RiverWalk

Net Gain

Net Gain

When Net Blow-Up made its North American premiere on RiverWalk™ during Beakerhead 2014, Calgarians by the thousands came to play on a unique “climbable social sculpture."

Kids and adults alike shed their shoes to climb and explore the immense mesh structure inside the big white tent, but this was no ordinary bouncy castle. Part conceptual art, part jungle gym, part commentary on spatial perception, the wildly popular free event proved that there is no age limit on play and discovery.

Opera in the Big Top and Beyond

Opera in the Big Top and Beyond

Get ready to thrill to the trills and belt out the bravos! The countdown to Opera in the Village has begun.

From August 14 – 23, RiverWalk™ Plaza will once again be brimming with bel cantos, as the outrageous comic romp Candide (featuring the irrepressible Tracy Dahl) takes centre stage in the big white tent. But the repertoire isn’t just confined to the big top. When Canada’s only professional outdoor summer opera festival makes its triumphant return to RiverWalk-by-the-Bow, melodrama will be bursting its banks.

New Central Library: Making Connections

New Central Library: Making Connections

The start of construction on the New Central Library encapsulation is a big story. But there’s another, equally important aspect: the NCL will create a key link between downtown and East Village. 

Before the East Village renewal, there was a big and somewhat desolate gap between City Hall on the edge of corporate downtown and Fort Calgary. Today, CMLC is ensuring that the space is being filled with new homes, green spaces, RiverWalk™ and other amenities for all Calgarians.

'Walk: Rocked

'Walk: Rocked

Mother Nature teased, but in the end proved her love with yet another perfect day for Rock the ’Walk 4 on July 19. Just-right weather, blistering hot tunes, a smorgasbord of artisans, food trucks and friendly meet-ups rounded out the day’s tasty buffet.

It was an afternoon with a little sun, a little cloud, a bit of breeze, and even a few light spatters of rain. Not enough to worry about, though. For the fourth year in a row, Mother Nature showed that she adores Rock the ’Walk.

The Sentinels: On Guard for Thee

The Sentinels: On Guard for Thee

The newly-unveiled Sentinels proudly standing guard over the corner of 9 Avenue and 6 Street SE between East Village and Fort Calgary wear the Red Serge proudly.

The five red glass towers on the edge of the original North West Mounted Police headquarters of Fort Calgary serve as a highly visible (and patriotic) landscape gateway to Calgary’s birthplace and delineate the urban space of East Village from the historic fort. They also commemorate historical figures who were instrumental to the area – and they connect the parklands of Fort Calgary to the homes of East Village. These are clever, hardworking Sentinels.

Rock the ‘Walk 4

Rock the ‘Walk 4

On July 19 – from noon till 5 pm ­– we’re cranking it all the way up to 4. Rock the ‘Walk 4, that is.

Ever since RiverWalk™ celebrated its grand opening with the first ever Rock the ‘Walk in 2011, Calgarians have embraced East Village’s liveliest, sunniest, tastiest riverside party with great gusto. And no wonder. Who doesn’t love free live music, food trucks and unique offerings by local artisans? All happening on an award-winning riverside promenade, no less?

Freedom 25

Freedom 25

It’s about to become a whole lot easier for young urban explorers to call East Village home. That’s because EV’s newest condominium project, N3, will be designed specifically to fit Millennial lifestyles, values and pocketbooks.

Just moments from the site of the New Central Library, City Hall and downtown, and rising above the historical St. Louis Hotel and the Hillier Block, the new N3 (short for New Attitude, New Vision, New Living) will be perfectly situated to offer young Calgarians the East Village lifestyle.

Feeding Frenzy

Feeding Frenzy

The mix of rain and snow that was forecast to dampen the Spring Food Truck Frenzy on RiverWalk™ April 25 never did materialize. Evidently, even Mother Nature understood just how desperately Calgarians needed a good food truck feed. 

As it turned out, the weather was immaterial. With 13 of Calgary's favourite four-wheeled cookhouses tempting taste buds with everything from po'-boys to Indian tacos, smoked meat sandwiches to hearthstone pizzas, house-made marshmallows to mini donuts, the sky may have stayed steely grey all day, but the satisfied smiles were radiant and nobody went home hungry.

Jane Walking

Jane Walking

East Village is made for walking. Jane Jacobs, one of the world’s preeminent thinkers on urban life, would love it here.

Jane’s Walks are held around the world to explore cities in honour of urbanist Jane Jacobs, the esteemed urban activist and author of The Death and Life of American Cities. When a dozen or so stalwart walkers braved a fresh blanket of heavy snow to join the East Village Jane's Walk on May 4, they discovered a downtown community steeped in history and excited for the future.

