The New Central Library: Out Loud

The New Central Library: Out Loud

The free Sept. 4 design disucssion and first look at the features, amenities and function of the New Central Library has been embraced by library and architecure-lovin' Calgarians, and the free tickets are all spoken for.

Didn't get one?  A video of the presentation will be available at calgarymlc.ca/ncl/videos by the endo fo the day Friday, September 5.

Visit calgarymlc.ca/ncl for all the latest project updates, or to join the discussion!

Flow by the Bow

Flow by the Bow

Back by popular demand is Julaine Antoniuck to lead us during our one hour session.

5:30 - 6:30 - Check in and mat placement

6:30 - 7:30 - Class starts

7:30 - 8:30 - After party with Food Trucks

Bring your mat, a bottle of water, and your Eventbrite ticket to get into this event.

This event was postponed from the original August 7 date to August 28 due to weather concerns.  If you had a ticket from August 7- hang on to it!  It can be used on August 28.  

If you don't have a ticket yet, get it now: www.flowbythebow2014.eventbrite.ca

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!

 

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. 

Sean Hamilton is on deck to entertain you starting on August 10th. 

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

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 www.calgarymlc.ca/careers.  We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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 ekergen@calgarymlc.ca 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 ambassadors@evexperience.com or call 403-264-0309. Space is limited and on a first come first serve basis.

Beakerhead is back in East Village with Net Blow-up

Beakerhead is back in East Village with Net Blow-up


Net Blow-Up is the creation of three artists from Vienna and Austria called 'Numen/For Use', that encourages people to explore the ideas of scale and direction, and immenseness and absence of space, simultaneously.

People of all ages are encouraged to navigate this floating landscape of nets suspended within a soft structure, which mutuates with every movement of its temporary inhabitants.

Dates & times:

September 10, 11 & 12 :  
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 13:  
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Artist talk at 3:00 pm

Sunday, September 14:  
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Location:  
East Village Event Tent- RiverWalk Plaza

Cost:  
FREE!

In order to ensure everyone is able to fully experience this unique interactive sculpture, the number of participants allowed in at any given time is limited. Vistors should be aware that this may result in some short wait times - that we are sure you will agree are well worth it!
 

Blooming Good Times

Blooming Good Times

 

For the gardeners who dropped by the bountiful micro-farm on the corner of 5th Avenue and 8th Street SE, it was a chance to spend a sunny afternoon with neighbours, swapping horticultural tips and enjoying lemonade and cookies. Because the only thing better than spending time in the garden with friends is spending time in the garden with friends and lemonade and cookies.

An arrangement of benches and chairs near the little white gardening shed was a popular vantage point from which to survey the fruitful plots and to greet fellow green thumbs. “It’s nice to sit here and talk and visit,” said one senior gardener, taking a break from thinning her beets. “This is my second year having a garden plot,” added her friend. “I just grow from seeds rather than bedding plants, because it’s so nice to have a surprise as to what comes up.”

As she poured out lemonade and offered cookies, Erica from the e.a.s.t. CREW (Events Activity Street Team) paused to admire the lush lettuce and aromatic dill spilling from one of the raised beds. “This is one of the Drop-In Centre’s three plots,” she explained. “They always take such good care of their plots and I know DI clients really enjoy the fresh produce.”

Growing nourishing produce and beautiful blooms enriches all the neighbours who are part of the community garden. Raised beds, a storage chest full of tools and watering cans, and a 1,200 gallon watering tank on site makes tending plots a whole lot easier for the agrarians, many of whom are seniors. The monthly EV Community Garden Party – where gardeners can enjoy lemonade and cookies from the comfort of a shady bench and swap planting tips with fellow enthusiasts – is a refreshing reward for a job well-done.

You don’t want to miss the next EV Community Garden Party. Mark Wednesday, September 3 on your calendar and drop by the EV Community Garden from noon till 2 pm to survey the bounty. Cookies and lemonade are on us. 

Heritage at the Fort

Heritage at the Fort

German, Spanish, French, Cantonese and English all resonated throughout the old North West Mounted Police barracks as families locked each other in jail cells and took turns trying on Red Serge uniforms. The steady stream of strollers through the log gates of Calgary’s birthplace and the rows of tour buses lining the parking lot proved that exploring the past never gets old. At the corner of 6th St. and 9th Ave. SE in East Village, the newly installed scarlet-red Sentinels landmark was a fitting portal to the past.  

