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Big, Really Big, New Year

Big, Really Big, New Year

EV master developer CMLC, kicks off 2015 with a look at the exciting year ahead!

2014 was a year chock-full of milestones for East Village. Significant projects like the St. Patrick’s Bridge, the Elbow River Traverse, the Fort Calgary Sentinels and 5th Street Square were all crossed off the to-do list. But if 2014 was a big year for East Village, 2015 is already proving to be even bigger. Way, way bigger, actually. Just how much excitement can be squeezed into one year? Quite a lot, it turns out.

Bridge to the Future

Bridge to the Future

Celebrating the construction of St. Patrick's Bridge

Flag-waving school children, brilliant sunshine and a traditional Blackfoot blessing marked the official opening of St. Patrick’s Bridge this autumn. The long-awaited day was cause for big celebration, and not just because of the unseasonably fine weather. The ribbon cutting ceremony for East Village’s pedestrian and cycling bridge across the Bow River commemorated yet another milestone in a year full of milestones for Calgary’s newest, oldest, coolest, warmest neighbourhood.

Non Stop RiverWalk™

Non Stop RiverWalk™

Lace up your sneakers, strap on your bike helmet and get ready for RiverWalk Stage 2! 

When Stage 2 of RiverWalk is complete, walkers, cyclists and urban explorers of all speeds will be able to stretch their legs along our dedicated river edge pathway all the way from the 9th Avenue Bridge in Inglewood, along the Elbow River toward Stampede Park. That's a whole extra kilometre of award-winning RiverWalk to enjoy, and a critical link between East Village and the rest of the Rivers District.

East Village Live and in 3-D!

East Village Live and in 3-D!

Get a 3-D, full-colour, full motion eyeful of what East Village will look like when it's all built. It's amazing! 

Everywhere you look in East Village, a new way of living downtown in taking shape- there are three cranes in the sky working on condominiums that will welcome new owners next year; the Simmons is being renovated for Phil & Sebastian Coffeemakers, Sidewalk Citizen Bakery and the co-founders of Charcut; St. Patrick's Island is being rejuvenated and a new bridge is growing across the Bow; and more events, activities and festivals than ever will come to RiverWalk™ this summer.  The amount and scale of change is incredible, and you can feel the energy here.

Our 'Giving Groove'

Our 'Giving Groove'

We like to think of ourselves as community-givers all year long, but particularly this month as we get ready to turn the calendar page, we feel it’s worthwhile to look back at our 2013 giving groove. 

In East Village this year we programmed 148 event days which included: an opera festival, yoga parties, art reveals, vendor markets, food truck frenzies, ET bike rides, movie nights and everything in between.  During our events, we teamed up with local charities to help support their campaign efforts and we are happy to report another successful year of generosity in EV thanks to you!

A Graphic Field Manual to RiverWalk

A Graphic Field Manual to RiverWalk

New public art graces the banks of the Bow River along EV's RiverWalk.

A fresh new tangle of trees and roots, humans and animals, paint and photography, past and present, old-school graffiti and newfangled sculpture has come to the surfaces of RiverWalk’s bridge abutments, storage sheds and bathrooms. And it looks great.

The artwork, created by the Calgary collective Light and Soul, is the latest chapter in the ongoing story of public art in East Village.

Relief. Recovery. Resolve.

Relief. Recovery. Resolve.

East Village is strong.

We’re also relieved. We’re back in our offices, the lights are on, and we’re back in the business of realizing the EV vision and building the future of downtown living. New East Village infrastructure has proven remarkably resilient, and the Evolution and FIRST residential projects suffered little to no damage from the flood.    

The reason for that is because flood proofing was integrated into plans for the rejuvenation of East Village, and the flood plain has been raised up to four feet over the past several years.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands

East Village volunteers support community residents

The past seven days in Calgary have shown the resiliency and determination of our great city and no place is this spirit more evident than in East Village, where community business, residents and neighbours have come together to help those in need. Due to extensive power outages in the city following the flood, a few of EV's existing residential towers are still working to recover power and repair damaged mechanical systems. 

East Village Experience Centre Weekend Closure

East Village Experience Centre Weekend Closure

Due to the flooding situation in downtown Calgary, the EV Experience Centre will be closed for the duration of this week.

Our thoughts are with all Calgarians affected by the flooding crisis in Calgary and surrounding areas. As such, the EV Experience Centre will be closed for the duration of this week. EV's developer, CMLC, is continuing to monitor the situation closely and updates will be provided as they become available.

We ask all EV residents to follow City of Calgary protocols during this time and call 311 for any flood-related questions.

The Field Manual - A compendium of local influence

The Field Manual - A compendium of local influence

East Village curated art program expands with new installation on RiverWalk

Another chapter of public art is evolving along EV’s RiverWalk thanks to the creative minds of three local artists. Under the umbrella of art collective Light & Soul, Calgarians Daniel J. Kirk, Ivan Ostapenko and Kai Cabunoc-Boettcher have been tirelessly collaborating on the new installation for the past nine months.  EV’s master developer Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), initiated an open RFP process last summer to identify local artists to create work to replace the existing RiverWalk art installation ‘I am the River’ by Derek Besant. The Light & Soul Collective trio beat out a throng of contenders for their creative and collaborative concepts.

Fast Times

Fast Times

Things happen so quickly in EV that sometimes they’re a blur. But we’ve found that there’s nothing quite like a time-lapse for getting your head around the passage of time and the rapidity of progress. Take a look at this.

