9 Things to Check Out at Chinook Blast

This year, Chinook Blast features interactive light displays, musical performances, art exhibitions and more throughout February.

Photograph courtesy of Chinook Blast.

Calgary’s winter festival Chinook Blast is back again this year with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities, including art shows, music performances, a winter light festival and more from February 4 to 27. Here’s a look at a few of the events you can check out this year.


Glow Winter Light Festival

When: February 10 to 12 and 17 to 19

One of the main events during Chinook Blast is Glow, a winter light festival taking place throughout Calgary’s downtown area. Running over two weekends, Glow will be on display at five different locations with interactive light displays, artistic performances, food trucks and entertainment.


New Architects in a Liminal Time

When: February 10 to 27 from Thursdays to Sundays

This multimedia art installation examines the pandemic and its surrealism, as well as our ability to change, adapt and evolve. Curated by Jae Sterling, the exhibition highlights 17 Alberta artists whose works (including original artwork, prints and ceramics) will be available for purchase. New Architects in a Liminal Time takes place on the second floor of 306 10 Ave. N.W.


Firelight Tales: Stories Where Two Rivers Meet

When: February 12, 19 and 26

On three nights this month, gather at Fort Calgary to hear different Indigenous Elders share stories while sitting around a fire with heaters, hot chocolate and lanterns. The events are free to attend and will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. each night.


Block Party

When: February 18 to 19

The Block Party at Olympic Plaza features two days of outdoor performances and entertainment presented by Chinook Blast’s festival partners. Visit Olympic Plaza for Block Heater concerts, human bonspiel and more.


Asian Night Market at City Hall

When: February 18 to 19

Cultural products, performances, exhibits — all this and more will be on display in the City Hall atrium during the upcoming Asian Night Market, which was organized by local organizations like the Asian Heritage Foundation. The market is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday.


Ethnik Festival of Arts and Culture

When: February 26

The Ethnik Festival of Arts and Culture is a Black History Month celebration showcasing a number of Alberta artists, speakers and performers. This includes Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek, poet and spoken word artist Wakefield Brewster and more. The festival will be live-streamed on February 26 at 6:30 p.m.


Artists Pavilion

When: Until February 27

This year, the Central Library will be the hub for Chinook Blast’s Artists Pavilion. The exhibitions include a look at Indigenous Hall of Famers from Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and a future-forward digital NFT gallery.


Northern Reflections

When: Until February 27

Northern Reflections is an augmented reality mural art walk that features the work of 16 teams of animators, painters and musicians. Admire the artwork painted on windows throughout East Village and Inglewood with both your eyes and and ears through music and animation on your phone using an app called Augle. At the end of it, you can vote on your favourite team.


Hygge Hut

When: Until February 27

Inspired by the Danish concept of hygge (a cozy, warm vibe with an easy-going wellness associated with it), the Hygge Hut in East Village has a fire pit and fireside storytelling, ice carving demonstrations, wreath making and musical performances.

Visit chinookblast.ca for a full list of events.

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