Vivo Night Market North celebrates artisans with purpose in suburban North Calgary

A celebration of placemaking and community in North Calgary, Vivo Night Market North will return for its second official year this summer. 

The 2019 run, which begins on Saturday, June 29th, will put a deeper focus on local, handmade, and “original products and ideas” – especially those from businesses based in North Calgary. “We wanted to find businesses with purpose, so we asked each vendor what their business accomplishes for the community.” 

So far, Vivo Night Market North 2019 has amassed 60 unique vendors, from handmade scrunchies to mini donuts, and upcycled jewelry made from cutlery. The markets will run for five Saturdays through summer and fall: June 29, July 6, July 27, August 17, and September 7. 

In its first year, more than 12,000 people came out to the twice-monthly markets to enjoy live music, shop from local vendors, play games, and snack on treats from food trucks in the parking lot of Vivo, the community centre in Country Hills.  

This year, the market series has been taken under new management and is now hosted by Vivo and its partners, including Thrive and GenYYCIn addition to the rebrand, Vivo is working to make Vivo Night Market North a fixture of the North and North Central communities. 

“I saw Vivo Night Market North as an amazing opportunity to support local, small businesses,” says Maren Tryon, Coordinator for Vivo Night Market North. “And to provide an outlet for that in this part of the city where events of this calibre weren’t happening before.” 

2019 marks a special year for Vivo, as the organization will celebrate its 15th birthday with a Vivo Night Market North Stampede party – with hopes to top last year’s Stampede celebration that brought out just over 10,000 people. “We’re hoping it’ll be a little less hot this year,” Tryon says with a laugh. 

Having grown up in Huntington Hills, Tryon says coming back to the neighbourhood has always felt like coming home. 

“Home is not the house you live in, it’s the people you surround yourself with. And I can’t wait for you to get to know the people in this community and feel at home at Vivo Night Market North.”