February 14 - 18, 2019
5PM - 11PM NIGHTLY

glow: Downtown Winter Light Festival is an annual family-friendly light and music festival in the heart of downtown Calgary.

This all-ages event welcomes everyone to warm up winter’s darkest days, and experience one-of-a-kind interactive light displays, art, entertainment, food trucks and activities. Come down and enjoy all of these things for FREE!

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art installations
  • The Machine
    Lane Shordee
    South Bow Park – 636 Centre Street S

    Utilizing simple analog devices, The Machine brings an animated scene to the viewers with the use of light, shadow, and imagery inspired by the biological illustrations of Ernst Haeckel. The Machine renders the microscopic visible; creating a fantastical world of the unseen. Viewers will be able to peer inside the mechanism and interact with it through the use of switches and dials.

  • The Luminuits
    La Camaraderie
    Brightside Hub at Olympic plaza – 228 8th Ave SE

    Three shadows come alive in a flash: The Luminuits have taken refuge here tonight. These large shadows, usually lurking in the night, come out of hiding and await you. Be careful, the Luminuits are shy! The only way to reveal them is to take a picture with the flash and then you will discover their personality!

  • Entre Les Rangs
    KANVA
    Harley Hotchkiss Gardens – 611 4th St SW

    An expanse of long, waving crystalline stems planted in the heart of the city. A tribute to fields of wheat that shimmer in the wind as the seasons pass, Entre les rangs covers a public space with thousands of flexible white stems topped with white reflectors that capture the rhythm of the surrounding urban space and reflect its life.

  • Passage
    Serge Maheu
    2nd St & 8th Ave SW

    Passage is an immersive, minimalist, contemplative and interactive artwork that explores the emotional connections we develop with light and sound. The concept of the artwork takes root in the definition of the word passage itself: the act of moving through or past something on the way from one place to another, and also the process of transition from one state to another in a temporal dimension.

  • Impulse
    Lateral Office, CS Design Inc.
    1st St & 8th Ave SE

    An interactive work that will warm hearts of all ages . The space is transformed into a space of urban play through a series of interactive illuminated see‐saws that respond and transform when put into motion by people. When activated by users and inclined, the see‐saws, augmented by LED lights and speakers, will increase in light intensity and emit a randomized sound sequence.

  • Device For Summoning Rainbows
    Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett, and Studio North
    Brightside Hub at Olympic Plaza - 228 8th Ave SE

    Using light as an sculptural material, Device for Summoning Rainbows is an analog projection machine refracting white light into the wavelengths of the visible spectrum: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Viewers are invited to interact with spectral waves as they wash across the park, chasing rainbows or basking in their glow. Drawing from lighthouse lenses and analog projection technologies, Device for Summoning Rainbows speaks to light as a medium for sending messages across vast dark spaces, signalling danger or change ahead. Every colour we see is just a small band of visible light in a larger collection of wavelengths radiating cosmic rays, gamma rays, X-rays, microwaves, radar, and radio waves across our planet. Device for Summoning Rainbows empower the visible spectrum to intervene in the dark winter nights of Calgary, signalling the Spring ahead. Exploring light as an entity both present + absent, natural + manufactured, particle + wave, you’re invited to seek the rainbow’s end.
    Device for Summoning Rainbows is a prototype for a larger public artwork called LIGHT KEEPER, soon-to-be installed at Aitken Place Park in Toronto as part of the revitalization of Waterfront Toronto.

  • Wish Tree
    Pitaya
    Harley Hotchkiss Gardens – 611 4th St SW

    The Wish Tree is a participative installation. The artwork is accessible for everybody as they read the words on the boards. The board can be re-used to be written again. A kind of Lo-Fi Snapchat! The desire to be successful, but the experience of writing will remain in each of the visitors.

    PITAYA is a creative studio founded by David Lesort and Arnaud Giroud. After a technical training course, respectively in metalworking and woodworking, the duo puts on their industrial design studies. They quickly abandon the rigid side of their initial training for a more artistic vision, and specialized in the light field. In 2006, The studio from Lyon participated in his first event and created thirty light candlesticks that were installed in the public space during the Festival of Lights in Lyon.

