Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Ron Hynes in concert at Keyano Theatre, Friday, December 2














Legendary Newfoundland singer-songwriter Ron Hynes, composer of “Sonny’s Dream”, will take the stage at Keyano College Theatre & Arts Centre on Friday, December 2nd at 8:00pm. Tickets are on sale now at Keyano Theatre Box Office, 8115 Franklin Ave., Fort McMurray, AB, purchase by phone at (780)-791-4990, and online at www.keyano.ca/theatre
One of Canada’s premier singer-songwriters, Ron Hynes has created beautifully-crafted signature songs for more than 35 years. His Fall 2010 release, Stealing Genius (Borealis) marks his eighth solo recording, and his third project with award-winning producer, Paul Mills. Inspired by works from some of his favorite Newfoundland authors and poets (including Donna Morrisey, Des Walsh, Stan Dragland, Randall Maggs, Al Pittman and Michael Crummey), Ron Hynes has crafted a collection of remarkable songs that not only echo a life in Newfoundland and Labrador, but resonate with people everywhere. The release of Stealing Genius came hot on the heels of the world premiere of The Man of a Thousand Songs, a feature-length documentary film, of which Hynes is both subject and star. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker William D MacGillivray and co-produced by Terry Greenlaw (Picture Plant) and Jordan Canning (Get Set Films), the film premiered to capacity crowds at the Toronto International Film Festival and subsequently garnered Atlantic Film Festival Awards for Documentary, Director and Audience Favorite. The film airs regularly on cable television’s Super Channel and has screened at numerous international film festivals, conferences, music festivals and most recently at the Berlin Film Festival and The Munich International Film Festival.
A founding member of the iconic Wonderful Grand Band, Ron Hynes is best known for his folk classic Sonny’s Dream, haunting chronicle Atlantic Blue, heart-wrenching requiem Godspeed, and a string of country radio hits including Cryer’s Paradise, St. John’s Waltz, The Man of a Thousand Songs, Roy Orbison Came On, Get Back Change and more. Ron’s songs have been recorded by hundreds artists world-wide including Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, Christy Moore, Denny Doherty, Murray McLauchlan, John McDermott, Prairie Oyster, The Cottars, Hayley Westenra, and most recently Kim Stockwood, to name just a few. With eight solo albums and numerous collaborative projects to his credit, Ron Hynes is a six-time East Coast Music Award winner, a Genie Award winner, a past JUNO, CCMA and Canadian Folk Music Award nominee, and recipient of a long list of awards from MusicNL, including 2011 Folk Artist of the Year. He was recipient of the 2008 SOCAN National Achievement Award for songwriting career success, and holds an Honorary PhD from Memorial University for his contributions to the cultural life of his beloved Newfoundland and Labrador. In the words of Sylvanus Now author, Donna Morrisey, “Ron Hynes is a grand voyeur in this rough, sweet life, a melody writer of the first order, a story teller, a philosopher, a poet and a kick-ass performer that makes my hair stand on end.” Don’t miss Ron Hynes In Concert at Keyano College Theatre & Arts Centre, Friday, Dec. 2 at 8:00pm! Tickets are on sale now at Keyano Theatre Box Office, 8115 Franklin Ave., Fort McMurray, AB, purchase by phone at (780)-791-4990, and online at
www.keyano.ca/theatre

For more on Ron Hynes please visit:
http://www.sonicbids.com/ronhynes www.hynesite.org
www.reverbnation.com/ronhynes www.myspace.com/ronhynes www.themanofathousandsongs.com
www.youtube.com/recordmam To arrange for interviews please contact:
Lynn HorneLynn Horne Marketing & Media RelationsPh: 902-465-3763

Full Moon Cafe on Saturday, December 10

Hello Full Moon Cafe Friends...

The Full Moon Cafe is an open-mic live show open to anyone and everyone in Wood Buffalo with an interest in music or the arts. The next Full Moon Cafe is Saturday December 10th

It will take place at the Waterways Community Hall at 7302 Bulyea Avenue.
Full Moon Café offers a coffee house atmosphere, staring at 7:30 pm with a drum circle.
Open stage for all talents and ages at 8:00 pm.

Health, Hope and Happiness
the Full Moon Cafe
http://fullmooncaf.blogspot.com/

Santa Claus Parade illuminated the streets of downtown Fort McMurray

Fort McMurray, AB, November 29, 2011 - On Saturday November 26 the residents of Wood Buffalo kicked off the holiday season. Over 10,000 people came downtown to enjoy the annual evening Santa Claus Parade. Spectators included residents from our rural communities: Anzac, Conklin and Janvier.

The parade started after the Lights of Christmas event that was held at Doug MacRae Park. Guests enjoyed carolling, hot chocolate and had their chance to get a picture with Santa Claus. Events Wood Buffalo changed the parade route to pass by the park to combine the two festive events. The corner of King and Franklin was a hub of activity as hundreds of people gathered at the intersection to watch thousands of twinkling lights in the trees of Doug MacRae Park.

“What an amazing evening in Wood Buffalo,” says new Executive Director David Whitelock. New to Fort McMurray, Whitelock was very impressed with the community involvement in the event. “I had heard about the Big Spirit, and on Saturday I got to see what that was all about.”

There were over 40 floats in this year’s parade, some with walking groups of over 60 people. The official parade judges were watching the floats pass by and critiquing them based on use of theme, originality and spectator reaction. The 2011 Santa Claus Parade Awards are awarded to:

· Best in Parade - Youth Group – Ecole Boreal ($1,000)
· Best in Parade – Social/Service Group – The Community of Anzac ($1,000)
· Best in Parade – Commercial/Business – Inland Concrete
· Best in Parade – Honourable Mention – Mammoet

The Parade Awards Ceremony will be held at 3:00p.m. Friday December 9 at the Events Wood Buffalo office. Winners are encouraged to come and celebrate.

The success of the event relied heavily upon the various volunteer groups and individuals that dedicated their time and effort. Events Wood Buffalo wishes a warm holiday thank you to the Gold Level Sponsor Enbridge, and the Silver Level Sponsor Nexen. Also thanks to the various supporting sponsors, organizations and partners that have contributed to the event.

