We survived the flooding, came together to help neighbours and local businesses get back on their feet and then… we celebrated! On July 7th & 8th we took over Endeavor Arts Gallery & Event Space for Yelp's Bizarre Bar, a community commemoration of Calgarians affected by the flood, volunteers, local businesses, non-profits and organizations, Yelpers and every other epic Calgarian!
July 7th saw our first all-ages Yelp event! A free photo booth from Neil Zeller Photography, an art space with our friends at Mona Lisa Artists' Materials, zombie makeup courtesy of Apocalypse Wars, a poetry bombing station from The People's Poetry Festival and plenty of food to go around! Candela Lounge was on site with drool-worthy pork and lamb sliders and salmon on watermelon treats while Wings n Tings pulled out all its jerk secrets with turkey legs and chicken wings!
We proceeded with more shenanigans on July 8th for our 18+ event! Our friends from Jameson Irish Whiskey were getting us into some whiskey business with Jimmy Nguyen behind the bar!
"It was like a mini Comic Con, minus the stanky basement dwellers (well almost… you know who you are). There were couples in Star Wars outfits, glittery belly dancers, and Wendytron as Tigger. Refreshments were provided by Jameson's Irish Whiskey, Lorenzo's Pizzeria, Empanada Queen, Sprinkbank Cheese Co and Epiphanie Chocolate – which, was clearly my favourite, because it rhymes with my name," declared Tiffany N!
Neil Zeller Photography was back at the photo booth, Beakerhead joined us with Scoperta and a driveable chair and The People's Poetry Festival featured two local poets, Erin Dingle and Dave Eso and local burlesque performer Miss Marla Muse!
The night also featured Yelp's Silent Boxtion, a raffle meets silent auction. Donated items were placed in black boxes. Party-goers were privvy to the list of prizes available, but not the box that contained them. Guests put their raffle tickets in for the box they wanted to win and we drew numbers from there! We raised nearly $500 for Neighbourhood Link!
Silent Boxtion prizes included: 4 person Chef's Table from Belgo Brasserie, $100 gift card from Taste, $50 gift cards and coffee package from deVille Luxury Coffee & Pastries, a bottle of Patron, $150 in gift cards and tshirts from Añejo, costume rentals from The Costume Shoppe and more prizes from our friends at Fiasco Gelato, The Holy Grill, Village Brewery, Jelly Modern Donuts and Inner Balance Spa!
See you at the next event!
Sr Community Manager