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Friday Festival Events Feature Music, Art, Craft Beer, 2019 Winter Games Downtown


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Thanks to The City of Red Deer for the 2019 Canada Winter Games Festival

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Meet Queen Elsa

Join Queen Elsa to celebrate the magic of Winter on Little Gaetz (50) Avenue! From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Elsa will be available for meet & greets and photos. Stroll with her along Little Gaetz (50) Avenue between 48 & 49 Street. This event is open to the public and free to attend. Photos are allowed, but a photographer will not be present. Feel free to use your own camera or cell phone for pictures.

  • Little Gaetz Avenue, 4815 50th Ave
  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Live Lunch Performance at City Hall Park Plaza

Friday, March 1 from 12 – 1 PM: Bob Shortt

  • City Hall Park Plaza, 4914 – 48 Avenue
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM



Join Eco-Tree for a wood milling demonstration and workshops with Sawing for Schools.

  • Little Gaetz Avenue , 4815 50 Avenue
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

52° North Music + Cultural Festival

This free, non-ticketed outdoor festival includes a variety of activities for you and your family to enjoy from February 16 to March 1. Activities include: Artisan Avenue and Alberta Craft Council markets, Crokicurl, Snow Maze, Ice Slide, Skating and so much more!

  • Gary W. Harris Celebration Plaza, 5205 48th Ave
  • 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Craft Beverage Sampling

Come downtown to sample local fare and taste beer, spirits & sodas at The Scott Block Theatre. We’ve teamed up with local restaurants, breweries and distilleries to provide a menu that is crafted right here in central Alberta. It’s a great stop to make on your way home from work or on your way to the 52˚ North Music + Cultural Festival. Craft Beverage Sampling happens from 4 – 7 p.m. March 1 & 2. Admission is free. Photo I.D. is required to purchase alcohol. Sampling tickets are $1 each. Today’s craft beverages are Blindman Brewing, Olds College Brewery, Snake Lake Brewing Co, Hawk Tail Brewery and Sawback Brewing Co. Food by State & Main (Golden West). Entertainment by Ryan Marchant.

  • Scott Block Theatre, 4816 50 Avenue
  • 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Live Evening Performance at City Hall Park Plaza

Friday, March 1 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.: Bob Shortt

  • City Hall Park Plaza, 4914 – 48 Avenue
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM


Chainsaw Carving

Come watch Chainsaw Spirit turn wood into unique pieces of art! Each carving takes approximately 30 minutes and is outdoors. Proudly sponsored by ENMAX.

  • Little Gaetz , 4815 50 Avenue
  • 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

First Fridays Red Deer: Hiding in Plain Sight

Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada. The galleries will be open from 5-8 pm for viewing. Join a MAG Staff for a guided tour beginning at 6 pm. First Fridays Red Deer at the MAG are free to attend but donations are welcome. Enjoy some light refreshments and snacks.

ABOUT HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: DISCOVERING THE METIS NATION IN THE ARCHIVAL RECORDS OF LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA: Explore some of the rich history of the Métis Nation by visiting Hiding in Plain Sight: Discovering the Métis Nation in the Archival Records of Library and Archives Canada. The travelling exhibition is on display at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery from December 15, 2018 to March 10, 2019. This exhibition explores the portrayal of the Métis people—some of whom are “hiding in plain sight”—in reproductions of artworks and photographic collections, and in the accompanying archival descriptions. The exhibition aims to foster a better understanding of the history and culture of the Métis Nation. The exhibition was developed by Library and Archives Canada in collaboration with the Manitoba Metis Federation and the Métis National Council, with the support of the Government of Canada.

  • Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery, 4501 47A Av
  • 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

First Friday Red Deer

First Friday Red Deer is the free monthly event where downtown art galleries hold show openings and special events. The Kiwanis Gallery and Snell Auditorium are located in the basement of the Red Deer Public Library, Downtown Branch, 4818 49 Street, Red Deer. For March, the Kiwanis Gallery is excited to host the group exhibit, “Baby It’s Cold Out Here” with several of the 21 artists showcased in attendance from 6 to 8 pm. We will also have live instrumental music, performer TBD.

