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Alberta

Hot Art Round-Up: May 23 – 26

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, MAY 23

Movement Exhibition: Opening Reception
Design.Talks, 616 MacLeod Trail SE: 6 – 8:30 pm

 

FRIDAY, MAY 24

May 24-26 Market Collective
BMO Centre Hall A, Friday 4 – 9 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 6pm

Clint Neufeld and Jocelyn Reid
VIVIANEART opening reception 6 – 9 pm. Artists will be in attendance

PARKSHOW 2019 Presented by Brightside
707 Fifth (Manulife Place) Friday 7 pm – Saturday midnight

A O H I T W A M B T R U : Teresa Tam
Stride Gallery, 7 – 10 pm

Shellie Zhang / Accent
The New Gallery, 8 – 11 pm

 

SATURDAY, MAY 25

Art & Design Show – Varsity
Varsity Community Centre, 10 am – 4 pm

Shannon Craig Morphew: “Inspired Spaces”
Loch Gallery, May 25 – June 11

Keith Dalgleish / Closing Reception
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, 2 – 5 pm

Artist Trading Cards Trade/Meet/Swap
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, 5 – 7 pm

Calgary Water Lantern Festival
Olympic Plaza, 5:30 – 10 pm

 

SUNDAY, MAY 26

Cinematic Sundays : McQueen
Glenbow Museum, 1 – 3 pm

Hot Art Round-Up: May 16 – 18

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, MAY 16

2019 Grad Show
Alberta University of the Arts, May 16 – June 1

Bright Nights – Technology & Craft
cSPACE, 7 – 10 pm

Cory Carlin Artist Reception
Chinook Mall, MarketSpot YYC, 7 – 9 pm

 

FRIDAY, MAY 17

Happenings Adult Late Night
Arts Commons, 8 pm – midnight

A O H I T W A M B T R U : Teresa Tam
Stride Gallery, 7 – 10 pm

Chris Flodberg: Objects (evening reception)
Masters Gallery, 5 – 7 pm

 

SATURDAY, MAY 18

Spring Concert / Art Salon
Grey Hills Portraits, 2 – 5 pm

Party like Gatsby Calgary – Spectacle Extraordinaire
The Palace Theatre, 9 pm – 2:30 am

Hot Art Round-Up: May 9 – 11

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, MAY 9

Corvidae: A Family of Birds
Blackboard Gallery, cSPACE: 5 – 8 pm

cSPACE Showcase Series: Viva La Cultura – Cinco De Mayo
cSPACE: 5 – 8 pm

Free Exhibit Opening. Outliers: Queer History in Calgary
Lougheed House, 5:30 – 8 pm

 

FRIDAY, MAY 10

2019 CBC Calgary Reads Big Book Sale
Calgary Curling Club, Friday & Saturday 9 am – 9 pm, Sunday 9 am – 2 pm

Fine Art Show and Sale
New Horizon Mall, noon – 6 pm Friday and Saturday

Community Evening & Artist Talk with Brandon Vickerd
Esker Foundation, 6 – 8 pm

A O H I T W A M B T R U : Teresa Tam
Stride Gallery, 7 – 10 pm

 

SATURDAY, MAY 11

Art Dealers Association of Canada Calgary Gallery Hop 2019
Various Galleries, 11 am – 6 pm

Blake Senini Artist Talk
Herringer Kiss Gallery, 11 – 11:45 am

Steve Mennie Artist Talk
Wallace Galleries, 2:45 – 3 pm

Chris Flodberg: Objects (Artist Talk)
Masters Gallery, 4:15 – 5 pm

Other participating galleries: VIVIANEART, Trépanier Baer Gallery, Newzones Gallery, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Loch Gallery, Jarvis Hall Gallery
Etsy Calgary Spring Market
Ross Glen Hall, 10 am – 5 pm

The Group Art Society of Calgary’s Spring Show and Sale
St. Peter’s Anglican Church, 10 am – 4 pm

Loft 112 celebrates 5 years!
Loft 112, 10 am – 5 pm

Fraser Hine Paint-in
Webster Galleries, 11 am – 3 pm

Dinosaurs: a blown glass T-Rexhibition
Bee Kingdom, Saturday and Sunday noon – 5 pm

Madeleine Lamont & Karen Klassen
Christine Klassen Gallery, 1 – 4 pm

Abstractions Artist Reception and Art Sale
New Motion Gallery, 3 – 7 pm

Hot Art Round-Up: May 2 – 5

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, MAY 2

Michael Davidson: Thelonious (opening reception)
Herringer Kiss Gallery, 5 – 8 pm

