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Check out Dollar Store Marker Drawing with Mike Hooves | Photo: Courtesy of the Esker Foundation

Online This Month

Warm up and stay safe with this upcoming digital content

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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There might be a chill in the air but you don’t have to bundle up to enjoy these offerings as Calgary’s arts community continues to pump out awesome online events.

Go digital and check out these great shows this February!

The Late Bloomer Show

Every Tuesday morning, 11:00am
Stream online
Free to watch

Singer and songwriter Carolyn Harley hosts a one-hour Facebook Live show once a week, pulling songs from a long career of song writing to build a theme-based show that is light-hearted and interactive. Bring out your instrument, voice, and join in the singing each and every Tuesday morning.
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I Lost the Keys to Apartment 302

On demand
Online viewing room
Free to explore

The Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation (ICAI) and The Bows presents works by RAZA, a newborn multi-medium art collective formed by South American artists Valentina and Laura Caraballo who seek to further their understandings of the self and world through art.
thebows.org

Not For Profit nor Fame

Until February 13, 2021
Online viewing room
Free to explore

Almost a retrospective exhibition, this physical and online show by Bosnian-born, Calgary-based Darija Radakovic is a sublimation of what she has been doing since immigrating to Canada, and what she had previously learned overseas from her Yugoslav avant-garde teachers.
herringerkissgallery.com

35 For 35, Who Are You Now?

Until February 14, 2021
Online on Facebook & Instagram
Free to watch

Over 35 days, 35 artists from the past and future High Performance Rodeos will answer the question, who are you now? The result—an international festival of the arts delivered in easily digestible bytes, free to you on a device that fits in your back pocket.
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Exposure Photography Festival

Until February 28, 2021
Online events & viewing rooms
Free to explore

The festival returns for its 17th year with over 190 visual artists and exhibitions taking place both online and at various galleries and venues throughout the city. Check out the schedule and start planning.
exposurephotofestival.com

The Scene Between

Until March 6, 2021
Online viewing room
Free to explore

Cultural disconnect and loss is a common theme running through many Canadian families. The Scene Between – An Exploration of When Cultures Meet dives into artist Michelle Wiebe’s journey to find the beauty in the fragmentation within her own family. Virtual visitors are invited to view this online catalogue from the Leighton Art Centre.
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My Name Is Not Tree

Until March 6, 2021
Online viewing room
Free to explore

Alberta artist Penny Corradine’s art continually evolves, influenced by the natural world—the mystery of the woods envelopes her. Nature has always been at the heart of her attempts to share through painting, and now she is overcome with the idea of trees. Check out this online catalogue from the Leighton Art Centre.
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Spotlight Julya Hajnoczky

Until March 6, 2021
Online viewing room
Free to explore

Julya Hajnoczky’s multidisciplinary practice seeks to question the complex relationship between humans and the natural world. Her work is currently featured at the Alberta Craft Gallery in person and online.
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binhi at buhol

Until March 13, 2021
Online viewing room
Free to explore

Jarvis Hall Gallery presents a new body of work by artist Marigold Santos. Explore how Santos translates her experience of diaspora and fractured identity as a Filipinx-Canadian woman through new paintings as well as pieces related to her tattoo practice in person or online.
jarvishallgallery.com

Tufting our Time

February 4, 2021, 12:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Join the Nickle Galleries for an artist talk with Canadian artist Simone Elizabeth Saunders. Primarily a textile artist, Saunders creates hand-tufted textiles of colourful portraiture celebrating womanhood that is rooted in a rich and vibrant Black history. Don’t miss this online edition of Nickle at Noon.
nickle.ucalgary.ca

Nobody Knows my Name

February 4, 2021, 6:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Join the Chinook Country Historical Society for Nobody Knows my Name: Alberta, Black History, and the Legacy of Bickersteth. Bertrand Bickersteth examines similar discoveries made by members of his family both in Alberta, and Africa, over a century ago, pulling these pieces of Albertan, African, and personal history together.
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Tigran Saakyan

February 4, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, donations appreciated

