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.

Ongoing Events & Streams   |   Upcoming Events & Streams   |   Past Events & Streams

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

Songsmith Sundays Podcast

Ongoing with new content added regularly
Online via Soundcloud
Free to listen

Hosted by Calgary country-folk singer-songwriter Justine Vandergrift, in this first episode originally taped in October 2019, hear songs and stories from Vandergrift and her guest, Bill Bourne. Tune in for a new episode every Sunday while you sip a coffee or brew from the safety of your home.
kingeddy.ca

The Weekly Pride Cast

Ongoing with new episodes every Friday
Stream online
Free to watch

How is COVID-19 impacting LGBTQ2S+ folks? What’s happening with Calgary Pride 2020? How can community members get involved? Karla Marx serves you the inside scoop on all of these questions and more—from a safe distance on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Twitch. Be sure to tune in each week.
facebook.com

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

Permanent Collection

Ongoing with new content added regularly
Online archive
Free to explore

Each season, Esker commissions a response from compelling voices within or beyond the visual arts. Asking contributors to consider each of the current exhibitions together as a means of generating new ideas and connections, explore this new digital art publishing project online. A new essay will be released every two weeks.
permanentcollection.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.
nfb.ca

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.
facebook.com

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!
youtube.com

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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Beltline Balcony Bash

Ongoing with new sets every Friday night
YouTube Live
Free to watch

It’s tough when you can’t see all of your Beltline buddies, especially when you know it should be patio season. Broadcasting live from Broken City, Connor Muth is setting up speakers all around the rooftop patio directed towards the community while local DJs play a sweet isolation soundtrack that you can tune into!
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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

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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The cast of The Land, The Animals on stage

One Yellow Rabbit’s The Land, The Animals | Photo: Lori Andrews

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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Concentration Patterns

Ongoing
Online via Soundcloud
Free to hear

This unique, meditative piece seeks to envelope the listener in tactile and immersive sound. Sound artist Colin Roy Gillespie attempts to elaborate the active imagination that springs forth from the subconscious mind. The piece was being played in the +15s but has moved online. Have a listen.
artscommons.ca

AC@Home

Ongoing with new content added regularly
Online archive
Free to explore

While live concerts and performances are not possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, Arts Commons strives to bring the arts to life with education resources, mentoring opportunities, playlists, and live online performances. Join them to celebrate the transformative nature of the arts digitally.
artscommons.ca

CIFF at Home

Ongoing with new content added regularly
Stream Online
$12

The Calgary International Film Festival has partnered with Film Movement to deliver curated film selections to your at-home screens, allowing them to re-open their (virtual) doors and deliver amazing movie selections to you. First up, two newly released titles for foreign film lovers and midnight movie buffs.
calgaryfilm.com

Inisolation

Ongoing with new content added regularly
Online archive
Free to explore

Herringer Kiss Gallery has invited their artists to create work that speaks to the strategies, opportunities, problems, and outcomes of isolation. This could, of course, refer directly to the COVID-19 crisis or isolation in general. This work has been submitted for you to enjoy free at cost and new content is added regularly.
herringerkissgallery.com

Quarantine International Film Festival

Online
YouTube
Free to watch

Created by two local filmmakers, this international film festival is dedicated to you and your spare time during the COVID-19 pandemic. With a top 40 playlist now available, check out the best films exploring the theme Bear/Bare. Go see what these amazing creatives have accomplished.
youtube.com

Isolation Station

Ongoing with new content added regularly
YouTube
Free to watch

The Isolation Station is the Calgary Folk Festival sharing their favourite songs, videos, live sessions, festival videos, and new content with you. Believing in the power of music to bring us all together, check out these staff curated playlists featuring old and new favourites. Check it out for your listening and viewing pleasure. ⁠
youtube.com

Creative Stretch

Ongoing with new videos every Monday
Instagram Live
Free to watch

Join Downstage Artistic Director and certified yoga instructor, Clare Preuss, online for Creative Stretch! Take part in weekly offering of yoga, meditation, journal writing, songs, play, deep relaxation, and more! It’s a great way to kick-start your week and you can even check out past ones if inspiration strikes.
downstage.ca

PlayME Podcast

Ongoing with new content added regularly
Stream online
Free to listen

PlayME from CBC Podcasts helps raise the profile of Canadian playwrights by highlighting hit, award-winning theatre through a series of podcasts. It’s transforming the way we experience theatre by turning contemporary plays into bingeable audio dramas—there are even local works to explore!
playmepodcast.com

Honens @ Home

Ongoing with new content added regularly
Online archive
Free to watch

Things have dramatically changed in the way we live, socialize, and enjoy life. For many, music is not an option—it is essential. That’s why Honens is gathering concerts you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. And with new content added regularly, be sure to check back for more great music.
honens.com

Print(ed) Word Documentary Series

Ongoing
Online archive
Free to watch

In 2017, Alberta Printmakers and Loft 112 initiated Print(ed) Word to explore book inspired relationships including art from text, artist with writer, and art book and reader. The result was a collaboration between a selection of 12 Alberta printmakers and 12 writers, each paired to create a collaborative artist book inspired from an existing text.
albertaprintmakers.com

A graphic promoting the Print(ed) Word Documentary Series

Be sure to watch this local documentary series | Image: Courtesy of Alberta Printmakers

The Dandy Radio Broadcasting Corp.

Ongoing with new playlists every Thursday
Online via Spotify
Free to listen

The Dandy Radio Broadcasting Corp. is ready to hit the digital airwaves and bring a little sonic excitement to your socially distanced day. Enjoy an hour of Dandy favourites in a guest curated playlist every Thursday. It’s sure to bring a smile to your face (and ears)!
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Department of Moose Information

Ongoing with new content added regularly
YouTube
Free to watch

Loose Moose Theatre Company invites you to check out the Department of Moose Information, a web game show created by some of the people who work at Loose Moose Theatre. Hosted by Dave Ware, watch as teams are put through a series of challenges to see who comes out on top!
youtube.com

Virtual Field Trip

Ongoing with new content added regularly
Online archive
Free to explore

While Heritage Park Historical Village is currently closed due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, you and your students are invited to join in on a virtual field trip of the park. Find slideshows, activities and more on its website and make a plan to explore from the safety of your own home.
heritagepark.ca

Spark Science from Home

Ongoing with new content added regularly
Online archive
Free to explore

Have a curious mind at home? Take advantage of TELUS Spark’s virtual experience complete with experiments and activities, a special live from Spark component, as well as the Wonder Bucket where Spark has gathered your wonderings and worked with a network of experts to serve up some answers!
sparkscience.ca

