Airdrie's inaugural Multicultural festival to be held on July 1 -  Airdrie CultureFest - has added a headliner performance to their attractions.

St. Lucia-born soca artist, producer, and songwriter, Motto, will be the headliner performance on the main stage starting at 6 p.m.

"To begin with, we had 1 till 6 p.m. blocked off for our mainstage to have cultural performances every 20 to 30 minutes; just a variety from diverse backgrounds performing and sharing; whether it's music or bands or dance performances," said Kimberley Glass, a member of the Airdrie CultureFest committee. "Then we just had the bright idea that maybe we should add a headliner... Motto [is] a pretty big producer, songwriter, and performer down in the Caribbean and he's made his way up here as well."

Motto will be joining the festivities from 6 to 8 p.m. When asked what the booking of this artist meant for the first-time event in Airdrie, Glass said that it had all been shaped by the public's enthusiasm for the event.

"Once we could see there was an excitement; this anticipation and celebration of having something like this for the first time in Airdrie - we wanted to go bigger," she said. 

While, initially the members of the committee were focused on this year's event, there are now plans for the future.

"Let's use our learned lessons from this year to move forward into next year. What would it take for us to get different grants available to us and different title sponsors?" Glass said. "There's been some definite conversations about moving forward and making this an actual annual event."

While the festival is only one week away, there is still plenty of time to be a part of it. Glass said that Airdrie CultureFest is still looking for a title sponsor and volunteers.

"It takes a village to raise a baby like this. We're looking for people who are interested in and support the culture communities in Airdrie and want to be part of it. We want everyone to come and celebrate with us."

Airdrie CultureFest will be held from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Nose Creek Park, hosted by the Airdrie CultureFest Committee.

Airdrie's Canada Day 

On Monday, July 1, the day will begin at 8 a.m. at Airdrie City Hall, where a free Canada Day breakfast hosted by the Kin Club of Airdrie will take place till 10 a.m.

"There will be a 50/50 raffle, and donations will be welcomed as this is a fundraiser for community non-profits. The breakfast is available for the first 1,500 parade-goers." the city said.

The Canada Day Parade will occur in downtown Airdrie from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by various other events until 4 p.m.

"Don’t rush off after the parade! Stroll through Downtown and discover our local businesses' exciting offerings and celebrations," The City added. 

The Airdrie Pro Rodeo will continue (beginning June 28) from 2:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Airdrie Rodeo Grounds.

While the day is meant to end with fireworks, the City has underlined that due to water main infrastructure issues discovered in Calgary, Airdrie remains under a fire ban.

"The City of Airdrie will continue to monitor this situation closely and will make adjustments to the fireworks event if the fire ban is still in effect for July 1."

If the fireworks go ahead as previously planned, they will happen from 10:45 p.m. to 11:05 p.m. at the Chinook Winds Regional Park. The City hosts the fireworks, a 20-minute brilliant and dazzling artistic light performance to enjoy. 

mCanada Day fireworks can be seen from different vantage points around the city. (Graphic credit to The City of Airdrie)

Canada Day fireworks can be seen from different vantage points around the city. (Graphic credit to The City of Airdrie)

Parking is limited. Available parking lots near the site are:

  • Rocky View Schools
  • W.H. Croxford High School 
  • Chinook Winds Regional Park

Vantage point locations are:

  • Windsong School
  • Coopers Crossing School
  • Living Springs Church
  • Daybreak Church

"The fireworks show is visible from multiple locations. Grab blankets, lawn chairs and refreshments to watch the show."

What are other towns and cities planning for Canada Day?

The Town of Carstairs has scheduled fireworks for Canada Day evening. 

"Celebrate Canada Day fireworks at the Carstairs Community Golf Course. The fireworks display will be at dusk, usually around 9:30 pm," the town's website stated.

Those wanting the best seats are encouraged to head to the golf course a little earlier and grab a seat in the Ironwood Restaurant. The Town of Didsbury also has a full day of Canada Day events, beginning at 1 p.m. Canada Day fireworks are also slated to happen after dark.

"Join us on July 1 for Didsbury's Canada Day celebration! An inflatable obstacle course, games, crafts, treats (including a Canada Day cake!), and displays will be a go from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Museum and 'Moose Fence Park'! The Didsbury Aquatic Centre also hosts a free public swim from 1-5 pm. Then, after dark, the Didsbury Fire Department will put on a fantastic fireworks display," The town stated on its social media.

The Town of Olds also has Canada Day celebrations planned, with a parade going ahead at 10 a.m. in the town.

"Canada Day Parade begins at 10:00 am with activities in Centennial Park to follow."

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