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Online This Month

Spring forward and stay safe with these fantastic virtual events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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There’s a light at the end of the tunnel with warmer weather ahead and vaccines rolling out but we’re not quite there yet. Thankfully, Calgary’s arts community has a ton of digital offerings for you to explore this April making it easy to stay home and stay safe.

Be sure to check out these great offerings this April!

Community Storytellers

On demand
Online viewing room
Free to explore

The National Music Centre launches the online version of Community Storytellers, a new temporary exhibition that honours the music stories of the Alberta community, highlighting eight different community stories, of the more than 30 narratives included in the upcoming onsite exhibit. Be sure to check it out.
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Namwayut

On demand
Stream online
Free to watch

Calgary Opera offers audiences unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the seldom-seen process of new opera development via a new documentary film series. This first of the Opera Labs projects series chronicles the creative journey of Namwayut, led by mezzo-soprano Marion Newman. Check it out!
calgaryopera.com

Tales From the Student Mind

On demand
Stream online
Free to watch

Downstage celebrates the courage and tenacity of theatre artists with five innovative online theatre creations from five brave and brilliant students. Each student has created one-minute digital micro-plays, be sure to check them out on-demand and online.
downstage.ca

The Community Circus Project

Until April 1, 2021
Stream online
Free to participate

This project from the Green Fools includes free online workshops and daily social media challenges to make you move, get creative, and have fun. A final show called The Greatest Show Online features puppets, professional circus artists, and anyone who wants to submit a video!
greenfools.com

Indigenous Motherhood, Matriarchy and Womxnhood

Until April 1, 2021
Online viewing room
Free to explore

Inspired by the recent birth of curator Autumn Whiteway’s son, this exhibition explores motherhood, matriarchy, and womxnhood through an Indigenous lens, bringing together the artwork of 23 Indigenous artists of diverse artistic practices and backgrounds from across Turtle Island.
artspaces.kunstmatrix.com

Deer Woman

Until April 4, 2021
Stream online
Pay-what-you-can

Lila, one missing girl’s big sister, refuses to stand idly by. When circumstances converge, Lila finds the perfect opportunity to avenge her baby sister’s murder while exercising the skills taught by the Canadian government while serving. Join Downstage and Azimuth Theatre for this presentation of Article 11’s Deer Woman.
downstage.ca

Festival of Animated Objects

Until April 11, 2021
Stream online
Prices vary

This year’s festival features a modified program of over 20 different events bringing Calgary together and filling it with life, whimsy, and all things puppets! Check out socially distanced, in-person and digital events ranging from puppet parades to film screenings, to workshops to panel discussions. There’s something for everyone!
puppetfestival.ca

Of a Certain Age

Until April 25, 2021
Online viewing room
Free to explore

The paintings and personal images created for the Leighton Centre’s latest exhibition mirror what artists Jean Pederson and Cindy Bouwers have gained by reaching a certain age. They have richness and depth, complexity, layers, and consider both the dark and the light. See it online.
leightoncentre.org

Coexistence

Until April 25, 2021
Online viewing room
Free to explore

The Leighton Centre presents Terra Simieritsch’s Coexistence, an exhibit which challenges the viewer to reflect upon their own stereotypes and prejudices around common wildlife species that humans often come into conflict with, and dig deeper into where those notions came from. Explore it online this spring.
leightoncentre.org

Barrhead Supersonic

Until April 30, 2021
Online viewing room
Free to explore

Saskatchewan artist Jeff Nachtigall’s work in Barrhead Supersonic reflects on an understanding of place informed by a cold prairie winter, an experience fed largely by Nachtigall’s return to his home province after an extended time away. See it online or book an in-person visit to check it out.
jarvishallgallery.com

