MC Cheer 2016 | Musician Schedule | November 25-27


The Market Collective stage and screen is the absolute best place to indulge your senses each and every weekend this holiday season. Welcome to the West has curated 44 live performances from an eclectic array of independent musicians and DJs at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre. The first of four events in this series features special stripped-down duo sets by members of local favourites including: Fox Who Slept the Day Away, The Northwest Passage, Sealegs, and La Rougette. Several of Calgary’s music collectors will grace the stage with vinyl and digital files demonstrating a vast history of tunes from all over the world. We are proud to present DJ sets from: Chris Dadge (Bug Incision, Lab Coast) and CJSW program hosts My Two Cents Flat and The Future Language and many more. Every Sunday at noon, listen to carols sung by our massive Choir Collective directed by Colton O’Reilly of I Am the Mountain with Alex Ginella and Matt Coldwell of Rotary Park providing string accompaniment.

Friday, November 25 >>> Dj Illcognito <<< 4pm-6:630pm:
Friday, November 25 >>> Overland <<< 6:30pm-9pm:
Saturday, November 26 >>>My Two Cents Flat (CJSW) <<< 10am-Noon:
Saturday, November 26 >>> Austin Franks & Ambur Bosi <<< Noon:
Saturday, November 26 >>> DJ Lana <<< 1pm-3pm:
Saturday, November 26 >>> Chris Dadge <<< 3pm-5pm:
Saturday, November 26 >>> Paul van Kampen & Darren Young <<< 5pm:
Sunday, November 27 >>> DJ Science <<< 10am-Noon:
Sunday, November 27 >>> Choir Collective <<< Noon:
Sunday, November 27 >>> The Future Language (CJSW) <<< 1pm-3pm:
Sunday, November 27 >>> Hank Zappa <<< 3pm-5pm:
Sunday, November 27 >>> Drew & Cat Gusztak <<< 5pm:

Curated by Welcome To The West

Volunteer Signup – Holiday 2016

dec-volunteer-banner-600x300-01Market Collective has 376 volunteer positions this Holiday Season, and we are seeking out kind people to help spread the cheer with us. We are looking for friendly, dedicated and energetic individuals to join our volunteer dream team. Positions range from admissions to photo booth assistants and more. Each volunteer will receive a volunteer t-shirt, a limited edition MC tote bag, a $10 gift certificate to the MC, a food voucher, and a photo print voucher. Commitment can be a single shift, but you are welcome to sign up for multiple shifts if you desire.

Please email volunteer coordinator Josh Sison at for further questions.


Holiday 2016 DIY Workshop


Welcome to the Holiday 2016 DIY Workshops!

We are back with some of our favourite DIY workshops for the Holidays, but this time we will be hosting them at Blank Page Studio leading up to our Holiday events. These are great workshops to take with a friend or family member, they are a wonderful place to create a unique gift, or you can come alone and make something for yourself among new friends.

Friday, November 4 – Silversmithing with Sophie Gabias-Moffatt (Tribes + Society)
Monday, November 14 – Ornament Workshop with AV Wakefield (North Birch Grove)
Friday, November 18 – Perfuming Workshop with Amanda Spicer (Pranic Forest)

Registration is now open! For all inquiries, please email:

See below for a brief overview of each of the classes being offered. To register, click on the registration arrows. ♥♥

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Sophie Gabias-Moffat // Silversmithing Workshop


About the Instructor: Sophie Gabias-Moffat is a jewelry designer based in Calgary. Originally from Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, she globetrotted to finally settle in Alberta. Stemming from a family of entrepreneurs, Sophie grew up around the family flower shop, and could be found trying to copy her mom’s floral designs at a young age.  She knew that using her hands to make beautiful things would always be part of her life.
After training at ACAD in a Jewelry and Metal class, she spent some years practicing and honing her skills. Only recently has she created a more cohesive jewelry line and taken the steps to sell them at local markets, online and privately. Sophie loves transmitting knowledge and learning from others.

