Honens' Pianoscapes
Honens’ gift for Canada 150, don’t miss the unveiling of Pianoscapes | Image: Courtesy of Honens

Free This Week

Hit up concerts, readings, museums, and a trailer party

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

September always brings a fresh outlook and this week marks the perfect time to hit up some of Calgary’s arts offerings. So hit up these free events and immerse yourself:

ProArts@Noon Presents Linda Miller with Mimi Park

September 6, 2017, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Linda Faye Miller received international recognition for her appearance in Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award winning film Age of Innocence. Joined by Mimi Park on piano, hear them perform at this free lunch hour concert hosted by ProArts@Noon.

Woolf’s Voices 17

September 6, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free, donations accepted

Head to Shelf Life Books this week for an evening of spoken word, poetry, storytelling, music, and more as Woolf’s Voices offers up its first open mic ever! Not one for performing? Hear spoken word from Andrea Hunter, Emma Ladouceur, Jennifer Roberts, Toriah Hyatt, and yamasaidit alongside visual art from Jessica Szabo and music from Varnia Henry.


September 7, 2017, 12:00pm
Stephen Avenue Walk (Between Centre St. & 1st St. SE)

Honens’ gift to Calgary for Canada 150, this project was inspired by the desire to enrich the community through providing access to music-making. Encouraging collaboration between business, music, and visual art, five pianos have been transformed with designs that represent local artists’ unique reflections of Canada. All pianos will be unveiled at this free event featuring five festival pianists—Luca Buratto, Katherine Chi, Dmitry Nesterov, Jon Kimura Parker, and Dinuk Wijeratne.

Free First Thursday Nights

September 7, 2017, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)

Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience has been the talk of Canada’s visual arts community and here’s your last chance to check it out for free. The show closes September 10.

50 & Metamorphosis Opening Reception

September 7, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Herringer Kiss Gallery (709A 11th Ave. SW)


With two new shows at the Herringer Kiss Gallery, swing by to see Curtis Cutshaw’s 50 and Oksana Kryzhanivska’s Metamorphosis at this opening reception.

The People’s Poetry Festival Art Opening

September 7, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)

A poetry inspired art show and sale, kick off The People’s Poetry Festival with artwork from Sarah Melanie Harrill, Stacey Walyuchow, Jo Luke Giles, Nicole Love, Sachiko, Tammy Winterfield, and Elena Boston as well as poetry performed by Diane Guichon, Micheline Maylor, Melanie (Mel Vee) Hudson, Erin Vance, Eden Middleton, and Vivian M Hansen.

EV Junction Pop-Up Retail Park

September 7 – 10, 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 performance from Timepoint Ensemble, part of the Creative Living Room Series.

Conrete Sonata

September 8, 2017, 12:00pm
Woodlands Piano (3rd St. & 6th Ave. SW)

Co-presented by Honens, Downtown Calgary, and the support of the City of Calgary, the 2017 edition of Conrete Sonata returns with this noon-hour performance by year’s festival laureate, Katherine Chi.

Calgary Film 2017: Trailer Party

September 8, 2017, 3:00 – 9:00pm
Globe Cinema (617 8th Ave. SW)
Free, RSVP recommended

The perfect time to plan your schedule for the upcoming festival, join Calgary Film for this annual tradition. From documentaries and shorts to foreign comedies and horror, the loop runs twice so feel free to pop in.

Inglewood Night Market

September 8, 2017, 5:00 – 11:00pm
Inglewood (Between 9th Ave. & 10th St. SE)

Marking its September stop and wrapping up for the year, head to Inglewood this Friday for a leisurely stroll, shop, or nosh. With live music, artisans, food, and surprises to be had, there’s something for everyone.

Taking Stock Artist Talk & Reception

September 8, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Alberta Printmakers Studio (4025 4th St. SE)

Chad Erpelding’s exhibition Taking Stock analyzes data from Canada’s S&P/TSX composite index and studies its relationship with the global economy.

In Blood and Bone

September 8, 2017, 7:00 – 11:00pm
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary (2009 10th Ave. SW)

Alana Bartol’s In Blood and Bone asks how dowsing might shift relationships between natural resources, technology, and place, while looking at remediation, care, and the reliability of information.


September 9, 2017, 9:00am
King Eddy, National Music Centre (438 9th Ave. SE)

Join visiting pianist Katherine Chi as she instructs and inspires music students and teachers from across Alberta, as part of this year’s Honens Festival.

The People’s Poetry Festival

September 9, 2017, 10:00am – 10:00pm
Multiple locations
Free – $20

Poetry fans rejoice, The People’s Poetry Festival returns with poetry walks, workshops, and readings featuring page poetry, spoken word, music and artwork, DIY poetry stations, open mics, and poetry education.


September 9, 2017, 12:30 & 2:00pm
Drop In Zone, Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre (850 4th St. SE)

A concert for the whole family, Storytellers features popular children’s stories set to music and encourage kids to read while exposing them to classical music. Based on a true incident, Tess combines authenticity with drama. Set during the 1930s in the Canadian West, it is a remarkable story of a family whose older members are immigrants but whose children are, in the truest sense, at home. Catch this 30-minute concert as part of Honens Day at Studio Bell.

Don’t Tell Me What to Do

September 9, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Join Shelf Life Books for the launch of Dina Del Bucchia’s latest book, Don’t Tell Me What to Do. Her debut collection of short stories, these funny and strange stories are populated by weirdos and misfits trying out new ways of being in the world. Guests include Nikki Reimer, Larissa Lai, and Shannon Maguire.

Xenia Concert

September 9, 2017, 3:00pm
Drop In Zone, Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre (850 4th St. SE)

The Cecilia String Quartet’s Xenia Concerts are designed to appeal to, and be welcoming of, children on the autism spectrum and their families. Embodying the quartet’s philosophy that everyone should have equal access to quality chamber music performances, catch this free concert as part of Honens Day at Studio Bell.

Open Air

September 10, 2017, 2:00pm
Central Memorial Park (1221 2nd St. SW)

Bringing the world’s best chamber music to Calgary, cap your Honens experience under the warm September sun with this free, outdoor concert.

Stephen Avenue Summer Stage

September 12, 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 local favourite Ellen Doty. Rooted in jazz, her music seamlessly incorporates elements of other genres including folk and pop.