Lit Gala

November 2, 2018

$755,000 Raised!

A once-in-a-lifetime event, the Lit Gala will celebrate Calgary’s newest cultural hub, the new Central Library. The Lit Gala will feature transformational experiences on every level of the new library, with distinct and notable cultural disruptors. As guests progress through the building, performers will highlight our city’s vibrant cultural scene, and the Hyatt Calgary will tempt taste buds with an array of culinary delights.

Funds raised will launch a Spotlight Speaker Series for world-class thought leaders at the new Central Library—providing free access to creative thinkers and fostering innovation and creative thought leadership in our city.

Through the new Central Library, Calgarians’ access to the world, and the world’s access to Calgary, will fundamentally shift through its programming and amenities.

Located in the heart of Calgary’s East Village, the new Central Library’s striking design welcomes plenty of natural light into its vast interior spaces. The Lit Gala takes its name from this concept, ushering in the light of knowledge to shine through the darkness.

Disruptors. Visionaries. Dreamers. The next chapter of cultural disruption begins here. Our line-up of creative thinkers have outright abandoned “the box” and in doing so, shaped the world around us.

Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara perform CPL The Lit Gala

Who better to join us in celebrating the new Central Library than Tegan and Sara, born and bred Calgarian musicians?

Tegan and Sara are known for constantly disrupting the status quo, whether it be the Canadian indie rock or international pop music scene. They have sold more than one million albums, and have received seven Gold certifications, one Double Platinum certification, three Juno Awards, two Polaris Prize nominations, and a Grammy nomination.

Craig Dykers

Craig Dykers is the lead architect for the new Central Library and Founding Partner of the celebrated Snøhetta architecture firm, based in Oslo and New York City. A true visionary, Dykers has redefined the landscape of cities across the globe through his non-linear approach and culturally relevant design. In addition to the new Central Library, Dykers’ impressive portfolio includes the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo, and the National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center site in NYC.


Friday, November 2, 2018

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.


The Lit Gala will take place at the new Central Library, located in Calgary’s East Village at 800 3rd Street SE. The Lit Gala Entrance may be accessed via East Village (4th Street and 8th Avenue SE).

Getting Here

Limited parking is available, please consider using a taxi or ridesharing service with drop-off on 3rd Street SE. Access valet service via East Village (4th Street & 8th Avenue SE).

We encourage you to “dress to express” at an evening of glamour and fashion.

Express your identity. Express your individual style. Express what cultural disruption means to you. Whether this is inspired by runway looks of Tom Ford, the artistic expression of Lady Gaga, or the iconic style of Steve Jobs, we leave this up to your own creative interpretation.

The Calgary Public Library Foundation works to ensure that knowledge, information, programs and services are within reach for all Calgarians. Through philanthropic investment from our community and Add In–the Campaign for Calgary’s Library, we are investing strategically in our libraries to inspire discovery, promote learning, and foster community interaction. Ultimately, the Library Foundation aims to create the best public library system in the world that will leave an enduring legacy for generations.

Calgary’s current Central Library has been serving the community for five decades, but with the city’s continued growth, the need to replace it was inevitable. When the City of Calgary committed $40M to the build the new Central Library in 2004, the idea of creating a place that would bring the world to Calgary was born.

Opening November 1, 2018, the new Central Library is heralded as one of “The Most Anticipated Buildings of 2018” by Architectural Digest. With striking architecture and intelligently designed spaces, the new Central Library will forever change the landscape of our evolving city and help elevate Calgary onto the global stage. As a cultural hub for learning and innovation, Calgarians’ access to the world, and the world’s access to Calgary, will fundamentally shift through the Library’s programming and amenities.

We are grateful to the following Calgarians for their contribution to the 2018 Lit Gala planning committee:


Patricia Moore, O.C.
Library Foundation Board Chair

Cynthia Moore
Lit Gala Committee Co-Chair

Sheenah Rogers-Pfeiffer
Lit Gala Committee Co-Chair

Cheryl Aldred

Maddy Blake Lang

Elizabeth Carson

Franca De Jong

Ryan Jennings

Debra Kerr

Pamela Sheahan

Kelly Streit

Jan Wittig

Honourary Members

Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM, AOE, LLD,
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

His Worship Naheed Nenshi
Mayor, City of Calgary

Connect yourself or your business with the most memorable gala in the history of Calgary. For sponsorship inquiries, please contact:

Sponsorship inquiries:

Tracy Johnson
Director of Strategy and Support
Calgary Public Library Foundation

Media contact:

Karen Lamola
Communications Associate
Calgary Public Library Foundation

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