A still from The Reason I Jump
The Reason I Jump | Still: Courtesy of CIFF

Online This Month

Local arts community continues to explore digital content in response to pandemic

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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With a new year and an ongoing fight to bend the curve, Calgary’s arts community continues to pump out quality content—just digitally instead of in person—and you can tune in all month long.

Check out these great online events this January!

Honens @ Home

On demand
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. With new content added regularly, be sure to check back for more great music—and to kick off the new year, watch the complete cycle of Chopin’s Preludes Op. 28, performed by 2015 Honens Finalist Henry Kramer.
honens.com

Extended Indefinitely

On demand
Online exhibition
Free to watch

Extended Indefinitely is an extension of Kandis Friesen’s postponed exhibition in storage. Two video works are hosted in continuous loops; one consists of rhythmic text, the other a tableau vivant of an ancient oak tree in Ukraine. During this time of distancing, this exhibition in absentia becomes the new exhibition space for an indefinite extension of time. Don’t miss it!
truck.ca

Untunnelling Vision

On demand
Online Viewing Room
Free to explore

Join TRUCK and Mountain Standard Time online to experience a series of installations by artist Jin-me Yoon. Untunnelling Vision is the culmination of site-specific research in combination with an artistic practice focused on the entanglements of militarism, tourism, and colonialism. Be sure to explore this interactive tour.
mountainstandardtime.org

Home/Work: Creating Connections

On demand
Online Viewing Room
Free to explore

Starting as a thematic art challenge, the intent of this first ever virtual Contextural member exhibition was to keep members connected, engaged, and creative during the summer months. Members were asked to create an 8″ x 8″ work using any materials they had at hand. Explore it online and see the final results!
contextural.ca

double-bodied

Until January 16, 2021
Online viewing room
Free to explore

The paintings in double-bodied expand on the unwavering concerns of Larissa Tiggelers’ practice. Her new series is deceptively formal, but its seemingly smooth, care-filled surfaces uproot painting’s traditional affinity to gestural authorship. Check out the online viewing room!
jarvishallgallery.com

up front w/Yvonne Mullock

Until January 16, 2021
Online viewing room
Free to explore

Dark Horse is a multifaceted body of work that uses iconic symbols synonymous with cowboy culture—the Stetson hat and horse as tropes to explore Calgary’s long and entwined history of ranching and the city’s historic annual Stampede event. View it online in a unique viewing room experience.
jarvishallgallery.com

Hand Pic’d

Until January 17, 2021
Online viewing room
Free to explore

Hand Pic’d continues a precedent of celebrating emerging artists and recent graduates within the local Calgary arts community attempting to navigate and ultimately reject current social constructs through their distinctive practices.
vivianeart.com

Annie The Musical

Until January 31, 2021
Stream online
$32

While determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan, Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Join StoryBook Theatre online for this not-to-be-missed streaming production.
storybooktheatre.org

Idols and Merchandise

Until January 31, 2021
Online archive
Free to explore

Idols and Merchandise (Ídolos y Mercancías), an exhibition and curatorial essay presented by Chundas Locas Mexas, is a semi-historical reflection on the Day of the Dead and immigration. Check out this new virtual experience made in collaboration with Calgary based non-profit SpanicArts.
arting.mx

filling Station Issue 75

January 7, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Join in for this evening of readings with contributors from the 75th issue of filling Station, including Laura Zacharin, Emma Pickering, Robin Knight, Salma Hussain, Karla Comanda, Dale Tracy, and many more! The celebrations are held via Zoom so be sure to check out this digital launch.
facebook.com

The Reason I Jump

January 7 – 10, 2021
Stream online
$13.50

This immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity is told through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world, and opens a window for audiences into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe. See it as part of CIFF’s Top Docs series.
ciffcalgary.ca

Not For Profit nor Fame

January 9 – 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?

January 11 – February 14, 2021
Online on Facebook & Instagram
Free to watch

Over 35 days, 35 artists from the past and future High Performance Rodeo 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.
instagram.com

Ashley Audrain & Karma Brown

January 12, 2021, 7:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration recommended

Wordfest kicks off 2021 with an Imagine On Air conversation featuring Ashley Audrian and Karma Brown. The hour-long conversation is hosted by Shelley Youngblut, Wordfest’s CEO & Creative Ringleader. RSVP to receive a unique Digital Doggie Bag with links and more.
wordfest.com

Nickle at Noon

January 14, 2021, 12:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch

Head online for a look at Nickle Galleries’ carpets and textiles—the greatest hits! Get introduced to the collection and respond to visitors typical questions about the oldest, the youngest, the best, etc., examining the Nickle Galleries’ carpet and textile favourites and the colourful stories they provoke.
facebook.com

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month Watch Party

January 14, 2021, 1:30pm
Stream online
Free to watch

THIRD ACTion Film Festival and its partners invite you to share and connect over some wonderful films and discussion during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. The event starts with a viewing of four great short films and two recorded Q&As, followed by a hosted discussion.
showpass.com

Repeating Chesterfield – Oscillations and Synthesizers

January 17, 2021, 12:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

An educational workshop about electronics and sound for beginners, led by Cookie Brunel and presented by The New Gallery. Participants will gain a basic understanding of how synthesizers create waveforms using electricity.
eventbrite.ca

Music, Painting, Event, Poetry, Object, Film and Dance

January 19, 2021, 4:00pm
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Contemporary Calgary invites you to an interdisciplinary discussion on Yoko Ono’s Grapefruit, exploring where it sits in relation to other artists’ books and multiples, its relevance as an object of material culture, and its contribution to the genre of conceptual art. Don’t miss it.
contemporarycalgary.com

The Big Hit

January 21 – 24, 2021
Stream online
$13.50

Etienne is an often out of work but an endearing actor who runs a theatre workshop in prison, where he brings together an unlikely troupe of prisoners to stage Samuel Beckett’s famous play Waiting for Godot. Presented by CIFF as part of its Global Perspectives series, don’t miss this stunning film.
ciffcalgary.ca

Slamalicious III

January 22 & 23, 2021, 8:00pm
Stream online
Free or $10

Slamalicious is a raucous, interactive puppet slam for adults featuring artists and monsters from around the kitchen table. The theme is Monster Casserole so get yourself dolled up and hunker down for some home cooked weirdness from puppetry greats and the Calgary Animated Objects Society.
eventbrite.ca

Click Club Conversation

January 30, 2021, 11:00am
Stream online
Free to watch, registration required

Take part in a pinhole panel discussion with Hope Kahn, juror for Seities Gallery’s current pinhole competition, and special international pinhole creatives. Seities aims to promote national and international artists by encouraging and supporting traditional methods of production in photography.
seities.ca

Exposure Photography Festival

January 31 – February 28, 2021
Online events & viewing rooms
Free to explore

The festival returns for its 17th year with over 190 visual artists and will take place with artists exhibitions taking place both online and at various galleries and venues throughout the city. You can even catch a return of The Photoville FENCE exhibition, this year coming to Olympic Plaza. Stay tuned as the schedule is released this month.
exposurephotofestival.com

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

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