Monday, 30 April 2012

LET'S PLAY 5K

5K and children’s/seniors 1K fun run/walk

SATURDAY, MAY 5TH 5:00PM
MCMURRAY GOSPEL ASSEMBLY

10110 Main Street

COST: ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!

REGISTRATION: anytime at McMurray Gospel Assembly or race day from 3:30-4:30 (early would be helpful) *copies of registration form can be found at www.mgachurch.com print them off and bring them race day

QUESTIONS: contact race director Penny Wasem at penwes2@yahoo.com or 780-748-4024

INCLUDED IN YOUR PARTICIPATION:

*all participants in the 1K will receive a finisher prize
*awards for the 5K will be top three in each 5 year age group beginning with 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19 and so on up to 60+
*all families with elementary age children (k-6) will receive a special “LET’S PLAY” prize (one per family unless we have enough for every child)
*free barbeque sponsored by McMurray Gospel Assembly 


NOT READY TO RUN A 5K??

No worries….you can walk, run, jog, whatever it takes. Strollers are permitted HOWEVER~no bikes, rollerblades, skateboards etc. Also the use of headphones will NOT be permitted because safety is our number one priority!

2012 Mayor's Business Block Challenge

Is your business block littered with paper wrappers, cups and cigarette butts?  Twenty minutes of attention with the right tools and a few coworkers can make your store front and business block litter free!  So are you ready for a few garbage bags, a little elbow grease and some friendly competition with the businesses in the next block?

The 2012 Mayor’s Business Block Challenge takes place on May 2 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Join us for the official kick off from Mayor Melissa Blake followed by a twenty minute block clean up on the main terrace of the Jubilee Building.

Register for the Business Block Challenge at www.woodbuffalo.ab.ca/volunteer or call 780-788-4324 for more information.

Surfaces: New exhibit opening at MacDonald Community Art Gallery

Surfaces: Exploration of Light, Texture and Contrast
From May 2 to May 30

Artists: Joanne Pilgrim, Tamara M. Hannah and Lil Barefoot 

Grand Opening: May 3 at 7:00pm
Location: MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery (second floor of the Suncor Community Leisure Centre)

This exhibition presents a variety of media such as fused glass, ceramic tiles, paintings and collages. Surfaces: Exploration of Light, Texture and Contrast is all about exploring, mixing and trying a variety of materials and surfaces. Three local visual artists invite viewers to interpret their artwork and explore their passion for colour, light and shadow.


"My work in this exhibition explores relationships between nostalgia and traditional ceramic techniques. I have incorporated simple hand building, wheel thrown designs, and surface treatments to create objects that invoke different aspects of nostalgia.                                     Instead of vivid memories, I have abstractly captured visceral representations of familiar sentiments".                                                                                                       
            Tamara M. Hannah

"I developed my art skills by working and trying different mediums such as paper tole and faux painting. Looking for something different l took a course about fused glass and how to use a kiln. Currently, I am working with glass creating utility and non utilitarian art".
Joanne Pilgrim

“My work focused on the grandeur of color, shapes and contrasts that describe any certain sequence, derived from the use of various materials and techniques.
I express myself freely, following my intuition and inspiration occasionally aroused by dreams or events from my own life; often within the surreal universe, leading the audience into a swarm of imagination”.
Lil Barefoot 


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

Friday, 27 April 2012

Great Places in Canada - 2012 Finalists

I came across a very interesting website this morning, which I thought I would share with you. The "Great Places in Canada" is an annual contest that recognize the special places that Canadians love most. 2012 is the second year for this competition and the nominations have revealed spectacular Canadian locations that are adored by many.

Canadians nominate their favourite spaces in our nation, be it a favourite neighbourhood or street or public domain. The most popular places are featured on their website, and are among the short-listed candidates. A judging panel of renowned planning experts then make the final decision, and the winners are announced at the end of April 2012.