Free First Thursday Nights
Glenbow Museum, 5 – 9 pm

32nd Annual Exhibition of Children’s Art
Municipal Building Atrium, opening reception 5:30 pm

Loft 112 Celebrates 5 Years Art Show
Loft 112, 6 – 9 pm

 

FRIDAY, MAY 3

Jane’s Walk Calgary
Lunch Hour Sampler of the Bow Valley College Art Collection
Downtown: noon
Public Art at the University of Calgary
University of Calgary, 3 pm
The cREative Realm: Exploring local art and creative process
Beltline, 4 pm
Beltline through the Eyes of Writers
Beltline, 6 pm
Curious Things In Crescent Heights
Crescent Heights, 7 pm

Calgary Night Market
Eau Claire Market, 5 – 11 pm

Nvrlnd Open House & Studio Sale
Nvrlnd.yyc, 5 – 9 pm

Martin Bennett / Solo Exhibition – Opening Reception
Jarvis Hall Gallery, 5 – 7 pm

Keith Dalgleish | A Word On A Wing Opening May 3 & 4
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Friday 5 – 9 pm & Saturday 2 – 5 pm

Ryan Sluggett: Lifestyle Battles (opening reception)
TrépanierBaer Gallery, 5:30 – to 8:30 pm

Mary-Leigh Doyle & Sheila Brinsmead: Petals & Play with Louise Chong.
Framed on Fifth, 6 – 9 pm (opening reception)

State of Art Society Art Show and Sale May 3 & 4
Strathcona Community Centre, Friday 6 – 9 pm & Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

States of Transcendence: Curator’s Tour with Elizabeth Diggon
Esker Foundation, 7 – 8 pm

 

SATURDAY, MAY 4

Jane’s Walk Calgary
Downtown Calgary’s Arts Spaces
Downtown, 11 am
Calgary Stampede Public Art Walk
Victoria Park, 1 pm
Calgary Chinatown Mural Tour
Chinatown, 1 pm
Beltline Murals
Beltline, 1:30 pm
Sunnyside Garage Art Tour
Sunnyside, 1:45 pm

Art Sale
Heather Bell Fine Art, 10 am – 4 pm

Spring Fling!
Workshop Studios, Calgary Humane Society: noon – 6 pm

New Ground in Colour, Susana Espinoza
Gibson Fine Art, opening reception 1 – 3 pm

Dale Kirschenman & Judith Zinkan
The Edge Gallery, 1 – 4 pm

Steve Mennie: Reasonable Facsimiles & Unintended Consequences
Wallace Galleries Ltd, 2 – 5 pm

Aaron Sidorneko: Group Of 1, Part One (opening reception)
Paul Kuhn Gallery, 2 – 5 pm

Halfway to Halloween
Gerry Thomas Gallery, 7 – 10 pm

A Love Letter to Emily C
The Big Secret Theatre, various dates May 4 – 11

 

SUNDAY, MAY 5

Jane’s Walk Calgary
Longest Mural in Canada in the Northern Hills
Coventry Hills Community, 10:30 am
Calgary’s Downtown Libraries: An Architectural History
Downtown, 1 pm

Spring Studio Sale
Kingsland Community Centre, 10 am – 2 pm

Mount Pleasant Potters Guild
Triwood Community Hall, 10 am – 4 pm

Talent Spotlight: Andrea Nixon

Photo by Candice Anne Marshall

She’s an independent singer/songwriter and Alberta Country Music Award nominee. While navigating a rising career in the music industry, she balances the demands of managing a family and inspires fans to chase after their dreams unapologetically. Meet 2018 ACMA Female Artist of the Year nominee, Andrea Nixon…

WHERE: For anyone just discovering you, describe your sound and influences.
Andrea: I absolutely love the storytelling and sonic signature of classic country and what was called Adult Contemporary in the mid 90s, when I was coming into my angst-ridden teen years. I tend to appreciate a wide range of genres, as long as there’s a story that hooks me and a line that stops me in my tracks.

W: What’s your greatest strength as a songwriter?
A: I think my greatest strength is my focus, which is quite singular. Every time I put pen to paper, I aspire to paint a story through melody and words that makes the listener understand themselves better… Through song, I express answers to questions I’ve asked myself in the hopes that those answers uncover something significant to my audience and connect us to one another.

W: What informed this album, Diary of a Housewife?
A: I was off from work raising young kids, and my husband asked if there was anything I wanted to explore in my “off time.” Having had 3 kids in 4 years, “off time” was a bit of a joke, but I began to exploit the evenings, tucking the kids into bed, then getting to work crafting the stories and melodies that would eventually find their home on this album.

