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The Bob Edwards Award

The Bob Edwards Award Gala

Now, more than ever, the Calgary Public Library is integral to the development and quality of life in our city. 

In anticipation of the New Central Library opening in 2018, the Library is ensuring that it remains relevant to Calgarians with quality spaces, new technologies, and by taking services out into the community. 

From the opening of the new Sage Hill Starter Library to transforming Library services to meet the needs of Indigenous communities, the Calgary Public Library is working to create welcoming, inclusive places for people to meet, gather and connect across our city. Each day, community libraries are busy hubs that inspire early learning, enable children and teens to develop their skills and discover new talents, welcome newcomers, act as a support for vulnerable citizens and provide seniors with an improved quality of life. 

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2017, the Bob Edwards Award Gala is the Calgary Public Library Foundation's signature event and a civic tradition. Recognizing provocative individuals who are not afraid to speak their minds, previous recipients have included Matthew Good and Ian Tyson, Margaret Atwood, Pierre Berton, Preston Manning and Mary Walsh. Proceeds from the Bob Edwards Award Gala will support key priorities and essential services at the Calgary Public Library.  

In 2016, the gala raised more than $300,000 to enhance programs and services offered by the Library; making a critical investment in our city and the lives of all who live here.   

View highlights from 2015


2016 Recipient, Bret Hart


Arden is a celebrated multi-platinum, award winning artist who catapulted onto the Canadian music scene in 1993 with the release of her debut album “Time For Mercy.” Since then, she has released 12 albums with 19 top ten singles.  Her most recent recording, “Everything Almost” was released in 2014. 

Arden has received eight Juno Awards including Female Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and numerous other music awards. She is the proud recipient of a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame; has been inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and has recieved the Vantage Women of Originality Award.  In 2012, she was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2013 was inducted into the Western Canadian Music Alliance Hall of Fame.

Arden has written three books, If I Knew, Don’t You Think I’d Tell You and I’ll Tell You One Damn Thing, That’s All I Know and her bestselling self-penned memoir, Falling Backwards. She has hosted Being Jann, an hour-long talk show, guest-hosted The Social, made several appearances on the Rick Mercer Report, and produced two documentaries, Free and Jann Takes Manhattan

Whether she is captivating audiences with her heartfelt music, entertaining them with her quick wit or sharing her written word in a boldly honest voice, Arden is a brilliant multi-dimensional talent.


Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017

Venue: Fairmont Palliser, Crystal BALLROOM


The Bob Edwards Award Gala exudes a luxury and elegance evocative of a different time and era in our city. Embark on the black tie evening with a pre-dinner reception replete with delectable hors d’oeuvres and refreshing spirits at our host bar stations. Enjoy lively entertainment at the reception, followed by a tasting of the 2017 Bob Edwards spirit selection and an elegant four-course meal. Your evening will be made unforgettable by your table host, a prominent writer, filmmaker or musician from Calgary’s creative community.

A Calgary tradition, the Bob Edwards Award recognizes provocative individuals who are not afraid to speak their minds. Come prepared to quench your thirst for fine food, spirits and lively, through-provoking conversation.