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Culture at the Creek looking for artists

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 10:13 am

Local band Bone Cold Mama performed on stage at last year's Culture at the Creek at Nose Creek Park. Culture at the Creek organizers are looking for performers, vendors and artists to participate in this year's event from Spet. 26 to 28.
Local band Bone Cold Mama performed on stage at last year's Culture at the Creek at Nose Creek Park. Culture at the Creek organizers are looking for performers, vendors and artists to participate in this year's event from Spet. 26 to 28.
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Calling all artists – Culture at the Creek organizers are accepting applications for performers for the Zytech stage, roving performers to entertain throughout Nose Creek Park, artists for Artisan’s Alley and food vendors to keep festival-goers well fed during this year’s Culture at the Creek from Sept. 26 to 28.

“We’ve added some exciting new elements to make the entertainment more accessible to visitors,” said ARTember Chair Michelle Wagner in a press release.

“We are installing a clam-shell-style band stand sponsored by Zytech Industries, which will allow for festival seating on the grass so we will be encouraging families to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to make a day of it, just hanging out, listening to and watching some great performers.”

The addition of the Airdrie Farmers’ Market Food Truck Frenzy on Sept. 27 has resulted in extended hours for Zytech stage to 7 p.m. on the Saturday with Namibian singer/songwriter Garth Prince and his band as the final performers.

“We are looking for a great section of the community and southern Alberta,” Wagner said. “We are also encouraging multicultural groups to share their culture on stage.”

Wagner added SLAM (Supporting Local Airdrie Musicians) will have several slots on stage to showcase area bands.

ARTember Co-Chair Sherry Shaw-Froggatt said all performers must be family friendly and will have 30-minute time slots.

Honorariums will be provided to most acts and Shaw-Froggatt said the event will be promoted across southern Alberta as part of Alberta Culture Days.

“Honorariums are dependent on final Alberta Culture Day funding (not announced yet) and range from $50 to $300 for individuals and groups based on experience and skill level,” Shaw-Froggatt said.

She added all performer applicants must provide a video link of a sample performance to info@creativeairdrie.ca by June 30 and musicians must register through SLAM to participate.

In addition to Zytech performers Shaw-Froggatt said they are also looking for roving performers who don’t require a stage such as stilt walkers or balloon animal artists. She added roving performers are also eligible for an honorarium of $50 to $125 based on experience and skill level.

Artists also need to fill a limited number of covered booth spots for $20 each at the Airdrie Regional Arts Society’s Artisan’s Alley, a place for artists to showcase and sell their work during the festival.

Interested artists can contact Glen Collins at glen52@platinum.ca and must be present at the event for all three days of the festival.

Food vendors are also encouraged to participate in the three-day festival that wraps up ARTember because the Food Truck Frenzy is only on Sept. 27.

The cost for all three days of the event is $50 or $30 for not-for-profit organizations and all vendors not part of Artisan’s Alley are responsible for their own tents or tables.


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