It’s the perfect weekend to get out and explore as Jane’s Walk returns. With three days of free, locally-led walking tours inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs, everyone is encouraged to celebrate their neighbourhood.
Each tour is a walking conversation and can be on almost any aspect of a neighbourhood, on almost any topic you can think of. Jane’s Walk Calgary has been an initiative of Calgary Foundation since 2008 and is presented in partnership with Jane’s Walk International.
With over 80 citizen-led walks, 30 self-identify as arts and culture, so don’t miss these great offerings:
The cREative Realm
May 3, 2019, 4:00pm
Meet at Presto Pizza (1705 Macleod Tr. SE)
An overview of The cREative Realm project, a vision for integrating creative projects into road reconstruction, join local artists daniel j kirk and Dawn van de Schoot as they explore nine public artworks along 17th Ave. SW.
Beltline through the Eyes of Writers
May 3, 2019, 6:00pm
Meet at Memorial Park Library (1221 2nd St. SW)
The Beltline has been a literary hub since Annie Davidson’s book club met there in 1906. Since then, the neighbourhood has been home to several prominent writers, welcomed famous literary visitors, and found its way onto the page. Join Calgary author Shaun Hunter and special guests for a walk around the Beltline through the eyes of writers.
Downtown Calgary Arts Spaces
May 4, 2019, 11:00am
Meet in the lobby of Arts Commons (205 8th Ave. SE)
Did you know when you walk down Stephen Avenue, you are just steps away from some of Calgary’s most intriguing arts spaces? Join Calgary Arts Development and SpaceFinder Alberta for a walk around the blocks between 1st St. SE and 1st St. SW and suss out some of these cool venues.
Calgary Stampede Public Art Walk
May 4, 2019, 1:00pm
Meet at Cowboy’s Casino (421 12th Ave. SE)
Join Stampede volunteers for this guided tour that takes art lovers on a tour of Stampede Park, a year-round gathering place for the community. The two-hour program ends with a Q&A session with internationally recognized Rainbow Trout artist Jeff de Boer, facilitated by gallery owner Jarvis Hall.
Sunnyside Garage Art Tour
May 4, 2019, 1:45pm
Meet at the Vendome Café (940 2nd Ave. NW)
Garage art has started popping up in Sunnyside alleyways so go on a tour of garage doors that have been converted from boring beige to the homeowner’s colourful expressions. Stroll through Sunnyside’s eclectic alleys and discuss the role of place-making using art in the overlooked and underappreciated alleyway.
10-Minute Plays for Jane’s Walk
May 4 & 5, 2019, 1:00pm
Meet at Famous Five Statue in Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)
10-Minute Plays for Jane’s Walk is a free walking tour through downtown Calgary that features six 10-minute plays along the way. Each play highlights different performance styles, including music, theatre, poetry, stilt acro performance, and comedy while focusing on what’s at the “core” of being Calgarian.
Jane’s Walk returns May 3 to 5, 2019 throughout Calgary. Visit janeswalk.calgaryfoundation.org for more details.