Downtown Calgary Blog http://www.getdown.ca Your Downtown Calgary Blog Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:24:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 33923307 1990s Calgary – Preserving City Hall’s History http://www.getdown.ca/2018/07/20/1990s-calgary-preserving-city-halls-history/ http://www.getdown.ca/2018/07/20/1990s-calgary-preserving-city-halls-history/#respond Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:24:26 +0000 http://www.getdown.ca/?p=28941

Postcard of City Hall circa the 1920s (Retrieved from the University of Alberta)

 

In 1990, a bylaw was signed in order to designate Calgary’s City Hall as a Municipal Historic Resource. It was the first such designation by the city under the Historical Resources Act. The province indicates that: “Alberta municipalities are empowered under the Historical Resources Act to designate historic places through the passage of a local bylaw. The bylaw legally protects historic resources from demolition or alterations that take away from their heritage value.” Calgary’s City Hall certainly does have historic value!

Downtowns 1886 Fire, Seen From 9th Avenue (Retrieved from the Glenbow Museum Archives)

 

In 1885, a town hall was constructed in Calgary. The agreement to build a town hall was one of the first decisions made by the newly elected town council of 1884. In 1886, a fire ripped through Calgary, and while the town hall was spared, the fire ushered in an era of sandstone building, responsible for the characteristic look of Calgary’s downtown. By 1904, the town hall was looking run-down, and with the growth of the city, people wanted a civic center that was more fitting of the city’s stature. Debates on location and costs stalled the project, but finally, several years later, it was decided that City Hall should be built on the same site it had occupied since 1885.

City Hall Being Built. Old Town Hall in the Foreground (Retrieved form the Glenbow Museum Archives).

 

The current City Hall, designed by architect William Dodd, was built in 1911. It is a four-storey building with a sandstone façade, and a large, central clock tower measuring more than 100 feet high. The structure was intended to be fireproof. Internally, the steel framework is reinforced by concrete. The steel-frame construction was the first of its kind in the city, and the building produced one of the first budget controversies when the completion cost ran more than double the original estimate. The controversy ultimately saw Dodd ousted from the project and the building sat untouched for more than a year.

City Hall in 1910, Pre-Clock Tower (Retrieved form the Glenbow Museum Archives)

 

Eventually, Dodd was replaced by local architectural firm Hodgson & Bates who oversaw the finished product. Local jeweler David Ernest Black, a specialist in watchmaking, was contracted to install the clock and provide maintenance under a five year contract. The clock he selected to grace the tower was made by Seth Thomas Clock Company, supplier of timepieces to the CPR.  D.E. Black eventually sold his business to Henry Birks and Sons in 1920 and became managing director of the company. You can still purchase jewellery from Maison Birks, – their business still exists downtown. Major repairs were done to the clock in 1955 when city council voted to approve maintenance instead of accepting the proposal to dismantle the tower and remove the clock altogether. More repairs have been done throughout the years and there are many names and initials inscribed inside the clock room to represent the many people who have been keeping it ticking.

Originally, City Hall was not only a center of government, but of community policing and law and order. There were 15 jail holding cells in the basement until 1914, as well as the police department and court room. Numerous renovations have taken place on the inside of the building, but the exterior has been carefully preserved and well maintained. City Hall was designated a Provincial Historic Resource in 1978 and a National Historic Site of Canada in 1984.


This blog is part of a series created to compliment our Downtown Through the Decades program on the Downtown Summer Stage. Each weekly performance runs from 1pm – 4pm on Saturdays on Stephen Avenue, and highlights a popular musical genre from a specific decade in Calgary’s history. July 28th will not have a performance).

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Downtown Weekly Events | Week of July 16 http://www.getdown.ca/2018/07/16/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-july-16/ http://www.getdown.ca/2018/07/16/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-july-16/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:00:08 +0000 http://www.getdown.ca/?p=28931

Stampede may be over but the summer is still in high gear. This week in downtown Calgary we’ve got the triple threat of theatre, music, and dancing – make your way to the core to catch a glimpse of it all!MUNICIPAL PLAZA POP UP PARK

Calgary is a city full of open, often underutilized spaces. Take Municipal Plaza for example. Most of the year the plaza sits vacant.

