National Music Centre
The National Music Centre is a non-profit museum and performance venue located in Calgary, Canada. The centre's permanent building, branded Studio Bell, is located at 850 4th Street S. E. in Downtown East Village. The National Music Centre and its collections origins can be traced to the installation of a pipe organ in Calgary’s Jack Singer Concert Hall in 1987; the installation of this instrument was the genesis of the International Organ Festival and Competition operated by TriumphEnt from 1990 to 2002. It subsequently led to the creation of a new organization known as the Chinook Keyboard Centre, which began developing a collection of keyboard instruments in mid-1996. Chinook Keyboard Centre was soon renamed Cantos Music Museum and expanded the scope of its collection beyond keyboard instruments to include electronic instruments and sound equipment beginning in the year 2000, it began to offer limited programming in the way of gallery tours and concerts. In 2003, TriumphEnt and Cantos Music Museum joined forces to become the Cantos Music Foundation, located at the historic Customs House building, 134-11th Avenue S.
E, expanded its presentation of music programs using the collection and gallery spaces. In 2005, an exhibition commemorating 100 years of music in Alberta to mark the Centennial led to plans to expand the organization’s scope to chronicle and foster a broader vision for music in Canada. In February 2012, Cantos became the National Music Centre; as the centre began to outgrow its space, plans for construction of a 60,000 square-foot facility in Calgary’s East Village with a projected cost of $168 million. With a design by Portland architect Brad Cloepfil, construction began on February 22, 2013; the final steel beam was set into place on December 12, 2014. The building cost $191 million; the National Music Centre held its last public tour at the Customs House on December 28, 2014. After that the location shut down. East Village; the National Music Centre's Studio Bell opened in 2016 on Canada Day, July 1, 2016, with an estimated 5600 people attending. Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo and Great Big Sea's Alan Doyle performed at the official opening.
National Music Centre’s new space showcases the collection, which includes over 2,000 rare instruments and artifacts including the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, the TONTO synthesizer, one of Elton John's pianos, along with the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame collections. Its interior is clad with 226,000 custom glazed terracotta tiles which were made in Germany and fired in the Netherlands. Bell Canada paid $10 million for naming rights for 12 years; the centre organizes interactive education programming, artist incubation and performances daily, as well as an artist-in-residence program. Features of the National Music Centre include broadcast facilities of the CKUA Radio and a 300-seat performance hall that has hosted a variety of events, including the Tragically Hip’s last concert, streamed on CBC. Included as part of the centre is the historic King Edward Hotel, dismantled and rebuilt, operates as a seven nights a week live music venue. List of music museums Official website
Bankers Hall is a building complex located in downtown Calgary, which includes twin 52-storey office towers, designed by the architectural firm Cohos Evamy in postmodern architectural style. The first building, known as Bankers Hall East, is located at 855 2nd Street SW and was completed in 1989, it was followed in 2000 by Bankers Hall West, at 888 3rd Street SW. After its completion, they became the tallest twin buildings in Canada. Both buildings contain four-level podiums with an upscale retail gallery connected to the Plus 15 skywalk network; the Core Shopping Centre, the largest shopping complex in downtown Calgary, is directly connected via Plus 15. The northeast corner of the complex incorporates the historic Hollinsworth Building, whose intricate terra cotta facade has been restored; the distinctive crowns of the buildings are intended to resemble cowboy hats. A white cowboy hat has long been an iconic symbol of Calgary, being portrayed on the city's flag, presented as gifts to foreign dignitaries by the civic government at "white hatting ceremonies".
For tenants and people who work in and around Bankers Hall, there is a fitness centre called Bankers Hall Club. Bankers Hall Club occupies the old space of the Bankers Hall Five movie theater, open from 1990 to 2001. Canadian Natural Resources Limited List of tallest buildings in Calgary List of shopping malls in Canada Bankers Hall
Fort Calgary was established in 1875 as Fort Brisebois by the North-West Mounted Police at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow rivers, on traditional Niitsitapi territory in what is now called Calgary. The fort was built to control the illegal American whiskey trade, to make way for the coming Canadian Pacific Railway, to create'good relations' with the Indigenous peoples of the territory; the site was purchased by the City of Calgary in 1974 and reopened in 1978 as a historic site and museum. Fort Calgary is located on the traditional territory of the Niitsitapi, the îyârhe Nakoda, the Tsuut'ina people and Métis Nation, Region 3. Fort Calgary is situated at a confluence of the Elbow River. For thousands of years the confluence has been a significant gathering place. In the Niitsitapi language the word for the confluence is mohkinstsis. Mayor Naheed Nenshi states. In Biblical times there were people here. For generations beyond number, people have come here to this land, drawn here by the water.
