Unveiling Event: Utility Box Project City of Calgary
Go on a walking tour of The City of Calgary’s Utility Box Project | Image: Courtesy of Alberta Printmakers

Free This Week

A busy week with free offerings from Beakerhead, receptions, and so much more

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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From the return of Field Staton and the unveiling of newly designed utility boxes to opening receptions, an art walk, and a studio crawl, visual arts are going all out this week with free events. But that’s not all! You can also check out a good chunk of Beakerhead, take in live music, see local student films, and attend a book launch without spending a dime.

Here’s what we are hitting up this week:

ProArts@Noon Presents Matt Heller with Claire Butler

September 13, 2017, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Playing together at Classical Revolution Calgary evenings, as part of The Jabberwocky Players, and with a recent concert at Heritage Park’s Music in the Plaza, Matt Heller and Claire Butler are fast becoming local favourites. Hear them perform at this free lunch hour concert.

Tales on the Way: Stories of Migration

September 13, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Prince’s Island Park (698 Eau Claire Ave. SW)

TALES Calgary invites tellers and listeners alike to share a story about migration and connect with fellow Calgarians. Meet at the Canada 150 display and bring a five-minute story to tell or come to listen.

The Storied City with Daniel Coleman and Richard Harrison

September 13, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

With a reading from Daniel Coleman’s latest book, Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place, he will be joined by Richard Harrison, recent author of On Not Losing My Father’s Ashes in the Flood, for a talk about how stories shape the way we see a city.


September 13 – 17, 2017
Multiple locations
Ticket prices vary with many free events

This smash up of art, science, and engineering has more than 60 events to explore and many are free! And be on the look out for Snakes and Ladders, Beakerhead’s flagship feature for 2017, part of Canada 150 celebrations.

Stephen Avenue Summer Stage

September 14, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Stephen Avenue Summer Stage (Centre Street & 8th Ave. SE)

The Stephen Avenue Summer Stage keeps on rocking into September with a performance from Black Cherry Perry. Inspired by the mystique and majesty of travelling medicine shows, Black Cherry Perry looks to entertain visually as well as musically.

Embodied: MFA Graduate Exhibition Reception

September 14, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Nickle Galleries (410 University Court NW)

Celebrate the work of students at the University of Calgary Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition. Embodied showcases the work of four artists—Nurgul Rodriguez, Elmira SarreshteDari, Ziya Lin, and Morgan Campbell—and looks at the ways they negotiate and reconcile their sense of identity in relation to either gender, time, or place.

Textile: Contextural Celebrates Ten

September 14, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Gallery 371 & Main Mall, Alberta College of Art + Design (1407 14th St. NW)

Contextural’s Summer Residency program comes to a close and you can check out the work created at the exhibition’s reception—artists will be in attendance.

NUTV Student Film Festival

September 14, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Globe Cinema (617 8th Ave. SW)
Free, donations accepted at the door

Showcasing Alberta’s best student films, don’t miss the first annual NUTV Student Film Festival. Juried prizes include Best Short Film and Runner-Up Best Short Film.

EV Junction Pop-Up Retail Park

September 14 – 17, 2017
EV Junction (4th St. & 8th Ave. SE)

Head to the East Village and hit up the food trucks, live music, performances, pop-up art, and much more. This Thursday check out a clown cabaret from Fall for Fools, part of the Creative Living Room Series.

Unveiling Event: Utility Box Project City of Calgary

September 15, 2017, 2:00pm
Meet at the utility box (10th St. & 5th Ave. NW)
Free, RSVP recommended

Over the past two months, 12 printmakers and writers have interviewed those who live and work in Hillhurst, Sunnyside, and Kensington, researched neighbourhood history, and transformed collected stories into art. Join them for a walking tour as the artists present their utility boxes and give some background to their pieces.

Jarvis Hall Gallery Opening Receptions

September 15, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Jarvis Hall Gallery (333B 36th Ave. SE)

Jarvis Hall Gallery opens its fall season with two solo exhibitions by Larissa Tiggelers and Jeremy Pavka. Tiggelers’ abstract painting process includes withdrawing from external concerns into intensive and contemplative colour mixing while Pavka uses humour, craftsmanship, and material choices in search of a punchline. An artist talk is also scheduled for 2:00pm on September 16.

extratextual Opening Reception & Book Launch

September 15, 2017, 5:00 – 10:00pm
Contemporary Calgary (117 8th Ave. SW)

Join Contemporary Calgary for the book launch of Chris Kraus’ After Kathy Acker followed by the opening reception of extratextual. Curators and artists will be in attendance.

Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception

September 15, 2017, 6:00 – 10:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 8th Ave. SE)

Celebrate the launch of the Esker Foundation’s fall exhibitions—Mary Anne Barkhouse’s Le rêve aux loups, Postcommodity’s A Very Long Line, and Making Treaty 7: Finding Common Ground.

Fulbright Scholar Jack Wilkins

September 15, 2017, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Doolittle Studio, Craigie Hall F206, University of Calgary (2500 University Dr. NW)
Free and open to all

The School of Creative and Performing Arts welcomes saxophonist Jack Wilkins (University of South Florida) to the University of Calgary. He’ll be spending the Fall 2017 semester as the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Interdisciplinary/ Multidisciplinary Performance and you can get to know him at this free concert.

Other-Portraits Opening Reception

September 15, 2017, 8:00pm
Stride Gallery (1006 Macleod Tr. SE)

A collaborative sculptural project by Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill and Patrick Cruz, Other-Portraits looks at the processes of knowledge building, familiarization, and how we become acquainted with a person, place or thing.

To talk to the worms and the stars

September 15, 2017, 8:00pm
The New Gallery (208 Centre St. SE)

Curated by Natasha Chaykowski this unconventional show features works by Miruna Dragan, Maggie Groat, Rithika Merchant, and Cindy Mochizuki.

Confluence Opening Receptions

September 15 & 16, 2017
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery (2108 18th St. NW)

A flowing together or a place where things merge, Confulence describes the coming together of the divergent artistic practices of Adele Woolsey and Mary-Leigh Doyle. Two opening receptions are slated for 5:00 to 9:00pm on September 15 and 2:00 to 5:00pm on September 16 with artist demonstrations throughout the weekend.

Field Station

September 15 – 19, 2017
Tuscany, Rocky Ridge & Royal Oak
Free, registration required

This series of arts-based community events are built around the Tuscany LRT Station Community Cultural Development Public Art Project. Both educational and creative, Field Station includes individual and collective opportunities to celebrate the local community and explore the final destination point on the Red Line and its surrounding neighbourhoods. Space is limited due to the nature of the creative activities.

East Side Studio Crawl

September 16, 2017, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Five locations in Inglewood & Ramsay

Roll on down to the annual East Side Studio Crawl and explore the creative spaces of established and emerging artists. The crawl returns for its 14th year with over 80 artists opening their studios at Burns Visual Arts Society, Jeff De Boer Sculpture, Heritage Weavers & Spinners, Artpoint Gallery & Studios, and Studio 4 Painters.

Don’t miss the 14th annual East Side Studio Crawl | Image: Courtesy of Burns Visual Arts Society

Artist Talk: Postcommodity

September 16, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 8th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended 

Postcommodity is an interdisciplinary arts collective made up of three Indigenous artists—Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, and Kade L. Twist. The artists live between Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Phoenix, and are known for their multimedia installations and performances about the borderlands.

Christine Klassen Gallery Reception

September 16, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)

Celebrate the opening of shows by three generations of Calgary-based artists—Teresa Posyniak, Aron Hill, and Heather Close—this weekend at CKG.

Midwinter Thaw Opening Reception

September 16, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art (730 11th Ave. SW)

Yechel Gagnon’s process is physical and forceful. Featuring charred wood surfaces with accents of gold and bronze leaf, tinted and exotic veneers stand out in her custom-made plywood. An opening reception takes place on September 16 with Gagnon expected to be in attendance.


September 16 & 17, 2017, 9:00am – 7:00pm
Outside of Arts Commons (205 8th Ave. SE)

TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary rolls out its CAMPER for Contemporary Calgary’s NEVER THE SAME: what (else) can art writing do? Open daily, swing by from 12:30 to 1:30pm for a lunch hour presentation from two guest symposium artists. A proposed space for discussion and regeneration, SUBTEXT offers symposium participants an auxiliary site to meet, connect, and reflect.

Calgary ArtWalk

September 16 & 17, 2017
Throughout Inner Calgary, Downtown, Inglewood & Beltline

Highlighting the expanse of visual art within Calgary, participating venues include artist studios, artist cooperatives, and artist run centres as well as commercial and public galleries. Open to everyone, this is a great opportunity to check out fall exhibitions and view artwork created by over a thousand artists.

Riverview Artists September Show & Sale

September 18 – 22, 2017, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Tenants Lounge, Centennial Place (Plus 15 Level, 250 3rd Ave. SW)

See original artwork by 12 local artists and enter to win an original painting created at one of the group’s shared vision events. An artist will be in attendance each day.