But what if it didn’t have to? Imagine it transformed into a place to hang out, relax and socialize with your fellow Calgarians. Well, this summer, that imagination will become reality.

From July 10 – 24, The City will be temporarily converting Municipal Plaza into a lively pop-up lab with colourful seating, AstroTurf and fun recreational opportunities. We invite you to come down to the space to enjoy your lunch, play a game of checkers, participate in a free fitness class or learn how to play pickle ball.

Programming Schedule:

Tuesday, July 17
– Calgary Public Library Pop-up Library, 2 – 4 pm

Friday, July 20
– Free Yoga Class, 11 am – 12 pm

Tuesday, July 24
– Calgary Public Library Pop-up Library, 2 – 4 pm

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10-MINUTE PLAYS FOR JANE’S WALK

Three plays about Calgary take place along 8th Avenue. 1st location the Conversation Statue; 2nd in front of the Telus Convention Centre, 3rd in front of the Glenbow Museum. 10-Minute Plays is a partnership between Theatre Junction, ATP and The Calgary Foundation.

The plays will be performed each day in succession (30 minutes of programming). The length of the program depends on the time it takes for walkers to get to each play destination. Each performance day will be no more than 60 minutes in total.

July and August, 2018

Wednesdays: 3pm – 4pm
Saturdays: 12pm – 1pm

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MUSIC @ MCDOUGALL

The Government of Alberta and CKUA Radio are proud to present a free weekly summer concert series. Musicians and artists from across the province will perform every Thursday during the lunch hour from July 19 to August 30 on the west grounds of McDougall Centre (weather permitting).

Performances start at 11:45 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m.

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FIESTAVAL LATIN FESTIVAL

Fiestaval is a free and family-oriented, multicultural arts and entertainment festival highlighting the Latin American Culture. It will take place in the heart of downtown Calgary at the Calgary Olympic Plaza on July 20, 21 and 22 2018. It is an opportunity to support Calgary’s Latin community while encouraging multiculturalism among all Calgarians.

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ALSO THIS WEEK

Unveiling Infinity
July 17 – 19, 2018

Experience the ancient age-old meditation techniques which have been unravelled never before by global peace ambassador and spiritual master, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Calgary Turkish Festival
July 19 – 22, 2018

Displaying Turkish art, folk dance, music and gourmet food, where visitors will get an opportunity to celebrate, learn, and savour Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage and cuisine.

Salsa on the Street
July 20, 2018

Expo Latino wants to show off Calgary’s fantastic downtown area and help you let loose. Events will take place every Friday from 6-9 on the West 100 block of Stephen Ave.

India Film Festival of Alberta
July 20 – 22, 2018

Bridging Cultures Through Cinema, the India Film Festival features several award winning and independent movies from India and will be travelling to Eight cities in Alberta.

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If you want to see more events happening this week and the weeks to come, visit our Event Calendar.

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1930s Calgary: The Royal Tour http://www.getdown.ca/2018/07/13/1930s-calgary-the-royal-tour/ http://www.getdown.ca/2018/07/13/1930s-calgary-the-royal-tour/#respond Fri, 13 Jul 2018 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.getdown.ca/?p=28749

The 1939 Royal Tour Leaving City Hall (Retrieved from the Glenbow Museum)                                                                                                                   

Watched around the world, the recent nuptials of the newly-minted Duke and Duchess of Sussex bring back memories of royal-mania in Calgary. The city has played host to several royal visits over the years. Most recently, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in Calgary in July of 2011, taking part in the White Hat Ceremony and kicking off the Calgary Stampede Parade. In 2005, Queen Elizabeth II embarked on a tour of Alberta, visiting the oil sands, and witnessing western hospitality in Calgary and Edmonton.