Alberta’s Mountain View Connection Concert Series goes virtual during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep music and musicians moving forward with its Isolation Point concert series. This week’s concert features pianist Tigran Saakyan performing works by Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Babajanyan.
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Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide

February 4 – 7, 2021
Stream online
$13.50

When Kenny Scharf arrived in NYC in the early 1980s, he quickly met and befriended Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat. There the trio would soon change the way we think about art, the world, and ourselves. Check out the screening online with CIFF—a live Q&A has been added.
ciffcalgary.ca

Gunning & Cormier

February 5, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
$22.69 – $30

Great friends, frequent collaborators, co-writers, and touring partners, Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier are two of Canada’s greatest roots singer-songwriters. Join the Calgary Folk Club for a unique opportunity to experience these two artists in an online setting. This performance is presented by CFC Online.
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PVT Chat

February 5 – 11, 2021
Stream online
$10

The Calgary Underground Film Festival’s Off the CUFF series is heading online! First up is the kinky dark comedy PVT Chat about a lonely internet gambler who becomes fixated on a cam girl from San Francisco. PVT Chat offers a deliberately unpolished look at love and sex in the age of the internet.
calgaryundergroundfilm.org

The Blue Jay Virtual Sessions: In the Name of Love

February 5, 12 & 19, 2021
Stream online
Free to watch, donations appreciated

The Blue Jay Virtual Sessions return to Facebook Live, featuring four different Canadian musicians to share original songs and stories in the virtual round each week. The lineup includes Gizelle de Guzman, The North Sound, Brandi Sidoryk, and more! Join in for great music and conversation.
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Welcome to Alberta Skies

February 6, 2021, 10:00am
Stream online
Free to participate

Join the Town of Okotoks Culture & Heritage and artist Janifer Calvez online for a lesson in painting the majesty of Alberta skies. Calvez is known for her beautiful “swirly sky” paintings and this class will give you an in depth look into how she achieves such extraordinary works of art. Register today to take part.
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Mandala Making for Children

February 6, 2021, 2:00pm
Stream online
Free to participate, registration required

Kids of all ages are invited to a relaxed afternoon online art session to learn the magic of mandala making. From the Esker Foundation’s studio to your living rooms and kitchen tables, let’s get creative and make some fun and meditative drawings together!
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Cohle Griz

February 6, 2021, 7:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Tune in for an exclusive free performance by the talented and local performer, Cohle Griz, who will be performing his new single Last Dance as well as some new originals. Don’t miss this exclusive live feed performance from Peach Jam Records on Instagram. It’s going to be a great one!
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Stage One Festival of New Canadian Work

February 6 – 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.
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Scientific Exposure

February 8, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Join Arts Commons Presents and National Geographic Live to meet Prasenjeet Yadav and Anand Varma for stories on the intriguing intersection of science and photography. These natural history photographers draw on their scientific backgrounds to reveal wildlife and our natural world in surprising ways.
artscommons.ca

Viral: Antisemitism In Four Mutations

February 9, 2021, 5:30 – 11:59pm
Stream online

Free to watch, registration required

Antisemitism in the U.S. and Europe is rising and worsening in ways not seen since the 1930s, mutating and evolving across cultures, borders, and ideologies, making it all but impossible to stop. Andrew Goldberg explores its infectious behaviour in this film and you can catch it with the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival.
justicefilmfestival.ca

CBDX: Cities For All

February 10, 2021, 1:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Designers from all around the world responded to a call for ideas to offer unique perspectives on how to make cities more equitable, and how matters of equity, activism, environment, and wellness could shape the cities of our future. Join in for the announcement of the winners of this call and see what the future has in store!
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Uprooted – The Journey of Jazz Dance

February 10 – 21, 2021
Stream online
$8

This feature-length documentary celebrating the history, lineage, and future progressions of jazz dance features Calgary’s own Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. Exploring and commenting on political and social influences, the film is an honest conversation about jazz dance.
torontoblackfilm.com

Curatorial Dreaming Experiments

February 11, 2021, 12:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

The Nickle Galleries invite you to join Shelley Ruth Butler to learn more about her Curatorial Dreaming experiments with museum professionals, students, and researchers, focusing on recent workshops and teaching in the context of the pandemic. Don’t miss this online edition of Nickle at Noon.
nickle.ucalgary.ca

