Work, meet and play. In the heart of the historic district of Ramsay, The Commons is a boutique work collective which houses over 5000 square feet of enviable event space fit for social soirees and all kinds of revelry. Framed by exposed brick and studded with crystal chandeliers, the event venues in the modern-industrial space were purposefully designed to deliver a captivating and tailor-made experience for Calgary’s dapper and debonair.
And who knew it all started with a pajama-clad freelancer who worked from home?
Our roots begin back in 2007, when Erynn Lyster – a freelance graphic designer entrenched in the solitary confines of her home office, was fearing a future of no social interaction as she worked tirelessly from her couch. Meanwhile, her brother Zach was realizing a life full of all work and no play in the dexterous world of real estate.
After a plea from one of Erynn’s friends who was eager to see her leave the days of working 24/7 in PJs behind, she checked out Cowork YYC and immediately became a member. Falling head over the heels for the community of fellow driven and enthusiastic entrepreneurs who thrived within the space, Erynn became Community Manager – and eventually had the opportunity to take ownership of the space, inviting her brother to join the party.
The brother-sister duo envisioned an office where a lifestyle at work could be cultivated; where small business owners and innovators could strive within their craft and surround themselves with likeminded people being led by their passion.
Zach had a knack for making members feel at home and curating a ‘fun’ culture within the space, and Erynn’s obsession with ‘making things pretty’ made for an exceptionally unique and stylish work environment.
But lush fine velvets and gold accents were not only for the renegade desk mates and office nomads; but for the event enthusiasts, too. Erynn and Zach found inspiration among the hosts and hostesses who shared their penchant for the unordinary, and an appreciation for exquisite affairs. They, too, liked to indulge in the occasional night of dancing and bubbly-sipping, of course. So it was only natural that they open up the space to entertain events of all kind.
The Parlour Room was one of the first expansions the pair made, designed as a modern day speak easy with sophisticated cocktail parties and gatherings in mind. A refined setting punctuated by walls of elegant black and gold wallpaper and sealed with soaring exposed ceilings, this event space is accoutered with moveable furnishings for the most bespoke celebrations.
Just down the hall from The Parlour Room is where you’ll find the most intimate event venue within The Commons’ collection – The Commodore Room. Paying tribute to our locale perched along Calgary’s Alyth train tracks and the longstanding legacy of a 19th century railway powerhouse, this room’s west-facing windows and classic red brick are a few of the attributes of the cozy and quaint room. Snazzy dinner parties and pop up shop openings are the events of choice in this historic abode.
It was only this past summer that The Commons would inherit a space next door that previously housed the stories and workspace of iconic Fast Forward Alternative Weekly. Taken after the monumental journalism that left a footprint on the arts & culture scene of this city – The Hemingway Room is the largest space with a capacity of 155 and the potential to host nearly any event you could imagine. Featuring cognac crystal chandeliers and the towering brick walls native to The Ramsay Design Centre, this space is both flexible in its format to accommodate dozens of room layouts and entertainment possibilities.
Essentially, in physical space and in spirit, The Commons is centered on celebrating your passions and greatest milestones with venues that can cater to your unique visions. We believe in the little details and in bringing the big dreams to life, and with our team of in-house event experts we would simply thrilled to make that happen.
To learn more about our event venues or to arrange an appointment to view our space in person, click here.