Misty Oakes
Communications and Development DirectorEvents Wood Buffalo
Office: 780-791-1600Mobile: 780-531-1263
Email: moakes@eventswoodbuffalo.com

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

The Culture Network

The next Culture Network meeting takes place in December:

Thursday December 1, 2011
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Keyano College, Room AC 139
(Rehearsal Hall located near the loading dock in the Arts Centre)


What is the Culture Network?
A network that recognizes, promotes and supports Arts and Culture issues in Wood Buffalo.

Who participates in the Culture Network?
Any groups or individuals engaging in arts and/or cultural endeavors within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo shall be eligible to join the Culture Network meetings.

When does the Culture Network meet?
Meetings are held on a monthly basis; on the first Thursday of each month.

The meetings will be scheduled during regular work hours (2:00pm) and during the evening (at 6:00pm) on a rotating basis to accommodate all members.

For example:

December 2011 – Thursday December 1, 2011 at 6:00pm
January 2012 – Thursday January 5, 2011 at 2:00pm
February 2012 – Thursday February 3, 2011 at 6:00pm

How can you participate in the Culture Network?
The best way to participate in the network is to attend the meetings.

During the meetings, you can bring up ideas and share your thoughts about what is happening in the cultural community within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

You will meet other individuals and groups who are engaging in arts and/or cultural endeavors in our region. As a group, the Culture Network can brainstorm solutions, collaborate on projects, and promote programs and events.

You can learn about groups who have access to resources that you may be interested in. Conversely, you may be able to share information about resources that you know about.

Finally, you can also invite others to participate in the meetings. The larger the Culture Network is, the greater the capacity each member has for networking and sharing cultural knowledge throughout our region.

"Art for Everyone" at the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery
























You are invited to the Grand Opening of “Art for Everyone"

December 1st at 7:00pm at MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery

Collective Exhibition featuring drawing, painting, photography and mixed media made by local artists, 10 pieces will be selected for a silent auction from Dec 1 to Dec 8
Proceeds from the sale of the Charity Exhibition artwork will benefit the United Way of Fort McMurray

Thanks for support Visual Arts in our Community

Ana Maria Mendez-Barks

Monday, 28 November 2011

Macbeth in Review

I had the privilege of attending the Aquila Theatre production of Macbeth on the weekend. As I reflect on my experience, I am completely in awe of the commitment the actors have to their roles. The old English grammar was wonderfully presented. I was glad to have had some exposure to old English in my studies, as otherwise it may have been difficult to follow.

The lighting effects were well done as they set the stage by replacing multiple props. With the absence of cumbersome props, the focus was truly on the actors and their dialogue. The simplistic costumes were ideal and reflective of the times without being overpowering.

A familiarity with Macbeth was crucial to the enjoyment of this production. Without this prior knowledge, it may have been hard understanding the underlying themes.

This production of Macbeth was put on by TELUS, Keyano Theatre Company, and Aquila Theatre. There were five show times for this production between November 24 and 27.

Aquila Theatre was founded in 1991 by Peter Meineck and has been based in New York since 1999. Currently they are touring with two productions: Macbeth and The Importance of Being Earnest. The production of Macbeth at the Keyano Theatre was the only Canadian stop for their tour.

"I love dance/J'aime la danse" National Campaign






CELEBRATING CANADIAN DANCE!

Dance has been part of Canadian culture since explorers celebrated their achievements at the beginning of Canadian history, and as an essential element of Canadian aboriginal culture. As immigration alters national demographics, Canadian dance reflects an increasingly wide variety of ethno-cultural and inter-generational cultural expression. The Canadian Dance Assembly’s “I love dance/J’aime la danse” campaign is therefore envisioned as embracing all forms of dance expression. “I love dance/J’aime la danse” will motivate not only appreciation for choreographic and performance differences, but also help to create new inter-cultural dance opportunities.



The CDA’s “I love dance/J’aime la danse” campaign is designed to strengthen the visibility of dance organizations and individuals, as well as help develop unique benefits and services that will strengthen collaboration and commitment to the expansion and development of dance as integral to Canadian culture. Encouraging a cohesive and inclusive environment, the National Campaign is not only embracing the professional dance community but engaging youth groups, elders, amateurs as well as outreach to new immigrants. The project will advance dance through a focus on community inclusiveness, economic effectiveness, outreach and visibility across the country.

Interested to participate in the I love dance/J'aime la danse National Campaign? There are several things you could do:
- join a steering committee- organize an activity around National Dance Week- spread the word to colleagues, friends, teachers...- follow us on Facebook/Twitter- contact your regional service organization to see how you can be involved in your city/provinceHelp the Canadian Dance Assembly make a difference for dance in Canada so that Canada is not only a hockey nation, but CANADA IS A DANCE NATION.

Contact their office today to see how you could be involved!
info@dancecanada.net or 416-515-8444




Check out the campaign video:
http://youtu.be/hg_MQB7t9aU

Friday, 25 November 2011

Canada's History Webinar

Canada’s History is excited to tell you about an upcoming webinar, designed especially for those of you who work in museums, archives, or other community heritage organizations.
Join them for a presentation by experienced heritage professionals, as they explore some of the most common issues and opportunities faced by heritage organizations today. The webinar will also provide you with a chance to interact with the guest presenter and to meet new colleagues from across the country — all from the comfort of your home or office!


On November 29 at 2:00pm, EST, museum curator Madeleine Callaghan will tell us about the Scarborough Museum's successful youth mentorship program in her presentation "Youth in Museums: Open the door and let 'em in."


The webinar is free, but space is limited. Visit www.Canadashistory.ca to register and reserve your spot today.


Join Madeleine as she takes you through their multi-year youth diversity project, made possible with funding from the Citizenship and Immigration Inter-Action Program. Youth new to Canada integrate with Canadian youth, and together do everything from performing historical theatre to working on photo projects inspired by the museum's collection. These experiences pave the way for youth to develop social and employability skills. Learn how one small museum is making an impact and how you can do the same.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

A Conference on Multiculturalism hosted by the Multicultural Association

Multiculturalism: The Contribution of Multi Culture to the Socio-Economic Development and Progress of Fort McMurray; Town Since 1985.

