2014 AIRdirondack Art Project Call for Submissions





Artists from the Airdrie area are invited to submit design concepts for the 2014 AIRdirondack Art Project.


Creative Airdrie (CAS), the organizing body behind the project, is looking for ten chairs to auction at the 5th annual Gala in September. All submissions will be juried by out-of-market arts experts, members of the project committee, and Qualico, the event’s major sponsor since its inception in 2010.

“The outstanding results, both in the caliber of the chairs presented and the final bidding numbers, showed us we were right to go to a juried process and we will be continuing with this process for 2014,” says Veronica Funk one of the project leads.

Selected artists will receive a chair designed and assembled by the Industrial Arts Program at Bert Church High School.

The deadline to submit a proposal is January 30 and the full info package is here or by emailing info@creativeairdrie.ca

Artists will receive a $100 honorarium and two tickets to the gala evening which takes place September 20, 2014 during ARTember celebrations.


For more information please contact:

AIRdirondack Project Coordinator Veronica Funk  info@veronicafunk.com

Creative Airdrie Society Vice Chair/Communications Sherry Shaw-Froggatt info@creativeairdrie.ca


2nd Awesome Airdrie Submissions Now Being Accepted


The Awesome Airdrie committee is getting ready to give away another $1000 cash to the most awesome idea. All anyone has to do is think of something awesome they want to do in Airdrie.
“That “awesome” can mean anything that can be achieved or at least started with $1000,” says Esau, “and is ideally something that will benefit our community, helps start a business or a just a really awesome idea.”
The cash is given with no strings attached, we just ask to be kept in the loop on how the idea comes to fulfilment,” says Leona Esau, Awesome Airdrie chair. Awesome ideas can now be submitted online at www.creativeairdrie.ca or www.awesomeairdriefoundation.ca. The deadline for submitting an awesome idea is March 4, 2012. Submissions from the first pitch in 2011 can be resubmitted.

Ten trustees are required to each donate $100 to make up the $1000 prize. Five are currently signed up. Gary, Lock, Keith Wilkinson, Sandi Christensen and Pat Cashion were so impressed with the first pitch session they offered to become trustees on the spot.

“I decided to become a trustee for Awesome Airdrie after listening to a father’s story about how his son prepared for the pitch session, how he and his brother conduct themselves at the events they perform at and how proud he was of his children; it told me how important community and family are – so it was easy to participate in an event that inspires awesome people in Airdrie,” says Trustee Gary Lock.
Keith Wilkinson was equally excited, “The difference my $100 could make to someone with a vision far exceeded my expectation. I encourage anyone to get on board and make Airdrie truly awesome.”

Supporting Local Airdrie Musicians (SLAM) won the first pitch and has already put their $1000 to work. SLAM representative Jay Stoudt said his bandmates from Steady the Wheel have agreed to donate $100 and have one trustee for the March Awesome Airdrie event. “We all remember the costs we faced starting out. Taking a chance and paying out of pocket was indeed a risk which could have failed. Now that we are established, we would like to help someone else see their idea through without the financial burden.”
The trustees are looking for 5 more awesome citizens or businesses to step up and commit $100 each, four times a year to coincide with the quarterly call for awesome ideas. All that is required of a trustee is to vote on submissions and judge at the pitch party. Interested trustees are asked to contact Leona Esau, Awesome Airdrie Chair at 403-948-8800 ext 8769. “

The finalists will be announced March 9 and four pitches will be made to the trustees March 21. A highlight of the evening will be performances by members of SLAM.


Airdrie Festival of Lights Ranks in Top Ten in Canada

Where.ca lists the ten top outdoor holiday light displays/shows on their website and Airdrie is right up there with some of the largest cities in Canada including Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver.

Titled “Ten Dazzling Holiday Light Displays Across Canada” the online feature showcases displays across the country and provides links to each light display/show website.

“On behalf of all the volunteers who have worked so hard over the past 16 years, I’m thrilled about this national recognition for the Airdrie Festival of Lights Society,” said Robert Abbott, Chair of the Airdrie Festival of Lights. “Not only is this great news for the volunteers who manage for the Festival, but for everyone in Airdrie. Our city has national stature.”


The Airdrie Festival of Lights is open every night including Christmas and New Year’s eve.

Make it a part of your holiday traditions by working off that turkey with family and friends.

Best part? Its all free!  www.airdriefestivaloflights.com

5 Course Dinner & Wine Pairings to Support Creative Airdrie

The Art of the Dish

Come January we all will have cabin fever, bored of pizza and in need of a night on the town. Look no further than the Art of the Dish, a charity dinner featuring five courses by Alberta Culinary team chef Tony Hon and wine pairings by Bonvida Wines.  This expectional evening takes place Janurary 28, 2012 at The WOODS, the reinvention of the Homestread Restaurant at Woodside Golf Course (you won’t believe your eyes or tastebuds!)

This is the first chance Airdrie and area foodies will  have to sample the new menu, new wine list and new decor. The evening will feature live blues by the legendary Lou Rye.

Tickets are $125 per person or you can purchase a table of 8 for $900. All proceeds from the evening with be split 50/50 between the Creative Airdrie Society and The Airdrie Foodbank  (because man cannot live by bread alone).

 Tickets are available online now at:


or you can call the The Woods at 403.948.7416