Calgary's Urban Village

East Village is where Calgary began and where the future of city life is unfolding. Delivered by master developer Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), EV offers a new way of living downtown with walkable access to the best of city life - be it public art and culture, new civic institutions like the New Central Library, entertainment hubs like Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, public spaces like RiverWalk and new retail and dining opportunities.


Arts & Culture

Art and culture are literally built-in to East Village – both were an integral part of the master plan that has guided the development of EV since 2009. Today, with a New Central Library under construction and Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre open, major public art installations throughout the neighbourhood, and a revitalized Fort Calgary emerging, art and culture are making East Village a destination for every Calgarian.

New Central Library

Opening November 2018, Calgary's New Central Library is a friendly city icon that invites all Calgarians to gather, learn, read, play, be challenged, relax, hang out and connect.

Snøhetta of Oslo/New York and Calgary’s DIALOG have designed a building that will be Calgary's leading library for the next century. Forward-looking and functional from the ground up, it will serve as a cultural and physical connector that will reunite East Village with the Calgary core. 

Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre

Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, links Calgary’s musical past with its entertainment future, amplifying the love, sharing and understanding of music as it goes.

Designed by Allied Works Architects of Portland, Oregon, Studio Bell is imagined as a living instrument, a destination and a new kind of cultural institution. 

Fort Calgary

Fort Calgary is our neighbour to the east, and East Villagers couldn’t be happier to have a unique combination of historical passion and 40 acres of open space on their doorstep – a true luxury in the heart of the city.

Public Art Program

Public art does more than introduce colour and visual interest into an area; it both flavours and reflects the very vibe of the neighbourhood.

Public art, besides being a City of Calgary policy, has always been an integral part of the EV Master Plan.

Reconciliation Bridge Program

Show your true colours on EV’s Reconciliation Bridge.

The 100-year-old Reconciliation Bridge in East Village is lit with thousands of LED lights that change with the seasons and in honour of holidays and events. Now you can choose the colours you’d like to see on this brilliant gateway to East Village.


What's Your Pleasure?

EV already has caffeine of many kinds, snacks of every sort, and choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. There’s makeup and medicine. Haircuts and home accents. And soon, a major grocery store now under construction. 

More than 3,200 people call EV home, and one day, there’ll be 11,500 living here. The community’s retail strategy is designed to ensure that residents, neighbours and visitors can shop for everything they need and virtually anything they want right here in the neighbourhood. We searched for the right big partners for everyday necessities, and for small, smart independent boutique owners who bring energy and a unique shopping experience.  


Village Format.

The independent energy and destination retail promised by our Village Format strategy was first brought to life when the historic Simmons Building opened in 2015, where Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters, Charbar and Sidewalk Citizen Bakery nourish our ever-growing community. Since then, entrepreneurial and innovative new shops are popping up nearly every month, offering everything from fine jewelry to fur baby accessories. They are small spaces with big ideas about visitor experience.

Urban Format.

Urban Format shopping is all about needs: the need for groceries, drug store items, a few clothes for fun. RioCan's “5th & THIRD” is the heart of this idea. The 230,000 square foot retail centre is now under construction and will bring an urban concept Loblaws City Market and a Shoppers Drug Mart to EV, with other retailers to be announced soon.

East Village Junction

While residents await the opening of 5th & THIRD and other shops, East Village Junction will temporarily provide basic retail conveniences. EV Junction is a contemporary outdoor retail park that offers a unique pop-up experience. From June 1 - October 1 2017, twelve retailers set up shop 4 days a week inside shipping containers with produce, health foods, apparel, and more. EV Junction will re-open to East Villagers and Calgarians in Summer 2018.

Click below to find a full listing of retail, dining and services offered in EV. 



While some 11,000 people will call East Village home upon buildout, there will be many visitors to the neighbourhood for business and pleasure. 

For them, EV offers hotel accommodation that ranges from the cozily familiar – under the Hilton brand – to the cutting edge, in the form of an Alt Hotel by le Germain.


Staying in style is easy for visitors to East Village and the Calgary core. 

The new dual-branded Hilton hotel on 7th Avenue and 4th Street SE means comfy accommodations and an effortless walk to anywhere in the neighbourhood.

Alt Hotel by Le Germain

With spectacular views of the Bow River and downtown, the Alt Hotel Calgary by le Germain - to be built on Confluence Way and 6th Avenue SE - will offer in-the-know travellers modern design and eco-friendly features at rates to suit the shrewdest of wallets. 


Future Plans

There’s lots of momentum in East Village; the majority of property has been sold to developers and residential and retail construction is well under way. And there’s lots more to come: on RiverWalk, a spectacular contemporary building will provide a striking counterpoint to the Simmons Building next door. Additional residential projects will be advanced by our innovative developer partners and a diverse mix of retail and commercial development will expand as remaining parcels are imagined. 

Learn more about development projects in East Village at

5th & THIRD

The 230,000 square foot retail centre is now under construction and will bring an urban concept Loblaws City Market and a Shoppers Drug Mart to EV, with other retailers to be announced soon.


Main floor restaurants that spill out onto RiverWalk - accompanied by village-format retail shops and topped by office space and large terraces - will define the zig-zagging building that will become next door neighbour to the Simmons Building.