A stage set up to stream
A stage set up to stream as part of the #BandTogetherProject | Photo: Polaris Centre for the Performing Arts

Online Offerings

Local arts community goes digital in response to pandemic

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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With Calgary working hard to help flatten the curve and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), hundreds of events have been cancelled and community gathering places have closed. But, with the increase of online platforms and increasing technology, organizations and artists from around the world are stepping up their digital offerings in light of the pandemic.

From free concerts and performances to digital tours and online resources, our own local arts community is making sure we all stay connected to art, artists, and creative ideas. And if you’re enjoying online content from an artist or arts organization, consider making a donation! Even a few dollars can go a long way.

Check back regularly as this round up will be updated with more awesome online offerings to explore.

Have an online offering that’s not listed? Email us at events@calgaryartsdevelopment.com or fill out this form.

Ongoing Events & Streams

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Ongoing with new content regularly added
Online archive
Free to explore

Music can bring great comfort in times like this. The concert hall may be closed, but the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s live-stream library is free and open to everybody. Enjoy the orchestra performing works by Beethoven, Brahms, and others, as well as superstar guests like Paul Brandt, Renee Fleming, and Measha Brueggergosman.
calgaryphil.com

Esker Foundation

Ongoing with new content regularly added
Online archive
Free to explore

Full of mini-documentaries, exhibition montages, and behind the scenes experiences, the Esker Foundation’s website has tons of awesome content for you to explore whenever you want. We particularly love its current audio series featuring Katie Ohe talking about her intricate and ingenious sculptural works.
eskerfoundation.com

Katie Ohe working in her studio

Katie Ohe in her studio | Still: AvidEye Productions

Mini Masters at Home

Ongoing with new projects weekly
Online archive
Free to participate

Each month the Esker Foundation facilitates hands-on art workshops for children. As they cannot currently host them in person, they are bringing them to you in your homes. Check out this series of amazing creative projects for you, and your family, that use everyday and easy to find materials that you might already have on hand.
eskerfoundation.com

EYE Youth Projects

Ongoing with new projects weekly
Online archive
Free to participate

The Esker Foundation continues its online programming with its EYE Youth Program. Bringing special youth projects to you each and every Saturday, the very first one is inspired by Jane Trash and Sondra Meszaros’s creative resistance project and workshop, I’m So Angry I Made a Sign.
eskerfoundation.com

Online Artist Talks

Ongoing with new content added regularly
Online archive
Free to participate

While the Exposure Photography Festival exhibitions at Contemporary Calgary are currently closed, Exposure is working to allow access to arts and culture during this difficult time. With new online programming providing a platform for learning, professional development, and enjoyment, it will be sharing talks from its exhibiting artists over the next few weeks so check back regularly.
exposurephotofestival.com

Everyday Heroes @ Home

Ongoing with new episodes each weekday
Facebook Live
Free to Watch

StoryBook Theatre is thrilled to bring families and young people together for a daily online talk show hosted by StoryBook talent from the past and present. Geared towards all those young people and their families who love musical theatre and are stuck at home looking for a little escape, tune in Monday through Friday at 12:00pm.
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Music Production for Kids Online

Starts every Tuesday
Beat Drop virtual classroom
Free to participate, registration required

Providing kids with great learning experiences during this time, Beat Drop is offering a free online music production course for kids. It’s geared to ages eight to 15 who are brand new to the world of music production. This daily one-hour online class even uses various free software and tools.
beatdrop.ca

National Film Board of Canada

Ongoing with new content regularly added
Online archive
Free to explore

With more than 4,000 titles available for free online, the National Film Board of Canada offers a vast selection of short and feature-length films. Whether you’re looking for animation, documentary or fiction, there’s tons to explore including pieces by local creators.
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The Social Distancing Festival

Ongoing with new content regularly added
Calendar of streaming events
Free to watch

The Social Distancing Festival is an online community made to celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists who have been affected COVID-19 shutdowns. Run by Nick Green in Toronto, it includes a calendar of live-streams from around the world. You can even submit your own streams to be included.
socialdistancingfestival.com

Calgary Moves

Classes every Wednesday & Saturday at 6:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Get up and move with Sparq Productions’ online movement classes. With a 30-minute Bollywood dance class, tune in to let loose and get those hips moving, feet tapping, and hands up in the air.
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Library at Home

