Calgary

New music pavilion opens in Calgary's East Village

There's a new place for musicians to do their thing in the East Village.

New bandstand was donated by Quebec City in 2012 but construction was delayed by 2013 floods

The new pavilion will be a focal point for arts and culture in the East Village. (CBC)

There's a new place for musicians to do their thing in the East Village.

The bandstand-style pavilion, which stands near the George C. King bridge between the RiverWalk pathway and Fort Calgary, will provide a focal point for music in Calgary's oldest neighbourhood.

The pavilion was a gift from Calgary's sister-city Quebec City in 2012 to mark 100 years of the Calgary Stampede.

The 2013 floods delayed finding a location for it, which is why it's only just been completed.

Wednesday's inaugural concert featured Québécois band Tire Le coyote and local Albertans Post Script, with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi enjoying the music and poutine with Quebec's Deputy Mayor, Michelle Morin-Doyle.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Quebec Deputy Mayor Michelle Morin-Doyle (in pink) were among guests at the opening of the pavilion on Wednesday. (CBC)

"We hope this music pavilion will also serve as a venue for community and cultural events and to showcase the talent and creativity that I know abounds in Calgary," said Morin-Doyle.

"I am sure this pavilion will also foster a sense of community and belonging."

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