LAPA to receive council funding for free concert

City council made the decision to support the event this week

  • Sep. 29, 2016 10:00 a.m.

BY RYAN WELLICOME

Lacombe Express

The Lacombe Athletic Park Association (LAPA) received a commitment from City council to provide $25,000 towards organizing a free concert during next year’s Canada Day celebrations.

Council made the decision during the regular meeting held Monday.

“Certainly this supports council’s priorities to ensure we have a vibrant community and we are promoting economic development and community relations,” said Chief Administration Officer Norma MacQuarrie.

The concert will be part of Lacombe’s Canada Day celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation.

“We have had a number of meetings as a board and discussions to move forward with what we think to be a special initiative for Canada 150,” said LAPA Board Chair Murray Cunningham.

“There is some risk to us as a small organization to run a large event so any kind of contribution we can get is greatly appreciated.”

Lacombe Regional Tourism has been organizing Canada Day events in Lacombe for the past two years; next year the LAPA wishes to partner with them to bring the large event to fruition.

“Our goal from this is just to coordinate all of the groups together so we could have one united, larger event,” said Darren Gagnon, one of the LAPA’s founding members.

Council members agreed.

“I would certainly support the request. You only get to celebrate the 150th birthday once of this great country,” said Councillor Reuben Konnik.

Councillor Peter Bouwsema agreed.

“(This money) in effect equates to less that $2 per citizen in the City of Lacombe let alone the amount of people that are going to show up from outside of the City so I have no problem supporting this,” said Bouwsema.

The LAPA has estimated a $80,000 cost for the concert and will attempt to secure the amount less the City’s contribution from grants and sponsorships.

The funds from the 2016 budget for the City’s $25,000 contribution are insufficient therefore the contribution will be part of the City’s 2017 budget deliberations.

The LAPA has been in talks with country music star Gord Bamford to perform at next year’s concert, although Bamford’s participation has yet to be confirmed.

news@lacombeexpress.com

 

Just Posted

Supporters rally for Jason Kenney as UCP leader stops in Red Deer

Kenney promises equalization reform, stopping ‘Trudeau-Notley’ payroll hike, trade, economic mobility

‘Living Free’ talk supports Lacombe’s Mary C. Moore Public Library

Marco Ste. Marie will give a motivational talk on April 4th at the LMC

Blackfalds closing road for safety concerns

Motorists are required to use HWY 2A instead of Broadway Avenue

Merry Guanas poised to be Lacombe’s first cannabis dispensary

Cannabis retail owner expects a six-month wait before industry comes to city

Lacombe hosts 6th Invasive Species Council Conference at LMC

Council looks to protect native ecological environments in Alberta

WATCH: ‘Napalm Girl’ discusses journey from hatred to forgiveness in Lacombe

Burman University’s Herr Lecture Series welcomed Kim Phuc Phan Thi to Lacombe

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Judges on Twitter? Ethical guidance for those on the bench under review

Canadian judges involvement in community life are among issues under review

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Most Read