Self Guided Poetry Walk in Mount Pleasant

Walk with the poet as she walks her lovely neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant, sharing some of its unusual treasures and Little Libraries, and finding poems along the way. She will share poems by other poets and a few of her own. Watch the full video here.

About the walk leader:

Laurie Anne Fuhr, multimodal poet of page, screen, and stage, is the author of night flying (Frontenac House 2018), shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. In May 2022, her poem Water Sign will appear in the Poet Laureate of Cobourg’s water-themed virtual chapbook. Her poems also appear in the first anthology of the Espresso Poetry Collective, of which she is a founding member; Uncommon Grounds, released during the pandemic, is available at Pages Books on Kensington. Laurie is an active member of Poetry In Voice, bringing poetry to schools, a member of the Writers Guild of Alberta and the League of Canadian Poets, and a poetry instructor with www.alexandrawriters.org. She is admin of the Calgary Poets and Calgary Poetry Events Facebook Groups. Follow Laurie on Facebook and Instagram: multimodal_poet.

Six Literary Landmarks on Stephen Avenue by Shaun Hunter

This tour is available 24/7 during the Jane’s Walk weekend using the Story City App. Just download Story City for Android or iOS here to take this digital, self-guided walk. This walk starts at Thomson’s Kitchen & Bar on Stephen Ave, or can be enjoyed via Spoiler Mode from the comfort of your own home through spoiler mode.

On this short stroll along Stephen Avenue, we’ll visit six heritage buildings on Calgary’s historic main street. This is one of the many walks offered in Calgary and cities around the world during Jane’s Walk weekend 2022. The tour will give you a taste of the city’s surprising literary culture from the 1880s to contemporary times.

Download the app here.

Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth IndigiTRAILS App

IndigiTRAILS is a free app available on Apple and Android devices. The app uses GPS or location services to allow audiences to take part in digital art galleries and other future activities within Calgary.

Each virtual art gallery or activity will have a trail map, in which you can download and follow to discover the interactive world all around you.

Download the app here.

Queer History Voices Audio Tour

This weekend on May 7-8-9, join Alberta Theatre Projects for ‘Queer History Voices’ by Natalie Meisner: as part of Jane’s Walk weekend.

This dramatized audio experience tells Calgary’s queer history, street by street, block by block. By scanning a QR code at two downtown locations, audiences can enjoy dramatized readings that tell stories of Calgary’s local queer history. Check out the locations and how to access the audio performances HERE.

(exp)lore: a digital audio theatre experience

(exp)lore is a fiction anthology podcast to be enjoyed in the community while social distancing. These site-specific stories take an imaginative dive into the past and future of Calgary’s inner city. Each episode immerses the audience in a rich audio play while they explore the world through a new lens.

Listen Here

(Please be advised there is minor swearing in some episodes and some mature themes. Likely best for 13 years of age and older.)

Indigenous Girls Mural Project: Vulnerable to Valuable

Vulnerable to Valuable displays the progression of three ribbon skirts, depicting the generational impacts of passing down trauma, but also healing. The intention of the mural is to discuss and overcome gender-based violence. The creators wanted to focus on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Movement.

Read the June 2020 edition here (pages 18-20)

(The murals will become available to the public to see post-pandemic.)

A Queer Map: A Guide to the LGBTQ+ History of Calgary

The Calgary Institute for the Humanities is proud to announce the launch of the first map of The Calgary Atlas Project. This project seeks to recover crucial stories about Calgary’s past and present, stories that will illuminate in surprising ways the character of the city.

In A Queer Map: A Guide to the LGBTQ+ History of Calgary, Mark Clintberg, working with research by Kevin Allen, has mapped the early histories of Calgary’s Queer communities. The University of Calgary has a long history of engagement with LGBTQ2S+ issues and this map is a fantastic start to a project that layers multiple histories, experiences, and geographies over our dominant urban narrative.

Get a printed copy here.

 

 

 

First Nations Stampede: A Guide to First Nations history at the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Institute for the Humanities is proud to announce the launch of the first map of The Calgary Atlas Project. This project seeks to recover crucial stories about Calgary’s past and present, stories that will illuminate in surprising ways the character of the city.

The map describes in detail the First Nations participation in the Stampede and the ways that participation changed the nature of the event. It highlights stories from the Calgary Stampede that are not often heard—stories that focus on the sometimes-controversial histories of the Stampede that are an important part of its legacy.

The artist, Adrian Stimson, a member of the Siksika nation, has mapped the events using Indigenous ways of knowing, using pictographs in spiral and linear arrangements painted on a buffalo robe. The map serves as much to inform and remember as it does to decolonise and reclaim.

Watch the presentation by artist Adrian Stimson here.

Get a printed copy here.