Ongoing with new content regularly added
Online archive
Free to explore

The Calgary Public Library has something for everyone to explore! From virtual storytimes and fun activities, to online courses and unlimited free streaming and reading, hit up this treasure trove of free online resources that you can access anytime from home.
calgarylibrary.ca

Youth Singers of Calgary

Ongoing with new content regularly added
YouTube
Free to explore

If young performers can’t be at Youth Singers right now why not get your fill by watching past performances on YouTube? And since we’re all finding ourselves with more time at home, they’ve ramped up posting to bring you a new video every day!
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Monday Night Live with Marcus Trummer

Ongoing with new concerts every Monday night
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Marcus Trummer offers up some music and good vibes that can take our minds off things for a bit. Tune in at 7:00pm each and every Monday night for a live streaming concert featuring performances by Trummer and special guests. It’s sure to be a good time.
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Isolation Point Virtual Concert Series

Ongoing with new content added regularly
YouTube
Free to watch

The Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music Society is proud to present its online performance project, the Isolation Point Virtual Concert Series. These concerts are free to watch and you can donate to a fund to help as many local musicians as possible.
mountainviewfestival.com

Field Trip: Art Across Canada

Ongoing with new content added regularly
Online archive
Free to explore

This new online platform delivers arts experiences with some of Canada’s most celebrated artists in a national partnership with leading arts organizations including Contemporary Calgary. Experience all things art, from children’s programs to artists talks and workshops!
fieldtrip.art

Art Where You Are

Ongoing with new content added regularly
Online archive
Free to explore

Contemporary Calgary’s collection of online initiatives endeavours to develop programming that is welcoming, inclusive, engaging, and relevant through digital platforms. Each week, explore a wide variety of programming including artist talks, interviews, workshops, and fun art challenges.
contemporarycalgary.com

In the Neighbourhood with Dave Kelly & Friends

Weekdays at 10:00am
Facebook Live
Free to watch

With an online show every weekday, join Dave Kelly Live for this silly experiment in building an online neighbourhood. This virtual variety show stars Dave Kelly, Mandy Stobo, Russell Broom, and Jim Button alongside a bunch of awesome guests—think Jann Arden, The Heebee-jeebees, Avnish Mehta, and more. Trust us—it’s a great way to kick start your day.
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#CanadaPerforms

Ongoing with new content daily
Online Calendar
Free to watch

#CanadaPerforms is a short-term relief fund that pays Canadian artists and authors for their online performances. Launched by Facebook Canada and the National Arts Centre to help ease the financial strain for Canadian artists and authors impacted by COVID-19, each day sees multiple streams to check out. Local artists so far have included Ellen Doty and Mariel Buckley.
nac-cna.ca

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks

Ongoing with new content added regularly
Instagram Live
Free to join

Tune in and move with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks live on Instagram. With classes being offered throughout the week, check out options including Ballet Barre introductions, beginner hip hop classes, and dance routines geared towards children. It’s a great chance to get up and stretch out those limbs with a full body workout.
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The Land, The Animals

Ongoing
YouTube
Free to watch

In an attempt to piece together the final moments of a troubled geologist, three scientists investigate the land and the animals of a modern city in the future. Loved the show or missed out during the High Performance Rodeo? Watch One Yellow Rabbit’s newest creation from your own home.
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Glenbow From Home

Ongoing with new content regularly added
Online archive with social media challenges
Free to explore

Bringing you the best of Glenbow online, this local institution is connecting with the community throughout its closure with virtual tours, online collections, educational videos, activity ideas, webinars, and more. It’s even got a hashtag—#GlenbowFromHome—where you can share your own content. Mark your calendars for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:00am.
glenbow.blog

Upcoming Events & Streams

Story Calls

March 22 – April 12, 2020
Via phone
Free to participate

Storytelling Alberta’s talented storytellers will tell five- to 10-minute stories—yours or teller’s choice—by phone for free. Send your name, phone number, email address, type of story you’d like to hear to hear as well as your date and time preferences to storytellingalberta@gmail.com.
talesalberta.org

Spring Art Show & Sale

March 25 – April 30, 2020
Online gallery
Free to view

Purchase local art from the comfort of your home, the Federation of Canadian Artists’ spring art show and sale has now shifted online. Items in this show may be available for purchase, click on the item to view additional details and to add the item to your cart to start the purchase process. Shop early for the best selection.
artists.ca