Barrhead Supersonic on display at the Jarvis Hall Gallery

Jeff Nachtigall’s Barrhead Supersonic on display | Photo: Courtesy of Jarvis Hall Gallery

up front

Until April 30, 2021
Online viewing room
Free to explore

Janine Hall’s renderings in charcoal and oil focus on the storm as a representation of turmoil and the human struggle between power and revolution. Hall integrates the spirituality she experiences during the creative process with imagery of the raw force of nature. See it online or in-person!
jarvishallgallery.com

Stage One Festival of New Canadian Work

Until May 1, 2021
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

With plays selected from those submitted last year, 2021’s Stage One Festival of New Canadian Work includes online readings by playwrights including Carolyn Ziegler, Jean-Michel Cliché, Grant Tilly, Alix Cowman and Cayley Wreggit, Col Cseke, and more. Sign up for Lunchbox Theatre’s newsletter to register.
lunchboxtheatre.com

Nurgul Rodriquez

April 1, 2021, 12:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

The Nickle Galleries present an artist talk with Nurgul Rodriguez for this Nickle at Noon offering. Rodriguez’s projects focus on narratives, walls, borders, and boundaries, and whose studio practice involves a diverse range of materials and processes. Tune in to hear more about her practice and her art.
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KNOW the RULES, WIN the GAME

April 1 – 4, 2021
Stream online
Free to watch

Kunji Ikeda draws on the sordid history of the Taikomochi—the Japanese clown—to engage with boundaries.⁠ The clown seeks to embody truth until arriving at a systemic problem that needs to be explored; the dancer seeks physical virtuosity within a set structure of choreographic choices. Springboard Performance presents this piece as part of #DanceForth, the National Art Centre dance’s live-stream series.
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The Red Carpet Affair

April 1 – 24, 2021
Stream online
Prices vary

The Calgary International Film Festival is proud to present a re-imagined Red Carpet Affair, which is being touted as an Un-Gala Gala Fundraiser event. This year the CIFF audience can expect exciting activities centred around the Oscars—the Oscar Shorts Virtual Cinema, Oscars Prediction Contest, and more!
ciffcalgary.ca

James Keelaghan

April 2, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
$20 – $30

A JUNO award-winning, evergreen folk hero with an international profile built on decades as a touring troubadour, James Keelaghan is a poet laureate of the folk and roots music world who has combined passion, craft, history, and artistry in exploring haunting Canadian themes. Presented by Calgary Folk Club.
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City Spaces: Contemporary Calgary

April 3, 2021, 7:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Calgary Philharmonic’s City Spaces concerts sees musicians recording solos and duets at some of the city’s iconic downtown buildings. This week’s free virtual performance features a ton of great musicians at Contemporary Calgary. Don’t miss it!
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EgyFest

April 4, 2021, 4:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Enjoy a unique event celebrating Egyptian culture, along with cultural and genuine artistic performances meant to create awareness about a beautiful heritage, and as participation in World Heritage Day celebrations. Join Arabian Culture and Arts Wheel Alberta for this fun live-stream on Facebook.
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Virtual Reading with Royalty

April 6, 2021, 2:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Reading with Royalty celebrates diversity and encourages children to look beyond gender stereotypes and embrace the exploration of self. Spark your imagination with Calgary Public Library’s glamorous family-friendly storytime program, led by local drag performers!
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Inspiring Speakers Series

April 6, 2021, 3:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Artist and educator Deanna Bowen and University of Toronto’s Dr. Karina Vernon virtually discuss their individual research-based practices, and use of archives to confront false narratives about Black people’s presence in the prairies and throughout Canada. Moderated by artist Nura Ali.
ikgallery.ca

Ricardo Larrivée

April 6, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration recommended

This edition of Wordfest’s Imagine On Air series features chef, TV host and food writer Ricardo. Ricardo will be dishing with fellow food writer Julie Van Rosendaal about his new cookbook Sheet Pan Everything: Deliciously Simple One-Pan Recipes. Register in advance for your own Digital Doggie Bag.
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Unmasking Imagination

