Banff Events for May 2019
The Banff Centre

May 1 – 15, 2019 


Drawn to Nature at the Banff Public Library

Wednesday, May 1 | 5:30 PM | Banff Public Library | Free

Participants of all ages and levels of experience are invited to sketch and draw at Banff Centre’s free ongoing beginner-level drawing workshops. Join esteemed Teaching Artist in Residence Janice Tanton as we explore different materials and techniques for mark making in this facilitated class.  All classes encourage artistic exploration and conversation about the ways in which we interact with the cultural and geological landscapes of Banff National Park. The drawings and sketches produced from these sessions are invited to display in a Community Exhibition at the end of the year. Workshops are provided free of charge, all materials included. Registration is required, visit

Writing Studio Open Reading – Week One

Ruthie Foster

Thursday, May 4 | 7:30 PM | Eric Harvie Theatre | General Admission $35

In the tight knit musical community of Austin, Texas, it’s tough to get away with posturing. You either bring it, or you don’t. If you do, word gets around. And one day, you find yourself duetting with Bonnie Raitt, or standing onstage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater and trading verses with Susan Tedeschi. You might even wind up getting nominated for a Best Blues Album Grammy — three times in a row. And those nominations would be in addition to your seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year, and the title of an “inspiring American Artist” as a United States Artists 2018 Fellow. There’s only one Austinite with that résumé: Ruthie Foster.

Writing Studio Open Reading – Week Two

Wednesday, May 8 | 7:30 PM | Bentley Chamber Music Studio | Free

Featuring readings by writers from the Writing Studio, with special guest faculty Canadian author Kevin Chong, and Associate Program Director and Canadian poet, Karen Solie.

May 16 – 31, 2019 

Pathways to Truth and Reconciliation: Rights Based Framework to Truth and Reconciliation with Ry Moran

Thursday, May 16 | 7 PM | Cave and Basin National Historic Site | Free

In follow-up to our Truth and Reconciliation Summit held in October 2016 at Banff Centre, Indigenous Leadership at Banff Centre hosts a monthly speaker series that invites Bow Valley residents to engage in relevant topics, local discussions, and learn more about Indigenous culture, history, and knowledge. 

In our second season of the Truth and Reconciliation Speaker Series we will be exploring the “Pathways to Truth and Reconciliation”, asking speakers to share what they have learned about the Action of Reconciliation through their own journey, case studies and successes and barriers encountered along the way. We believe that the path to reconciliation must always be grounded in the truth before we advance to reconciliation and along the path, intent and implementation may differ. These are the stories we have invited our speakers to share with us this season.

Writing Studio Open Reading – Week Four

Wednesday, May 22 | 7:30 PM | Bentley Chamber Music Studio | Free

Featuring readings by writers from the Writing Studio with Associate Director Shyam Selvadurai and Australian novelist Michelle de Kretser.

Dancers of Damelahamid: Mînowin

Friday, May 24 | 2:30 PM | Margaret Greenham Theatre | Adult $25, Senior/Student/Child $15

Please join us for the avant-premiere of this performance which is being developed at Banff Centre. Mînowin illuminates the process of finding direction, is an exploration and understanding of organic moments when we connect with one another that breathe new life into our artistic practices, and a critical experiment with performance space. Through integrating narrative, movement, song, performance, and new multimedia design, Mînowin connects landscapes and Coastal form line with contemporary perspectives of customary Indigenous dance forms. The Dancers of Damelahamid aim to achieve this by drawing from our origin stories and exploring ways to translate this through a contemporary lens. In order for this work to reach its transformative potential, it is necessary to revolutionize how we have learned to work within and claim space. The production will balance the performance space by adding contemporary reflections of Indigenous identity, through the multimedia elements, with an aim to immerse the audience in a narrative that illustrates moments of connection, understanding, and renewal.