Creative Celebration

Meet the finalists for the 2017 TD Airdrie Mayor’s Night of the Arts!

The adjudicators had a big job. That’s the verdict after reviewing 39 nominations for the 2017 TD Airdrie Mayor’s Night of the Arts.

Five adjudicators from outside Airdrie included representatives from ACAD and the Calgary Philharmonic. Adjudicator and actor Tania Sablatash was moved by the quality of nominations. “What a gift each nominee brings with them…. The nominees represented in this competition are the cream of your city.”

The finalists themselves are a very humble lot, echoing much of the same sentiment as cartoonist Wyatt Tremblay: “To be singled out from among so many talented people is humbling, but also inspiring.”

Airdrie talent is evident in the variety of musicians, visual artists, actors, filmmakers and champions of the arts represented, as well as – new to the awards this year – arts educators.

“As a teacher, your validation usually comes from the amazing music and moments of learning that you create with your kids. Being nominated for this award, with such an esteemed group of individuals, is truly an honour,” says high school band teacher Jordan Harris.

The recipients will be announced at a gala awards evening in January at Bert Church Theatre which features live entertainment including a special performance by music legend Art Bergmann. Tickets are on sale now through the Bert Church Theatre website.

2017 Finalists

ACAD Emerging Artist
Emma Gallaher
Mitchell George
The Martin Project

JO-RO Manufacturing Arts Educator
Lynne Dalcin
Vernon Gray
Jordan Harris

McKee Homes Professional Artist
Erin Brekke-Conn
Lia Golemba
Robin McKittrick
Wyatt Tremblay

Davis Chev Patron of the Arts
Air 106.1
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TD Canada Trust

Qualico Communities Youth Artist
Lee-Anne Ducharme Kusuhara
Katherine Funk
Michelle Orsten

Vitreous Glass Champion of the Arts
Amanda Fusaro-Smith
Deanna Hunter
Jay Stoudt

Photo credits: Kristy Reimer, Kurtis Kristianson, Sergei Belski, Air 106, Kyle Wudrich, Dark Matter Photography.

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