The Alley four days prior to opening to the public, with a temporary roof, allowing for sunshine to illuminate the graffiti wall in the space. Photo: KIRSTEN PHILLIPS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
This year, Greta Bar YYC is working on building its presence within the Calgary arts community by getting local artists involved in a new project.
Greta has been posting on Instagram about a new project the team at the arcade bar took on, which has been cause for some confusion due to the name – The Alley.
The Alley is an expansion into an unused space beside the original bar. It boasts a new flair focused on providing customers with a back-alley vibe.
Despite the space technically being indoors, a retractable roof and a transparent garage door at the front opens up the space to let natural light flow in during the day – giving a sense of being on an outdoor patio.
The goal was to create a diverse space embodying a strong feminist focus through the graffiti from different local artists that could cater to creative industries, Alia Aluma, the Creative Arts and Technology Director of Greta Bar YYC, said.
A sign in one of the two bathrooms available to guests in The Alley reads, “well behaved women don’t make history”. KIRSTEN PHILLIPS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
“Greta as an entity exists because they wanted a strong, strong feminine name – they really wanted something that was powerful and that was feminine,” Aluma said.
“And that energy we want…