'Walk Rocking 3.0

East Village celebrates the third annual Rock the Walk festival

Cool shades and hot dance moves were a must when Rock the 'Walk III turned a picture-perfect summer Saturday afternoon into a sizzling shindig. Sun-worshippers, foodies and music lovers strolled, shopped, snacked and shimmied under a brilliant blue sky in a lively celebration of life along the Bow River.

A nomadic village of pristine white tents transformed RiverWalk Plaza into a bustling shopping mecca featuring 20 unique vintage vendors offering everything from retro aprons to period furniture and more. Four food trucks fuelled bellies in front of the historic Simmons building, while three high-octane local bands (Mark Mills, Eve Hell & the Razors, and the High Kicks) got feet stomping and hips shaking.

The sun-soaked energy radiating from RiverWalk drew the curious from far and wide. “I saw something interesting happening here from across the river and had to come check it out,” reported one fun-loving senior cyclist. A flotilla of rafters waved a salute as they floated by and received a shout-out of “this one's for you, floaters!” from Eve Hell, as she and the Razors launched into their smoking rockabilly tune Big River. Even the Scoperta robotic chairs got into the groove, as they swirled and gyrated in front of the stage. “Come and dance with the dancing chairs,” Mike Hell invited the laughing audience.

From her vantage point stage right, vendor Bridget McLean did a little chair-dancing of her own as she dispensed samples of her Moroccan oil lotions. “I just started my business a month ago, so this is my first time being part of Rock the ‘Walk. It's such a wonderful place to be!” she smiled. “I was here for the Elves in the Village Christmas Market and my ugly Christmas sweaters went like hot cakes,” said Cat T. of Cat's Eye Vintage. “I love coming to East Village.”

“There is so much going on here!” declared one happy villager, as he surveyed the oasis of shady tables where dog-walkers and stroller-pushers rested up and cooled down. “If somebody says they are bored with Calgary, then they must be bored with life.” We’ve heard that before, in reference to another iconic global city across the pond. That doesn’t make it less true of Calgary, though. It's impossible to be bored when you Rock the 'Walk.