Royal watchers in Calgary have been treated to visits and tours since the early 1900s, from official tours such as the Duke and Duchess of Connaught’s visit in 1912, to Edward, Prince of Wales informally visiting his Alberta ranch in 1923. These tours and informal visits, more often than not, involve a trip to the Stampede grounds, and to City Hall. Normally, these tours are carefully orchestrated, planned to the minute, and occur without incident as a result of careful scheduling. Gaffes do occur though, and the Calgary leg of the 1939 tour was the place of such a blunder.

Postcard of the Original CPR Train Station (Retrieved from the University of Alberta)                                                                                            

The Royal Tour of 1939 saw King George VI and Queen Elizabeth undertake a six-week tour of Canada from coast to coast. Lieutenant-Colonel Jeffery Williams, a Calgary-born Canadian army officer, and now member of the Order of Canada, wrote about the incident in his memoirs. He describes standing on the CPR station platform with a Guard of Honour, waiting to welcome the King, along with a substantial crowd. When he departed the train onto the platform, the King was wearing a lounge suit, and quickly re-entered the train upon taking notice of the crowd and Guard.

The 1939 Royal Visit (Retrieved from the Provincial Archives of Alberta)                                                                                                                      

As it turns out, then Prime Minister Mackenzie King advised His Majesty that Calgary was a “small place of little consequence.” The King realized, on account of the crowd and Honour Guard, that he should have been in uniform, and was quite displeased with the Prime Minister’s advice. Calgary certainly wasn’t, even in the 1930s, a place of little consequence! This city has been surpassing expectations throughout history and will continue to do so.

With grateful acknowledgement of Jeffery Williams’ book ‘Far From Home: A Memoir of a Twentieth-Century Soldier’


This blog is part of a series created to compliment our Downtown Through the Decades program on the Downtown Summer Stage. Each weekly performance runs from 1pm – 4pm on Saturdays on Stephen Avenue, and highlights a popular musical genre from a specific decade in Calgary’s history. This week we have Blake Berglund performing 1990’s Roots Country. While you stay tuned for our 1990’s blog next week, take a look at our other decades here.

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1930s Calgary: Music and Modernization http://www.getdown.ca/2018/07/11/1930s-calgary-music-and-modernization/ http://www.getdown.ca/2018/07/11/1930s-calgary-music-and-modernization/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 15:00:44 +0000 http://www.getdown.ca/?p=28747

Hull Opera House and York Hotel (Retrieved from the Calgary Public Library)                                                                                                                      

As cities grow, skylines change. Postcards must be reprinted, tourist brochures re-formatted, and new landmark buildings imprinted into the collective imagination. The title of “most recognizable building in Calgary” has changed over the years. At one time, the Calgary Tower was the pinnacle of the city’s skyline, though now if you ask, the crescent-shaped Bow Tower is likely the first building that comes to mind.

The Bow Tower dominates the Calgary skyline, eclipsing the tourist-mecca Calgary Tower by over 100 feet. Located at 500 Centre Street, the area tells a story of music and modernization. In the early 1890s, the Hull Opera House, built of sandstone and brick, stood in the 600 block of Centre Street. The Opera House was commissioned by philanthropist William Roper Hull, whose name lives on through Calgary’s Hull Services.

The Hull Opera House played host to parties, theatre, dances, fundraising galas and balls. As the city grew, the Opera House was overshadowed by other venues, and, by 1906, had been converted to retail space and apartments.

Postcard of York Hotel (Retrieved from the University of Alberta)                                                                                                                                            

In 1930 the York Hotel opened at 636 Centre Street, right next to the Opera House. The upscale hotel became a popular spot, and as cars came into vogue, the York needed parking.  In 1963, the Hull Opera House was demolished to provide parking for guests of the 180 room property.

The York at one time housed Calgary’s radio station, CFCN, the Voice of the Prairies. The most powerful western Canadian radio station, CFCN was the first radio station in the country to sell advertising space. Acts like The Gamboliers trio, made up of Eddie Clemens, Allan E. Crawford, and J.E. Gerken, performed live on air for local listeners.

