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:

All Ages Drag Show

Saturday Nov 25
2 pm – $10 – All Ages

We are excited to present a new monthly show of fun, welcoming, all ages appropriate drag! Come out and support this all-ages troupe as they use the power of drag for positive self-expression. Hosted by Shane Onyou and featuring a very special mystery guest! 

Pandemik9 + Skulkpartitionroot

Saturday Nov 25
8 pm – $10 – All Ages

Self-described progressive industrial metal frankenstein Pandemik9 will make their first appearance on the Congress stage joined by the electronic beats and crunchy guitars of industrial dance rock outfit Skulkpartitionroot who are no strangers to our little cafe. 

Congress Cinema Club: Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993, Alanis Obomsawin, Dir. National Film Board)

Tuesday Nov 28
6 pm – FREE – All Ages

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance  is essential viewing, as it reveals that the Oka conflict represented a turning point in First Nations and federal government relations.

The abrogation of civil and human rights is captured by the filmmaker, Alanis Obomsawin, who was present throughout the 78 days of protest. In the end, we are left with profound questions about the role of the Canadian state, which used its full force to crush a protest camp that consisted of 30 warriors, one spiritual leader, one traditional chief, 19 women and seven children.

Caution: Strong Language

Disturbia Radio Show Vol I

Friday Dec 1
6:00 pm – $15 – All Ages

Congress is excited to host Disturbia Radio Show Volume One – A completely stacked lineup of stellar emerging local electronic, experimental, noise & hyperpop talent, including Conjure, Souljahkitty, Luqa, Elyotto, Chloe, B07 Gem, and Winks.

Saturday Morning Cartoon Party

Saturday Dec 2
10 am – Noon – FREE – All Ages

Come with the kids, or come with your hangover! We are hosting a series of vintage and retro cartoons plus all-you-can-eat cereal for just $5! 

Va +Xam Eitsirhc the Snakeoil Poet

Saturday Dec 2
8 pm – $10 – All Ages

Certain to be a singular and intriguing evening, Va will perform their mystic healing via droning soundscapes and then also perform in collaboration with Xam Eitsirhc; an indigenous poet, musician and spoken word artist.

Joze + blnkCadet 

Friday Dec 8
8 pm – $10 – All Ages

blnkCadet also known as “blnk” is a singer / songwriter and talented vocalist from Okotoks. Joze fuses Backstreet Boys melodies with gospel hymns to create music that is unique, universal and unboxable.


Saturday Dec 9
8 pm – $15 – All Ages

Experience a frenzy of jazzy traditional and contemporary melodies from around the world with the Persian flamenco and dance fusion of Hymmmelodies. 

Rock N Roll Xmas feat. Forbidden Dimension

Sunday Dec 10
11 am – 4 pm – FREE – All Ages

It’s a holiday party for the kids and growns! We will be screening our personal favourite A Christmas Story, as well as a handful of vintage Christmas cartoon shorts.

Come decorate a cookie, make some crafts and then get ready to rock with our favourite elves Forbidden Dimension. That’s right – FD are rebooked and ready to sleigh!

All Ages, All Fun, All Free!

Ho-Ho-Ha-Ha Comedy Showcase

Friday Dec 15
7 pm – $20 – All Ages (16+ suggested)

A showcase of naughty jokes by some of Calgary’s nicest comedians! Join Sammy Benty (Just for Laughs Vancouver), Chris Wipf (Battle of the Comics winner) and Victoria Banner (as seen on Amazon Prime) for a stellar evening of comedy – all yuks, no yucks!

Buy advance tickets through Eventbrite

Wack + The Medusas

Saturday Dec 16
8 pm – $10 – All Ages

Skate punk thrashers Wack return to the Congress stage and they are joined by Riot Grrrl rockers The Medusas. This one is sure to be a ripper!

Community Choir Singalong: Holiday Edition

Sunday Dec 17
2-4 pm – PWYC – All Ages

Join Kenna Burima and Chris Nevile once a month for a good old-fashioned singalong. Each month we’ll feature a song list perfectly curated to have you belting it out whether you think you’re a singer or not. December’s theme: Holiday Hits! 

Sage Theatre presents: Eight Tiny Reindeer of the Apocalypse

Monday Dec 18
8 pm – $15 – All Ages

Sage Theatre returns with another salon-style table read, featuring incredible local talent. This month’s play is Eight Tiny Reindeer of the Apocalypse by Ellen Peterson. 

Mary Liv (Saskatoon)

Thursday Dec 21
7:30 pm – $10-15 – All Ages

Mary Liv, the stage name of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Olivia Morelli, is an emerging artist from Saskatoon, Sk. Starting on classical violin at the age of 5, Mary Liv has since grown an appreciation for all types of fiddle music. Her debut album, Fiddlin’ Around, pays homage to Canadian Old Time Fiddle classics with her own twist.

Tetrad Live Artist Showcase

Friday Dec 23
8 pm – $10 – All Ages

All Ages Drag!

Saturday Dec 23
2 pm – $10 – All Ages

Come out and support this all-ages troupe as they use the power of drag for positive self-expression. Hosted by Shane Onyou and featuring a very special mystery guest! $10 at the door – call 403-452-7320 for reservations.

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