About the Workshop: Join Sophie to learn the basics of soldering sterling silver at home to create simple and elegant sterling silver stacking rings. The workshop will include a jewelry bench safety portion, to help you gain confidence when working with a mini torch and in getting to know the equipment and tools. This workshop is designed for everyone who desires to learn more about the jewelry making process, or to learn new skills in a safe environment.

The Workshop Includes:

+ Safety first!  Equipment, tools, and how to solder with a micro butane torch and staying safe.
+ Sizing your finger for rings
+ Cutting and prepping your sterling silver pieces
+ Soldering
+ Shaping your rings
+ Textures and finishes
+ 1 beverage
+ MC Limited Edition Tote Bag
+ MC Weekend Admission
(Note: Please bring an apron or old t-shirt if you are worried about getting ink on your clothes)

Date: Friday, November 4th, 2016
Time: 5pm-6:30pm
Location: Blank Page Studios (1221B Kensington Road NW)
Cost: $65 (plus gst)



Date: Friday, November 4th, 2016
Time: 7pm-8:30pm
Location: Blank Page Studios (1221B Kensington Road NW)
Cost: $65 (plus gst)



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Amanda Spicer (Pranic Forest) / Perfuming Workshop


About the Instructor: Amanda Spicer is an apothecary artisan and a natural beauty alchemist. She is striving to bring you back to nature, where beauty is concerned. She has had a 20 year history in the beauty industry, and now focuses her intent on championing for holistic beauty. She graduated as a hairstylist/esthetician 20 years ago, and has since gone on to study pranic healing, herbalism, and aromatherapy. She operates Pranic Forest, a small batch herbal apothecary company and offers services such as the pranic facial, which is a cross between chakra healing, a botanical facial, and reflexology. She also offers home perfuming parties where she teaches a holistic /energy approach to blending essential oils into magical perfumes.

About the Workshop: Come and learn a holistic approach to blending essential oils to make your own perfume. Let Amanda guide you through the chakras, categorizing essential oils that work with each chakra.We will discuss base notes, middle notes, and top notes. An emphasis on essential oil safety, where perfuming is concerned. Each person will make there own highly concentrated roll on 10 ml perfume. Yes! You get to make your very own fragrance.

The Workshop Includes:

+ The knowledge on how to select the correct essential oils
+ All materials for perfumes
+ 1 beverage
+ MC Limited Edition Tote Bag
+ MC Weekend Admission

Date: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 7pm-8:30pm
Location: Blank Page Studios (1221B Kensington Road NW)
Cost: $65 plus tax


Market Collective Carol Choir


Join Colton O’Reilly of I Am The Mountain as he leads the MC Holiday Carol Choir this November and December, with string accompaniment by Alex Ginella and Matt Coldwell of Rotary Park. The choir will be performing a number of Christmas classics such as: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas & Silent Night, along with many more of your festive favourites. The choir rehearsals will be filled with song and cheer, as well as delicious cookies and milk. Together we will meet, dust off our vocal chords and build community together through song. Performances will happen every Sunday that MC runs this Holiday, and you will get to choose the number of performances you’d like to take part in.

Please sign up for all, or any, of the weekends you would like to perform at. With a $20 registration fee, you will be given access to all four weekends of MC, a photo booth voucher, a tote bag, snacks, and even a free holiday beer!

Happy Holidays,

Love: Colton & the MC Team

Rehearsal and performance times:

The choir will be practicing every Sunday in November.
Sunday, November 6 // 3pm-5pm
Sunday, November 13 // 3pm-5pm
Sunday, November 20 // 3pm-5pm

The choir will be performing every Sunday that MC runs this Holiday. Each choir member will choose how many times that they would like to perform. You can commit to 1, 2, 3 or 4 performances.