April 6 – 9, 2021
Stream online
Free to participate, registration required

Kids aged eight to 12 are invited to join in for a mask-making workshop series with local artist Katie Green that also introduces us to the practice of mindfulness. This series combines art making and mindfulness tools, with participants learning about portraiture and mask-masking as tools of self-exploration.
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Chad VanGaalen

April 8, 2021
Stream online
$17.46

In support of his newest album, Calgary’s own Chad Vangaalen presents a special live-stream performance from his studio, where we’ll get an exclusive look inside the mind of the renowned songwriter, animator, and visual artist! Join Sled Island on NoonChorus for this fantastic opportunity to connect with this local music mainstay.
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Micheline Maylor

April 8, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Author and former Poet Laureate Emeritus of Calgary, Micheline Maylor launches her new book of poetry, The Bad Wife, with a little help from University of Alberta Press and Shelf Life books! The event will take place on Zoom and will be hosted by poet John Wall Barger so be sure to check it out this April.
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Glenn Dixon

April 8, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration recommended

If you’ve ever wanted to go on tour with a rock band, you’ll definitively want to tune in when Wordfest’s Imagine On Air series presents Glenn Dixon and his new novel Bootleg Stardust. The hour-long conversation will be hosted by Wordfest’s CEO and Creative Ringleader Shelley Youngblut.
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April Flywheel

April 8, 2021, 7:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Hosting the best emerging and established Calgary and Canadian writers, it’s filling Station Magazine’s April Flywheel and you can tune in for an evening of literary delights with authors Nikki Reimer and Leah Horlick! Trust us—you won’t want to miss this fantastic reading series, now online via Zoom once a month.
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The Magnitude of All Things

April 8 – 11, 2021
Stream online
$13.50

CIFF’s Top Docs (formerly known as Doc Soup) monthly documentary series features the Alberta premiere of The Magnitude of All Things. Filmmaker Jennifer Abbott draws intimate parallels between the experiences of grief—both personal and planetary. Don’t miss it!
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A still of a boat from above from The Magnitude of All Things

Don’t miss the Alberta premiere of The Magnitude of All Things | Still: Courtesy of CIFF

Unseen Artists Discussion

April 9, 2021, 5:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Join Christine Klassen and artists featured in the gallery’s current exhibition for a candid discussion on making art during the pandemic. Was it a time for play and experimentation? Did these artists look back to past work for inspiration and reflection? Catch up with and see what they are up to in their studios a year into it all.
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Tom Paxton & The DonJuans

April 9, 2021, 7:30pm
Stream online
$20 – $30

Join the Calgary Folk Club as it presents Tom Paxton with Don Henry and Jon Vezner for an intimate concert experience full of harmonies, original songs and superb musicianship. Stick around for a 15-minute audience Q&A with these Grammy award-winners following the show!
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The Paperbag Princess

April 9 – 25, 2021
Stream online
$32

Storybook Theatre presents this musical version of the beloved tale of Princess Elizabeth versus a havoc-wreaking dragon. With help from friends, clever wit, and a dose of quick thinking, this brave heroine saves the day, and her prince. Although, she might just end up leaving him in the dungeon where he belongs!
storybooktheatre.org

Making and Being Workshop

April 10, 2021, 12:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Join The Bows for a workshop by Making and Being co-authors Susan Jahoda and Caroline Woolard of BFAMFAPhD. Want your work to make a difference? It all comes down to knowing what you’ve got, and how to work with it. You might already have everything you need. Be sure to register to take part.
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Very Much Alive

April 10, 2021, 1:30pm
Stream online

Free to watch, registration required

Take part in the launch of Very Much Alive: Stories of Resilience which features work by Canadian writers, poets, and visual artists. Join The Selkie Publications for an afternoon of author readings, musical performances, artwork, and a celebration of all of the amazing contributors. You won’t want to miss it.
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Transit22 & Jonny Wi11iams

April 10, 2021, 6:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, donations appreciated

