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Three big events may be coming to Red Deer over next two years

Three big events may be coming to Red Deer over next two years

The $95,000, intended to further the development and diversification of the events, are to be distributed as follows:

  • $20,000: 2022 Canadian Men’s Senior Golf Championship
  • $25,000: 2022 Red Deer International Powwow
  • $50,000: Canadian International Air Race Championship

“Events like these serve to develop a strong local connection to events, illustrate what Red Deer can offer, support the recovery of hard-hit industries, and showcases the strong volunteer leadership local citizens offer to events,” said Mayor Ken Johnston.

The Canadian Men’s Senior Golf Championship is set to take place from Sept. 5-9, 2022, with over 160 players from across Canada and internationally and attract 500-700 spectators. Requesting $20,000, the event is sanctioned by Golf Canada and to be promoted through their marketing channels. The Red Deer Golf and Country Club will host the event and will also celebrate its 100th anniversary at the same time. The event is expected to bring in over $387,000 to the local economy.

The International Red Deer Powwow, scheduled for Oct. 21-23, 2022, initially requested $60,000. With over 1,000 participants involved and an estimated 5,000 or more spectators, the event is expected to bring in $2.5 million. Their second international event in Red Deer is aimed to honor Indigenous languages and offer an educational experience to Central Albertans on Indigenous Culture, Arts and Truth & Reconciliation. Hosted at the Peavey Mart Centrium, the event will consist of traditional powwow activities like drumming, with singers and dancers from across North America. There will also be a trade show and a youth conference.

The Canadian International Air Race Championship is said to be an internationally world-class aviation festival for three days in July 2023. Requesting $50,000, it is expected to impact the city the most, bringing in $91.7 million, with over 200 teams involved and 30,000 spectators per day. The event aims to address industry skill shortages by engaging youth in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, particularly in aviation.

“We are glad to support these events as they showcase our community on the national and international stage,” said Mayor Johnston. “These events highlight some early successes of our Major Event Strategy and Destination Development Framework (MESDDF) in bringing diverse events of all sizes to our community, celebrating sport, festival and culture.”

The MESDDF was approved by city council in April 2021 to position Red Deer as a “premier tourism and event destination in Canada”, according to council’s meeting agenda.

Rene Rondeau, Executive Director of Tourism Red Deer, supported the funding, echoing similar reasons as the mayor, in a letter to council.

The City’s Event Hosting & Outgoing Event Sponsorship Fund was established in 2020 to support events in Red Deer. It has supported past events such as the Canadian Finals Rodeo, Pickleball Canada National Championship, Men’s AAA National Championship and the WHL Cup.

Applications for funding are made through The City’s MyEvents portal. Prior to the three requests, the remaining funds totaled $166,100 for event sponsorship and $70,000 for activation funds.

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Painting party, live music, art talks on tap at Deer Lake Gallery

Painting party, live music, art talks on tap at Deer Lake Gallery

Find arty fun for folks of all ages at Burnaby Arts Council’s gallery.

Live arts have returned in full force – and the Burnaby Arts Council is ready to celebrate. 

The arts council’s Deer Lake Gallery has some special events going on in March.

Here’s a few options for those who are eager to get back out into the world again:

Paint party: Saturday, March 19, 7 to 9 p.m.

Are you ready to paint?

Enjoy an evening with paint, drinks, snacks and good company, as arts council member and local artist Alyx Essers-Silverman leads a paint-along with step-by-step instructions.

No experience is needed, just your enthusiasm to follow along and have fun. The ticket price includes all art supplies, plus a drink of your choice. Light snacks will also be provided.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for children. One ticket includes a drink, apron, and all painting supplies. Sign up in advance through Eventbrite.


Art Talks artists meet and greet: Saturday, March 19, noon to 4 p.m.

You can drop in to the gallery to meet artists participating in the current exhibition, Art Talks.The final of three Saturday drop-ins happens this weekend (March 19) with artists Dorothy Doherty and Sande Walters.


Art Talks closing reception: Friday, March 25, 3 to 5 p.m.

With the COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time, the gallery was only able to host a virtual opening for the show – so it’s making up for it with a live, in-person closing reception. All the artists will be on hand to celebrate the show one final time.

Keep an eye on the arts council’s website for full details as the reception approaches.


Live at the Gallery: Classy with Will Clements, Sunday, March 26, 6 to 8 p.m.

With Live at the Gallery, the arts council connects the visual and the musical arts, and the fans of both, to present live music in the gallery setting.

This performance series features all kinds of performers, from the sweet sounds of classical music to chilled-out beats of local folk bands. 

The coming session features “classy friends, fancy clothes, and an evening with drinks, snacks and jazz,” as the arts council bills it.

It features Will Clements, a Vancouver-based performer, educator, recording artists and arranger – who’s been described by CBC Music as having a “fantastic and easy voice.”

Register for the session at Eventbrite.


What to know about COVID-19 protocols at Deer Lake Gallery

If you just want to drop in to the gallery, you don’t require proof of vaccination, but if you’re attending an event (including all of those listed above), you will need to show your proof of double vaccination (18+ years old) with a piece of government-issued photo ID.

For youth, the following policy applies:

Youth aged 12 to 18 can carry their own BC Vaccine Card or have a trusted adult carry it for them. Youth are not required to show valid government photo ID.

  • 12-year-olds only need to show proof of one dose of vaccine
  • 13- to 18-year-olds need to show proof of two doses of vaccine

Masks are required while indoors at all times for everyone who enters the gallery or participates in an event.

The gallery is at 6584 Deer Lake Ave.

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