  • Control No Control
    Daniel Iregui
    4th St & 8th Ave

    An interactive LED sculpture that invites the audience to use their hands and body to act on its sound and graphics. The full cycle of audio-graphical compositions goes through five states, each exploring a geometric pattern, its properties, its audio representation and how it reacts to bodily gestures.

  • BassBus Presents: Nightlight
    February 16 - Brightside Hub at Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Ave SE

    An annual large scale music and art production curated and produced by BassBus. This event based on a theme inspired by Bioluminescence. Art installations, performers costumes, stage and lighting design will all be brought together in a way to create an environment that feels and looks alive with creatures and organisms which emit bioluminescence.

  • MakeFashion and STEM Learning Labs Fashion show
    February 15th - Brookfield Place Calgary - 225 6th Ave SW
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    MakeFashion explores the potential of merging fashion with cutting-edge electronics. MakeFashion is an initiative that introduces students to cutting edge new technologies: fusing high-tech and high-fashion on the runway.

    Launched in June 2012 by a trio of Calgarians, MakeFashion has produced over 60 wearable tech garments and showcased at over 40 international events. MakeFashion introduces fashion designers and artists to the exciting world of wearable’s through a series of informative, hands-on, designer-lead workshops.

    Vision for MakeFashion

    • Advocate for removing barriers to STEM concepts and improving middle school students’ technology skills in a creative endeavor
    • Helping all student achieve success regardless of academic or financial circumstances
    • Train, engage and involve in STEM Learning Labs
  • The face
    Illuminart
    Brightside Hub at Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Ave SE

    The sculpture that becomes everybody's face! A true interactive installation, Face is a video-mapped sculpture that allows the user to play with its own identity. Video-mapping allows it to capture people’s faces and map them onto the sculpture in real-time. The installation is a spectacular light display: the projection plays with portraits, mixing them with innovative animations and visual effects.

  • RHIZOME
    Tom and Lien Dekyvere
    Brightside Hub at Olympic Plaza – 228 8th Ave SE

    Tom & Lien Dekyvere explore the ideas behind individualism and groups of people living together, which all illustrate togetherness and collaboration in contrast with nature and technology through the metaphoric symbols of sound and vision. The (dis)connections made between people can be displayed as a web. The work mirrors this web idea, as hundreds of meters of light emitting rope is tied together to form a network. This network is the reflection of our current society that merges with nature and where people express themselves.

  • CUBE
    Paul Magnuson & Steve Burak
    1st St & 8th Ave SW

    This large scale 2 story installation will have hanging strings of LED lights to wander in and out of and explore.

  • ORB
    Steve Burak
    The Galleria Trees – 3rd St SW & 8th Ave SW

    A large globe with LED strips are programmed to be like a clock, the second hand ticks around the outside of the frame, the inner and outer colors represent the minutes and hours of the day

  • Journey
    Sandra Vida
    Watermark Tower – 530 8th Ave SW

    This installation of a large-scale video projection features as a central motif, the image of a white horse approaching the camera in an endless loop.  Overlaid on this image are constantly shifting layers of imagery gleaned from the artist's photographs, paintings and drawings. The dream-like mood is enhanced by the natural sounds of wind and water, and an evocative violin tune. Creating a contemplative and immersive space, the interplay of images and sound may call up the viewer’s own dreams and reflections

  • Blinken Brix
    Axis-Z Media Arts (AZMA)
    ATB Back Wall - 102 8th Ave SW

    Come warm your eyes with a new large-scale, interactive projection mapping party: Blinken Brix.  Watch as an ordinarily wall transforms into a sea of looping geometries filled with strange animated characters and shape shifting textures that will make your mind GLOW. Hop on our stationary Blinken Bike that lets you control the larger-than-life projections, or just hang out amongst the illuminated landscape.