In 1985 the wise men of Fort McMurray crafted the Multicultural Association of Fort McMurray courteously since known as MCA. One of MCA greatest achievements is the ability to contribute to people dialoguing on their culture to make Canada greater pleasant place to live. The partnership of MCA with government on hosting Canada day, among other things brings home the role of bringing nations together as Canadians. Much has happened since then to 2011, 26 years later. To contribute to the debate which Europe and America has dismissed as failure, Multiculturalism, we plan to examine the contributions made by multicultural Association to the community of the Fort McMurray.

Discussion will be centred on:
Is culture in its diversity preserved in community development in the Wood Buffalo Region?
How can the corporate world foster Multiculturalism as community welfare tool?
The footprints of culture: Developing the children and youth in our community neighbourhood.
You are invited to attend, share views or ask questions at this conference. So, as a stake holder in the regional Municipality of wood Buffalo come. Please come!!!

VENUE: GOLDEN YEARS SOCIETY (10111 Main Street, Fort McMurray AB)
DATE : MONDAY 28th November 2011 @ 5:30 through 8:30PM

SPEAKERS:
1. Dr Vincella Thompson: Chair of University Studies, Arts, Education & Social Sciences at Keyano College. Interest among other things includes Cultural Inclusion.
2. Leigh Agozzino-Organ BA, Bed, MA ; Culture Supervisor Community Strategy Branch , Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
3. Riaz Muhhamed Senior Engineer,Board Member Multicultural Association
4. Andrew M Manyevere BA(Hons) M Sc Executive Director MCA: Moderator

The Multicultural Association of Fort McMurray receives grants from the government, the United Way and this particular program is sponsored by the Wood Buffalo Family Community Support Services (FCSS).

Stuff the Bus

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

National Geographic, The North Face and Parks Canada present The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour.

What is the Banff Mountain Film Festival?
The Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film competition featuring the world's best footage on mountain subjects. The festival began in 1976 and is held annually on the first weekend in November in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The year 2011 marks the 36th anniversary of the festival.

This year's film festival begins with the Feature-Length Films Weekend on Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30. Regular programming runs Saturday, October 29, through Sunday, November 6. On Sunday evening, the international jury will announce the Best of the Festival Award Winners.

What is the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour?

Immediately after the festival in November, a selection of the best films entered in the festival and goes on tour. The host organization in each tour location chooses a program that reflects the interests of their community. Each community creates a unique celebration of local adventure and adventurers.

The world tour spans the globe, making its way from Austria to Argentina and from Iceland to India. The world tour spans the globe reaching over 200,000 audience members in 30 countries and 360 locations with over 550 screenings.

Many of the tour screenings benefit an outdoor program, community cause, or a nonprofit organization. Some of the causes supported by the tour are bursaries for outdoor pursuits, adventure programs for disadvantaged children, search and rescue operations, climbing clubs, youth ski programs, and trail maintenance groups.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival website lists the World Tour locations and local contact details at www.banffmountainfestival.ca/tour

Thursday, January 12 at 7:30pm - Brought to you by the Fort McMurray Public Library, presented by Northland Forest Products and supported by Halycon Tech Corporations

Friday, January 13 at 7:30pm - Brought to you by the Fort McMurray Public Library and supported by Halycon Tech Corporations

Adult: $20
Student/Seniors: $15

Tickets go on sale Monday, November 21 @ 12:30pm

Santa Claus is coming to town!


Fort McMurray, AB, November 18, 2011 - Events Wood Buffalo is combining the Santa Claus Parade and the Lights of Christmas to provide the community with a superior holiday experience. On Saturday November 26 all residents of Wood Buffalo are invited to celebrate the region’s most positive and prestigious holiday events.

The Lights of Christmas is an annual event previously hosted by Keyano College. The event starts at 5:30pm and will feature carolers, free coffee, hot chocolate and snacks. Families are encouraged to bring their own camera for photo opportunities with Santa. Patrons can enjoy a choreographed light show in the trees of the park just before the parade starts at 6:30pm. A giant light switch will be flipped and thousands of lights will illuminate the trees in Doug McCrae Park on corner of King Street and Franklin Avenue.

“It promises to be an exciting kick off to the festive season, full of fun and merriment or all the family,” says new Executive Director David Whitelock. The parade will run northbound on Franklin Avenue from Prairie Loop Road to Riedel. “I’m really looking forward to seeing happy smiley faces and the lights and floats in all their splendour.”

The annual festive themed evening parade, boasts an impressive collection of floats that will light up the night in Fort McMurray. Residents are welcome to venture downtown and pick a spot along the parade route to help Santa Claus and all his merry elves launch Wood Buffalo's holiday season. Events Wood Buffalo encourages spectators to stay a reasonable distance from the proceedings for their own safety and the success of the parade.

To accommodate access to the event, regular public transit will be free from 5pm until midnight. Additionally there will be transportation available for our rural communities including Anzac, Conklin, Janvier, Gregoire Lake Estates and Fort McKay. Free parking is being offered at Keyano College. For public safety, residents are asked to note that traffic changes will occur due to road closures.

Volunteers are still needed for traffic control positions along the parade route and float registrations are still being accepted. Residents are encouraged to visit http://www.eventswoodbuffalo.com/ for more information.

Events Wood Buffalo wishes a warm holiday thank you to the various sponsors, organizations and partners that have contributed to the event.

Beyond Cyber-bullying: 5 Part Series

Monday, 21 November 2011

Volunteers Needed: Santa Clause Parade 2011

TELUS, Keyano Theatre Company and Aquila Theatre presents Macbeth


The renowned Aquila Theatre's presents their rendering of the chaotic world of Shakespeare's Macbeth where nothing is as it seems and men combat their own madness and fates.

The play centers on the victorious Scottish general Macbeth, who chances upon three mysterious witches in the forest during his journey home from war. The witches offer Macbeth an intriguing prophesy, tempting the skeptical man with the promise that he will one day become King of Scotland. Upon, hearing the news, Lady Macbeth urges her husband into murderous action, and what follows is a wild and maddening descent into war, insanity and demons.

November 24, 25, 26 at 8pm
November 26 at 2pm
November 27 at 7pm
November 25 - Opening Reception

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 www.keyano.ca/theatre

PLEASE NOTE: The King Street Bridge will be closed from now until December for construction.