“We’ve had quite a few people come through already, and it’s not even noon,” reported the friendly greeter in his Mountie red uniform. “Lots of people are bringing the kiddies, because we have some great activities for the kids today.” A picture-perfect end to an August long weekend, plus free admission all day at Fort Calgary, meant that many families took advantage of the welcoming atmosphere and the accessible location to spend the day steeped in history inside the barracks and soaking up some sun in the community garden and throughout the sprawling grounds.

“How does this work?” one youngster wondered as she tried out the wooden turn-of-the-century toys on display in the hands-on museum. “Mom, did you used to have one of these when you were little?”

The rough jail cells with their chinked log walls and coarse blankets were especially tempting to little criminals of all ages. “I want to go to jail,” insisted one n’er-do-well, luring the rest of his family away from the big black steam locomotive where they had paused for family photos. Happy to oblige, his father promptly fitted him with the smaller set of shackles that were hanging outside the jailhouse doors. “Handcuffs for little thieves! Perfect!” Dad declared before locking his delighted offspring in the cell.

Amateur historians squeezed into the interpretive centre’s theatre to hear Fort Calgary CEO and President Sara-Jane Gruetzner talk about Chief Crowfoot, Colonel MacLeod, Captain Deane and Alderman John Ayer. These key figures from Fort Calgary’s colourful history are all commemorated by the scarlet Sentinels standing guard at the gateway to Fort Calgary and East Village. Elsewhere in the fort, crafty youngsters crowded around a long activity table to create their own Sentinels from red beverage cups and paper cutouts. Across the room, parents gathered around the barrack’s pool table to instruct the next generation on the finer points of snooker.

Along the meandering pathways that criss-cross Fort Calgary’s 40-acre parklands, Calgarians wandered in peaceful contemplation. As they paused to marvel at the heirloom plants in the community garden or reflect upon the abandoned railway line that turned the traditional Siksika land into a settlement, urban explorers could not help but be fascinated by the richness of the bygone days beneath their feet. It was indeed a day for the history books.

Opera in the Big Top and Beyond

Opera in the Big Top and Beyond

Get ready to thrill to the trills and belt out the bravos! The countdown to Opera in the Village has begun.
 

From August 14 – 23, RiverWalk™ Plaza will once again be brimming with bel cantos, as the outrageous comic romp Candide (featuring the irrepressible Tracy Dahl) takes centre stage in the big white tent. But the repertoire isn’t just confined to the big top. When Canada’s only professional outdoor summer opera festival makes its triumphant return to RiverWalk-by-the-Bow, melodrama will be bursting its banks.
 

Make sure to plan extra time to take in all the over-the-top action happening around RiverWalk Plaza. Because in true operatic fashion, the side stories are just as much fun as the main libretto.
 

Let the alumni of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist program prepare you forCandide with a prelude of some of the opera world’s greatest hits, performed nightly at 6:45 on the side stage. Cheer on your favourite diva as Broadway-inclined reality show contestants spar in a contest of vocal gymnastics to take top prize in the So You Think You Can Sing Musical Theatre contest, held on the side stage August 20-22, from 5:00-6:30 pm.
 

Introduce the next generation to the delights of opera with a child-friendly matinee performance of Hansel & Gretel by Engelbert Humperdink (the other one, not the one who had ladies’ undergarments thrown at him). The kiddies will soak in all the excitement of opera under the big top in one easy hour on August 16, 17 and 23 at 3:00 pm.  And be prepared to shout bravo when the talented youngsters enrolled in Calgary Opera’s summer camp take over the open-air tent with a mini-presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan’sThe Mikado on August 22 and 23.
 

If all that singing leaves you parched, we’ve got you covered, in beautiful open-air RiverWalk style. Sit back, relax and enjoy a refreshing beverage on the Big Rock Patio, open throughout the entire festival. Show off your own vocal chops at Karaoke Nights, held in the Big Rock Patio August 15, 16 and 22, from 10:15 pm to midnight. You know you want to.
 

