Hex Student Night Tattoo Art Tutorial
Open to students and artists, don’t this November 9 workshop on tattoo art | Image: Courtesy of The Hexagon Board Game Cafe

Free This Week

Hit up recitals, readings, workshops, and so much more

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

With the start of a new noon-hour concert series, a workshop on tattoo art, fairs, and more, this week is shaping up to be a busy one. But be sure to take the time and pay your respects by spending Remembrance Day at ceremonies and events in and around Calgary.

Here’s what we’re checking out this week:

ProArts Presents the German Canadian Male Chorus of Calgary

November 8, 2017, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Founded in 1971 by German immigrants who wished to enjoy and preserve their German choral culture, the German Canadian Male Chorus sing approximately 60% of their songs in German. The choir just returned from a concert tour of England in celebration of Canada 150 and you can hear them at this free lunch hour concert.

Diaspora Reception

November 9, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Fish Creek Library (11161 Bonaventure Dr. SE)

Meaning to scatter in Greek and traditionally referred to dispersion or migration of a people, today diaspora has gained a broader meaning to describe any community living outside their shared country of origin or ancestry. Coordinated by the Alberta Society of Artists, artists were invited to visually present what it means to them.

Thistledown Press Reading

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

A night of readings with Susan Alexander, Jasmina Odor, and A.E. Chandler, join Thistledown Press and Shelf Life Books for this special celebration.

Hex Student Night

November 9, 2017, 7:00 – 10:00pm
The Hexagon Board Game Cafe (200, 1140 Kensington Rd. NW)

Calling all students and artists, join The Hexagon Board Game Cafe as Alberta College of Art + Design alumni Mason Graff hosts a workshop on tattoo art. Supplies are provided.

Jim Picken & Liz Tremblay

November 10, 2017, 12:00pm
Knox Presbyterian Church (3704 37 St. SW)

Calgary’s newest concert series, Red Carpet Recital presents this free noon-hour concert with organist Jim Picken and cellist Liz Tremblay. Presenting a kaleidoscope of musical offerings through five centuries including movements from Bach’s G minor Sonata and Shostakovich’s Violoncello Sonata, the concert also features charming character pieces. A $5 lunch is available for purchase after the concert.

r/Evolution: Exhibition Talk

November 10, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Head to the Esker Foundation and join artist Mary Anne Barkhouse and guest curator Jennifer Rudder as they address historical and contemporary notions around land from western and Indigenous points of view.

Ancient Follicle Seeks Green Wish Opening Reception

November 10, 2017, 8:00pm
The New Gallery (208 Centre St. SE)

A collaborative effort of four artists with varying studio practices and experience, Puddle Popper makes its Alberta debut with this new, site-specific installation. Don’t miss this opening reception and performance.

Heritage Weavers and Spinners Annual Fall Sale

November 10 & 11, 2017
Artpoint in Inglewood (1139 11th St. SE)
Free admission

Get to know the Heritage Weavers and Spinners at its annual fall sale. Featuring weaving, spinning, and fibre art, all made locally by group members, this is a great chance to pick up an unique gift and see demonstrations throughout the day.

The Group Art Society of Calgary Fall Show & Sale

November 11, 2017, 10:00am – 4:00pm
St. Peter’s Anglican Church (903 75th Ave. SW)
Free admission and parking

Come out for a day of art and meet the artists, this show features original paintings in a variety of mediums, sizes, and prices. Enter to win the door prize an original painting by Dennis Ronald and check out a painting demo by Rosemary Bennett. Donations for the Veteran’s Food Bank are gratefully accepted.

Poster for The Group Art Society of Calgary Fall Show & Sale

Introduction to Iconography

November 11, 2017, 10:00am – 6:00pm
St. Mark & St. Philip’s Anglican Church (1802 33rd Ave. SW)
Free, goodwill offering graciously accepted

A pre-advent lecture series, join Holy Martyr Peter the Aleut Orthodox Church for a full day of talks including one on the icon of Christ and its development. The day is open to the public and a Remembrance Day prayer and moment of silence will be observed.

Fort Calgary Artisan Fair

November 11, 2017, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Fort Calgary (750 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission with a non-perishable food donation for the Veterans’ Food Bank

Join Fort Calgary for a special Remembrance Day service, followed by a market featuring over 60 talented local makers. Look for jewellery, hand-made crafts, holiday decor, photography, and more.

Evolution and Play Sculpture Workshop

November 11, 2017, 1:00 – 6:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration essential

Drawing inspiration from the diverse cultural histories and evolutionary purpose of objects of play, create a figurative sculpture from materials such as fabric, wood, foam, and oven-hardened clay. Participants must be over the age of 16 and all materials are provided.

Christmas in the Country Art Sale

November 11 & 12, 2017
Leighton Art Centre (282027 144 Street West, Millarville)
Free admission

With over a thousand pieces of fine craft and unframed artworks by local artists, head to the historic Leighton Art Centre for this event’s final weekend filled with beautiful decorations and festive treats.


November 12, 2017, 12:00 – 6:00pm
Throughout Inglewood & the Music Mile

Presented by TD and Inglewood BIA, this free, family-friendly event takes participants to various venues throughout Inglewood and the Music Mile. A guided tour of all the afternoon’s music with ArtWalk With Art, venues include Ironwood Stage & Grill, Art on 9th, Kent of Inglewood, and the Cold Garden Beverage Company.

Marda Loop Justice Film Fest

November 14 – 19, 2017
Multiple locations

This festival is all about film with a social edge. Screenings include post-show discussions with local and international artists and experts, as well as opportunities to interact and connect with community.