Apr 24

Downtown Calgary Events | Week of April 24, 2022

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POW! PARADE OF WONDERS | April 28, 2022

The 5th Annual POW! Parade of Wonders is a cosplay parade celebrating pop culture and creativity in Calgary’s downtown and takes place during the world-renowned Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (April 27-30, 2017 at Stampede Park). The parade is free to participate but there is a catch: to walk in the parade you must be decked out in cosplay (costume-play). Expo goers and downtown office workers alike get involved and join in on the fun and witness this unique event.

The 2017 POW! Parade of Wonders will take place on April 28, 2022 between 10:30 AM and 11:45 AM, ending at Olympic Plaza. This year we’ll have a new route and new surprises in store! Spectators can expect an awesome show from the bleachers on sidelines of Stephen Avenue. Participants also have a great time:

Cosplayers meet at starting point at 8th Avenue between 8th Street and 9th Street and will be placed into order or grouped by cosplay style. The walking route in total usually takes about 30 minutes and complete with music and welcoming crowds. It is expected that the walk will conclude at around 11:30 AM and lead into the formal kick-off of the Calgary Expo at the Olympic Plaza.

For more information, visit our POW! Parade of Wonders page.



This isn’t your grandmother’s craft party! The current exhibiting artists push the boundaries of what craft can by using concepts that question social and political concerns. These artist receptions and art parties are designed for you to self-curate your own art experience. Happenings is a FREE event open to the public so bring your friends! And, Happenings #8 is a party that you won’t want to miss!

Free Screening
Happenings 8 will feature a screening of the Jazz Loft According To W. Eugene Smith in the Hub (located on the +15 level of Arts Commons outside Jack Singer Concert Hall) at 7pm as part of International Jazz Day. Admission to the film is free on a first come, first served basis.

John Charles Reid from the Canadian Music Centre will be hosting a talk back after the show.

During Happenings 8, we are celebrating the following exhibitions in the Arts Commons galleries:

  • The Ledge Gallery: Eveline Kolijn
  • Window Galleries: Dayna Ellen, Felicity Hart, Jocelyn Reid, Violet Costello
  • Broadcast Lab (formerly Gallery of Alberta Media Arts): Mary-Anne McTrowe, The Bum Family, Rosanna Terracciano
  • Lightbox Studio: Chelsea Ruston
  • +15 Soundscape: Aidan Lytton

Also featuring during Happenings 8 will be a pop-up Market with Market Collective (where you can come check out the specially curated artists, artisans, makers and shakers), live performances and artist talks lead by Pete Meadows, founder of Tiny Gallery.

There will be a cash bar available.

For additional information, visit the Happenings 8: Contemporary Craft Facebook event page.


BONDS | April 18 - 29, 2017

A play about finding the meaning of life in the face of death

What happens when two estranged sisters are brought together because one is dying?

Bonds looks at the role of patient and care giver and what happens when those roles are reversed.

Director/playwright: Helen Young
Assistant Director: Kaleigh Richards
Stage Manager: Julia Greenhough
Lighting Design: Aaron Cain
Anne: Victoria Souter
Karen: Stephanie Orr
Dr. Wilson: Omatta Udalor
Alex: Spencer Streichert

Show dates
April 18-29 @ 7:30pm, April 22, 23 and 29 matinee at 2pm
(no show on the 24, no 7:30 show on the 23)

Tickets: $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students. Cash only at the door.
Reserve tickets at [email protected]

For information on this play and others, visit urbanstoriestheatre.org.


NEWFOUNDLAND MARY | April 24 through May 13, 2022

Culture and romance collide in Havana!

Inspired by events in the life of Mary McCarthy Comez Cueto, Newfoundland Mary celebrates the unique life of a remarkable Canadian who spent her life in exile in her adopted homeland of Cuba. Mary’s world is forever changed when she meets Luis Gonzalez, who dreams of singing like Frank Sinatra.

The new musical follows the evolving relationship between two people from very different worlds as they discover the importance of music in surviving life’s challenges, the value of friendship during times of uncertainty and the possibility of love at a mature age.

Mon-Wed: 12pm
Thurs-Fri: 12pm/6pm
Sat: 12pm
Sun: Closed

For more information on this play and others by Lunchbox Theatre, visit lunchboxtheatre.com.




Five performing artist/songwriters will come together to share an intimate, 300 person, acoustic performance and provide the audience with an opportunity to learn more about their life experiences that serve as inspiration for their songs. The Songwriter’s Round style of event sets the stage like a living room to listen to acoustic versions of songs and the stories behind them.

Hosted by Tenille, a local singer and songwriter from Grande Prairie, and her charitable organization Big Hearts for Big Kids. She will be joined by: Chad Brownlee, Bobby Wills, JJ Shiplett and Wendell Ferguson.

Big Hearts is all about witnessing the power of people coming together through music to raise funds for an organization giving significant hope and opportunity to youth in need. All proceeds from this event will support the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation to empower youth and create stronger communities.

Concert Details
Where: Theatre Junction Grand
Time: Doors 6:30 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
Tickets available at the Theatre Junction Box Office for $75.

For additional information on this fundraiser or other ways to support the Tim Horton Children Foundation, visit thcf.akaraisin.com.

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