Upcoming TIFF films at Keyano

Reel Performances at Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre presents tiff (toronto international film festival)

Reel Performances at Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre presents a selection from the Toronto International Film Festival.

Wednesday, November 23 at 7pm - Oranges and Sunshine
Oranges and Sunshine is a beautiful mediation on a very ugly part of Commonwealth history. Based on a true story, Jim Loach provides a compassionate investigative drama about the wave of UK to Australia child migration in the 1950's. Many of the families involved were left in the dark about their children fate.

Wednesday, December 14 at 7pm - Potiche
Potiche, starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu, is a French farce with a lot on its mind. It takes place in 1977 in the small town of Saite-Guenole. Mrs Pujol is a typical traditional housewife whose life turns upside down when she has to take over her husband’s duties at his umbrella factory. Potiche is filled with a stylish and charismatic "je ne sais quoi".
- Please note this movie is in French with English subtitles.

Wednesday, January 18 at 7pm - Midnight in Paris
Wednesday, February 8 at 7pm - Incendies
Wednesday, March 21 at 7pm - West is West
Wednesday, April 18 at 7pm
Wednesday, May 23 at 7pm
Wednesday, June 13 at 7pm

All Seats: $13

Buy 4 and get the 5th one free

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 www.keyano.ca/theatre

PLEASE NOTE: The King Street Bridge will be closed from now until December for construction.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Golden Years Society Christmas Bazaar

The Golden Years Society will be hosting a craft and bake sale this Saturday, November 19 at the Golden Years Society building located on the corner of Main Street and Manning Avenue.

For more information, please phone 780.743.4088

Syncrude Arts Alive presents SURSAUT at nightfall

Imagine an underwater world of enchanting mythical creatures, Join Auguste the shoemaker as he explores the magic and excitement of his new found underwater adventure. A creative musical dance experience for the young and young at heart.

Get your tickets to the most mythical, magical, enchanting show of the year.
Saturday, November 19 at 2pm & 4pm
Adults: $25
Students and Seniors: $20

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 www.keyano.ca/theatre
 
PLEASE NOTE: The King Street Bridge will be closed from now until December for construction.

Up Coming FMC Dates

Hello Full Moon Cafe Friends....Friday November 18th FESTIVAL of TREES. MacDonald Island Park in the main stage field house. 7:20 - 8:15 pm and 8:30 to 9 PM.

Strike the Harp and Sing the Chorus with the Full Moon Cafe.

Saturday November 19th Waterways Community Hall at 7302 Bulyea Avenue. Open Stage, all ages and all talents. 7:30 pm

Please note we are returning to our original venue, the 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 with a drum circle.
Open stage at 8 pm.
All ages, all talents. Coffee House atmosphere

Sunday November 20th FESTIVAL of TREES. MacDonald Island Park in the main stage field house. 1:45 pm to 2:15 pm and 2:45 to 3:10 pm.
Strike the Harp and Sing the Chorus with the Full Moon Cafe.

Follow Up crafts, treats and a free family skate.

Saturday November 26th Strike the Harp and Sing the Chorus with the Full Moon Cafe at the Old Fashioned Christmas at Heritage Park on Nov.
26 from 3:30-4:30 pm.

Saturday December 10th Waterways Community Hall at 7302 Bulyea Avenue. Open Stage, all talents. 7:30 pm

Health, Hope and Happiness
the Full Moon Cafe
http://fullmooncaf.blogspot.com/

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Fort McMurrray

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to Fort McMurrray on January 12 & 13.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival, a program of The Banff Centre, is the largest, and one of the most prestigious, mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road. With stops planned in about 390 communities and 35 countries across the globe, this year’s tour features a collection of the most inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the festival.

Traveling to exotic landscapes and remote cultures, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports, the 2011/2012 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.
From approximately 300 films entered into the annual festival, award-winning films and audience favorites are among the films chosen to travel the globe.

Join Fort McMurray Public Library, presenting sponsor Northlands Forest Products and supporting sponsor Halcyon Tech Corporation when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Fort McMurray at the Keyano Theatre on January 12 & 13 at 7:30pm.

For tickets and information contact Keyano Theatre Box Office at 780-791-4990 or online at http://keyano.ca/theatre

Media contactFor local information such as the films shown in a local program, name of a local venue, time of show, etc., please contact:

Fort McMurray Public Library:
Nicole Andrews, Marketing Assistant
Phone:780-792-5138
E-mail: nicole.andrews@fmpl.ca

For details about the Banff Mountain Film Festival and general information about the World Tour and The Banff Centre, please contact –Jill Sawyer, Media & Communications Officer,
The Banff Centre phone: 403-762-6475 fax: 403-762-6158email: jill_sawyer@banffcentre.ca
website: http://dev.banffcentre.ca/mountainculture/

Screenings of The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Canada and the USA are presented by National Geographic, The North Face, Parks Canada; sponsored by Deuter, Outdoor Research, PrimaLoft, Central Asia Institute, Tom’s of Maine, and Therm-a-Rest; with support from MSR, Fernie Alpine Resort, Petzl, Kicking Horse Coffee, and World Expeditions.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan (CC-ARP)

Proposal to unify MacDonald Island, the Lower Townsite, and the community of Waterways

In response to community interest in developing a vibrant City Centre, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is proposing the CC-ARP to unify MacDonald Island, the Lower Townsite, and the community of Waterways. Building on the ideas advanced by the Lower Townsite Area Redevelopment Plan (2009), the main objective of the CC-ARP is to set out policies to guide sustainable growth, as well as define implementation framework that will stimulate activities in our City Centre.

Click below for the downloadable PDF:
Draft of the City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan

Open Houses
We would like to invite you to a series of open houses to gather your input and comments on the City Centre Area Redevelopment Plan's proposed land use framework to guide sustainable growth and implementation framework that will stimulate activities in our City Centre.

Dates & Locations:
Thursday, November 17
Future Forward Place,
9717 Franklin Avenue,
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday, November 18
Waterways Community Hall,
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 

Saturday, November 19
MacDonald Island
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

From November 17 – November 23, the draft of the CC-ARP and the CC-ARP's information will be available to review at the Future Forward Place. Please visit us during office hours (8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday) to provide us your feedback and comments.

