Rock the 'Walk 4

Rock the 'Walk 4


Come on down to RiverWalk Plaza for free live music, a market with 20 unique vendors, foodtrucks and a whole lot of fun!

This year's rocking line up:

Beaver Squadron 12:30
Meisha and the Spanks  1:30
HighKicks  3:00

There is a whole lot going on in East Village, including some temporary road closures.  Confluence Ave. and Riverfront Avenue are closed this Saturday.  Use 6th street or walk/bike in to celebrate summer on the banks of the Bow.

Noon until 5 p.m. See you there!

Fit Fast @ EV

Fit Fast @ EV


Come and be a part of free weekly Yoga, Zumba/Pilates, Crossfit and Spin classes led by local pros.  With four different workouts every week, you'll be your best self in no time.  Classes are weather dependent, of course. If the sky is looking iffy, check out our Facebook page.  EV is the 'hood that makes fitness more fun.  Join us!

Tuesdays - Yoga in the Village
Free lunchtime yoga on the deck of the EV Sales and Experience Centre (EVEC), noon - 1 p.m.

Wednesdays - Zumba/Pilates
Join the workout party.  Zumba or Pilates each week.  Check us out on Facebook for the weekly schedule. EVEC deck, noon- 1 p.m.

Thursdays - EV Crossfit
Take your fitness to the next level.  EVEC at noon.

Saturdays - Spin Class
Starting July 12, get your cycle sweat on at the RiverWalk Outlook at noon.  Space is limited, so come early!

Saturdays- Bike Tours and Tune Ups
Join us for a bike tour, led by our e.a.s.t. CREW on Saturday July 26 at 1:00 p.m. Need a tune up before heading out?  No problem.  Bike Mike is on site from 12:30 - 2:30 that day.  See you there!


ET in EV Bike Ride

ET in EV Bike Ride


Grab your red hoodies, dress up, make costumes or bring your own ET for your bike basket!

We'll be meeting behind the historic Simmons building, ride along RiverWalk to the Peace Bridge, and back.  The first 50 red-hoodie riders that show up and register for the event will receive a free treat!

Get creative, tell your friends and hunt for those red hoodies!

Register: 7:00 pm
Ride Leaves: 7:30 pm
Ride Returns:  8:30 pm
Event ends:  9:00 pm

Seeking Urban Ambassadors

Seeking Urban Ambassadors

The East Village Experience Centre has become a hub of activity in the community, welcoming more than 15,000 visitors in 2013.  The one-stop sales and community information centre is the heart of all things East Village and features interactive tools and displays that illustrate the vision for the community and where you might live within it.

Now we want to hear from you!

The East Village team is seeking urban explorers to fill ambassador positions working within the Experience Centre.   So if you are a fan of East Village and excited about the future of the community, this is your chance to join the team.

So, who is an "Urban Explorer"?  We believe it is a mindset, not an age group.  It is a broad group of individuals who are interested in what an urban downtown can offer and advocates for creating lively communities that enrich cultural, entertainment and recreational experiences.

The East Village Ambassador positions are a first point of contact in the Experience Centre and represent the future of the community.  It is a critical role suited to passionate and motivated communicators.

Sound like you?  Read more about the Urban Explorer Ambassador profile by visiting  We look forward to hearing from you!


Brave New Hostel!

Brave New Hostel!

The building, located on 7th Avenue near 4th Street, was badly damaged during the flood event in June 2013; today, its got an upgraded kitchen, bathrooms, guest laundry and patio, along with a new basement and rec room with new furniture, lighting, a 60' flatscreen, pool table and popcorn machine.

The 101 guest rooms are now open for reservations at or by calling 778.328.2220.

Fifty Days to Fifty 5K's!

Fifty Days to Fifty 5K's!

Come on out and join our lunch hour run club at the East Village Experience Centre. Every Wednesday, starting on April 9th runners of all levels and abilities will meet on the deck and begin training to run a 5 K. Our two awesome instructors Tamara & Mary will sign you in and teach you some simple tips and tricks on stretching and technique.

For everyone who completes our program, by participating in at least 5 Run Club sessions, we will pay your way into the Calgary Marathon 5 K on June 1st!

It’s so easy to see yourself running what might be your first ever 5 K in June. Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate.

1.       Set a goal

2.       Show up

3.       Stick to it

4.       Run your first 5 K

 You can do it and we can help you! Run with the East Village and we’ll cheer you on every single step of the way!

Run Club starts April 9 and continues every Wednesday from 12:00 - 1:00 PM at the East Village Experience Centre, located at 553 Riverfront Ave. SE. All you need is appropriate attire, running shoes and to show up. We will help you with the rest! Space is limited to 50 participants on a first come bases. 

To sign up please phone the East Village Experience Centre at: 403-264-0309. YOU CAN DO IT! It's the first step that is the hardest!