“The Gamboliers” trio (Retrieved from the Glenbow Museum)               

Eventually the York too fell into disrepair, suffering fire damage in the 70s and being turned into low-income housing in the early 90s. In 2007, the building was dismantled, making way for the Bow. The original plans sought to incorporate the Art-Deco façade into the new building, but for now, they’ve been preserved, hopefully for eventual reassembly.

The Hull Opera House was lost to modernization, making way for the York to eventually house a piece of Calgary music history. One musical piece of history gave way to another, and now, in their place, the city has a new landmark.


This blog is part of a series created to compliment our Downtown Through the Decades program on the Downtown Summer Stage. Each weekly performance runs from 1pm – 4pm on Saturdays on Stephen Avenue, and highlights a popular musical genre from a specific decade in Calgary’s history. This week we have Blake Berglund performing 1990’s Roots Country. While you stay tuned for our 1990’s blog next week, take a look at our other decades here.

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Downtown Weekly Events | Week of July 9, 2018 http://www.getdown.ca/2018/07/09/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-july-9-2018/ http://www.getdown.ca/2018/07/09/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-july-9-2018/#respond Mon, 09 Jul 2018 15:00:06 +0000 http://www.getdown.ca/?p=28896

It’s Calgarys busiest week, and there is certainly no shortage of entertainment. From line dancing in Olympic Plaza to Blues on the Avenue, downtown is going to keep you moving all week long.

FLUOR ROPE SQUARE
July 9 – 14, 2018

At Fluor Rope Square, every day starts with a bacon pancake served hot off a chuckwagon or smokie.  We follow up with great daily FREE activities including live entertainment, square dancing, clowns, Old Time horse drawn rig rides and the Indian Parade.

Fluor Rope Square’s Stampede-style entertainment includes marching bands, dancers, singers, fiddlers, friendly mascots plus so much more ! Learn more about our famous chuckwagon breakfast, performers and other entertainmentincluding the Fluor Great Western Flapjack Flip and Lammle’s World Champion Hat Stomp Competition.

YOU could even be invited to compete in the Lammle’s World Champion Hat Stomp Competition or Fluor Great Western Flapjack Flip!

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MONDAY BLUES SERIES
July 9, 2018

Curated by the Calgary International Blues Festival.

Bring your lunch and listen to a different blues artist every week at the Downtown Calgary Summer Stage. All performances are free and family friendly.

Located between Centre Street and 1 Street SE, right outside the Telus Convention Centre.

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FREE KINGS OF LEON CONCERT
July 14, 2018

AURORA ILLUMINATION SERIES PRESENTS

Grammy Award-winning rock band Kings of Leon, will headline a free concert during the Calgary Stampede as part of the Aurora Illumination Concert Series, a summer-long celebration that will ignite every corner of Canada with free musical performances.

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STEPHEN AVE’S STRONGEST MAN
July 14, 2018

The Alberta Strongman Competition is back, this year taking place on Stephen Ave! On Saturday, July 14th, between 1 St SE and Centre St, the event will showcase some of the world’s strongest competitors.

Participants will be competing in the following events: yoke, loading race, overhead medley, wagon wheel axle bar deadlift, and atlas stones.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Turkish Festival
July 19 – 22, 2018

Visitors will get an opportunity to celebrate, learn, and savour Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage and cuisine.

Festival
July 20 – 22, 2018

Fiestaval is a free and family-oriented, multicultural arts and entertainment festival highlighting the Latin American Culture

Folk Fest
July 26 – 29, 2018

The annual Festival is a four-day musical extravaganza. 70 artists from around the world perform on six daytime and two evening stages.

Pet-a-palooza
July 28 – 29, 2018

Calgary’s favourite pet festival will have running of the bull(dogs)s, wiener dog races, a puppy stampede, and dock diving!

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If you want to see more events happening this week and the weeks to come, visit our Event Calendar.

