Free this Week

Things are heating up (literally, figuratively) in the city! Take part!

  • Location: Various Venues
There is so much to see and do this week — for free! Take in art exhibitions, join a Saturday Jazz Jam (drums provided!), enjoy free programming for Big Winter Classic, check out an art sale and much more.
French Documentary & the Algerian War

January 24, 2024, 7pm
Taylor Institute, University of Calgary (434 Collegiate Blvd. NW)
Free to attend

This talk by Dr. Matt Croombs examines how French documentary in the 1950s and 1960s confronted the Algerian War of Independence, focusing on René Vautier, the filmmaker who is credited for working with the National Liberation Front (FLN) to create the nation’s emerging film industry.

Thursday SIPS and Songs

January 25, 2024, 6 – 8pm
SIPS Avenida Fresh Market (12445 Lake Fraser Dr. SE)
Tip your performer

The Jazz Diplomats present jazz duo Ashley Johnson and Neil Speers playing at SIPS in the Avenida Fresh Market and Food Hall. The event is free but tipping the artists is encouraged!

Illingworth Kerr Gallery (1407 14 Ave. NW)

Artist Skawennati gathers a number of works which, together, trace a line from our place of origin somewhere in the heavens to the virtual realm. From Skyworld to Cyberspace is a result of Skawennati’s investigation of cultural construction, contemporary Indigenous self-representation, and our relationships with the digital world.


The term p̓a̱sa’p means the action of giving a potlatch to another, and is the guiding principle behind the collaboration by Norberg Hall and curator LaTiesha Fazakas of Fazakas Gallery. Participating artists come from Tlingit, Haida and Kwakwaka’wakw territories, where potlatching is an integral part of social, spiritual, economic and political life.

Even With Sharp Teeth You Can’t Bite Water

Nura Ali’s exhibition of new works investigates The Diasporic Imaginary and the complications of self-fashioning while still in the midst of grappling with a fraught inheritance. The works presented use abstraction and fragmentation as entry points to meditate on the spatialization of diasporic consciousness.

Saturday Jazz Jam with Alex Gonzales

January 27, 2024, 3 – 6pm
Kawa Espresso Bar (1333 8 St. SW)

JazzYYC is pleased to announce that Alex Gonzales (piano) will host the weekly Jazz Jam at KAWA Espresso Bar. Join them at their Saturday Jazz Jam which is open to all ages and levels of experience. Drums are provided.

Debra Power

Debra Power is a singer, songwriter and piano player raised in a musical family from Canada’s East Coast who has released three albums of original music to international acclaim and airplay. Enjoy live music alongside brunch as part of Asylum’s for Arts’ Wafflhouse Saloon!

All Fest

New this year as part of Big Winter Classic — ALL FEST! Enjoy free all-ages programming on Saturday and Sunday at BLOX Arts Centre — all made possible by the City of Calgary and Chinook Blast. Unleash your inner punk at one of their shows!

U/D’s Winter Pop-Up

U/D is embracing the season and helping the community warm up to winter with some fun events. Bring your skates to take a spin on the Central Commons Park outdoor rink and enjoy live ice carving, music, s’mores and more!

Suzanne de Bussac

A potpourri of piano music ranging in styles from cabaret to gospel, classical to chanson, garage jazz to art rock — the cover song portion of the show promises to be whimsical and light of heart! Don’t miss a good dose of Suzanne de Bussac’s eclectic original material including her most recent single “Secret Valentine.”

Art Sale

Artwork made by residents of The Sharp Foundation will be for sale at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association Flea Market. Since 1990, The Sharp Foundation has provided housing, healthcare and support to individuals with complex health issues, many of whom have experienced chronic homelessness.

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