July 27, 2020 Chinook Blast Calgary is creating a six-week festival to celebrate our community, the winter season, and our civic and national pride. With Chinook Blast, Calgary’s Midwinter Round Up, more than 55 partners from the arts, non-profit, neighbourhood, tourism, and sport communities are actively collaborating to create an inclusive event intended to bring awareness, pride of place, participation, and economic stimulus to Calgary. Chinook Blast will showcase the best of our city and country, allowing Calgarians to come together and explore the heart of our city, and also enticing tourists to Calgary to enjoy more than the Alberta Rockies during the winter months. Chinook Blast kick offs with the High Performance Rodeo and run six weeks until Block Heater in late February. The Chinook Blast Steering Committee is organizing the festival to be launched as early as 2021 but will launch Chinook Blast when it is safe for partners and Calgarians. Founding partners include Calgary Arts Development, Tourism Calgary, The City of Calgary, Calgary Downtown Association, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC), the High Performance Rodeo, and Calgary Folk Music Festival. Through collaboration and partnership, this Calgary collective will bring together the festival partners with common themes, coordinate schedules and unify marketing, and organize and activate six weeks of compelling and accessible programming that bring Calgarians and visitors together. The winter season is a great time for Calgary to host an event of this scale as local and tourist attendance at restaurants, attractions, hotels and events are lower in January and February. This has been compounded the past four years in Calgary with Alberta’s economic downturn. Calgary’s downtown is struggling with the highest vacancy rate in its history, which has put many partners at risk and created gaps in the activity and vibrancy in Calgary’s city centre. Adding to our economic issues, the COVID-19 crisis has had devastating impacts, putting many arts, tourism, sport and other related businesses at risk of closing forever. Chinook Blast is well-timed to stimulate the economy and revitalize our downtown, enhance the quality of life for Calgarians, and give us an opportunity to celebrate our city and country. Over time, we hope the Chinook Blast will be established as one of Canada’s signature, must-see events, bringing people from across the country and the world to Calgary. It’s a unique opportunity to help bring new life and visitors to Calgary’s winter, and to invest in a once-a-winter showcase of Calgary talent and hospitality. For information on programming, partnerships, and how to get involved, contact Greg Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org. And be sure to follow Chinook Blast on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. A full press release can be found at newsroom.calgary.ca.