  • Red Deer Public Library – Downtown Branch, 4914 48 Av
  • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Winter Games Exhibit – “Baby, It’s Cold Out Here!, in the Kiwanis Gallery

You might want to bring a parka to the Kiwanis Gallery’s upcoming show, “Baby, It’s Cold Out Here!” February 20 to April 22, 2019. This juried exhibition features visual arts members of the Red Deer Arts Council, giving us their impressions and interpretations of a Canadian winter. The theme helps to celebrate the Canada Winter Games being held in Red Deer from February 15 to March 3, and reminds us that, as a northern city, we can choose to embrace and participate in our uncomfortable winters. Artists were offered a wide-open theme, to be inspired by how Canadians spend winter, what we think of winter, or what we do in winter. (No flying south allowed!) We selected the work of 21 artists, and the results are frigidly fabulous! First Friday Opening: March 1, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Artists will be in attendance. A musical performance will highlight the evening.

  • Kiwanis Gallery, Red Deer Public Library, 4818 49 Street
  • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Orbit Exhibit opening reception with artist Amy Sallenbach

Join Harris-Warke Gallery and artist Amy Sallenbach for an opening reception for her exhibition Orbit on First Friday, March 1st, 6-8 p.m. refreshments, artist in attendance learn more about the artist at: Harris-Warke Gallery 4924 Ross Street (upstairs in Sunworks), Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 1X7

  • Harris-Warke Gallery , 4924 Ross Street (upstairs in Sunworks), Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 1X7
  • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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Gift that keeps giving: 35 Alberta non-profits funded through the 2019 Canada Winter Games Legacy Fund

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From the Canada Games Council


Legacy Fund Society awards legacy funds to not-for-profits across Alberta

The 2019 Canada Winter Games Legacy Fund Society has awarded the financial legacy from the 2019 Games to not-for-profit sport and community organizations across Alberta.

“The Legacy Fund Society is pleased to announce that we have awarded $655,000 in grants to 35 not-for-profit sport and community organizations across Alberta,” said Guy Pelletier, Legacy Fund Society Chair. “The grants support a wide variety of projects across the province. These organizations and their respective projects build on the numerous legacies of the 2019 Games.”

Through a grant application process in early 2021, the Legacy Fund Society received and reviewed funding requests for 200 projects from nearly 150 organizations at a value of over $7.1 million.‍

“The response to our call for applications was phenomenal. There was no shortage of meaningful and innovative projects,” said Pelletier.

“The 2019 Canada Games in Red Deer were truly transformative and continue to foster meaningful legacies across Alberta,” said Kelly-Ann Paul, Senior Vice-President of Host Relations at the Canada Games Council. “These legacy grants will enrich and uplift organizations and communities as we strive to strengthen the fabric of Canada through the power of sport.”

Requests for funding were reviewed and evaluated based on their alignment with the values of the 2019 Games and distributed in four categories: athlete and coach or official development; infrastructure or equipment development or acquisition; sport development capacity building; and non-sport or discretionary projects.

The following is a listing of the organizations who were awarded funding:

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2019 Canada Winter Games Chair Lyn Radford Wins STC Sport Event Volunteer of the Year Award

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From the Canada Games Council

Lyn Radford, Chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Sport Tourism Canada (STC) Sport Event Volunteer of the Year Award.

The presentation of the 2020 PRESTIGE awards, postponed from last year, were hosted virtually as a gala on-line production. The presentation was hosted by Olympian, World Cup medallist and CBC Broadcaster Kelly VanderBeek.

The STC Sport Event Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of an individual’s volunteer efforts during the hosting of one or more sport events in Canada in 2019.

