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Calgary announces new festival called Chinook Blast to highlight its status as a winter city

Last Updated Jul 27, 2020 at 2:38 pm MDT

Photo of the downtown Calgary city skyline as seen from Crescent Heights, February 2017. (CREDIT: iStock)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — The City of Calgary is looking to warm people’s spirits by introducing a new winter festival called Chinook Blast.

The festival will take place over six-weeks from mid-January to the end of February showcasing the best of the city’s arts, tourism and sporting sectors.

“Chinook Blast will bring together more than 55 partners including performers, athletes’ entertainers and countless people from across Calgary’s arts, culture, music and sports scene to create a six-week blast of inspiring and heart-warming events,” Mayor Naheed Nenshi said Monday in Olympic Plaza.

Nenshi said the event will provide a hand to many industries that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The statistics are hard to even look at,” he said.

“We’ve had a reduction in staffing levels of more than 50 per cent over the tourism industry. We all know the value financial and for quality of life for a healthy arts culture and tourism industry.”

Chinook Blast will use existing events and mix them with new experiences to highlight Calgary’s status as a winter city.

Over 55 partners will work together to create the event, including Calgary Arts Development, Tourism Calgary, the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, and the Calgary Downtown Association.

Venues across Calgary will be transformed for the festival with hubs located at a number of different locations.