  • Beakerhead Garden Featuring “Nibbles”
    Harley Hotchkiss Gardens – 611 4th St SW

    Come explore a laminated garden complete with life size artichokes, carrots and our friends Nibbles. The gardens is brought to you by Beakerhead an annual Science and art festival – for more information www.beakerhead.com

  • Winter Oasis
    Phi collective
    Brookfield Place Calgary 1st Street SW

    An illuminated realm of glowing light, pulsing, whimsical 3D printed leaves and plants, crystalline structures, black-light lit mushrooms, birds, and reflecting mirrored floor rocks, all encapsulated in a snow globe-like geodesic dome. Viewers are encouraged to walk around and approach the outside of the globe activating proximity sensors causing interior plants and flowers to glow, change colour, and bloom. This tropical environment acts as a contradictory oasis within our downtown Calgary snowy winter landscape and invites viewers to gather, engage, and experience their perceptions of our city and our northern climate through the use of technology, light, and colour.

events
  • FEB
    14
    Valentines Day Event 'Love Lights'

    Brightside Hub at Olympic Plaza – 228 8 Ave SE
  • FEB
    15
    'MakeFashion' fashion show

    Brookfield Place Calgary
  • FEB
    16
    BassBus presents: Nightlight

    Brightside Hub at Olympic Plaza - 228 8 Ave SE
  • FEB
    17
    glow LIVE! @


    Brightside Hub at Olympic Plaza - 228 8 Ave SE
  • FEB
    18
    Family Skating Party


