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Celebrate Downtown 2017 Award Nominees

A total of 49 outstanding organizations, events, businesses and individuals are nominated for this year's Celebrate Downtown awards. Winners will be announced at an awards event May 10.

Established in 2016 by the Heart of Our City Committee, Celebrate Downtown Awards recognize outstanding efforts in enhancing downtown Lethbridge.

"These outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations have been nominated for awards because they invested time, ideas and capital into our downtown to make it more beautiful, livable, exciting, vibrant, accessible and sustainable," said Dawn Leite, Heart of the City Committee member and Chairperson of the Celebrate Downtown event.

Awards will be handed out in the following seven categories:

  • Back in the Day AwardRecognizes a nominee who has contributed to the preservation of downtown Lethbridge
  • Champagne AwardRecognizes a nominee who deserves a toast for all they do as an incredible volunteer and champion for a vibrant downtown
  • Hip Downtown Transformation AwardRecognizes a nominee who is leading a transformation of downtown spaces, business, neighbourhoods, activities and/or events that make Lethbridge's downtown just that much cooler
  • Running with the Bulls AwardRecognizes a nominee who takes on great risks and is not scared to challenge the status quo in working to create, maintain, support and/or promote an exciting downtown
  • Taking Care of Business AwardRecognizes a nominee who is committed to taking care of the downtown community, including its streetscapes and spaces, to build a beautiful downtown – also recognizes those who are not scared to get their hands dirty to get it done and are often unsung heroes
  • From the HeartRecognizes a nominee  who is a social change agent who is creating an inclusive downtown and is involved in making downtown a welcome place for all
  • Downtown Event of The Year Recognizes a nominee event that's committed to creating a vibrant and inclusive downtown

Award recipients will be announced at the Celebrate Downtown 2017 Event at Casa on Wednesday, May 10 from 5:30-7 p.m. The Celebrate Downtown 2017 Event is sponsored by the Heart of Our City Committee. There is no cost to attend, but space for attendees is limited to 200. RSVPs to attend the event will be accepted until May 3 unless capacity is reached before then. To register for tickets, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/celebrate-downtown-tickets-32282697417.

For more information, visit: www.lethbridge.ca/HeartofOurCity.

Media Contact:
George Kuhl, Planning Initiatives Manager
403-320-3926
george.kuhl@lethbridge.ca

 

Celebrate Downtown 2017 Awards Nominees

NOMINEES: BACK IN THE DAY AWARD

  • Belinda Crowson
  • Downtown History & Beer Tour
  • Draffin's Pharmasave
  • Telegraph Tap House

 

NOMINEES: CHAMPAGNE AWARD

  • Melissa Johnson
  • Muffy McKay (Art Walk)
  • The Penny Coffee House
  • Southern Alberta Art Gallery 

NOMINEES: DOWNTOWN EVENT OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Ammena Dance Company: An Explosion of World Dance & Music
  • Apple Fest
  • Lethbridge Arts Days
  • Electric Eye Music Festival
  • Whoop-Up Days Parade
  • Lethbridge Pride Fest
  • Love & Records
  • Oktoberfest YQL
  • Lethbridge Shakespeare-In-The-Park
  • Tuba Christmas
  • University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music Lunch & Listen Concert Series 

NOMINEES: FROM THE HEART AWARD

  • Catwalk Salon & Spa
  • Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism & Discrimination (CMARD) Lethbridge
  • Drunken Sailor
  • Lethbridge Family Services – Immigrant Services
  • Lethbridge Pride Fest
  • Lethbridge United (Shan Nan, Kristina Larkin, Miranda Hlady, Lindsay Porter)
  • Naturista's
  • Phil Travalia (Park Place Mall)
  • Solidance South
  • Southern Alberta Art Gallery
  • Wade Hlady 

NOMINEES: HIP DOWNTOWN TRANSFORMATION AWARD

  • Blueprint Records
  • Kapow Ltd. Comics, Cards & Games
  • O2 Training Centre
  • Owl Acoustic Lounge
  • Southern Alberta Ethnic Association
  • Stone Arbour Developments (Suites 601)
  • The Port: Co-working Space
  • The Word-On-The Street Festival
  • Tyler Stewart 

NOMINEES: RUNNING WITH THE BULLS AWARD

  • Hunter Heggie & Brian Vandenberg
  • Lethbridge Pride Fest
  • Loralee Sand-Edwards - Drunken Sailor
  • Telegraph Tap House
  • The Port: Co-working Space
  • Southern Alberta Art Gallery 

NOMINEES: TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS AWARD

  • Joseph Euphemia
  • Judi Dormaar
  • Levi Cox
  • Melissa Johnson