Restez à la Maison

Ongoing with new content added regularly
Online archive
Free to watch

Looking for some great French content to stream? Cité des Rocheuses presents Francophone performances streamed online via the National Arts Centre’s #CanadaPerforms series. With a free selection of shows, concerts, and movies to watch from home, browse its catalogue and enjoy get ready to enjoy!
citedesrocheuses.com

Sled Island Alternate Timeline Festival

Ongoing with new content added regularly
Stream online
Free to listen

Over the next several months Sled Island will be showcasing the festival that would have been through their social media channels, highlighting the artists that were slated to play the festival in June. Keep checking back for current music news and artist spotlights.
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On LGBTQ2S+ Animation

Ongoing
Digital publication
Free to download

In 2019, QAS hosted four screenings showcasing the work of LGBTQ2S+ animators. Each was accompanied by a pair of critical responses from a collection of talented writers, curators, artists, and animators exploring the context of the films. Browse those works and read the entire publication online.
quickdrawanimation.ca

The Gift of Opera

Ongoing with new content added regularly
Stream online
Free to watch

Calgary Opera has collaborated with its emerging artists and resident conductor and repetiteur Kimberley-Ann Bartczak to create a series of short videos. Featuring musical selections that bring them hope and optimism, videos are released every Tuesday and Thursday for the next few months.
calgaryopera.com

TC Takeout

Ongoing with new content added regularly
Stream online
Free to watch

Theatre Calgary’s stage might be dark at the moment, but they still want to reach out and share entertaining and meaningful content with Calgary and the world. TC Takeout provides artists an opportunity to share their talents with you, the audience! Tune in to learn more.
theatrecalgary.com

At Home with d.talks

Ongoing with new content added regularly
Stream online
Free to watch

Maintaining a connection through insightful conversations is crucial in these challenging times. You’re invited to join d.talks in as it presents temporary online screenings of some of its past events including a screening of Let’s Talk About… Waste. Be sure to check back regularly for new content.
dtalks.org

Virtual Grad Show

Ongoing
Online archive
Free to explore

Each year, Grad Show celebrates the talent, determination, and creativity of Alberta University of the Arts’ students. Moving online with a brand-new website, Alberta University of the Arts is proud of these students and their achievements, looking forward to the continued growth of each unique voice.
auartsgrad.ca

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

Monday Music Moments

April 20 – June 29, 2020, Mondays at 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Youth Singers of Calgary present Monday Music Moments for elementary aged children. With 20-minute music classes on Facebook Live, the first class will be led by Youth Singers’ Director of People, Megan Emmett. Stay tuned as the next few are announced and mark your calendars to join in!
facebook.com

18th Annual Juried Members Show

April 25 – June 7, 2020
Online archive
Free to explore

Enjoy the Leighton Art Centre’s 18th annual—and first virtual—Juried Members Show! With 115 pieces selected from 365 submissions, this year’s exhibition is exciting, varied, and a visual feast featuring works in acrylic, oil, watercolour, photography, felting, printmaking, and mixed media.
leightoncentre.org

TD JazzYYC Virtual International Jazz Days Festival

April 30 – May 27, 2020
Stream online
Free to watch

Presented in partnership with Jazz Home Delivery, the new online project by former CBC Tonic host Tim Tamashiro, this festival features Calgary artists along with other select Canadian artists. It’s a quality-sounding broadcast.
jazzyyc.com

Art Apart

May 1 – 30, 2020
Stream online
Prices vary

The National Theatre School of Canada provides theatre artists the opportunity to learn from professional actors, directors, designers, composers, and theatre makers with free online classes to support the deepening of their craft during this time of isolation. You can also see graduating class shows and a virtual design exhibition.
ent-nts.ca

Rhythm Section

May 7 – June 27, 2020
Online Viewing Room
Free to explore

Rhythm Section, a new exhibition of paintings by Mark Dicey, explores the artist’s continued interest in abstraction and rhythms of everyday life. Having begun his dedicated studio and painting practice after graduating from the Alberta College of Art + Design, Dicey has established himself as an integral presence in the Calgary art world.
jarvishallgallery.com

Virtual Dance Classes

May 11 – June 20, 2020
Stream online
Prices vary

During this time of social distancing Decidedly Jazz Danceworks  is bringing the joy of movement to you in your home. Their teachers have filmed a series of classes to be streamed at anytime in your home, offering nine live classes per week for adults as well as for youth aged two to 12 at an open level.
decidedlyjazz.com

Iso-PLAY-tion Hour

May 14, 21 & 28, 2020, 3:00pm
Online via Zoom
$5

Calling all brilliant, organic, and ridiculous young creatives out there! Join Quest Theatre for an hour-long playtime to explore virtual backgrounds, find the best use for chat windows, and learn to utilize a computer’s camera for dramatic results! Raid your costume closets, scavenge for props, and take advantage of your surroundings for theatrical purposes.
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The ShakeUp

May 19 – June 2, 2020
Stream online
Free to watch

Downstage’s first annual The ShakeUp festival was scheduled to go live this month, but due to current global circumstances, plans have shifted. Be sure to check out these online offerings as Downstage continues to develop other pieces for future live performances with these excellent emerging artists.
downstage.ca

An Orchestra Adventure

May 19, June 2, 16 & 30, 2020
Stream online
Free to watch

Join the Calgary Philharmonic and Associate Conductor Karl Hirzer for a fun and educational tour of the orchestra! This four-part online series takes kids on a musical journey through the four sections that make up a symphony orchestra: woodwinds, strings, brass, and percussion. Tune in as new episodes are released.
calgaryphil.com

Ted Godwin: A Retrospective, Part I

May 23 – June 17, 2020
Online archive
Free to explore

Check out this online release with an e-catalogue and virtual tour from Wallace Galleries. Ted “the Kid” Godwin was a professor at the University of Regina in the 50s and 60s, and exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada.
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Jube School Online

May 26, 2020, 2:00pm
YouTube Live
Free to participate

Join Jube School for a mindfulness mark making workshop with creative wellness facilitator Paula Timm. Supplies needed are heavy paper, canvas or board, acrylic and watercolours in any and all colours, white acrylic paint, paint brushes, water bucket, and paper towel. Tune in live and get creating.
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Music to My Ears

May 26, 2020, 7:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Join in as Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s Associate Conductor Karl Hirzer takes you through Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral). The Music to My Ears series is a chance to explore how composers reached milestones in the history of music thanks to their resilience in difficult times so be sure to tune in and start learning.
calgaryphil.com

