Poster for Arts Commons' Happenings 12
An art party that is free and open to all ages, don’t miss the next Happenings | Image: Courtesy of Arts Commons

Free This Week

Storytelling shines this week with readings, screenings, and more

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

Looking for something to spark your interest this week? There are parties, receptions, launches, screenings, readings, and so much more—and all are free! Here’s what we’re checking out:

ProArts@Noon Presents  Vocal Latitudes Choir

May 9, 2018, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

A mixed-voice, non-auditioned community choir, Vocal Latitudes sings songs from all times and places in many different languages. This free lunch hour concert features beautiful songs about the road including James Taylor’s That Lonesome Road, Route 66 by Kirby Shaw, an original arrangement of Stan Roger’s Northwest Passage, and more.

+15 Window Galleries Closing Reception

May 10, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00pm
+15, Arts Commons (205 8th Ave. SE)

Celebrate each of the exhibits hosted in the +15 at this closing reception. Artists will be on hand to speak about their work and everyone is invited to head to the Palomino (109 7th Ave. SW) for drinks afterwards (save 15% off your bill by showing a card from one of the exhibitions). As always, admission is free and all are welcome.

The Figgs

May 10, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)

Join Freehand Books as local author Ali Bryan launches her second novel, The Figgs. Hilarious, smart, and immensely fun, it tells the story of a family whose three adult children can’t seem to move out of the house.

Poster for Freehand Books' launch of The Figgs

Queering Indigeneity: An Evening of Storytelling

May 11, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Memorial Park Library (1221 2nd St. SW)

Am immersive evening with award-winning poet and author Joshua Whitehead, join the Calgary Public Library and Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival for a reception featuring up and coming LGBTQ/Two-Spirit artists. Following the starblanket of stories, have your snacks ready for a free screening of the documentary Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things.

Long Lunch with Josephine Lore

May 11, 2018, 12:00 – 2:00pm
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)

With a healthier Josephine Lore reading from her new writing, Unity: A Collection of Poetry, Fiction and Photography, head to Loft 112 to enjoy the photography in her coloured chapbook—yours to take home. Bring your own lunch or pre-order from us by emailing

Inner City Stories with Aritha van Herk

May 11, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)

A spring sequel to Deep Cold on 11a, join Aritha van Herk as she reads Big Melt on 11a. The evening includes end-of-work-week snacks and of course, beautiful chapbooks to take home. There might even be a piece or two of cake to celebrate the Loft’s fourth birthday.

Poster for Inner City Stories May 2018

Chestermere Fine Art Guild Annual Art Sale

May 12, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Chestermere Recreational Centre (201 West Chestermere Dr., Chestermere)
Free admission

Go for a drive and explore this annual show and sale featuring original art in all mediums and styles as well as prints, cards, and pottery.

The Group Art Society of Calgary’s Spring Show & Sale

May 12, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
St Peter’s Anglican Church (903 75th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Enjoy a day of art and meet the artists, this show features original paintings in a variety of mediums, sizes, and prices. You can even enter to win an original painting by Jan Chalupnicek and watch a painting demo by Rosemary Bennett. Donations for the Calgary Food Bank are gratefully accepted.

Koan Opening Reception

May 12, 2018, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)

Carl White grew up in England, frequenting institutions like the National Gallery and British Museum, which formed the foundation for his art practice. But as a teenager, he embraced a rebellious attitude and started questioning the elitist traditions of the British Empire. Combining these two worlds, Koan challenges the value of art history and its relevance to contemporary culture by taking on dual roles of creator and destroyer. Explore the show at its opening reception and hear an artist talk at 2:00pm.

Riverview Artists May Show & Sale

May 12 & 13, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Killarney Glengarry Community Association (2828 28th St. SW)

The Riverview Artists Group find inspiration in a wide range of subjects and express their ideas in a variety of styles and techniques. See their latest exhibit of original paintings and chat with the artists about their creations.

Happenings 12: Colour and Whimsy

May 14, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Arts Commons (205 8th Ave. SE)

Celebrate all of Arts Commons’ visual arts programming at the next Happenings—an art party that is free and open to all ages. Enjoy a Monday night of hands-on activities, live performances, and so much more. The theme is colour and whimsy—sure to inspire conversations about youth and family, as well as experimental art collisions.