Blue Light Festival

April 1 – May 2, 2020
Calendar of online events
Free to watch

Did you know that Verb Theatre planned an online performance festival well before the pandemic hit Canada. The Blue Light Festival is a challenge to the traditions of theatre that merges the online with the off. A daring experiment in undermining the definition of theatre that takes on-stage practices to an online world. Catch eight made-for-social-media performances throughout April.
verbtheatre.com

Dance Together at Home

April 7 & 14, 2020, 10:00am
Online via Zoom
Free to participate

With a diverse background in dance, join Chawna Exner (AKA Eva Angel) for a seated burlesque class and dive into body positivity from home! This workshop is designed for you to stay active and creative at home. With CART captioning provided by Momo Movement, be sure to tune into this accessible online class and get moving.
momomovement.ca

Dance Together at Home

April 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2020, 3:00pm
Online via Zoom
Free to participate

Join Momo Movement for an accessible online creative movement dance class with Harmanie Rose from the All Bodies Dance Project! This workshop is designed for you to stay active and creative at home. With CART captioning, be sure to tune into this accessible online class each Tuesday throughout April and get moving.
momomovement.ca

Real Talk Artist Salon

April 9, 2020, 1:30pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Artists often receive disclosures at work and this salon helps handling those situations if they come up. This salon is for anyone interested in learning how to recognize domestic violence, understand its impact on an individual and the community, and develop comfort in responding to domestic violence disclosures.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 9, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

James Reckseidler is the energetic and thoughtful lead singer and co-songwriter for the Calgary rock band, reijo. His sweeping melodies and socially conscious lyrics make this a truly memorable musical experience. Join Stagehand for this live online concert and tip your performer at stagehand.app.
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Drew Gregory

April 9, 2020, 8:00pm
Facebook Live & Twitter Live
Free to watch

Back at it again for a Thursday night concert, Drew Gregory is hitting Facebook and Twitter for a one-of-a-kind party. The evening is sure to be full of original country tunes so be sure to tune in and get ready to groove. You can even throw in a few bucks via a digital tip jar on PayPal and show your support.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 10, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Hailing from Calgary, Erin Ross is an accomplished musician who transcends any one genre. Her soulful original compositions blend masterful guitar work, sultry vocals, and showcase her skill as a multi instrumentalist. Join Stagehand for this live online concert and tip your performer at stagehand.app.
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The End

April 11, 2020, 7:00pm
Vimeo Live
Free to watch

Kevin Jesuino’s community-embedded projects engage participants in performative actions, discussions, creative interventions, activations, and other forms of organizing. Positioning art and culture as a vehicle for meaningful social change, join him for M:ST Performative Art’s next live-streamed performance.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 13, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Dan Duguay has spent the last three decades performing as Dan the One Man Band. He is an entertainer at heart who mixes his own original songs with other people’s originals. His shows always have humour, passion, and spontaneity. Join Stagehand for this live online concert and tip your performer at stagehand.app.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 14, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Carly Reirson is a singer-songwriter driven by her belief in the healing power of music and its ability to bring people face-to-face with their feelings. Her honest lyrics blended with her soaring melodies draw people into the stories she shares. Join Stagehand for this live online concert and tip your performer at stagehand.app.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 15, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Jiggity James is an acoustic artist whose sound is a hearty blend of jazz, country western, ragtime, and bluegrass, drawing on influences from favourites such as Frank Sinatra, Neil Young, Elvis, and Old Crow Medicine Show. Join Stagehand for this live online concert and tip your performer at stagehand.app.
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I’ve Read This Online Book Club

April 16, 2020, 7:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to join

Missing your regular book club? Looking to chat with other bookworms while in isolation? Anne Logan has started a free, online book club that is open to everyone. For its first meeting, the featured book is bestselling literary thriller Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 17, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Wyatt C. Louis’ dark, rustic tales meld folk and soulful blues to tell tales of love, loss and the journey home. They’re beautiful, subtle creations that juxtapose emotions, striking imagery, and experiences that charm and envelop listeners. Join Stagehand for this live online concert and tip your performer at stagehand.app.
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Utopia Cabaret: Artists Prophesize The Future

