Calgary's newest, oldest, coolest, warmest neighbourhood has got tongues wagging (and keyboards clacking) across the city and around the globe! A once forgotten corner of Calgary, East Village is well on its way to becoming the city’s most happening neighbourhood – have you noticed? Don't worry, we'll bring you up-to-date with recent rumblings, pictures with a sky-high perspective, and a virtual glimpse into East Village Junction, our pop-up retail park to pep up summer.
Every Thursday through Sunday (and holiday Mondays), starting June 1 and going right through to October 1, 12 retailers—including lululemon, Dor-Bel International Fine Foods, Rath Bicycle Sales & Rentals and Modern Menswear—will set up shop inside modified eight foot by twenty foot shipping containers. Each container shop will be fitted out with a glass storefront and fully customized inside and out, making each stop a unique shopping experience.
At Confluence Plaza on SPI, we've installed a curling sheet that'll have you ready for the Scotties or Brier in no time. The single sheet of synthetic ice is 10.7m x 2m, but don't be fooled - it acts like real, slippery ice! It's the perfect surface for sliding your rocks towards the house for a win. There are eight rocks that you can divvy up into teams, or use solo to hone your skills.
The East Village highlight reel for 2016 is truly unforgettable – it includes drama and art, green space and great architecture. From marking major milestones to celebrating daily life, EV revelled in a literal and figurative groundbreaking year. Today, East Village is burgeoning with places to stay, places to play, and places to indulge in a little pampering. Gardens bloom, music soars, and new art greets neighbours and visitors. With each tick of the to-do list, Calgary’s blossoming urban village becomes ever more neighbourly and ever more grown up.
My year as East Village Resident Ambassador is over! The end of a busy, beautiful, life-altering year is, naturally, kind of a bummer. But mostly I’m overcome with gratitude for everything I got to experience in East Village and excitement about what the future holds for this neighbourhood. As I’ve looked back at the past year I’ve tried to distill my time as an East Villager. What does “East Village living” even mean? From my perspective, it can be summed up with three major themes.
I love hosting friends at my place. My go-to formula for a good time is: a sparkling punch + delicious array of snacks + people I like. Foolproof! The only downside is the inevitable scramble to tidy up my condo (AKA hide my laundry and mop the floor). Enter a solution: The condo lounge and courtyard.
Another historical building on Calgary’s original main street has been artfully restored in East Village. I think Calgarians are going to love how the St. Louis Hotel fits into the future of our city while preserving so much of the past. I was lucky enough to tour the building with Kevin and Mairi Nyhoff, the architects behind the reinvention, and Josh Sartorelli, CMLC’s Project Manager for Development. They taught me all kinds of things about how the old features of the building have been upgraded and enhanced for today.
East Village Master Developer CMLC has moved headquarters by trading one historical landmark for another. The team has gone from the historic Hillier Block on 8 Ave. SE to the historic St. Louis Hotel right across the street. Before setting up shop in Hillier Block, CMLC occupied yet another heritage building that was restored and renovated – the historic Simmons Building on the bank of the Bow, now EV’s favourite gathering/noshing headquarters.
All summer long, CMLC is hosting an EV Neighbourhood Series in 5th Street Square, right in the heart of our village. From board games to bingo, brunching to dancing, there are fun-for-all activities happening in July and August. Whether you’re brand new to the neighbourhood, not here yet but coming soon, or one of the original EV pioneers, 5th Street Square is the place to get together and show off your skills.
Studio Bell is the first new cultural institution to open in our neighbourhood and brings with it signal of change in our neighbourhood, adding another layer to the experiences you can have here. Studio Bell has world class appeal, and its impact will really be felt right here in East Village too, when world-renowned artists, homegrown talent, music fans and school groups congregate here to celebrate, learn about and practice music.
It’s Canada’s 149th birthday on July 1, 2016 and Calgarians are throwing a huge celebration. East Village is the perfect hub for all your Canada Day partying. There’s enough happening in and around the neighbourhood to keep you busy all day long. Paint a maple leaf on your cheek, wrap a flag around you like a cape and hit one or all of these patriotic events on Canada’s big day.