    Brightside Hub at Olympic Plaza - 228 8 Ave SE
BRAD SAUNDERS - 5:00 PM
THE STATIC SHIFT - 6:15 PM
JJ SHIPLETT - 7:30 PM
MICHAEL BERNARD FITZGERALD - 8:45 PM
getting around
SANDRA VIDA – JOURNEY
WATERMARK TOWER – 5TH ST AND 8TH AVE SW
AMANDA PARER – BEAKERHEAD BUNNIES
HARLEY HOTCHKISS – 4TH ST AND 7TH AVE SW
KANVA – ENTRE LES RANGS
HARLEY HOTCHKISS – 4TH ST AND 7TH AVE SW
PITAYA – WISH TREE
4TH ST AND 7TH AVE SW
DANIEL IREGUI – CONTROL NO CONTROL
4TH ST AND 8TH AVE SW
STEVE BURAK – ORB
THE GALLERIA TREES – 3RD ST AND 8TH AVE SW
SERGE MAHEU – PASSAGE
2ND ST AND 8TH AVE SW
PHI COLLECTIVE – WINTER OASIS
BROOKFIELD PLACE – 1ST ST AND 7TH AVE SW
PAUL MAGNUSON & STEVE BURAK – CUBE
1ST ST AND 8TH AVE SW
AXIS-Z MEDIA ARTS – BLINKEN BRIX
ATB BACK ALLEY – CENTRE ST AND 7TH AVE SW
LANE SHORDEE – THE MACHINE
SOUTH BOW MINI PLAZA – CENTRE ST AND 7TH AVE SE
LATERAL OFFICE, CS DESIGN INC – IMPULSE
1ST ST AND 8TH AVE SE
ILLUMINART – THE FACE
BRIGHTSIDE OLYMPIC PLAZA
LA CAMARADERIE – LUMINUITS
BRIGHTSIDE OLYMPIC PLAZA
TOM & LIEN DEKYVERE – RHIZOME
BRIGHTSIDE OLYMPIC PLAZA
CAITLIND BROWN, WAYNE GARRETT, STUDIO NORTH – DEVICE FOR SUMMONING RAINBOWS
OLYMIPIC PLAZA
MAKEFASHION – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 15TH
BROOKFIELD PLACE – 1ST ST AND 7TH AVE SW
LOVE LIGHTS – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 14TH
BRIGHTSIDE OLYMPIC PLAZA
BASSBUS PARTY – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16TH
BRIGHTSIDE OLYMPIC PLAZA
GLOW LIVE – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17TH
BRIGHTSIDE OLYMPIC PLAZA
FAMILY SKATE PARTY – MONDAY FEBRUARY 18TH
BRIGHTSIDE OLYMPIC PLAZA
  1. SANDRA VIDA – JOURNEY
    WATERMARK TOWER – 5TH ST AND 8TH AVE SW
  2. AMANDA PARER - BEAKERHEAD BUNNIES
    HARLEY HOTCHKISS – 4TH ST AND 7TH AVE SW
  3. KANVA – ENTRE LES RANGS
    HARLEY HOTCHKISS – 4TH ST AND 7TH AVE SW
  4. PITAYA – WISH TREE
    4TH ST AND 7TH AVE SW
  5. DANIEL IREGUI – CONTROL NO CONTROL
    4TH ST AND 8TH AVE SW
  6. STEVE BURAK – ORB
    THE GALLERIA TREES – 3RD ST AND 8TH AVE SW
  7. SERGE MAHEU – PASSAGE
    2ND ST AND 8TH AVE SW
  8. PHI COLLECTIVE – WINTER OASIS
    BROOKFIELD PLACE – 1ST ST AND 7TH AVE SW
  9. PAUL MAGNUSON & STEVE BURAK – CUBE
    1ST ST AND 8TH AVE SW
  10. AXIS-Z MEDIA ARTS – BLINKEN BRIX
    ATB BACK ALLEY – CENTRE ST AND 7TH AVE SW
  11. LANE SHORDEE – THE MACHINE
    SOUTH BOW MINI PLAZA – CENTRE ST AND 7TH AVE SE
  12. LATERAL OFFICE, CS DESIGN INC – IMPULSE
    1ST ST AND 8TH AVE SE
  13. ILLUMINART – THE FACE
    BRIGHTSIDE OLYMPIC PLAZA
  14. LA CAMARADERIE – LUMINUITS
    BRIGHTSIDE OLYMPIC PLAZA
  15. TOM & LIEN DEKYVERE – RHIZOME
    BRIGHTSIDE OLYMPIC PLAZA
  16. CAITLIND BROWN, WAYNE GARRETT, STUDIO NORTH – DEVICE FOR SUMMONING RAINBOWS
    OLYMIPIC PLAZA
  17. MAKEFASHION – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 15TH
    BROOKFIELD PLACE – 1ST ST AND 7TH AVE SW
  18. LOVE LIGHTS – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 14TH
    BRIGHTSIDE OLYMPIC PLAZA
  19. BASSBUS PARTY – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16TH
    BRIGHTSIDE OLYMPIC PLAZA
  20. GLOW LIVE – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17TH
    BRIGHTSIDE OLYMPIC PLAZA
  21. FAMILY SKATE PARTY – MONDAY FEBRUARY 18TH
    BRIGHTSIDE OLYMPIC PLAZA

Calgary Parking Authority has provided FREE parking during glow at three parkades from 5PM-11PM by using the code glow9 (45699).

  • The Telus Convention Centre - 727 1st Street SE
  • James Short Parkade - 115 4th Ave SW
  • Centennial Parkade - 608 9th Ave SW
hubs
  • Brightside Hub at Olympic Plaza – 228 8 Ave SE

    Come be a part of the fun down at Olympic Plaza. From awesome Art Installations scattered around the Plaza, to creating Love Lights on Valentine’s Day; from the BassBus Nightlight dance party, to Live Music Night featuring incredibly talented performing artists. There is so much to enjoy here!

  • Brookfield Plaza - 1st street and 7th avenue
    This is a new Hub that is positioned midway through the glow festival, with many things to do and see. Here you will see life size art installations and the glow photo booths. Make sure to check out the 'MakeFashion' fashion show here, and bop to DJs spinning awesome beats. It’s a great place to warm up!
  • Harley Hotchkiss Gardens - 611 4th Street SW
    Don’t know where to start? Join us at Harley Hotchkiss Gardens to kick off your self-guided tour of the festival!
  • Official glow Hotel Partner - Marriott International
    Looking for a place to stay on site for glow? Coming from out of town and want to be in the centre of the action? Time for a Staycation? Our official glow hotel partner Marriott International has you covered at multiple downtown Calgary hotels. Warm up with savings with Marriott International. Save up to 20% when you book your family day weekend glow escape.