April 17, 2020, 7:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Artists have been some of the hardest impacted by COVID-19 and at the same time are keeping the masses entertained while engaging in critical discussions. This evening of multidisciplinary performance art showcases artists attempting to envision a future in the era of self-isolation.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 22, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Brian Kennedy is an incomparable guitarist and singer performing swinging standards, vintage blues, and classic western music. He has been a featured artist with many Calgary groups and you can see him live online with Stagehand. You can even leave a tip for him at stagehand.app.
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Wordfest Online Happy Hour

April 23, 2020, 5:30pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch, registration recommended

Join Wordfest for a happy hour event with Kate Elizabeth Russell, author of one of the most controversial books of the year, My Dark Vanessa. Pour yourself your favourite libation and tune in for a conversation hosted by Wordfest’s CEO & Creative Ringleader, Shelley Youngblut.
wordfest.com

મીઠ સપના માટની દવા (Medicine for Sweet Dreams)

April 23, 2020, 6:00pm
Vimeo Live
Free to watch

Sachin Sudra blends cooking with body and screen-based exchanges to facilitate live meal gatherings, readings of sacred texts, and vibration therapy as radical acts of resistance. Join him for M:ST Performative Art’s next live-streamed performance and stay tuned for more details.
mountainstandardtime.org

Wordfest Online Happy Hour

April 30, 2020, 5:30pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch, registration recommended

Join Wordfest for a happy hour event with Robert Kolker, the author of one of the most talked-about books of the year, Hidden Valley Road. Pour yourself your favourite libation and tune in for a conversation hosted by Wordfest’s CEO & Creative Ringleader, Shelley Youngblut.
wordfest.com

Fairy Tales Film Festival

May 14 – 24, 2020
Online screenings
To be announced

The Calgary Queer Arts Society is potentially changing venues for the Fairy Tales Film Festival—to your house! With programming suited for all ages and demographics across the LGBTQ2A+ spectrum as well as allies, they’re gearing up for a virtual screening of the festival. Be sure to stay tuned for more information.
calgaryqueerartssociety.com

Past Events & Streams

Here’s a tip for you—even though these events are in the past, most are available to watch whenever you want. Just click on the link to explore the artist or organization’s page and enjoy!

Jann Arden

March 16, 2020, 3:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Calgary’s own Jann Arden has stepped up to add a little music to your day. With a free mini concert streaming live on Facebook, hear four or five songs and cheer each other on.
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Posted by Jann Arden on Monday, March 16, 2020

Kristin Grace

March 16, 2020, 6:30pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Balzac country artist Kristin Grace was born and raised in Alberta. Growing up she had a love of storytelling and country music, which encouraged her to pick up the guitar when she was 12. Part of the Polaris Centre for the Performing Arts’ #BandTogetherProject, tune in as she spreads hope and encouragement.
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Divas Opera

March 17, 2020, 7:30pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

After performing together in over 10 different operas, concerts, recitals, and charity endeavours over the past five years, soprano Kathleen Morrison and mezzo soprano Barbara King joined forces to bring their distinct flair, love, and artistry of opera to the public. Part of the Polaris Centre for the Performing Arts’ #BandTogetherProject, tune in to hear some of the most popular and loved duets and arias.
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The Blue Jay Virtual Sessions: Round 1

March 18, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Join The Blue Jay Sessions for its first virtual songwriters’ session with Mariya Stokes, Aaron Pollock, Robert Adam, and Alex Hughes. And if you are enjoying the songs and stories, donations to these performers can be made via PayPal at paypal.me.
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Mitch Belot Band

March 18, 2020, 7:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

The Mitch Belot Band incorporates a swampy storytelling style and modern rock flare. While they are first and foremost humble students of the blues, the group adds a taste of rock to the naturally ear pleasing sound that permeates their repertoire. Part of the Polaris Centre for the Performing Arts’ #BandTogetherProject, tune in and if you like what you see, donate a few bucks to the performers at showpass.com.
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Accessible Dance Class

March 19, 2020, 12:00 – 12:30pm
Instagram Live
Free to watch

Open to all bodies and minds, join Momo Movement live on Instagram for this accessible dance class. Featuring three 10-minute classes, learn adapted burlesque with Eva Angel, hip-hop with Amy Millie Badry, and seated, creative movement with Kyra Marie Newton. You can tune in live or watch the video afterwards to keep moving from home and stay connected to the community.
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Two-Meter Jazz