For more information please visit the Municipal website

Alberta Museums Association Employment Opportunity

Alberta Museums Association Program Lead
The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) is the provincial association of museums and museum professionals. We are regarded as a leader in the Canadian museum field for our innovative programming, publications, and services. The AMA leads, facilitate, and supports the province’s museums through professional consultation, career development opportunities, award-winning publications, and grants funding. We are excited to offer an employment opportunity for an organized, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented person interested in a full-time, one-year term position in the heritage and culture sector. Please note, this position is a maternity leave replacement.

Reporting to the Strategic Services Director, the basic duties of the position include:· Manage the delivery of courses for the Certificate in Museum Studies program
· Facilitate courses
· Manage the planning and delivery of the AMA Annual Conference
· Coordinate other AMA lead and partner-presented professional development opportunities
Qualifications / Competencies:Undergraduate degree and applicable certificate, diploma, or degree
Experience working in event planning and educational / professional development program coordination
Experience in a museum, arts, culture or non-profit organization
Strong problem-solving skills and ability to manage multiple priorities
Friendly with strong customer service skills and a commitment to life-long learning
Experience in a MS Office Suite environment, especially with MS Outlook, Word, and Excel
Good communication, organizational, interpersonal, and time-management skills
Confidentiality and discretion
Ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative, team-based environment
A sense of humour
Driver’s License and acceptable Driver’s Abstract

Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Hours and Compensation Package: 37.5 hours per week. One-year maternity leave replacement.Competitive salary, details available on request. Includes access to benefits program, pension program, and professional development funds.

Closing Date: The competition will remain open until the position is filled; however, resumés will be reviewed starting Friday, November 18, 2011.

Please submit a cover letter and resumé by email, fax, or in person to:Crystal Willie, Strategic Services Director
Alberta Museums Association
Suite 404, 10408.124 Street – Edmonton, AB – T5N 1R5
F: 780.425.1679
E:
cwillie@museums.ab.ca
* Further information about the position is available by email only, by request

For more information on the AMA, visit our website at: www.museums.ab.ca .The AMA thanks all applicants for their interest but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Federal Status of the Artist Certification


I was doing some research and found this interesting little tidbit. For all the local artists here in Wood Buffalo, please take a look through the Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) website.

Every couple of months I like to do a pots about this organization because it is such an important resource to Canadian artists and arts administrators.


Here's a little bit of background information about CARFAC, and then a little info about the federal Status of the Artist Act:


CARFAC is incorporated federally as a non-profit corporation that is the national voice of Canada’s professional visual artists. As a non-profit association and a National Art Service Organization, our mandate is to promote the visual arts in Canada, to promote a socio-economic climate that is conducive to the production of visual arts in Canada, and to conduct research and engage in public education for these purposes.


CARFAC was established by artists in 1968 and has been recognized by the Status of the Artist legislation. CARFAC is guided by an active Board, elected by the membership.

We believe that artists, like professionals in other fields, should be paid for their work and share equitably in profits from their work. As the national voice of Canada’s professional visual artists, CARFAC defends artists’ economic and legal rights and educates the public on fair dealing with artists. In doing so, CARFAC promotes a socio-economic climate conducive to the production of visual arts. CARFAC engages actively in advocacy, lobbying, research and public education on behalf of artists in Canada.


Federal Status of the Artist Certification
In 1999, CARFAC was certified by the Canadian Artists and Producers Professional Relations Tribunal (CAPPRT) as the collective bargaining representative for visual and media artists in Canada, as recognized by the federal Status of the Artist legislation.


What is Status of the Artist?
The federal Status of the Artist Act (1992, c.33) recognizes the important role of the creator in society and promotes an understanding of the unique manner in which artists work. As such, it strives to improve the economic, social and political status of professional artists through fair compensation for their work as well as the implementation of social benefits that other laborers enjoy. The legislation attempts to place artists on an equal footing with other professionals in the labour market and to earn a more equitable share of the profits on their work within the public art economy. As a result, the Status legislation has significant implications for labour law, contract law, copyright law, etc.


It also allows for the certification of trade unions and professional associations to help regulate remuneration and working conditions. In 1997, Status of the Artist legislation conferred the right of artists to collectively bargain at the federal level. This means that a certified organization has the right to negotiate on behalf of self-employed artists within their jurisdiction on a variety of issues including the implementation of standard contracts and wage rates, as well as pensions, unemployment support, and benefits that are enjoyed by employees in other fields.


Currently, the national association of CARFAC and its partner, RAAV, are certified by CAPPRT to represent visual artists in Quebec and the rest of Canada. This means that CARFAC National and RAAV can negotiate collective agreements with all federal institutions such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (including embassies), the Canadian Museum of Civilization, etc. Once a signed federal agreement is reached with an institution and is ratified by the membership of the certified organization, it is legally binding and will set a major precedent for other federal and even provincial institutions.


In addition to the federal legislation, movements have been made to enact Status at provincial levels. The Act was passed and became law in Saskatchewan at the provincial level in 2002, and intensive consultations have recently taken place in Ontario.


CARFAC and RAAV are currently in negotiations with the National Gallery of Canada.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Wanted: Gently Used Adult Winter Coats, Boots and Gloves

Good Morning,

Homeless Connect will be accepting Gently Used Adult Winter Coats, Boots and Gloves.

November 20 from 12-4pm and November 21 9-4pm at the Nistowoyou Friendship Centre (8310 Manning Ave)

Any thing you can donate would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Lisa Brown
Housing Team Lead
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Neighbourhood and Community Development
9909 Franklin Ave, Fort McMurray, AB, T9H 2K4

T. 780-788-1596
C. 780-792-7247

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Auditions for: The Farnsworth Invention

Two ambitious visionaries race against each other to introduce to the world a revolutionary new device called "television." By the fall of 1921, an Idaho farm boy had drawn a diagram of an "image dissector tube" for a prototype television system. As he seeks to develop a functioning machine, he is swept into a epic struggle with an enterprising media mogul who foresees the lucrative potential of this invention. Only one man will unlock the key to the greatest innovation of the 20th century and rule the airwaves.

