Monday, 31 October 2011

2011 Canada Career Week celebrations

Alberta Human Services (formerly Employment and Immigration)
Would like to invite you to join us for the 2011 Canada Career Week celebrations! Canada Career Week is held annually in November and promotes opportunities for informed career, employment and education planning.

The Fort McMurray Alberta Human Services office would like to invite you to the launch of the Alberta Works - Career and Employment Resources Video. We hope that this Video will be a valuable tool for your job seekers, to assist in making informed career, employment and education choices. You are invited to join us for a cake cutting to celebrate the launch of our Alberta Works Career and Employment Resources video for Canada Career Week 2011

When: November 2nd at 10:30 am
Where: 9915 Franklin Avenue, main floor Provincial Building, Alberta Works Centre

New Exhibit at Frames & More Art Gallery

Art Show – October 29th to November 12th – Regular Business hours

Featuring local artists: Bill Martin, Lucas Seaward and Julie Jones

Bill Martin, Fine Art Photography
Completely self taught, landscape photographer who thrives on discovering unique vantage points in nature. His style and curiosity of the latest printing technologies, his very high standards show through in his beautiful photography.

Lucas Seaward, Bitumen on Canvas
Lucas Seaward's art is a reflection of his commitment to the preservation of the natural world. His art and creative exploration is an attempt to portray the complex man-nature relationship which is on-going, always evolving and inseparable. Seaward uses bitumen as the medium to illustrate wildlife in the region, symbolizing how oil has become “fuel for life”.

Julie Jones, Fine Silver Jewelry
Julie molds and manipulates precious silver clay into fine silver jewelry creating her own unique designs. Her circle of followers is continually growing.

Frames & More Art Gallery
B3 10015 Centennial Drive

Saturday, 29 October 2011

What’s happening with the Wood Buffalo Community Building Project?

 What’s happening with the Wood Buffalo Community Building Project? Last February we established a common agenda to help make Wood Buffalo an even better place to live, work and raise a family by increasing the organizational and social capacity of the Nonprofit Sector. Phase One: Defining The Issues was completed at the end of August and we’re currently in Phase Two: Building the Solution (please see the below summary).

Friday, 28 October 2011

Canadian University College Chamber Singers

Cantar!Dr. Wendolin Pazitka-Munroe, Director
Marjorie Souza, Accompanist

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre
Tickets: $25 / Seniors & Children $20

Keyano Box Office: 780.791.4990

A Silent Auction will be held during the Intermission

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Fort McMurray Fall 2011 Women's Show

I found this great poster on the 'McMurray Gir' website, click on the link that is posted below to be taken there for a great little coupon.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

New Art Exhibit at MacDonald Island - Opening this Thursday!

Grand opening of “Life” exhibit
The MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery is pleased to invite you to the Grand Opening of "Life" on Thursday, October 27, 7:00pm at MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery (second floor, Suncor Community Leisure Centre). The exhibition is a creation of the Wood Buffalo Arts & Crafts Guild and features drawings, paintings, and photography.

Thanks a lot,

Ana Maria
Culture Coordinator
MacDonald Island Park Corporation
T 780-791-0070 ext. 5098
F 780-791-2898

Al Simmons: Children’s Performer

Al Simmons' one-man multi-prop, music-filled, off the wall performances have elevated audiences world-wide into collective giggles and all-out guffaws. At once childlike in its simplicity and and sophisticated in its execution, Al's humour touches a responsive chord in people of every age. A surefire hit with children (and their families) everywhere!

"I could write a book about Al Simmons. He is one of Canada's most inventive performers." Today's Parent Magazine

Performance: October 29
Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre
Tickets: or call 780-791-4990

Monday, 24 October 2011


Mar'ce Merrell here. LTTA is hosting a FREE event at Holy Trinity for any musicians or wanna-be musicians. Fiddles are involved. Guitars. Cellos. The spoons. Maybe a few accordions. NO registration is necessary. Come to one workshop or three. Then, attend or play in the jam session on Sunday. Please pass this onto anyone you think might be interested in attending.

Attention all Fiddle Lovers! Community Music Event!