Sunday, November 27 // Noon-1pm
Sunday, December 4 // Noon-1pm
Sunday, December 11 // Noon-1pm
Sunday, December 18 // Noon-1pm

Registration Includes:

– 3 Rehearsals at Blank Page Studio
– Up to 4 performances at Market Collective
– Milk and Cookies at each rehearsal
– A 4-weekend MC punch card
– 1 beer voucher
– 1 photobooth voucher
– MC Tote Bag
– Sheet Music

Registration Fee:

$20 plus GST


To register, please copy and paste the questions below with your answers, and email them to: (Deadline to register: November 1)

♥ Name:

♥ Phone Number:

♥ Email Address:

♥ Which dates would you like to perform? Please list all weekends that you are interested in (November 27, December 4, 11, 18):

♥ Favourite Christmas Carol:


Thank you! If you have any questions, please direct them to:

MC Sponsorship Programs – Artist, Music and Food Recipients Announced

This past August, Market Collective launched our Sponsorship Series. With this, we put together 3 packages to be awarded to one student artist, one musician/band, and one food artisan. We received many submissions, and the strength and enthusiasm demonstrated by all of the applications has encouraged us to explore doing more of these in the future.

Please join with us as we celebrate our 3 recipients: Austin Goodbrand, Rosalind, and Roni Zaide.


Student Sponsorship – Austin Goodbrand

Austin Goodbrand is currently attending the University of Lethbridge, where he is studying digital media including photography and cinematography. He is passionate about creating and entertaining, and is working on turning his creativity into a career. One of his greatest fears is to have his life, the people in it, moments, and memories forgotten and he would like to share his collection of memories with the world. He loves capturing moments through a lens, and uses these photos to tell beautiful stories.

To view Austin’s work, please visit his website:

Photo Credit: Self Portrait


Musician Sponsorship – Rosalind

First and foremost, Rosalind is a cat. Secondarily, and more relevantly, Rosalind is a Calgary-based indie-folk band.

Formed in early 2015 by Jesse Shire, Amanda Rishaug, and Mike Goossen after a spirited jam in the early hours of the new year, the trio quickly found a collective voice and before long expanded to include bass, drums, electric guitar, cello, violin, and as many other instruments and members as they could acquire to become a folk orchestra.

Harmonies steeped in old-time folk, melodies with a marinade of soul, songs to bring you up, bring you down, and meet you in the middle, wherever that middle might be.

To listen to Rosalind’s music, please visit their Bandcamp:

Photo Credit: Michael Tan


Food Sponsorship – Roni’s Kitchen

Roni opened her kitchen when she was 5 years old. Her first customers were her parents and brothers. They were a kind and forgiving crowd. Since then, she has had the pleasure of cooking in kitchens around the world, experiencing and experimenting with new flavours.

Roni’s Kitchen offers specialty vegetarian and vegan cuisine from far away lands to curious and eager Calgarians. They make everything from scratch and with lots of love and they support local farms and strive to use organic ingredients when possible. Their services include a weekly meal service, cooking classes and catering services for various events, from dinner parties and bridal showers to weddings and retreats.

Roni’s Kitchen has just launched a new exciting project – a weekly meal service you can have delivered straight to your door or you can pick up from their kitchen in Ramsay. A new menu is released every Thursday for pre-order at: with a delicious variety of fresh and frozen vegetarian and vegan meals to choose from.

To read more about Roni’s Kitchen, please visit their website:

Photo Credit: Michael Tan

Market Collective Launches Annual Sponsorship Programs


Oh hey there Calgary! Thank you for being with us for 8 amazing years of creativity, community and a whole lot of fun! We have launched our Market Collective Annual Sponsorship Programs to say ‘Thank You’ and to continue to give back to the wonderful folks of this fine city. Thanks again! Read below for details. 

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Are you a student currently attending a BFA program for Fall 2016? If you are, you are eligible to apply for the Market Collective Student Artist Sponsorship! We love giving back to the community, and realize the strength and dedication that artists put into their practice from the very beginning. Please click on the below image for more details.


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Market Collective loves the element of music and local talent at our events. As a thank you, we are offering one local musician/band, a chance to work with our team to create a music video, a recording of their song, and a photo shoot to help with their career. Please click on the image below for more details.


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We see the value of helping food vendors as they grow their small business, and we love the energy they bring to the MC! We have developed the Market Collective Food Sponsorship as a way to say thank you! Thank you for making our city a more vibrant (and tasty) place to live!