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1950s Calgary: Royals, Rats, and Railways. http://www.getdown.ca/2018/07/06/1950s-calgary-royals-rats-and-railways/ http://www.getdown.ca/2018/07/06/1950s-calgary-royals-rats-and-railways/#respond Fri, 06 Jul 2018 20:00:09 +0000 http://www.getdown.ca/?p=28885

View of downtown, Palliser Hotel and CP rail station in the 1950s (Retrieved from the Calgary Public Library)

 

By the end of the 1950s, Calgary had become a modern city! Oil was discovered in Leduc in 1947, and the unprecedented economic growth that came with it gave our city a massive population boost. Suburbs were built, consumerism was on the rise, and prosperity and security were the hallmarks of the decade! Downtown, the Renfrew Club had merged with the Petroleum Club and its meetings moved from the Palliser’s Sun Room to the Motor Car Supply building on Sixth Avenue SW.

Duke of Windsor leaving Calgary via rail (Retrieved from the Vancouver City Archives)

 

In April of 1950, the newly merged club issued their first honourary membership. In 1919, Edward, then Prince of Wales prior to his abdication, fell in love with an Alberta ranch south of Calgary. He purchased the site, known as E.P. (Edward Prince) Ranch after seeing it during the 1919 Royal Tour and visited Calgary again in 1950 to see his beloved ranch. The Duke of Windsor became the first honourary member of the Calgary Petroleum Club, and the first person to sign the club’s guest book. In 1958, the Petroleum Club moved into its current headquarters at 319 Fifth Avenue South West.

Oil wives of Calgary circa 1955 (Retrieved from the Glenbow Museum)

 

While the men met at the Petroleum Club, Calgary women formed the Oil Wives Club in 1952. The club has existed ever since, and, several years later, grew into the Association of Oil Wives Clubs, with chapters in cities all over Alberta. The group engaged in fundraising activities for local charities and provided a social outlet for women whose husbands were either away in the oil patches or simply working late and away from home often.

In 1955, CP Rail introduced its new flagship passenger train, The Canadian. This train ran a transcontinental route between Toronto and Vancouver, heavily advertising its Canadian Rockies leg. The Canadian would have been a regular fixture at the CP Rail station, right next to the Palliser Hotel.

Alberta anti-rat campaign poster (public domain)

 

In downtown restaurants and businesses, owners would have been on the lookout for rats. The war on rats was in full swing in the 1950s. Nowadays, if a rat is found in Calgary, it makes headline news. The province is arguably completely rat-free thanks to legislation from the 1950s when rat-control programs were instituted. Advertising campaigns were run to educate the public and encourage them to be on the lookout for any evidence of rats.

Everything Under the Sun, Calgary Board of Trade promotional poster (Retrieved from the University of Alberta archives)

 

Downtown restaurants and bars faced a change in 1957, when a plebiscite was held concerning the liquor laws. Mixed drinking, that is men and women drinking together in public, had been against the law since 1928. Calgary voted to allow mixed drinking, but bars wouldn’t abolish gender segregation province-wide until the late 60s. Another win for gender equality in Calgary in the 1950s came from the Chamber of Commerce, then the Calgary Board of Trade. In 1953, they revised their bylaws to allow women to become members. Today, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce is located at 106 6th Avenue SW.


 

This blog is part of a series created to compliment our Downtown Through the Decades program on the Downtown Summer Stage. Each weekly performance runs from 1pm – 4pm on Saturdays on Stephen Avenue, and highlights a popular musical genre from a specific decade in Calgary’s history. This week we have Kayla Hotte performing 1930’s Folk Country. While you stay tuned for our 1930’s blog next week, take a look at our previous blogs here.

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Downtown Weekly Events | Week of July 2 http://www.getdown.ca/2018/07/03/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-july-2/ http://www.getdown.ca/2018/07/03/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-july-2/#respond Tue, 03 Jul 2018 15:00:37 +0000 http://www.getdown.ca/?p=28867

It’s officially Stampede season and downtown Calgary is fully loaded and ready to have some fun. Not a Stampede fan? Have no fear, we’ve still got you covered with some great programs and festivals as well!