They come here to fish. The North West Mounted Police were created on May 23, 1873 by Prime Minister John A. MacDonald to control the illegal whiskey trade and to create relations with the Indigenous people of the territory; the recruited men left Dufferin, Manitoba in the summer of 1874 to begin their "March West". Commanded by Éphrem A. Brisebois, "F" Troop, a group of 150 men, travelled north from Fort Macleod to find a suitable spot on the Bow to build the fort. On arrival at the location they made a makeshift boat with a wagon box and tarpaulins to cross the Bow. Corporal George Clift King was the first member of the troop to set foot on the location, why he is sometimes cited as Calgary's first citizen. Construction began in August or September and the fort was completed in time to host Christmas dinner for the local residents; the original fort was floated to the site. Buildings included men's quarters, a guard room and storage facilities. Shortly after the erection of the fort, two businesses set up operation in the vicinity.
The post was called "The Elbow" or "Bow Fort". Captain Brisebois attempted to name the fort after himself, but due to his unpopularity, it was renamed Fort Calgary in 1876 by Colonel James MacLeod, after Calgary House, a castle at Calgary Bay on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. With the decline in the whiskey and buffalo trade, the fort was down to four constables by 1880. However, in preparation for the arrival of the railway, much of the fort was torn down in 1882 and new barracks were constructed; the arrival of the railway in 1883 and the subsequent rapid growth and expansion of Calgary destroyed the post's reason for existing. A two-storey building that could house 100 men was built in 1888, since a fire in 1884 had destroyed one of the barracks; the site continued as Calgary Barracks, although for police and for other civilian uses. In 1914, The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway bought the site for $250,000 for use as a rail terminal and demolished all the fort buildings except the Deane House, for 61 years Fort Calgary was hidden beneath a warehouse yard.
In 1969–70, an archaeological crew from the University of Calgary began searching for the Fort at the current site of MacCosham's warehouse. The site was located under a storage yard behind the MacCosham's building; the crew unearthed original wooden beams from a multitude of historical artifacts. An art installation created by Jill Anholt titled Markings outlines the boundaries of the original fort site. In 1974, under the direction of Alderman John Ayer, the City of Calgary reclaimed the land and it was designated a provincial and National Historic Site; the present heritage interpretive site was opened on May 18, 1978. A replica of the 1888 men's barracks was completed in 2000 at the current fort site, followed by the erection of palisades. Fort Calgary has been undergoing significant organizational and brand changes, under the direction of the Fort Calgary Preservation Society; the MakeHistory campaign began as a method to generate funds to give new life to the fort through renovations and upgrades.
Phase I was to restore the Hunt House. The new museum, scheduled to open in 2020, will focus on the central themes of confluence and change. Stemming from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Fort Calgary has shifted its focus to better include Indigenous perspectives, teachings and understanding of these lands. Located at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow River, east of Downtown Calgary, the Fort is situated near two historical landmarks, the Deane House, the Hunt House, on the opposite side of the Elbow River; the Deane House was built near Fort Calgary in 1906 for the superintendent of Fort Calgary, Captain Richard Burton Deane. The house was constructed near 9th Ave and 6th St SE, facing east towards the barracks. Deane felt the previous superintendent's house was not good enough f
Foothills Stadium Burns Stadium, is a stadium in Calgary, Alberta. It is used for baseball, was home to the Calgary Cannons AAA baseball club until September 2002, when the team relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, it was the home field of the Calgary Vipers baseball team of the North American League. It opened in 1966; the most notable early team to play in the stadium was the Calgary Expos of the Pioneer League. The stadium has undergone several renovations, notably in 1985 prior to the arrival of the Calgary Cannons. Most the stadium was refurbished in 2004 including the installation of ViperVision Video Screen in right field, it holds 6,000 people. The status of the stadium was a consistent story throughout the Cannons history; the ballpark's owner, the City of Calgary, risked scuttling the move of the Gulls to Calgary by choosing to reassess the feasibility of AAA baseball in Calgary in 1984. Council voted to support Parker, agreeing to a seven-year lease and $1.5 million to renovate Foothills, one of the PCL's conditions on approving the relocation.
