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CANADA: The Hybrid City Alliance, the Calgary Stampede, Museum of Jewish Montreal’s FundRaiser and More

GLOBAL: Bizzabo, an event success platform for virtual, hybrid and in-person events, is kicking off its European expansion with a new London office. Operations there will be led by event industry veteran Tim Bull. Bizzabo recently acquired both x.ai, a scheduling tool, and Whalebone, which enhances virtual meeting technology, to assist in the creation of the new office, which is now the company’s fourth global location.

NATIONAL: Winnipeg is the most recent of three Canadian cities to become a part of the Hybrid City Alliance, joining Ottawa and Edmonton. The international alliance aims to lead the way for future meetings, events and conventions; it hosts multicity events so that locations become hubs for face-to-face interaction while connecting online to other hubs around the world. The initiative allows host cities to showcase their business and sector expertise, event hosting capabilities, culture, cuisine and other attractions to attendees around the world.  

CALGARY: After being canceled last summer, the world-renowned rodeo and fair Calgary Stampede kicked off on Friday and runs through July 18. To ensure safety, guests of the festival will be required to show proof of vaccination or take a free COVID-19 rapid test. Daily attendance will also be cut in half, and the usual chuckwagon races are not being held. 

MONTREAL: A Gourmet City: A Virtual Benefit will be The Museum of Jewish Montreal’s first fundraiser. All proceeds from the event will go toward the museum’s next year of programs. The virtual event, taking place July 13, will feature Ruth Reichl and Adam Gollner of Gourmet Magazine. Tickets to the benefit are on sale now and start at $180 for adults and $36 for young adults. 

VANCOUVER: The popular Metro Vancouver event Richmond Night Market is set to reopen July 23. Vendors will be out every weekend at the corner of No. 3 and River Roads. Reduced capacity and a smaller venue will be in place due to COVID, though more vendors may be added as guidelines change. 

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