FIRST FLIP STAMPEDE BREAKFAST
July, 5, 2018

Calgary’s First Pancake Breakfast of the Stampede season right on Stephen Avenue outside the Telus Convention Centre.

Stephen Avenue Walk – 8th avenue between Centre Street & 1st Street SE

This is a FREE event with great food and live entertainment, so come on down and be our guest!

No RSVP required.

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THE CALGARY STAMPEDE PARADE
July 6, 2018

Getting up with the roosters, pulling on cowboy boots, and dusting off hats retrieved from the back of the closet – for thousands of people, these rituals spell the start of the annual pilgrimage to downtown Calgary to experience the parade that kicks off the annual 10-day Stampede.

The parade has always provided tremendous free entertainment. In its modern iteration, the pre-parade entertainment – including dancers of all kinds and nationalities, the Stampede’s Band of Outriders, martial arts experts, and magicians – warms up the crowd.

The Calgary Stampede is excited to announce a change to the annual Parade which will see the marching bands, floats and horses travelling in the opposite direction from previous years.

Riders will mount up and bands will strike their first chords at the intersection of 9th Avenue and 1st Street S.E. The Parade will then travel along the route to the end point of 6th Avenue and 3rd Street S.E.

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MEXIFEST
July 6 & 7, 2018

Mexifest is a family-oriented, multicultural arts and entertainment festival highlighting the Mexican Culture. It will take place in the heart of downtown Calgary at Eau Claire Plaza on July 6th and 7th. It is an opportunity to support Calgary’s Mexican community while encouraging multiculturalism among all Calgarians.Mexifest aims at attracting attendees from all walks, with a focus on promoting cross-cultural experiences and introducing the city to the finer aspects of contemporary and traditional Mexican culture.

Admission is $5 in advance or $10 at the door

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JANE’S WALK 10-MINUTE PLAYS
July 7, 2018

Three 10-Minute plays about Calgary will take place at 3 different sites along 8th Avenue. 1st location Horse Statue; 2nd in front of Telus Convention; 3rd in front of the Glenbow. 10-Minute Plays is a partnership between Theatre Junction, Alberta Theatre Projects and The Calgary Foundation

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ALSO HAPPENING THIS WEEK

Monday Blues Series
July 2, 2018

Bring your lunch and listen to a different blues artist every week at the Downtown Calgary Summer Stage.

THIS. IS. BUDVILLE.
July 6, 2018

Cowboys Music Festival Presents Charles Esten & Chris Carmack from the hit tv series NASHVILLE.

First Nations Parade
July 7 – 14, 2018

Members of the five tribes of Treaty 7 from Southern Alberta, dressed in traditional regalia, proudly share their heritage and culture.

Fluor Square Dancers
July 7 – 14

Kick up your heels and join the Fluor Square Dancers on Stephen Avenue Walk.

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If you want to see more events happening this week and the weeks to come, visit our Event Calendar.

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1940s Calgary: The City Grows Up http://www.getdown.ca/2018/06/29/1940s-calgary-grows-up/ http://www.getdown.ca/2018/06/29/1940s-calgary-grows-up/#respond Fri, 29 Jun 2018 21:27:18 +0000 http://www.getdown.ca/?p=28864

Calgary Ranch Boys: Calgary Herald Archives

This summer, Downtown Calgary has launched a new program exploring the history of our downtown core. Downtown Through the Decades focuses on bringing history to life through live music on the Stephen Avenue Stage, each Saturday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Before you explore the sounds of the 50s this week with Bossa Kings, read up on all the changes the 1940s brought to Calgary! The 1940s were transformative for Calgary. Despite being an ocean away from the theatre of battle, the city was an active place during the Second World War, and in the post-war, latter part of the decade, the population exploded and the city became a modern metropolis.