Art in April

Art in April

For the month of April, the amazing works of public art in East Village will be highlighted through a series of interactive displays and programs!
Starting Friday, March 28 a group of local artists will begin painting a collaborative mural on the glass windows on the east side of the building. The outline of an urban c...ity scape will be drawn on the glass and each artist will fill in the buildings with how they interpret “revitalization” in East Village. The bottom of the mural will feature the Bow & Elbow Rivers, filled in using hand prints by a group of second grade children from the Calgary Arts Academy. Directed by the Calgary Arts Academy’s Artist in Residence, Carl White, the children will finish the mural on Friday, April 4 and take a tour of the impressive public art located within East Village.

Talented local artist Mandy Stobo, featured in McLean’s Magazine and creator of the “Scuba Nenshi” portrait which helped raise funds for Calgary Flood Relief, will be one of the many artists collaborating on the mural. Mandy will also participate in our Art in April by spending one weekend doing live paintings in the EVEC.

Thursday, April 10 at 7 PM
Our own resident photographer Mark Shannon, who has been capturing the communities revitalization since it’s onset in 2007, will be displaying his work on a digital frame that will loop images from the past 7 years. Mark will be taking a group of young urban photographers on an evening walking tour, where they will have the opportunity to capture images of Langevin Bridge, the St. Louis Hotel, RiverWalk and some of our famous artwork by Ron Moppett, Julian Opie and Light & Soul.

Saturday, April 26 at 12:00, 2:00 & 4:00 PM
Daniel Kirk, one of the creative masterminds behind The Field Manual will be hosting three public walking tours to explore his mural on the East Village bridge abutments and maintenance shed. The public will be able to sign up from one of three tours on Saturday, April 26 leaving from the EVEC.

The Art in April collaboration will see talent from our own Urban Ambassadors, CMLC staff, Market Collective, University of Calgary Arts Program, Alberta Collage of Art & Design and Calgary Arts Academy.

To sign up for the April 10th Urban Photography Workshop: Please email Erin Kergen at to secure your spot. The workshop is free, open to all skill levels and all cameras. Space is limited and on a first come first serve basis.

To sign up for the April 26 Daniel Kirk Walking Tour: Please email or call 403-264-0309. Space is limited and on a first come first serve basis.

Voices in the Village

Voices in the Village


Our "Voices in the Village" program is back in East Village for the summer, featuring some fabulous local talent.

Plan a stroll or bike ride along the banks of the Bow on  RiverWalk™ and stop in to join us on the deck of the EVEC Sunday afternoons from 1-3pm for a variety of live music. 

Colton O'Reilly will be here to entertain you for the month of July, and the stylings of Sean Hamilton can be enjoyed starting on August 10th. 

Please plan to join us.  Puppies and picnics are welcome, and encouraged!

Sled Island is Back in East Village

Sled Island is Back in East Village


RiverWalk Plaza will be alive with music, dancing and fun at a free event this Thursday June 19th, as part of the city-wide Sled Island Festival.

Join us for an outdoor beer garden, live music, a variety of vendors from Market Collective and of course, some of Calgary's favorite food trucks.  

Line up includes:
Cashmere Cat & Jaques Greene
Natasha Kmeto
Smalltown DJs
Project Pablo
Beach Season

See you there rain or shine!  All ages.  Bike parking available on site.

Non Stop RiverWalk™

Non Stop RiverWalk™

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.
Calgarians already love RiverWalk in East Village. Hundreds of fresh-air enthusiasts run, stroll and cycle along the popular pathway every day. And no wonder. With separate designated lanes for wheeled and foot traffic, and with strategically-placed benches nestled among swaying ornamental grasses and naturalized riverbank vegetation – not to mention the glass-fronted outlooks for some prime river gazing – RiverWalk is the perfect place to re-energize, relax and contemplate nature.
Year-round programming has turned RiverWalk promenade behind the Simmons Building into a favourite gathering spot for outdoor movie nights and food truck frenzies, vintage markets and yoga classes. With public art installations and major operatic productions gracing the promenade, RiverWalk has also become something of a cultural hub.
Master Developer CMLC believes that if some RiverWalk is great, more RiverWalk is even beneficial to East Village and The Rivers District as a whole. RiverWalk Stage 2 will expand the original pathway – providing even more leg room for pathway enthusiasts – by following the Elbow River from the 9th Avenue Bridge up toward Stampede Park. Inspired by the award-winning vision of renowned landscape architectural firm Moriyama & Teshima and community designers Stantec Consulting – the teams behind the original RiverWalk – Stage 2 will merge seamlessly with the RiverWalk that we all know and love. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming open houses where you can share your ideas on what your RiverWalk will look like. And get ready to go for a walk.
Jane Walking

Jane Walking

Jane’s Walks are held around the world to explore cities in honour of urbanist Jane Jacobs, the esteemed urban activist and author of The Death and Life of American Cities. When a dozen or so stalwart walkers braved a fresh blanket of heavy snow to join the East Village Jane's Walk on May 4, they discovered a downtown community steeped in history and excited for the future. They learned first hand just why East Village is exactly the type of liveable neighbourhood that Jane Jacobs envisioned all city dwellers enjoying some day. 