Order of Canada recipient and master fiddler Andrea Hansen will teach fiddler lovers to play by ear in three workshops on Saturday October 29 and Sunday October 30.

New fiddlers will join community musicians for a Jam Session and concert on Sunday, October 30.

The Oct. 29th workshops will be held at Holy Trinity High School. The free concert on Oct. 30th will be in the Theatre of the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity High School.

The workshops are free and the free community concert will be open to the public.

About Andrea:
Andrea has dedicated much of her life to teaching people to play the fiddle. Now in her 70s, she's developed a method of teaching the fiddle that brings early success. Her passion is infectious. Jack Howell at Conklin had her at his school last year for a week and this year asked for two weeks. Recently he told me that Andrea's work with his students is the highlight of the year! Andrea has taught in 17 high Arctic communities since 1988. She retired as a professional full-time violinist from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1999. She was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Aboriginal Awards in 2007.

From Andrea's mission statement: "After only a few short days of instruction, students are performing in public. They gain a new sense of accomplishment and self-esteem. Some children experience a sense of approval for the very first time in their lives. The violin has been my passport to the world. I want to share this learning opportunity with as many children across Canada as I possibly can.”

The Details:
Andrea describes this Community Music Event as a two-day kitchen party! She invites anyone interested in fiddling or guitars to join her for three workshops. She'll work with anyone from age 8 to 88.

Sat October 29th 12-2:30 Workshop
Sat October 29th 4-6:30 Workshop
Sun October 30th 12-2:30 Workshop
5-6:30 Jam session and concert. Free admission to the public.

The workshops are open to everyone in the community from ages 8-88. People are welcome to come to as many workshops as they want.

The Organizers: Learning Through the Arts will organize this event.
The Cost: FREE.


Mar'ce Merrell
Alberta Program Leader, Learning Through the Arts

Canada Council for the Arts - Dance Section

The deadline for the Grants to Aboriginal Dance Professionals is on November 1, 2011.

Applications and support material must be postmarked no later than the deadline.If the date falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the deadline moves to the nextbusiness day. Please note that no extension of the deadline will be granted.

Guidelines and application forms are currently available from the section
or on our website. Please review the program guidelines carefully before completing the application, even if you are already familiar with the program. Some modifications to the program have been made.

It is very important to receive a complete application postmarked no later than November 1, 2011.The Dance Section will not accept incomplete applications -- including all required support material, e.g. video. Support letters must be included with your completed application and postmarked by November 1st as noted in the guidelines or the application will be considered incomplete. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure Support letters are sent with the application. We will not call for missing material. Incomplete applications are ineligible and will not be reviewed by the committee.

The Canada Council for the Arts would like to remind you of the Final Report Policy.

Applicants will not be eligible to apply to the Canada Council for further assistance until all final reports on all completed projects have been submitted to the Canada Council and approved by the program officer. This also applies to any other final reports due to programs in other Sections of the Council. This means that any new applications to the Canada Council will not be accepted if you have any overdue reports.

If you are planning to apply to one of our upcoming deadlines, please ensure that all previous reports have been received in all Sections concerned.

It is important to note we will not accept final reports that are sent with a new application. All reports are to be mailed separately and in advance of the deadline. The policy states that all final reports are to be received and approved before we receive a new application. We will not accept final reports by email or by fax.

If you need to make an extension to your project end date, please fill out the Final Report Due Date Extension Form, which can be found on our website:

Geraldine Manossa
Dance Program Officer
Canada Council for the Arts
1 800 263-5588, or (613) 566-4414 (ext. 5501)

Viver Brasil: Feet on the Ground

Viver Brasil's Feet on the Ground takes audiences for an inspiring cultural journey through Brazil, featuring a dazzling program of African orixas (deities), ceremonial celebrations, the Brazilian martial arts/dance form of Capoeira, and Carnaval.

"Breathless and colorful...vibrant swirl of motion and music" LA Weekly

Performance: October 27

Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre
Tickets: or call 780-791-4990

Friday, 21 October 2011

Hello Full Moon Cafe Friends...

Our 8th Season begins! Join us this Saturday.

Please note we are returning to our original venue at Waterways Community Hall at 7302 Bulyea Avenue. This is a white building and was FMC's home for a few years.