Wordfest Online Happy Hour

May 28, 2020, 5:30pm
Online via Zoom
Free to watch, registration required

Join Wordfest’s online happy gour event with Irish-based journalist Mark O’Connell, whose doomsday obsession lead to Notes From An Apocalypse. Pour yourself your favourite libation and tune into this timely conversation hosted by CEO & Creative Ringleader, Shelley Youngblut.
wordfest.com

Calgary Story Slam

May 28, 2020, 7:00pm
Online via Zoom
Free to watch, registration required

Storytelling is an amazing way to connect, laugh, support, and heal. An open mic storytelling night for you to tell your story, this free online slam surrounds the theme of together. Be sure to join the Calgary Story Slam for this fun event and register with your email to be invited to the secure Zoom session.
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Sharing Dance Day

May 29, 2020
Stream online
Free to participate

The Wildflower Arts Centre and Canada’s National Ballet School invite you to learn the Sharing Dance choreography—an accessible dance project to learn and rehearse at home! This year’s featured work was created by Canadian choreographer Jera Wolfe. No dance experience is required!
nbs-enb.ca

Dolly Wiggler Cabaret Online

May 29 & 30, 2020, 8:00pm
Online via Zoom
Prices vary

It’s wild, it’s weird, it’s always entertaining! See hort form puppetry for adults in Calgary’s best cabaret venue, your beautiful mind! Grab tickets to attend the live Zoom event or lurk online, the evening is hosted by Xstine Cook and Mooky Cornish and produced in partnership with Puppet Power Conference.
eventbrite.ca

Charlotte Cornfield & Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

May 30, 2020, 7:00pm
Stream online
$8

The Calgary Folk Music Festival’s Virtually Live series kicks off with the hook-filled lyrics of singer-songwriter Michael Bernard Fitzgerald plus Charlotte Cornfield’s contemporary, contemplative, funny, and heart-wrenching tunes.
calgaryfolkfest.com

More Than A Number

June 3, 2020, 7:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Help celebrate Seniors Week with Seniors’ Acting Lab and a humorous look at ageism! Join five card playing friends whose game gets totally sidetracked as things heat up over whether ageism really exists and what form it takes in their individual lives. This is an original play written by members of the Seniors’ Acting Lab.
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Terra Lightfoot & Josyara

June 6, 2020, 7:00pm
Stream online
$8

The Calgary Folk Music Festival’s Virtually Live series continues with two fierce players—big-voiced gutsy Hamilton roots-rocker Terra Lightfoot and an enticing voice of a new Brazilian era, Sao Paulo-based Josyara.
calgaryfolkfest.com

Calgary Ukrainian Festival

June 6 & 7, 2020
Stream online
Free to watch

Calgary Ukrainian Festival celebrates its 11th anniversary with its first ever virtual festival, connecting people as a community and sharing their love of Ukrainian culture online. The lineup includes virtual performers, a physically distant kitchen Zabava, workshops, online shopping, and more!
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IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists

June 10 – 13, 2020
Stream online
To be announced

Presented via a festival-at-a-distance model, don’t miss the Hyperspace Edition. We may be spatially distanced, but like entangled particles, there is no severing our social and artistic connections. There are worlds to explore and adventures to encounter—together.
sagetheatre.com

Wordfest Online Happy Hour

June 11, 2020, 5:30pm
Online via Zoom
Free to watch, registration required

Join Wordfest’s online happy hour event with author Curtis Sittenfeld, and her new book, Rodham. Pour yourself your favourite libation and tune into this timely conversation hosted by Wordfest’s CEO & Creative Ringleader, Shelley Youngblut.
wordfest.com

Okotoks Film Festival

June 11 – 14, 2020
Stream online
Prices vary

The Okotoks Film Festival is live-streaming online this year. A pass gets you access to the entire four-day program and you can take advantage of the opening night special which gets you a festival pass, as well as beer and popcorn delivered to your door for Okotoks residents. You can even see the popular 48-Hour Filmmaking Challenge.
okotoksfilmfestival.ca

Summer Stamp Camp Online

June 13, 2020, 9:45am – 4:30pm
Online via Zoom
Prices vary

Want to try a new hobby? Bored at home? This fun day of crafts and learning invites you to learn how to sponge on ink and use masks. Be the designer and create your own unique paper patterns, how to create a simple fun fold card, and the beautiful simplicity of watercolour pencils.
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Kaia Kater & Tom Phillips

June 13, 2020, 7:00pm
Stream online
$8

Catch Calgary’s gritty poetic troubadour Tom Phillips as he and Kaia Kater—with her ancient, authentic, and fresh musical takes—trade songs. Critics have called Kater’s music ancient and authentic and brand new. Calgary Folk Music Festival’s Virtually Live series continues with this one-of-a-kind online experience.
calgaryfolkfest.com

Tré Burt & Haley Heynderickx

June 20, 2020, 7:00pm
Stream online
$8

Calgary Folk Music Festival continues with its Virtually Live series! Portland’s Haley Heynderickx is a next generation unorthodox indie-folk flag bearer. She’s joined by Tré Burt, the first new voice signed to John Prine’s Oh Boy label in 15 years. Grab your tickets and be sure to tune in.
calgaryfolkfest.com

Calgary Underground Film Festival

June 22 – 28, 2020
Stream online
Prices vary

Throughout the seven-day online event, you’ll discover unique independent and genre films streaming in Alberta for the first time, shorts packages, Q&As with filmmakers, programmer intros, and interactive experiences. Stay tuned as the lineup is announced in early June.
calgaryundergroundfilm.org

Steve Poltz & Kris Demeanor

June 27, 2020, 7:00pm
Stream online
$8

Two creative truth-tellers unite for the Calgary Folk Music Festival’s Virtually Live series. Grab your tickets and tune in as Steve Poltz brings his trademark sardonic wit and left-turn lyrics, exchanging barbs with Calgary’s inaugural poet laureate and clever wordsmith Kris Demeanor.
calgaryfolkfest.com

Mick Flannery & William Elliot Whitmore

July 4, 2020, 7:00pm
Stream online
$8

The Calgary Folk Music Festival’s final program in its Virtually Live series features Irish Mick Flannery’s beautifully-crafted, intense topical stories and Iowa’s William Elliott Whitmore’s anthemic banjo-driven, punk-influenced rural anthems. Grab tickets and don’t miss it!
calgaryfolkfest.com

Calgary Pride Festival

August 28 – September 7, 2020
Stream online
Free to participate

Leading up to and during the 30th anniversary of Calgary Pride week, watch performances from Canada’s best and brightest LGBTQ2S+ artists, diversity workshops, community newscasts, and interviews, all free to the public. Viewers will not only be able to watch the programming, but can comment and meet with one another from a safe distance. Donations are gratefully accepted.
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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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welcome to the show