March 19, 2020, 7:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

The online concerts continue out of the Polaris Centre for the Performing Arts with this evening’s performance practicing proper social distancing. Featuring Rob Maciak, David Robinson, and Carlos Foggin, Two-Meter Jazz will endeavour to stay at least six feet apart throughout the stream. Like what you see? You can donate money to the performers after the show at showpass.com.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

March 20, 2020, 4:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

A live streaming performance by Christina Colyn from the safety of an empty Gravity Café, join Stagehand for this series of live performances from some of our favorite local music venues. You can even leave a tip for the performer at stagehand.app. Don’t miss it!
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Marcus Trummer

March 20, 2020, 7:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Inspired by the history of North American roots music, Calgary-based singer-songwriter Marcus Trummer and his band combine varied influences to create an original brand of blues, and soul influenced rock and roll. Part of the Polaris Centre for the Performing Arts’ #BandTogetherProject, tune in and if you like what you see, donate a few bucks to the performers at showpass.com.
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Drew Gregory

March 20, 2020, 7:30pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Back at it again for a Friday night live, Drew Gregory is accepting donations and hitting Facebook Live. With half the proceeds going to the Unison Benevolent Fund and half to Gregory’s team, throw in a few bucks if you can at paypal.me. The evening is sure to be full of original country tunes.
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Ballet Barre Works

March 21, 2020, 12:00pm
Instagram Live
Free to join

Get moving with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks as Ballet Barre Works leads this online class on Instagram. It’s a great chance to get up and stretch out those limbs with a full body workout done ballet-style.
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Justine Vandergrift Virtual House Concert

March 21, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

A two-hour live-stream from her home to yours, join Alberta songstress Justine Vandergrift for an afternoon of music. Filmed by Brandon DeWyn, donate a few bucks via paypal.me and make the best of your self-isolation.
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Cord Lund Live from Quarantine

March 21, 25 & 27, 2020, 5:00pm
Instagram Live
Free to watch

Alberta’s own Corb Lund will be hitting Instagram with a series of performances, live from quarantine. He’s even taking requests so be sure to tune in.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

March 24, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

A live streaming performance by Elle McAndrews from the safety of an empty Gravity Café in Inglewood, join Stagehand for this series of live performances from some of our favorite local music venues. McAndrews is a music therapist in Calgary by day and a singer-songwriter by night. She enjoys crooning old country singer’s music as well as creating her own tunes. Tune in and leave a tip for the performer at stagehand.app.
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The Blue Jay Virtual Sessions: Round 2

March 25, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Join The Blue Jay Sessions for its next virtual songwriters’ session. This stream features Matt Blais, Brettyn Rose, Lyndsay Butler, and Devin Cooper. And if you are enjoying the songs and stories, donations to these performers can be made via PayPal at paypal.me.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

March 25, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

The Mitch Belot Band is an up-tempo, energetic group that uses the blues as a base for their swampy blues and rock sound. Joining Belot is Justine Rowbotham. A live streaming performance from an empty Ironwood Stage & Grill, join Stagehand for this series of live performances from local music venues. Tune in and leave a tip at stagehand.app.
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Accessible Dance Class

March 26, 2020, 1:00 – 1:30pm
Instagram Live
Free to watch

Open to all bodies and minds, join Momo Movement live on Instagram for this accessible dance class. Tune in as Eva Angel facilitates an adapted burlesque class. Accessible to different bodies and minds, these exercises embody body confidence and self-love.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

March 26, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Amy Bishop’s voice is a combination of smooth pavement and rough gravel, with the ability to charm listeners with her sweet tones and the ability to hit any high note. A live streaming performance from an empty Cornerstone Music Cafe, join Stagehand for this series. Tune in and leave a tip for the performer at stagehand.app.
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Wordfest Online Happy Hour

March 26, 2020, 5:30pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Don’t miss Wordfest’s first online author event, a happy hour conversation with debut novelist Samantha M. Bailey about her bestselling thriller Woman On The Edge. Hosted by Shelley Youngblut, RSVP to be entered in a draw to win a copy of the book.
wordfest.com

Alone Together: Community During COVID-19

March 26, 2020, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Online via Zoom
Free to participate

