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 Marshall Vielle co-curates the Braving Beauty Cabaret | Photo: Courtesy of Arts Commons July 1, 2021 - July 31, 2021 Online This Month Virtual events continue as Calgary’s arts community shifts back to in-person gatherings Amy Jo Espetveidt Location From Anywhere Price Prices Vary With the province opening up more and more this month, Calgary’s arts community is slowly starting to shift to in-person events. But that doesn’t mean that the virtual ones are going away! There are still lots of online offerings to check out this July. Read on to find out what’s coming directly to you! In Conversation with John Snow Until July 2, 2021 Online viewing room Free to explore John Snow (1911-2004) was a revered mentor to new and emerging artists, using printmaking to depict life in Southern Alberta. Curated by Sheryl Spencer, this exhibition features the artwork of Tasia Selimos, Westbury Jordan, Stephany Victorine, and Rosemary Allan. albertaprintmakers.com From the Land Until July 2, 2021 Online viewing room Free to explore From the Land: Indigenous Ecological Art for a New Era explores the historical relationships between Indigenous peoples and the land, inviting people to consider their own role within this ecosystem: How can we better coexist in order to minimize ecological impacts for our descendants? artspaces.kunstmatrix.com Exposure Photography Festival Until July 18, 2021 Online viewing room Free to explore online Presenting exhibitions that showcase photographic work by internationally renowned practitioners alongside emerging and established talent from Alberta, celebrate Alberta’s rich photography scene and thriving creative communities in-person or online. contemporarycalgary.com Digital AWE Until July 18, 2021 Stream online Free to watch Welcome to the Digital AWE, an electric circuitry within a mythic dimension of our own universe. A space of no place, where creativity and input can brush up against each other and be limitless! Featured artists include Simran Sachar, Julianne Chapple, and Eric Cheung, plus many more. Be sure to tune in and check it out! facebook.com Don’t miss your chance to see Digital AWE | Image: Courtesy of to the AWE Summer Group Show Until August 28, 2021 Online viewing room Free to explore Herringer Kiss Gallery presents an in-person rotating exhibition of diverse works by gallery artists, including Howard Lonn, Katie Ohe, Michael Davidson, Paul deGroot, Shelley Adler, Harry Kiyooka, Renee Duval, Aron Hill, Genevieve Dionne, David Burdeny, Fiona Ackerman, Sara Robichaud, Ben Skinner, and Bill Laing. You can also view it online. herringerkissgallery.com Postcards From Sled Island Until August 31, 2021 Stream online Prices vary From panels and film screenings to the return of the mixtape exchange and a very special collaborative album exclusive to Sled Island, this summer take in an online or in-person event featuring video content, filmed performances, guest appearances, documentaries, and hopefully some live music! sledisland.com Canada Day at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre July 1, 2021, 11:00am – 4:00pm Stream online Free to participate The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre invites you to join in a celebration of Canada’s 154th birthday! Tune in with your family and friends to a selection of programs that will be held virtually throughout the day. Check out the centre’s website for more information on the activities and offerings and start planning. culturalcentre.ca Canada Day with Fort Calgary July 1, 2021, 11:00am – 4:00pm Stream online Free to participate Fort Calgary invites you to reflect on what the land means, and the many ways of knowing the land across what is today called Canada. Whether you’re looking to experience some family activities, or a deep-dive guided exploration into what Canada means, there are many virtual ways to participate including a story session with Chantal Stormsong Chagnon. fortcalgary.com Canada Day Fireworks July 1, 2021, 11:00pm Stream online Free to watch Thanks to support from Canadian Heritage, The City of Calgary hosts this firework show with a synchronized local music soundtrack on CJSW. If you can see Calgary’s downtown, you will be able to watch the fireworks in-person from your home, yard, sidewalk or neighbourhood. Otherwise, you can watch the fireworks via livestream. After consultation with local Indigenous Elders, the stream will also include a moment of silence as a way to honour children victimized by the residential school system. calgary.ca Virtual Reading with Royalty July 3, 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! facebook.com Matt Masters July 3, 2021, 7:00pm Stream online Free to watch, registration required Bella Live From Your Couch is the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts’ online concert series that aims to bring all of your favourite local artists to your living room. Be sure to join in for an evening with award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, Matt Masters. Register today to reserve your link and don’t miss it! tickets.mru.ca Kathy Reichs July 6, 2021, 7:00pm Stream online Free to watch, registration recommended Wordfest’s Imagine On Air presents bestselling author Kathy Reichs in a major Canadian celebration of The Bone Code, the 20th novel in the Temperance Brennan series. The conversation is hosted by Hart Hanson, creator of Bones, the television series based on Reichs’ books. Be sure to tune in! wordfest.com Diane