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Chinook Blast looking for more artists for fourth annual festival

Calgary’s largest winter festival is set to return for it’s fourth annual outing in 2024, from Feb. 2 through 19.

Chinook Blast announced that major festival partners like the High Performance Rodeo, Ethnik Festival, Big Winter Classic and Block Heater from the Calgary Folk Music Festival would be returning to warm up and entertain Calgarians throughout the month.

Organizers for Chinook Blast put out the call on Oct. 6, for local groups that might be interested in putting their events forward as part of the overall festival.

“Chinook Blast is a celebration of the incredible talent that is representative of our whole city, for the benefit of Calgarians and visitors alike. We are thrilled to announce the dates for 2024 and extend a warm invitation to artists to join us,” said Patti Pon, CEO for Calgary Arts Development and Chair for the Chinook Blast Executive Committee.

“As we come together once again to warm up Calgary and create another unforgettable winter experience, we look forward to embracing the diversity of artistic expression that makes Chinook Blast and our city so special.”

Festival organizers said they are looking for local performers to take part in Chinook Blast activities and activations. Applications are open until Nov. 3.

The festival is also once again inviting local artists or immersive experience creators to showcase their works, with funding available between $5,000 and $40,000 to support the installation of art pieces through the festival.

Additional grants of $5,000 are available through Friends of Chinook Blast program, which aims to support festival activities that include sporting, recreation, arts, or cultural events. Applications for those grants close on Nov. 3.

The City of Calgary’s Winter Design Challenge will also be returning as part of the fourth annual Chinook Blast, with a goal of showcasing urban design projects from January through March.

Details for interested applicants for Chinook Blast programming can be found at www.chinookblast.ca/calling-local-creators/.