About Us

Our Story

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The idea for Kids Up Front came to founder John Dalziel when he found himself surrounded by empty seats at a world class event in Calgary in 1999. He knew there had to be a way to get kids into those seats who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend these kind of events. The Kids Up Front Foundation was born in 2000, creating partnerships with agencies that work with children. These agencies receive the donated tickets generously provided by individuals and corporations as well as event providers for selected recipients from their respective programs.

Kids Up Front Foundation (Edmonton) was created in 2003. To date Kids Up Front (Edmonton) has provided over 400,000 event tickets valued at over $11M to Edmonton kids and families. Our foundation strives to provide every kid with a larger than life experience that fosters possibilities, passions, dreams, belonging and self confidence.

"The kids feel: 'I do fit here, I’m part of society, I’m part of community.' They have something to talk about with peers when they come back from the weekend. It’s about normalizing things for kids."

– Agency Representative

Kids Up Front Foundation (Edmonton) was created in 2003. To date Kids Up Front (Edmonton) has provided over 400,000 event tickets valued at over $11M to Edmonton kids and families. Our foundation strives to provide every kid with a larger than life experience that fosters possibilities, passions, dreams, belonging and self confidence.

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Donate Tickets Your empty seat. A kid's opportunity.
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