A new mission for the King Eddie. A new beginning for East Village.
CALGARY, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - On the evening of Thursday, October 16 over 400
Calgarians joined the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) and Cantos
Music Foundation in the East Village for a free street party in celebration of
the rejuvenation of one of Calgary's oldest landmarks, the King Eddie Hotel.
The festive party set the stage for Chris Ollenberger, President and CEO,
CMLC and Andrew Mosker, Executive Director, Cantos Music Foundation to
announce the vision for the King Eddie rejuvenation. Cantos Music Foundation's
vision is to transform the King Eddie into a national music centre that will
house the world renowned Cantos Music Collection, and be the home for its
extensive programs that currently serve more than 30,000 people each year.
CMLC is the developer who is managing the rejuvenation of the King Eddie and
will manage the revitalization of Calgary's East Village, creating Calgary's
first true urban village.
"What's happening with the King Eddie is so exciting and another example
of how we are transforming the East Village into a mixed-use, vibrant,
inner-city community. CMLC has already restored the old Simmons Mattress
Factory and we have made, and will continue to make, significant
infrastructure improvements to get the land in the East Village ready for
development so that this neighbourhood can finally be transformed," says
Mosker adds, "The King Eddie was a Calgary icon for over 100 years and
renowned blues bar in its '80s hay day. It is the perfect place for Cantos
Music Foundation to realize its vision in being a national catalyst for
discovery, innovation and renewal through music."
During the celebration, Calgarians danced in the street to the music by
acclaimed, local blues-inspired bands. As soon as the sun went down, a
never-seen-before-in-Canada light show lit up the Eddie using light projection
technology and a real time interface. David Brunning, aka the Kid Belo,
mesmerized the crowds as he, "grafittied" the walls of the King Eddie to the
sound of live music.
Ollenberger summed up the evening by saying, "The street celebration was
a sign of a new mission for the King Eddie and a new beginning for Calgary's
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For further information: or to arrange for interviews with Chris
Ollenberger, Andrew Mosker, Paul Conder of Waddell and Conder (the firm
responsible for the interactive light show) or David Brunning, the Kid Belo,
please contact: Lynn Cox, Cohn & Wolfe, (403) 462-2311 (cell)