Photo Essay: 2019 Calgary Jane’s Walks

Hundreds of Calgarians took part in Jane's Walks around the city over the weekend

Calgarians took part in Jane's Walks all across the city this weekend. AZIN GHAFFARI / LIVEWIRE CALGARY

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If you haven’t had the chance to attend any of the Jane’s Walks in Calgary this year, here is a glimpse to some of the ones that I attended in the past two days.

Each year on the first weekend of May, the Jane’s Walk festival takes place in various cities around the globe. Jane’s Walks are free, citizen-led walking tours put together to honour author and urban activist, Jane Jacobs. These walks are intended to encourage people to explore and celebrate their cities and communities.

“You get to explore areas that otherwise you don’t go into. They’re like these hidden gems you don’t know about until somebody explains them to you,” said Mia Tarraf, who participated in “If the Elbow River could talk” walk.

The walk was led by long-time residents of the area, Eilis and Murray Hiebert, and it took place along the Cliff Bungalow-Mission promenade.

Historical photos and information provided by the walk leaders were passed between the participants of the “If the Elbow River could talk” walk on Friday, May 3, 2019. (Photo by Azin Ghaffari/LiveWire Calgary)

Eilis and Murray Hiebert along with some other members of the community started a movement between 2005-2008 to give this river bank an urban treatment. In the process, they discovered many historical facts about the neighbourhood and decided to share what they found out in a Jane’s Walk.

Eilis and Murray Hiebert share the history of the Mission during their Jane’s walk. (Photo by Azin Ghaffari/LiveWire Calgary)
Participants enjoy the information provided by the walk leaders about the history of the Mission area in Calgary. (Photo by Azin Ghaffari/LiveWire Calgary)

Public Art at University of Calgary was the next Jane’s Walk. This walk was led by Marina Fischer, specialist at Nickle Galleries and Art History instructor.

“The goal here is to connect the art to this learning environment,” Fischer said.

Participants look at Measures of Time an art piece by Dan Hudson in the Taylor Family Digital Library lobby on Friday, May 3, 2019. (Photo by Azin Ghaffari/LiveWire Calgary)

This walk provided the participants with an opportunity to learn about “how the students may view these artworks and how the art was intended for the students to enhance their knowledge and their experience of the university life.”

Participants explore Olympic Arch, a public art outside the Kinesiology Building in University of Calgary. (Photo by Azin Ghaffari/LiveWire Calgary)
Marina Fischer shares the history behind Brothers of the Wind, an artwork by artist and physician Robert McKenzie located at the Olympic Oval in Calgary. (Photo by Azin Ghaffari/LiveWire Calgary)

On Saturday, although it was cold and snowy many Calgarians braved the weather to attend the Gentle Density in Historic Hillhurst Jane’s Walk.

This walk focused on the concept of “increasing density in a city without making massive buildings,” said Decker Butzner one of the event organizers and Jane Jacob’s nephew.

Gentle Density in Historic Hillhurst Jane’s walk proceeds down Gladstone Road NW on Saturday, May 4, 2019. (Photo by Azin Ghaffari/LiveWire Calgary)
Bill Latimer and his wife Heather Hiscock, right, share the process of their house renovation to add an office space to their place to the participants. (Photo by Azin Ghaffari/LiveWire Calgary)
The group makes a stop in front of a trio modern townhouse built on a triangular lot in Kensington. (Photo by Azin Ghaffari/LiveWire Calgary)

My last walk of the day was 10 Minute Plays for Jane’s Walk run by Calgary Foundation and Alberta Theatre Projects.

Carolyn Harley, singer and songwriter, performs Ballad of the famous five by the Famous Five statue in Olympic Plaza on Saturday, May 4, 2019. (Photo by Azin Ghaffari/LiveWire Calgary)

“It’s an activation of the community space through theatre,” said Talore Peterson, the event host.

Dale Lee Kwong shares the role that Chinatown has in her life by a Mural outside Dragon City Mall in Calgary on Saturday, May 4, 2019. (Photo by Azin Ghaffari/LiveWire Calgary)

This walk featured a series of six short performances in different locations in downtown Calgary and was focused on “what is at the core of being Calgarian.”

Wild River Theatre performs Hem to Hem, a short play that explores cultural differences, outside Harry Hays Building in Downtown Calgary. (Photo by Azin Ghaffari/LiveWire Calgary)

Numerous Jane’s Walks took place in Calgary and around the world in these past two days and they will go on Sunday as well.

To catch some of the Sunday events, visit: https://www.janeswalk.calgaryfoundation.org/

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