Festival Venues

Wordfest, Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

Alexander Calhoun Salon, Memorial Park Library, 1st Floor

DJD Dance Centre
111 12 Avenue S.E.

Land Acknowledgement

With gratitude, mutual respect, and reciprocity, we acknowledge the ancestral home, culture, and oral teachings of the Treaty 7 signatories which includes the Siksika Nation, Piikani Nation, Kainai Nation, the Îethka Stoney Nakoda Nation, consisting of the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Good Stoney Bands, and the people of the Tsuut’ina Nation. We also recognize the Métis people of Alberta Region 3 who call Treaty 7 their home.

Parking – Memorial Park Library

The Memorial Park Library is located at 1221 2 Street SW. Parking is available on the surrounding streets and public parking lots. A list of City of Calgary parking locations can be found here. Looking to park between festival venues? Hotel Arts is located at 119 12 Ave SW and offers convenient, covered parking, details of which can be found here.

Elevator Access – Memorial Park Library

Elevator access is available from the ground level via the exterior doors on the north-west corner of the building (please ring the Wordfest buzzer for assistance). There is also a drop-off location for individuals with reduced mobility accessible via a driveway to the building off 12 Avenue SW (Drop-Offs Only. No Parking).

Parking – DJD Dance Centre

The DJD Dance Centre is located at 111 12 Ave SE. The DJD Dance Centre parkade offers FREE underground parking Monday to Friday after 5PM and on Saturdays and Sundays. The parkade is free to valid ticket holders and students. Please note a code is needed to enter the parkade. (you will receive a code for the parkade in your email 24 hours before the event you are attending). You can access the DJD parkade off Centre Street (at the back of the Kahanoff Centre).

Please note: There is a 6 foot maximum height restriction for DJD’s underground parking. Two large paid-public parking lots are located at the South and East sides of the building. Two-hour meter street parking is available on Centre Street SE, between 12 and 13 Avenue SE. Two disabled parking spaces are available on the south side of the building.

Bar Service

Bar service will be available pre- and post-show for events at Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor (for events after 3pm) and DJD Dance Centre (evening events). Drinks can be enjoyed in lobby spaces and at your seat during the event.

Coffee & Tea

Coffee and Tea has been generously donated by our local partner and official Festival Caffeine Sponsor, Barrow Coffee Roasters. Look for the Barrow Bike Caffeine Station (Memorial Park Library, 2nd floor) before your next morning event!

Book Store

Get your books signed after each Imaginairium show! Shelf Life Books has pop-up bookstores located inside our venues at both Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor and at DJD Dance Centre, main floor. Here you’ll find the featured titles from each event as well as the full collection of Imaginairium books, all in one place! Festival merchandise is also for sale, including the Wordfest Signature Tote bag, the 2023 Imaginairium Festival Tote bag, and collectible pins that are part of a collaboration with Calgary artist Lisa Brawn.

Access Neighbourhood Discounts

Wordfest is thrilled to be able to partner with incredible Calgary businesses in Victoria Park and the Beltline to offer festival pass and ticket holders a special experience each year at our fall Imaginairium festival. Check out our 2023 partners here.

London Book Service

We offer “London Book Service” as an alternative option to the post-event book signing. (Patrons can pre-purchase books through the bookseller in advance or at the door and authors will sign these copies prior to the event, allowing pre-purchased copies to be picked up before and after the show from a table separate from the book signing line.) To take advantage of this service, inform the onsite bookseller at time of purchase.

Health & Safety

By accessing our events and attending the Imaginairium festival, you are attesting that you are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Let’s do our best to keep each other healthy!

Accessibility & Inclusivity

Wordfest strives to create a welcoming and inclusive space for all. Please strive with us. Embracing and encouraging diversity is an essential part of our programming and our values.

All festival venues are accessible to those with limited mobility. Courtesy seating is available upon request. Please contact boxoffice@wordfest.con with any questions or concerns.

The Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall at Central Library, DJD Dance Centre, and Wordfest’s space at Memorial Park Library include gender neutral bathroom facilities.

Patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing may contact the box office to request an audio recording and transcript of the show. Please inquire ahead of time for a faster turnaround.

If your financial situation limits your ability to experience our festival, please contact us. We have a limited number of complimentary passes and tickets, thanks to the generosity of our individual donors.

Social Media

Please join our authors and become active members of the Wordfest community by sharing photos and posts online. Share your favourite moments with us! Use #wordfest and #Imaginairium, and tag us on Facebook and Instagram using @wordfest.