An online gathering that will look at how to maintain—and even build—community during a time of social disruption and physical distancing, join Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre for this come-and-go event. All are welcome.
swallowabicycle.com

Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

March 27, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Pat Moore is an accomplished performer with a background in education, holding a Masters of Music Ed. He has taught music at every level, and performed across Canada and USA. Joined by Davide Robinson, check out this live streaming performance. Tune in and leave a tip for the performer at stagehand.app.
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The Althorp Virtuosi

March 28, 2020, 7:00pm
YouTube premiere
Free to watch

The Luchkow-Stadlen-Jarvis Trio is made up of Paul Luchkow, Michael Jarvis, and Sam Stadlen. Experience the music of a late 18th-century viola da gamba revival, music written for the English aristocracy in a daring virtuosic style. Tune into this special recording of The Althorp Virtuosi concert. The link for the concert will be available through the Early Music Voices’ Facebook page.
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The Luchkow-Stadlen-Jarvis Trio in rehersal

The Luchkow-Stadlen-Jarvis Trio rehearse for The Althorp Virtuosi concert | Photo: Courtesy of Calgary Music Events

Jann Arden

March 28, 2020, 3:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Calgary’s own Jann Arden has stepped up to add a little music to your day. With her second free mini concert streaming live on Facebook, Russell Broom joins Arden for four or five songs and a chance to cheer each other on.
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Diesel Bird Digital Music Festival

March 28 & 29, 2020, 12:00pm
Instagram Live
Free to watch

An intimate hang and performance with some of Canada’s most amazing country artists, Diesel Bird is a live concert from a safe social distance. With Dallas Smith, Shawn Austin, and The Dungarees, local acts include all girl country band, Nice Horse. You can even donate to the Unison Benevolent Fund or the Canadian Red Cross.
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Lodge Session

March 29, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Indigenous Resilience in Music is going live on Facebook with its very first Lodge Session featuring Cree-Métis folk singer-songwriter Wyatt C. Louis. This series features new Indigenous and non-Indigenous musicians for every performance.
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Flight Risk

March 29, 2020, 7:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

As part of the National Arts Centre and Facebook initiative to create an online performance opportunity for artists, catch a staged reading of Flight Risk by Meg Braem. Read live by Beth Graham, Elinor Holt, and Christopher Hunt, Flight Risk is the story of finding exactly who you need when you least expect it.
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Come Together Concert Series

March 30 – April 3, 2020, 6:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to Watch

In efforts to try and spread some love, positivity and country music, Michela Sheedy is bringing together some talented Alberta artists right to your homes. With appearances from Drew Gregory, Anna Lewis, Lyndsay Butler, Troy Kokol, and many more, you can even leave a tip via PayPal.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

March 31, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Matt Blais is a rock and roll troubadour whose career spans a decade of quality releases and dedicated touring. Hailing from Calgary, the charismatic Blais plays modern roots-rock with a foundation in candid songwriting. A live streaming performance, join Stagehand for this online series. Tune in and leave a tip for the performer at stagehand.app.
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How Does It Feel

April 1, 2020, 9:59am
YouTube Live
Free to watch

Combining the elements of writing, music, and movement improv, Art of Bodybending uses face masks, hoarded groceries, and ribbons as props. Join M:ST Performative Art for its first live-streamed performance where the artist will also be singing poetry about being consumed by isolation, disease, and selfishness.
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Photo of Karla Bautista aka Art of Bodybending

Karla Bautista aka Art of Bodybending | Photo: Courtesy of the artist⁣

Live from Spark in Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out

April 1, 2020, 1:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Tune in for Live from TELUS Spark! This rarely seen perspective includes skeletons, muscles, organs, circulatory systems, and more! Ask Zack anything about giraffes, ostriches, and sharks as he takes you on an anatomical expedition of these animals.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 1, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Soft and smooth vocals with playing to match, Josh Williams has been compared to artists like John Mayer, Seal, and Jack Johnson. You can expect a friendly and personable performance live online so join Stagehand this Wednesday. Tune in and leave a tip for the performer at stagehand.app.
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The Blue Jay Virtual Sessions