Claudia Chagoya

February 11, 2021, 4:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Join Stride Gallery for an artist talk with one of the current exhibiting artists, Claudia Chagoya. Chagoya is part of the group show currently on display at Stride Gallery; Shroud, Crown, Grey Area, Generations. Her artistic practice explores topics related to gender violence and her socio-political background.
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Dollar Store Marker Drawing

February 11, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online

Free to participate, registration required

Join the Esker Foundation online for a laid-back date night drawing workshop with Mike Hooves. Cheap markers allow access to playfulness and freedom. This workshop revisits the ability to own each stroke put to paper as we explore the creative versatility a pack of simple markers carries.
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February Flywheel

February 11, 2021, 7:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Join Terry Watada, Natasha Ramoutar, and Sabrina Uswak for an evening of poetry and prose. It’s filling Station Magazine’s February Flywheel and you can tune in for an evening of literary delights! Trust us—you won’t want to miss this fantastic reading series, now online via Zoom once a month.
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Fatigue Fest

February 11 – 28, 2021
Stream online
Tip your performer

Feeling fatigued? Stagehand and Chinook Blast present a slew of talented artists for your listening and viewing pleasure! Over the next two weeks, stay tuned for online performances from some of Calgary’s favourite music venues, by some of our favourite local musicians! It’s going to be a great treat!
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Art is a Guarantee of Sanity

February 12, 2021, 4:00pm
Stream online
Free to participate, registration required

Paint, write, collage, and cartoon your worries away! Part of the Youth Creativity and Wellness Series, join Jillian Fleck and focus on the sketchbook as a place where you can freely express and create, and where the process of making art is more important than the end product.
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Kevin Boyle

February 12, 2021, 5:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Join Kevin Boyle and Christine Klassen for a 30-minute live-stream discussing Boyle’s Daysleeper Series Redux lightbox editions that are currently on display in the gallery. The show and live-stream are part of the Exposure Photography Festival so be sure to check it out.
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One Must Go Back to Move Forward

February 12, 2021, 6:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Join The Bows for an artist talk by Laura and Valentina Caraballo of RAZA on their exhibition I lost the Keys to Apartment 302. Tune in as they discuss the concept of the exhibition, their artistic process and influences, and the concept of “home” through a psychosocial lens.
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Rhythm Body & Soul Tap Festival

February 12 – 14, 2021
Stream online
Prices vary

Join the Tri-Tone Rhythm Society for Conversations in Time—a rhythmic weekend of concert screenings and virtual conversations with tap masters Dianne Walker, Jane Goldberg, and friends. There’s even a Rhythm Body & Soul faculty concert to check out.
rhythmbodyandsoul.com

Lapsis

February 12 – 18, 2021
Stream online
$6.99

The quantum computing revolution has begun and investors are lining their pockets. The Calgary Underground Film Festival’s Off the CUFF series is heading online, bringing the best new genre-defying films straight to your home. Lapsis is a witty sci-fi social satire about the gig economy and the failed utopian promises of big tech.
calgaryundergroundfilm.org

Music Mile To Go

February 12, 19 & 26, 2021
Stream online
Tip your performer

As part of Chinook Blast, musician and host Kate Stevens will guide you through two hours of music from nine local artists over three Friday nights on Facebook Live. Take in performances by Sargent x Comrade, Cam Blue, Sonia Deleo, and so much more! Each evening has a different theme so be sure to tune in!
musicmile.ca

Click Club Conversation

February 13, 2021, 11:00am
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Take part in a conversation with George Webber and guests from Rocky Mountain Books on Webber’s book Prairie Gothic, and what it takes to get a book developed. Seities aims to promote national and international artists by encouraging and supporting traditional methods of production in photography.
seities.ca

Legislating Love: The Everett Klippert Story

February 13, 2021
Stream online
Free to watch

Join Sage Theatre for a pre-Valentine’s day listening party of Legislating Love: The Everett Klippert Story, then tune in online as the creative team hosts a post show discussion of the enduring importance of Klippert and of multi-generational queer history.
sagetheatre.com

I Hate Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2021, 8:00pm
Stream online
$21

Do you hate Hallmark for making you feel so alone on a day made for fake fairy tale endings? Join Suzie (Oh Susanna) and friends Mariel Buckley, Ivan Coyote, Veda Hille, and Sarah MacDougall to express your penchant for heartache and woe, and a more authentic celebration of love. Grab your tickets and tune in.
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UNGANISHA: Explore. Connect. Dance.