W: What’s the first song you remember wishing you’d written?
A: It was “Unloved” by Jann Arden. It came out after the death of my father, and the lyrics made me feel more seen and heard than any of the condolences I was receiving from well-intentioned strangers.

W: What’s coming up for you?
A: I’ve begun putting on workshops to help budding songwriters through my partnership with Edmonton Public Library and performing at Sunrise Records, who have been a huge support in promoting my album. In the fall, I’m heading to Nashville for the first time, so lots of new adventures await.

Celebrate Mother’s Day in Edmonton 2019

Make your mom feel special this Mother’s Day by treating her to one of these special events in Edmonton on May 12!

Daffodils at Muttart Conservatory. Photo by Fred Rushworth.

1. Rejuvenate yourself in floral displays
At Rejuvenate: Mother’s Day at the Muttart, you’ll spend a tranquil afternoon exploring the beautiful floral and fauna displays in the pyramids at the Muttart Conservatory, including planting, music, and more. $12.50 Adult; $10.50 Senior (65+)/Student (13-17); $6.50 Child (2-12); Children under 2 free; $37 Family.
Muttart Conservatory | 9626-96A St. | 780-442-5311

2. Take her out to a movie
Northwestfest runs until May 12, and it’s a great opportunity to see a new documentary flick. View films from around the world commenting on global human rights, social and environmental issues, and the strength of the human spirit at Canada’s longest-running documentary film festival. See the complete schedule on the website.

3. Feast on a lovely brunch
Though most restaurants in the city will be serving a fantastic brunch, be sure to make a reservation to guarantee a spot! At Zinc Restaurant—on top of an artfully prepared meal—all mothers get complimentary access to the Art Gallery of Alberta for after their brunch! Or, Fort Edmonton Park includes favourites like Eggs Benedict to personalized omelettes, a pierogi station, fresh salad bar, and specialty desserts, as well as performances by renowned magician Ron Pearson, a craft station for the kids, and a chance to capture the memory at a photo booth.

4. Purchase a hand-crafted gift
Browse the beautiful boutique-like displays from independent vendors selling unique handmade clothing, jewellery, accessories, artwork, toys, and magazines from May 10–12. The Royal Bison Craft & Art Fair welcomes all that is weird and eclectic from across western Canada!
Royal Bison Craft & Art Fair | Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre | 8426 Gateway Blvd. | 780-436-6606

5. Enjoy tea and cake together
Celebrate Mother’s Day in the beautiful U of A Botanic Garden, surrounded by outdoor gardens bursting with roses, lilacs, peonies, fauna, and more. Stroll the gardens, dine on strawberry shortcake and tea, enjoy live harp music, and a receive a special gift for mom’s garden.
University of Alberta Botanic Garden | Located on Hwy 60, 5 km north of Devon | 780-987-3054

6. Enjoy Mother’s Day at the Zoo
The Valley Zoo is putting a spotlight on moms—animal and human—this Mother’s Day! Enjoy airbrush tattoos, animal encounters, planting activities and live music. The zoo’s resident animal moms will be getting special enrichment treats throughout the afternoon.

7. Spend a day at Prairie Gardens
Head out to Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm for a special brunch to celebrate Mom and spring with brunch amongst the blossoms! Reservations include a petting farm with baby goats, kids’ planting projects, spring crafts, and a bale maze. Don’t have brunch tickets? You can still enjoy gem mining, train rides, and all the farm fun activities at this charming Bon Accord attraction about a 40 minute drive from downtown Edmonton.

Hot Art Round-Up: Apr 26-28

By HOT ART YYC

FRIDAY, APRIL 26

The 2019 Calgary Expo POW! Parade of Wonders!
Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, 10:30 – noon

Solo!! The Graeme Shaw Show!
Webster Galleries, Friday 4 – 8 pm, Saturday live painting 11 am – 4 pm

Traversing the line, with no fixed point / Briana Palmer
Alberta Printmakers, 7 – 9 pm

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

Spring Arts & Crafts Sale
Scenic Acres Community Centre, 10 am – 3 pm

Annual Spring Art Exhibition & Sale
Bridgeland Riverside Community Association, 10 am – 4 pm

Calyx Distinctive Arts Spring Event
1101 2 St NW, Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

Exhibition Reception and Artist Talk
Alberta Craft Gallery, 2 – 4 pm

Artist Trading Cards Swap
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, 5 – 6:30 pm

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 28

PPC Annual Art Show and Sale
Park96, noon – 4 pm

Cinematic Sundays: Kusama : Infinity
Glenbow Museum, 1 – 3 pm (ticketed)

Cannabis Laws in Edmonton

Canada made headlines last year when recreational cannabis was legalized across the country on October 17, 2018. But just like with alcohol and tobacco, there are laws and regulations regarding its consumption.