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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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Season Announcement

March 31, 2020, 12:00pm
Online
Free to watch

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra presents the announcement of their upcoming 2020/21 season. Join them online for the big reveal of next season’s concerts—from classical masterpieces to pop music favourites to superstar guest artists—complete with a video performance!
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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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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.
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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
Free to watch

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
Free to watch

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
Free to watch

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
Free to watch

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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A person slouches in a chair in a performance piece

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
Free to watch

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
Free to watch

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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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.
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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.
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The Ballad of Plastic Bags

April 8, 2020, 4:00am
Vimeo Live
Free to watch

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. 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
Free to watch

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
Free to watch

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
Free to watch

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
Free to watch

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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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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Wordfest Online Happy Hour

April 9, 2020. 5:30pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch, registration recommended

Join Wordfest for a Happy Hour event with Yukon-based journalist Eva Holland to celebrate her new book Nerve: A Personal Journey Through The Science of Fear. Pour yourself your favourite libation and tune into this conversation hosted by Christina Frangou, who, like Eva, is one of the world’s leading magazine writers.
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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 12, 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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Kevin Jesuino screaming into a mic

Kevin Jesuino’s The End | Photo: Courtesy of M:ST Performative Art

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

Ben Rose has been singing and playing live music professionally for more than 15 years. He performs in many restaurants and clubs around Calgary and his passion for music is obvious when you watch him perform. Join Stagehand for this online concert and leave a tip at stagehand.app.
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Wordfest Online Happy Hour

April 14, 2020, 5:30pm
Online via Zoom

Free to watch, registration required

Rescheduled after a technical hiccup, join Wordfest for this happy hour event with Yukon-based journalist Eva Holland to celebrate her new book Nerve: A Personal Journey Through The Science of Fear. Pour yourself one of your favourite libations and tune in.
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Virtual Tuesday Koi Open Mic Volume 4

April 14, 2020, 6:30pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Enjoy an evening of community, connection, and great music with Koi’s popular open mic night—now digital! Performances take place throughout the lockdown, continuing to connect artists and provide quality entertainment so be sure to tune in and leave a tip for the performers.
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Digital Distance Devising

April 15, 2020, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Online via Zoom
Free to participate, registration required

Are you going stir crazy while self-isolating? Social distancing got you down? Do you want to connect with other artists? Led by Artistic Director Eric Rose, Ghost River Theatre is offering a series of two-hour online workshops to stoke artistic practice in this time of social distancing.
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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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The Blue Jay Virtual Sessions

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

Performers involved in the next round of virtual sessions are Noel Johnson of Johnson Crook, Olivia Rose, Theresa Sokyrka, and Amy Hef. Hear these talented musicians performing original songs and share the stories behind them. It’s a pretty magical hour, trust us!
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Rumble #360

April 15, 2020, 7:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Take part in Rumble House’s online rumble number five! This is the 360th time that artists have gathered, if not in person, in spirit. See a live-stream of the spinning of the wheel followed by a live auction. Each piece will be photographed with the auction number and will be posted on the event page.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 16, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Sidney May Weich is first and foremost a songwriter who has a knack for writing lyrics with character—with catchy hooks and clever arrangements, you’ll walk away not being able to get them out of your head. Don’t miss this online concert and leave a tip at stagehand.app.
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Isolation Station Happy Hour

April 16, 2020, 4:00pm
Instagram Live
Free to watch

The Calgary Folk Festival is going live on Instagram for happy hour with musical guests St. Arnaud, Yolanda Sargeant, and Dan Magnan. Presented in partnership with ATB Financial and Big Rock Brewery, tune in for songs, stories, and cheers! Grab a drink and don’t miss it.
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Wordfest Online Happy Hour

April 16, 2020, 5:30pm
Online via Zoom

Free to watch, registration recommended

Join in for Wordfest’s third happy hour conversation—this time including a special musical performance by the multitalented Vivek Shraya—about her new book The Subtweet. Pour yourself your favourite libation and tune in.
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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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Mimi: Live

April 17, 2020, 8:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Join Rebecca Northan as her clown alter ego, Mimi, in her quest to find love as this fast and funny fusion of improv and theatre takes a journey into the world of romance. This live-streamed performance is part of #CanadaPerforms and is bound to have you in stitches. Be sure to tune in and laugh along.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 19, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

A prolific songwriter with a passion for storytelling, Emily Triggs’ songs showcase her honest, pure vocals. While sometimes likened to Patty Griffin and Michelle Shocked, she has her own brand of folk and roots filled with a lifetime of music and influences. Don’t miss this online concert and leave a tip at stagehand.app.
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Vivek Shraya

April 19, 2020, 5:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Join the National Art Centre’s live-stream presentation of Vivek Shraya as part of #CanadaPerforms. Reading from her new book, The Subtweet, and and performing music from its soundtrack, this virtual book tour wraps with an epic showcase and audience Q&A. You won’t want to miss it!
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A promo photo of Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya | Photo: Vanessa Heins, Courtesy of #CanadaPerforms

Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 20, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Inspired by the vibrant history of North American roots music, Calgary-based singer-songwriter Marcus Trummer’s eclectic brand of rock and roll features a careful blend of passionate, bluesy guitar playing, and down-home, soul inspired vocals. Tip your performer at stagehand.app.
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Fairy Tales Film Festival Announcement

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

Join the Calgary Queer Arts Society as it announces the upcoming slate of queer features, documentaries, and short films! With 38 films from 14 countries that you won’t find anywhere else, this is a lineup you won’t want to miss—mark your calendar and join the Digital Flock.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

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

Carolyn Harley is a recording artist, songwriter, and performer that performs original music in a wide range of styles. She loves to interact with her audience and weaves stories and humour throughout her shows so be sure to join Stagehand for this online concert and leave a tip at stagehand.app.
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Virtual Koi Tuesday Open Mic Volume 5

April 21, 2020, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Enjoy an evening of community, connection, and great music with Koi’s popular open mic night—now digital! Performances take place throughout the lockdown, continuing to connect artists and provide quality entertainment so be sure to tune in each week.
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Jazz Home Delivery

April 21, 2020, 7:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

This jazz and talk show is hosted by Tim Tamashiro and welcomes Kodi Hutchinson this week. Sharing his stories about life as a dad, musician, artistic director, and radio host, be sure to tune in and enjoy some music as well! It’s all about the bass (no treble) and is a great way to fill your live jazz cravings.
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Cokhwid-20