In the Cannons early years, Foothills was regarded as a park with good atmosphere. Mel Kowalchuck of the Edmonton Trappers described the park in 1988: "They provide a good atmosphere at the park. Seating's good, so is the field; the lighting, parking... everything's good."Renovations to Foothills again became a major issue in 1993, when the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues demanded that the Cannons upgrade Foothills to AAA standards. The Cannons and the city fought a protracted battle to see who would pay the majority of the $2 million renovation costs; the debate included the Alberta government. Parker argued that if council did not choose to pay the majority of the renovation costs that he would sell or relocate the team. Groups representing Portland, Oregon and Sacramento, California all expressed interest in the team. Unable to reach an agreement with the city, the Cannons turned to the federal government in March 1994, making a pitch for a federal infrastructure grant to help pay for renovations.
Renovations to Foothills Stadium began following the 1994 season. As other teams built new ballparks throughout the 1990s, Foothills' lack of luxury boxes, small clubhouses and open concourse became a growing concern for Parker. By 1998, he was arguing the need for a new stadium, or a major renovation of Foothills at a cost of $20 million. Despite numerous efforts to convince city council to help renovate Foothills, Parker was unable to secure support for the project; when the Cannons were sold and relocated in 2002, Foothills Stadium was regarded as one of the major reasons why the team moved south to Albuquerque. With the Calgary Vipers folding, the stadium is being used by the University of Calgary Dinos baseball team, as well the Calgary Junior Dinos, Calgary PBF Redbirds and Babe Ruth Calgary. City of Calgary. "Foothills Athletic Park". Retrieved 2011-04-13. Charlie's Ball Parks site
Calgary is a city in the Canadian province of Alberta. It is situated at the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie, about 80 km east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies; the city anchors the south end of what Statistics Canada defines as the "Calgary–Edmonton Corridor". The city had a population of 1,267,344 in 2018, making it Alberta's largest city and Canada's third-largest municipality. In 2016, Calgary had a metropolitan population of 1,392,609, making it the fourth-largest census metropolitan area in Canada; the economy of Calgary includes activity in the energy, financial services and television, transportation and logistics, manufacturing, aerospace and wellness, tourism sectors. The Calgary CMA is home to the second-highest number of corporate head offices in Canada among the country's 800 largest corporations. In 2015, Calgary had the highest number of millionaires per capita of any major city in Canada.
In 1988, Calgary became the first Canadian city to host the Winter Olympic Games. Calgary has been recognized for its high quality of life. In 2018, The Economist magazine ranked Calgary the fourth-most liveable city in the world in their Global Liveability Ranking. Calgary is classed as a Beta global city. Calgary was named after Calgary on the Isle of Scotland. In turn, the name originates from a compound of kald and gart, similar Old Norse words, meaning "cold" and "garden" used when named by the Vikings who inhabited the Inner Hebrides. Alternatively, the name might be Gaelic Cala ghearraidh, meaning "beach of the meadow", or Gaelic for either "clear running water" or "bay farm"; the indigenous peoples of Southern Alberta referred to the Calgary area as "elbow", in reference to the sharp bend made by the Bow River and the Elbow River. In some cases, the area was named after the reeds that grew along the riverbanks, which were used to fashion bows. In the Blackfoot language, the area was known as Mohkínstsis akápiyoyis, meaning "elbow many houses", reflecting its strong settler presence.
The shorter form of the Blackfoot name, Mohkínstsis meaning "elbow", has been the popular Indigenous term for the Calgary area. In the Nakoda language, the area is known as Wincheesh-pah or Wenchi Ispase, both meaning "elbow". In the Nehiyaw Language, the area was known as Otoskwanik meaning "house at the elbow" or Otoskwunee meaning "elbow". In the Tsuut'ina language, the area is known as Kootsisáw meaning "elbow". In the Slavey language, the area was known as Klincho-tinay-indihay meaning "many horse town", referring to the Calgary Stampede and the city's settler heritage. There have been several attempts to revive the indigenous names of Calgary. In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, local post-secondary institutions have adopted "official acknowledgements" of indigenous territory using the Blackfoot name of the City, Mohkínstsis. In 2017, the Stoney Nakoda sent an application to the Government of Alberta, to rename Calgary as Wichispa Oyade meaning "elbow town", however this has been challenged by the Piikani Blackfoot.