February 13 & 20, 2021
Stream online
$10

Exploring the importance of African origins in popular dance genres, this dance theatre production in two parts is a not-to-be-missed highlight for the 2021 Black History Month celebration. All are invited to share, learn, and connect through the beauty and diversity of African arts and culture with Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre.
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Valentine’s Day Brunch & Concert

February 14, 2021
Stream online
$15 – $59

Special guests Sharleen Joynt and Marion Newman join Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Ensemble to perform some of the most beautiful operatic arias of all time as well as Broadway standards. Enjoy a special streaming concert paired with a delicious brunch delivered right to your door!
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Celebrate Valentines Day with Calgary Opera | Image: Courtesy of Calgary Opera

Off to the Races

February 14, 2021, 2:00pm
Stream online

Free to watch, donations appreciated

Calgary Chinese Orchestra (CCO) celebrates the 2021 Chinese New Year with the premiere of a musical short film, followed by an online after-party with interviews and surprises! The film is a collaboration between CCO, filmmaker Vicki Van Chau, and Calgary music producer Warren Tse.
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Rozsa Arts at the Library

February 14, 2021, 4:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Slide into Valentine’s Day and feel the love with a live-stream performance from BuckingJam Palace featuring Aimee-Jo Benoit, Steve Fletcher, Robin Tufts, Mark DeJong, and Steve Shepherd. Cozy up with a glass of wine and your sweetheart, and let the music take you away—it’s going to be an amazing afternoon!
calgarylibrary.ca

Music Mile To Go – Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Tip your performer

Let musician and host Kate Stevens guide you through two hours of music featuring nine Calgary artists on Facebook Live. Round off your Valentine’s Day with take out from one of the mile’s great restaurants and make it a special treat. The evening includes the launch of a new video.
musicmile.ca

Valentine’s Date Night

February 14, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
$150

This virtual Valentine’s date night experience features wine, charcuterie, and wine tasting led by a professional sommelier, as well awesome music from Redline Trio that will have you dancing in the living room. Cozy up together in your pajamas, or dress up and make it a fancy night in!
crohnsandcolitiscanada.com

Black Love Movie Night

February 14, 2021, 8:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch registration required

Moonlight is a film that focuses on Black love, masculinity, and sexuality. Moonlight was the first film with an all-Black cast and the first LGBTQ+ film to win the Oscar for Best Picture. Join Action Dignity, Calgary Ethiopian Youth Alliance, and Calgary Cinematheque for an evening celebrating Black love.
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Deer Woman

February 14 – 21, 2021
Stream online
Free to watch

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 the National Arts Centre and Downstage for this new edit of Article 11’s Deer Woman.
nac-cna.ca

Mark Harris

February 16, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration recommended

Wordfest’s Imagine On Air presents Mark Harris with his highly anticipated biography of award-winning theatre and film director Mike Nichols. The hour-long conversation is hosted by Shelley Youngblut, Wordfest’s CEO and Creative Ringleader. This event is a gift for everyone who is fascinated by the mechanics of creation.
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Woolf’s Voices 29

February 16, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
By donation

Shelf Life Books invites you to join Woolf’s Voices for an online evening of poetry, prose, and musical guest, Tiger Sister. The evening is curated by Amy LeBlanc and features Meg Braem, Leslie Joy Ahenda, Logan Pollon, Lady Vanessa, Katie Gurel, and Ethan Vilu. Support the artists through the online tip jar!
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Block Heater