Before setting out on their hike, urban explorers gathered around the East Village scale model inside the Experience Centre for a bird's eye view of the mixed-use neighbourhood. Ambassador Terry fielded questions and pointed out planned and existing pathways and walking routes that will define East Village. The Riff will cut a diagonal slice from 4th St. and 8th Ave. SE to RiverWalk™. The graceful new St. Patrick's Bridge will connect villagers to a revitalized island playground and beyond. Jane Jacobs would love it here.

The group of explorers did not leave empty-handed. A draw for two Fort Calgary passes, two National Music Centre tour passes and a copy of Jane's Walk Annual, 2013 put an extra spring into the steps of the lucky winners.

Clayton Buck, a local historian and long-time East Village resident, regaled the walking group with tales of the colourful history of the old Simmons mattress factory, while Wendy Lees, an artist and the founder of create! in the East Village, pointed out equally colourful public art gracing RiverWalk and Riverfront Lane. At the corner of 5th St. and 8th Ave. SE, Jane’s Walkers heard the story of the Golden Age Club, the many seniors' residences in the area and the East Village community garden, which – if you ignored the blanket of new snow – looked almost ready for spring planting.

The snow, the damp and the warm light pouring out of the windows of Hear's My Soul coffee shop in the Orange Lofts ultimately proved to be a perfect storm, resulting in a somewhat abbreviated East Village Jane's Walk. The promise of a steaming cup of coffee convinced the group to continue their exploration of East Village around a café table. We like to think Jane would have understood. 

Feeding Frenzy

Feeding Frenzy

As it turned out, the weather was immaterial. With 13 of Calgary's favourite four-wheeled cookhouses tempting taste buds with everything from po'-boys to Indian tacos, smoked meat sandwiches to hearthstone pizzas, house-made marshmallows to mini donuts, the sky may have stayed steely grey all day, but the satisfied smiles were radiant and nobody went home hungry.

Throngs of excited foodies strolled RiverWalk to the beats of Bass Bus, trying to decide what to eat next. "How do you possibly decide what to have? There’s so much good food!" lamented Wendy Lees, founder of create! in the East Village, who had stopped by for a bite before her Friday afternoon art session at the Golden Age Club. With food trucks cranking out freshly-made meals from 11am right through until 7pm, it was probably easiest just to plan to come back again for dinner.

Indecisive noshers employed several decision-making strategies – everything from perusing menus posted on trucks, to casting surreptitious glances at laden plates being carried past, to flat-out asking "what are you eating and where did you get that?" Some would-be diners resorted to more high-tech methods of decision-making, like the construction worker on his lunch break, who received directions over his two-way radio from coworkers eager to direct him toward their personal favourite food truck. For other happy eaters, there was never any question about what was for lunch. "If there was a fish and chip restaurant near my house that made food this good, I would be there all the time," declared Jerry, as he tucked happily into his piping hot beer-battered fish from Happy Fish Catering.

Masked super-heroes and costumed aliens trickled over from the Comic Book Expo Parade on Stephen Avenue, lured by the irresistible aroma of earthling food, giving RiverWalk a colourful cosplay atmosphere. As the line-up at Waffles & Chix began to snake around the side of the Simmons buildings, humans and comic book heroes alike waited cheerfully for their freshly made meals. "It's chicken and waffles," smiled one hobbit. "You can't go wrong with chicken and waffles."  


Spring Food Truck Frenzy

Spring Food Truck Frenzy

They're baaaaack Calgary! Our beloved YYCFoodTrucks are fresh out of their winter slumber and awakening from hibernation for another fantastic summer of great food and great events!
East Village is so privileged to host our four wheel culinary friends once again for their Spring Frenzy.

Please join us on RiverWalk Plaza on April 25 from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm for a mouthwatering experience that will start your weekend off right!

Our list of confirmed trucks will be announced shortly, but with over 10 trucks to choose from, you can sample a little something from all of your favorite truck chefs!

See you on Friday!

To check the event details and the list of trucks attending, please follow the East Village Calgary Facebook page here

WANTED: The Extrovert

WANTED: The Extrovert

East Village is evolving into Calgary’s most livable, walkable, enjoyable downtown neighbourhood. Part of the charm of East Village is its broad selection of events & programs that attract first time visitors and familiar locals down our cobblestone streets, funky lighted pathways and carefully curated urban spaces.

Each year, East Village hosts a plethora of lively and inspiring public events that animate the newest, oldest, coolest, warmest neighbourhood in Calgary. These events bring East Village to life for the attendees who flow to our yoga beats, shop at our markets and eat at our food trucks, and help them imagine what “it” is that East Village can offer, and what life here can be. It’s that special little something you can’t quite put your finger on, but you are fully aware “it” is here! 

We are looking for “it” ourselves, the “it” that lives inside you!  We are looking to recruit a newly established Event Team to help us execute our 40 festivals and events yearly that attract on average 60,000 people into our community and result in 150+ days of programming throughout the year. We have termed this group e.a.s.t. CREW (Events Activity Street Team).

The e.a.s.t. CREW positions are part-time, and report to the Manager, Events & Programming with Calgary Municipal Land Corporation.