The federally legislated Cannabis Act outlines the legal amount of cannabis that an adult may possess, share, purchase, and grow. However, if you are travelling within Canada, you are responsible to learn the laws of the provinces, territories, and even the individual municipalities you will be visiting. Individual municipalities (Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, etc.) may create additional restrictions on top of provincial and federal legislations.

— In Alberta, you must be 18+ to use and/or purchase cannabis.
— You may purchase cannabis from provincially- and federally-licensed retailers only.
— In Edmonton, you may consume cannabis in designated cannabis consumption areas, and in some parks and trails.
— The City of Edmonton website includes maps of permitted smoking areas along Whyte Avenue and Jasper Avenue.

Stay Up to Date

For the most current and accurate information, visit these official websites.

Municipal:
City of Edmonton
City of St. Albert
Strathcona County (Sherwood Park)

Provincial:
Government of Alberta

Federal:
Government of Canada

Hot Art Round-Up: Apr 18 – 20

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, APRIL 18

Stamp It! Members Show and Sale
Alberta Printmakers, through April 20: 11 am – 4 pm

Launchpad 2.0
Indefinite Arts Centre, Festival Hall: 5 – 7 pm

RAW: Calgary presents IMPACT
Marquee Beer Market & Stage: 7 pm – midnight (ticketed)

Hazel Eckert / Soft Focus Reception & Artist Talk
Royal Canadian Legion #1, 7 – 9 pm

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

New Craft Coalition Spring Show + Sale
The Commons Calgary, Friday 4 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 

Opening Reception: 17th Annual Juried Members Show
Leighton Art Centre, 2 – 4 pm

420 on 4/20 Art Social
New Motion Gallery, 3:30 – 7 pm

A O H I T W A M B T R U : Teresa Tam
Stride Gallery, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Hot Art Round-Up: Apr 11 – 13

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, APRIL 11

Jake Joy: At the Heart of It
Blackboard Gallery, cSPACE: 5 – 8 pm

Spotlight YYC – Artist Reception with Jill Allan
Alberta Craft Gallery, cSPACE: 5 – 8 pm

University of Calgary’s Department of Art PUSH 2019 Exhibition Closing Reception
https://www.facebook.com/events/352849472228945/

Women at the Crossroads of Canada
Lougheed House, 5:30 – 6:30 pm and 7 – 8 pm (ticketed)

Mètamorphe: Hear/d Residency Exhibition
Alberta University of the Arts, 6 – 8 pm

Ana Villanueva – MNG LRT Space Reception
Marion Nicoll Gallery, 6 – 8 pm

Bad Visions from Cyberspace – MNG Main Space Reception
Marion Nicoll Gallery, 6 – 8 pm

Salon Series: Meryl McMaster
Glenbow Museum, 7 – 9 pm (ticketed)

FRIDAY, APRIL 12  

A O H I T W A M B T R U : Teresa Tam
Stride Gallery, April 12 – May 24

Live Art Auction and Preview
Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning
April 12 – 14 

Calgary Night Market
Eau Claire Market, 5 – 11 pm

Curated SPRING Market CALGARY
Bowness Community Hall: Friday 5 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

Action! Adventure! Art!
New Motion Gallery, 6 – 9 pm

Julie Beugin: Soft Obstacles
VivianeArt, opening reception 6 – 9 pm

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 

Little Modern Market’s West Edition
ATCO Park, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

CCAG Spring Show & Sale
Montgomery Community Association, 10 am – 4 pm

Calgary Artists’ Society Spring Art Show and Sale
Parkdale United Church, 10 am – 4 pm

Window Sun, New Paintings by Steve Coffey
The Collectors’ Gallery of Art, 1 – 5 pm

Ashes In Glass – Calgary Ash Collection
cSPACE, 1:15 – 4:15 pm

What you need to know about the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo

By RACHAEL FREY and SILVIA PIKAL 

GET READY TO ROCK THE EXPO

Here are some tips on how to prep for the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, from eating waffles with a distinct dark side to strutting your stuff in the parade.

GET FITTED LIKE YOUR FAV

Whether you want to terrify your fellow Calgary Expo fans with a Night King mask or lighten the mood in Deadpool’s skin-tight outfit, The Costume Shoppe has you covered with a large selection of themed costumes. Don’s Hobby Shop is where to go for special effects make-up to bring out your inner orc, or dress up like a demogorgon in honour of Stranger Things actor David Harbour’s appearance at the expo.