To celebrate the release of Transit22’s new single, Measure Up, take part in its virtual release party! Tune in to listen, take part in the chat, make song requests, and catch up with the Couch Money Family. This is a free event and all are welcome. Donations are gratefully accepted via PayPal.
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Hearts Out at Home

April 10, 2021, 6:30pm
Stream online
Prices vary

Take part in a virtual celebration with the Youth Singers of Calgary (YSC), complete with a custom dinner box, photo booth props, party favours, entertainment, and an online silent auction. Funds raised go towards supporting youth in the arts and YSC’s mission to create a permanent community hub for the arts.
heartsout.ca

Strawberries & Peaches

April 11, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

This TD Amplify Cabaret features a hugely talented all-female cast of musicians, dancers, and performers! Strawberries & Peaches: A TD Black History Month Cabaret seeks to refresh the perception of black women in media and celebrate the complex grace that is Black femininity. Curated by Lemba (Misha Maseka).
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SoundOff Summit Digital Media Panel

April 12, 2021, 10:00am
Stream online
Free to watch

Join Music Calgary for week one of SoundOff Summit, exploring digital media. Listen to this great panel of industry experts talk about media in a digital era, featuring host Glenn Alderson, Natalie Harmsen, and Benjamin Shapiro. Enjoy the discussion and comment with any questions or insights.
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Women and Migration

April 12, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Never before has the world been more tightly woven and the movement of people greater between and within continents and countries. Join Arts Commons Presents and National Geographic Live for a discussion with photographers Saiyna Bashir, Miora Rajaonary, and Danielle Villasana.
artscommons.ca

The Forbidden Reel

April 13, 2021, 5:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Driven to create amidst war and chaos, Afghan filmmakers gave birth to an extraordinary national cinema, while Taliban extremists set out to torch that legacy. Afghan-Canadian director Ariel Nasr crafts a thrilling and utterly original story of modern Afghanistan, presented by Marda Loop Justice Film Festival.
justicefilmfestival.ca

Vivian Manasc

April 13, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Join Shelf Life Books for the virtual Calgary launch of Vivian Manasc’s Old Stories, New Ways: Conversations About an Architecture Inspired by Indigenous Ways of Knowing. One of the founders of Manasc Isaac Architects Manasc will be in conversation with Dr. Frits Pannekoek so be sure to tune in to this live-stream.
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Kliph Nesteroff

April 13, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration recommended

Wordfest’s Imagine On Air presents comic historian Kliph Nesteroff and his fascinating new book, We Had a Little Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story of Native Americans & Comedy. The hour-long conversation will be hosted by Plains Cree comedian, actor, and writer Dawn Dumont. Register for your Digital Doggie Bag.
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NeWest Press Mystery/Thriller/Noir Quadruple Header

April 14, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Looking for suspense? Shelf Life Books and NeWest Press present four authors—A.J. Devlin, D.B. Carew, Mark Lisac, and Niall Howell—reading from their latest novels for an evening of mystery and suspense. The readings will be followed by a Q&A.
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Light Years

April 14, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

The characters in Light Years explore the choice to remain engaged in community, to continue learning, giving back, and growing as we grow older, revealing that the second half of life can actually be a time of rediscovery and renewal. Join THIRD ACTion Film Festival for this free, online watch party. Register to take part.
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More than Dance, We are a Movement

April 14 – 21, 2021
Stream online
$16

Presented by Springboard Performance, this film celebrates Red Sky Performance’s story as a leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide, capturing the exceptional artistic vision that propelled them to prominence and critical acclaim.
springboardperformance.com

Report To Community

April 15, 2021, 11:00am
Stream online
$25

Calgary Economic Development’s virtual report to the community offers the opportunity to learn about what has shaped Calgary’s economy in the previous year, and to discuss how we can move Calgary forward with innovation, resilience, and the entrepreneurial mindset that we are known for. Grab your tickets to join in.
calgaryeconomicdevelopment.com

