Your Guide to the Who, What, When, Where, Why & How of the 2016 Capital Awards Gala

Danelle Werstiuk | May 12, 2016

The 2016 IABC Capital Awards Gala is now only days away and everyone is buzzing with excitement. 2016 is officially a monumental year, with a record-breaking 127 submissions for judging!

What does that mean?

It means this year’s gala is going to be BIG - big crowd, big personalities, big awards and a big theme.

Our creative sponsor, FREE, with the help of River City Events, are busy bringing the mind’s wilderness to life for one truly spectacular evening.

“Familiar yet fun. Where we all go, but no one really knows the way. Fantastical, fanatical, bizarre and bewildering. Here are there are no rules of logic. In a day’s dream, up is down, inside is out.

Drift with us into one of creative’s best hiding places: the daydream.”

It’s time to get excited for the most unique, creative event of the year, so we’ve put together this guide to prepare you for a night of magic.

Who’s going to be there?

Our Edmonton and area communications community will be gathered alongside you (of course!) to celebrate the works of up-and-coming creative talent, prestigious communications professionals, and everyone in between.

You’ll have the chance to rub elbows with communications professionals from every corner of the industry, including marketing and communications agencies, small independent businesses, not-for-profits and large corporations.

Not to mention, if you submitted your work for the chance to win an award, your piece(s) will have been read, reviewed and scored by one of our many industry-leading judges from across Canada.

What should I wear?

The event calls for business attire. However, if you feel like standing out among the crowd, we’ve put together a capsule of inspiration for your wardrobe - think light, fresh, whimsical, unique and of course, pops of 2016’s hottest colors. 

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When will the winners be announced?

If you think of the greatest awards shows today, the Oscars, the Academy Awards, the Razzies (just kidding!), do they announce the winners before the event? Of course not, and neither are we.

There are 14 more days of nail-biting excitement before our entrants find out whether they’ll be awarded their very own Capital Award. Join us and catch their reactions live!

Where is it?

A big theme and a big crowd need a big, beautiful ballroom, so our gala is being held May 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Chateau Lacombe Ballroom. 

See this incredible space transformed into a whimsical daydream. Stay tuned to our social media channels for behind-the-scenes sneak peaks leading up to the event!

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Why wouldn’t I go?

Exactly!! There’s no reason to miss this one-of-a-kind event.

How do get my hands on a ticket?!

Individual tickets will be on sale now through May 15, as will tables of 8 - because attending an event like this is always more fun alongside your friends, isn’t it?

Tickets are limited and selling fast, so click here to grab yours today!


Danelle graduated with a BA in Management from NAIT (2015). She’s a marketer and copywriter at Amplomedia, as well as the founder of copywriting house Copy-ish.

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