If You’re Going to Read One Book In May, Make It This One!

Warmer weather is finally here, and it’s the ideal time of year not too hot, not too cold to find a comfortable outdoor spot and cozy up with a new book. Try some of May’s best new book releases to help fill your days with sun and plenty of exceptional literature. 

One book to take special note of this month: “Things We Lost to the Water,” Eric Nguyen’s debut novel. Nguyen’s story spans three decades and chronicles the lives of a Vietnamese refugee family. Who later fled to the U.S. “Things We Lost to the Water” is a lustrous portrait of first and second-generation immigrant life in America — full of joy, sorrow, secrets, and deceits — and showcases one family’s desire to survive in life and with each other.

The novel starts with a pregnant Huong arriving in 1979 New Orleans alongside her young son. She traveled without her husband, Cong, still in Vietnam, and Huong is jobless, disoriented, and without a home. After settling into an apartment building filled with other Vietnamese refugees, she’s hopeful that she will soon reunite with her husband, and so Huong begins sending tapes and letters back to Cong in Vietnam. However, she soon realizes that Cong will not be joining them in the U.S., and while Huong tries to come to terms with his absence, her two sons, Tuan and Binh, must grow up without their father. 

Nguyen’s powerful and moving debut touches on immigration, racism, finding one’s identity both as a family and an individual, and what brings people together (and pushes them apart). 

University District’s Retail Community Calgary

West Campus Development Trust (the Trust) is launching the new year with the announcement of an additional six new retailers who will be calling University District home.

Located in Calgary’s northwest, University District is quickly taking shape as a highly dynamic, connected, responsible and innovative community, becoming a new destination and landmark for the city of Calgary. Once complete, the community will span 200 acres, including 40 acres of open space, 15,000 residents and jobs and 300,000 square feet of retail along nine blocks.

What sets the community apart from other developments is its connectivity on every level: To existing transit, major roadways, pathways, surrounding hospitals, the University of Calgary and established neighbourhoods. University District is LEED ND Platinum Certified and appeals to residents across all generations for its accessibility, universal design and strong work-life balance.

“It’s rare for a community to have so many key retail tenants secured at this stage of development,” says James Robertson, West Campus Development Trust President and CEO. “It demonstrates their confidence in our project, and the appeal of being part of a leading Calgary community that focuses on being connected and supporting smart and healthy lifestyles. Our new retailers are truly our partners and have been carefully curated to match the desires and needs of our residents and neighbours.”

The new retailers that have joined University District and are anticipated to open in 2020 include:

OEB Breakfast Co.: Chef-driven and bolstered by artistry and passion, OEB Breakfast Co. offers farm-to-table breakfast and brunch fare focusing on seasonal, fresh ingredients from local partners. This will be OEB’s fourth location in Calgary, and customers can expect an open and airy concept space, and the restaurant will also feature a patio where guests can enjoy their morning coffee or mimosa as an “al fresco” experience.

Orangetheory: Offering another fitness option for residents, Orangetheory offers science-backed, technology-tracked, coach-inspired group workouts. To provide flexibility for the needs of residents, nearby workers and neighbours, the University District location will offer classes between 5:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Press’d Sandwich Shop: Obsessed with sandwiches, Press’d invests in the process, like baking their bread from scratch and preparing their vegetables in-house and making fresh guacamole each morning. Their University District location is looking to provide new offerings such as a “build your own” option, in addition to their gluten-free and vegetarian options. They will also have a catering facility to meet the growing demand for their award-winning food at nearby facilities, organizations and businesses.

UC Noodles & BBQ: Providing another choice for a tasty food option, explore the spices and aromas of Asian-style noodles and BBQ dishes. UC Noodles & BBQ will serve fresh dishes to suit every palette.

University District Dental: Offering complete dental care and a flexible schedule, University District Dental will help residents and neighbours keep their smiles healthy. Dr. Jaffer and his team will provide professional, friendly service and be an active part of the University District community.

YYC Cycle: Alberta’s largest spin studio, which has donated more than $500,000 to charities in the past five years, will bring its Bikergang to University District, immersing participants in a fitness experience that has been inspiring Calgarians to be “Stronger than Yesterday” since 2014. YYC Cycle plans to create a studio that will meet the unique needs of University District, including continuing its 10% discount to AHS workers, and offering a greater variety of class times to accommodate the varying work hours of hospital staff and students.  YYC Cycle currently has three other locations in Calgary, and two in Edmonton.