April 22, 2020, 1:45am
Stream online
Free to watch

M:ST Performative Art continues its Body Response series with artist Jood Jung and her exploration of animal-human relationships. These explorations take the form of interactive performances and collaborations between Jung and cows—one performance a day for 14 days. Tune in live or catch it after the fact.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

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

Doug Waite is an award-winning songwriter—Calgary Songwriting Contest and Best Song of Alberta for both 2009 and 2010—and a very good guitar player too. Check out his live show, digitally, with Stagehand and be sure to leave a tip at stagehand.app.
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The Blue Jay Virtual Sessions

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

This time around, enjoy the music of two amazing country singers from Alberta and two from Saskatchewan taking part in this virtual session. An epic acoustic battle of Prairie provinces? We shall see! Featuring Brody Siebert, Jordyn Pollard, Krissy Feniak, and Ryan Lindsay.
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Rumble #361

April 22, 2020, 7:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Take part in Rumble House’s online rumble number six! This is the 361st time that artists have gathered, if not in person, in spirit. See a live-stream of the spinning of the wheel followed by a live auction. Each piece will be photographed with the auction number and will be posted on the event page.
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National Canadian Film Day Watch Party

April 22, 2020, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Join the Calgary Underground Film Festival on a road trip and enjoy the National Canadian Film Day screening of Bruce McDonald’s debut feature Roadkill. Join Lead Programmer Cameron Macgowan for a pre-film Zoom chat with McDonald and Don McKellar.
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Write Bloody North Presents

April 22, 2020, 7:00pm
Online via Zoom
Free to watch

This is the last scheduled Write Bloody North Presents and it is a special one! Featuring Calgary Poet Laureate Sheri-D Wilson, Moe Clark, and Alessandra Naccarato to close things out, Write Bloody North is a new voice in Canadian publishing. Get to know them online!
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Live Conversations with TEDxYYC

April 23, 2020, 12:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

This live conversation features TEDxYYC alumni whose ideas, insights and community initiatives are making a difference and can help us navigate through these unprecedented times. Hear host Tim Tamashiro as he interviews Dr. Breanne Everett and Maria Hoover.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 23, 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 and soaring melodies draw people into the stories she shares. Tune in and leave a tip at stagehand.app.
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Wordfest Online Happy Hour

April 23, 2020, 5:30pm
Online via Zoom
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.
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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.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

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

Troy Kokol is a singer, producer, video director, and award-winning songwriter with over 200 cuts to his name. A recipient of the SOCAN Award for Country Music and a two-time CCMA Songwriter of the Year nominee, see him live online and tip your performer at stagehand.app.
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Annual Poetry Potluck

April 25, 2020, 6:00 – 10:00pm
Online via Zoom
Free to participate, registration required

In honour of Poetry Month, Loft 112 invites you to gather round food and poetry… this time from the safety of our own homes! Prepare yourself a feast, get yourself settled with a poem or several you’ve written or you love, and then eat and share poetry together over Zoom. Be sure to RSVP to loftonetwelve@gmail.com by April 25.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 25, 2020, 7:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Time to head down to the pub! Rob Skeet will be broadcasting from the Ye Auld Greene Skreane Pub. Grab a drink, order some chicken wings, and be prepared to partake in the shenanigans—virtually! Join Stagehand and leave a tip at stagehand.app.
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The Wild One

April 25 – May 20, 2020
Online archive
Free to explore

Harold Town was renowned for his fiery personality and his insatiable need to paint and create art. This online exhibition reveals his abilities as a master draftsman with meticulous drawings. His ability to create outside the box and unveil a new dimension to his art-making career and abilities, made him a true creator.
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One day I’m going to make the onion cry

April 26, 2020, 1:00pm
Stream Online
Free to watch

BBB Johannes Deimling is an internationally renowned artist and pedagogue. Deimling’s visual, poetic performative works are particularly important. Catch his work streamed live with M:ST Performative Art’s Bodily Response series.
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BBB Johannes Deimling's One day I'm gonna make the onion cry #5

BBB Johannes Deimling’s One day I’m gonna make the onion cry #5 | Photo: Monika Deimling

Watershed

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

It is 2058, and the glaciers are gone. Vividly illustrating the human cost of climate change, Doreen Vanderstoop and Freehand Books warmly invite you to the virtual book launch for Watershed—don’t miss it. This page-turner of a novel explores forgiveness, adaptation, and family bonds.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 27, 2020, 10:00am
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Mandy Morris and her band make jazz approachable for young children and their families. Join Music with Mandy and Stagehand for this early, family-friendly set sure to start your week off on the right foot and leave a tip if you can at stagehand.app.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 28, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

A passionate, energetic, and enjoyable performer with a unique slant on an eclectic mix of music including genres such as rock, pop, folk, reggae, indie, R&B, soul, blues, and country, Jamie Allanach really is suited for any occasion! Be sure to leave a tip at stagehand.app.
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Doreen Vanderstoop

April 28, 2020, 6:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Doreen Vanderstoop joins #CanadaPerforms as she reads, sings, and answers questions about her book, Watershed. It is 2058, and the glaciers are gone. Vividly illustrating the human cost of climate change. This page-turner of a novel explores forgiveness, adaptation, and family bonds.
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Music to My Ears

April 28, 2020, 7:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Take part in a special music presentation and online chat with Gwen Klassen, Assistant Principal Flute, and Alex Klein, Principal Oboe of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as they take you through Mussorgsky’s masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition, admirably orchestrated by Maurice Ravel.
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Edmond Agopian

April 29, 2020, 12:00pm
YouTube Live
Free to watch

Live-streamed by Emil Agopian Film, ProArts Concert Series and the University of Calgary presents From Our Home To Yours. Featuring Edmond Agopian, professor in the School of Creative and Performing Arts, hear violin solos by J.S. Bach from the safety of your home.
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The Blue Jay Virtual Sessions

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

Marking Blue Jay’s seventh round of virtual sessions, this online concert features four Canadian musical acts in the round who typically call Nashville home. Featured artists are Alee, Twin Kennedy, Ajaye Jardine, and Manny Blu—we can’t to hear their songs and stories!
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

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

Zacarias is a Philippine-born Canadian singer-songwriter and musician from Calgary. He has written songs and produced records for several R&B, pop, and hip-hop artists in the Calgary music scene. Join Stagehand for this online concert and leave a tip at stagehand.app.
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Socially Dissonant

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

A selection of Calgary’s finest musicians showcasing their talents in a fast-paced open mic format helping to support some of Calgary’s favourite bars and venues, this week throws the spotlight on the Regal Beagle on 17th Ave. SW. Hosted via Zoom and streamed on Facebook Live, there are even drink and food offers. Tips are encouraged.
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Conversations Across Borders

