Free This Week

Let the post-Stampede fun continue with these great events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Stampede might be over but summer keeps on trucking along. Luckily, Calgary’s artistic community offers a plethora of free events each week. Here’s what we’re hitting up:

ProArts@Noon Presents Knox and Scarboro United Church Choirs

July 19, 2017, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

In celebration of Canada 150, singers from the Knox and Scarboro United Church Choirs joined together to participate in the Canada Day Unisong Festival in Ottawa. Hear them in Calgary this week as they perform this noon hour concert of selections from across Canada.

EV Junction Pop-Up Retail Park

July 20 – 23, 2017
EV Junction (4th St. & 8th Ave. SE)

Head to the East Village every Thursday through Sunday until October 1 and hit up the food trucks, live music, performances, pop-up art, and much more. This Thursday enjoy a summer Latin fiesta with Free Spirit Dance and DJ Creole, part of the Creative Living Room Series.

July Long Lunch Quick Reads

July 21, 2017, 12:00 – 2:00pm
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)

Poetry, food, conversation, and poet/writer Pam Clark—altogether in one spot and during your lunch hour. So bring your lunch or order one through Loft 112, and hear Clark read from her collection of poetry starting at 12:45pm.

Fiestaval Latin Festival

July 21 – 23, 2017
Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)

A free multicultural celebration of Latin American culture, Fiestaval features live music, dance lessons and showcases, authentic Latin food and Latin handicrafts, beer gardens, a kids area, and much more!

Cyanotype Printing with Stacey Watson

July 22, 2017, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration essential

Make photographic prints using sunlight in this day-long workshop. Small objects and negative transparencies will be used in exposures on light sensitive cyanotype paper and the resulting images will be compositions in shades of Prussian blue. Participants must be over the age of 16 to participate and all materials will be provided.

Bee Kingdom Glass Glassblowing Weekend

July 22 & 23, 2017, 12:00 – 5:00pm
Bee Kingdom (427 22nd Ave. NW)
Free, family-friendly

Visit the Bee Kingdom studio to watch glassblowing demonstrations and find new glassworks for your growing collection or find the perfect gift!

Tam-Tams & Prop Jam

July 23, 2017, 12:00 – 7:00pm
Riley Park (800 12th St. NW)

Join Le Cirque de la Nuit, Body Art Motion, and Sangha Festival for an exhilarating community activation focused on participation, co-creation, and expression. This free one day event is open to people of all ages and features a multitude of activities, performances, and workshops including an international drum circle, a community prop jam, and a local artisan market.

Contemporary Kids Cityscape Collages

July 23, 2017, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Contemporary Calgary (117 8th Ave. SW)
Free, registration required

Children can cut and collage photos to create unique cityscapes, linking to Contemporary Calgary’s exhibiting artist Isabelle Hayeur’s composite images. Families get to go on a brief tour followed by this engaging art activity developed specifically for children, ages five to 12.

Meet Sharon Butala

July 25, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Eileen Fisher, Chinook Centre (6455 Macleod Trail SW)

Join Shelf Life Books for an evening with award-winning author Sharon Butala in celebration of her new book, Where I live Now: A Journey Through Love and Loss to Healing and Hope. Butala shares her insights in her memoir into the grieving process over the loss of her husband and reveals the small triumphs and funny moments that kept her going. A discussion will following the reading.

Victors, Villains and Vixens

July 25 – 30, 2017
St. Patrick’s Island Park
Free, no tickets needed

Although the Calgary Folk Fest is taking over Prince’s Island Park, Theatre Calgary’s Shakespeare by the Bow is heading to St. Patrick’s Island for a special, free performance. Victors, Villains and Vixens is a collection of different scenes from a variety of Shakespeare plays, performed by up-and-coming performers.