about their own artistic process and the inspirations that went into their site-specific work, Paradise for an in-between time.

Theme Interior Publication Launch & Exhibition

February 24, 2018, 6:00 – 10:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

With the launch of a new issue, join SEITIES for a night of analog photography at Shelf Life Books. It’s your chance to see fine art photography by cover artist Brittany Markert, feature artist Ann Mansolino, feature member Brian Wing, Polaroid completion winner SHESAIDRED, and competition juror Agafia Polynchuk.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Grammar

February 26, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Old fashioned grammar might have a bad reputation in some circles, but it is cherished in others. Head to Shelf Life Books as Russell Smith, Mark Migotti, and Nicole Wyatt initiate a discussion on the importance of learning grammar.