April 29, 2020, 7:00pm
Online via Zoom
Free to watch

As an expansion of its collaborator roundtable series, Ghost River Theatre is hosting check-ins from artists in cities around the world. Join in as participants explore how artists worldwide are making sense of this monumental shift in everyday reality. Stay tuned as more details are announced.
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Rumble #362

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

Take part in Rumble House’s next online rumble! This is the 362nd time that artists have gathered, if not in person, in spirit. See a live-stream of the spinning of the wheel followed by a live auction. Each piece will be photographed with the auction number and will be posted on the event page—don’t miss it!
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

April 30, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Jahimba Hutson a.k.a. A.Y.E. was born into a musical family, getting an early start on stage performing with his father’s rasta reggae band Strugglah as keyboardist and emcee while still in junior high. Join Stagehand for this online concert and leave a tip at standhand.app.
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Isolation Station Happy Hour

April 30, 2020, 4;00pm
Instagram Live
Free to watch

The Calgary Folk Festival is going live on Instagram for happy hour with musical guests Clinton St. John, Birds of Chicago, and Ghostkeeper. Presented in partnership with ATB Financial and Big Rock Brewery, tune in for songs, stories, and cheers! Grab a drink and don’t miss it.
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Wordfest Online Happy Hour

April 30, 2020, 5:30pm
Online via Zoom
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.
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Kiskisohcikew (they make things to make people remember)

April 30, 2020, 6:00pm
Stream Online
Free to watch

M:ST Performative Art presents the work of Carrie Allison, an Indigenous mixed-ancestor multidisciplinary visual artist whose work seeks to reclaim, remember, recreate, and celebrate her ancestry through visual discussions.
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Okotoks Film Festival Launch Party

April 30, 2020, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Join the Okotoks Film Festival as it celebrates its launch party with details about how the festival will work alongside some of the trailers. You can even hear from some of their filmmakers about what project they will be sharing! And mark your calendars—the festival runs June 11 to 14.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

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

Brettyn Rose is an acoustic pop/country solo artist with a powerful range, clear tone, and authentic vulnerability. She translates emotion and meaning into every song and her kind nature can be seen on and off the stage. Join Stagehand for this online concert and leave a tip at stagehand.app.
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TEDx Talkback

May 1, 2020, 4:00pm
Instagram Live
Free to watch

Have you ever wanted to pose questions to a TEDx speaker after watching their inspiring talk? How did they come up with the idea? What are they doing now? The list goes on. Well now’s your chance to ask TEDxYYC speakers some of your most curious questions. Peter Oldring is the first guest on TEDx Talkback.
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Kevin Boyle

May 1, 2020, 5:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Join Christine Klassen Gallery for a candid discussion with Vancouver-based photographer Kevin Boyle and gallery director Christine Klassen. Hear about his photography, what inspires him, what he has been up to during the pandemic—and whatever else strikes us! Your questions and comments are welcome.
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A photo of Kevin Boyle in a snowy field

Kevin Boyle | Photo: Courtesy of Christine Klassen Gallery

Pawâkan Macbeth

May 1, 2020, 6:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Presented in collaboration with the National Arts Centre and inspired by the youth of Frog Lake First Nation, this live staged reading from Indigenous playwright Reneltta Arluk sets Pawâkan Macbeth in Cree territory in 1870s Alberta, with the cannibal spirit, Wihtiko. Tune into this #CanadaPerforms presentation.
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Jane’s Walk

May 1 – 3, 2020
Facebook & Instagram Live
Free to participate

Join Jane’s Walk Calgary and other cities around the world for a virtual Jane’s Walk weekend that you can enjoy from the safety of your home! Follow along on Facebook and Instagram for three days of virtual walks and more brought to you by Jane’s Walk leaders who are passionate about their communities.
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An Evening of New Plays

May 2, 2020, 7:00pm
Online via Zoom
Free to watch, registration required

Join Alberta Theatre Projects for an exciting evening of online staged readings of the final works of the ATP Student Writers Group. Under the direction of playwright Camille Pavlenko, eight aspiring playwrights have been hard at work learning the fundamentals of playwriting culminating in this evening of new plays.
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Mitchell Brady

May 2, 2020, 7:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Stagehand presents Mitchell Brady, the guitarist and lead vocalist for The Static Shift. He’d like nothing better than to be playing with his band mates right now, but they’re being they’re keeping their distance from each other at the moment, so a solo online performance is in order! You won’t want to miss it and leave a tip at stagehand.app.
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Kiskisohcikew (they make things to make people remember)

May 3, 2020, 5:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Rescheduled due to technical difficulties, join M:ST Performative Art as it presents the work of Carrie Allison, an Indigenous mixed-ancestor multidisciplinary visual artist whose work seeks to reclaim, remember, recreate, and celebrate her ancestry through visual discussions.
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Stories from Here

May 4 – 8, 2020, 12:00pm
Online via Zoom
Free to watch, registration required

Stories from Here shares a collection of genuine memories from individuals near and far retold as true short stories, taking you through a selection of funny, touching and soul-shaking memories retold live each day by actors Anne Mason, Peter Parolin, and Apphia Campbell, and accompanied by a selection of Mike Sinclair’s photographs.
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Memories of Here

May 4 – 24, 2020
Online archive with new content added regularly
Free to view

Memories of Here is a virtual presentation of works remembering the 24 exhibitions hosted in VIVIANEART’s current Beltline home. Check in everyday until May 24 as staff members share personal anecdotes and fond memories before the gallery moves to its new home in Inglewood. Be sure to check it out!
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

May 5, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Buddy Elliot is a singer and songwriter who delivers simple yet smart lyrics with clear, sweet vocals that are equal parts heart-break and hope. From soaring ballads to dance hall tunes, a stripped-down country sound backs the humble musings of an astute storyteller. Join Stagehand for this online concert and leave a tip at stagehand.app.
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Sansei: The Storyteller

May 5 – 9, 2020
Stream online
Prices vary

With premieres, exclusive video content, streaming live performances, and free artist talks, the second week of UNO Fest features Kunji Mark Ikeda’s illuminating and profoundly personal theatrical piece, Sansei: The Storyteller. You can also join Ikeda for a free Facebook Live event on May 7 with Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society’s Yukari Peerless.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

May 6, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Benjamin Longman has been described by the Calgary Folk Fest as possessing a pure and yearning tenor voice. Singing tender and poignant ballads, join Stagehand for this live online concert and be sure to leave a tip at stagehand.app if you can!
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The Blue Jay Virtual Sessions