On Sunday, August 17, plan the overture to your festival day around a delectable Sidewalk Citizen Bakery picnic basket. Simply book in advance with Calgary Opera and at 6:00 pm, share a bountiful basket with your ensemble. Calgary’s entourage of food trucks will also be in attendance throughout the festival to quell those pre- and post-performance hunger pangs.
 

Check out the shenanigans of the roving carnival performers from Green Fools Theatre, and then be sure to stick around for an operatic after-party of cinema cult classics projected onto a screen, with the beautiful Bow River as the backdrop. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to Outdoor Movie Nights (10:15 pm – midnight), featuring Rocky Horror Picture Show on August 15, Moulin Rouge on August 16 and Beetlejuice on August 22.
 

Don’t miss out on any of the operatic action. Buy your tickets to the Opera in the Village production of Candide now, and be sure to take in all the extravaganza of Canada’s only professional outdoor summer opera festival: calgaryopera.com/box-office

 

 

Opera in the Village

Opera in the Village

 

Step right up to the return of Opera in the Village under the big top on the banks of the beautiful Bow River.

Roving circus performers, Calgary's gourmet food trucks, fresh-pressed lemondade, a waterfront Big Rock Patio, karaoke, movies and more will keep you entertained day and night August 14-23.

Tickets to Candide and matinee performances of Hansel and Gretel are available at calgaryopera.com/bigtop.

Fit Fast

Fit Fast

Meet us on the deck of the EVEC Tuesdays-Thursdays each week for free lunchtime fitness classes.

Tuesdays- Yoga with Anita Athvale

Wednesdays- Pilates with Elina

Thursdays- The Crossfit studio comes to EV

See you there!  Noon - 1 p.m. each day.

'Walk: Rocked

'Walk: Rocked

It was an afternoon with a little sun, a little cloud, a bit of breeze, and even a few light spatters of rain. Not enough to worry about, though. For the fourth year in a row, Mother Nature showed that she adores Rock the ’Walk.

Three local bands (Beaver Squadron, Meisha and the Spanks, and The HighKicks) kept heads bobbing and hips shaking, while food trucks fuelled the famished. The Fort Calgary end of RiverWalk™ was music central, with garage-rockers Beaver Squadron wasting no time blasting off the afternoon with some blistering tunes. Beside the Simmons building, Waffles & Chix and Braizen food trucks fired up the fryers for an equally brisk start. Evidently many urban explorers worked up an appetite on their way over.

As the covered tables in the centre of RiverWalk filled with lunchers, some, like Johanna, barely had time for bites between greetings to yet another friend. “Rock the ’Walk just sort of attracts certain kinds of people,” she shrugged happily. “It’s a great place to catch up with old friends.”

“I’ve never been down here for Rock the ’Walk before,” admitted one diner, tucking into his fried chicken poutine. “It’s a perfect day – not too hot – and the music is awesome!” His friend looked up from her colourful kale and beet salad: “I’m having the Superfoods Salad, which is just fabulous!” Superfoods Salad was the apparent buzzword of the day along RiverWalk, with some particularly generous diners even offering up tastes of theirs to complete strangers. “Now I sort of wish I hadn’t already eaten,” bemoaned one lucky recipient of a sample. “I may just have to stay for supper as well.”

Fortunately, dancing to hot tunes and browsing the vendor tents lining RiverWalk Plaza was a perfect way to work up an appetite for an early supper. A mix of new and returning vendors enticed curious customers with everything from vintage lamps to custom jewelry to rockabilly frocks. “This is our first time, and we are thrilled that there are so many people down here,” declared the ladies from Blame Betty. “What a great place to spend the day.”

“I love it! I’m really enjoying the music and all the people,” another first-time Rock the ’Walk artisan said. “However, I just saw somebody with a giant bag of mini donuts, so I’m going to have to bring some home for my kids …  if I don’t eat them all first.” Nothing that a little RiverWalk dancing won’t fix. 

New Central Library: Making Connections

New Central Library: Making Connections

 

Before the East Village renewal, there was a big and somewhat desolate gap between City Hall on the edge of corporate downtown and Fort Calgary. Today, CMLC is ensuring that the space is being filled with new homes, green spaces, RiverWalk™ and other amenities for all Calgarians.

