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 free, 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 activations.

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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 – Olympic plaza – 228 8 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!

  • Ground Projection
    Caitlind .r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett, and Studio North
    Harley Hotchkiss Gardens – 611 4 St SW
    A projection of cascading rainbows over the courthouse plaza. The tumbling rainbows moving slowly across the plaza offers an opportunity for spectators to engage directly with the light piece.
  • No Control
    Daniel Ireguli – 3rd and 8th

    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 Olympic Plaza – 228 8 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 6 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 – Olympic Plaza – 228 8 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 Dekyvere
    Olympic Plaza – 228 8 Ave SE

    The installation "Rhizome" shows the fusion and obstruction of geometric patterns that grow in and through one another. Several entities seek an outlet with concrete opportunities to progress to the next phase of their existential journey. During this exploration they search for the next step in their history.

  • CUBE
    Steve Burak - 4th Street & 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
    3 St SW and 8 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 8 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

  • Axis-Z Media Arts (AZMA)
    ATB Back Wall - 102 8 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.

  • Terrarium X2
    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.

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

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

events
  • FEB
    14
    Valentines Day Event 'Love Lights'

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

    Brookfield Place Calgary
  • FEB
    16
    BassBus presents: Nightlight

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


    Olympic Plaza - 228 8 Ave SE
  • FEB
    18
    XL103 Family Skating Party

    Olympic Plaza - 228 8 Ave SE
MICHAEL BERNARD FITZGERALD
JJ SHIPLETT
THE STATIC SHIFT
BRAD SAUNDERS
getting around
  • 1. WATERMARK TOWER 5TH SW – SANDRA VIDA – WALL PROJECTION
  • 2. HARLEY HOTCHKISS GARDENS 4TH STREET SW – CAITLIND BROWN & WAYNE GARRETT – GROUND PROJECTION
  • 3. 4TH STREET AND 8TH AVE - STEVE BURAK - CUBE
  • 4. GALLERIA TREES 3RD STREET SW – STEVE BURAK – ORB
  • 5. 1ST STREET AND 8TH AVE – DANIEL IREGULI – LED INTERACTIVE WALL
  • 6. BROOKFIELD PLACE CALGARY 1ST STREET SW – PHI COLLECTIVE – TERRARIUM X2
  • 7. BROOKFIELD PLACE CALGARY 1ST STREET SW – MAKEFASHION – TECH/LIGHTING/FASHION SHOW - FRIDAY FEBRUARY 15TH
  • 8. ATB BACK WALL 102 8 AVE SW – AXIS-Z MEDIA ARTS (AZMA)
  • 9. SOUTH BOW MINI PLAZA - CENTRE STREET – LANE SHORDEE – INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION
  • 10. CENTRE STREET AND 8TH AVE - MONKEY C – INTERACTIVE RAILINGS
  • 11. OLYMPIC PLAZA – CREOS – THE FACE
  • 12. OLYMPIC PLAZA – CREOS - LUMINUITS
  • 13. OLYMPIC PLAZA – TOM DEKYVERE – LED CABLE ARCHWAY
  • 14. OLYMPIC PLAZA – CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT – LOVE LIGHTS – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 14TH
  • 15. OLYMPIC PLAZA – BASSBUS PRESENTS: NIGHTLIGHT – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16TH
  • 16. OLYMPIC PLAZA – glow LIVE! – FEATURING MICHAEL FITZGERALD, JJ SHIPLETT, THE STATIC SHIFT AND BRAD SAUNDERS

Click here for a downloadable PDF map (coming soon)

Whether you're taking public transit or driving down to glow, we have plenty of options for you to get downtown. Check it out here.

hubs
  • Olympic Plaza – 228 8 Ave SE
    Come enjoy and be a part of the fun throughout the festival down at Olympic Plaza. Form awesome Art Installations to Love Lights on Valentines to a BassBus Nightlight dance party to Live Music Night and so much more.
  • Brookfield Plaza - 1st street and 7th avenue
    This new Hub is positioned midway thru the glow festival and has lots to do see do. From life size art installations to photo booths to fashion shows 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 as our festival Hub site to start your self guided tour of the many glow art installations.
activities
  • Love Lights – Thursday February 14th 5pm to 10pm

    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 apart of a large scale light installation. 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!

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

    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

    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

    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.

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Contact Us

Email: glow@DowntownCalgary.com
Phone: 403.215.1570