Currently Showing:

Diane McGeachy

In Good Company is an exhibition of everyday use, somewhat ‘amphora’ inspired hand built ceramic forms. Anthropomorphized in appearance with coiled smiles, two-handled ears and speckled/ freckled clay body faces, these high-fired cups, vases, containers and small sculptures also become the ‘sitters’ for ten paintings on paper that serve to reveal the character and presence of these vessels, where playing with the figurative potential turns mundane or overlooked items into something delightfully animated.

Overarching the whole exhibition is a nod to the friendly atmosphere, delicious coffee, great music etc. you will experience at Congress! You are In Good Company here!


Congress believes in paying artists, but also believes in accessible arts! If any of our cover charges are a barrier for your entry, please come anyway, and pay what you feel. If you can pay the suggested door price – great!! All money collected for shows goes directly to the artists. 

Upcoming Events:

Odditease Burlesque

Saturday Feb 24
Doors at 7 pm – $15 adv / $20 door – 18+

Our favourite group of beautiful weirdos returns to Congress for another night of titillating tunes, and naughty numbers. Tickets at Showpass – get yours before they’re gone!

All that Jazz

Sunday Feb 25
2 pm – FREE – All Welcome

An afternoon of uptempo jazz standards and swinging tunes from Genevieve Phillips, Andrea Petreti and Stefano Valdo. A free show, but tips for the band are welcome!

Congress After Dark

Thursday Feb 29
7 pm – $10 – 18+

Drawn to rope? Join us on Thursday February 29th at 7 pm for our inaugural Congress After Dark! We’ll have live models doing rope art, art supplies for figure drawing & sketching, and classic Congress fare (no alcohol) for your enjoyment.

Please be respectful towards everyone, including and especially our models and performers. This is an adult-only event and we expect you to act your age.

Tickets are $10/person and space is limited so get your tickets in advance.

The organizers are donating any proceeds to Walls Down Collective, and are accepting donations at the event. 

Victrix + Carl Glacier

Friday March 1
8 pm – $10 – All Ages

A night of forward thinking dark pop & electronic music from a pair of exciting local artists. Victrix performs brooding bedroom p0p informed by goth and post-punk and Carl Glacier offers surreal and beautiful lo-fi experimental pop music.

Saturday Morning Cartoon Party

Saturday March 2
10 am – 12 pm – FREE – All Welcome

On the first Saturday morning of every month we bring out the all-you-can-eat cereal and show some fun cartoons! In March it’s gonna get extra sweet because we doing a marathon of your favourite happy-place show – Bluey!

Healing Strings Duo

Sunday March 3
2 pm – FREE – All Welcome

Healing String Duo returns to the Congress stage with their Ukrainian music showcase! Come enjoy a latte and some life affirming music on a Sunday afternoon.

Not Jazz + Neon Detour

Friday March 8
8 pm – $10 – All Ages

Calgary punk and nu-metal cover band Not Jazz will be joined by local indie rock up and comers Neon Detour for a night of great music!

Loops & Lattes

Saturday March 9
2 – 4 pm – FREE – All Welcome

Come spend a lazy Saturday afternoon at the cafe, enjoy your favourite treat & bevy and enjoy lof-fi electronic music provided by Elijah Lucian.

Hillside + Pepperbox

Saturday March 9
8 pm – $10 – All Ages

It’s a night of genre-bending with Hillside bringing aggressive rock informed with crafted song writing, RnB and Beatles-esque undertones, while Pepperbox swings with roots music with a vintage country-jazz influence.

Klezmer Jam w Frank Rackow & the Black Sea

Sunday March 10
2 pm – FREE – All Welcome

Frank Rackow and the Black Sea (featuring Allan Merovitz) play infectious Eastern European songs and melodies, mixed with touches of funk, folk and swing. The group includes legendary Yiddish vocalist, the JUNO-nominated Allan Merovitz.
Join them for a concert and then take part in the music making by learning some basic melodies and rhythms of klezmer music. Instrumentalists, singers, dancers and listeners are all welcome. Some sheet music will be provided.

Ride the Sky + Shock Therapy

Friday March 15
8 pm – $10 – All Ages

Ride the Sky is a band of multi-instrumentalist artists & musicians that play psychedelic experimental rock. Shock Therapy will make their first appearance on the Congress stage with their own unique spin on classic punk rock.

Shed Rekkids (DJ Lee Shedden)

Saturday March 16
2 pm – FREE – All Welcome

DJ Lee Shedden will be spinning funk, soul, Afrobeat, soul-jazz & deep grooves from his vinyl treasure chest.

Retcon + Turnarounds

Saturday March 16
8 pm – $10 – All Ages

Retcon play classic thrash inspired punk rock and will be making their first appearance at Congress. Turnarounds will return to the stage with their unique blend of pop punk infused with emo, ska and indie rock.

Community Choir: Songs of Heartbreak

Sunday March 17
2 pm – FREE – All Welcome

Our monthly opportunity to sing loudly and badly returns with a songlist of heartbreakers. Come pour your heart out with Kenna Burima and Chris Nevile. This one fills up fast, so come early or call us to reserve a table.

Congress Cinema Club: John Ware Reclaimed

Tuesday March 19
6 pm – FREE – All Welcome

Calgary filmmaker and author Cheryl Foggo re-examines the mythology surrounding John Ware, the Black cowboy who settled in Alberta before the turn of the 20th Centrury. Foggo’s research uncovers who this iconic figure might have been and what his legacy means in terms of anti-Black racism both past and present.  Q & A with director Cheryl Foggo to follow the screening.

This is part of an on-going series of National Film Board and independent documentaries focusing on marginalized voices, curated by Sarah Stupar.  Up next: Rocks at Whisky Trench, Alanis Obamsawin, Dir. (2000) Tuesday April 23 6:00 pm

Housing Crisis Drag Show

Thursday March 21
8 pm – $15 adv – 18+

The drag show that turns house hunting into a an adventure full of comedy, sex and clownery. Get ready for laughter, drama, jaw-dropping performances in a cozy eclectic environment. Support local queer art!


Friday March 22
8 pm – $10 – All Ages

HYMMmelodies returns to the Congress stage with their vibrant and celebratory mixture of Persian, Flamenco & Latin music and dance.

Jason Andrew Griffith + Brayden Lowe

Saturday March 23
8 pm – $10 – All Ages

Performing his own brand of storyteller country music shaped by folk, blues & rock Jason Andrew Griffith will be joined by local soulful R&B and pop singer Brayden Lowe. An ideal date night option!

Pysanka Party!

Sunday March 24
5 – 7 pm – FREE – All Welcome

Come learn the art of the Ukrainian Easter Egg! All supplies will be provided with a suggested $10 donation to the Centre for Newcomers to support Ukrainian refugees.  No previous experience required – this is a family-friendly event.

Chloe Stankowski

Friday March 29
8 pm – $10 – All Ages

Local rapper, producer and emo rap superstar Chloe Stankowski  will perform and celebrate the release of their new album. Don’t miss this one!

All Ages Drag Show

Saturday March 30
2 pm – $10 – All Welcome

 Drag is for all ages! This welcoming and celebratory event gives youth an opportunity to perform in front of friends and family (and you!) in a supportive environment. 

Mick Creaby + Ciara Lane + Emily Kirwan

Saturday March 30
8 pm – $10 – All Ages

Irish music fans take note: Mick Creaby will perform his brand of all original Irish music at Congress for the first time! He will be joined by special guest Michael Slattery and Ciara Lane and Emily Kirwan will open the show with their own Irish originals.

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