We start at 7:30 pm
All ages, all talents.  Coffee House atmosphere

Up-coming FMC dates at Waterways Community Hall at 7302 Bulyea Avenue.

Saturday October 22nd
Saturday November 19th
Saturday December 10th

For more information about the Full Moon Cafe, please go to

Health, hope and happiness.
the Full Moon Cafe

Alberta Playwrights' Network- Edmonton Playwrights' Circle

The APN Edmonton Playwrights Circle is back and Conni Massing will once again be leading a small and mighty bunch onto the next level with their pieces of theatre. This season we are doing just one circle starting in the New Year, dates being February 27- April 23 at Workshop West Theatre, and our final readings on April 30 at the TransAlta Arts Barns.

The maximum number of participants is 8, the price for 8 weeks is $240.00 (Non-members pay $295 which includes the 1 year membership fee). Please bring to the circle and early draft or one-act of a play that you are working on.

If you are interested in signing up for this circle, please contact Tracy Carroll, APN Edmonton Liaison at

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Capacity Building in Fort McMurray

Joanne and Pat were back up in Fort McMurray, Alberta in early October working with their  wonderful Y Connect Assets in Action - 40 by 18 Team. The workshop represents a transition from earlier training workshops supported by ConocoPhillips' Gen Y:We Carer Intiative in support of the positive development of youth in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

The Team participated in an advanced level training workshop that focused on enhancing the skills introduced in the earlier Positive Youth Development Training of Trainers sessions and connecting with proven strategies for community mobilization around youth development. We want to extend a huge thanks to Kat from ConocoPhillips as well as Adriana, Norma, Julie and the rest of the Y Connect Assets in Action - 40 by 18 Team!

For more information about this training model contact Pat at 1-800-265-2680 ext 108.

EAC :: Public Art Professional Development Series

Are you an artist who is considering pursuing work in public art? Or are you a public artist looking for more insight into applying for public art commissions? The Edmonton Arts Council has developed a workshop series for established public artists and those interested in pursuing public art to learn more about process. September’s workshop on Fabrication filled up quickly. October’s workshop will look at Project Management; November’s will focus on Budgeting.

The Public Art Professional Development series takes place on the last Wednesday evening of the month throughout the Fall. The workshops will include a case study by each speaker, some best practices, tips and tricks, followed by an opportunity for Q&A.

Here are the next two sessions:

Project Management
Wednesday, October 26, 6 - 8 PM
Featuring Josh Holinaty, public artist, and Dara Humniski, Public Art Program Officer, EAC
*Registration for this free session is now available online at Eventbrite.
Space is limited to 40 places. Reserve your spot today!

Wednesday, November 30, 6 - 8 PM
Featuring Craig LeBlanc, award-winning public artist, and Sean Borchert, Public Art Program Officer, EAC
Mark your calendars! (Registration opens early November.)

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

The New Gallery Artist in Residence (AiR) Program

Call for Submissions for the 2012 Artist in Residence Program

Deadline: November 15, 2011

The New Gallery is now accepting residency proposals from individual artists and collectives in all disciplines, for research and development of new or ongoing bodies of work. Proposals that are collaborative and/or multi-disciplinary in nature are strongly encouraged. In the spirit of esteemed Calgary artist John Snow, who was involved in a broad range of artistic activities, TNG seeks proposals which indicate new directions for the applicant(s), including the investigation of new media.

Previously home to the University of Calgary’s Markin-Flanagan Distinguished Writers Program, the John Snow House (JSH) has already hosted distinguished writers-in-residence Timothy Findlay and Michael Ondaatje, amongst others – and artists/curators who require time to write, research and retreat are also encouraged to apply.

JSH is municipally zoned to permit public events and applicants may consider this in their proposal, including suggestions for workshops, presentations, screenings or other creative on-site programming. However applicants should also bear in mind that the house is a designated historic resource in a quiet, residential neighborhood.

TNG Artists in Residence are not charged fees nor paid a stipend. All travel, material and living costs are the sole responsibility of the selected participant(s). Travel grants may be available from the Canada Council for the Arts and/or provincial or territorial arts granting bodies. The New Gallery will assume all costs associated with use of the house as a living space while the AiR is present.