Lyn Radford Background and Accomplishments

-Lyn Radford served as the Chair of the 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society from 2014 – 2019

-Lyn oversaw the leadership, planning, execution, governance, and fundraising of the 2019 Canada Games, while serving as the primary spokesperson for the organization

-She is the first singular female Chairperson of a Host Society in Canada Games history

Lyn has volunteered her time to other major events throughout Red Deer and Alberta including the following:

  • 2003, 2006 and 2007 Bid Committee member for Alberta & Western Canada Games
  • Committee member for 2013 Memorial Cup Bid
  • Chair of the 2006 Alberta Summer Games
  • Directed the 2010 Olympic Torch Celebration
  • Served as a Director for 1998 Alberta Winter Games
  • Served as a Director for the 2004 and 2012 Scotties Tournament of Hearts
  • Served as a Director for the inaugural 2013 Tour of Alberta cycling race
  • Served as Capital Campaign Chair for Red Deer’s Ronald McDonald House
  • Founding member of both the Alberta Sport Development Centre – Central and the Red Deer Leadership Centre
  • Served on the Alberta Sport Connection as the Provincial Games Chair
  • Served as a Director on Red Deer College’s Board of Governors

Lyn has been recognized through various other awards including:

  • 2005 Alberta Centennial Medal for Volunteer Service
  • 2006 Toyota Never Quit Award
  • 2007 Mayors Award of Distinction for Volunteer Service
  • Red Deer’s 2009 Citizen of the Year
  • 2011 Women of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award winner
  • Governor General of Canada 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2019 City of Red Deer Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2019 honorary bachelor of interdisciplinary studies degree

“The 2019 Canada Winter Games were an incredible event that showcased our nation’s top amateur athletes and left behind a legacy of infrastructure, sustainability, and community pride in Red Deer. Lyn Radford was the driving force behind how successful these Games were, and we are grateful for the years of hard work and dedication she invested in the 2019 Canada Winter Games. The Canada Games are stronger than ever because of Lyn, and we’re thrilled that she’s being recognized for all of her accomplishments.”

Evan Johnston, Chair, Canada Games Council

“Congratulations to Lyn on being recognized  by Sport Tourism as the Sport Event Volunteer of the Year.  What a well deserved honor. Lyn has worked tirelessly as a volunteer for all of her adult life. No task is too small or too large for her to tackle. But the legacy of her volunteerism goes deeper than just her own involvement in a myriad of activities and events. She leads, motivates, encourages, cajoles and celebrates in such an infectious manner that the result is literally thousands of people who are giving back to their community because of her passion for commitment. The 2019 Canada Winter Games was just one of many opportunities for her to lead others to impact our community. I am sure all of the nominees have been involved in their events because of an intrinsic motivation to make a difference.  And Lyn was no different. Her motivation is never about self but about transforming community and people. During one day in the preparation for the Games, Lyn made an important presentation to our political leaders in the morning, helped with the orientation of volunteers in the afternoon and then was found hanging ornamental snowflakes from the light posts of main street in the evening. She exemplifies the saying ‘life is short-do stuff that matters-for and with others.”

Hugh McPherson, Vice Chair, 2019 Canada Winter Games Host Society

“Thank you to Sport Tourism Canada for recognizing the 2019 Canada Winter Games, and the hard work of our “force-to-be-reckoned with” Chair, Lyn Radford. This award recognizes the leadership, strength and fortitude demonstrated by our Chair, Lyn Radford and CEO, Scott Robinson, and the more than 5,000 incredible community volunteers. We made this once-in-a-lifetime moment ours, as individuals, as a community, and as a country in pursuit of possibilities. Congratulations Lyn on this prestigious award.”

Tara Veer, Mayor of Red Deer

About the Canada Games

Held once every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games are the largest multi-sport event in Canada for up and coming amateur athletes. Each Games features two weeks of competition, between 16 – 19 sports, approximately 3,400 summer and 2,350 winter athletes, and over 4,000 volunteers. Hosted in every province at least once since their inception in Quebec City in 1967, the Games are proud of their contribution to Canada’s sport development system in addition to their lasting legacy of sport facilities, community pride and national unity.

The organization of the Canada Games is made possible thanks to the contribution and support of the Government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, host municipalities and the Canada Games Council.

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