This competition is sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) as a way to recognize the work of professional planners, and to join with all Canadians in a celebration of the great places we are fortunate to share in this country.

I know that I have many special spaces throughout Canada that I love to visit...and many of these spots are located close to home in Wood Buffalo. This is a really fun website and competition to recognize your special Canadian spaces and to learn about all of the other loved locations in our nation.

Visit the website to learn more: http://www.cip-icu.ca/greatplaces/en/



Heart of Wood Buffalo nominations deadline has been extended!


Hi –
Thank you to everyone that submitted nominations for the Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Awards by the April 26 deadline.  We truly appreciate your effort in getting your nominations in on time.  We are however hoping for a few more nominations for one of our new award categories, the Newcomer Engagement Award in memory of Lyle Leboldus, sponsored by H. Wilson Industries (2010) Ltd.  So, we have decided to extend the nomination deadline to 4 pm MT on Wednesday, May 2nd.  This will be the final deadline.  The nomination package can be found at http://www.socialprosperity.ca/2012-heart-wood-buffalo-leadership-awards

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Kim Nordbye
Project Manager
Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo
(formerly known as the Wood Buffalo Community Building Project)
P 780-881-3379

Elevation Dance Studio Presents Dance, Dance, Dance


The students of Elevation Dance at MacDonald Island Park invite you to join them as they present their annual year end recital "Dance, Dance, Dance!" The students have worked hard to present an energetic and fun show featuring different dance disciplines.

Saturday, May 12th at 1pm
Saturday, May 12th at 7pm

Keyano Theatre


All Seats: $30
Public Ticket sales start Tuesday, April 10th at 12:30pm either online or in person.



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

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Free Youth Night at Ecole Boreal - Saturday April 28



   Saturday, April 28, 2012
   7:00 p.m.
   Salle Communautaire Ecole Boreal (312 Abasand Drive)
   FREE admission

   Program:
   6:00-6:30 p.m. - Canadian Anthem by kids
   6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Presentations by the kids (poems, dances, etc)
   8:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Meals
   9:00 p.m. - Music, arts and dance

CanadaROCKS 2012: star-studded lineup!


Award-winning artists to headline CanadaROCKS 2012


Fort McMurray, AB, April 26, 2012 – Events Wood Buffalo in partnership with MacDonald Island Park is proud to present a star-studded lineup for CanadaROCKS 2012, June 29-July 1 at MacDonald Island Park.

“We wanted to assemble a series of talented Canadian artists across a diversity of popular genres, and we believe we’ve achieved that,” said David Whitelock, Executive Director at Events Wood Buffalo. “From members of Canada’s Walk of Fame to CCMA winners to world-renowned hip hop artists, you’ll have it at CanadaROCKS 2012.”

On Canada Day, Blue Rodeo and Corb Lund with very special guests Doc Walker presented by Country 93.3 FM will take the stage for what will be a special performance. An unprecedented five-time Juno Award winner for Group of the Year and 2012 Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees, Blue Rodeo will be joined by Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans, who are 11-time Canadian Country Music Award winners.

On Saturday, June 30, hip hop artist, singer-songwriter and four-time Juno Award winner K’naan will perform following hip hop star Classified in a performance presented by Mix 103.7 FM. Perhaps best known for his hit “Wavin’ Flag,” the theme for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, K’naan was recently featured as one of eight artists along with The Edge and Bono of U2 and Lady Gaga at the “Decade of Difference” concert in support of the 10-year anniversary of the Clinton Foundation.

A fireworks display is scheduled to follow Saturday’s lineup as the community rings in Canada’s 144th birthday.

Six-time Juno Award nominee and indie rock favourite Joel Plaskett Emergency and support will headline a free concert open to the public on Friday, June 29.