April 1, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to Watch

Bringing the songs and stories that we all love to hear, The Blue Jay Virtual Sessions present a line-up of four new, amazing musicians, including JJ Shiplett, Brandi Sidoryk of Nice Horse, Justine Vandergrift, and Shantaia! Donations to these performers can be made via PayPal.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 2, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Heather Blush performs mostly original music that is witty and engaging. Armed with her unique guitar playing style and a silky voice, she adapts her performance to suit the crowd in the moment. This live streaming performance comes to you straight Blush’s home and you can leave a tip for the performer at stagehand.app.
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Drew Gregory

April 2, 2020, 8:30pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Back at it again for a Thursday night concert, Drew Gregory is hitting Facebook Live for a one-of-a-kind party. The evening is sure to be full of original country tunes so be sure to tune in and get ready to groove. You can even throw in a few bucks via a digital tip jar on PayPal and show your support.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 3, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
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Jay Bowcott currently resides in Calgary and has been hard at it in the music scene for over 10 years touring Canada a number of times over the years and slugging out a living with his guitar. Catch this live streaming performance from Stagehand and leave a tip for the performer at stagehand.app.
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Mariel Buckley

April 5, 2020, 1:00pm
Facebook Live
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Enjoy a live-stream performance by local songwriter, Mariel Buckley. Buckley’s spectacular sophomore full-length album, Driving In The Dark, delivers on the promise of her previous album, Motorhome, as she plants her flag firmly as a songwriter who’s here for the long haul. Don’t miss this #CanadaPerforms performance.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 6, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
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S.K. Wellington’s music sits in the perfect pocket of indie, folk, pop, and rock. She strives to produce songs that are diverse, compelling, and that both resonate with and challenge, people’s experiences. A live streaming performance, join Stagehand for this series and leave a tip for the performer at stagehand.app.
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Women Appear (and sometimes they learn how to disappear)

April 6, 2020, 8:00pm
Vimeo Live
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Based on a piece Julianne Chapple first performed by bringing a corner of their living room into a theatre, the approximately 60-minute performance utilizes written text, slow movements, and a soundtrack of the greatest hits from 1972. Join M:ST Performative Art for its next live-streamed performance.
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Women Appear (and sometimes they learn how to disappear) by Julianne Chapple | Photo: Adam Waldron-Blain⁣

Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 7, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
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Chris Gheran’s vibrant, heartfelt, contemporary hard folk is informed by the classics. Peppered with military history and references, his songs sound like John Lennon with the charm of George Formby. A live streaming performance, join Stagehand for this series and leave a tip for the performer at stagehand.app.
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Flint & Feather

April 7, 2020, 3:00pm
Facebook Live
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This Facebook Live concert is a fundraiser for musicians with children affected by COVID-19. Tune in and share with other families this great opportunity to reconnect with others in an intimate and creative way. No donations are necessary and it’s going to be a great opportunity to reconnect with others in an intimate and creative way.
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The Ballad of Plastic Bags

April 8, 2020, 4:00am
Vimeo Live
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The Ballad of Plastic Bags will live-stream the journey of two plastic bags caught in the wind tunnel of Alfred Marasigan’s apartment’s almost deserted parking lot while a figure of pestilence lurks in the background. Join M:ST Performative Art for its third live-streamed performance. It takes place at 4:00am, but you can watch the recording later.
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Live from Spark in Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out

April 8, 2020, 1:00pm
Facebook Live
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Tune in for Live from TELUS Spark! This rarely seen perspective includes skeletons, muscles, organs, circulatory systems, and more! Ask Davis about the plastination process used to create all the animals and get ready to dive beneath the skin.
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A Toot in the Tub

April 8, 2020, 1:00pm
Facebook Live
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Entertain the kids—and even a few adults— with Nicolette Little’s live reading from her children’s book, A Toot in the Tub. Little is hoping to spark a little joy for families and little ones during this bizarre time, so mark your calendar and be sure to tune into Facebook live to enjoy. This reading is presented by Flanker Press.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 8, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
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Sonia Deleo is a Calgary-based artist with a dynamic vocal range and a knack for storytelling. With blues and soul in her bones and a fierce but gentle love in her heart, she gives a passionate and honest performance. Join Stagehand for this live online concert and tip your performer at stagehand.app.
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Stay Human Rumble #359

April 8, 2020, 7:00pm
Facebook Live
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For the 359th time in a row Rumble House will be spinning a wheel and making art for two hours! Of course, it will be live-streamed on its Facebook page so be sure to tune in and check it out. If you want to sell work in the live auction, be sure to drop it off with your information.
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