Canmore Festival of Art and Creativity

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artsPlace, 950 8th Avenue, Canmore, Alberta

Join us for artPlace's annual festival, The Canmore Festival of Art and Creativity, a three-day, community-wide event celebrating Bow Valley’s creative spirit! We are proud to be the official Alberta Culture Days Feature Celebration Site! 

FREE drop-in workshops, performances, demonstrations, films, a community campfire with The Fates, and the Mountain Made artisan market - art and creativity will abound throughout the weekend, promising fun for people of all ages to enjoy!


Join us for artPlace's annual festival, The Canmore Festival of Art and Creativity, a three-day, community-wide event celebrating Bow Valley’s creative spirit! We are proud to be the official Alberta Culture Days Feature Celebration Site! 

Throughout the program, all workshops, classes, activities and performances are FREE, open to the public, and drop-in on a first-come, first-served basis, unless otherwise stipulated. Programs designed for all ages, families, teens and adults. Several programs do have an age restriction, clearly stated in the listing below. *

What’s going on at artsPlace during the 2017 Canmore Festival of Art and Creativity? Scroll below to find out!

 

Fri. Sept. 29 at 7 pm

artsPlace main entrance & parking area

Community Campfire with musical guests The Fates

Cozy up to the fire with a mug of hot chocolate and enjoy live music and storytelling from local artists, including folk trio The Fates - Lori Reid, Lin Elder and Jenny Allen - plus Canmore Fiddlers, and Stoney Nakoda dancers, drummers and storytellers! Drop-in. 

 

All Weekend Long (Sat. & Sun.)
Sat 9 am – 4 pm & Sun 10 am - 4 pm

Spin Bike Painting: FREE interactive art project by Canmore Community Cruisers! Outside main entrance. 

Collaborative Printmaking Community Project: join us at the artsPlace Hub Gallery to make your mark on our community art project! 

 

Sat. Sept. 30 | 9 am – 11 pm

10 am – 4 pm: Marketplace by Mountain Made Market 

Local crafters and artisans will showcase their one-of-a-kind works. Outside main entrance.

 

9 am – 4 pm

Demonstrating Artists

9 - 11 am: Joe Martin (wheel-throwing),

11:30 am - 1:30 pm: Chrissy Nickerson (painting)

2 - 4 pm: Conrad Habing (drawing) 

 

9 – 10:30 am: Mala Making Workshop - FREE

Black Box Theatre

Ages 13+ welcome!

 

9 am – 12 pm: Micro Terrariums Workshop - FREE 

Fabrication Studio 

Ages 7+ welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

9 – 12:30 pm: Forest Shadow Boxes Workshop - FREE

Visual Arts Studio

All ages welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

9:00 – 10:00 am: Traditional Clay Lanterns Workshop - FREE

Ceramics Studio

Ages 7+ welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

11 am – 12:30 pm: Teddy Bear's Picnic Program with Corina Strim - FREE

Black Box Theatre

Ages 0-6 welcome!  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

10:30 am – 11:30 am: Traditional Clay Lanterns Workshop - FREE

Ceramics Studio

Ages 7+ welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Traditional Clay Lanterns Workshop - FREE

Ceramics Studio

Ages 7+ welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

12:30 – 4 pm: Heat Embossed Water Colour Cards Workshop - FREE

Fabrication Studio

All ages welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

1:30 – 2:30 pm: Clay Chia Pets Workshop - FREE

Ceramics Studio

Ages 7+ welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

1 – 2 pm: Cuban Dance Performance -- FREE

Black Box Theatre

All ages welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

1 – 4 pm: Tree Stump Printmaking Workshop - FREE 

Visual Arts Studio

All ages welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

2:10 – 2:30 pm: Cuban Dance Workshop -- FREE

Black Box Theatre

Ages 13+ welcome!

 

2:35 – 2:55 pm: Cuban Dance Workshop -- FREE

Black Box Theatre

Ages 13+ welcome!

 

3:00 – 3:20 pm: Cuban Dance Workshop -- FREE

Black Box Theatre

Ages 13+ welcome!

 

3 – 4 pm: Clay Chia Pets Workshop - FREE

Ceramics Studio

Ages 7+ welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

3:30 – 4 pm: Staged Reading by Pine Tree Players -- FREE

Black Box Theatre

All ages welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

4 pm: Bow Valley Mural official unveiling 

Celebrate the unveiling of Canmore's newest mural painted by JARUS! With a live DJ. 