The Calgary area was inhabited by pre-Clovis people whose presence has been traced back at least 11,000 years. The area has been inhabited by the Niitsitapi, îyârhe Nakoda, the Tsuut'ina First Nations peoples and Métis Nation, Region 3; as Mayor Naheed Nenshi describes, "There have always been people here. In Biblical times there were people here. For generations beyond number, people have come here to this land, drawn here by the water, they come here to fish. He was the first recorded European to visit the area. John Glenn was the first documented European settler in the Calgary area, in 1873. In 1875, the site became a post of the North-West Mounted Police; the NWMP detachment was assigned to protect the western plains from US whisky traders, to protect the fur trade. Named Fort Brisebois, after NWMP officer Éphrem-A. Brisebois, it was renamed Fort Calgary in 1876 by Colonel James Macleod; when the Canadian Pacific Railway reached the area in 1883, a rail station was constructed, Calgary began to grow into an important commercial and agricultural centre.
Over a century the Canadian Pacific Railway headquarters moved to Calgary from Montreal in 1996. Calgary was incorporated as a town in 1884, elected its first mayor, George Murdoch. In 1894, it was incorporated as "The City of Calgary" in what was the North-West Territories; the Calgary Police Service was established in 1885 and assumed municipal, local duties from the NWMP. The Calgary Fire of 1886 occurred on November 7, 1886. Fourteen buildings were destroyed with losses estimated at $103,200. Although no one was killed or injured, city officials drafted a law requiring all large downtown buildings to be built with Paskapoo sandstone, to prevent this from happening again. After the arrival of the railway, the Dominion Government started leasing grazing land at minimal cost; as a result of this policy, large ranching operations were established in the outlying country near Calgary. A transportation and distribution hub, Calgary became the centre of Canada's cattle marketing and meatpacking industries.
By the late 19th century, the Hud
Bowness Park, Calgary
Bowness Park is a 30-hectare urban park on the Bow River in Bowness, a neighbourhood in the north-west quadrant of the City of Calgary, Canada. It is popular in the summer for picnics and boating, in winter for ice skating on the lagoon and the canal which feeds it; the park was closed to the public for safety reasons after the major flood which hit Calgary in June 2013. The west half of the park reopened in November 2014, the east half of the park reopened in 2016. Among other attractions, a ridable miniature railway operates seasonally in the park. Land for the park was donated to the City of Calgary in 1911 by John Hextall, as part of a deal to secure the extension of streetcar service into Bowness Estates, which he was developing as an exclusive suburb; the land consisted of two islands in the Bow River, separated from the south bank by a narrow channel, now dammed off to create a lagoon and small canal. Although hardly any development took place in Bowness before the end of the second world war, Bowness Park itself was popular, thanks in part to the streetcar service which took Calgarians right to the door at a time when automobiles were rare.
In the 1920s and 30s service on summer weekends was every 15 minutes and it was estimated that on a fine weekend up to 25,000 people would visit the park, with 28 streetcars being assigned to handle the traffic. Streetcar service was maintained from 1913 through 1950. Facilities in the park in the early days were extensive. There was a swimming pool, the lagoon for canoeing and boating, a large dancing pavilion, a merry-go-round, picnic tables and shelters and teeter-totters, camping sites and cabins which could be rented by the week or month and a scenic railway; the following extract from a 1919 newspaper article gives some idea of the atmosphere at the time: “The new ferry, which will cross the original boating lake just west of the swimming pool, will supply a want, badly felt last season. It is expected … that the boys and girls will have a great time on this ferry, it will enable the young people as well as the older ones to shoot across the lake from the grand stand to the refreshment cottage and merry-go-round, without having to tramp around by the lovers' walk or the path at the foot of the lake.”
The summer cottages at the park were rented by families as a summer retreat, beginning in the early 1920s until they were removed in 1946. Many of the former attractions are gone today: the swimming pool was closed in 1959, dancing ceased in 1960, the Orthophonic, as the phonograph was called, stopped beaming out its music in 1961. Boats are still available for rent on the lagoon, the fountain has been reinstalled, the lagoon is used extensively for skating in the winter. In summer, the picnic sites and open spaces for ball games are popular; the modest redevelopment proposed in a 2008 plan began in June 2012. However, the redevelopment was dealt a major setback with the June 2013 flood. Parts of the park were covered by as much as 1.5 meters of silt, as well as other debris. As a result, the redevelopment work, done so far was erased, the work plan was modified in order to keep the reduce the impact of future floods; the park was closed for summer 2014. The west half reopened in November 2014, the east half of the park is expected to reopen in summer 2016.