Glenbow Archives

Robin Hood Flour, with it’s now iconic yellow bag, had a mill in Calgary in the 1940s. Located at 9th Ave and 4th St SW, the mill had the capacity to produce two thousand barrels of flour per day and could store one million bushels of grain in its elevator. In wartime, it was working at full capacity, doing its best to ensure that the demand for flour was met amid food rationing. The company, between 1942 and 1944, had a Victory Loan campaign to assist in financing the war effort, offering an employee payroll deduction program for war savings bonds.  The company also produced a popular radio show called “On Parade” to offer a distraction from war news. The mill closed in 1969, was donated to the City of Calgary in 1971, and subsequently demolished in 1973.

Music became an integral part of the Calgary Stampede in the 1940s. Harold Anderson and his Calgary Ranch Boys began playing downtown in 1948 as part of the entertainment on Stephen Avenue. He played every year until his passing in 2004, having been an integral part of the downtown scene for more than fifty years.

The Calgary Stampede was a welcome distraction from the reality of having family members fighting overseas. In 1943, a kiosk known as The Stamp Bar was opened downtown, selling War Savings Stamps and Victory Bonds. By 1944, the downtown kiosk had a partner location on the Stampede grounds. The Stampede Parade continued downtown throughout the war years, featuring displays of military artillery replicas, and honouring members of the military as Parade Marshals. In 1940, soldiers who were training at Currie Barracks led the parade, followed by members of the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve in 1943, Women of the Canadian Military in 1944, and members of the Canadian Armed Forces in 1945.

Photo from the Calgary Highlanders

A very different kind of parade happened downtown on November 24th, 1945. Arriving home to the CPR Station, then beside the Palliser Hotel, the Calgary Highlanders, along with two other units, were greeted with banners, streamers, and a huge crowd of well-wishers. The Highlanders left Calgary in 1940, choosing the Church of the Redeemer as the place to lay up their colours.

The original Church of the Redeemer, located in the 600 block of 1st St SE, was built in 1884. Originally just a wood frame building, the present sandstone building wasn’t completed until 1905. Despite being the first Anglican Church in Calgary, and open for worship in 1884, the Church was not designated as an official Cathedral until decades later. The Diocese of Calgary was waiting to see if a larger, more European style cathedral would be built in the city. The Bishops of Calgary gave up waiting, and proclaimed the Church of the Redeemer an official Cathedral in 1949.

Despite the 40s being a time of modernization for Calgary, the Union Milk Company delivered milk by way of horse and buggy well into the latter part of the decade, illustrating the transition between prairie town and thriving metropolis.

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Canada Day 2018! http://www.getdown.ca/2018/06/27/canada-day-2018/ http://www.getdown.ca/2018/06/27/canada-day-2018/#respond Wed, 27 Jun 2018 15:35:42 +0000 http://www.getdown.ca/?p=28852

151 years old and the party’s are only getting better. Make your way downtown this Canada Day to be a part of Calgary’s biggest celebrations. From Olympic Plaza to Prince’s Island Park, all of the city’s downtown core will be packed full of free and family friendly entertainment, so come down and enjoy the festivities.

STEPHEN AVENUE WALK / OLYMPIC PLAZA:

Vendors (Hudson’s Bay, Beatnik Bus, D’Alpaca Peru, Annabelle’s, Mangia)
WeLoveYYC – couch, cotton candy, photobooth, and more

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Canadian Artists for the Poor (CAP) is celebrating its 10th year anniversary art walk (Heart for Art 2018) along Stephen Avenue. Bring along your family and friends to join us with a fun filled day of art, music and entertainment. Come, meet, see and support the work of talented artists from the different non for profit organizations and other local artists across the city.