MHST 533 Student Presentations

April 15, 2021, 12:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Students registered in the Museum and Heritage Studies 533 practicum discuss their experiences working in local museums. This term, students are involved in projects at the Calgary Public Library, Contemporary Calgary, the Military Museums, and the Calgary Stampede.
nickle.ucalgary.ca

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan & Genki Ferguson

April 15, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration recommended

Wordfest’s Imagine On Air presents a pair of contemporary fiction writers whose new novels—infused with empathy and edge—explore our collective search for connection: Rowan Hisayo Buchanan and Genki Ferguson. This is a literary event not to be missed!
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Single Onion #174

April 15, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

The Single Onion presents a literary evening not to be missed! Featuring poet and fantasy author Alison Clarke, multidisciplinary artist and educator Marie Metaphor Specht, creative and critical writing teacher Laura Swart, and poet, translator, writer and educator K. B. Thors, be sure to tune in and check it out!
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Resilience! A National Poetry Month Reader Event

April 15, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

National Poetry Month is here and this year’s theme is resilience. Join FreeFall Magazine as it presents Kim Fahner, Ariel Gordon, Tanis MacDonald, Barbara Pelman, Angeline Janel Schellenberg, and Juleta Severson-Baker. Hosted by Micheline Maylor, poetry fans won’t want to miss it.
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Virtual Reading with Royalty

April 16, 2021, 2:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Reading with Royalty celebrates diversity and encourages children to look beyond gender stereotypes and embrace the exploration of self. Spark your imagination with Calgary Public Library’s glamorous family-friendly storytime program, led by local drag performers!
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Irish Mythen

April 16, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
$20 – $30

Originally from Ireland, Irish Mythen has long since called Canada home, going on to conquer folk festival audiences in Europe, Australia, and North America from her home base in PEI. Presented by the Calgary Folk Club, this is an online show not to be missed for folk music fans so be sure to grab your tickets and tune in.
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A promo photo of Irish Mythen, captured by Lisa MacIntosh

Irish Mythen | Photo: Lisa MacIntosh

Playwrights Projects

April 16 – May 28, 2021
Stream online
$10 – $50

Alberta Theatre Projects presents a series of seven online workshop readings of new Canadian plays by members of the Alberta Theatre Projects Playwrights Unit. These virtual readings take place Friday evenings and offer a unique opportunity to see the process of creating a new play. Grab your tickets today!
albertatheatreprojects.com

DesayunArte

April 17, 2021, 10:00am
Stream online
Free to watch

SpanicArts’ DesayunArte: A World Without Art features guest speakers Mera Reyes and Milena Vasquez sharing their perspectives about art as a form of therapy and ponder what would happen in a world without art. The event is free and takes place on Facebook so be sure to check it out and expand your horizons.
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SoundOff Summit Media Access in a Digital World

April 17, 2021, 10:00am
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Music Calgary invites you to a live Q&A with Glenn Alderson to have your questions about media in a digital era answered. Presented as part of SoundOff Summit—music industry programming focused on sharing and developing digital strategy for artists and music industry professionals.
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Inner City Stories

April 17, 2021, 5:00pm
Stream online
$5

After a long COVID-19 hiatus, Loft 112 presents their next Inner City Stories featuring the work of writer, Patricia Paterson. Join in and listen to Paterson’s reading of Calgary Skyline followed by a Q&A with the author. Tickets required for this event and the first 28 registrants will receive a copy of the book.
loft112.org

City Spaces: Fairmont Palliser

April 17, 2021, 7:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Calgary Philharmonic’s City Spaces concerts sees musicians recording solos and duets at some of the city’s iconic downtown buildings. This week’s performance features Kathleen de Caen on cello and Antoine St-Onge on bassoon at the Fairmont Palliser. Be sure to tune in!
calgaryphil.com

