5 Calgary Arts Events to Check Out in October

This month, check out carvings by a renowned Tahltan-Tlingit carver, a contemporary dance performance at Fluid Fest and more.

Project InTandem at Fluid Festival. Photograph by Tim Nguyen, courtesy of Springboard Performance.

I Rise Concert and Mural Series by Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Pink Flamingo

As part of its 2022-23 season, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra has partnered with Pink Flamingo, a local Black-led advocacy organization, to highlight the struggle of Black artists in Calgary and celebrate the resilience of the BIPOC community. For I Rise, mural artists from the Black Lives Matter movement were invited to create a work of art to complement a piece of music based on the L.R. Knost poem of the same name. These two components will be combined into one audio visual concert, with the aim of increasing Black representation and awareness within the classical music genre. I Rise runs on October 1 at Jack Singer Concert Hall.

205 8 Ave. S.W., 403-571-0849, calgaryphil.com


Closer To Home by Samantha Walrod at Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art

This solo exhibit by Alberta artist Samantha Walrod features mixed-media paintings inspired by the flowers in Walrod’s garden. With an emphasis on texture, many of Walrod’s works are designed as collages, with tactile, fractal-like patterns that draw the viewer in. The exhibition runs until October 8, and admission to Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art is free.

730 11 Ave. S.W., 403-266-1972, newzones.com


Wolves: The Art of Dempsey Bob at Glenbow Museum

Dempsey Bob is an acclaimed Indigenous artist of Tahltan-Tlingit descent. A master carver, he creates works like masks, totems and other sculptures entirely out of wood in the classic West Coast style. His highly technical approach leads to beautifully finished carvings that are hard to believe have been done by hand. Running until November 20, Wolves brings together more than 65 pieces by Dempsey Bob from collections around the world. During the Glenbow’s ongoing renovations, this exhibit is showing at its satellite gallery, Glenbow at The Edison.

Second Floor, 150 9 Ave. S.W., glenbow.org


Chiaroscuro, a Contemporary Take on a Traditional Liederabend Concert at Contemporary Calgary

The term chiaroscuro is used in both the world of visual art and the world of music to describe the use of contrast between light and dark. And the word Liederabend is German for a gathering of song and storytelling. On October 15, Contemporary Calgary will host a concert that merges elements of chiaroscuro and Liederabend into one unforgettable performance. Titled Chiaroscuro, the concert will feature musical duo Kathleen Morrison and Carlos Foggin performing traditional German folk songs with a twist: the show will move throughout the Grotto at Contemporary Calgary into different lighting and perspectives. Admission to the concert is free, but be sure to register in advance to secure a spot.

701 11 St. S.W., 403-770-1350, contemporarycalgary.com


Project InTandem at Fluid Festival

As part of Fluid Fest, hosted by Springboard Performance, the contemporary dance collective Project InTandem will debut a double-bill performance at The Grand on October 20 and 21. Project InTandem is a group focused on using dance as a platform to raise women’s voices — for this show, artists Sylvie Moquin, Meghann Michalsky, Reese Wilson, Kaili Che and Karissa Barry will dance in contemporary duet and quintet performances. Tickets start at $25 for the 7 p.m. shows. The rest of the Fluid Fest lineup can be found here.

608 1 St. S.W., 403-205-2922, springboardperformance.com

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