Non Stop RiverWalk™

Non Stop RiverWalk™

Lace up your sneakers, strap on your bike helmet and get ready for RiverWalk Stage 2! 

When Stage 2 of RiverWalk is complete, walkers, cyclists and urban explorers of all speeds will be able to stretch their legs along our dedicated river edge pathway all the way from the 9th Avenue Bridge in Inglewood, along the Elbow River toward Stampede Park. That's a whole extra kilometre of award-winning RiverWalk to enjoy, and a critical link between East Village and the rest of the Rivers District.

Excitement Builds for Verve

Excitement Builds for Verve

The FRAM+Slokker team has raised the curtain on an exciting new residential offering in East Village.

The team has been busy building a sample of their next generation offering, which features space planning and interiors by the sophisticated Cecconi Simone design firm. Giannone Petricone are the architects of the striking building; they’ve designed innovative residential, restaurant and corporate buildings in Canada and internationally. 

Tasty Trucks Redux

Tasty Trucks Redux

Third annual Taste the Trucks served up all weekend.

YYC food trucks threw a heckuva birthday party on September 7 & 8, when the third annual Taste the Trucks event rolled onto RiverWalk. Foodies galore gathered on the banks of the Bow to celebrate and get their taste buds tickled in that tantalizing way that only food truck fare can.

The City of Calgary sent along a special birthday present, too – approval of a permanent food truck bylaw. With two years of a wildly popular pilot project now under their collective fan belts, Calgary's food trucks sure are starting to look all grown up.

Swashbuckling the 'Walk

Swashbuckling the 'Walk

Celebrating the inaugural year of Opera in the Village

Swords clanged, flintlock pistols rang out, and many a high C was reached when The Pirates of Penzance jumped ship and conquered RiverWalk in East Village during Opera in the Village, Canada's first outdoor summer opera festival.

The four day extravaganza of all things opera transformed RiverWalk into a swashbuckling hotbed of scallywags and sopranos, modern Major Generals and Pirate Kings. It is, it is – after all – a glorious thing to be a Pirate King.

RiverWalk tents up for Pirates

RiverWalk tents up for Pirates

The first ever outdoor summer opera festival starts this week in EV 

With less than a week till the start of Opera in the Village, the 4-day festival coming to East Village August 22-25, there is still time left to grab a great pair o' tickets to The Pirates of Penzance. 

Good seats are still available for all shows, so choose a date and be part of the music, laughter and love. There are nightly performances Thursday and Friday and two performances both Saturday and Sunday. 

Pirates Draws Closer!

Pirates Draws Closer!

Hold on to your three-corner hats! The pirates are arriving on RiverWalk. 

Pirates of Penzance and a flurry of operatic fun and games drops anchor on RiverWalk in East Village August 22-25, and you don’t want to miss it. The events are all part of Opera in the Village, Calgary’s newest festival and the first outdoor summer festival in Canada.

There’ll be main stage performances of Pirates, pirate-themed movie nights, a children’s summer opera camp performance, picnic, epic amateur singing competition, fight demonstrations and much more.

A Graphic Field Manual to RiverWalk

A Graphic Field Manual to RiverWalk

New public art graces the banks of the Bow River along EV's RiverWalk.

A fresh new tangle of trees and roots, humans and animals, paint and photography, past and present, old-school graffiti and newfangled sculpture has come to the surfaces of RiverWalk’s bridge abutments, storage sheds and bathrooms. And it looks great.

The artwork, created by the Calgary collective Light and Soul, is the latest chapter in the ongoing story of public art in East Village.

Relief. Recovery. Resolve.

Relief. Recovery. Resolve.

East Village is strong.

We’re also relieved. We’re back in our offices, the lights are on, and we’re back in the business of realizing the EV vision and building the future of downtown living. New East Village infrastructure has proven remarkably resilient, and the Evolution and FIRST residential projects suffered little to no damage from the flood.    

The reason for that is because flood proofing was integrated into plans for the rejuvenation of East Village, and the flood plain has been raised up to four feet over the past several years.

The Field Manual - A compendium of local influence

The Field Manual - A compendium of local influence

East Village curated art program expands with new installation on RiverWalk

Another chapter of public art is evolving along EV’s RiverWalk thanks to the creative minds of three local artists. Under the umbrella of art collective Light & Soul, Calgarians Daniel J. Kirk, Ivan Ostapenko and Kai Cabunoc-Boettcher have been tirelessly collaborating on the new installation for the past nine months.  EV’s master developer Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), initiated an open RFP process last summer to identify local artists to create work to replace the existing RiverWalk art installation ‘I am the River’ by Derek Besant. The Light & Soul Collective trio beat out a throng of contenders for their creative and collaborative concepts.