Your Guide to Alberta’s Art & Literature Scene in February 2022
By Marina Sims
If you’re looking for a few new things to do or try this month, here are some ideas that match Issue 4’s theme—Art & Literature. Most of the items on our list are curated from local sources, authors, artists, or businesses. Keep reading for SixtyOne-Ten’s must-read, must-watch, must-listen, and must-visit for Issue 4.
Must-Read: Lost: A Memoir by Cathy Ostlere
Lost: A Memoir is Calgary author Cathy Ostlere’s first novel. It came out in 2009 but remains an amazing work of nonfiction. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s time to add it to your pile of must-reads.
After her brother’s two-week sailing trip turned into two months without contact from him, Ostlere began to worry. This book takes readers through Ostlere’s journey of loss, closure, and self-reflection.
Must-Watch: Love is Blind (Season 2)
Coming soon to a Netflix-streaming TV near you, Love is Blind season 2 will be available on February 11th—just in time for Valentine’s Day (or Pal-entine’s Day)! In case you have yet to watch the first season, Netflix describes this hit show as a “social experiment where single men and women look for love and get engaged, all before meeting in person.”
Judging by the trailer, this highly-anticipated second season is sure to be full of romance and excitement. So, grab your friends and your popcorn and get ready to watch this fun social experiment unfold.
Must-Listen: The Read-Along: A Mini Book Club For Your Ears
Have you ever thought about joining a book club? Are you looking to start reading more? If your answers to either of these questions were yes, then Anita and Scott C. Bourgeois’ podcast, The Read-Along, might be just what you need! Plus, it’s a local podcast and is part of the Alberta Podcast Network.
Their weekly podcast takes listeners “on a journey through a good book, one chapter at a time” (Apple Podcasts). It’s like a book club you can attend whenever you want, so there’s no
pressure to keep up with your reading. Currently, The Read-Along is discussing Chapter 16 of Phoenix Extravagant, a fantasy novel by Yoon Ha Lee.
Must-Visit: Black Futures Market (Presented by BOM YEG x AGA)
This weekend, from February 5–6, support Black artisans and celebrate Black History Month at the Black Futures Market hosted by the Black-Owned Market Edmonton (BOM YEG). BOM YEG “is a volunteer collective whose aim is to uplift, support and build Black-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, creatives and community organizations in Edmonton.”
The Black Futures Market will be located at the Art Gallery of Alberta and will feature over 15 Black-owned businesses and services. Find all the details about this market here.