Event Directory Search for upcoming events Picks and Previews Plan ahead to check out these not-to-be-missed events All Contest Dance Visual Art Theatre Film & Media Literary Festival Music Free Promotion The Reason I Jump | Still: Courtesy of CIFF Jan. 1, 2021 - Jan. 31, 2021 Online This Month Local arts community continues to explore digital content in response to pandemic Amy Jo Espetveidt Location From Anywhere Price Prices Vary 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 Made For This Place: The Leighton Legacy On demand Online exhibition Free to explore An exhibition that explores the lives and art of prominent Alberta artists A.C. Leighton and Barbara Leighton, this story offers a unique insight into the rich artistic history of Southern Alberta through the Leighton Art Centre’s stories of adventure, creation, and community-building. communitystories.ca Winter Solace On demand Stream online Free to watch This free virtual concert series from the Instrumental Society of Calgary and Asylum for Art, seeks to help patients, their families, and healthcare workers reduce feelings of loneliness, provide an opportunity to connect over a shared experience, and assist in caring for their mental health during this difficult time. asylumforart.ca Virtual Art Exhibitions On demand Online viewing room Free to explore In order to continue to share the work of artists exhibiting in the galleries of Arts Commons, a new virtual gallery platform has been launched that allows visitors to ‘walk’ the halls of Arts Commons and enjoy the art displayed there. The current exhibitions are available for viewing until spring 2021 so check it out. artscommons.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 Biber Mystery Sonatas Until January 31, 2021 Stream online By donation Join Donovan Seidle, David Morrissey, Kat Hammer, and Justin Luchinsk as they present three concerts of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber’s monolithic work, The Mystery Sonatas. This set of violin sonatas is one of the most stunning devotional works of the German High Baroque. Be sure to leave a donation if you can. donovanseidle.com 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 Spotlight Julya Hajnoczky January 20 – 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. albertacraft.square.site 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 Samantha Savage Smith January 22, 2021, 6:00pm Stream online Free to watch Presented in partnership with Calgary Folk Music Festival, take in live-streamed performance by Calgary singer and songwriter Samantha Savage Smith via Facebook Live. Mainly known for her work as a solo artist, this show was pre-recorded at Festival Hall and is part of the Fridays at the Fourth series. facebook.com 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 Prescriptions for Art January 28, 2021, 12:00pm Stream Online Free to watch Artist, curator, writer, and educator Dick Averns observes Bell Let’s Talk Day with Nickle Galleries. Tune in for this talk on interpretations of art including social prescribing, a practice that has been seen to have positive social impact improving feelings of belonging and mental well-being. Tune in! facebook.com Art, Mental Health and Peer Support January 28, 2021, 6:30pm Stream online Free to watch, registration required Part of Bell Let’s Talk Day, this event showcases art addressing mental health, followed by an optional peer support group for people interested in mood disorders. Hosted by Dick Averns, artists discuss their work and describe how art has helped them cope with mental illness. eventbrite.com Exposure Photography Festival January 29 – 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 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 Studio’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 Dogwood Rose Reading Series January 31, 2021, 3:00pm Stream online Free to watch Out of the restrictions and isolation of COVID 19 comes the Dogwood Rose Reading Series where two provinces (Alberta and British Columbia) join voices, working together to build connections and give artists performance opportunities online. facebook.com Have an online offering that’s not listed? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out this form.