How do you know if you fit the requirements we are looking for?  

e.a.s.t. CREW


Fits the profile of the Urban Explorer;  can imagine themselves living in  East Village;

  •  An advocate of the area and neighborhood
  • Individuals who are interested in what an urban/downtown environment can offer
  • Brand steward
  • Knowledgeable in the area of events, city happenings, arts scene, amenities and trends. Keen interest to be “in the know”; Socially minded & connected
  • An avid user of technology & social media
  • An extrovert; communicative, team player, an outgoing confident, engaging personality.  Approachable & sociable
  • Understands the importance of data collection and lead generation
  • Statistically aware, able to capture and keep track of visitors & interactions
  • Trend spotter; foodie, arts, culture and social fads
  • Public speaker, ability to address large audiences & tour groups
  • High energy, flexible, open to change and adaptable
  • Physically fit; able to ride a bike, walk the community, participate in beginner level yoga classes and lift 20 pounds
  • Valid driver's license.  Access to a vehicle is ideal 

Educational/ Employment Background

  • Event Planning
  • Marketing Communications/ Public Relations
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Tourism
  • Arts & Culture
  • Talent Agency

Personality Types

  • The Socializer
  • The Doer
  • The Performer
  • The Inspirer
  • The Giver

If you know what your Klout Score is, if you like taking pictures of your favorite food truck entree for Instagram, if you know how to ‘tree pose into downward dog’, and could see yourself attending an outdoor movie along the river, then you sound like the extrovert we’ve been waiting for!

We are offering a part time job that lets your creativity shine, and has you participating in a variety of funky outdoor event executions in and around East Village. Interested candidates should send their resumes to Erin Kergen, Manager, Events & Programming at, by Wednesday April 16.

We thank everyone for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

From Olympic Village to East Village

From Olympic Village to East Village

East Village is hosting a very special meet & greet autograph session with the one and only Hayley Wickenheiser!

Hayley is the longest serving member of Canada’s National Women’s Team. She has competed in all five Olympic Games in which women’s hockey has been included, winning four gold and one silver medals.

Wickenheiser’s Olympic experience is not limited to hockey. She competed in softball at Sydney 2000, making her the second Canadian female athlete to compete at both the summer and winter Games.

In Feb. 2014 in Sochi, Russia, she was elected to the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission and served as our country’s flag bearer during the opening ceremonies.

 We are inviting everyone to come down to meet Haley, see her gold medal and get a signed autograph picture on March 22 from 1:00-2:00 PM. Bring the kids and come early to be the first in line, we will have hot chocolate set up to keep everyone warm & happy.

Come celebrate the gold medal spirit in East Village! 

Everyone who attends will be entered to win two tickets to the Calgary Flames vs. Winnipeg Jets game on Firday, April 11th! 

See you March 22! 

The East Village Experience Centre is located at 553 Riverfront Ave. SE Calgary. 

Photo credit: Dave Holland, High Performance Photography

2nd Anniversary Means YOU Score!

2nd Anniversary Means YOU Score!

To celebrate the second anniversary of the East Village Sales and Experience Centre, master developer CMLC is giving away tickets to Calgary Flames games. Four separate draws for two tickets will be held, enter early to be included in all four draws: closing dates are March 9, March 16, March 23 and March 30 for games later this season.

Flames games, are, of course, held in the Saddledome, which is a straight shot from East Village via the 4th Street Underpass. (In fact, beginning in 2015, there’ll be no faster way enjoy Mark Giordano and the crew than to live in East Village and stroll to the game.)

Until then, you can enter online by emailing our Ambassador team or at the East Village Sales and Experience Centre at 553 Riverfront Ave. SE. If you come on the weekend of March 8 and 9, you’ll be part of our official birthday celebrations. Expect decorations, cake and goodies!  

Email with the subject: FLAMES CONTEST and you'll be entered to win!

Game Dates:

March 26 - Anaheim Ducks

March 28 - New York Rangers

April 9 - Los Angeles Kings

April 11 - Winnipeg Jets 


East Village 2014 Calgary Flames Contest Rules

Fill our a ballot at the East Village Experience Centre or email

 To be entered to win a 1 pair of 4 Calgary Flames tickets

Official Contest Rules & Regulations

Open to residents of Canada

1.       HOW TO ENTER:  To enter the contest, participants must visit the East Village Experience Centre to fill out a ballot, or they can enter online by emailing  (Participants are required to enter their contact information (First Name, Last Name, E-mail Address, Phone Number), and will be automatically entered to win one of four pairs of tickets to the Calgary Flames hockey games from March 24-April 11.

2. Contest Close: Contest closes  March 31, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. MST.

3.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY –Entries to the East Village Experience Centre or by emailing  are required to be entered in the contest. Alternate forms of entry are; by ballot in person at the EV Sales and Experience Centre located at 553 Riverfront Ave. S.E., Calgary AB, or by mail attn. E. Kergen, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, 429 8th   SE Avenue, Calgary, Alberta T2G 0L6.

4. Number of Entries:  For the purpose of this contest, each (one) completed entry will be considered as one contest entry. The number of entries will vary based on the number of entries received by CMLC at the closing date of the contest (March 31, 2014).