Applicants are asked to take the limited financial resources of TNG into account, but also consider the wide-ranging possibilities of this unique urban residential setting. JSH exists as a staffed archive and resource centre as well, so proposals that address the collection are encouraged; selected artists may also be eligible for special access to the archives and research guidance, at the discretion of the JSH Director. The JSH Director is also responsible for yard work and general maintenance of the house, but is not a housekeeper.

As with all of TNG's programming, the Artist in Residence will be selected by our peer Programming Jury. In the interest of both democratizing and administratively streamlining the submission review process, TNG Programming Selection Committee ONLY accepts proposals submitted online via the dedicated portal at:

Please be aware that a Slideroom account will cost you $5 payable with a credit card online. Please be advised that Slideroom does not accept hotmail email addresses. An outline of information required from applicants can be found at

TNG does not require letters of reference, although with permission from the applicant, we may contact organizations with which the applicant has had shows, residencies or other affiliations.

Deadline is November 15, 2011. Applicants will be contacted by mid-December 2011. The residency will take place in August 2012, for either part or all of the month. Please include a brief timeline with your proposal and indicate how long you wish to be in residence.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

The City of Calgary is a Cultural Capital of Canada for 2012

Harper Government Designates Calgary as a Cultural Capital of Canada for 2012

The City of Calgary is a Cultural Capital of Canada for 2012 and will receive important support to continue to grow its vibrant arts scene, thanks to an investment by the Harper Government. The announcement was made today by Lee Richardson, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, alongside Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in important projects like those Calgary will undertake as a Cultural Capital of Canada," said Minister Moore. "By supporting these celebrations, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage."

"Our Government has made unprecedented investments in the arts, and we appreciate Calgary's commitment to promoting Canadian culture," said Mr. Richardson. "Calgary is one of Canada's fastest growing and most vibrant cities, and we look forward to working with the city on its upcoming centennial anniversaries to continue to promote the arts, boost tourism, and grow our economy."

"This is an honour for Calgary that recognizes the importance and vitality of our arts and culture sector," said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. "Calgarians take great pride in supporting culture, and 2012 will be an opportunity to share that pride with all Canadians and further develop our cultural industries."

In 2012, Calgary will celebrate 100 years of cultural accomplishments and set the path for growth over the next century. Next year's centennial celebrations of some of the city's cultural cornerstones, including the Calgary Stampede, the Calgary Public Library, the Pumphouse Theatre, and Theatre Junction GRAND, will mark a pivotal point in Calgary's history.

The Cultural Capital of Canada designation is awarded on the basis of a candidate community's achievements that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the arts and culture. Designated municipalities must also propose a series of projects that celebrate the arts and culture and integrate them into overall community planning. The program's objective is to stimulate sustained community support for the arts and heritage.

The Niagara Region was also designated a Cultural Capital of Canada for 2012 today.
(This news release is available on the Internet at under Newsroom.)

For more information (media only), please contact:
S├ębastien Gari├ępy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

Full Moon Cafe - Update

Up-coming FMC dates at Waterways Community Centre at 7302 Bulyea Avenue.

Saturday October 22nd
Saturday November 19th
Saturday December 10th

We start at 7:30 pm

All ages, all talents. Coffee House atmosphere

For more information about the Full Moon Cafe, please go to

Health, hope and happiness.
the Full Moon Cafe

Comedian Lorne Elliot

On October 23, catch the comedic styling of Lorne Elliot.

Lorne Elliot has performed his one-man show all across North America, and has opened for Rodney Dangerfield and Jay Leno. Along with his unique and wacky performance style, it is the timelessness of his material, combined with keen observations of today's trends that make Elliot's work so universally appealing.

Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre
Tickets: or call 780-791-4990

Monday, 17 October 2011

Workshop Opportunity :: Grant Writing 101 : AFA and Canada Council

Professional artists and arts organizations of Edmonton area are invited to a workshop on GRANT-WRITING 101!

