Calgarians were invited to CBC’s free Culture Days Concert on Sept. 29 at Olympic Plaza to celebrate the city’s designation as the nation’s Cultural Capital for 2012.
The concert, hosted by television personality George Stroumboulopoulos, featured Alberta-based bands High Valley, The Dudes, and singer Samantha Savage Smith.
Several hundred people filled the plaza on a warm Saturday evening to hear the music.
CBC News Calgary anchor Nirmala Naidoo and the co-host of the Eyeopener on CBC Radio, David Gray, were also present.
“CBC is the national broadcast partner with Culture Days and Alberta Culture Days, and we wanted to do something special for Calgary this year,” said Judy Mann, senior manager of sponsorship, events and public engagement at CBC.
“I think that really speaks to getting into the grassroots, and embracing what this country is about. It’s not just about the national voice, it’s about what’s happening here right now in Calgary.”
Audience member Lauren Paterson believes that events like Culture Days are important for the city.
“I think it would be great for Calgary to invest more in high and low culture,” said Paterson.
“And I heard George Stroumboulopoulos was coming –and who doesn’t like George?”