April 26*, 27, 28 and May 02, 03, 04, 05 at 8pm
April 26* - Preview
April 27 - Opening Reception

This is a contemporary script written by a master storyteller meant to be performed by an ensemble cast that will spend most of its time on stage in some capacity. An extremely dynamic and fast paced affair everyone should be ready for precision chaos!

Audition Requirements:
-Casting Details: 2 male roles ages 11 to 14, and 18 roles for men and women ages 17 to 80

Saturday November 26th 10am - 4pm:
- Everyone will be required to sign up for a one 5 minute slot on Saturday morning, there are a few spaces for people who definitely can’t make a Saturday audition first think in the morning on Sunday.
-Everyone must keep Sunday between 11am – 5pm open for call backs.

-Script knowledge an asset.

-Everyone must have a prepared monolog, 1 minute in length, Contemporary, preferably comedic

-Be prepared for movement/dance, in loose fitting clothing easy to move in.

Director: Claude Giroux
Spread the word!

To book an audition time or for more information contact Keyano Theatre at 780-791-4930

Fiddler on the Roof

Fort McMurray Public Library to hold book release party

Long awaited 6th book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series: Cabin Fever

Save the date! Friday, November 25 at 3:30 will be the Fort McMurray Public Library's official celebration of the latest in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The highly anticipated 6th book in the series Cabin Fever will be available to check out from the library on November 15. “The library has ten copies on order – all ten copies will be available to check out by readers on the 15th.

To ensure you get a copy, you can place a hold on the book now by completing the request online or by calling library staff at 780-743-7804.” says marketing manager Carolyn Murray.

Children‟s Librarian Jennifer Mason is now preparing for the library‟s book release party which will be free to attend. There will be games and take home activities and everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to win a brand new copy of the book.

The celebration will take place in the Program Room, just off Syncrude Corner on the main floor of the library.

Media Contact:
Carolyn Murray
Marketing Manager, Fort McMurray Public Library
780-792-5155


PRESS RELEASE: Major Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6 Announcement!


NOVEMBER 15, 2011 . . . Hold on Tight, this Winter has Bite


FIRST PRINTING OF MORE THAN 6 MILLION COPIES OF DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: CABIN FEVER, BOOK 6 IN THE #1 BESTSELLING SERIES BY JEFF KINNEY, FROM AMULET BOOKS NATIONAL LAYDOWN IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2011 SUMMER "SNOWBALL" EVENTS WILL THRILL AND CHILL FANS


New York, NY, June 16, 2011—Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, revealed today in a major press announcement the title, first-printing quantity, and cover of the sixth Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. CABIN FEVER will have the largest first printing of any title in the series to date, with more than 6 million copies, making it the largest print publishing release of 2011 when it goes on sale Tuesday, November 15. The cover color is ice blue, which complements the red, blue, green, yellow, and purple of the first five #1 bestselling books. Cabin Fever follows the sales and publicity momentum of the March 2011 release of the #1 bestsellerthe Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book, a journal filled with interactive pages and space for readers to record their own stories. In Cabin Fever, the Heffley family is stuck indoors during a blizzard. But will they weather the storm? "A very tough New England winter inspired me to snow the Heffley family in for the holidays," said Jeff Kinney. "'Cabin fever' refers to the claustrophobia Greg feels, as well as the broader theme of the book. . . that you're trapped by the identity you create for yourself."


Six summer "snowball" events will be announced in July. Featuring the oversized Wimpy Kid Snow Globe that premiered at BookExpo in New York in May, and much more, the events will thrill fans with treats and special book previews. The wide reach of the release of the title will continue in August as kits with branded materials are mailed to booksellers and librarians to help build awareness and excitement.


"This is clearly the most anticipated book of 2011, with the largest initial print run," said Michael Jacobs, President and CEO of Abrams. Jeff Kinney's millions of fans are eager with anticipation, and the release of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever will be an elating experience for them. We're thrilled to bring millions of kids—and their parents, caregivers, librarians, teachers, and friends—the book this fall, and believe that our laydown of Cabin Fever will help make this holiday season a great one for booksellers. Our pre-sales and marketing campaign over the next few months will help build that excitement and anticipation for our laydown of Jeff's next number-one bestseller."


Books in the core Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney include Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2007), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2008), Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw (2009), Diary of a


Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2009), and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (2010). Jeff Kinney has also written and illustrated The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book and The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary. The series is a fixture on the USA Today bestseller list (the first book in the series has remained in the top 150 for more than 200 weeks) and the Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. It has also remained consistently in the top spots on the New York Times lists since publication of the first book in the series.


More than 50 million Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are in print in the United States and Canada. The books have been sold in more than 36 countries in 35 languages around the world. Published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, Kinney's work has been widely praised for its ability to turn reluctant readers onto books. Jeff Kinney was named one of TIME magazine's most influential people in the world. The first movie based on the books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, grossed more than $75 million worldwide in box office sales, and the second movie, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, was the #1 movie at the box office in its opening weekend in theaters. The book series won Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in 2010 and 2011, and Jeff Kinney was nominated for a Children's Choice Book Award in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Books in the series have won numerous awards voted on by students and teachers in schools around the globe. In March 2011, the first-ever Wimpy Kid Island, Wimpy Wonderland, debuted on www.poptropica.com.


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For more information, interviews, or images, please contact:


Jason M. Wells Executive Director, Publicity and Marketing Abrams Books for Young Readers/Amulet Books 115 West 18th Street New York, NY 10011 office: 212-229-8826 mobile: 646-456-5446 fax: 212-366-0809 jwells@abramsbooks.com  http://www.abramsbooks.com/

Monday, 14 November 2011

Arts and Crafts Guild Presents: Group Art Exhibit



Arts and Crafts Guild Presents: Group Art Exhibit
The 2nd Floor - Mac Donald Island Library
November 1st – December 16th, 2012

If you’re passionate about the Arts, come see beautiful pieces Created by the people of Fort McMurray!

