The Heart of Our City Committee has awarded a total of $95,000 in Heart of Our City Activity Grants to 21 qualifying events to be held this year in downtown Lethbridge.
These events include a variety of music, arts, and cultural festivals as well as seasonal celebrations that will attract audiences and participants to downtown Lethbridge and enhance the vibrancy of this key area of our city. These include 13 multiple-day events and eight single-day events which will occur over a total of 139 days in 2016 and are expected to attract more than 50,000 attendees.
“We’re pleased and proud to provide financial help on behalf of the City of Lethbridge to a really great array of events that will help achieve City Council’s goal of enhancing the vibrancy of our downtown,” said Mark Bellamy, Heart of the City Committee Chair.
The Heart of Our City Activity Grant provides funding support to help Lethbridge organizations host events that foster an exciting, vibrant downtown and attract audiences to the heart of our city. The criteria for application and approval of the Heart of Our City Activity Grant were established by the Heart of Our City Committee, which is a Standing Committee of City Council.
The deadline for applications for 2016 was November 30, 2015. Applications were assessed for merit, and grants have been awarded by the Heart of Our City Committee in consultation with the City’s Community Services Department.
Heart of Our City Activity 2016 Grant Recipients
Lunch & Listen Concert Series
January 8–August 5, 2016 (First Friday of each month)
The University of Lethbridge’s Conservatory of Music offers free Lunch & Listen concerts, held on the first Friday of each month from 12:15–1 p.m. in the ATB Financial Community Room at Casa. Bring your lunch and enjoy a concert featuring the talent of our Conservatory of Music faculty and students. This is scheduled as part of Lethbridge’s First Friday events.
SOS Film Centre Presents: Queen Scarlet Cinema
January 18–November 21, 2016 (Various dates)
The SOS Film Centre presents screenings of diverse films that are outside the offerings of the multiplex, in a welcoming environment that encourages accessibility, diversity, and inclusion. After the credits roll, attendees are encouraged to participate in an open discussion around each film’s themes, techniques, and intentions, and their resonance with our audience members. Staff at SOS Film Centre believe that watching films communally is a powerful experience, and are passionate about fostering opportunities for creativity and the exchange of ideas.
Cheeky Pig Porketta Bingo
Owl Acoustic Lounge
January 26–October 22, 2016 (Last Tuesday of every month)
Cheeky PIG Porketta BINGO is a monthly event in support of the Cheeky PIG Studio Grant which raises money for local musicians to record in established studios. The name of the game is to cover your BINGO cards and win a tasty meat treat. This event is not your typical BINGO as it is loud with laughter, full of pints of cold beer, and good times with friends. All proceeds raised go directly to supporting of Lethbridge’s local musicians.
YMCA Family Day
February 15, 2016
On Family Day, the YMCA provides a FREE indoor community event in the heart of our city that includes professional face painting, bouncy castles, swimming, and fun in the gym.
Pretty, Witty & Gay Festival
Club Didi & Sterndale Bennett Theatre
February 19–27, 2016
The Pretty Witty & Gay (PWG) Festival has been happening annually for 13 years in Lethbridge. The festival is a cultural celebration and brings together the various queer communities of Lethbridge and their allies. This year features a Theatre Outré production of Late Company by Jordan Tannahill along with the headlining event, the PWG cabaret.
Electric Eye Music Festival 2016
May 12–15, 2016
Electric Eye has become a regionally important multi-venue music & arts festival which aims to showcase new, emerging artists from across Western Canada and beyond right here in Lethbridge. Look forward to being exposed to some of the most innovative new bands and visual artists working today, as well as comedy showcases and so much more!
Lethbridge Multi-Cultural Centre Grand Opening Festival
Southern Alberta Ethnic Association
May 28, 2016
The grand opening event will have a festival atmosphere with live music, dancing, food vendors, building tours, face painting, and a bouncy castle. We hope to showcase our new building by celebrating diversity and multiculturalism in downtown Lethbridge.
Soar Emerging Artist Festival
June 1–5, 2016
Soar is an emerging artist festival in two parts—cabaret performances by young artists aged 18–35 for three nights and two days of professional development workshops, panel discussions, and artist talks for artists and arts enthusiasts of all ages.
Jazz in the Gardens
June 18, 2016
Jazz at the Gardens will be an afternoon of outstanding music to be enjoyed by all ages. A rich combination of local jazz and blues artists, as well as several of the Lethbridge Jazz Festival Headline artists will perform in Galt Gardens. The event will run from noon until suppertime and the music will be continuous. This event is free for everyone. In addition to the wide array of music, there will be various arts and crafts and food vendors on site, and for those who wish to partake, there will be a beer garden.