5. Odds of Winning: The odds of winning the tickets are (one): total number of entries received.

6.  PRIZE DESCRIPTION: two tickets to a Calgary Flames home game between March 24, 2014 – April 11, 2014. CMLC reserves the right to substitute prizing without notice.

7. CONTEST DRAW: At 9 a.m. on March 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2014 CMLC will draw, from all completed entries received, one entry to receive one pair of tickets to the Calgary Flames. CMLC will contact the winner via phone or email.

8.  HOW TO CLAIM TICKET PRIZE:  CMLC will contact the winning submission via telephone or email on March 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2014, with details on how to claim their prize.


9. This contest is conducted by Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) and is open to all individuals who are residents of Canada, except: (i) residents in the province of Quebec (ii) employees and representatives and consultants of CMLC, official contractors, suppliers and partners.

10. None of CMLC representatives, employees, agents, successors or assigns, (collectively the “Sponsors”) shall be responsible in any way for the use of or bear any liability whatsoever in any way attributable to the prize awarded in this contest or the events forming part of this contest.

11.  CMLC reserves the right to consider null and void, any entry submission that is incomplete, has been tampered with, have been obtained outside legitimate channels of distribution, or if not original, or are illegible, altered, forged, defaced, mutilated or tampered with in any way or not obtained in accordance with these Contest Rules.  CMLC is not responsible for entries fouled by technical difficulties.

12. The Sponsors retain the right, in their absolute discretion, to make substitutions of equivalent kind or value in the event of the unavailability of any component of a Prize for any reason whatsoever. The Prize is not transferable and must be accepted as awarded. No cash surrender value.

13. This contest is subject to all Federal, Provincial and Municipal laws.

14. The right is reserved to withdraw or terminate this contest at any time without prior notice.

15. The decisions of the Sponsors will be final and binding on all entrants.

16. This contest closes at 11:59 pm March 31, 2014.

East Village Calgary Flames tickets– Contest Site – Disclaimer

One entry per person will be allowed. Contest entrants must be residents of CANADA, excluding Quebec, who are 18 years of age or older. Directors, officers, agents and employees of CMLC (the contest administrator), their advertising and promotional agencies and their respective affiliates, associates, subsidiaries and divisions and their immediate family members and persons with whom they are domiciled are not eligible to participate in or enter any contests. Participation in the contest is subject to the terms and conditions in the Official Contest Rules & Regulations.


EV Experience Centre 2nd Anniversary Party!

EV Experience Centre 2nd Anniversary Party!

Join us from 11-5 both Saturady & Sunday for treats & a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Calgary Flames!

East Village Live and in 3-D!

East Village Live and in 3-D!

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 RiverWalkthis summer.  The amount and scale of change is incredible, and you can feel the energy here.

There's so much going on that Master Developer CMLC thought it was time to show Calgarians all the change coming to East Village all at once- inliving colour and in 3-D.  The result, in a four and half-minute video released on January 16, is nothing short of awesome.

The video was made using sophisticated 3-D rendering techniques (a big shout out to RK Visualization for their help) based on plans or ideas envisioned for East Village character areas: Gateway, The Crossing, River's Edge and Parkside.  The skyline of East Village is shown complete, and details and amenities of each neighbourhood are examined up-close.

Spend the next few minutes travelling into the future of the newest, oldest, coolest, warmest neighbourhood in town.  You're going to like it there.

View video.

Summer Food Truck Frenzy

Summer Food Truck Frenzy

Summer is officially back June 21, and we plan to celebrate East Village style with a Summer Food Truck Frenzy.

Please join us on RiverWalk™ Plaza  June 27 and 28 to kick off another fantastic summer of great food and great events!  The "feastivities" begin at 11 each day, and run through until 7 pm - so come on out for lunch or dinner or both!

Stay tuned for a list of the trucks attending.  Betcha can't choose just one!

Our 'Giving Groove'

Our '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!

At our Food Truck Frenzie in April we raised 5,000 pounds of food for the Calgary Food Bank, which demonstrates just how giving our food truck lovers are! And, in recognition of our friends at the Calgary Food Bank we turned Langevin Bridge lights to blue to remind all Calgarians of their important work.

Our EV cheer station won the Best Community Cheer title during the 2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon in May, which meant we were able to donate $1500.00 to The Calgary Drop In & Rehab Centre, in support of their community programs. This was our second cheer-year of winning so we have high expectations to live up to in 2014!

During the summer Food Truck Frenzie $500.00 was raised in support of the Calgary chapter of Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Again, we lit up the Langevin Bridge to celebrate our efforts.

In June, we ran to the support of our seniors and residents who were displaced by the flood, and started a HUGS Campaign which brought well wishes and care packages from strangers all over Canada and the world! Individuals who were following our neighbourhood story sent in excess of 1,500 handmade cards, pictures and small gifts to help our residents. Our amazing staff, friends and suppliers donated over 350 volunteer hours to help out with flood relief in the community. If that wasn’t enough, over 20,000 items (including hot meals, canned goods, toiletries, bedding, articles of clothing, gift cards and household supplies) were donated by generous Calgarians!  How about that for ‘Giving-Groove’!!

