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Community Hubs by Design

Community Hubs by Design 

How to build supportive spaces for fighting poverty!

Giving people a place to get together, make friends and be part of their community goes a long way toward solving some of the issues that keep people in poverty. That’s what a community hub can do. The Community Hubs by Design toolkit is a guide is for anyone who wants to start a community hub and make a difference.

Join Vibrant Communities Calgary, the Enough for All’s Community Hubs Collaborative and the Calgary Interfaith Council for the launch of the “Community Hubs by Design” toolkit. This comprehensive toolkit is the result of a 10-month engagement process with Calgarians committed to building community and reducing poverty in our city.

Learn about the stages of community hub development, how community hubs and community economic develop go hand-in-hand, and meet local groups who are successfully developing community hubs.

Each participant will receive a printed copy of the Community Hubs by Design toolkit.

To RSVP to the event click here

*Light snacks and beverages will be provided

*Transit tickets available at the event

Red Carpet Concert & Lunch, Akiko Tominaga
Red Carpet Recital Series presents:

Akiko Tominaga, Piano

This is a FREE event with lunch for $5 after the concert.
For more info call the office at 403-242-1808











‘An amazing assurance and strength…and most of all, the maturity and the imagination of a true interpreter.’  (Gingras, La Presse)

‘Her sound is captivating, delicate, crystalline; her phrasing elegant and intelligent. Above all, one appreciates the humility and sobriety of her artistry…’ (Gauthier, Ottawa Citizen)

A native of Japan, Ms. Tominaga began her studies at the age of 4, and made her solo debut in 1992, playing the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Since then, she has performed at various venues and concert halls in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan and her solo and chamber performances have been broadcasted on C.B.C. and Radio-Canada.  

This season, she is performing a solo recital at the Knox Church in Calgary as well as at the University of Lethbridge. Her recital entitled “Postcards from Afar” received much acclaim in Ottawa in the Master Piano Recital Series last year. 

An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with notable musicians as Diana Cohen, Franklin Cohen, Teng Li, Roberto Diaz, and Norman Fischer. She is a founding member of the piano trio Trio Lajoie (violinist Ariane Lajoie, cellist Julie Hereish) based in Montreal. In October 2014, the trio gave numerous concerts throughout the Maritime provinces with the Debut Atlantic. Their debut CD has been nominated for the Prix Opus Award in 2014. Other endeavors with the trio include a performance at the Orford Arts Centre, series of concerts throughout Montreal-a project funded by Canada Council of Arts, the Pro Musica series in Montreal, the High River Gift of Music series,Musique de Chambre à Sainte Pétronille, the Hudson Chamber Music Series, and Lakeshore Chamber Music Society. In Calgary, she has worked with the Land’s End Ensemble, including a recording of the R. Murray Schafer’s Duo for violin and piano with violinist John Lowry. There have been frequent collaborations with Phil Hansen (principal cellist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra) in the Phi’s Café concerts. She has also worked with marimbist Anne-Julie Caron in a video-recording project playing the work of Denis Gugeon, which was recorded by Radio-Canada and is available on their website. Past performances include a concert in Whitehorse B.C as well as an extensive tour of the Prairies provinces under the Prairie Debut and the B.C. province in 2007.  

In the summer of 2006, she was invited to Poland for a concert tour, featuring works by Mozart.  She was invited back for another tour in the following summer of 2007 with her sister Yoko Tominaga as a piano duo. Another memorable project was the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach, recorded and funded by the Université de Montréal.  Other engagements include concerts at the Alamonte Concert Series, the Domaine Forget and Festival Lanaundière in Quebec, a concert tour of Canada with the members of the Israel Symphony (premiering works by Stewart Grant and Lior Navok of which a recording has been released by the Centaur Records), as well as a concert in Chicoutimi with the principal members of Quebec Symphony, hosted and broadcasted by Radio-Canada. In 2003 she became the laureate of the OUM competition which followed with a performance of the Beethoven 3rd Concerto. Other solo experiences include performing with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, the Young Artist Philharmonic, and the Reading Symphony in Pennsylvania. She was also the soloist with the Interschool Orchestra of New York at the Lincoln Center.  

Ms. Tominaga holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Eleanor Sokoloff, an Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music studying with John Perry, and a Doctorate of Music from the Université de Montréal under the guidance of Marc Durand. She has been invited to give master classes, lectures and adjudicate festivals in Alberta. She is currently on the faculty at the Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary as well as the University of Lethbridge.   

Red Carpet Concert & Lunch, Jim Picken & Liz Tremblay
Red Carpet Recital Series presents:
Jim Picken & Liz Tremblay
This is a FREE event with lunch for $5 after the concert.
For more info call the office at 403-242-1808
Jim Picken:
Jim Picken is an Associate Director of Music Ministry at Knox Presbyterian Church, accompanist for the Calgary Men’s Chorus, and enjoys collaborative work, on piano or organ, with solo singers and instrumentalists.
He is proud of the numerous organ recitals he has performed, among them: a recital at Christ Church in April 2001 in aid of Amnesty International; at Central United to celebrate Alberta’s Centennial in 2005; and at the Jack Singer Concert Hall for the First North American OutGames in April 2007.
Jim has also played some of the world’s most famous pipe organs: during a seminar in 2001 he played in Notre-Dame, St.-Sulpice, La Madeleine, and La Trinité, Paris. During tours with Christ Church Choir to England in 2002 and 2011, he accompanied choral services on the organs of Wells Cathedral, Chichester Cathedral, St. George’s Chapel Windsor, and St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.
His second favourite instrument is the cello, and collaboration with Liz Tremblay in cello and piano repertoire is a dream come true!
Liz Tremblay:
Liz Tremblay is originally from Great Britain where she studied cello [Stefan Popov] and piano [Mary Peppin] at the Guildhall School of
Music and Drama.
She worked in Bermuda for many years heading up the Menuhin Foundation of Bermuda, the Pembroke Players [a string quartet] and a classical trio performing at three of the island’s hotels. Liz was principal cello for the Bermuda Philharmonic and founding member of the Daylesford Sinfonia. She has played with such diverse musicians as Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Sir James Galway, Smokey Robinson and Josh Groban.
Since arriving in Canada in 2005, Liz has played with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, the Limestone Trio, of which she was a founding member, Melizaire Trio and Trio Dolce and performed regularly with the Cantabile Choir, Melos Orchestra and the Kingston Chamber Choir. In 2011 she performed with the World Civic Orchestra at the Alice Tully Hall, New York. She also ran a busy music studio, Music Matters, in Kingston.
She moved to Calgary in 2012 and currently plays with the Calgary Civic Orchestra and Symphony of the Kootenays. She enjoys opportunities to get involved with the musical community and is a member of the Calgary Wind Symphony, playing saxophone. A passionate teacher, she has established the Sunmills Studio, offering cello and piano lessons.
She organized a Festival Orchestra to celebrate Lord Menuhin’s Centenary year and the 40th anniversary of the Menuhin Foundation in Bermuda. She sought out former players from all across the globe to return to Bermuda in February 2016 to perform in a string orchestra for the Bermuda Festival.
Liz also plays with the Wild Rose Trio, a clarinet, cello and piano trio who perform regularly. She is also principal cellist for the recently formed Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of ARMTA, the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the Alberta Piano Teachers Association.
Knox Christmas Bazaar

Mark it in your calendar! Our Annual Knox Christmas Bazaar is on Saturday, November 4th from 11am – 2pm!

– Jams & Jellies
– Baking
– Tea Room
– Silent Auction
– Craft Table