“We’re honoured to work in partnership with Events Wood Buffalo as the venue for CanadaROCKS again this year,” said Tim Reid, Chief Operating Officer at MacDonald Island Park. “The potential construction schedule surrounding our proposed outdoor expansion left us with a small window with which to work for outdoor concerts, but we’re more than thrilled to play host to the community as we celebrate our country – and some great music.”  
 
Tickets for CanadaROCKS 2012 will go on sale on Tuesday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m. at canada-rocks.com or at MacDonald Island Park Guest Services, located on thefirst floor of the Suncor Community Leisure Centre. Individual General Admission and Club tickets will be available for both the Saturday and Sunday shows, while weekend ticket passes are also available.

Club tickets will be available on the complimentary opening night to individualsthat have purchased a weekend Club Seating pass.

Groups interested in a VIP Box are invited to contact Tracey Lewis at tracey.lewis@macdonaldisland.ca.

More information, including ticket prices, is available at canada-rocks.com.

Media contact: 
Brea Burton
Marketing & Communications Manager
Events Wood Buffalo
780.791.1600


Canadian Conference of the Arts-federal budget cuts


The following update was taken from the CCA President’s Blog – All together now!


After months of silence, we finally know where we stand: the federal government has confirmed officially it will put an end to 46 years of funding to the Canadian Conference of the Arts by March 31, 2013. The good news is: we can count on some transition funding. We trust that Minister Moore’s decision to grant final funding to the CCA is an acknowledgment of the pertinence of our business plan and of our serious intent to transform the organisation. I won’t deny however that we are disappointed with the final decision, as our plan called for transitional support over two years in order to allow the changes to take place in a more orderly fashion. The challenge ahead of us will put enormous pressure on board and staff to accelerate the implementation of the new business model and to generate new forms of earned revenue in a very short period of time. And this will not be possible without your commitment to do it with us.
From the moment we heard after the May 2011 election of the government’s intention, we have embraced the idea that the CCA had to become independent and different in order to better deliver its unique mandate. We at the CCA, staff and board, all remain firm in our resolve to do everything possible to start the implementation of the five-year business plan developed with your input over the past year.

Why are we so resolved to move forward? Because we believe that all of us in the Canadian cultural sector are at a crossroad in our history. Deep transformations in our environment challenge our adaptability. The combined effects of technology, the economy, changing demographics, policy changes and the emergence of new players affect the support mechanisms we have put in place over the past 60 years. Not to mention that arts and culture are still widely considered a luxury in our country, their support too often threatened with budget cuts by all levels of government.

Let’s not be under any illusion about Minister Flaherty’s budget. While it protects the Canada Council (whose budget has not grown in the past six years and which must still absorb inflation), and while it contains positive measures for the heritage sector, the deep cuts to the CBC, Telefilm, the National Film Board and the changes in funding priorities we will discover over the coming months will have a major impact on our artists, our creators and our organizations.

Our sector is rich in creativity and diversity, but it is fragmented. In this context, we are convinced that we collectively need a focal point, a national forum where we can identify issues of common interest and plan strategies to pursue them, through research, programs, advocacy and communications. More than ever, we see the need for all of us to work in a coordinated fashion for the greater good of all.

Over the past year, the board and the staff of the CCA have worked hard to develop a detailed five-year business plan which over time would more than replace the funding received from Canadian Heritage. Since last November, our National Director has met with over 500 stakeholders during his tour of seventeen cities from Victoria to St.-John’s. This tour and the on-line consultation we have held have confirmed our conviction: a majority of us see the necessity and the advantages of working all together in a focused way. We now have a plan, it is ambitious and challenging, but we believe it can be realized.

We will pull out all the stops to see how we can implement our 2012-17 Business Plan. We fully realize that in difficult times, the reflex is to concentrate exclusively on one’s own survival, but we want to know if you share our belief that by working together, we can all be stronger in the pursuit of a healthy and vibrant cultural sector. I thank all of you who have already made concrete your support by renewing your membership. We now need to know if this conviction is shared by those who have not yet renewed and those who have indicated they were considering joining. In the coming weeks, we will be proposing different ways in which you can express your support.