We’re Hiring!


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Market Collective is seeking a highly competent, detail-oriented Administrative Coordinator to support the founders directly to systemize and facilitate operations of the business. If you are an analytical ‘doer’ you will be the perfect candidate for this role.

We are heavily invested in building community in our city, as well as within our team – our hope is that this coordinator grows with us as we grow. If creative, adaptable and entrepreneurial business excites you, come join our energetic team!

We will be accepting ongoing applications until September 2nd, 2016



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Market Collective is seeking a highly creative Communications Coordinator to work directly with the founders to plan and execute inspiring marketing and communications. The ideal candidate would be a dependable ‘self-starter’,equipped with a fresh perspective to communicating Market Collective’s story to Calgary and beyond.

We are heavily invested in building community in our city, and also within our team – our hope is that this coordinator grows with us as we grow. If creative, adaptable and entrepreneurial business excites you, come join our incredible team!

We will be accepting ongoing applications until September 2nd, 2016


Market Collective Annual Survey – $800 Prize!

Market Collective grew from an initial idea, but it quickly became much more than that. The MC is the development of ideas from the artists, food vendors, designers, musicians, and our incredible team of staff and volunteers. Most importantly, it is the reflection of creative thought by all of us, and the beautiful community that has been formed along the way.

We want to extend our sincere gratitude to all of you. To the team that has been incredible, the artists and vendors that have been like family, and the community of visitors that have warmed us with their presence. Now, as we grow into the new year, we want to hear your voices.

We have developed a survey to hear your thoughts, opinions, and to get to know a little bit more about all of you. As we grow, we want to make the right decisions for everyone involved in the MC, and realize that means you. Please take the time to fill out the questions. Some will be simple facts, some will be more insightful, but all will help us make the market you want to see in your city.

As an added thank you, we will randomly choose one lucky person to receive an $800 shopping spree to the Market Collective, redeemable at any of our events.

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Deadline for contest entry: August 22nd, winner announced August 24th!


Holiday 2016 Artist & Food Applications Now Open


Each Market Collective weekend will showcase over 100 artists, food vendors, designers and musicians. Please follow along with us on social media this Holiday Season using the hashtags: #MCcheer2016 #marketcollective

Fridays: 4pm – 9pm
Saturdays: 10am – 6pm
Sundays: 10am – 6pm

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Thank you for continuing to share your creative spirit at our events. We look forward to seeing your submissions. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at:

Deadline to apply: August 29th, 2016
Notifications: September 9th, 2016

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One of our favourite additions to the Market Collective has been our talented and valued food vendors. We thank you for nourishing us over the Market Collective weekends. We look forward to working with you over our Holiday events.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at:

Deadline to apply: August 29th, 2016
Notifications: September 9th, 2016

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Market Collective Celebrates 8 Years!

Celebrate8-Banner-600x300As Market Collective approaches our 8-Year Anniversary, we can’t help but reflect on how much our community has provided us, and we are incredibly grateful. What started as a humble project has grown in leaps and bounds. We are proud to have contributed our work and passion building Market Collective as a space for the creative class to thrive, to exchange ideas, and ultimately to grow together as a community. This success has been a direct result of the outpourings of each artist, musician and food vendor who have invested their hearts into the creative work they have showcased at each MC event.

We are now at an exciting point in our organization, and have decided that in lieu of hosting an Anniversary event, we will focus on our growth, both internally and externally. Over the next 3 months we will dedicate ourselves in honouring our roots, growing as an organization, and generating new ideas for upcoming events.

With growth comes celebration! For the month of August, we will be sharing 8 exciting announcements for Market Collective, including new developments and meaningful organizational additions. We wish to give back to the community that has been so pivotal in our growth and with us through this journey.

Stay posted on our Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Website, for your chance to win gift baskets, huge sponsorships, cash prizes and learn all about the behind the scenes additions that we plan to unfold! We look forward to connecting with you all through our social media engagements! 


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