USE THE FORK, LUKE

Do your part to destroy the Death Star with fork and knife at Yellow Door Bistro. Their Death Star waffle swings into orbit for Calgary Expo and returns for “May the Fourth Be With You” on May 4th.

MARCH OF THE COSPLAYERS

If you’ve ever wanted to see the Sailor Scouts, Chewbacca and Beetlejuice strolling together, the POW! Parade of Wonders is for you. At this kick-off event to Calgary Expo, thousands of Calgarians swagger down Stephen Avenue in their costumed best.

Fourteen years ago, the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo began with a respectable 3,000 attendees. Numbers held steady for a couple years, and then they started to climb — drastically. This year from April 25 – 28, the Calgary Expo is expected to bring in around 100,000 fans to celebrate their love of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and all things pop culture.

The annual convention features celebrity guests, panel discussions on pop culture topics and hundreds of exhibitors selling everything from rare and vintage collectibles to comics, memorabilia, themed merchandise and original works of art.

Yelaina May, a local cosplayer who has created an impressive arsenal of costumes, began cosplaying after she attended the expo for the first time.

“Calgary Expo will always hold a special place in my heart,” she says. “It is what started my hobby and something I look forward to every year.”

For the uninitiated, “cosplay” is short for costume play. It’s a mash-up of performance and visual arts in which participants — known as cosplayers — wear clothing and accessories to represent a specific character, often from pop culture.

Many cosplayers spend months working on elaborate outfits to show them off at events like Calgary Expo, which attracts cosplayers of all types and skill levels.

“There are always amazing, master level cosplayers, the people that do it just for fun and the joy of creation, the people that are just starting and figuring out what they are into,” May says.

If you’re looking to get into the cosplay game, May has some advice — above all, have fun and enjoy yourself.

Photo by Yelaina May Cosplay.

“Find a character you love and just go for it! Lots of people overthink everything. You will learn by making mistakes, so don’t expect to make every piece perfectly the first time. I still, after five years, remake at least one part of every costume. Or, if you aren’t a crafty person, there is no shame in buying a costume. If it’s a character you are passionate about, it will make all the struggles of building it worth it. You will find someone else who loves that character as much as you and it will be awesome.”

Speaking of characters, expect to see some big names from movies and television at the Calgary Expo. Back to the Future fans will be psyched — Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Tom Wilson and James Tolkan are scheduled for appearances. You can also rub elbows with Sean Astin of Lord of the Rings and Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson, among others.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for May, who will be cosplaying Aloy from the video game Horizon Zero Dawn, Wonder Woman from the new movies, and Sadie Adler from the video game Red Dead Redemption 2. She says the thing she’s most looking forward to is just being there.

“There is something about the atmosphere of being around a bunch of like-minded people looking at awesome geeky things or watching cool panels that nothing else can beat,” May says. “It is the most exhausting weekend of my year, but also my favourite!”

Hot Art Round-Up: Apr 4 – 7

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, APRIL 4

MFA in Craft Media Thesis Exhibition
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta University of the Arts: 5 – 8 pm

Free First Thursday Nights
Glenbow Museum, 5 – 9 pm

Large Works
Artpoint Gallery opening reception 5 – 9 pm

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 5

Make It Calgary! Apr 5-7
Deerfoot City, Friday 11am-9pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

Second Chance Art Sale
Rotary Club of Calgary Heritage Park, St Peter’s Anglican Church:
Friday 4 – 8 pm, Saturday 9 am – 4 pm

Nvrlnd Open House & Studio Sale
Nvrlnd.yyc, 5 – 9 pm

Bob Pike, Connie Pike & Denise Clarke: Iterations in III Acts
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Opening Receptions: Friday, 5-9 pm & Saturday, 2-5pm

Lyla Rye / Abide Artist Talk,
7 pm at Emmedia
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, opening reception 8 – 11 pm

Tsēmā Igharas: Black Gold
Untitled Art Society, 7 – 11 pm

Varvara & Mar : Chameleon
New Gallery, opening reception 8 pm – midnight

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 6

Dalhousie Art Show and Sale
Calgary Sketch Club, 10 am – 4pm

Spring Art Show
Southern Alberta Art Alliance, 10 am – 4 pm

YYC Alternative Market at ICA Hall
Inglewood Community Hall, 10 am – 4 pm

Janet B. Armstrong: painting in the gallery
Webster Galleries, 11 am – 4 pm

John Lennard: Footprints
Masters Gallery Ltd, opening reception 5 – 7 pm

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 7

Art Calgary at the Central Library
Calgary Central Library, 1 – 3 pm