The construction of the now-familiar EV landmark Sales and Experience Centre was the result of two smart developers, Embassy BOSA and FRAM+Slokker, coming together with CMLC to create a place where the stories of two separate developments – along with the story of the East Village neighbourhood – could live together.

Once the plan was made, architect James Cheng produced drawings for the building and things happened quickly, as the time-lapse video shows. To create this film of the building of the centre, one photo was taken every 15 minutes from dawn until dusk daily beginning with the groundbreaking in August 2011 until June 2012.

RiverWalk Phase III Opens

RiverWalk Phase III Opens

Cyclists, runners, and walkers have more RiverWalk to enjoy with opening of third phase

Calgarians who have come to enjoy their recreational bike rides and strolls along RiverWalk, have more to celebrate today as Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), EV master developer, announces the completion and opening of Phase lll of the beloved Bow River pathway. RiverWalk now stretches two kilometres along the Bow River from Centre Street Bridge, through East Village, around Fort Calgary to 9 Ave. SE.

Phase lll of RiverWalk, which represents 423 linear meters of pathway, includes a small gateway plaza that opens near 9th Avenue SE and showcases Fort Calgary’s traditional buffalo statue; a small interpretive area at the rivers’ confluence with signage curated by Fort Calgary, and two small step-down decks so users can move off the path to relax and reflect.

The Future Is Rising

The Future Is Rising

With golden shovel in hand and a broad smile on his face, Ryan Bosa declared that September 13th was "a great day for our buyers for the rejuvenation of East Village."

With golden shovel in hand and a broad smile on his face, Ryan Bosa declared that September 13th was “a great day for our buyers and for the rejuvenation of East Village.” Then he officially broke ground on FUSE, Phase I of Embassy BOSA’s Evolution project of mixed-use condominiums. It was the first housing start in East Village in a decade. “We’re off to the races,” Bosa says.

FUSE has a 25-29 month construction timeline, which means that Embassy Bosa is targeting late 2014 to welcome the first new residents into East Village. “We’ve been working toward this day for five years,” says Mike Brown, president and CEO of Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC).

Evolution on the rise

Evolution on the rise

Groundbreaking signals buyers ready for new urban experience.

Less than six months after the launch of their initial riverfront residential project in East Village, Embassy BOSA Inc. broke ground today on their first tower – FUSE – a 21 story, 203 unit, residential tower, representing approximately 220,000 sq. ft. of development.

“We’re off to the races,” says Ryan Bosa, President, Embassy BOSA Inc. “Calgary is a great market; after our initial launch, we had sufficient buyer interest to trigger development start and since that time have been aggressively working through our permitting processes to ensure we could break ground this fall,” he added. “It’s a great day for our buyers and for the rejuvenation of East Village.”

The DI Spirit

The DI Spirit

EV had the best Spirit Hub at the Scotiabank Marathon, and we were happy to donate our $2,000 prize to our neighbours at the Drop-In Centre.

If you think running the Calgary Scotiabank marathon is hard, ask DI Executive Director Debbie Newman (shown here with CMLC CEO Michael Brown) what it’s like running the Drop-In Centre in East Village. The DI team runs a totally different kind of marathon with as much stamina and heart as the runners completing the 42.7 km. route that wound through EV for the first time on May 27 of this year. East Village celebrated our inclusion in the 2012 marathon with an irresistible Spirit Hub outside the EV Sales and Experience Centre on Riverfront Avenue, and we were rewarded for our efforts with a $2,000 cheque from Marathon sponsors. In the spirit of sharing, the prize went to DI, whose volunteers joined some 60 others from East Village Master Developer CMLC and Lululemon.      

Big Art

Big Art

Ever dreamed of seeing your art installed on RiverWalk for all to see? Now’s your chance.

CMLC, the master developer of East Village, is inviting local artists to submit proposals for EV’s temporary art exhibitions on RiverWalk. It’s an opportunity to contribute to the character and identity of East Village, and to enjoy sharing your work with Calgarians for 24 months.

The RFP opportunity comes as part of the East Village Art in the Public Realm program, which aims to surprise, delight and provoke connection and memorable interaction with people on RiverWalk, create engaging spaces, and add to Calgary’s cultural wealth. Certainly, the current exhibition, Derek Besant’s I am the River, does all that. The Calgarian’s large-scale photos of people floating has sparked much debate and enlivened visits to RiverWalk.

EV (heart) Volunteers

EV (heart) Volunteers

Sign up to be an EVolunteer. You’ll be front and centre at the best events of the summer.

There’s a full slate of events scheduled for this summer in East Village, and none of them would be as good without you! You and your volunteer muscle, smarts and goodwill are key to making East Village the best place in the city this summer.

Just look what happened when a gang of volunteers helped put together the East Village Spirit Hub for the Calgary Marathon. Sure it was exciting to see the Calgary Marathon wind through East Village for the first time.

A Winning Spirit

A Winning Spirit

The Spirit Hub created by East Village to cheer on marathoners was a winner in its own right, earning the Drop-In Centre $2,000.

More than 15,000 new-route runners saw East Village as the neighbourhood made its debut appearance at the Scotiabank Marathon on May 27. The route took runners past the East Village Spirit Hub in front of the Sales and Experience Centre on Riverfront Avenue early in the race – at kilometre 7 – and later, at grueling km. 39, just before the finish line in Stampede Park.

Marathon officials declared the East Village Spirit Hub the winner of the race to create the best hub, and awarded $2,000 to our favourite charity, our Drop In Centre neighbours. Frankly, our Spirit Hub was hard to beat. It was created by more than 60 volunteers from East Village Master Developer CMLC, The Drop-In Centre and Lululemon.