In October, during our annual Thanksgiving market, Fall for East Village, the Adopt-a-Pumpkin Patch campaign brought in $1100.00 to help our furry neighbours at The Calgary Zoo, with their flood recovery efforts. (Langevin Bridge looked great in blue/green and white to celebrate and bring awareness of the Zoo cause).

This month our contractors and friends at STUART OLSON DOMINION, GRAHAM CONSTRUCTION,  VOLKER STEVIN,  KLS EARTHWORKS,ALLIED PROJECTS, and MARMOT CONCRET E donated over $30,000 worth of Christmas trees, Christmas lights, community pageantry and a new skating rink to EV, so that our visitors and residents would enjoy a merriful holiday season. And, on top of this gift, our annual Holiday mixer raised $800.00 for Calgary Reads – a local charity which designs educational programs to help struggling young readers in our city.

We could go on and on about how your support during our events made a big difference in our community this year but alas, it’s time to say THANK YOU and MERRY CHRISTMAS.

To our friends, followers and fans we look forward to hosting you in East Village in 2014!

Pictured above: Susan Veres, VP of Marketing & Communications with CMLC & Dr. Clement Lanthier, President & CEO at Calgary Zoo. 

Langevin's 31 Nights of Merry & Bright

Langevin's 31 Nights of Merry & Bright

Dec 1 - Christmas Sponsors: Graham, Allied Projects, Volker Stevin, Marmot Concrete, KLS Earthworks & Stuart Olson Dominion.

Dec 2 - Calgary Reads

Dec 3 - Calgary Food Bank

Dec 4 - Fort Calgary

Dec 5 - East Village Neighbourhood Association

Dec 6 - Stuart Olson Dominion

Dec 7 - Calgary Humane Society

Dec 8 - ABL Imaging

Dec 9 -Calgary Zoo

Dec 10 & 11 - Alberta Children's Hospital

Dec 12 - Christmas Seals - The Lung Association

Dec 13 - The Magic of Christmas, Calgary Police Services & City of Calgary Social Services

Dec 14 - Candy Cane Lane

Dec 15 - Salvation Army

Dec 16 - Canadian Feed the Children Fund

Dec 17 - United Way

Dec 18 - Graham Construction

Dec 19 - Calgary Herald Christmas Fund

Dec 20 - Meals on Wheels

Dec 21 - Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre

Dec 22 - UNICEF

Dec 23 - Volker Stevin

Dec 24 - High Performance Rodeo

Dec 25 - Christmas Day

Dec 26 - Canadian Red Cross

Dec 27 - Calgary Homeless Foundation

Dec 28 - Calgary Public Library

Dec 29 - Calgary Flames

Dec 30 - Inn From The Cold

Dec 31 - New Years Eve


Elbow River Traverse: Across to Inglewood with a Smile

Elbow River Traverse: Across to Inglewood with a Smile

The span, which will connect the west bank of the Elbow River at Fort Calgary to the east bank in Inglewood, has been in the works for the past 18 months – and is an integral part of the master plan for RiverWalk. Public engagement during the RiverWalk master plan process revealed inadequate connectivity to Inglewood and Ramsay and safety challenges facing pedestrians and cyclists using the high-volume Inglewood Bridge, which sees more than 25,000 vehicles a day. (If you’ve ever had to walk or bike across the Inglewood Bridge, you know how nerve-wracking the experience can be.)

When it’s complete, the traverse will make Inglewood and Ramsay easily accessible from East Village, RiverWalk and the downtown core – for an estimated 800 to 1,000 pedestrians and cyclists every day. It’ll improve connectivity along the Bow River and Elbow River pathway systems, facilitate continuity of existing pedestrian and cyclist pathways east and west, and provide a safe connection to the newly installed 9th Avenue bike lane.

“It’s a simple, elegant solution,” says Neil MacKimmie, senior development manager for CMLC, “a short traverse that goes a long way to solving an old problem.”

Excitement Builds for Verve

Excitement Builds for Verve

The developers of FIRST and RiverHouse recently unveiled a new model suite for Verve in the EV Sales and Experience Centre.

The team has been busy building a sample of their next generation offering, which features space planning and interiors by the sophisticated Cecconi Simone design firm. Giannone Petricone are the architects of the striking building; they’ve designed innovative residential, restaurant and corporate buildings in Canada and internationally. 

Verve is a 25-storey, 195-unit tower on The Riff, one of the quirkiest, most interesting pedestrian streets in East Village – it slices diagonally through our mostly square blocks and straight streets, which will make the street scene below Verve homes unique in the village. The location will also put its owner’s steps from RiverWalk, the new St. Patrick’s Island Bridge, National Music Centre and restored Simmons Building. Come and see the latest in East Village living.

Library Voice

Library Voice


Months of mystery ended happily ever after with the news that the architectural team of Snøhetta (based in Oslo and New York) and DIALOG (a Canadian firm with offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Toronto) had been chosen to design the NCL’s new East Village home. Only the best will do when you love your libraries as much as we do.