February 16 – 20, 2021
Stream online
Prices vary

The Calgary Folk Music Festival is warming up your homes and hearts with 23 artists on two digital stages nightly for this year’s re-imagined Block Heater Festival. Join in for an interactive experience on the ATB Mainstage on Zoom or tune into the free Festival Hall stage via Facebook or YouTube.
calgaryfolkfest.com

Home is in the Body

February 17, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Join editor jacqueline gallos aquines and Shelf Life Books for an evening with readings and a panel discussion followed by Q&A on the recently released Home is in the Body: 2SLGBTQIA+ FilipinX Femme, North of the 49th Parallel. The book features portraits and interviews with over 40 radical, brilliant FilipinX femme.
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Body and Soul

February 17 – 23, 2021
Stream online
$15

Springboard Performance presents this online Canadian premiere by Crystal Pite, performed by the Paris Opera Ballet. A work in three distinct parts, Body and Soul articulates Pite’s ongoing fascination with conflict, connectedness, and the embodiment of the human spirit. Be sure to catch this on-demand screening.
springboardperformance.com

The Art of Human Justice Education Series

February 17, 24, March 3 & 10, 2021
Stream online
Free to watch

In partnership with Mount Royal University, Contemporary Calgary introduces a digital education series on art and human justice, with a specific focus on the work of Senegalese artist Omar Ba. The series is extended as a public program around the ongoing exhibition Same Dream.
contemporarycalgary.com

Artist Talk with Yvonne Kustec

February 18, 2021, 6:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Join Yvonne Kustec for an artist talk about her work and practice. Kustec employs various hand building techniques with clay to produce figurative sculptural work merged with elements of flora and fauna to reclaim the body from patriarchal traditions, institutions, and ideologies.
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Michael Riedel

February 18, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration recommended

Wordfest’s Imagine On Air presents theatre insider and N.Y. Post columnist Michael Riedel with Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway. This hour-long conversation is hosted by Alex Kingcott. Be sure to register to get your own unique Digital Doggie Bag with links, goodies, and references from the conversation.
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Asia

February 18 – 21, 2021
Steam online
$13.50

CIFF’s Global Perspectives Series for February features Isreal’s submission to the 2021 Academy Awards, Asia. A single mother is forced to finally find her voice as a mother when her daughter’s health starts to rapidly deteriorate, revealing the great love within this small family unit. Catch it online and on demand.
ciffcalgary.ca

Little Modern Market Virtual Winter Market

February 18 – 21, 2021
Online market
Free to explore

A modern and local pop-up market bringing amazing small and locally owned shops to the suburbs, this virtual marketplace allows you to shop directly from the local retailers themselves from the comfort of your own home! You can even use a special code to save on your purchases.
littlemodernmarket.com

Bryce Krynski

February 19, 2021, 5:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Join Bryce Krynski and Christine Klassen for a 30-minute live-stream introducing Krynski’s photography to CKG including what about the medium appeals to him and why he prints on fabric. Krynski’s work is currently on display in the gallery for the Exposure Photo Festival so be sure to check it out.
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Connie Kaldor

February 19, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
$22.69 – $30

In this exclusive presentation for the Calgary Folk Club, Connie Kaldor reveals everything we need to know about the Canadian prairie life she loves and knows so well. Featuring her family, this promises to be an evening of fun, riotous laughter, and dazzling talent. This performance is presented by CFC Online.
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A. Conveyor

February 19 – March 27, 2021
Online viewing room
Free to explore

The New Gallery presents A. Conveyor, an exhibition by Chris Boyne which pushes the idea that task can be the basis for conceptual visual work. The exhibition can be accessed online via Main Frame, and on view in the gallery’s storefront window, so be sure to check it out.
thenewgallery.org

Conversations on Art, Ritual and Inquiry

February 20, 2021, 2:00pm
Stream online
By donation

A series of monthly 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 the Gestare Art Collective. You won’t want to miss it!
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Dreaming In Black

February 20, 2021, 6:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Join MVX Studios’ youth artists as they share their artistic explorations from the Black Kid Joy initiative. Black Kid Joy is a free two-week summer program empowering Black youth through professional mentorship and artistic expression. The showcase is followed by a panel with the artist mentors and youth artists.
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YOUth Riot Readings