 

The New Central Library, just east of City Hall, has an important role as a connector between downtown and neighbourhoods to the east. Ellen Humphrey, deputy CEO of the Calgary Public Library, wants the New Central Library to be a portal that “provides an opportunity for people who want to pass through or beyond the existing municipal building into the wonderful world of East Village.”

 

Carolyn Haddock of MHPM, a project manager on the NCL, describes it as a “great front door” for everyone accessing East Village from downtown – and vice versa, of course.

 

For Janet Hutchinson, chair of the Calgary Public Library Board, the NCL is a link, a centrepiece and a destination. “So that if you live in Edgemont or Shaganappi or anywhere, coming here represents more than just a trip to the library.  It’s a trip to a really cool part of town,” she says.

 

Rob Adamson of DIALOG, the Calgary architecture firm working with Snøhetta on the NCL design, says a new attitude is emerging with the New Central Library – the idea of a cultural precinct that includes downtown, East Village and other areas, like arty Inglewood.  

 

The New Central Library is all that – and it’s a library too, of course. Bill Ptacek, CEO of the Calgary Public Library, says that the NCL will give East Village and downtown their own branch. But like all good connections, the energy goes both ways, and East Village will give the library its true community. “The library is a symbol of the investment in community,” he says. “It will be a place where people can come together.”

 

Literally connecting Calgarians to the New Central Library construction program started this week when CMLC, with the help of our good neighbours at Bow Valley College, installed a live construction camera on the southeast corner of the South Campus Building. The construction cam allows Calgarians a bird’s eye view of the site during the LRT encapsulation program, and will keep the city linked to the excitement of building construction as well. Get connected to the “cam” by clicking here.

The Sentinels: On Guard for Thee

The Sentinels: On Guard for Thee

 

The five red glass towers on the edge of the original North West Mounted Police headquarters of Fort Calgary serve as a highly visible (and patriotic) landscape gateway to Calgary’s birthplace and delineate the urban space of East Village from the historic fort. They also commemorate historical figures who were instrumental to the area – and they connect the parklands of Fort Calgary to the homes of East Village. These are clever, hardworking Sentinels.
 

East Village has tipped its Mountie hat in respect to our historical neighbour by adding touches of RCMP red all along the section of East Village bordering Fort Calgary. Throughout RiverWalk™, by the bridges, and following the thin red line of the 6th Street Edges project, jolts of crimson pay homage to our celebrated neighbour. On the Sentinels site itself, the towers are all decked out in full dress uniform.  
 

The precise shade of red is such a crucial part of the Mountie uniform that the five glass towers forming the Sentinels installation are programmed with internal lighting, just to keep them that exact iconic shade. The tallest tower, which stands an impressive 28 feet tall, is flanked by four smaller ones, each of which honours a historical character who has left a lasting legacy on the city and the community.
 

The first tower pays respect to Chief Crowfoot, chief of the Siksika Nation, whose vibrant culture was well established at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers long before the arrival of the North West Mounted Police (NWMP). Colonel MacLeod, the second Commissioner of the NWMP, is commemorated on the second tower for giving Calgary its name. The third tower honours Captain Deane, who was the last serving superintendent of Fort Calgary before it was decommissioned. The final tower thanks Alderman John Ayer, whose ten year struggle to rescue Fort Calgary from obscurity resulted in the City of Calgary purchasing the property in 1974, returning the city’s birthplace to the public realm.
 

With Fort Calgary right at the doorstep, East Villagers can venture back into our city’s history anytime, in just a few easy steps. And with 40 acres of green space in which to stretch out and relax, you couldn’t ask for a better backyard.
 

Learn more about the Sentinels of Fort Calgary here: The Sentinels: Stand on Guard for Thee, then come take a look at them for yourself!

 

Rock the ‘Walk 4

Rock the ‘Walk 4

 

Ever since RiverWalk™ celebrated its grand opening with the first ever Rock the ‘Walk in 2011, Calgarians have embraced East Village’s liveliest, sunniest, tastiest riverside party with great gusto. And no wonder. Who doesn’t love free live music, food trucks and unique offerings by local artisans? All happening on an award-winning riverside promenade, no less?
 

