September 2016 CHA Newsletter
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Hi Heritage Friends,

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2016 CHA Lion Awards

On July 28th we honoured Calgary's heritage community at the CHA Lion Awards at the historic Knox United Church. In attendance were over 300 people including Her Honour the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta the Honourable Lois Mitchell, the Hon. Ricardo Miranda Minister of Culture & Tourism and Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

The CHA honoured the following individuals, organizations and projects.

2016 Lion Award Winners


Doors Open YYC - September 24

On September 24, many of Calgary’s most intriguing and beloved sites participate in Doors Open YYC. During this day, buildings in all quadrants of the city open their doors – free of charge – to the public and providing special revealing tours and behind-the-scenes experiences. Whether you’re a geek for history, architecture, the environment, art, sports, science or engineering, this is your chance at an insider’s view of Calgary’s vibrant and dynamic cityscape.

Doors Open is a well-established and highly successful international concept that allows people free access to buildings in order to create enthusiasm for heritage and contemporary architecture, and increase the appreciation of historic and culturally significant places and spaces.

Graffiti Alley now has world's longest Instagram photo

"Toronto's Graffiti Alley is one of the most Instagrammed spots in the city - it really does make a great background for broody, pseudo-gritty fashion shoots. But now this downtown laneway is a star in its own right thanks to a new project by Heritage Toronto and Havas Worldwide Canada, an advertising firm.

Called Instatour, this Instagram-based projects stitches together 1,300 separate posts to create the longest continuous Instagram photo in the world. The result is quite stunning, but make sure you check out on mobile. Simply turn your phone sideways and scroll away. 

Local photographer Justin Poulsen documented Graffiti Alley for three weeks earlier this year. His work gives viewers a glimpse at this iconic Toronto spot at a specific moment in time.

"Heritage Toronto is thrilled to be involved in this innovative project commemorating a key site in our city's intangible cultural heritage," says Heritage Toronto executive director Francisco Alvarez in a news release. 

"It's a reminder that even our recent past can be fleeting, and how important it is to celebrate moments of creation like Graffiti Alley that create a distinctive sense of place and pride in Toronto."

Since Graffiti Alley is always changing, it probably won't look exactly like the Instatour for long. And if you want to visit it in real life, you can always head down to Queen West. Or hop on one of Heritage Toronto's tours this fall."

City of Calgary Volunteers Needed - Doors Open YYC Sept 24th

On Sept 24th the City of Calgary will be participating in Doors Open YYC.

In 2016, City of Calgary will showcase eight heritage buildings and two industrial sites.

The City of Calgary is looking for volunteers on Sept 24th who would like to wear a cool t-shirt, welcome guests, offer a great smile and make this event a memorable one for thousands of Calgarians and visitors.

We are looking for volunteers who would enjoy being Greeters or Tour Guides.

If you wish to discover Calgary’s secrets and learn more about our City’s behind the scenes history, services and buildings, this is your chance.

For more information and registration please contact Slawa Gruszczynska at or (403) 476-4305.

The Volunteer Orientation will take place on Tuesday September 20, 2016 at 6:00pm at the Historic Holy Angels School at 2105 Cliff Street SW. Pizza will be served.

Volunteer Tour Guide Job Description
Volunteer Greeter Job Description

Calgary Heritage Events

Below is a listing of heritage events happening throughout the city. We are always happy to include the events of other organizations in our monthly newsletters. We only ask that you have them to us by the end of each month. Events can be sent to

Calgary Chapter American Historical Society of Germans from Russia - Volga German Seminar Sept. 17 - 9 - 3:30

Speakers: Brent Mai, Sandra Stelter, TBA
Lunch: potluck, salads or desserts please
Cost: $10; Maximum registration - 65
Location: Ascension Lutheran Church, 1432 - 19 Street NE
RSVP: Mabel 403 238 4275,

The Women’s Suffrage Campaign in Alberta: Advocates, Adversaries, Accomplishments, Arrears

Presentation by Dr. Sarah Carter
A Chinook Country Historical Society Program in partnership with Calgary Public Library.
September 28, 2016 7:30 p.m.
John Dutton Theatre, Central Library, Calgary Public Library
Free - No registration required