May 6, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

The eighth edition of these virtual sessions features four more fantastic Canadian singers! Julia Vos is joined by Ontario singers Josh David, Aaron Allen, and Kelsi Mayne. Be sure to tune in and enjoy the next Blue Jay Virtual Session—we can’t to hear their songs and stories!
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Steel for the Small: The Art of Jeff de Boer

May 6, 2020, 4:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Jeff de Boer is a metal artist of everything from jewelry to large public sculptures, but he is most well-known for his armours for cats and mice. Tune in as he explains why armouring the smallest among us has become a lifelong body of work and shares his story.
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Rumble #363

May 6, 2020, 7:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Take part in Rumble House’s next online rumble! This is the 363rd time that artists have gathered, if not in person, in spirit. See a live-stream of the spinning of the wheel followed by a live auction. Each piece will be photographed with the auction number and will be posted on the event page—don’t miss it!
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Layla Lavan

May 6, 2020, 7:00pm
Online via Zoom
Free to participate, registration required

Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, in collaboration with the Calgary Institute for the Humanities at the University of Calgary, has curated a weekly 45-minute long conversation with philosophers, scholars, and scientists addressing applied ethics questions arising from the pandemic. This salon features Dr. Azim Shariff.
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Isolation Station Happy Hour

May 7, 2020, 4:00pm
Instagram Live
Free to watch

The Calgary Folk Festival is going live on Instagram for happy hour with musical guests Liz Stevens, The Weather Station, and Chad VanGaalen. Presented in partnership with ATB Financial and Big Rock Brewery, tune in for songs, stories, and cheers! Grab a drink and don’t miss it.
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Wordfest Online Happy Hour

May 7, 2020, 5:30pm – 6:15pm
Online via Zoom

Free to watch, registration required

Wordfest’s sixth online happy hour event features Kathy Reichs, the author behind the hit Fox TV series, Bones. Her newest book, A Conspiracy Of Bones, is the 19th entry in her series featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Pour yourself your favourite libation and tune in for a conversation and audience Q&A.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

May 7, 2020, 7:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Stagehand is pleased to present Samantha Savage Smith, an active performer in the local and international market for the last decade. Join them for this fantastic online concert experience and leave a tip at stagehand.app!
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George Webber on Vivian Maier

May 7, 2020, 7:00pm
Online via Zoom
Free to watch, registration required

Join Glenbow for a live virtual artist talk with renowned Calgary photographer, George Webber who will discuss the enigmatic life and fascinating photographic legacy of Vivian Maier. This is a free event as part of the #GlenbowFromHome series.
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A mirror selfie by George Webber

A self portrait by George Webber | Photo: George Webber

Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

May 8, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Calgary country crooner Matt Masters is a CKUA radio host and he is the band leader of the Ladies & Gentlemen of the Rodeo (the house band at the King Eddy). Playing solo until he’s allowed to put his bands back together, join Stagehand for this online concert and leave a tip at stagehand.app.
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Karen Klassen

May 8, 2020, 5:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Join a candid discussion with Calgary-based painter and illustrator extraordinaire Karen Klassen. Chat about her current doodling as a distraction from the pandemic, have a peek at her sketchbooks, discuss idea generation, and take a little tour of what is going on in her studio these days. Your questions and comments are welcome.
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(Some)Time

May 8, 2020, 10:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

(Some)Time is Paolino Caputo’s most recent attempt to develop a new project that can navigate the complex intersection of lived experience with crip time, queer conflict with heterotemporality, and learned colonial linearity. Catch Caputo’s work streamed live with M:ST Performative Art’s Bodily Response series.
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Etsy Calgary Spring Market

May 9, 2020, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Etsy is bringing the party online with sales and promotions from their incredible contingent of shops featuring locally made and curated goods. Shop gorgeous handmade and vintage finds from the comfort and safety of your home and your favourite pajamas. It’s a great way to support local makers.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

May 9, 2020, 6:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Jason Valleau is a founding member of The Polyjesters and has been heard accompanying several artists in Alberta including John Wort Hannam and Blake Reid Band. Valleau is also an active bass player in the Calgary Jazz scene and you can catch him live online with this concert from Stagehand and leave a tip at stagehand.app.
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Kiesza

May 11, 2020, 3:00pm
Instagram Live
Free to watch

Bringing world-class performances to your home virtually, Kiesza performs as part of National Arts Centre’s #CanadaPerforms online series. A Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist from Calgary, tune in to hear a live, stripped down performance highlighting her playful vocals and irresistible pop hooks.
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Clean Hands, Clear Heads, Open Hearts Music Festival

May 11, 2020, 5:30pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Nico Brennan is a dynamically gifted singer who has been part of Canada’s professional music scene for over 20 years. As the former lead-singer for Calgary’s critically acclaimed Dino Martini’s, see her live with Stagehand and leave a tip at stagehand.app.
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A Spirited Conversation with Victoria James

May 11, 2020, 5:30 – 6:15pm
Online via Zoom
Free to watch, registration required

Join Wordfest for its first online Spirited Conversation, featuring Victoria James, the author of the bestselling Wine Girl: The Obstacles, Humiliations, and Triumphs of a Young Sommelier. The 45-minute live-stream features a conversation hosted by Shelley Youngblut.
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Virtual Koi Tuesday Open Mic Volume 8

May 12, 2020, 6:30pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Enjoy an evening of community, connection, and great music with Koi’s popular open mic night—now digital! Performances take place throughout the lockdown, continuing to connect artists and provide quality entertainment so be sure to tune in each week.
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The Blue Jay Sessions

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

The ninth round of these virtual sessions sees a mix of artists hailing from B.C., Alberta, and Ontario. Join singers Kelly Prescott, Maddison Krebs, Melissa Livingstone, and Travis Dolter performing in the round, as they share their stories and original tunes live and online. Be sure to tune in and leave a tip in the digital jar.
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The Perfect Pairing

May 13, 2020, 5:00pm
Online
$30

A unique virtual book launch where the author delivers a short and fun introduction to mindfulness through a wine tasting with a sommelier, join ConsciousWorks and celebrate Dr. Lisa Belanger’s latest book, A Cup of Mindfulness. The evening help you learn how to practice mindfulness to relieve stress, and recharge and refocus.
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Layla Lavan

May 13, 2020, 7:00pm
Online via Zoom
Free to participate, registration required

Join Sidewalk Citizen for the second iteration of Layla Lavan, a night of digital ethics and morality in times of pandemic. Dr. Judy Illes will be in conversation with Christina Frangou discussing Stopping and Restarting through the Lens of Neuroethics: Resilience, Fairness, Dignity, and Respect.
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Rumble #364

