What’s the best part about the Olympics? Some say the athleticism, others say the ceremonies – we think it’s the Games’ ability to bring people together. So with the Olympic spirit in heart and mind, we decided to bring our favourite part of this international sporting event to East Village. Not through sport (you won’t be seeing any ski slopes in the community) but with a 58-foot-long Olympics wishing wall. We’re bringing together East Village friends, neighbours, and all Calgarians by inviting everyone to send Team Canada their best wishes at our banner along Riverfront Ave SE.
In true Canadian fashion, a snowy celebration was held today to kick things off. And the spirit of the Olympics truly did bring people together, even in -20 weather! We hosted EV residents and visitors on Riverfront Ave with hot chocolate, maple syrup lollipops, and festive Canadian pageantry to kick off the signing of the banner. We were honoured to have the event formally opened with an Elder Prayer Circle, thanks to representatives from the Tsuu T’ina First Nation, Stoney Nakoda First Nation, Piikani First Nation, and Metis Nation, with blessings also extended by the Siksika First Nation and Kainai First Nation.
The banner is already filling up with well wishes, inspirational messages and lots of “Go Canada Go”! Everyone is encouraged to come write their own message to Team Canada; the banner can be found right next to the Simmons Building at the corner of Riverfront Avenue at Confluence Way SE. Our wishing wall will be up every day of the Winter Games (until February 25) and will then be shared with the Canadian Olympic Committee.
From East Village to Olympic Village, 8,451 km apart...GO CANADA GO!