Collaborative Performance with Matt Blais

April 18, 2021, 12:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

With music as the vehicle, 2021 songwriter-in-residence at Calgary Public Library Matt Blais and his guests discuss lived-experiences, challenges, and triumphs in life and music. These sessions and collaborative performances are interactive, allowing viewers to ask questions and gain insight from this broadened perspective.
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Young Artists Debut Concert

April 18, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Calgary Pro Musica presents four young Calgary musicians in the Dick Matthews Young Artists Development Program Debut Concert. Hear Calgary’s finest young talent showcased in this special event concert featuring music by Dvorak, Liszt, Chopin, Lalo, Prokofiev, Mozart, and Brahms.
calgarypromusica.ca

Measures of Weather

April 19, 2021, 6:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Join the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program and J. R. Carpenter, University of Alberta’s 2020/21 writer-in-residence, for a virtual reading and talk hosted by creative writing professor Dr. Larissa Lai. Hear Carpenter read from her recent collections An Ocean of Static and This is a picture of Windworking, followed by a Q&A.
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Ashley Bristowe

April 20, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration recommended

Wordfest’s Imagine On Air presents Ashley Bristowe and her raw, refreshingly honest memoir My Own Blood. Full of rage and resilience, duty and love, Bristowe delivers a mother’s voice like no other we’ve heard. The hour-long virtual conversation will be hosted by the remarkable Sheila Heti. Register in advance!
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GlobalFest Flavours

April 20 – June 15, 2021
Stream online
$10 – $25

GlobalFest presents a new mini-series with a nod to their annual OneWorld Festival. Enter into a different culture to learn about the foods, flavours, spices, and recipes from various cultural partners. There will be opportunity to converse with the hosts and ask questions of participating chefs! You can also get a series pass.
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Alberta Literary Awards

April 21, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta presents virtual readings with finalists for the Alberta Literary Awards and the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize, including Lee Kvern, Peter Midgley, Clem Martini, Annette Lapointe, Timothy Caulfield, Jannie Edwards, Katie Bickell, Tyler Enfield, and more.
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Jeune Juliette

April 21, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

CIFF celebrates National Canadian Film Day with Jeune Juliette. Juliette, a young teenager in her second year of high school has to handle the mockeries of other students in this comedic coming of age story. Quebec director Anne Émond’s semi-autobiographical story is a refreshing, comedic, and loveable experience.
ciffcalgary.ca

RBC Emerging Visual Artists Program

April 22, 2021, 5:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

This virtual artist reception from Arts Commons features 16 RBC emerging visual artists, representing the cutting edge of Calgary’s visual arts scene. Hear each artist speak about their work, go on a virtual gallery tour, pose a question or be a fly on the wall and enjoy the view.
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Kevin Van Tighem in Conversation with Evan Osenton

April 22, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Celebrate Earth Day with Shelf Life Books and Kevin Van Tighem as he launches Wild Roses Are Worth It. This selection of works by naturalist, hunter, conservation activist, and outdoors journalist will inspire and provoke.
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The Way We Eat

April 22, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration recommended

Wordfest’s lively April storytelling event features four writers riffing about our complex relationships with food: Uzma Jalaluddin, Michael Moss, Lisa Ray, and Alex Wood. Each author will perform an open-mic style monologue on the theme, as well as answer questions from the new series host, Pam Rocker.
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Alberta Literary Awards

April 22, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta presents virtual readings with finalists for the Alberta Literary Awards and the Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize, including Lee Kvern, Peter Midgley, Clem Martini, Annette Lapointe, Timothy Caulfield, Jannie Edwards, Katie Bickell, Tyler Enfield, and more.
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Slalom

April 22 – 25, 2021
Stream online
$13.50

CIFF’s next Global Perspectives screening features Slalom. 15-year-old Lyz has been accepted to a highly selective ski club whose aim is to train future professional athletes. Taking a chance on his new recruit, Fred, ex-champion turned coach, decides to make Lyz his shining star regardless of her lack of experience. Grab your tickets.
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Cork and Canvas