Improve your grant-writing skills with representatives of the Canada Council & the Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Thursday, October 20th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Capital Arts Building (board room) 10708 – 105th avenue N.W. Edmonton, AB

Are you planning to apply for a grant? Do you want more hints and tips on grants in general? Join this free workshop co-hosted by representatives of the national and provincial funding agencies. Through an engaging presentation, we will discuss the funding opportunities for professional artists at the provincial and national levels. Participants will learn more about how to complete an application, which support material to provide, and how the projects are assessed.

The workshop will be hosted by:
Barbara Mah, Arts Development Consultant (Alberta Foundation for the Arts)
William Lau, Program Officer in Dance (Canada Council for the Arts)
Marion Vitrac, Program Officer for the ACDI (Canada Council for the Arts)

Started in 2007, the ACDI is a special funding program for professional artists and arts organizations of Alberta. It is a partnership between the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA), in collaboration with Calgary Arts Development (CADA) and the Edmonton Arts Council (EAC). 2011 will be the last edition of this time-limited program.

Please confirm your participation with Barbara Mah (Alberta Foundation for the Arts)
by email :
or by phone: 780 415 0306

This is a free event. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

You are encouraged to visit our website prior to the meeting: Canada Council for the Arts

Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Alberta Creative Development Initiative

Gerard ADHD Entertainment presents Gerry Dee - Life After Teaching

Gerry Dee is the star of CBC's new sitcom Mr. D, and also appears on Gerry Dee-Sports Reporter on The Score and NBC's Last Comic Standing. Catch Gerry Dee on his Life After Teaching Tour. This former Canadian Comedy Award winner for Best Comic in Canada is a comedian you do not want to miss. Touching upon marriage, fatherhood and his years as a teacher, Gerry Dee will certainly provide you with a night of laughter you will never forget.

For more information about Gerry Dee, please see his website

Thursday, October 20 at 8pm
All Seats: $43.95

Keyano Box Office is open Monday to Wednesday 12:30 pm to 4 pm, Thursday and Friday 12:30pm to 8pm, Saturday 11am to 4pm and an hour before a ticketed event. To purchase tickets call the box office at 780-791-4990 or buy online at

Saturday, 15 October 2011

“Art for everyone” – Open Call

Charity Exhibit, Sale and Auction

MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery and the Wood Buffalo Artists Forum is organizing an annual charity exhibit, sale and auction to benefit the local United Way campaign.

artists have the opportunity to donate a portion of their work for a good cause and to cover their costs (Half the proceeds from the sale of each piece of art will go to the United Way and the other half will be presented to the artist.)

Chosen artwork will be displayed at the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery from Dec 1, 2011 to January 18, 2012.

The Exhibit Opening will be held at the Gallery on December 1, 2011 from 7 – 9pm.

Please submit a digital photo of your piece, along with your name, contact information, title of the piece, the size of the piece(including frame), the medium used, price and whether you would like to donate 100% or 50% of the proceeds by November 21, 2011, to

Finished framed art can be dropped off at the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery on the following dates:
Thursday, November 24, 2011 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Friday, November 25, 2011 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
(Please note that all art that is not sold will be returned to the artist.)

MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to select the pieces of art tendered for display, silent auction or live auction.

Please contact for more information.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Presenting Arts Organizations Survey – The Value of Presenting in Canada

Canada’s performing arts presenting networks have launched an important survey of organizations who present the works of touring artists. This one-of-a-kind, national survey is designed to draw a portrait of the Canadian presenting field and to gain fresh views and opinions of all presenters. It is a central piece of The Value of Presenting study, and likely the largest survey of its kind in Canadian history.
The survey was sent out by personal email invitation from EKOS Research to 1500 organizations who have already been identified by presenting networks and stakeholders.

Organizations who present the works of touring artists, but who have not received this email are also invited to complete the survey at

We encourage all presenting organizations to take the time (20-25 minutes) to complete this important survey, which will allow us to gain a much better understanding of arts presentation and its impacts in our province.

The Value of Presenting: A Study of Arts Presentation in Canada is a large-scale enquiry undertaken by CAPACOA and Canada’s presenting networks to understand and communicate the value and benefits of presenting for Canadians and to raise awareness of the role of the live arts presenter in the arts ecology, in communities, in society. Besides this survey, the study will also rely on literature review, live dialogue sessions and online consultations to define that role with the next 20 years in mind.