As the curious gathered on the parcel of land marking the southwest corner of East Village, the chilly bite of the morning and the snow crunching underfoot was tempered by a brilliant burst of sun reflecting off the blue glass of City Hall. The crowd learned that, along with the design team selection, all funding for the $245 million project has been secured, making the library fully funded. So keep that library card current: as the largest single investment in a public cultural building since the 1988 Olympic Games, the New Central Library (fully two-thirds larger than the existing facility) is expected to be open for learning and discovery by 2018.

The architectural team will face a few challenges fitting the library into a somewhat complicated site. Flanked by City Hall to the west and straddling the C-train line and tunnel, the site of the new library will require considerable design ingenuity. Good thing Snøhetta and DIALOG wrote the book on amazing libraries: Snøhetta, has designed the stunning Alexandria Library in Egypt, the James B. Hunt Library at North Carolina State University and the Ryerson Student Learning Centre in Toronto.

"We're ready and incredibly excited to get going," said Craig Dykers, Founding Partner of Snøhetta. "With our local partner, DIALOG, we bring a unique set of local, national and international experiences which will guide our thinking for Calgary's New Central Library."

“I am really excited about the New Central Library,” one library lover declared. “I have been an East Villager for six years, and this is exactly what we need here.” It was one topic that everybody could agree upon. "We are so ready for this now,” said another resident. “We have so many of the new roadways and widened sidewalks in place. It's time to bring the library here.”

Relocating Central Library to East Village will cement the neighbourhood's growing reputation as a cultural corridor. The new library will be a destination for everybody in the city, not only serving Calgary’s growing population but also serving the more than 140,000 workers and students who travel downtown every day.

Walking with East Village Ghosts

Walking with East Village Ghosts

Fortified with steaming hot chocolate provided, by Hear’s My Soul café and led by a team of fearless EV ambassadors, the plucky adventurers braved some of the neighbourhood's most fascinating historical haunts. With All Soul's Night looming, nobody would have been too surprised to encounter some of the area's more spectral residents.

The brave souls were up for anything, though, even the late October chill. “I'm so excited for the heritage tour tonight. I will be bundled up,” Lexie tweeted. She arrived with earmuffs on, prepared for the elements and anything else that the group might encounter in the night.

During the one-hour stroll through East Village, ambassadors enthralled listeners with tales from the area's vivid past. Tour participants learned about the Simmons building's role in the war effort, supplying cots for the troops. They heard about the final (terribly botched) hanging to take place at Fort Calgary and the possible connection between the tortured soul who was put to death that day and the skeleton found decades later when construction crews dug footings for a new building. They visited the site of Doll's cottage on 8th Avenue and heard the tragic story of the eminent jeweller, Louis Doll, who never recovered from the death of his young daughter. And they revelled in the story of Pearl Miller, one of East Village's most infamous ladies of the night, who ran a very popular, but surprisingly tasteful, bawdy house.

“I completely recommend the East Village Heritage tour,” said Malory, after the tour group returned to the warmth and lights of the Experience Centre. “I learned lots, love the neighbourhood even more!” Morgan added, “It was fun rewinding time tonight.”

Even with two time slots offered for the inaugural East Village Heritage Halloween Tour, free tickets were snapped up so quickly that extra spots had to be added. And no wonder. With so many stories in the neighbourhood's history, and more than one skeleton in the closet, the cobblestone streets of East Village were wonderfully spooky places to prepare for Halloween.  

Calgary Marathon - East Village Spirit Hub

Calgary Marathon - East Village Spirit Hub

Streets, Solved

Streets, Solved

As East Village begins to rise, the CMLC team is also celebrating an important milestone that’s been reached at street level – the 35,000th and final square metre of street brick was laid Friday October 25, 2013, at the corner of 7th Avenue SE and the newly-built Riverfront Lane South.

The list of tasks ticked off in six construction seasons and 10 phases of work since development began in 2007 is impressive: roads around nine city blocks were raised up to four feet for floodproofing; utility upgrades for 11,500 new residents were made (in a neighbourhood that barely had phone lines in some places); and the staggering 35,000 square metres of brick were placed to create the generous sidewalks and unique streetscapes that now characterize East Village.

“For the better part of six years, CMLC has been changing the physical landscape of East Village one day at a time,” said CMLC President & CEO Michael Brown. “We’ve added permanent art, we’ve built pedestrian and cyclist pathways, delivered the 4th Street Underpass and today, we are celebrating the conclusion of our roadway improvement program.”

To celebrate, Neil MacKimmie, senior development manager at CMLC, and his team went for a walk and bike ride, then drove their cars around the newly open streets: 5th St. SE from 9th Ave., which now winds around a small park space and meets up with the already-completed Confluence Way and Riverfront Ave; and 7th Ave. SE, which now traverses East Village all the way from the LRT line at 4th St. SE to the already-completed 6th St. SE. alongside the Fort Calgary Lands. Another piece of the street puzzle links 7th Ave. SE to 6th Ave. SE.