Nonprofit Governance Workshops

Hello,

The Wood Buffalo Community Building Project aims to increase organizational and leadership capacity of nonprofit organizations by offering value-added workshops on topics such board governance and strategic planning. You are invited to attend two fantastic value-added workshops:

1) Transforming Nonprofits Through Technology Planning Workshop: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm)
We use technology every day and yet we rarely take the time to find out how it can help us fulfill our mission and improve operations. On November 22nd the Wood Buffalo Community Building Project invites you to spend a day with a leading facilitator from IBM Canada with expertise in the nonprofit sector, to create a plan that will help your organization use technology to your advantage. The workshop is specially tailored for nonprofits in Wood Buffalo who are considering co-location or shared services opportunities or are willing to learn how to get the most out of the technology they have. Small shop or large, this workshop will be well worth it!

Registration includes a hot lunch and snacks, easy to follow work book and access to local IT coaches after the workshop.

To Register, please click on the link http://transformingnonprofits.eventbrite.com/

2) Board Governance Workshop: Friday, November 25th, 2011 (8:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Every board, no matter how big or how small, needs ongoing training to ensure their organization is well run and can withstand public scrutiny. The Wood Buffalo Community Building Project is pleased to present a Board Governance workshop for nonprofit board leaders and senior management who wish to learn more about effective board governance systems, processes and best practices, and also how to work more successfully together. Presented by Cathy Brothers, Executive Director, Capacity Waterloo Region and John Dinners, President, John T. Dinner Governance Services, they bring a balanced viewpoint from both the non and for-profit perspectives!

Registration includes breakfast, hot lunch, access to online resources and presentation notes.

To Register, please click on the link http://boardgovernancewoodbuffalo.eventbrite.com/

Nancy Mattes, Director
Wood Buffalo Community Building Project
Telephone: 519-888-4567 ext. 38213
Email: woodbuffalo@uwaterloo.ca
Web: http://woodbuffalo.uwaterloo.ca/index.html

Mobalizing the Faculty of Arts for the Betterment of Society

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 attached summary).

Project Update: We have presented several skill-building workshops (board governance, rapid improvement for nonprofits, branding and strategic planning); celebrated excellence and conducted research specific to the Nonprofit Sector in Wood Buffalo. Action Learning Teams (ALTs) have been working on five themes: Arts & Culture; Building Capacity; Harnessing Great Ideas; Shared Space and Social Planning. The teams have met four times over the past six months and the strategies that are emerging are very exciting. Some of these strategies are bridging more than one theme and address overarching issues within the Nonprofit Sector.
 Call to Action: You are invited to attend a Change Lab meeting on Thursday, January 26th, 2012 where you will have an opportunity to assess proposed solutions and provide input on strategies moving forward. Please save the date in your calendar (an e-invitation will be sent out shortly).

New Staff! We’re delighted to welcome Kim Nordbye, Manager, Stakeholder Relations, Suncor Energy, to the role of Project Manager in Fort McMurray. Kim has been seconded from Suncor Energy to work on the project over the next couple of years. She will be building local connections, focusing public attention, cultivating high aspirations and helping to implement strategies moving forward. Please extend a warm welcome to Kim who officially starts her new role on November 7th.

New Name! The WBCBP Steering Committee has identified a new name for the project that reflects the mission of the project more accurately. Please watch for the new name and brand (to be announced soon).

Upcoming Workshops: Don’t miss these excellent learning opportunities aimed to build capacity in the Nonprofit Sector:

1) Tuesday, November 22nd: Transforming Nonprofits Through Technology Planning, we’ve arranged for a senior consultant from IBM Canada to present a hands-on and pertinent workshop for nonprofits. Register at http://transformingnonprofits.eventbrite.com/

2) Friday, November 25th: Board Governance Workshop. Ongoing training is essential for all boards, no matter how experienced or new. Encourage your board to take advantage of this excellent workshop. Register at http://boardgovernancewoodbuffalo.eventbrite.com/

On behalf of the WBCBP Steering Committee, thanks for your continued support and belief in the work of this project.

Nancy Mattes, Director

Wood Buffalo Community Building Project
Email: woodbuffalo@uwaterloo.ca
Web: http://woodbuffalo.uwaterloo.ca/index.html

Friday, 11 November 2011

Arts Health Network Canada (AHNC)

Arts Health Network Canada (AHNC) is expected to be built on a base of strong provincial networks. British Columbia is the founding province for AHNC and Arts Health Network Canada-BC (AHNC-BC) is now incorporated as a non-profit society, forming the first provincial chapter. AHNC-BC has begun to explore strategic initiatives in BC and, on behalf of AHNC, is engaging with groups across the country.

To visit the website to see all of this info, click here: http://www.artshealthnetwork.ca/about I've also added a link to the site under the Canadian Cultural Resources section of the Culture Blog

Mandate: arts for the health of it, as well as the joy of it!



AHNC has a broad mandate to increase understanding of the health benefits of arts-based activities and to help make them available across the country.

Specifically, AHNC's purposes are to:
Bring arts and health activities into the mainstream of Canadian life so that all Canadians are able to engage in arts for the health of it, as well as the joy of it.


The first business plan for the networks (released April 2010) contains a three level vision for the networks supporting Canadians to engage in arts for the health of it, as well as the joy of it. The long-term vision for the networks is to help move arts and health into the mainstream of Canadian life, so that individuals, organizations, communities and governments understand and support the connections between arts-based activities and individual and community health, and all the multitude of ways that the arts and creative arts therapies can contribute to lowering costs, increasing effectiveness, and supporting the sustainability of our public health care system. Read the full vision (PDF).


The networks will raise awareness of the health benefits of arts so that Canadians understand that engaging in the arts is a key factor in personal health, just as staying physically fit is important. The vision is for all Canadians to have the opportunity to pARTicipate.

Engage with organizations, institutions, governments, practitioners and the general public in order to:
1) raise awareness of the benefits that arts-based activities can bring to the health and quality of life of individuals and communities, and to the efficacy and sustainability of the public health care system in Canada;


2) connect and provide supportive services to arts and health practitioners; and


3) facilitate the development and availability of arts and health information, research, programs and other opportunities across Canada.

4)Establish and coordinate the activity of a network of local branch and affiliate organizations throughout Canada that have objectives and goals substantially similar to those of AHNC.

