Thomas Poulsen – Our Canada, My Story
Thomas Poulsen – Our Canada, My Story screens at the Humainologie Film Festival | Still: Courtesy of Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Free This Week

Check out free film festivals, art experiences, and a pop-up container park

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

Great weather and lots to do, what a marvellous week to get out and about! And with these free events to hit up, there’s something for everyone on offer. Here’s what we’re checking out:

Seniors’ Week

Until June 11, 2017
Multiple locations

Acknowledging the contributions of seniors to our communities, The City of Calgary is celebrating Seniors’ Week with a plethora of free activities including museum tours, drop in classes, and social gatherings.

Seniors’ Free Art Experience

June 7, 2017, 9:30am – 12:00pm
Wildflower Arts Centre (3363 Spruce Dr. SW)

Celebrate Seniors’ Week at Wildflower Arts Centre with a free morning of art and refreshments. Check out demonstrations and hands-on experiences with clay, drama improvisation, printmaking, and watercolour. Come for the whole morning or drop-in when you can.

ProArts@Noon Presents Repsol Choir

June 7, 2017, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

For the past 15 years the four-part Repsol Choir has been performing at various downtown and community venues and you can check them out at this free performing arts concert.

Lifelong Learners

June 7, 2017, 2:30 – 3:15pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Seniors are invited to join the Esker Foundation for a tour and discussion of the current exhibitions in a relaxed, social environment. Explore new ideas and engage creatively with arts and culture.

Second Annual Humainologie Film Festival

June 7, 2017, 6:30 – 8:15pm
Globe Cinema (617 8th Ave. SW)

Featuring selected shorts by Humainologie and other filmmakers from around the world, check out this evening of films and step into the shoes of others. Part of Empathy Week, the screening is hosted by Brett Forté and features the short film, Thomas Poulsen – Our Canada, My Story.

The Defiant Mind: Living Inside a Stroke

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

Head to Shelf Life Books for the launch and reading of Ron Smith’s latest work, The Defiant Mind: Living Inside a Stroke—a first-person account of a massive ischemic stroke to the brain stem.

Food Dignity Art Show Opening Reception

June 8, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00pm
The Alex Community Food Centre (4920 17th Ave. SE)

Ever wonder what food dignity means to Calgarians? Artists with lived experience in food insecurity present works looking at just that.

Late Night Thursday

June 8, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Contemporary Calgary (117 8th Ave. SW)

Head to Contemporary Calgary’s patio party and celebrate the beginning of summer as its loading dock is transformed into an urban lounge, with disco balls and video projections. The evening kicks off with a talk by FRANK Architecture & Interiors.

Get Ready for Summer YA Reading

June 8, 2017, 7:00pm
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)

Join celebrated authors Betty Jane Hegerat and Susan Ouriou for a short discussion about their new young adult novels. Kids are welcome and books will be available for purpose.

EV Junction Pop-Up Retail Park

June 8 – 11, 2017
EV Junction (4th St. & 8th Ave. SE)

Did you know that every Thursday through Sunday until October 1, you can check out 12 retailers set up inside modified shipping containers at EV Junction? Hit up the food trucks, enjoy live music, performances, pop-up art, and much more. This Thursday you can even see The Nate Waters Quartet perform as part of the Creative Living Room Series.

Suspicious Minds Opening Reception

June 9, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Jarvis Hall Gallery (333B 36th Ave. SE)

Jarvis Hall Gallery presents this solo exhibition with legendary Calgary artist, John Will featuring a number of new (tongue-in-cheek) paintings. Never known to miss a good party, the artist will be in attendance.

The Inglewood Night Market

June 9, 2017, 5:00 – 11:00pm
Inglewood Night Market (9th Ave. & 10th St. SE)

The Inglewood Night Market is back for 2017 with live music, entertainment, artisans, food, and fun surprises to the streets of Inglewood.

Artist Talk with Jason de Haan

June 9, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Join Jason de Haan for this tour and talk through his exhibition Oh for eyes! At night we dream of eyes! The evening is bound to provide insight into a number of projects, concepts, lines of research, and processes in the exhibition.

Suncor Energy Stage One Festival

June 9 – 24, 2017
Lunchbox Theatre (160, 115 9 Ave. SE)

See a series of staged readings and new works at this 30th annual offering from Lunchbox Theatre. Works include Trevor Schmidt’s Manband, Meredith Taylor-Parry’s Book Club II: The Next Chapter, and Jennifer Wynne Webber’s With Glowing Hearts.

Bridgeland Cultura Festival

June 10, 2017, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Bridgeland Riverside Community Association (917 Centre Ave. NE)

Head to Bridgeland for this one-day street festival showcasing the community’s culture, history, and diverse blend of character.

Gathering Show + Sale

June 10, 2017, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Warehouse 534 (534 9th Ave. SE)

An online art gallery, FosterMAK Gallery proudly represents the art of some of the best local artists and photographers in Calgary and you can check them out in person at this upcoming group show.

Close to Home Closing Reception

June 10, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00pm
U-Hall, TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary (2009 10th Ave. SW)

The CAMera Collective (formerly UCFK) presents this photo installation exploring the theme of close to home. Known for its documentation of urban environments from the unique perspectives of three photographers—Angela Inglis, Melody Jacobson, and Cat Schick.

Jason de Haan in conversation with Miruna Dragan and Pranav Behari

June 10, 2017, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Join Jason de Haan, Miruna Dragan, and Pranav Behari for this conversation as they share a number of experiences, overlapping interests, and collaborative works.

Show Off! 2017

June 10 – 24, 2017
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art + Design (1407 14th Ave. NW)

A juried art and design competition for high school students living in Alberta, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, check out the best at the annual Show Off! Exhibition. The contest challenges young creatives to experience what it is like to be an exhibiting artist, and offers them the chance to win some spectacular prizes including tuition at ACAD.

Liyikimat Iks – Unity Moving Forward

June 11, 2017, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Genesis Centre (7555 Falconridge Blvd. NE)

Experience a culturally rich, family-friendly event featuring Indigenous drummer and singer Randy Turning Robe. The day features the 100 Years of Loss exhibit on loan from the Government of Canada, as well as kids craft tables, free samples of traditional food, and more.