    Partner hotels include: Calgary Marriott Downtown, Westin Calgary, Delta Hotels Calgary Downtown, and Fairfield Inn & Suites.

    Book your package with us here: https://hotel-deals.marriott.com/canada-calgary/
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activities
  • Love Lights – Thursday February 14th 5pm to 10pm

    Brightside Hub at Olympic Plaza – 228 8 Ave SE

    The most romantic day of year can be celebrated in Downtown Calgary at glow. Take your loved one(s) down to Olympic Plaza to make and design a “Love Light” and place it in Olympic plaza to be a part of a large scale light installation. This creative activity is FREE to attend.

  • MakeFashion - Friday February 15th 7pm to 10pm

    Brookfield Plaza Calgary - 225 6th Ave SW

    Join us for an amazing night of "Hacking the runway: high tech meets high fashion"

    glow Calgary teams up with MakeFashion for a unique and exciting evening of fashion, light and technology! MakeFashion explores the potential of merging fashion with cutting-edge electronics. MakeFashion Edu is their STEAM platform for students to introduce them to cutting edge new technologies: fusing high-tech and fashion on the runway. This event will be the first of its kind in Canada!

    Purchase tickets to this event.

  • BassBus presents: Nightlight – Saturday February 16th 5pm to 10pm

    Brightside Hub at Olympic Plaza - 228 8 Ave SE

    Join the night life, enter Nightlight. BassBus transforms Olympic Plaza into a bioluminescent world of glowing jellyfish and pulsing waves of light, with a musical backdrop curated by cutting edge DJs and stage performers.

  • glow LIVE – Sunday February 17th – 5pm to 10pm

    Brightside Hub at Olympic Plaza - 228 8 Ave SE

    glow Live! at Olympic Plaza will showcase the local music scene and is FREE for all to enjoy. Some of Calgary’s favorites will take to the stage to perform and get your toes tappin’! Performers include: MICHAEL BERNARD FITZGERALD, JJ SHIPLETT, THE STATIC SHIFT (as seen on CTV's The LAUNCH) and BRAD SAUNDERS

  • Family Skate Party – Monday February 18th

    Brightside Hub at Olympic Plaza - 228 8 Ave SE

    Skating, music, games and prizes all happening on Family Day. Open to the public and FREE for all to attend.

 


ARTS PARTNER EVENTS

  • National Music Centre/King Eddy

    Boardwalk Rental Communities presents: Family Day at Studio Bell with Fred Penner
    February 18, 2019 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre | 850 4 Street SE

    Featuring beloved children’s singer-songwriter and the “Canadian Minister of Positivity” himself, Fred Penner. In addition to multiple sets from Fred Penner, Family Day at Studio Bell will also include performances by an array of local musicians and musical groups, Sound Sandwich instrument-building workshops, NMC Collection show and tell, instrument demos, campfire sing-alongs, and more. studiobell.ca/whats-on

    The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer: Live Album Recording
    February 15-17, 2018
    King Eddy | 438 9 Avenue SE
    Advanced tickets $35, $45 at the door.

    The King Eddy will host Vancouver-based rock ‘n’ blues duo The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer for three days of swaggering, soul-scorching, boogie-laced blues. This special three-date run will make history as the band record a live-off-the-floor album using a crown jewel in the National Music Centre’s recording collection, the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio (RSM). Think of it as a throwback to the original Eddy’s heydays when blues acts performed for multi-day or even multi-week-long stints at the hotel. Get your tickets and make history at Calgary’s iconic blues venue! Tickets: https://www.showclix.com/event/the-harpoonist-the-axe-murderer-live-recording-king-eddy

  • Arts Commons

    Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic!

    February 5 – 18, 2019
    Arts Commons, Martha Cohen Theatre
    Tickets still available 403-294-9494 or artscommons.ca


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Email: glow@DowntownCalgary.com
Phone: 403.215.1570