East Village Weekly Round-Up (May 1-7)


From Studio Bell to hot spot eateries, from urban plazas to the library, there’s always something happening somewhere in East Village. We’ve rounded up our top picks of this week’s events, programs, classes and more. Don’t forget to check the calendars of our community partners for other goings-on in the neighbourhood!

Loft 112 Celebrates 5 Years Art Show – Opening Night

Loft 112 Turns 5! Celebrate with them by digging into a piece of cake and revisiting artists who have had shows  at Loft 112 over the past five years.

When: Thursday, May 2 at 6:00pm
Where: 535 8 Avenue SE
Cost: Free

Grand Opening: Wheels on RiverWalk

Join us on May 3rd as we celebrate the opening of two wheelie cool businesses on RiverWalk! From May until the end of September, Rath Bicycle and River Valley Adventure Co. will operate out of colourful sea-cans, renting out wheels for you to make the most of sunny days along the river.

•  All Day: Free Segway Samplers and 2-for-1 Segway Adventures with River Valley Adventure Co.

•  12:00pm - 6:00pm: Take a ride on Beakerhead's Human Gyroscope (a twisting, turning, twirling device!)

•  3:00 - 6:00pm: Free Bicycle Safety Inspection from Rath Bicycle

When:  Friday, May 3, 11:00am – 7:00pm
Where: RiverWalk Regional Pathway, East Village
Cost: Free

Land Acknowledgement Workshop at Loft 112

May the Fourth of Reconciliation be with you! Join this small group of folks who are as nerdy about Indigenous issues as they are about Star Wars. Michelle Robinson will be speaking about land acknowledgements: what they are, why they matter, and how to do them in ways that are respectful and that go beyond being a script. This event is particularly geared towards non-Indigenous queer, trans, and feminist business owners and community organizers.

When:  Saturday, May 4, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: 535 8 Avenue SE
Cost: Free

May the Fourth Family Storytime at Central Library

May the force be with you for this very special Drop-In Family Storytime! Join Christy and Fraser from 101.5 TODAY RADIO for a special event in a galaxy not that far away. Family-friendly costumes are encouraged!

When:  Saturday, May 4, 10:30am – noon
Where: Shaikh Family Welcome Gallery, 800 3rd Street SW
Cost: Free


Artist in Residence Workshop: Wish Lash

Wish Lash is the solo moniker and experimental electronic fever dream of Calgary-based Kerry Megan, who builds ambient, dark leaning techno from layered synths, heartbeat drums and otherworldly voices. Wish Lash will present a public workshop open to femme and LGBTQ+ identifying people at Studio Bell.

When:  Saturday, May 4 at 1:00pm
Where: Studio Bell, 850 4 Street SE
Cost: Included with admission

Jane’s Walks in East Village (2)

Jane’s Walk: East Village Seniors Walk and Rock

When:  Saturday, May 4 at 11:00am
Meeting Place: West Side of Central Library
Cost: Free

Jane’s Walk: History Cycle – 232 Years on Two Wheels

When:  Saturday, May 4 at 1:00pm
Meeting Place: Simmons Building (618 Confluence Way SE)
Cost: Free

The YYScene presents: Songsmith Sundays with Justine Vandergrift

Join us for a chill afternoon of live tunes (and a side of all day Southern brunch) with #YYC singer-songwriter Justine Vandergrift.

You never know who’s coming for brunch—each week, Justine will team up with a local talent as a special guest on the Eddy’s legendary stage.

When:  Sunday, May 5 at 11:00am
Where: King Eddy, 438 9 Avenue SE
Cost: Free

Introduction to Coffee Brewing with Phil & Sebastian

It’s true, making really exceptional coffee takes time, commitment and training, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it yourself at home! Explore three coffee brewing methods (french press, AeroPress and pour-over) at this class inside the historic Simmons Building. Learn about the effect of grind, dose and temperature on the taste of your brewed coffee.

When: Monday, May 6 at 6:00pm
Where: 618 Confluence Way SE
Cost: $65

Brew Ed – May Session at Brewer’s Apprentice

This 4-week course is presented by The Brewer's Apprentice and instructed by Alberta Beer Festival's head judge, David Nuttall. Each class will cover a different topic, such as the histories of different beer styles, what makes a good brew, how beer is made and its many ingredients.

Approximately a dozen beers will be sampled each class, so you’ll see and taste the difference between each one. The final class will be a “field trip” to one of Calgary’s breweries, where you can watch the process first-hand.

When: May 7, 14, 21 & 28
Where: 448 8 Avenue SE
Cost: $165  

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