February 20, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Join the Alberta Playwrights Network for an evening of shameless and original storytelling from the young, LGBTQ2S+ artists and creators of the YOUth Riot 2020 writing group. The evening also includes the launch of the 2021 YOUth Riot program. Book your spot to take part in this evening on Zoom.
albertaplaywrights.com

To the Wild Sun of Winter

February 20, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
$15

Imagine enchanting choral music performed beneath a night sky! This car concert by Luminous Voices combines the old-school charm of a drive-in theatre with modern technology to deliver a concert like none you’ve experienced before. Can’t make it out to High River? There’s also a live-stream to check out.
luminousvoices.com

The Art of Sign Language in Theatre

February 21, 2021, 11:30am
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Handsome Alice Theatre explores how sign language is more than just a service added to a presentation or performance. How do we incorporate sign language into the development of theatre? This workshop offers some tools and resources for theatre practitioners to build a more impactful experience for all.
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Postcards from an Imaginary Vacation

February 21, 2021, 2:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

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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The Singer’s Journey

February 21, 2021, 4:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

This panel discussion is the first in a series seeking to amplify underrepresented voices in the world of opera and classical singing. Calgary Opera and Skipping Stone Foundation present panelists sharing their journeys of voice development, spotlighting perspectives and topics relevant to trans and gender diverse artists.
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Girl and The Robot

February 21 – 28, 2021
Stream online
$9.99

Written and produced by Kalena Lewandowski, a fourth-year student at Rosebud School of the Arts, Girl and The Robot follows the story of a girl who unknowingly uncovers a truth about herself as she steps on stage to share a little of her own mind. Don’t miss this new one-woman play online.
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Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest

February 22 – 27, 2021
Stream online
$10 – $60

Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest celebrates its 15th anniversary with a virtual series of world class concert performances, workshops, and special events! Featured performers include Jack Semple, Lindsay Beaver and Brad Stivers, Debra Power, and more. Don’t miss this fantastic series!
calgarybluesfest.com

Art & Nature Virtual Museum Classroom

February 22, March 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2021
Stream online
Prices vary

Join the Leighton Art Centre to learn all about the natural environment of Alberta’s Foothills and create some art too! Each week, students can join in virtually for exploration, discussion, and a guided art lesson. Recommended for Grades 1-6, but all are welcome!
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Four Women Writers Discuss Reading, Writing & Aging During a Pandemic

February 23, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Join Freehand Books and writers Sharon Butala, Michelle Good, Larissa Lai, and JoAnn McCaig for a lively conversation via Zoom. You can even check out an online book club through the Facebook link!
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John Colapinto

February 23, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration recommended

Wordfest’s Imagine On Air presents John Colapinto with his fascinating new book about the human voice and the science of speech, This Is The Voice. The hour-long conversation is hosted by Shelley Youngblut, Wordfest’s CEO and Creative Ringleader, and be sure to register for your Digital Doggie Bag.
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Story Time with Elizabeth Withey

February 24, 2021, 5:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Join Shelf Life Books as it presents local author Elizabeth Withey for story time with a reading from her new book, The One with the Scraggly Beard. This unique book is sure to speak to children and adults alike but is recommended for ages three to five. Join in via Zoom for a story and conversation!
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The Black Experience – Journeys of a People

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

Join Storytelling Alberta and enjoy an evening of stories and music celebrating Black History Month, hosted by Calgary storyteller, playwright, actor, and singer Maria Crooks. It includes readings from Dr. Bertrand Bickersteth, Chantal Chagnon, Norma Lewis, and Doreen Vanderstooop.
storytellingalberta.com

Black Futures: A Discussion with Afros In Tha City

February 24, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Join The Sprawl and Afros In Tha City for a discussion on how 2020’s lessons on systemic racism might be applied in 2021 and beyond. Taking place during Black History Month, this is a not-to-be-missed event. Be sure to register!
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Studio Time

February 25, 2021, 12:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

The Nickle Galleries presents this artist talk by Marc Hutchinson, who has been a working photographer for over 30 years. His artistic practice has been contrarily cross-media. In this talk, Hutchinson discusses his recent photography and the questions it raises about how we see. Don’t miss this online edition of Nickle at Noon.
nickle.ucalgary.ca