Tucker July 6, 2021, 7:00pm Stream online Free to watch Join Shelf Life Books and Vancouver co-host Iron Dog Books for the virtual launch of Diane Tucker’s book of poetry, Nostalgia for Moving Parts. Poised between thoughts of mortality and an exquisite taste for the most tender, small details of life, Tucker is joined in conversation by Kevin Spenst and readings by Sheri-D Wilson. facebook.com Algorithmic Rituals July 7 – 10, 2021 Stream online Free to participate, registration required Attend a participatory movement workshop for creating rituals that ponder how we can create space for ourselves in the context of worlds structured so largely by computers. Use movement and conversation prompts to think about how our lives and bodies relate to computer-related systems. kathrynblair.com Stampede July 8, 2021, 6:30pm Stream online Free to watch Fernwood Publishing in collaboration with Shelf Life Books presents the launch of Stampede: Misogyny, White Supremacy and Settler Colonialism. This event features a panel discussion with James Demers, Michelle Robinson, Jennifer Markides, and author of Stampede, Kimberly Williams. Be sure to tune in! facebook.com Clicquot Trio July 10, 2021, 8:00pm Stream online $25 Since 2017 Clicquot Trio has been playing in Calgary with performances of classical/jazz fusion repertoire. Members Claire Butler, Stefano Valdo, and Reuben Grendus are all professionally trained classical musicians and as a trio explore a variety of genres. Watch it live in-person or online. facebook.com Braving Beauty Cabaret July 11, 2021, 7:00pm Stream online Free to watch, registration required The Braving Beauty Cabaret gathers artists from the African and Afro-Caribbean diaspora, and new and experienced voices from the Indigenous Nations of Treaty 7, and leans into the common ground and beauty that connects them—offering a blueprint for understanding through music, humour, poetry, and more. artscommons.ca Virtual Reading with Royalty July 12, 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! facebook.com Morningside Music Bridge July 14 – 30, 2021 Stream online Free to watch The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra joins Morningside Music Bridge virtually once again, showcasing online violin, viola, cello, and piano performances. These emerging young musicians aged 12 to 18 come from around the globe for a month of intensive music-making and performance opportunities. mmb.international Flint & Feather July 15, 2021, 7:00pm Stream online Free to watch, registration required Join award winning musicians Flint & Feather for a virtual performance of folk and roots inspired music. Joal and Lauren Kamps mix music, storytelling, and laughter for a truly engaging experience so be sure to register and check it out. You won’t want to miss this online concert, part of Rozsa Arts at the Library. calgarylibrary.ca David Steinberg July 15, 2021, 7:00pm Stream online Free to watch, registration recommended Wordfest’s Imagine On Air is thrilled to present this very special evening with Canadian comedy legend David Steinberg, who will regal us with stories and clips from his stellar six-decade career. Register for a unique Digital Doggie Bag after the event with bonus links and references from the show. wordfest.com Her Story July 18, 2021, 12:00pm Stream online Free to watch, registration required Throughout history, the intricate and intimate details of women’s lives have too often been revealed only through the male gaze, if not altogether erased. Writers Emma Donoghue and Doireann Ní Ghríofa explore these gaps to find the stories within, re-imagining the lives of women long gone. Join the authors for this conversation. facebook.com Louise Candlish July 18, 2021, 1:00pm Stream online Free to watch, registration recommended Imagine On Air invites you to discover thriller writer Louise Candlish, with her new novel The Other Passenger. And who better to introduce us to her than the remarkable Ruth Ware, who just happens to be Louise’s biggest fan. Think of this as a super-hot Sunday tea combo, accompanied by delicious revelations. wordfest.com Untold City July 20, 2021, 12:00pm Stream online Free to watch, registration required d.talks Untold City series continues its exploration of Calgary’s urban environment with a virtual tour of the East Village Platform Innovation Centre & Parkade. Kate Thompson, President and CEO of Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, guides participants towards an in-depth understanding of this innovative building. eventbrite.ca Pamela Medland July 20, 2021, 7:00pm Stream online Free to watch, registration required Join Shelf Life Books for the virtual launch of Pamela Medland’s Echo of Ash—in conversation with Vivian Hansen. Medland is a Calgary poet whose work has appeared widely in literary journals and poetry anthologies. Echo of Ash shares the pain and trauma of the sudden loss of Murray, her best friend and partner of 38 years. facebook.com Sissy Fit: The Future Is Queer Cabaret July 25, 2021, 7:00pm Stream online Free to watch, registration required Take in an all-inclusive celebration of radical performances—all in the name of harnessing the diversity, depth, and wild power of being queer, and being queer in Alberta. Rising from the ashes of 2020, Sissy brings you a world queerer than ever before! artscommons.ca Sissy Fit: The Future Is Queer Cabaret returns | Photo: Courtesy of Arts Commons Have an online offering that’s not listed? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out this form.