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Downtown Calgary’s Summer Stage will be moved down to Olympic Plaza with musical programming. Entertainment brought to you by Downtown Calgary.
11 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. – The Rondel Roberts Band
12:15 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. – Magik Spells
1:30 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. – High Love
2:45 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. – Randi Boulton
4 p.m. – 4:55 p.m. – Randy Woods Band

11 a.m. – late: Downtown restaurants will have their patios open and full

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Join the Hispanic Arts Society for the debut series of  ‘Salsa on the Streets’,  on the 100W block of Stephen Avenue. Come ready to dance, learn to shake those hips or just sit back on a patio and enjoy the live music of the Klave Latin Band

PRINCE’S ISLAND PARK:

Celebration Franco-Albertaine (11am – 5pm)

Carnival and interactive games all day
Wheel of fortune at Francophonie Calgary small promo tent
Francophone multicultural music will play in the background all day
Food tent (Poutine, smoked meat)
Maple Taffy Truck (Wild Wild West Event Center)
Arts and Crafts in the big tent

Powwow & Indigenous Showcase (11am – 5pm)

Main Stage Performances (Emcees – Tony Delaney and Lance Scout (all day))
Children’s Area (arts and crafts, Metis entertainment)
Artisan Market
Traditional Powwow Grand Entry (1pm – 5pm)
Tipis and Metis Trapper’s Tent (Cultural teachings by Indigenous peoples)

EAU CLAIRE PLAZA:

Come celebrate Canada Day with a free all-day party at Eau Claire Market! There will be:

free ice cream
live entertainment (stage performances all day)
artisan market
foodtrucks
children’s crafts
face painting
airbrush tattoos
petting zoo
magicians and much more!

Plus, for the adults, Garage Sports Bar will be hosting a licensed area with live music until 9:00 pm.

CALGARY CENTRAL LIBRARY:

As a place where the nation’s stories are discovered, shared and celebrated, the Calgary Public Library invites everyone to drop by the Central Library on Canada Day. We have lots of family-friendly activities planned including storytimes, a Canada-themed selfie station, arts and crafts activities, a scavenger hunt and giant chess and jenga games.

Schedule of events:
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Storytime
2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Storytime

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Let Wisdom Be Your Guide http://www.getdown.ca/2018/06/26/let-wisdom-be-your-guide/ http://www.getdown.ca/2018/06/26/let-wisdom-be-your-guide/#respond Tue, 26 Jun 2018 15:00:08 +0000 http://www.getdown.ca/?p=28847

Meditation, from books to blogs, articles to audios, instructions and explanations abound and yet…how often have you heard or perhaps even said “I can’t meditate!”, “I’ve tried, it doesn’t work for me”, or for those who do meditate, “I seem to have plateaued” or “I want to go deeper but…how?” How indeed!?!


The answers to all these questions are coming to us this July. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, International Meditation Master and Ambassador for Peace and founder of the largest NGO in the World, the Art of Living foundation, is coming to Calgary as part of a World wide tour to teach  “Unveiling Infinity” The Science of Consciousness.

This seminar has already enhanced the lives of ten’s of thousands of people across the Globe, from India to the United States.
News agencies such as CNN have described the impact of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Unveiling Infinity seminar as “Life Changing!”

Previous participants of Unveiling Infinity have reported that their “Life changing” experience has continued to grace their daily lives by both enhancing and sustaining their personal meditation practice with remarkable effortlessness and ease.

We all long for and seek those precious moments, where possibility expands across our life’s horizon and shines like a beacon through our limiting beliefs, showing us with a profound certainty that peace, love, intelligence, creativity and wonder are within us right now! These are the moments that money cannot buy but wisdom can bring. This July over 1000 people will make the greatest investment of all, Wisdom!

Welcome you to Unveiling Infinity, The Science of Consciousness at Jack Singer Concert Hall, July the 17th to the 19th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Take this journey of transformation with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to the True Source of Abundance, our infinitely wise, Infinite Self.

For more information about Unveiling Infinity and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar please visit our website: Unveiling Infinity.

In conjunction with this event, Downtown Calgary will be giving away one Tier Two ticket, worth $495. Visit our Instagram page for details and to enter!

This blog was written by The Art of Living Foundation.

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