A Stampede Gift to Calgarians

Post Date: Thursday, July 02, 2015

Quebec City will build a community Music Pavilion in the East Village for Calgarians

Calgary, AB: Today, the citizens of Quebec City committed to Calgarians to build a music pavilion—a gazebo structure near the banks of the Bow River between East Village and Fort Calgary. The pavilion will be a replica of a popular one located in the heart of Quebec City.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi joined with Quebec City Deputy Mayor Michelle Morin-Doyle to announce the memorandum of understanding between the sister cities to build the pavilion.

“As Calgarians in every corner of this city prepare to celebrate the Calgary Stampede, I’m honoured to unveil the plans for a new public space we can all enjoy,” said Mayor Nenshi. “It is an honour to receive this gift, on behalf of all Calgarians, from our sister city and its citizens.”

“This music pavilion is a reflection of our close cultural relationship with Calgarians,” said Deputy Mayor Morin-Doyle. “Much like the music pavilion our own citizens enjoy, we hope this will host cultural programming that celebrates all that is great about Calgary and Calgarians.”

In 2008—on the occasion of Quebec City’s 400th anniversary—The City of Calgary gave the citizens of Quebec City the sculpture “Do Re Me Fa Sol La Si Do” by Canadian artist Joe Fafard. Identical sculptures can be found in downtown Calgary and on Boulevard Champlain along the banks of the St. Lawrence River. In response to this gift, Quebec City intended to give Calgarians this new music pavilion in recognition of the Calgary Stampede’s 100th anniversary. However, the 2013 floods delayed finding an appropriate location until now.

East Village was selected as the site for the music pavilion through the collaboration of the Calgary Municipal Lands Corporation (CMLC), Fort Calgary, The City of Calgary Parks office, The City of Quebec. The site is located along the Jack & Jean Leslie RiverWalk and takes advantage of a natural amphitheatre. CMLC will be the project manager for the construction of the gift. Once the pavilion is completed in 2016, it will become the property of The City of Calgary and be maintained by Calgary Parks.

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Click here to view a rendering of the music pavilion/gazebo.
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Click here to view a map of the music pavilion/gazebo location.