Monday, December 9, 2013


From left: Founders of FCPC2013Gala - Rafal Wegiel&Ania Basak together with Fraser Abbott(Hotel Arts)

Calgary’s cultural ambassadors take a bow at fashionable gala

Calgary’s cultural ambassadors take a bow at fashionable gala

From left, famed artist Jason Gogo with Mary Cherry, and Brad Pattison.

Photograph by: Courtesy Fashion Calgary , Courtesy Fashion Calgary

If a little is good, a lot is better — especially when it comes to bragging rights. That Calgary was selected as the Cultural Capital of Canada last year was huge cool indeed and something we should brag about for as long as possible. Such a magnificent milestone inspired fabulous Fashion Calgary founder Ania Basak and her partner Rafal Wegiel to create an event to honour those Calgarians who do much to enhance the diversity and culture of our fair city.
Fashion Calgary Portrait Campaign Gala was launched in 2012 and featured 25 citizens named cultural ambassadors. And the second annual gala, held Oct. 24 at Eighth Avenue Place, saw more than 500 attendees see 30 citizens recognized as cultural ambassadors.
The fashionably fabulous evening featured: gourmet samplings; appearances and performances from several up-and-coming artists; superb people-watching; and libation galore. That a portion of the funds raised through sponsorship and ticket sales were donated to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s Musical Camp for Kids ensures the gift of music will give for years to come.
VIPs in attendance included: Alberta Minister of Culture — and 2013 ambassador — Heather Klimchuk and her chief of staff Jeremy Block; host of television hit At The End of My Leash, Brad Pattison; Ramon Fosado representing the Consulate of Mexico in Calgary; famed musician Oscar Lopez, whose new song was premiered this night; winner of 2008 Canadian Smooth Jazz Award, Allistair Elliot Band; world-renowned pianist, Krzysztof Jablonski; mezzo-soprano Sara Staples; R&B/pop singer Madison Boxa; and MCs, artist Jason Gogo and CTV’s Jocelyn Laidlaw.
For a complete list of the 2013 Cultural Ambassadors, visit

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