Sep 11

Downtown Calgary Events | Week of September 11, 2021

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No doubt that Beakerhead is on the brain, but this week we’re also getting back into theatre season with two Canadian premieres. Vertigo Theatre is introducing a new Canadian crime thriller, Nine Dragons by Jovanni Sy, and Theatre Calgary is debuting Blow Wind High Water, just in time to kick off their 50th season!

BEAKERHEAD 2017 - September 13-17, 2017

Art + Science + Engineering = BEAKERHEAD!

For decades, arts, science and engineering have been streamlined in opposing directions. Thanks to the annual programming from Beakerhead, the three disciplines converge to build, engage, compete and exhibit works of art, engineered creativity and entertainment for all those willing to experience it.

Beakerhead 2017 is taking over Calgary September 13 through 17 with free and ticketed exhibits and activities taking place both indoors and outdoors!

Some events happening downtown include:

  • Engineered Eats
  • Four to Six*
  • Calgary Municipal Space Station
  • Nucleation*
  • The Ape in You
  • Scent Bar
  • Claw*
  • Up Against All Odds*
  • Skybeings*
*Event is free to the public and does not require a ticket in advance.
For a full list of activities and events happening during Beakerhead 2017, visit their website for full schedule at

BLOW WIND HIGH WATER - September 5 - 30, 2017

For their 50th season, Theatre Calgary is debuting with a new play with Calgary at its centre by one of Canada’s greatest playwrights-Sharon Pollock.

A raging flood threatens three generations of Calgarians as they struggle to come together to keep from going under. With a surging river and an aged patriarch trapped in time, the family attempts to create a legacy worth inheriting by future generations. A profound, playful, and magical new Canadian play.

Click the link to find tickets for Blow Wind High Water.


STEPHEN AVENUE WALK SUMMER STAGE - September 12 & 14, 2017

As summer comes to a close, so do the performances at the Stephen Avenue Walk Summer Stage. Stop by for the noon-hour for free, live entertainment.

This week we’re happy to present:


NEVER THE SAME: WHAT (ELSE) CAN ART WRITING DO? - September 15 & 16, 2017

Never the Same is a two day art writing symposium featuring 20 Canadian and international artists and writers in an exploration of new, expanded and critical writing in contemporary art with distinguished keynote speaker, Chris Kraus.

Never the Same: what (else) can art writing do? asks, what are the places for, and political implications of, de-instrumentalized forms of writing?  In an age of austerity, neocolonialism, neoliberal uses of creativity, art marketing, grant writing and practice based PhD work, how can writing by and for artists and their work enact resistance to such forces? What are the language forms (re)emerging in the present?  How might art writing be considered as an ethical practice towards an understanding/in defense of artistic knowledge? How do (re)emergent modes of artistic writing enact agonisms and solidarities in relation to art audiences? Never the Same will address how and for whom these new modes of art writing matter through multiple symposium sessions guided by the following four areas of investigation:

  • Performing and materializing art writing
  • Making space, place and time through art writing
  • Art writing and knowledge production
  • New modes of publishing and distribution.
For more details about the symposium and to register, visit

NINE DRAGONS - September 16 to October 15, 2021

When an upper-class European girl is found murdered on the seedy side of Kowloon, ambitious Chinese police detective Tommy Lam is on the case. But faced with corruption and the prejudice of his superiors, how far will Tommy go in the pursuit of justice?

Join us for the World Premiere of this new Canadian crime thriller developed by Vertigo Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Gateway Theatre. By Jovanni Sy and Directed by Craig Hall.

Runs September 16 through October 15, 2017. Tickets available at

If you have an event happening in downtown, we want to know! Submit your event to our event calendar or email us at [email protected].

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