This year’s musical lineup of Beaver Squadron, along with Rock the ‘Walk alumni Meisha and the Spanks and the HighKicks, will keep the high-octane energy flowing on RiverWalk Plaza from noon right through until 5 pm this Saturday, July 19. With free live music, a cavalcade of food trucks and twenty artisans offering their wares, the stunning river view won’t be the only thing to take your breath away.
 

Rock the ’Walk has been a success from the very first instalment, and what began as the grand opening party for the first phase of RiverWalk (then, a four block stretch from 3rd Street to the edge of Fort Calgary) has become one of Calgary’s best-loved blasts by the banks of the Bow. The inaugural Rock the ‘Walk set the bar for a sun-soaked day to celebrate urban riverside fun. And so far it’s worked, with each subsequent Rock the ‘Walk being more gloriously radiant than the last.
 

Curious Calgarians flocked to RiverWalk Plaza for the first ever Rock the ‘Walk in 2011, to see for themselves just what all the fuss was about. The “oohs” and “aahs” were audible, as intrigued explorers surveyed the flowing Bow from new observation decks and rested on brand-new benches and loungers. Three beloved Calgary bands rocked the Plaza stage for four solid hours at that first Rock the ‘Walk: Meisha and the Spanks, Samantha Savage Smith, and Kris Demeanor and his Crack Band. A dozen vendors from Market Collective enticed savvy shoppers with an intriguing selection of crafty wares. Fiasco Gelato cooled off dancers and over-heated shoppers alike with some sweet treats.
 

As RiverWalk has grown, so has the party. By the summer of 2012, three phases of RiverWalk (from Centre Street bridge, around Fort Calgary and to 9th Avenue) were fully complete, making even more room for ‘Walk rocking. Under brilliant blue skies, crowds of urban explorers flocked to the banks of the Bow, absorbing the music and the party atmosphere along with the rays. Rock the ‘Walk 2 took the tasty factor up a notch with five of Calgary’s finest food trucks ready to show hungry villagers some love. Twenty Market Collective vendors offered near-endless shopping opportunities and Bike Calgary took curious walkers on free old-timey bicycle rides. Hello Moth, Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk, and Reuben and the Dark kept tunes ringing and toes tapping through the afternoon.
 

By Rock the ‘Walk 3 in 2013, everybody knew the drill. Sun: check; smiles: check; awesome party by the river: check. Cool shades and hot dance moves were the fashion accessories of the day as music lovers, shoppers and food truck aficionados strolled RiverWalk beneath cloudless skies. A village of vendors under white tents transformed RiverWalk Plaza into a shopping mecca; food trucks offered up mouth-watering fare; and Mark Mills, Eve Hell & the Razors, and the HighKicks had the rhythmically-inclined bobbing their heads and shaking their hips. The high-octane tunes proved hard to resist; even a few Maker Faire robotic chairs got down and funky.
 

On July 19, hop on your bike, board or the bus, or simply lace up your sneakers and stroll over to RiverWalk Plaza from noon to 5 pm for East Village’s signature summer celebration. And don’t forget to save room for gelato

 

The NCL: Challenges and Opportunities

The NCL: Challenges and Opportunities

The site of Calgary’s New Central Library, located just west of City Hall in East Village, fulfills many objectives: it keeps the NCL downtown so that many communities can access it, and it provides a key destination and link that will draw Calgarians from downtown through City Hall to the NCL and East Village.

 

At the same time, the site’s unique character is making the architects and developers do the best work of their careers. “Having a train running through it, a crescent moon shape, and the municipal building directly to the west offers unique challenges,” says Kate Thompson, development director for CMLC, the NCL’s developer.

 

The train challenge is being met through an encapsulation process that will cover the train in such a way that transit will be little affected during construction. The site shape challenge is going to produce a building that will be unlike any other. “The site is predetermining a great building,” Thompson says. “It can’t be boring and it can’t be basic just by virtue of where it is.”