April 22 – 29, 2021
Stream online
Prices vary

Calgary Philharmonic’s annual fundraiser offers a week of virtual events celebrating music, art, and wine—bid on amazing experiences and unique items in our online auction, enjoy wine and art appreciation events from home, and join in an evening of music and entertainment at the virtual gala!
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Conversations on Art, Ritual and Inquiry

April 23, 2021, 3:00pm
Stream online
By donation

A series of conversations with author Barbara Bickel and women artists represented in Bickel’s newly published book, Art, Ritual and Trance Inquiry: Arational Learning in an Irrational World, this month’s guest is Tannis Hugill.
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Lennie Gallant

April 23, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
$20 – $30

The pride of Rustico PEI, recipient of the Order of Canada, CFMA Artist of the Year, and a performer who plays sold out shows across Canada, Maritime music legend Lennie Gallant keeps going from strength to strength. Don’t miss the Calgary Folk Club’s presentation of this dynamic performer—grab your tickets!
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Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 23 – May 2, 2021
Stream online
Prices vary

The 18th annual Calgary Underground Film Festival is set to take place this spring, with two distinct events enabling movie-lovers to stream the bulk of films followed by three days of drive-ins! Most selections will be available to watch on-demand, with special events, panels, and other initiatives.
calgaryundergroundfilm.org

Virtual Reading with Royalty

April 24, 2021, 11:00am
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Reading with Royalty celebrates diversity and encourages children to look beyond gender stereotypes and embrace the exploration of self. Spark your imagination with Calgary Public Library’s glamorous family-friendly storytime program, led by local drag performers!
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Dalla Porta d’Oriente

April 24, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Songs of the Italian, Ottoman, and Persian renaissances are interwoven in an early 17th-century manuscript by the Polish musician and orientalist Ali Ufki (Albert Bobowski). Joined by Italian tenor Marco Beasley, Constantinople revisits the music of that period with Calgary’s own Early Music Voices.
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19th Annual Juried Members Show

April 24 – June 6, 2021
Online viewing room
Free to explore

With 102 pieces by 69 artists selected from over 300 submissions, the 19th annual iteration of this annual favourite is going to be a fresh and exciting visual treat. All works will be available for sale and viewable online.
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The Only Way is the Steady Way

April 25, 2021, 3:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Join Shelf Life Books for a live conversation between Andrew Forbes and Sean Cranbury as they discuss the legendary baseball career of Ichiro Suzuki, the soul of fandom, and how a summertime distraction can help to make sense of the world during a global pandemic.
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Harp To Heart

April 25, 2021, 3:00pm
Stream online
Pay-what-you-can

Harpist Gianetta Baril has turned a huge van into a self-contained rolling concert hall. Join her as she celebrates the launch of her Harp To Heart Cross Country Tour with a performance featuring the Foothills Brass Quintet, saxophonist Jeremy Brown, pianist Mark Limacher, and soprano Hannah Pagenkopf.
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Postcards from an Imaginary Vacation

April 25, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Calgary flutist Sarah MacDonald and Edmonton pianist Leanne Regehr take you on a journey around the world, featuring beautiful, easy listening music balanced with impressive virtuosity via live-stream. The musical program was selected to take you on a wonderful adventure.
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Love Notes Cabaret

April 25, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

The world is calling out for unity, for compassion and kindness—and Harpreet M Dayal is listening. Love Notes blends contemporary and South Asian sounds with poetry, creating an artistic balm to help you see your own story in others. Join Arts Commons Presents for the third installment of this popular showcase!
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Woolf’s Voices 31

April 27, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, donations accepted

An evening of poetry, writing, art, and music honouring the feminine—however you define that! Guest curated by Tereasa Maillie, enjoy poetry readings by Aldona Jaworska, Cobra Collins, Stephanie Hrehirchuk, and Adetola Adedipe, music by Joanna Drummond, and visual art by Janice Blain.
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Patrick Radden Keefe

April 27, 2021, 7:00pm
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Free to watch, registration recommended