To be completely frank, if you support the idea of a national voice for arts and culture in this country, now is the time to prove it. While the CCA board and staff are completely committed to the transformation of this historical organization, we cannot do it without your support – indeed, without it there is no reason to exist. While we are convinced we can generate enough earned revenue through memberships and other means, without any new funds the organization will not be able to stay in business for a full fiscal year. We have identified specific initiatives and targets that we are busy confirming over the next two months. With your renewed memberships and an aggressive beginning to the business plan, we will see the year out and be well positioned for next year. We hope you believe, as we do, that this is the time to act, to seize this opportunity regardless of the situation that has precipitated it.
I look forward to working with all of you to strengthen your voice!

Kathleen Sharpe
President

Open Arts Wood Buffalo Sponsorship - for Youth


Open Arts supports youth ages 12-18 who are interested in visual arts, music, drama and dance. A deserving applicant may apply for the sponsorship and the Justin Slade Youth Foundation will pay on their behalf for training to further their interest in one of the fine arts.

The funding is open to all youth living in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and is not dependent upon their families’ financial status. Open Arts potentially provides between $100 – $300 funding per approved applicant to pay for expenses such as enrollment in classes, supplies, lessons, admission to museums and/or theatrical performance, and travel for artistic purposes.

Applications can be downloaded by clicking the link below and at the Dugout (located in the Haxton Building at Borealis Park). Application may be dropped off at the Dugout or they can be e-mailed to information@jsyf.ca at any time.


For more information about this opportunity and to learn more about the Justin Slade Youth Foundation visit: http://jsyf.ca/ 

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Media conference: Announcement of lineup for Nexen CanadaROCKS 2012

What: Media conference to announce lineup and schedule for Nexen CanadaROCKS 2012
Who: David Whitelock Executive Director, Events Wood Buffalo
          Melissa Blake Mayor, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
          Tim Reid Chief Operating Officer, MacDonald Island Park
When: Thursday, April 26, 10:00 a.m.

Where: Main concourse, Suncor Community Leisure Centre

For more information or to RSVP, please contact:
Brea Burton
Marketing & Communications Manager
Events Wood Buffalo
780.791.1600

www.eventswoodbuffalo.com

Only 2 days left to nominate for the 2012 Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Awards


There are only 3 days left to get your nominations in for the 2012 Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Awards.  There are 6 award categories to choose from & the prize is $5,000 for each award category – for full details, go to http://www.socialprosperity.ca/2012-heart-wood-buffalo-leadership-awards Questions?  Call me!

Help us celebrate and honour the incredible nonprofit achievements in our community.  Spread the word & nominate an individual or organization today.  And, don’t forget to buy your tickets for the event on June 6 www.heartofwoodbuffaloawards.eventbrite.ca .  

The 2012 Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Awards are proudly presented by Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo and the Suncor Energy Foundation in collaboration with Volunteer Wood Buffalo, Leadership  Wood Buffalo, Nonprofit Sector Link Wood Buffalo, the Fort McMurray Food Bank Association and the United Way of Fort McMurray.

We wish to also thank our event and award category sponsors:
·         H. Wilson Industries (2010) Ltd for the Newcomer Engagement Award in memory of Lyle Leboldus, presented by the Fort McMurray Food Bank Association
·         Total E&P Canada for the Community Impact Award, presented by the United Way of Fort McMurray
·         Fort McMurray & District Labour Council for the Social Prosperity Leadership Award, presented by Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo
·         RMWB, Wood Buffalo Big Spirit

And, a big thank you to our media sponsors:
·         Country 93.3/ Rock 97.9
·         Mix 103.7
·         KAOS Radio
·         SNAP Wood Buffalo

Cheers,
Kim

Call for Nominations!
Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Awards, June 6
Deadline for nominations, 4 pm MT April 26

Kim Nordbye
Project Manager
Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo
(formerly known as the Wood Buffalo Community Building Project)
P 780-881-3379


Fiction award contest for emerging Canadian writers


The New Quarterly (TNQ) is a magazine of Canadian fiction, poetry, and conversation, primarily about the writer’s craft.  Their mandate is to nurture emerging writers by publishing and promoting their work alongside that of well-established writers.  TNQ offers a lively mix of fiction, poetry, author interviews, writing techniques and more. 

