My year as East Village Resident Ambassador is over! The end of a busy, beautiful, life-altering year is, naturally, kind of a bummer. But mostly I’m overcome with gratitude for everything I got to experience in East Village and excitement about what the future holds for this neighbourhood. As I’ve looked back at the past year I’ve tried to distill my time as an East Villager. What does “East Village living” even mean? From my perspective, it can be summed up with three major themes.
I love hosting friends at my place. My go-to formula for a good time is: a sparkling punch + delicious array of snacks + people I like. Foolproof! The only downside is the inevitable scramble to tidy up my condo (AKA hide my laundry and mop the floor). Enter a solution: The condo lounge and courtyard.
Another historical building on Calgary’s original main street has been artfully restored in East Village. I think Calgarians are going to love how the St. Louis Hotel fits into the future of our city while preserving so much of the past. I was lucky enough to tour the building with Kevin and Mairi Nyhoff, the architects behind the reinvention, and Josh Sartorelli, CMLC’s Project Manager for Development. They taught me all kinds of things about how the old features of the building have been upgraded and enhanced for today.
East Village Master Developer CMLC has moved headquarters by trading one historical landmark for another. The team has gone from the historic Hillier Block on 8 Ave. SE to the historic St. Louis Hotel right across the street. Before setting up shop in Hillier Block, CMLC occupied yet another heritage building that was restored and renovated – the historic Simmons Building on the bank of the Bow, now EV’s favourite gathering/noshing headquarters.
All summer long, CMLC is hosting an EV Neighbourhood Series in 5th Street Square, right in the heart of our village. From board games to bingo, brunching to dancing, there are fun-for-all activities happening in July and August. Whether you’re brand new to the neighbourhood, not here yet but coming soon, or one of the original EV pioneers, 5th Street Square is the place to get together and show off your skills.
Studio Bell is the first new cultural institution to open in our neighbourhood and brings with it signal of change in our neighbourhood, adding another layer to the experiences you can have here. Studio Bell has world class appeal, and its impact will really be felt right here in East Village too, when world-renowned artists, homegrown talent, music fans and school groups congregate here to celebrate, learn about and practice music.
It’s Canada’s 149th birthday on July 1, 2016 and Calgarians are throwing a huge celebration. East Village is the perfect hub for all your Canada Day partying. There’s enough happening in and around the neighbourhood to keep you busy all day long. Paint a maple leaf on your cheek, wrap a flag around you like a cape and hit one or all of these patriotic events on Canada’s big day.
There’s something new happening in the Embassy BOSA section of the East Village Experience Centre. And it’s not what you might expect.
Embassy BOSA’s has transformed the space into a “Think Tank’ – a place where people can share their thoughts about their ideal community and what’s important to them. These valuable insights will help shape not only Embassy BOSA’s newest project Arris, but future developments as well.
No stranger to East Village, Embassy BOSA has been gathering feedback over the past few years informally at the EV Experience Centre while selling their most recent EV project Evolution (which is nearing completion!). The new Think Tank formalizes this process into a digital survey to allow for more in-depth questions and insights.
Local Calgary artist, Curtis Van Charles Sorensen was awarded the contract to create the next temporary art installation on RiverWalk. Wildlife, get ready for your close-up
Sorensen’s art – which will grace three bridge abutments, two public washrooms and a maintenance shed – pays tribute to the animals and natural spaces woven through Calgary’s urban environment. He’ll create larger-than-life, hyper-real depictions of animals in nature using a mix of acrylic painting and digital photography, and incorporate architectural elements of East Village and the downtown core. Sorensen says he hopes that the dreamlike realism of his wildlife paintings will encourage passersby to reflect on the value of natural spaces in the city.
Paint + digital photos will bring modern nature to RiverWalk in the next chapter of CMLC’s Art in the Public Realm program.
The as-yet-unnamed exhibition – the third temporary instalment of public art along RiverWalk – will enliven the pedestrian pathway for two years after its installation this September.
A new $500 million development brings a community grocery store, convenience and other necessities of life to EV.
On April 13, two key partners are breaking ground on a collaborative development project that gives East Villagers more of what we love – namely, an incredibly desirable place to live, with all the amenities residents will need close to home.
The project – which will inject $500 million development dollars into Calgary’s struggling economy – is a collaboration between commercial real estate giant RioCan and Embassy BOSA, a major force in multifamily residential development here in Calgary.
Occupying a full city block, it comprises two spectacular residential towers totalling approximately 500+
condominium homes and an urban format ‘retail podium’ that brings 188,000 square feet of leasable retail space to the neighbourhood’s street level.
Do you like to spend time outdoors along RiverWalk™ and St. Patrick’s Island? Do you feel a sense of accomplishment when you see an event come together? Do you have a knack for spotting trends, are an avid user of technology and social media and enjoy attending a variety of festivals and events? If yes, then we want to hear from you!