Night of the Arts to recognize local artists

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Local artists will be recognized at the fourth annual Airdrie Mayor’s Night of the Arts (AMNA) presented by TD Canada Trust at Bert Church LIVE Theatre Jan. 27.

Six awards are being presented, including the Patron of the Arts Award, Champion of the Arts Award, Professional Artist Award, Emerging Artist Award, Youth Artist Award and Arts Educator Award.

“It’s a night of celebration to recognize not only the talent in our community but all of the work that goes on behind the scenes,” said Sherry Shaw-Froggat, artistic director of the show.

The top three finalists for each of the categories are listed on the AMNA website and the winners will be announced at the event. Nominations are open year-round and finalists are chosen by third-party adjudicators, according to Shaw-Froggat.

A variety of local and regional acts are lined up for the event, including opera singer Barbara King, 2017 YYC Music Awards Female Artist of the Year Amy Hef and local rap and hip-hop artist Willy Snypes.

There will also be a performance by T. Bukley Trio, a staple in the Alberta roots music scene, as well as a collaboration between the three Youth Artist Award finalists – dancer Jillian Frederick, musician Rex Mulder and pianist Bethany Taylor.

The senior jazz band from George McDougall High School will also be performing at the event.

“The whole idea is to give everybody a real mash of musical performance experiences,” Shaw-Froggat said. “To highlight what we have and what we have the potential to have.”

Attendees will also be treated to a glass of prosecco, appetizers and dessert bar. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and awards will be announced at 8 p.m. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time. They are $40 or $25 for seniors, and are available through ticketpro.ca

Shaw-Froggat said the event is a combination of showing Airdrie to the world and the world to Airdrie. She encourages residents to attend for a great evening out and to show support for Airdrie’s arts community.

“It’s a first-class evening. It’s a great way to start the year,” she said. “We’re excited to see Airdrie come out and celebrate with us.”

For more information on the event and finalists, visit info1596049.wixsite.com/amnas

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