Free This Week

Enjoy live art and performances all week long with these free events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

With meet ups, screenings, readings, receptions, concerts, and so much more, stretch your dollar and check out these awesome free events. Here’s what we’re hitting up this week:

ProArts@Noon Series

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

Lunch hour has never been so good! For three Wednesdays in January, grab your food and head to Cathedral Church of the Redeemer to enjoy free performances as part of the High Performance Rodeo. First up is The Oberon Guitar Trio—one of Canada’s most recognizable ensembles.

Lunch Hour Author Readings

January 10, 2018, 12:15 – 12:45pm
Contemporary Calgary (117 8th Ave. SW)
Free, registration recommended

Held over the lunch hour, this series invites Calgarians to enjoy their lunch while listening to talks and presentations by artists whose work blends modes of writing with the visual arts. January sees Nikki Reimer share two books of poetry, DOWNVERSE and [sic].

Print(ed) Word Opening

January 11, 2018, 7:00 – 10:00pm
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)

Join Alberta Printmakers and Loft 112 along with 12 writers and 12 print artists as they present the results of 12 months of work. Get a close up look at these works of art in ‘book’ form and you can even place a bid on Deep Cold On 11a, a beautiful limited edition piece created by Eveline Kolijn based on a story by Aritha van Herk.


January 11 – 13, 2018, 1:00 – 8:00pm daily
llingworth Kerr Gallery, ACAD (1407 14th Ave. NW)

A unique showcase of live art and performances, head to the Alberta College of Art + Design’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery for this three-day festival. Organized by Lorenzo Fusi, up to 15 Alberta artists or artist collectives have been selected to take part in this weekend that is part seminar, part conversation, and part workshop. And this year, each day is capped with a keynote performance conceived by three international artists.

Ways of being

January 12, 2018, 12:00pm
Calgary Chinese Citizens Elderly Association (111 Riverfront Ave. SW)
Free, RSVP required

In lieu of an opening reception for Aislinn Thomas’ Dup-boug-a-dad, check out this dance/movement workshop, facilitated by Tia Halliday and Kara Nolte. A chance to lightheartedly explore movement and stillness, action and interaction, expression and receptivity, be sure to RSVP by emailing

Fall Fell Felt Opening Reception

January 12, 2018, 7:00pm
Untitled Art Society (343 11th Ave. SW)

A bridesmaid in a flowing silk dress descends a set of steps, misses her footing, and takes a spill. Anna Hawkins’s most recent project dissects, remixes, and re-enacts the popular online genre “girl fails” in an exploration of schadenfreude, voyeurism, and empathy. Check out the show at its opening reception.

Russian Community: Language and Culture

January 13, 2018, 1:00pm
Deville Coffee (807 1st St. SW)

Get to know Calgary’s Russian community and learn about the culture and language at this upcoming meet up.

Matinée du Film: La Nouvelle Vague

January 14, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Contemporary Calgary (117 8th Ave. SW)
Free, registration recommended

Join Contemporary Calgary for its first French Connections film screening—François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows, a defining film of French nouvelle vague cinema. Hear Director and CEO Pierre Arpin provide an introduction to the film, touching on the revolutionary style of nouvelle vague cinema and how the film relates to the current exhibition, extratextual.