In front of artsPlace 

 

7 – 11 pm: Creative Combat 3.0 Fundraiser

Don't miss this wild party! 12 artists compete to paint a work of art in 20 minutes, while a live DJ spins! Includes a silent auction in support of artsPlace programming. Ticketed event and silent auction fundraiser, $40 advanced tickets. 

 

Sun. Oct. 1 | 10 am – 4 pm

 

10 am – 4 pm

Demonstrating Artists

10 am - 12 pm: Priscilla Janes (hand-building) 

12:30 - 2:30 pm: Jennifer d'Entremeont (screen printing) 

3 - 4 pm: Alexandra Kobalenko (weaving) 

 

10 – 11 am: Clay Chia Pets Workshop - FREE 

Ceramics Studio

Ages 7+ welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

10 am – 12:30 pm: Heat-Embossed Water Colours Workshop - FREE

Fabrication Studio

All ages welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

10 am – 12 pm: Photo Walk Workshop -- FREE

Black Box Theatre 

Ages 7+ welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

10 am – 1 pm: Creative Creature Making Workshop - FREE

Visual Arts Studio

All ages welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

10:30am-11:15am: Come Take a Trip in My Airship Puppet-Making Workshop - FREE

Ages 5+ welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Black Box Theatre

 

11:30 am – 12:00pm: Come Take a Trip in My Airship Puppet Show - FREE

All ages welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Black Box Theatre

 

11:30 – 12:30 pm: Clay Chia Pets Workshop - FREE

Ceramics Studio

Ages 7+ welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

12 – 3:30 pm: Mineside Trail Temporary Art Project & Community Picnic

Pack a Picnic and a Blanket. BYOP (bring your own picnic) - drinks and cookies provided.

Hosted by Town of Canmore 

 

1 – 2 pm: Performance Art Piece - Folding Sculpture: Life-sized Origami - FREE

See how a human-size origami creature is created! 

Black Box Theatre

 

1 – 4 pm: Felted Soap Workshop - FREE

Fabrication Studio

All ages welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

1:30 – 2:30 pm: Traditional Clay Lanterns Workshop - FREE

Ceramics Studio

Ages 7+ welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

2 – 4 pm: Simple Suminagashi Workshop - FREE

Visual Arts Studio

 

2:15 – 4 pm: Origami Workshop -- FREE 

Black Box Theatre

 

3 – 4 pm: Traditional Clay Lanterns Workshop - FREE

Ceramics Studio

Ages 7+ welcome!  Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

7 – 9 pm: Bike Shorts Film Festival – Presented by the Canmore Community Cruisers

Dinner at 5 pm - pre-purchase here 

Black Box Theatre

 

*Several programs are first come-first served, due to space constraints. Creative Combat is a ticketed artsPlace annual fundraiser, not subsidized as Alberta Culture Days. 


Calling all volunteers!

Calling all keen, interested and dynamic community members with a passion for art – we’re looking for you!

We are looking for help in supporting workshops, set-up and take down, selling merchandise, staffing information desks, logistical support and spreading smiles!

artsPlace recognizes that as a volunteer you give us your time and your passion free of charge, and we couldn’t be more grateful. As an artsPlace volunteer, you will be an invaluable part of our team, and will have the opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills, and enjoy a number of free arts events. We welcome your talents and time as a contribution to Canmore’s cultural capital — let us know your interests, the time you can commit, and we’d love to get to know you!

To volunteer with artsPlace, please contact Maria Gregorish at [email protected], or call 403-609-2623.


The success of the Canmore Festival of Art and Creativity depends on the support of a variety of community members. Please join us in making this Festival a success. To become a Festival supporter, please contact us at [email protected], or by calling 403-609-2623, etx. 105.

artsPlace gratefully acknowledges the following organizations and businesses for their contribution to the Canmore Festival of Art and Creativity:

Alberta Culture Days, Heritage Canada, Mountain FM, Rocky Mountain Outlook, Town of Canmore, Burnett Photography 

Event Sponsors

Blake
Mountain FM
Rocky Mountain Outlook
Town Of Canmore