A playground is built in the east side of the park, the Bow River pathway crosses the park's length. The park is used for launching boats on the Bow River. A ridable miniature railway operates seasonally in the park; the line shut down in 2013 as a result of heavy damage from flooding. The track was subsequently repaired, a new train set was acquired, operation restarted in July 2016
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is a hall of fame established in 1955 to "preserve the record of Canadian sports achievements and to promote a greater awareness of Canada's heritage of sport." It is located at Canada Olympic Park in Alberta. There are 611 honoured members of the hall; the Hall, first known as the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, was founded in 1955 through the efforts of Harry I. Price, a former assistant athletics commissioner of Ontario, it was first housed in the Stanley Barracks, located in Toronto on the grounds of Exhibition Place. It moved in 1961 to a wing of a new building shared with the Hockey Hall of Fame; the Hockey Hall of Fame moved out in 1993. Without the Hockey Hall of Fame, attendance declined and the Sports Hall made plans to move to Ottawa; the move to Ottawa never took place, because the venues promised for the Hall by the federal government were allocated for other uses, the move was cancelled. In 2006, the Hall of Fame building was demolished to make way for BMO Field and the collection moved to the Stanley Barracks in preparation for an opening in some new location.
One facade, which incorporated a tile mosaic, was incorporated into the BMO Field structure. Nine cities across the country bid for the right to host the new hall, in 2008, a proposed site at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary was chosen; the new facility opened on Canada Day, July 1, 2011. It has numerous interactive displays. Canada's Sports Hall of Fame is presently located in Alberta. However, prior to 2006, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame was located in Toronto, Ontario, at Exhibition Place, the fair grounds for the Canadian National Exhibition. From 1955 to 2006, the Sports Hall of Fame located moved to several locations in Exhibition Place, they include: New Fort York, 1955-1957 CNE Press Building, 1957-1961 Canada Sports Hall of Fame Building, 1961-2006 New Fort York, 2006 Six people were inducted into the hall as part of its 2011 class: Lui Passaglia, football player Ray Bourque, hockey player Peter Reid, triathlete Lauren Woolstencroft, paralympian Andrea Neil, soccer player Dick Pound, International Olympic Committee memberOn October 17, 2012, the 2012 class of inductees were: Marion Lay, swimmer and 1968 Olympic bronze medalist Pierre Lueders, Olympic bobsleigh champion Charmaine Hooper, soccer player Scott Niedermayer, hockey player and 2002 & 2010 Olympic gold medalist Jamie Salé and David Pelletier, figure skaters and 2002 Olympic gold medalists Derek Porter, rower and 1992 Olympic gold & 1996 Olympic silver medalist Daryl "Doc" Seaman, part owner of the Calgary Flames, among the six businessmen who moved the Flames from Atlanta to Calgary in 1980 Jeremy Wotherspoon, speed skater and 1998 Olympic silver medalistOn October 16, 2013, the 2013 class of inductees were: Joe Sakic, ice hockey Russ Howard, curling Alison Sydor, cycling Kirsten Barnes, Jessica Monroe, Brenda Taylor, Kay Worthington, Jennifer Walinga,1992 Canadian women's Olympic coxless fours Murray Costello, ice hockey player and executive Jean-Guy Ouellet, national sport advisor and international official André Viger, wheelchair marathoner and ParalympianOn October 22, 2014, the 2014 class of inductees were: Horst Bulau, ski jumping Sarah Burke, freestyle skier Pierre Harvey and cross-country skiing Geraldine Heaney, ice hockey Elizabeth Manley, figure skating Gareth Rees, rugby Tim Frick, women's wheelchair basketball coach Kathy Shields, women's basketball coachOn October 21, 2015, the 2015 class of inductees were: Paul Coffey, ice hockey Jennifer Heil, freestyle skiing and 2006 Olympic gold & 2010 Olympic silver medalist Danielle Goyette, ice hockey and 2002 & 2006 Olympic gold & 1998 Olympic silver medalist Craig Forrest, soccer and 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup winner Susan Auch, speed skater and 1994 & 1998 Olympic silver & 1988 Olympic bronze medalist Nicolas Gill, judo and 2000 Olympic silver & 1992 Olympic bronze medalist Michael Edgson, Paralympic swimmer and 18-time Paralympic gold medalist Sharon Firth and Shirley Firth, cross-country skiers Lori-Ann Muenzer, track cyclist and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Jocelyne Bourassa, golf Marina van der Merwe, field hockeyOn June 17, 2015, the Sport Legends class of inductees were: Canadian Sport Legends Class, athletes Canadian Sport Legend Category, builders Official website