KAOS 91.1 Free Family Skate 2011


KAOS 91.1 is very happy to announce that we are bringing back the KAOS 91.1 Free Family Skate this year! We begin on Sunday October 16th at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre on MacDonald Island from 2:30pm-4:30pm. As always, we'll have free skating, positive music, and hot beverages.

Please see the attached poster for more dates and details.

Hope you have a great week and we look forward to seeing you!

Jehy Thompson
Kaos 91.1 Radio
Office Assistant/Reception
Visit us on the web at

Civic Award Nominations

The Regional Municipality is now accepting Civic Award Nominations for Achievement and Citizenship Awards. The award categories are for youth, adult and groups in the areas of Athletic, Cultural, Environmental and Volunteer Achievement. (Please Note: Groups are not eligible for the Citizenship Awards.)

For program information or to download the nomination packages visit our webpage at under Living > Events > Civic Awards.

Nomination deadline is October 24th at 4:00 pm.

Any questions or concerns can contact 780-743-7966 or

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Call for Nominations :IPAC : Alberta Lieutenant Governor's Award

Each year the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) presents the Alberta Lieutenant Governor’s Award.

The award recognizes the exceptional achievement of a person who has:
1) Shown distinctive leadership in public administration or
2) Who has made a significant contribution in the field of public administration in the province by writings or other endeavors

The award pays tribute to public sector practitioners whose careers exhibit the highest standards of excellence, dedication and accomplishments.

It seeks to provide recognition of an outstanding individual and to underscore the efforts of creative, highly skilled individuals in the public sector.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions on a sustained basis rather than as a result of a single initiative. Candidates will be judged based on criteria which include their leadership skills, innovation/creativity, accomplishment/impact, and community involvement.

Nomination deadline: October 14, 2011

A non-profit organization fundraising opportunity


The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has created a Youth Songwriting CD developed from a program run last winter with the regional school boards.

The Wood Buffalo Youth Song Project CD is the result of songwriting workshops and musical presentations conducted in 10 regional schools. Area schools include Fort Chipewyan School , Fort MacKay School, and Father Perin (Janvier) , Father Turcotte, Thickwood Heights, Father Mercredi, St. Martha, Good Shepherd, and Father Beauregard. A professionally produced CD of the student’s songs and artwork was manufactured.

This CD is now available to regional non profit organizations as a fundraising opportunity. The CDs are to be sold for $20.

A request letter is to be provided to the Municipality indicating the number of CDs (to a maximum of 200 per organization) and where the funds raised will be utilized. Deadline for request is November 30, 2011.

A closing report will be required to indicate CD sales and any CDs left unsold are to be returned to the Municipality. Organizations will have 1 complete calendar year to sell the CDs.

Thank you,

Arndis Bildfell
Recreation Coordinator
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
T. 780.788.4345
C. 780.792.4562
F. 780.788.4393

9909 Franklin Avenue, Fort McMurray, AB, T9H 2K4

Wood Buffalo Community Village Annual General Meeting

Wood Buffalo Community Village Annual General Meeting will be held

October 27, 2011 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at 194 Grenfell Crescent (in Gregoire)

All are welcome.

Thank you for you time,

Leigh Grant-Simms
Communications Coordinator
194 Grenfell Crescent, Wood Buffalo Community Village
Phone: 780-791-9333 Fax: 780-750-4333


Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Building a Dynamic Community through the Arts

Participate in a community art session that includes a daytime workshop that discusses the different models used in the administration of public art programs, arts councils, funding opportunities in the arts, governance and administration, and much more!

Community Workshop
October 19, 2011
9:00AM – 3:00PM
Reflections Dining Room
(Keyano College)
(RSVP by calling 780-743-7966)

Free Evening Lecture
October 19, 2011
7:00PM – 8:00PM
Reflections Dining Room

(Keyano College)
For more information, please visit

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Handbell Discovery 2011 Concert

The Handbell Discovery 2011 Concert is coming to Holy Trinity High School.