Twinkle Banerjee

February 25, 2021. 4:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Join Stride Gallery for an artist talk with one of the current exhibiting artists, Twinkle Banerjee as part of the group show currently on display—Shroud, Crown, Grey Area, Generations. Banerjee is a photographer who works between digital and alternative photographic processes.
stride.ab.ca

seth cardinal dodginghorse

February 25, 2021, 5:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Join Contemporary Calgary for an online artist talk with artist seth cardinal dodginghorse as he discusses his work, The Glenmore Rezerveoir, a water sculpture made in response to Yoko Ono’s invitation to produce a container that held water. The work is one of six sculptures produced for Ono’s ongoing collaborative work.
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The Way We Make Reparations

February 25, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration recommended

In honour of Black History Month, this storytelling event features three writers and activists whose bestselling books are essential reads for anyone who wants to become anti-racist. Join Wordfest as each writer performs an open-mic style monologue on the theme of reparation.
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Same Dream Youth Workshop

February 26, 2021, 5:00pm
Stream online
Free to participate, registration required

Designed for youth ages 15 to 25, this workshop from Action Dignity focussed around the artwork of Omar Ba looks to inspire young people through the exploration of contemporary art, and connecting them to community, global, and social issues that affect all of our lives.
contemporarycalgary.com

Ethnik Festival of Arts & Culture

February 26 & 27, 2021, 6:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

A showcase of Afro Canadian and Caribbean heritage and cultural celebration, the Ethnik Festival of Arts & Culture heads online this year. Tune in and celebrate Black History Month with diversity, inclusivity, and vibrant cultural traditions from other communities from across Canada.
ethnikfestivals.com

Click Club Conversation

February 27, 2021, 11:00am
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Take part in Seities’ latest community conversation, a tintype talk with Rainika Photographic. It’s your chance to learn all about the tintype process from an amazing local photographer. Seities aims to promote national and international artists by encouraging and supporting traditional methods of production in photography.
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Open Minded Chats

February 27, 2021, 11:00am
Stream online
Free to watch

This presentation provides a historical grounding for disability arts alongside current artistic approaches fostering mental wellness. Participants will learn about Mad arts, cripping, DDMAAC, DDMSTC, and discover a cross-section of art strategies and organizations supporting a wide cross-section of our society.
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Virtual Reading with Royalty

February 27, 2021, 11:00am
Stream online
Free to watch

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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Chinook Blast Book Launch

February 27, 2021, 2:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Join in for the launch of the Chinook Blast Collection of chapbooks published by Calgary’s newest indie publisher, Radical Bookshop and Press. Hear excerpts and readings from writers including Meghan Victoria, Lee Kvern, Barb Howard, Nancy M. Bell, and more!
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UNGANISHA Script Reading Event

February 27, 2021, 6:00pm
Stream online
$10

The live virtual performance features a script written by Misha Maseka based on the short story Irreplaceable and written by 2020 UNGANISHA Story Writing Competition, Jay Sanni. The story follows a couple trying to salvage their relationship and grieve the miscarriage of their baby.
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The Organ as a Living Time Capsule

February 27, 2021, 7:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch, donations appreciated

The Ahrend organ at the University of Calgary is the child of a rich family tree of scientific, artistic, and cultural traditions. Organist Neil Cockburn curates this biographical performance, inviting several guest artists to tell the story of the instrument in word, image, and music.
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Dogwood Rose Reading Series

February 28, 2021, 2:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

The Calgary Spoken Word Society presents a new online reading series where two provinces join voices, working together to build connections and give artists performance opportunities. This online event features a variety of talented poets and is hosted by MC Sheri-D Wilson.
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Country Music Alberta Awards

February 28, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Expect a lively evening—co-hosted by singers George Canyon and Mariya Stokes—studded with performances by some of Canada’s top country talent. The digital awards show also features a montage celebrating the new inductees into the Country Music Alberta Hall of Fame.
countrymusicalberta.com

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