These new retailers join the businesses who were recently announced in December, including Blaze Pizza, Copper Branch, Curious Hair Skin Body, Denim & Smith Barbershops, Freshii and Scotiabank, along with the growing roster of previously named tenants including Save-On-Foods, Analog Coffee, J. Webb Market Wines, the ALT Hotel and Cineplex VIP Cinemas.

All of these retailers will be located in phase one (of four) of the Retail Main Street on University Avenue, which has been thoughtfully designed to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles in a vibrant urban setting. The complete main street experience will offer a variety of essential services, home fashion, daily needs and food, social and entertainment options, incorporating recognized local, national and global brands.

Additional retailers and announcements will be made as University District continues to unfold as a dominant Calgary leader in thoughtful and responsible urban development. Visit myuniversitydistrict.ca for more information, or sign up for the newsletter to be notified about exciting announcements, updates and events from West Campus Development Trust.


About West Campus Development Trust

West Campus Development Trust (the Trust) was created by the University of Calgary to oversee the development of the lands known as University District. With a financial model that provides an innovative approach to land development, profits from the Trust are directed back to the University to fuel its academic mission. Setting a high standard for sustainable neighborhood design, the Trust has created and led a progressive community Master Plan for 200 acres of land. With quality, design and expertise at the forefront, its team and 14-member board of directors are dedicated to creating the city’s premier urban residential community. True to fundamental values of transparency, collaboration and mindful progress, the Trust is creating amazing places for people to thrive. Learn more at ucpg.ca.

About University District

To the west of the University of Calgary and overlooking the Bow River and Rocky Mountains, University District is a comprehensive 200-acre community with a bold new vision for urban life in Calgary. Through a collaborative, people-first design process, the master planning and thorough engagement program forged strong respect between local stakeholders and the Trust. The neighbourhood applies the best ideas in city design and incorporates the wants and needs of surrounding legacy communities – weaving current aesthetic, technology and lifestyle options into the strong social fabric of the city.

Want to set your New Year off Right?

The holidays are over, the new year is here, and we’re nothing if not shell-shocked, still, over what transpired in 2020. While I know my situation isn’t everyone’s, I spent many of my days simultaneously overloaded by the stimulation of so many people in the house all the time (all seven of my family members, including me), and lonely from missed opportunities to connect and be together that I relied on in the past and, honestly, took for granted.


This Weekend: Call a loved one.

Start the year off tending to one of the things that fill life with meaning: your relationships with others. No need to set up a Zoom, if you don’t want to. In fact, being off-camera allows you and whoever you’re calling to focus on the conversation rather than any self-consciousness. (But you can video-chat if that’s your thing!)

On the heels of a holiday season that may have left you feeling hollow, wishing you could have been with the ones we love, now is the perfect time of year to check in on a loved one or two over the phone. The connection will warm their hearts and yours and set the tone for the year to come.

Calgary University District Living

Calgary University District Living

Community, convenience, and quality of living.

These are three of the core values at the heart of life in the Calgary University District. Designed to incorporate the perfect blend of work, rest, and play, the entire 200-acre University District area has something for everyone.

From the cute boutique-style stores, the green spaces to the convenience of a discretely located supermarket, residents want for nothing. In the modern, fast-paced world we all live in, time is precious. Professionals and students alike live on tight schedules, so convenience matters. Similarly, the value of community has never been higher. The ability to be a part of a community thriving with like-minded people who believe what we believe is rare.

Here at Aria, we believe in community. We understand the need for convenience, and we see the role both play in improving quality of life. Achieving the synergy between these vital aspects of life is why we designed Aria to be a harmonious, amenity-rich environment. Boasting outstanding internal amenities like a fully equipped gym, yoga space, games room, lounge, on-site storage, and bike lockers. Plus external features like a 20,000 sq.ft. inner courtyard with 8 BBQ areas, demonstration / large group kitchen and dining area, pickleball court, bocce court, fenced-in dog run, and wash area.

Urban living has never been so fun or luxurious. Aria offers suites ranging from 532 sq.ft. to 1,149 sq.ft. across a selection of one, two, or three-bedroom units. Each suite brings a blend of fresh and contemporary interior design, with modernist kitchens with stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, in-suite washers, dryers, and innovative systems for décor and storage. If those exceptional features are not enough, all suites are pet friendly, and select suites are available with a private balcony.

Calgary University District Living is effortless at Aria.

For more information about life at Aria, reach out to Jillian directly by phone via :403 479 4340 by email: jcunningham@mmgltd.com, or alternatively, you can click here to book a consultation.

Calgary University District. Life Works Here.