Currently, TNQ is accepting submissions for the Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award.  Sponsored by the St. Jerome’s University English Dept, this award will offer $1000 to the winning story.

This contest is named in honour of Peter Hinchcliffe, who was instrumental in the founding of the magazine and has made an impact in the lives of many students in his longstanding role as lecturer at St. Jerome’s University. 

The $1000 top prize will be awarded for a work of short fiction by a Canadian (citizen or resident) writer who has not yet published a first novel or short story collection.  Though there is only one top prize, all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine. All submissions will be judged blind.

Entry fee: $40 per submission. Each submission includes a one-year Canadian subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly

Eligiblity: Submissions must be previously unpublished. Entrants must be Canadian or currently residing in Canada. Writers must be in the early stages. We define a writer in the early stages as someone who has not yet published a first story collection or novel.
There is no word limit. Entrant’s anonymity will be carefully preserved throughout the judging process; please ensure that your name does not appear on your document. Decisions will be made by August 31; finalists will be notified by email.

Deadline: May 28, 2012
For more information or to receive an entry form, please visit www.tnq.ca 

TNQ writers have been nominated for Giller prizes, Governor General’s Awards, Griffin Poetry Prizes, Writer’s Trust Notable Author awards, Commonwealth prizes, National Magazine awards and more.  

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Queen’s Golden Jubilee Scholarship for Visual Arts –May 1 Deadline


Alberta Culture and Community Services is seeking applications for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Scholarship for Visual Arts.  One scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to an Alberta visual artist, 25 years of age or younger, who demonstrates talent and potential along with clear educational or training goals.

The scholarship will be awarded for the best visual arts submission as well as for the appropriateness and impact of the applicant’s proposed program of study.

Detailed guidelines and an application form are available from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts website here: www.affta.ab.ca/arts-awards-scholarships.aspx.

Deadline for applications is May 1.

The Farnsworth Invention set to launch at Keyano Theatre



Keyano Theatre Company and TELUS proudly present The Farnsworth Invention – a play by the award winning Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, A Few Good Men, The Social Network). A pulse-pounding theatrical thrill ride, the play captures the drama and intensity of two luminaries racing against time, and each other, to invent the first working television. The year is 1929, and either Philo Farnsworth or David Sarnoff will cross the finish line first, launching one of the most influential inventions in history. 

Splitting his time between Keyano Theatre Company and the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver, Claude Giroux directs this sensational ensemble effort.

“The play is truly fueled by the energy of the 21-member cast,” says Claude Giroux, who also serves as artistic director of the company.  “The story promises to be an unforgettable live theatre experience.”

Keyano Theatre Company exists to promote and nurture theatre activity and development in our community.  During the six week production process for The Farnsworth Invention, definitive growth has occurred with all members of the cast, comprised of local volunteer actors: students, parents, friends, neighbors and community leaders.

Key players in The Farnsworth Invention include some key players in Wood Buffalo.  Russell Thomas returns to the Keyano Theatre main stage after a 6 year hiatus in the lead role of RCA President, David Sarnoff. Working by day as the Director of Marketing and Communications for Keyano College, he also serves as a Councillor for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Michael Beamish, Student Recruitment Coordinator at Keyano College, is also the award winning founder and producer of local theatre company, Eye Flower Productions.  He is playing the lead role of inventor Philo Farnsworth.

