Mayor’s Night of the Arts Celebrates Airdrie’s Best

Photos by Amanda Benner

Spring 2023

Airdronians turned out dressed to the nines for the sixth annual Airdrie Mayor’s Night of the Arts (AMNA) awards, held Saturday, February 11, at Bert Church Theatre.

The event recognizes and celebrates the talent, energy, enthusiasm and support for the local arts community, with 30 nominees in six award categories covering a wide field of artists including singers, painters, potters, make-up artists, actors, culinary chefs, graphic designers, teachers and arts supporters.

The gala evening was emceed by Mayor Peter Brown, ably assisted by a unique mime performance from Bill and Gill (also known as Tare Rennebohm and Haley Day), and featured a number of dazzling performances highlighted by Julian Austin singing Styx’s Come Sail Away in a heartfelt tribute to his recently deceased son.

“All of the nominations received were of top quality,” says Tina Petrow, committee chair. “Our adjudicators were impressed and pleasantly surprised by the talent we have here. We are so proud of the Airdrie Arts community!”

Congratulations to all the nominees, finalists and winners and thanks for making our community better!


Award Finalists (*winner)

Arts Educator                  

*Lisa Ammirati – Skyline Music

Anthony Burbidge – Airdrie Music Lessons

Christine Trac – W.H. Croxford High School


Champion of the Arts

Robin McKittrick – Nose Creek Players


Emerging Artist               

*Taylor Burton – Drama

Gabrial Morris – Music, singer/musician

Mariette Nel – Artist


Patron of the Arts          

Davis Chevrolet


Professional Artist         

Flaysher – Music

*Mitchell George, Crooked Cinema Inc. – Video and film production

Hugh Rockwood, Chozen Studios – Graphic illustration


Youth Artist                     

Emma Corcoran – Dance

*Caleb Gatcke – Music, saxophone

Eden Regier – Music, singer/musician