Celebrate the arts with Mayor Gondek on November 4

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Celebrate the arts with Mayor Gondek on November 4

For Immediate Release
October 19, 2022

(Calgary AB) – Calgary Arts Development and the Office of the Mayor welcome Calgary’s business and arts communities to the inaugural Celebration for the Arts hosted by Mayor Gondek. Previously known as the Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions, this reimagined celebration takes place from 6:30 –10:30pm on Friday, November 4 in the lobby and onstage at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons. Tickets for the event are $65 (regular) and $37.50 (artists) and can be purchased at www.artscommons.ca/whats-on/celebration-for-the-arts.

This event is made possible through the support of Champion Partner Rozsa Foundation; Artist Showcase Partner Calgary Foundation; Venue Partner and After Party Sponsor Arts Commons; Accessibility Sponsors Bird Creatives and Calgary Downtown Association; VIP Sponsors Calgary Arts Foundation, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation and Calgary Economic Development; and Patrons Calgary Hotel Association, DIALOG and Kasian Architecture.

“We’re excited to recognize local artists at the inaugural Celebration for the Arts in Calgary,” says Mayor Gondek. “Not only is a thriving arts and culture scene the cornerstone of a vibrant city, but it is also central to our economic recovery. Join us on November 4th as we showcase the wealth of talent in our community.”

“We are so excited about this new event celebrating artists and the arts,” says Patti Pon, President & CEO of Calgary Arts Development. “We need artists now more than ever, especially in these chaotic times, to connect us, to tell our stories, to reflect our humanity and make meaning in our lives. Join us to celebrate artists, the arts, and how we can all live creative lives.”

Hosted by Tim Tamashiro the onstage celebration includes performances by artists and community groups such as the Tim Tamashiro Quartet, Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Revv 52, the Young Canadians, Kantorei Choir, Sankofa Arts and Music Foundation, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Poet Laureate Wakefield Brewster and more.

The onstage celebration also recognizes recipients of this year’s Cultural Leaders Legacy Arts Awards. A legacy of Calgary’s year as a Cultural Capital of Canada, each award is funded by a contribution from a local philanthropist or organization with equal matching money from Calgary Arts Development. These awards are $5,000 cash prizes that support artists or arts organizations including:

  • ATB Financial Healing Through the Arts Award
  • Calgary Catholic Immigration Society New Canadian Artist Award
  • Doug and Lois Mitchell Outstanding Calgary Artist Award
  • Mamdani Arts Leadership Award
  • RBC Emerging Artist Award
  • Rozsa Foundation Emerging Arts Manager Award
  • SANDSTONE City Builder Award
  • Indigenous Artist Award, sponsored by TD Bank Group

The onstage portion of the event is followed by an after party, completing the celebration in the Jack Singer lobby with food, entertainment, a deejay and dancing.

Celebration for the Arts hosted by Mayor Gondek
Friday, November 4, 2022
Jack Singer Concert Hall and Lobby, Arts Commons

Doors Open: 6:30pm
Pre-Show lobby entertainment: 6:30 – 7:30pm
Onstage Celebration and Awards: 7:30 – 9pm
After Party in the lobby: 9 – 10:30pm

Tickets: $65.00 (regular) | $37.50 (artists)
Available at www.artscommons.ca/whats-on/celebration-for-the-arts.

About Calgary Arts Development

As the city’s designated arts development authority, Calgary Arts Development supports and strengthens the arts to benefit all Calgarians. We invest and allocate municipal funding for the arts provided by The City of Calgary and leverage these funds to provide additional resources to the arts sector. Our programs support hundreds of arts organizations, individual artists, artist collectives and ad hoc groups in Calgary.


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Further Information
Helen Moore-Parkhouse
Director, Communications and Events, Calgary Arts Development
Phone: (office) 403.264.5330 ext. 102; (mobile) 587.227.0150
Email: helen.moore-parkhouse@calgaryartsdevelopment.com

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