A talented and ambitious artistic team has been working tirelessly to bring this production to life including Stephanie Link, stage manager; Kalon McClarty, lighting and sound designer; Tiffany Bishop, costume designer; and Jennifer Goodman, set designer.

The set designer’s job is to create the onstage environment required to tell the story. The set may be recognizable to some, as it is the same two-tiered structure that was used in the hit musical production of Chicago in February.

“We are using the same basic set platforms and staircases, but we have created a whole new look that will be completely fresh to the audience,” said Goodman. “The crew at Keyano Theatre has also been creating a multitude of custom set and prop pieces that are going to make this production extra special and take us back to that exciting period.”

The Farnsworth Invention will debut at a special Preview performance on April 26 at 8 pm, featuring an exciting announcement and presentation from TELUS, title sponsor of the 4-Play Drama Series.

The Farnsworth Invention opens Friday, April 27 at 8 pm with a special post-show champagne reception catered by the Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre. The play also runs April 28, May 2,3,4,5 at 8 pm.

Tickets available at the Keyano Box Office, call 780-791-4990 or visit keyano.ca/theatre.

Follow Keyano Theatre on facebook and twitter.  

Link to The Farnsworth Invention webpage
Attached is a PDF news release and show poster.

For more information, please contact:
Misty Oakes
Marketing Coordinator, Arts & Special Events
Keyano Theatre & Arts CentreKeyano College
Office: 780-791-4995Fax: 780-791-4914Cell: 780-531-1263misty.oakes@keyano.ca8115 Franklin Avenue, Fort McMurray, AB, T9H 2H7




Have You Got a Book in You?"

Have You Got a Book in You?" Author Talk with Local Author Julie Rowe

Join us on Saturday, April 28 at 2:30pm for an author talk with local author Julie Rowe! Julie will provide advice and tips on writing the story you've always wanted to write, but weren't sure how to start or finish. Julie will also talk about the state of publishing today, including self-publishing options and resources. Handouts will be provided as well as a prize draw for a unique book cover purse.



Check out Julie's debut release Icebound from Overdrive today! Julie's second novel, North of Heartbreak, will be released April 16. 

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Monday, 23 April 2012

ATB Financial Presents: Bella Voce! A Night of Beautiful Voices






Thursday, May 17, 7:30pm – 11:00pm

Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity School

Krysta Mellon, Sarah Neiman and Cara Brown... with pianist Rhonda Carleton

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Suncor Energy Centre Box Office, or at either ATB Fort McMurray Branch locations

Adult $20/Children $10 Reception and cash bar to follow

For more information, contact the Suncor Energy Centre Box Office at (780) 792-0012

2012 Material Culture Institute Symposium in Edmonton

The 2012 Material Culture Institute Symposium will take place at the University of Alberta on May 4, 2012.  The Symposium will address fascinating issues related to the material culture of (dis)ability, including museum experiences and other.   

Speakers include;
  1. Patrick Devlieger (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
  2. Rebecca McGinnis (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
  3. Danielle Peers & Lindsay Eales (University of Alberta, Edmonton)
  4. Caroline Lieffers (Independent Scholar, Edmonton)




More information and registration forms can be found at www.materialculture.ualberta.ca 


Friday, 20 April 2012

National Dance Week April 22nd – April 29th 2012



The Canadian Dance Assembly proudly presents the first ever National Dance Week leading up to International Dance Day as part of the “I love dance/J’aime la danse” National Campaign. During this week, one theme will be celebrated each day across Canada to embrace the rich and varied landscape of Canadian dance.

Discover what is taking place across the country by viewing our national listing of events.  We are proud to partner with the Dance Current magazine in order to list all of our events on www.destinationdancedanse.com/

Submit your National Dance Week activities HERE

Day 1: Sun April 22nd – Dance is vital our communities
Day 2: Mon April 23rd – Dance is fitness and a tool for healthy communities
Day 3: Tues April 24th – Dance expresses diverse communities – social cohesion
Day 4: Wed April 25th – Dance is a source of well being for seniors
Day 5: Thurs April 26th – Dance empowers Canadian youth
Day 6: Fri April 27th – Dance creates a creative economy          
Day 7: Sat April 28th – Canadian dance’s international impact
Day 8: Sun April 29th – International Dance Day!

