Canmore Festival of Art and Creativity
Join us for 10 days of FREE creative programming!

  September 18, 2020 — September 27, 2020  | Friday, Sept. 18 - Sunday, Sept. 27

Program Fee: FREE! *Registration required*


Join us for artsPlace's annual Festival of Art and Creativity in celebration of Alberta Culture Days and our 5th birthday! We're overjoyed to share with you 10 days of FREE, fun and safe programming for everyone!

This year, our festival celebrates the Bow Valley's creative spirit with live streamed performances, virtual talks, small-group art workshops, and an outdoor market. 

* Registration required for all in-person programs and online webinars - spots are limited!
** Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 
*** Register everyone who will be attending the workshop. 
**** Masks encouraged at outdoor events; mandatory indoors. 
***** Physical distancing and other health & safety measures will be in place. 

Please follow these health & safety guidelines when participating in artsPlace programs and events this fall. 

CLICK ON THE EVENTS BELOW TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER! 

Friday, Sept. 18

Bow Valley Cabaret Live-Stream ~ Festival Kick-Off
7:30 pm
We kick off the celebrations with a local cabaret curated by Canmore singer-songwriter Ellen Braun! Seven Alberta artists come together to share stories and songs.

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19-20

Mountain Made Market  ~ Outdoor 
10 am to 4 pm
Shop one-of-a-kind handmade treasures from local and regional vendors while enjoying artist demonstrations and local music. *masks encouraged! 

Saturday, Sept. 19

Clay Play ~ Family Workshop
Session 1: 11 – 11:45 am ~ register
Session 2: 1 – 1:45 pm ~ register

Oscar Lopez ~ Live-Stream
7:30 pm 
JUNO-award winner Oscar Lopez's Latin guitar groove makes him a stand-out on the world music stage. His infectious rhythms, guitar mastery and improvisational wit will make for the most enjoyable live-streamed concert experience.  

Sunday, Sept. 20

Air Plant Globes ~ Family Workshop
Session 1: 11 – 11:45 am ~ full  
Session 2: 1 – 1:45 pm ~ full 

Bike Shorts Film Festival ~ Ticketed bike-in outdoor screening
8 pm ~ Reserve tickets in advance ~ full 
Presented by Canmore Community Cruisers
The annual festival of fun, thrilling and inspiring short films on everything cycling. Bike in to watch the films on the big screen right outside of artsPlace! *masks encouraged! 

Monday, Sept. 21

Polymer Clay Jewelry ~ Adult Workshop 
Session 1: 5 – 7 pm ~ full 
Session 2: 7:30 – 9:30 pm ~ full 

Tuesday, Sept. 22

Polymer Clay Jewelry ~Teen Workshop 
5 – 6:30 pm ~ register (2 spots left!) 

Air Plant Globes ~ Teen Workshop
7 – 8 pm ~ full 

Poetry Punch ~ Online Open Mic
7:30 pm ~ RSVP
Bow Valley poets, join host Tim Murphy at this spoken word open mic! Choose to read your poetry or enjoy what others are sharing. Either way, it’s going to be a slamming evening of words.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

GRATITUDE Art-Cards ~ Adult Workshop 
Session 1: 5 – 7 pm ~ full 
Session 2: 7:30 – 9:30 pm ~ full

Cultural Diversity Learning Circle: Respect for Stoney Culture ~ Online Webinar
7:30 pm ~ RSVP
Join Stoney community member, Travis Rider, to learn more about the history of this Treaty 7 territory and the Stoney People. Ask questions and consider how we can live together in community while honouring Indigenous ways of being and knowing.

Thursday, Sept. 24

Double Drawing ~ Adult Workshop 
Session 1: 5 – 7 pm ~ register (1 spot left!) 
Session 2: 7:30 – 9:30 pm ~ full 

The Adventuring Artist ~ Online Artist Talk
5:30 pm ~RSVP
Join a group of local artists working in different styles and mediums as they talk about their shared passion for adventuring into the local landscape and turn their inspiration into art. Have the chance to engage and ask questions following the discussion.

Friday, Sept. 25

Spiral Sunburst Weaving ~ Adult Workshop 
Session 1: 5 – 7 pm ~ full
Session 2: 7:30 – 9:30 pm ~ register (1 spot left!)   

Saturday, Sept. 26

Community Mural ~ Family Workshop 
Session 1: 10 – 10:45 am ~ full
Session 2: 2 – 2:45 pm ~ full
Participate in making a tile for a community mural that will be given to the Canmore General Hospital.

Modern Mountain Landscapes ~ Family Workshop
Session 1: 11 – 11:45 am ~ full
Session 2: 1 – 1:45 pm ~ register

Bow Valley Cabaret ~ Live-Stream
7:30 pm
Curated by Bow Valley musicians Dave Crewe of Northern Quarter and Jake Posacki of Zebra, this side-splitting singer-songwriter soiree will feature some of the best local talent!

Outdoor Market ~ Community Event
11 am – 5 pm
An Artists of Elk Run Initiative
Location: 105 Bow Meadows Crescent
Support Canmore’s local creative community! Join the Artists of Elk Run at their outdoor market as they showcase one of a kind creations. *masks encouraged! 

Sunday, Sept. 27

The Hobbit ~ Live-Stream
11 am 
Presented by Pine Tree Players, DIY Theatre and Artists’ Collective Theatre 
This classic tale is told through a combination of film and live-streamed theatre performance. A family-friendly adventure that will entertain audiences of all ages! 

Community Mural ~ Family Workshop 
Session 1: 10 – 10:45 am ~ register
Session 2: 2 – 2:45 pm ~ full

Clay Play ~ Family Workshop 
Session 1: 11 – 11:45 am ~ register
Session 2: 1 – 1:45 pm ~ full 

Stoney Culture with the Smalleyes ~ Live-Stream
7:30 pm 
The Smalleyes Family of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation present an evening of traditional and contemporary Indigenous dance, music, and storytelling.

Health and Safety at artsPlace

The health and safety of our patrons, staff and the community remain our top priority. As we all adjust to the temporary reality of COVID-19, we want to ensure that we create a safe environment for everyone at artsPlace.

Please read the following guidelines for participating in artsPlace programs and events this fall.



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