The Art of Giving – The Mayor’s Celebration for Business and the Arts
The Art of Giving – The Mayor’s Celebration for Business and the Arts

The annual Mayor’s Luncheon for Business and the Arts rebranded as The Art of Giving – The Mayor’s Celebration for Business and the Arts, will be broadcast live from Casa, celebrating and recognizing the important relationship between the municipal government, business and the arts community. The Art of Giving will be presented, LIVE, on Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 7:00 pm on Shaw Channel 9 and YouTube. Click to reserve your ticket!

View The Art of Giving program on

Watch on YouTube starting at 6:45.

In addition to the presentation of the annual awards, the hour-long arts showcase will feature performances by some of Lethbridge’s most well known performing artists, including Gabriel Thaine (singer/songwriter), Catherine McLaughlin (dancer), Claire Lint (dancer), and John Wort Hannam (singer/songwriter).

Make The Art of Giving a physically distanced watch-party. The Italian Table has curated an add-on package to order in advance and enjoy while watching the show.

Sugar & Spice & a Bottle of Nice Add-On Package

For two (2) people, the package costs $70 plus GST. (1 Aperitivo, 2 desserts, 1 bottle of wine)

For four (4) people, the package costs $140 plus GST. (Double the package = 2 Aperitivo, 4 desserts and 2 bottles of wine)

Sugar & Spice & a Bottle of Nice includes:

Choice of Aperitivo: Choose either Traditional Antipasto (four meats, five cheeses, artisan bread, olives, pickled vegetables) or Bruschetta (tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, grana padano, lemon, capers, herb cream cheese, baguette, basil) and Arancini (crispy mushroom risotto, grana padano, ranch, romesco sauce)

DessertsOlive Oil Cake (olive oil cake, mascarpone, limoncello, strawberry, cream) and Tiramisu (lady fingers, espresso, egg, mascarpone, cocoa, kahlua)

Choice of wine: Choose either Monte Antico Sangiovese (Italy) or Seven Terraces Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand).

Click to purchase Sugar & Spice & a Bottle of Nice

The 2020 award recipients include:

Allied Arts Council Aspiring Artist Award:

The Aspiring Artist Award, introduced in 2019, recognizes a young artist, in the grades 9 through 12, in the Lethbridge region who is working to advance and enhance the arts in Lethbridge. The award has a value of $1,000 and is intended to support and encourage artistic work. Janelle Wipf is a pianist and vocalist dedicated to becoming a well-rounded musician. She is self-motivated, engaged, creative and a leader among her peers at CCH and the University of Lethbridge Conservatory of Music.

Allied Arts Council Young Artist Award:

The Young Artist Award recognizes a young artist in the Lethbridge region who is working to advance and enhance the arts in Lethbridge. The award has a value of $1,000 and is intended to support and encourage artistic work. Nole Richardson is a theatre designer and technician. Passionate about the Lethbridge theatre scene, Nole’s creativity and devotion to his art and theatre in Lethbridge make him deserving of the Allied Arts Council Young Artist Award.

Allied Arts Council Excellence (AACE) Awards:

The AACE Individual Award recognizes a person who had made philanthropic contributions to an organization and thereby enhanced the entire arts community. John & Lynn Gilliat, nominated by the Lethbridge Symphony, are being recognized for their contributions to the arts community through their significant volunteer work with the Lethbridge Symphony and the former Lethbridge Youth Strings Association. John & Lynn have performed with the Lethbridge Symphony for 40 years; John has served on the Lethbridge Symphony’s Artistic Committee and Board of Directors for several years; and through the Lethbridge Youth Strings Association, provided many young string players with the opportunity to learn and perform in string ensembles.

The AACE Business Award recognizes a business in the community that has made outstanding philanthropic contributions and thereby enhances the entire arts community. This year’s recipient is North & Company LLP. North & Company, nominated by the Allied Arts Council and SAAG, is being recognized for its continuous sponsorship support for both organizations over the past 15 years.

The AACE Service Organization Award recognizes a club, service organization or non-for-profit group that has contributed to the Lethbridge community through the arts. The Helen Schuler Nature Centre, nominated by the Allied Arts Council, is being recognized for its efforts in engaging artists in their community exhibition space, providing opportunities for artists to install in the nature reserve and worked with the Public Art Committee on both a significant installation and small project grants.

Joan Waterfield Memorial Award:

The Joan Waterfield Memorial Award is awarded each year to a deserving recipient who is recognized by their contemporaries for advancing and enhancing the arts in Lethbridge. Mary-Lynn Muhly, nominated by Lethbridge Musical Theatre, is this year’s Joan Waterfield Memorial Award recipient. Mary-Lynn has been a pillar for Lethbridge’s theatre community, serving in various positions such as a props mistress, set dresser, assistant stage manager, stage crew, and recently, director. Mary-Lynn has also served many years on the boards for Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society, Playgoers of Lethbridge and Lethbridge Musical Theatre.

This event is made possible through the continued support of our partners:

ATB Financial/ATB Wealth
Val Matteotti Ranches Ltd.

FWBA Architects
North & Company LLP

Avail CPA
The Italian Table
Songer Architecture Inc.

dwr consulting
The Art of Strategy
Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce
Westwinds Management Solutions – Shilpa Stocker
Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce
Economic Development Lethbridge
Geomatic Attic – Mike Spencer
Alger Zadieks Shapiro LLP

Joan Waterfield Memorial Award sponsored by:
Brent Oleksy Royal LePage

Media Sponsors:
Shaw Spotlight
94.1 CJOC
2Day FM 98.1


If you are interested in supporting this event, please contact Dawn Leite, Manager, Community Relations, at