AHNC and its provincial chapters are intended to be catalysts to bring practitioners together; to educate interested publics and decision-makers about the health and quality-of-life benefits of arts programs and activities; and to create demonstration projects, including appropriate research and evaluation of arts and health initiatives. For more details see "Need for a Catalyst Network" in the Arts and Health 101 section of this web site.

Development of the Networks: an evolving process led by network members
Experience in Canada and in other countries indicates that effective national organizations are usually based on strong grass roots. So Arts Health Network Canada is expected to be built on a base of strong provincial networks. British Columbia is the founding province for AHNC and it is its first provincial chapter, AHNC-BC.

Recognizing its roots and founding in British Columbia, a single board, made up of residents of BC, is serving temporarily as the board for both AHNC and AHNC-BC. Early efforts of the networks will include supporting the creation of other provincial and / or metro networks in the country. As they become established, the board of AHNC is expected to become a separate board and to include representatives of the various provincial networks as they are created. Read the initial conception of the evolution of the networks (PDF). Precisely how this evolves ultimately will be up to those who join AHNC and those who create provincial chapters of the national network.

This web site is the web site for AHNC and is intended to serve anyone interested in or involved in arts and health wherever they are in the country. Members of the Advisory Council (see The Advisory Council) come from across the country; and as the various working groups on specific initiatives are created, they are also expected to involve people from coast to coast to coast. Read more details on key functions to be supported by AHNC-BC and examples of activities in the first three years of operation (PDF)

Origins of the Network: a grassroots call for a Canadian network
The initiative to create a national arts and health network began during the first Canadian Forum on Arts and Health, held in Vancouver in March of 2005. Participants in the Forum overwhelmingly called for a national network to be created as a way to stay in touch; to have a point of contact to meet others in the country involved in arts and health work; and to be able to learn about and learn from others' initiatives and research. Forum participants also wanted a web site that could be used to raise awareness and inform people about the benefits of arts-based activities to individual and community health and to health care.

A report on discussions at the 2005 Forum, and reports on several national and regional follow-up inquiries after the Forum, can be found in the Resources section of this web site.

2005 was a banner year for the development of arts and health in Canada, as several major events arose independently of one another in different parts of the country. The Forum was held in March. In May, the newly formed Society for the Arts in Dementia Care held its first conference, also in Vancouver, BC. In June, Edmonton, Alberta hosted the first conference of the American-based Society for Arts in Healthcare to be held outside of the United States. Then in the fall, the National Arts Centre held a Roundtable on Music and Medicine in Ottawa, Ontario, the first of three roundtables on aspects of the connections between arts and health. Since 2005, there has been a flowering of the already considerable level of arts and health activity across the country and informal networking began in a number of subject areas.

In 2008, the creation of a business plan for arts and health networks in British Columbia and Canada was undertaken. Following the completion of the Business Plan (April 2010), 2010 Legacies Now provided start-up funding to begin establishing the networks. In November of 2010, the board of 2010 Legacies Now offered three-year core funding to help the British Columbia network get solidly underway, as it assists in building AHNC.

What is needed in Canada to enable this country to catch up with other western countries that are 25 to 40 years ahead in recognizing and supporting arts-based activities in health care and health promotion is summarized in the Arts Health Network Canada-BC Business Plan. See "The Need in Canada" in the Arts and Health 101 section of this web site.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Veteran's Week 2011


It is that time of the year again, when Canadians all over the globe take time to say thank you to all of the brave men and woman who have served time in our Armed Forces. Below is some information taken from the Veterans Affairs Canada website: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/ please visit it for more information.

Make remembrance more than something you feel. Make it something you do.

Each year, from November 5 to 11, Canadians join together to celebrate Veterans’ Week - this year is no different.

During this week, hundreds of commemorative ceremonies and events will take place across the country to recognize the achievements of our Veterans and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

This Veterans’ Week, take the remembrance challenge. There are many ways to show that you remember and honour our Veterans:

1) Pin a poppy above your heart.
2) Attend the local Remembrance Day ceremony.
3) Talk to a friend or relative who has just returned home from Afghanistan or who served in  other areas of conflict.
4) Listen to Veterans talk about their experiences.
5) Create a mashup and share it on the YouTube Channel
6) Visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Facebook fan page, write on our wall and share how you remember.
7) Follow Veterans Affairs Canada on Twitter and tweet about how you remember
8) Change your Facebook profile picture to a poppy.
9) Blog, tweet or update your Facebook status about the importance of remembrance.

Above all, we must vow never to forget. However you choose to remember, be sure to share with everyone you know. Together, it is our duty to pass on the legacy and keep the memories of our Canadian Veterans alive.

Here is a link to the article I posted last year, it has some great info about our local veterans: http://rmwbculture.blogspot.com/2010/11/veterans-week-2010.html

Info about Fort McMurray's Remembrance Day Ceremony:
Starting at 9am local activities/ceremony will be taking place in the Field House within MacDonald Island.

For more information please contact MacDonald Island Park: 780.791.0070

Don't miss Legion Blues

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Last night I had the pleasure of being an interloper on the media night showing of Legion Blues.

Legion Blues is an original play preformed by an intimate cast of three. This story touches on the often taboo topic of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and some of the potential influences it has had on family dynamics. Set in 1950's post WWII Canada, Legion Blues takes place in the domestic environment of the character's home. 

In an innovative twist, writer/director Michael David Beamish presents the play within his home. Preformed in indie theatre style this dynamic and emotionally charged play places the audience within the home, physically and emotionally.  You can hear the eggs cooking and feel the draft from an open door as the actors move about the kitchen stage. I was totally enthralled by the raw portrayal of this Canadian family struggling to find peace in the context of their own lives.

If you are free for the hour between 8 - 9pm this Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening please do check out Legion Blues, it is a unique experience and a really amazing way to support our local arts community. There is no set ticket fee, just entrance by donation.

Well done, Michael, you are a wonderful story teller. And, thank you to the three actors, Rebecca John, Murray Cullen, and Francis Mennigke, it was a pleasure to watch you work.

I look forward to the next Eye Flower Productions, production! For more information about Legion Blues, or Eye Flower Production please click here or reserve your spot by emailing eyeflowerart@gmail.com .

Cheers,

Connor Buchanan