You don't have to be a dance professional to get involved!

We are looking to engage communities across the country from diverse backgrounds and skill levels.The campaign is not just for dance professionals, it's for everyone who loves dance!  

There are many ways to participate: 

  • Join us on Facebook and Twitter 
  • Read and circulate the dance Manifesto - coming soon!
  • Create an event during “National Dance Week.” We will facilitate publicity for your event.
  • Brand your current April event(s) under “National Dance Week,” and under I love dance/ J'aime la danse any time of the year
  • Sponsor a theme (a day) of National dance week
  • Contribute an article or photo we can post on the I love dance campaign blog www.ilovedancecanada.ca
  • Download the FREE I love dance/J'aime la danse Logo HERE (For Print - For Web) and use in your media and show programs!
 Submit your National Dance Week activities HERE

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

Call for Artist: Stony Plain Town Mural Program


This is an open competition for the creation of a mural in Stony Plain.

The selected artist will work with the Town of Stony Plain's Creative Community Committee, representatives from the Stony Plain Public Library and members of the community to design, develop and paint a mural on the Stony Plain Public Library Building. The mural will be part of the Town's extensive mural program, which depicts the rich heritage and culture of the community.
About the Town of Stony Plain Mural ProgramThe Town of Stony Plain retains all the warmth and charm of its deep cultural and agricultural roots. More than 30 breathtaking murals, designed by artists from across Canada, illustrate this rich heritage. These outdoor paintings, ranging in size and scope, depict scenes from Stony Plain's past and adorn a number of buildings throughout the community.
Location
112, Forest Green Plaza, 4613 52 Avenue, Stony Plain, Alberta

The mural will be placed on the south wall facing the parking lot in the space between the library and a retail business.

DimensionsApproximately 8 ft x 16 ft

The Mural Using a contemporary/abstract style, the mural will reflect the history and development of the Stony Plain Library and its role in the community. The mural will be featured as part of the Alberta Culture Days celebrations held at the Stony
Plain Public Library on Sept. 29, 2012. The Library has requested that a community involvement component be part of the mural creation, where possible.

Artist's Responsibilities
  • Attend required meetings to determine mural concept and production – June/July, 2012
  • Work with the Creative Community Committee and other stakeholders to develop and design a mural maquette
  • Paint the mural following established timelines and provide suggestions for community involvement during the process
  • Work with the Creative Community Committee and Stony Plain Library to launch the new mural
Attend required meetings to determine mural concept and production – June/July, 2012 

Skills and Qualifications
  • Experience in community-based programs
  • Excellent communication, organizational and team-work skills
  • Experience in mural painting
  • Knowledge of the community is an asset
Submission Requirements
  • Letter of interest
  • Up-to-date resume
  • Three (3) reference letters
  • Colour slides or photographs depicting a maximum of six (6) past works, including samples of mural work (please label each slide or photo with the following: artist’s name, title, location, date, size and medium; include a postage-paid self-addressed envelope, if you require materials returned)
  • Preliminary sketch of conceptual design and/or artistic vision statement for the proposed mural
  • Commission fee
Deadine4:30 p.m. - Tues., May 8, 2012

ProcessUpon review of submissions, a short list of artists will be contacted to produce a detailed design based on the mural theme. The designs will then be reviewed, and artists will be contacted for a final interview. The selected artist will be required to attend preliminary meetings with the Creative Community Committee and key stakeholders in June/July, 2012. Painting of the mural will take place in a schedule mutually agreed to by the Town of Stony Plain and the artist.

