Quebec City is taking a gazebo music pavilion in the heart of their city and replicating it in Calgary’s East Village.
“I’m honoured to unveil plans for a new public space we can all enjoy,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi at the announcement. “It is an honour to receive this gift, on behalf of all Calgarians, from our sister city and its citizens.”
In 2008 during Quebec City’s 400th anniversary, Calgary presented the city with the sculpture Do Re Me Fa Sol La Si Do by Canadian artist Joe Fafard, which was placed on Boulevard Champlain along the banks of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Identical sculptures can be found in downtown Calgary.
“The music pavilion is a reflection of our close cultural relationship with Calgarians,” said Michelle Morin-Doyle, deputy mayor of Quebec City. “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.”
Quebec City had planned on giving Calgarians the pavilion in recognition of the Calgary Stampede’s 100th anniversary, but the appropriate location was delayed after 2013 flooding.
The pavilion will be located along the Jack & Jean Leslie RiverWalk in East Village, and will be managed by the Calgary Municipal Land Corp. (CMLC).