The creation of a fully-functional and wonderfully-aesthetic streetscape for East Village residents and visitors is a huge accomplishment. We’re proud of our team, and pleased to invite you to stroll, bike or drive it for yourself. 

Pumpkin Power

Pumpkin Power

Urban shoppers and seniors mingled with university students home for Thanksgiving, and couples on first dates stopped to chat to families with toddlers and dogs in tow. The autumn nip in the air matched the crispness of the apples handed out by vendors. 

“Everybody wants coffee today,” smiled the Phil & Sebastian barista, as he handed over a steaming cup of java on the front deck of the East Village Experience Centre/pop-up coffee shop. “It's been a great day for business.” It was a great day for sampling comforting fall fare from the four food trucks that lined Riverfront Avenue too. And it was an especially good day to scoop up fresh fall produce. “Look at the huge bag of Pacific Galas I bought!” laughed one shopper as she waved a large bag of apples in the air. “They’re so sweet and crunchy I couldn't resist.”

Over at the pumpkin patch, not many people could resist the cute little pumpkins waiting for adoption either. Just the right size to be scooped up by little hands, the mini pumpkins, donated by the Jungle Farm, were a big hit with the junior set. While Rotary Park kept toes tapping with sweet bluegrass harmonies, youngsters climbed on hay bales and selected their favourite gourds to bring home. All proceeds from the pumpkin patch go toward rebuilding the Calgary Zoo, so the adopted pumpkins will keep that warm fuzzy Thanksgiving feeling alive long after they’ve finished decorating festive fall tables.

From pumpkins to puppies, bluegrass music to flash mob dance performances, vendor stalls to food trucks, East Village’s outdoor harvest and artisan market offered something for all shoppers and walkers to enjoy on a perfect fall day. And with pumpkin donations benefitting the Calgary Zoo and one lucky urban explorer taking home a fabulous $100 Thanksgiving gift basket, there was something for everybody to be thankful for.

East Village Heritage Halloween Tour

East Village Heritage Halloween Tour

East Village is rich with interesting history and stories from the past! Join us on Tuesday, October 29th for a one hour walking tour where our team of Ambassador’s will highlight some of the fascinating facts that make our community really unique.

Our team is offering two time slots for tours to keep the groups small and intimate.

To reserve your spot please click on the Eventbrite link below. Tickets are free but space is limited.

We’ll meet at the East Village Experience Centre for hot chocolate & Halloween cookies before heading out on our walk. Dress warmly and watch this page for any updates.

Tour 1: Arrive at 6 PM, depart 6:30 & return at 7:30

Tour 2: Arrive at 7:30 PM, depart at 8:00 & return at 9:00

East Village Experience Centre is located at 553 Riverfront Ave. SE


Finding FEASTY

Finding FEASTY

Fifteen of YYC's finest mobile eateries rolled into East Village on October 4 and 5 to show off their creative culinary skills in the second annual Feast in the East challenge. The winners? Charity, the Salvation Army, and hundreds of satisfied diners. That’s how we roll. 

Given just 48 hours to create the most tempting dish using at least three of six fall-specific mystery ingredients, food truck chefs pulled out every trick in their knife bags to gain a culinary edge with the panel of local judges. With food truck contestants also wielding sharp instruments in a charity pumpkin carving contest, it was a knife-fight to the finish.

Fiasco Gelato rolled away with top honours in the culinary competition – the coveted gold FEASTY license plate complete with bragging rights – for going a cut above by using all six mystery ingredients in their Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Gelato with Roasted Apple and Sage Marshmallow entry. The panel of local judges, tasked with the agonizingly delicious task of choosing the winning creations, presented the silver FEASTY plate to Tailgate Grill and the bronze to the Mighty Skillet. East Village Facebook fans voted for Los Compadres’ fabulous Dia de los Meurtos-inspired creation as their favourite in the charity pumpkin carving contest, which means that $500 gets awarded in Los Compadres’ name to a local charity of their choice. Way to roll, food trucks!

“We found a lot of great stuff; the Montréal smoked meat sandwiches are especially good,” said one satisfied diner relaxing on a RiverWalk lounge chair while her young daughter played nearby. Vivian reported: “I had the potato leek soup at Fiasco Gelato. It was so good! And I highly recommend their hot chocolate.”

Bass Bus kept the beats as hot as the eats all weekend long, mixed up with some high energy performances by The High Kicks. In between nibbles, folks tried their hands at some old school yo-yo tricks, courtesy of the team at Verve. One dad racked up some coolness points with his offspring, wowing them with his walk-the-dog and zipper moves. “I'm trying to show off for the kids,” he admitted. “I failed.” (He didn't.)

Yo-yos were not the only dogs being walked at Feast in the East. Plenty of real life dogs watched with great interest as their humans sampled tasty treats. “Casey and I come down to RiverWalk all the time,” one dog mom said, as she accepted a kiss from her border collie cross. “We really enjoy coming here for our daily outings.”

With award-winning food truck fare, heated culinary competitions, non-perishable food donations collected for the Salvation Army and $500 going to a local charity, everybody finished up as top dog in East Village's second annual Feast in the East food truck competition. Like we said, that’s how we roll.