For more information or to register, please click here

Guest performers include: The Concordia College Choir Jubiloso, Quarter Notes, and Solo Ringer.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
7:00 pm
Adults - $10.00
Students - $5.00

Monday, 10 October 2011

East Meets West – Dance Fusion

During the weekend celebrations for Alberta Arts Days, several dance troupes came together at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts to present an evening filled with cultural entertainment. Beginning with several opening messages from the organizing committee and Mayor Blake, the show stunned the audience with colourful displays, beautiful music and poetic presentations. The evening ended with a fusion of cultural dance featuring members of the Nrityalaya School of Indian Dance, the Belly Dance Academy and Hoop dancing by Reinalie Joralan.
Participating groups during “East Meets West” included: The Polynesian Dance Group
Native Indian Dance Group from Fort Mackay
Nrityalaya School of Indian Dance
Karen Savoie – Belly Dancing Academy
Fort McMurray HoopPoi Group
Poetry by Indranil Bhattacharya
Poetry by Mary Thomas
East Meets West was one of the many local events that took place during Alberta Arts Days, September 30 – October 2, 2011.

(Photo: Sword Dance by Belly Dance Academy. Photo by Kristi Gallant)

Friday, 7 October 2011

2012 Diamond Jubilee Celebrations Potential applicants

The Department of Canadian Heritage is pleased to launch a funding initiative to support Diamond Jubilee community celebrations in honor of the 60th anniversary of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Funding is available for Diamond Jubilee community celebrations that will take place between February 4, 2012 and August 31, 2012.

Eligible activities will:
· mark the 60th anniversary of the reign of Her Majesty The Queen as Queen of Canada;
· celebrate those Canadians, who, like Her Majesty, have dedicated themselves to service, to family, community and country; and
· enable Canadians to participate in celebrations that contribute to building a sense of pride and belonging to Canada.

For detailed funding criteria and application form, please go to under Funding Opportunities or contact the Canadian Heritage regional office nearest you.

To apply you must send a complete, accurate and signed application form that includes a balanced budget. Failure to submit a complete application will result in a rejection.

The Application Deadline is October 31, 2011
Please note application forms postmarked or delivered to your Canadian Heritage Regional Office after October 31, 2011 will not be accepted.

A second call for proposals covering activities that will take place between September 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012 will be issued in the spring of 2012 (Application deadline to be announced). All proposals submitted before the second cycle deadline will not be assessed at this time.

If you previously received funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage but did not submit a Final Activity Report as required, you are not eligible for funding.

Please ensure to send your Funding Application Form to your Canadian Heritage Regional Office. You may reach a regional office using the following list or through the Department’s toll-free number: 1-866-811-0055.

Diamond Jubilee Initiative Celebration and Commemoration Directorate

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Vote for Marine Park Museum in Fort McMurray Alberta!

The Aviva Community Fund is hosting a competition that makes funds available of up to $1,000,000 to create positive change in communities across Canada.

Locally, the Marine Park Museum Project to revitalize the Clearwater River waterfront is competing to receive funding through this project. This project’s goal is to build a visitor center, which beautifies the neighborhood and reclaims an underused resource in our community. Once public facilities are in place, the community will have a second destination for school programs, tours and recreational activities.

If the Marine Park Museum Project receives enough votes, they will have a chance at sharing in the prize. You can vote for this project by clicking here!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Fall Workshops and Webinars

Secret of Presenting Designer
Presented by John Shultink (CEO of Idea Transplant)
October 5, 2011 from 12:00PM – 1:00PM
This FREE webinar is located at the RedPoll Centre, Nonprofit Sector Link
To RSVP for this Webinar, please click

Cultural CrossroadsThis workshop is brought to you by Centre for Race and Culture and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
October 6, 2011 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Located at the Merit Hotel
For more information or to RSVP for this event, please contact:
Storytelling Secrets for Boardroom PresentationsPresented by Bruce Gabrielle (Author of Speaking PowerPoint: The New Language of Business)
October 7, 2011 from 12:00PM – 1:00PM
This FREE webinar is located at the RedPoll Centre, Nonprofit Sector Link
To RSVP for this Webinar, please Email:

