Celebrate the Arts with Mayor Gondek on October 18, 2023

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Celebrate the Arts with Mayor Gondek on October 18, 2023

For immediate release
October 4, 2023

(Calgary AB) — Calgary Arts Development and the Office of the Mayor welcome Calgary’s business and arts communities to the Celebration for the Arts hosted by Mayor Gondek. This eclectic evening celebrating the arts takes place from 6:30-11:30pm on Wednesday, October 18 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.

“The Celebration for the Arts is a showcase of the best Calgary has to offer,” says Mayor Jyoti Gondek. “Our artists are a reflection of our heart and soul and are helping us tell the true Calgary story; the story of a city that is diverse, inclusive, welcoming and leading the world in terms of its creative offerings.”

“We are excited about this year’s event celebrating artists and the arts,” says Patti Pon, President & CEO of Calgary Arts Development. “Artists are our story tellers and meaning makers. Join us to celebrate artists, the arts and how we can all live creative lives.”

Emceed by Calgary Poet Laureate Wakefield Brewster, the onstage celebration includes a showcase of performances by Reuben & the Dark with the Bullhorn SingersMadhuban Performing Arts, a collective of Calgary choirs, Klave Latin Band 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. These awards are $5,000 cash prizes that support artists or arts organizations including:

  • ATB Powering Possibility Through the Arts Award
  • Calgary Catholic Immigration Society New Canadian Artist Award
  • The Legacy of Doug and Lois Mitchell Outstanding Calgary Artist Award
  • Mamdani Arts Leadership Award
  • RBC Emerging Artist Award
  • Rozsa Foundation Emerging Arts Manager 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.

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 Hotel AssociationCalgary Municipal Land Corporation and Calgary Economic Development; and Patrons Aspen PropertiesDIALOGKasian Architecture and Design, and University of Calgary.

Celebration for the Arts hosted by Mayor Gondek
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 

Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons
Doors Open:
Pre-Show Networking: 6:30-7:30pm
Onstage Celebration and Awards: 7:30-9:15pm
After Party in the lobby: 9:15-11:30pm

Tickets: $65 (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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