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

The NCL, designed to be the leading library of the Calgary of the next century, is forward-looking and functional from the ground up.

Snøhetta of Oslo/New York and Calgary’s DIALOG have designed an iconic building that will rise over the C-Train line into four open, futuristic stories of space that will accommodate the ever-changing needs of Calgarians.

Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre

Studio Bell, the 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.

Langevin Bridge Program

Show your true colours on EV’s Langevin Bridge.

The 100-year-old Langevin 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.


Retail & Dining

East Village already has caffeine of many kinds, snacks of every sort, and choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. There's makeup and medicine. And soon, a major grocery store. Haircuts. And more coffee, because there can never be too much hot or iced coffee in the newest, oldest, coolest, warmest neighbourhood in town.

Simmons Building

Part historical landmark, part community gathering place and really big part food lovers’ paradise, the Simmons Building is a unique culinary destination right in the heart of East Village.

Opened in 2015, the former mattress factory is home to three of the city’s most sought-after gastronomic tenants: Charbar, Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters and Sidewalk Citizen Bakery


Culinary superstars Connie DeSousa and John Jackson of Charcut Roast House are bringing their epicurean wizardry to the banks of the Bow River. 

A cornerstone of the Simmons dining emporium, Charbar will be a boutique eatery featuring respect for ingredients and passionate cookery.

Sidewalk Citizen Bakery

Aviv Fried and Michal Lavi have achieved near-legendary status in Calgary with their artisanal breads, croissants and other freshly-baked goods. They have brought their renowned Sidewalk Citizen Bakery to the Simmons, along with an expanded Middle Eastern and Mediterranean menu that evolves throughout the day.

Phil & Sebastian

Part of the joy of grabbing a java from Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters in the Simmons comes from watching the roasting process right before your eyes. A state of the art coffee roasterie is at the heart of the warm inviting café where Phil Robertson and Sebastian Sztabzyb roast, brew and serve up coffee culture knowledge.

Merle Norman

The Merle Norman studio offers life-affirming essentials like mani-pedis and a full range of other nailworks. There’s waxing, makeup consultations and applications, and many other treatments. East Village is looking good!

RedBloom Salon

The first East Village hair salon has arrived! In June 2016, RedBloom Salon opened in the base of FIRST condominium building at 542 Riverfront Ave SE. The salon has been moving full steam ahead ever since, welcoming clients from all parts of the city as well as EV residents just around the corner.


It’s a perfect marriage of life and food, an urban retail shopping podium literally right at your doorstep.

The dream team of RioCan Investment Trust and Embassy BOSA are partnering to develop two new residential towers at 5 Avenue and 3 Street SE which will be anchored by a 188,000 urban retail centre that includes a full-sized Loblaws City Market, as well as other retail tenants.



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 will offer 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 will be easy for visitors to East Village and the Calgary core. 

A 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. 

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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.