Casa & Galt Gardens, Pergola
Lethbridge’s Classical Music Festival
www.centricfestival.wix.com/2016 (Site launches Feb. 1, 2016)
Yates Memorial Centre
July 4–30, 2016
JukeBox will be an up-tempo, all-original, locally created Music-Comedy Revue. This live performance will include popular songs from throughout the decades which have proven popular with Southern Albertan audiences. This new production will feature well-liked, popular tunes from the last several decades, with hits by Bob Seger, Michael Jackson, Beach Boys, Beyonce, Adele, and more. Jukebox will have audiences grooving in the aisles. This new work will be created by professional performers and musicians from Southern Alberta.
Shakespeare in the Park
Galt Gardens, Pergola
July 14–August 12, 2016
This is the fifth annual season presented by Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society. 2016 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and his works are probably more widely admired and appreciated now than at any time in the past 400 years. The cast and creative team are drawn from senior University of Lethbridge theatre students and the community. This is a free event, although, donations are gratefully accepted following each performance.
Lethbridge (Various locations)
July 17–July 25, 2016
This event is intended to promote and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, two-spirited, and queer lifestyles, and involves a flag-raising ceremony, movie night, drag-themed event, youth and family dances, pride parade, games night, and variety show.
Lethbridge Electronic Music Festival
August 13, 2016
The fifth annual Lethbridge Electronic Music Festival (LEMF) is a free, all ages event, and will feature 24 local and regional electronic music acts on two stages over 12 hours in the heart of downtown Lethbridge. LEMF also features a beer garden, food and artisan vendors, and kid’s zone.
Tour of Alberta Prequel Cycling Festival
Lethbridge (Various locations)
August 3–31, 2016 (Various dates)
The Tour of Alberta Prequel Cycling Festival (TOAP) will be a series of five family-friendly, individual bicycle riding events that are intended to promote health and fitness in conjunction with the Tour of Alberta. The five cycling events that will comprise the TOAP will take place in each of the five weeks preceding the Prologue or lead-off race in the week-long Tour of Alberta. The prologue race will take place in Lethbridge on Wednesday, August 31. The first four events will take place at various sections of the City of Lethbridge pathway and trail network connecting with Downtown. The last event is intended to take place on the actual race course on August 30, the evening prior to the actual Prologue race.
Love & Records
September 17, 2016
Love & Records is Western Canada’s largest FREE outdoor record fair held annually at Galt Gardens in Downtown Lethbridge on the second Saturday in September; featuring 12+ hours of live music, a massive single-day selection of new/used music (CDs, LPs, 45s, 78s, and Tape), outdoor art gallery, beer gardens, food, family-fun, raffles, and more. Listen to the live broadcast at CKXU.com | 88.3FM.
Lethbridge Fringe Festival
Lethbridge (various locations)
September 15–September 18, 2016
Lethbridge Fringe Festival is a four-day celebration of creative theatre and live entertainment in Lethbridge. It’s a 100% uncensored, non-juried, non-curated theatre Festival open to any artist. 100 per cent of the ticket prices are returned to the artists. From political satire to children’s theatre to comedies and dramas, and slam poetry, anything’s possible!
The Word on the Street Festival
Lethbridge Public Library
September 25, 2016
The sixth annual Word on the Street Festival is an award-winning festival held in five cities across the country and one of the top literary events in Canada. The event brings together the community with literacy and literature creating opportunities for new ideas, new experiences, and an increased understanding of one another. Authors share their works with new audiences and share their experiences about writing.
Lethbridge Arts Days
September 26–October 2, 2016
Arts Days is a week-long celebration of the arts, and includes Art Walk, Gallery Hop, Live in Lethbridge and Family Affair on the Square, artist talks as well as several other events throughout the week.
October 29, 2016
The BRZ will be partnering with Casa to host a day of family-friendly fun and an evening of Halloween fun at Casa. The evening will include door prizes, a costume contest with prizes, and pumpkin carving judging—fun for all!
Bright Lights Festival
November 18, 2016
The 16th Annual Bright Lights Festival will kick off the holiday shopping season in downtown Lethbridge! We will have a variety of Classic Christmas movies and traditional hayrides; hot chocolate, hot apple cider, coffee, and popcorn will be available (free-of-charge) courtesy of downtown businesses; Santa visits for all the children; and Midnight Madness, where participating businesses will be providing Midnight Madness specials and keeping their doors open late into the evening.