Contact Information 

  • AnnLisa Jensen-Gawenus, economic development coordinator
    Town of Stony Plain
    4905 51 Avenue
    Stony Plain, Alberta  T7Z 1Y1
    T: 780.963.8592
    F: 780.963.2197

TELUS AND Keyano Theatre Company Presents 2012 – 2013 Drama Season



TELUS and Keyano Theatre Company presents Extremities


A searing play about the aftermath of a violent attempted rape. The show exposes the terrible, seductive and simmering violence that can explode in any of us. This incredibly gripping drama portrays the vicious act and the repercussions as the victim turns the tables on her attacker. What comes next is absolutely mesmerizing! This play takes the audience to the heart of the wrath in human nature and reaches a climax of fever pitch suspense.

"A good, jolting evening"-NY Daily News
"A white knuckle psychological thriller” – USA Today


October 11*, 12, 13, 24, 25, 26, 27 at 8pm

October 11* - Preview
October 12 - Opening Reception

Rating: Mature




TELUS and Keyano Theatre Company presents Calendar Girls


Based on a true story of a group of Yorkshire women who produced a fundraising calendar in which they discreetly pose nude while engaged in everyday activities, such as baking and knitting. The international fame that arrives with the success of the calendar takes a toll on their personal lives, putting the bonds of family and friendships to the test. Join us as we bare it all.

November 22*, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30 and December 01 at 8pm
November 22* - Preview
November 23 - Opening Reception

Rating: PG-13 (for tasteful and partial nudity)




TELUS and Keyano Theatre Company presents Hometown...The Musical!


The BIGGEST theatrical undertaking in KTC history is about to launch!

Imagine over 100 performers - a full choir, musicians, dancers, storytellers and local superstars - all gathering on ONE STAGE to tell the compelling, funny and heartwarming story, of our community! Real stories about real people living right here in Wood Buffalo, woven together in an unforgettable production. Local citizens from over the globe unified by one common and powerful belief...This is HOME!

February 14*, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 at 8pm
Matinee - February 16 and 23 at 2pm
February 14* - Preview
February 15 - Opening Reception

Rating: Mature




TELUS and Keyano Theatre Company presents Bedtime Stories


A wild and sexy comedy about what goes on behind closed doors.

Featuring a cast of quirky characters in a collection of vignettes that reveal the juxtaposition and flirtatious goings on of 6 different Bedtime Stories, this is a revealing night of fun you won't want to miss.
Wink, Wink, nudge, nudge!.

April 25*, 26, 27 and May 01, 02, 03, 04 at 8pm
April 25* - Preview
April 26 - Opening Reception

Rating: PG-13 (for adult content)



Contact the box office to get your season tickets for these great performances at 780-791-4990
Deadline for renewals is May 25, 2012



Thursday, 19 April 2012

Fort McMurray Public Library hosts local author Julie Rowe

Author Julie Rowe will provide advice and tips on writing the story you've always wanted to write, but weren't sure how to start or finish. Julie will also talk about the state of publishing today, including self-publishing options and resources. Handouts will be provided and she will hold a prize draw for a unique book cover purse. The book talk is free to attend and starts at 2:30 on the second floor of the library on April 28.

Julie Rowe has been a Fort McMurray resident for 36 years and has two books out ICEBOUND and NORTH OF HEARTBREAK; both available through the library’s e-book collection Overdrive. Her writing has also appeared in several magazines such as Today's Parent, Reader's Digest (Canada), and Canadian Living. She currently facilitates communication workshops at Keyano College. You can learn more about Julie and her books at www.julieroweauthor.com and follow her on Twitter @julieroweauthor .

"In ICEBOUND, Julie Rowe blends the perfect cocktail of action and romance. Get ready for a rip-roarin' read!" --Brenda Novak, New York Times best selling author.


Media Contact:

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

Author Contact:
Julie Rowe
780-790-9246