May 13, 2020, 7:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Take part in Rumble House’s next online rumble! This is the 364th time that artists have gathered, if not in person, in spirit. See a live-stream of the spinning of the wheel followed by a live auction. Each piece will be photographed with the auction number and will be posted on the event page—don’t miss it!
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Daniel J. Levitin

May 14, 2020, 12:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Join a conversation, performance, and audience Q&A with Daniel J. Levitin about his latest bestseller Successful Aging. The author has turned keen insights to what happens in our brains as we age based on neuroscientific evidence. This Wordfest presentation is part of the National Arts Centre’s #CanadaPerforms series.
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Isolation Station Happy Hour

May 14, 2020, 4:00pm
Instagram Live
Free to watch

The Calgary Folk Festival is going live on Instagram for happy hour with musical guests Mariel Buckley, Joey Landreth, and Emily Triggs. Presented in partnership with ATB Financial and Big Rock Brewery, tune in for songs, stories, and cheers! Grab a drink and don’t miss it.
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Wordfest Online Happy Hour

May 14, 2020, 5:30pm
Online via Zoom
Free to watch, registration required

Join Wordfest’s online happy hour with award-winning designer Sarah Richardson, whose book Collected: City + Country is a compilation of her favourite interior and exterior spaces, products, places, and creative people. Pour yourself your favourite libation and tune in!
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Aǧúyabskuyela

May 14, 2020, 6:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Suzanne Kite is an Oglála Lakȟóta performance artist, visual artist, and composer who has recently been developing a body interface for movement performances, carbon fibre sculptures, immersive video, and sound installations. Catch Kite’s work as part of M:ST Performative Art’s Bodily Response series.
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Suzanne Kite's Aǧúyabskuyela

Suzanne Kite’s Aǧúyabskuyela | Photo: Courtesy of M:ST Performative Art

Fairy Tales Film Festival

May 14 – 24, 2020
Online screenings
Prices vary

The Calgary Queer Arts Society is 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 committed to creating and sharing the narratives that shape us and gearing up for a virtual screening of the festival.
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Story Hour: OurShelves Edition

May 15, 2020, 11:00am
YouTube Live
Free to watch

Family Equality and OurShelves Diverse Kids Books are joining forces to create a fun, educational story hour that kids and parents of all ages will enjoy! Tune in to see readings by Calgary Poet Laureate Natalie Meisner and Kyle Lukoff—it’s going to be a great mid-morning treat.
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TEDx Talkback

May 15, 2020, 3:00pm
Instagram Live
Free to watch

The next TEDxYYC Talkback features Robert Wolkow, an award-winning innovator who has had a leading role in discovering, altering and deploying atom scale properties of silicon. His years of fundamental advances have laid a broad foundation for practical applications. ⁠Be sure to tune into this afternoon talk. ⁠
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Latin American Art Exhibition

May 15, 2020, 7:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

Join the Casa Mexico Foundation via live-stream to celebrate the opening of the virtual Latin American Art Exhibition and Festival for 2020. With a virtual official opening, tune in as Casa Mexico presents the official digital artwork of this year participants.
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A tenuous we

May 17, 2020, 1:00 – 4:30pm
Online via Zoom
Free to participate, registration required

Led by Stephanie Wong Ken, this participatory workshop explores the tenuous relationship between the collective and the individual, the “we” and the “I”, through discussion, writing prompts, and knowledge exchange among participants. Join Untitled Art Society for this online workshop—RSVP to take part.
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Jube School Online

May 19, 2020, 2:00pm
YouTube Live
Free to participate

Jube School Live returns with artist Jaye Benoit creating mystical owls. Supplies required are watercolour paper and paint, coloured sharpies, painters tape or masking tape, water, and brush. Don’t have access to these? That’s alright, you can use computer paper, pencil crayons, and masking tape.
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Assassinating Thomson

May 19, 2020, 9:00pm
YouTube Live
Free to watch

In this, his one-man tour-de-force, Bruce Horak delves into the mysterious death of famous Canadian painter Tom Thomson and the subsequent rise of the Group of 7. Art, politics, ambition, love, and murder all take the stage in Horak’s compelling work. Presented as part of the National Arts Centre’s #canadaperforms series.
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Virtual Grad Show Launch

May 20, 2020, 11:30am
Stream online
Free to watch

Immediately following its virtual Convocation ceremony, the Alberta University of the Arts is launching the new custom-built Grad Show website which will take the traditional exhibition curated by the university’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery into a digital space. Open to the public, be sure to tune in to this launch.
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The Blue Jay Virtual Sessions

May 20, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
Free to watch

The 10th session is going cross-country once again with some phenomenal talent from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. Singers Shawnee Music, JJ Voss, Nicole Rayy, and Justin LaBrash are performing in the round and we can’t wait to hear what they’re bringing to the table.
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Mandy Morris

May 20, 2020, 2:00pm
Facebook Live
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Best described as Ella Fitzgerald meets Fred Penner, Mandy Morris and her band make jazz approachable for young children and their families! She combines original music with old standards with new interpretations of common children’s tunes. Presented as part of the National Arts Centre’s #canadaperforms series.
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Rumble #365

May 20, 2020, 7:00pm
Facebook Live
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Take part in Rumble House’s next online rumble! This is the 365th time that artists have gathered, if not in person, in spirit. See a live-stream of the spinning of the wheel followed by a live auction. Each piece will be photographed with the auction number and will be posted on the event page—don’t miss it!
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Level Up Conversations

May 21, 2020, 12:00pm
Facebook Live
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This live conversation with Todd Hirsch and Chad Park features TEDxYYC Alumni whose ideas, insights and community initiatives are making a difference and can help us reflect and navigate through these unprecedented times. Delve deeper into our road to economic recovery and any bold ideas that can take us forward.
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Wordfest Online Happy Hour

May 21, 2020, 5:30pm
Online via Zoom
Free to watch, registration required

Join Wordfest’s online happy hour event with Jason B. Rosenthal, the author of the inspiring memoir of love and loss, My Wife Said You May Want To Marry Me. The live-stream on Zoom features a conversation hosted by Wordfest’s CEO, Shelley Youngblut, followed by an audience Q&A.
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Sharing Dance Day Virtual Rehearsal

May 23, 2020, 3:00pm
Online via Zoom
Free to participate

The Wildflower Arts Centre and Canada’s National Ballet School invite you to a special online Sharing Dance Day event. In advance of the actual day, be sure to hit up this virtual rehearsal for the Calgary community to help you learn an excerpt of the choreography! RSVP for the rehearsal at sharingdance@nbs-enb.ca.
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