Free This Week

Break out of the cold spell with these free finds

  • Location: Various Venues

Kick your January into gear with this week’s free offerings. Check out an exhibition opening, jam out at a local cafe, attend a family-friendly opera storytime, or something else that suits your fancy!

Spirit of Ukraine

January 17, 2024, 12:10 – 1pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free to attend

Pianist Lyudmyla Heath and mezzo-soprano Stephania Romaniuk share Ukrainian folk carols, powerful classical ballads, and haunting duets, which are interspersed with poetry and stories showcasing the unbreakable Spirit of Ukraine.

N@N – Teresa Posyniak: Making Connections Through Art

January 18, 2024, 12noon
Nickle Galleries  (1407 14th Ave. NW)
Free to attend

Teresa Posyniak discusses over four decades of work in installation and painting and its intersection with her activism, most notably her sculpture, Lest We Forget: A Memorial to Missing and Murdered Women, 1992, installed at the Faculty of Law, Murray Fraser Hall, University of Calgary.

From Skyworld to Cyberspace — Opening Reception

January 18, 2024, 5 – 8pm
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts (1407 14th Ave. NW)
Free to attend

Check out the openings of From Skyworld to Cyberspace, an exhibition that is a result of artist Skawennati investigation of cultural construction, contemporary Indigenous self-representation, and our relationships with the digital world.

The exhibition runs until March 9, 2024.

Winter Exhibitions Opening Reception

January 19, 2024, 6 – 9pm
Esker Foundation (4th floor, 1011 9 Ave SE)
Free to attend

Join Esker Foundation to celebrate the launch of their Winter 2024 Exhibitions: Corotos y Ajuares by Lucia Hierro, Tropicana by Juan Ortiz-Apuy, Parting Gift for Quarantine Blues by Leonard Suryajaya, and Edelweiss by Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky alongside snacks and a cash bar!

Open Studio for Seniors

January 19, 2024, 1 – 4pm
Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW)
Free to attend, registration required

Seniors (55+) are invited to bring projects they are currently engaged in, or ideas and materials for projects they’d like to start. Participants work in a collaborative space with the support of peers and a facilitator with a background in visual art.

Saturday Jazz Jam w/ Tina Hartt

January 20, 2024, 3 – 6pm
Kawa Espresso Bar (1333 8 St. SW)
Free to attend/participate

Drop by as vocalist Tina Hartt hosts this week’s Jazz Jam at Kawa!  This weekly jam session on Saturdays is open to all ages and levels of experience. Drums are provided.

Heaven on Earth — Opening

January 20, 2024, 6 – 9pm
The Bows (2001b 10th Ave. SW)
Free to attend

Don’t miss the opening of multidisciplinary artist and photographer Carolina Vasquez-Lazo’s debut solo exhibition, Heaven on Earth, which explores ideas of what is left behind in our sacred possessions.

Contemporary Kids: Shapes, Compositions, and Block Printing

January 21, 2024, 10am – 12pm
Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW)
Free to attend, registration required

Contemporary Calgary invites children aged 4 – 12 to learn about modern and contemporary art through unique and engaging art activities. Join them for an exhibition tour and printmaking workshop inspired by the work of Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins.

Opera 212: Legend of the Drum

January 21, 2024, 2 – 3pm
Calgary Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free to attend

Explore the multicultural soundscapes in our city in this interactive, family-friendly music and story play-along. Hear the Legend of the Drum as told by Rob Hunter of the Peepeekisis First Nation in Regina Saskatchewan.

Congress Cinema Club presents Wall

January 23, 2024, 6pm
Congress Coffee (Suite #1A, 215 36th Ave. NE)
Free to attend

UK playwright and screenwriter David Hare writes and stars in this innovative animated feature that explores the reality of the wall separating Israel and Palestine as no film has before. Rich with rhythmic, raw imagery, the film is framed by Hare’s journey.

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