 

The NCL’s prime design consultants, Snøhetta of New York and Oslo and Calgary’s DIALOG, relished the opportunities offered by the shape the site. “We saw a great challenge in the site – something pushing back at us that would allow us to react in a unique way,” says Snøhetta founder Craig Dykers. “Those kinds of challenges prompt unique solutions.”

 

As for the proximity of City Hall to the site, well, the architects are hard at work making the connection both seamless and exciting.

 

The encapsulation process has already begun. The work in progress on the design will be shared with the public in early September. We’ll keep you posted on updates. Watch and hear architects and the development team discuss the NCL site here.

 

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!

Freedom 25

Freedom 25

It’s about to become a whole lot easier for young urban explorers to call East Village home. That’s because EV’s newest condominium project, N3, will be designed specifically to fit Millennial lifestyles, values and pocketbooks.

 

Just moments from the site of the New Central Library, City Hall and downtown, and rising above the historical St. Louis Hotel and the Hillier Block, the new N3 (short for New Attitude, New Vision, New Living) will be perfectly situated to offer young Calgarians the East Village lifestyle.
 

The twin buildings, by Calgary-based Knightsbridge Homes, will not only feature open social spaces for entertaining, Wi-Fi connectivity throughout and fully furnished suites, but will also embrace car-free culture by offering parking exclusively for bicycles and ‘microcars’. It makes perfect sense: N3 is only 270 easy steps from the City Hall LRT station (and within the free fare zone), making it the perfect home for price-savvy young urbanites who value the freedom of public transit over car-dependence. Even better, each new owner will receive a $500 Car2Go credit and an urban bicycle. No car, no parking, no problem. 
 

Why worry about gas prices when the world is at your doorstep?
 

N3ers will also enjoy the freedom of stepping outside their doors into the welcoming space of a pedestrian mews system that will be built on either side of the St. Louis Hotel. This bustling retail and commercial space will form a natural pathway for exploring East Village: Outdoor enthusiasts can follow RiverWalk™ as it meanders along the edge of the Bow and Elbow Rivers. Nature lovers can cross the graceful skipping stone arches of the new St. Patrick’s Bridge to commune with the flora and fauna of a revitalized island playground. Art aficionados can contemplate a myriad of outdoor art installations – from Ron Moppett’s mosaic wall to Julian Opie’s LED installation to the community-based Helping Hands mural – all from the tranquillity of a bench along Riverfront Lane.
 

With the New Central Library and National Music Centre just around the corner from home, and with Bow Valley College and the University of Calgary downtown campus within easy walking distance, residents can keep their brains sharp too. Of course, with N3 home prices averaging around $225,000, we already know that Millennial urban explorers are good at math.

 

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

Be Bike Safe

Be Bike Safe

Summer in Calgary means more sunshine and more biking (hooray!). Did you know that in 2013, 1,876 bikes were reported stolen across the city?  According to BikeCalgary.org, the majority of thefts are never reported. 
 

So, to help get the message out and to promote safe bike practices we are reminding people of the best ways to not get your bike stolen. Here are a few common-sense tips:

•Buy the best lock you can afford. It takes less than 30 seconds to cut a cheap U-bolt lock with a pair of bolt cutters, metal saw or just a hammer, and cable locks are not recommended except for use as secondary locks. The Kryptonite New York Standard is favoured by many bike sites. Ask your bike shop which lock is best for your bike. 

•Lock your bike in busy, well-lit places. 

Use Your Lock Properly

•Always lock the frame and the wheel to the rack. Some experts recommend using a second lock for the back wheel. Two locks require two tools, and that discourages most thieves. 

•Make sure that the pole to which you lock the bike is too high for a thief to simply lift it over the top. 

•Locks placed too close to the ground are easier to attack with tools. 

Register and Report Your Bike

•A registered bike discourages thieves, who see the registration sticker and will often look for an easier target. Bikerevolution.ca is Canada’s national bicycle database and registration is free. Should it be stolen, registration is your best chance of getting your bike returned.

 

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:
LuckyMe
Cashmere Cat & Jaques Greene
STWO
Natasha Kmeto
Smalltown DJs
Project Pablo
Beach Season
Kline

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

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 hihostels.ca/calgary or by calling 778.328.2220.

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

Characteristics

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 ekergen@calgarymlc.ca, 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