Blended Presenting – Using a Presentation Toolkit to Ensure Greater Audience EngagementPresented by Simon Morton, Founder of Eyeful Presentations
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (MT)
Located at the The Redpoll Centre, Nonprofit Sector Link.
To RSVP for this FREE Webinar, please click

Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP)Presented by the Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP)
Friday, October 14, 2011 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (MT)
Located at Volunteer Woodbuffalo
194 Grenfell Crescent, Wood Buffalo Community Village, Ft. McMurray
To RSVP for this FREE event, please click

Millennials: How to excite and impassion youth through your missionPresented by Trina Isakson, Principal, of 27 Shift on behalf of Vantage Point
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (MT)
Located at The Redpoll Centre Nonprofit Sector Link
COST: $10.00 (member)
$15.00 (non-member)
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Grand Opening of “The Beauty of the North” Exhibit

The MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery is delighted to invite the public to the grand opening of “The Beauty of the North” exhibit on Thursday evening. The exhibition features six large canvasses created by local artists and students from across the Wood Buffalo region.

Thursday, October 6, 6:30 p.m.

The MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery at MacDonald Island Park
(second floor, Suncor Community Leisure Centre)

The paintings reflect the natural beauty of Wood Buffalo and were crafted last Saturday as part of Alberta Arts Days, and will be on display until Sunday, October 23. Russell Thomas, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Councillor, and Lucy Moore, Principal at Holy Trinity High School are scheduled to speak at the opening.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Share your Alberta Arts Days Photos

Almost 1,000 events in celebration of local art and culture took place across the province from September 30 - Octobert 2, 2011. In Wood Buffalo, we celebrated our arts community through a variety of events and programs that highlighted visual arts, murals, dance, music, poetry, theatre and much more.

The Province has created a site where communitities can share images from their Alberta Arts Days celebrations. Here, Albertans can relive the memories or exhibit their own works of art through the Alberta Arts Days Flickr Group Pool.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Cultural Crossroads Workshop

The Centre for Race and Culture in partnership with The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo offers a Public Workshop Cultural Crossroads Workshop

Date: On October 6, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Merit Hotel, 8200 Franklin Avenue, Fort McMurray

No Registration Fee. Lunch will be provided

This workshop will be an exploration of cultural competency, diversity and inclusion practices in Alberta today. Diversity is no longer the goal – it is the reality and community, business, government and individuals will need to build capacity to address both the opportunities and the challenges of a changing and complex cultural context. This workshop will provide participants perspectives and tools to address cultural difference and diversity in the workplace and their communities.

Participants will:
Learn how to maximize the advantages and minimize the challenges of working with a diverse workforce
Be provided with intercultural communication tools that help build welcoming, inclusive and more productive workplaces and communities
Explore your own personal cultural identity and how this affects interactions across cultures
Learn new tools for effective Intercultural Communication

Who should attend:
Managers, supervisors, team leaders
Union leaders
Human resources professionals
Anyone interested in human rights issues

To register, please contact:
Khatra Noor at 780-788-1630 or email
Elaine Moores at 780-743-7948 or email

Sponsored by: The RMWB Regional Advisory Committee on Inclusion, Diversity & Equality (RACIDE) and the Interdepartmental Committee on Inclusion, Diversity and Equality (IDCIDE)

TELUS and Keyano Theatre Company presents Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps

Hitchcock meets hilarious!

Europe is close to war and intrigue is everywhere. When a beautiful mystery woman is murdered, Richard Hannay must stay one step ahead of the police, the killers, and a jealous husband in a quest to prove his innocence. Throw in a missing finger, foreign spies, and a mad dash from sophisticated pre-war London to the heather covered hills of Scotland, plus 4 actors playing over 150 roles, and you have a manic, lightning quick caper that'll leave you dizzy!

October 06*, 07, 08, 12, 13, 14, 15 at 8pm
October 06* - Preview
October 07 - Opening Reception

Rating: General

Keyano Box Office is open Monday to Wednesday 12:30 pm to 4 pm, Thursday and Friday 12:30pm to 8pm, Saturday 11am to 4pm and an hour before a ticketed event. To purchase tickets call the box office at 780-791-4990 or buy online at