Wordfest’s Imagine On Air series presents award-winning New Yorker journalist Patrick Radden Keefe and his exposé of the Sackler family’s connection to the opiod crisis, Empire of Pain. The hour-long conversation will be hosted by Shelley Youngblut, Worldfest’s CEO and Creative Ringleader. Be sure to register.
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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

April 28, 2021, 7:00pm
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Pay-what-you-can

Join Storytelling Alberta for an evening of stories and music celebrating hope and transformation. Storytellers will take us on a journey, beginning with our true and essential selves, reaching out into the unknown, overcoming adversaries, finally completing the circle of life.
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Eric Ripert

April 28, 2021, 7:00pm
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$34 – $52

Eat your veggies! Wordfest’s Imagine On Air presents Michelin-starred chef and famed NYC restaurateur Eric Ripert, in celebration of his new cookbook Vegetable Simple. The hour-long conversation is hosted by Calgary’s exuberant food writer Julie Van Rosendaal and this special book with ticket event includes a signed copy.
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FreeFall Magazine Launch

April 28, 2021, 7:00pm
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Canada’s magazine of exquisite writing, join FreeFall Magazine as it celebrates the launch of Volume 31 Number 1 with an evening of great poetry and stories. Its mission is to encourage the voices of new, emerging, and experienced Canadian writers and provide a platform for their quality work.
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FLEX AVE. Virtual Workshop

April 29, 2021, 6:00pm
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Take an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at how Regg Rocc and FLEX AVE. work with the next generation of flexn dancers and articulate their art form. Inspired by Jamaican dancehall, reggae, and bruk-up, flexn is a dance style born on the streets of Brooklyn and popularized in music videos and festivals with artists like Beyonce.
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Fin Simonetti

April 29, 2021, 6:00pm
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Free to watch, registration required

Esker Foundation invites you to join Fin Simonetti for an artist talk about her work and practice, as well as her current exhibition, An Appeal to Heaven. Simonetti works with sculpture, installation, drawing and music to investigate the uneasy terrain among our desire for security and states of subjugation and vulnerability.
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Alexandra Morton & Kevin Van Tighem

April 29, 2021, 7:00pm
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Wordfest’s Imagine On Air presents veteran conservationists Alexandra Morton and Kevin Van Tighem with their inspiring new books on environmental stewardship and activism. The hour-long conversation will be hosted by Annalise Klingbeil. Register in advance for your own Digital Doggie Bag.
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suspending disbelief

April 29 – May 2, 2021
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Free to watch

Co-presented with Springboard Performance and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, suspending disbelief is a series of shifting dance pieces created in and about this time of instability, when it feels like tectonic plates beneath our feet are constantly shifting, emotions are running high, dreams are strange.
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Stealing Sam

April 29 – May 2, 2021
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$25

Sam and Jimmy have been friends for more than 25 years, and were supposed to be facing “gay middle age” together. When Sam dies, it’s up to Jimmy to plan their final picnic. Jimmy steals Sam’s cremated remains and tries to give his friend the hilarious and heartfelt send-off he deserves. Presented by Alberta Theatre Projects.
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A man sitting in a park, having a picnic

Catch Stealing Sam at Alberta Theatre Projects | Photo: Racheal McCaig

Jeffery Straker

April 30, 2021, 7:00pm
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$20 – $30

Calgary Folk Club presents classically-trained piano maestro and pop-folk-indie songwriter, Jeffery Straker who has a devoted international fan base, and has also played sold-out orchestral concerts. One foot might be on main street but Jeffery’s heart still belongs on the prairies. Don’t miss this live-stream.
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Blue Rodeo

April 30, 2021, 7:00pm
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$50.85

After over 30 years together, a Canadian Music Hall of Fame induction, and more than a few songs that have reached anthemic status, Blue Rodeo are the closest thing Canada have to a national house band. Never been defined by generation or genre, see them online with Calgary Folk Music Festival.
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