Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Fun for Teens at the Fort McMurray Public Library

Teen Social Club- November 2, 6:30-8pm

Time Capsule Night! Make a time capsule and include a letter to your future self!

Teen Book Club- November 4, 2-3pm

Discussing Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. Library copies of the next read, The Host by Stephenie Meyer, will be available to sign out.

Teen Movie Night- November 23, 6:30-8pm

Snow White and the Huntsmen

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Canadian Conference of the Arts to Cease Operations

The Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA), the largest national alliance of the arts, culture and heritage sector across Canada, has announced that it will begin winding down its operations immediately. 

In a news release posted on its website, the CCA explained that, "Despite considerable efforts and early positive results, the Board of Governors of the CCA has come to the conclusion that it is impossible to achieve the objectives of the new business model in less than two years. The Board considers that it would be irresponsible to risk the money generously offered to the CCA so far: it has therefore decided to cease operations immediately and to put the organization in a state of suspension, in the hope that in the not too distant future others will pick up the torch and re-launch this unique instrument for the good of the Canadian cultural sector."

You can find the news release by visiting:

The news release also states, "The CCA will be leaving behind a legacy of research, archives and projects. A message to members on the closure, from both Alain Pineau and Kath­leen Sharpe, is available on the CCA’s website at"

Film Fear Final Thoughts


Attached is some final words about our Film Fear event that went down last Friday night (cue Katy Perry song). 

A huge thank-you to everyone that helped us out by spreading the message, having us on their show, showing the web trailer, mentioning the event, helping us out at the Theatre and of course coming out to have some fun with us!

Stay tuned for more from your YMM Podcast!

- Toddske

Monday, 29 October 2012

Exhibit: "15 Years of Quilting"

Exhibition will be on display at the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery
(2nd Floor of the Suncor Community Leisure Centre at MacDonald Island Park)
November 1 - 29, 2012


On November 24, 1997 a ‘Getting Organized’ meeting was held with 14 quilters in attendance. There was a general discussion on goals and objectives, and nominations for the first executive, and the Guild began.

The decision to join the Canadian Quilters Association (CQA) was made at the January 12, 1998 meeting. The name NORTHERN LIGHTS QUILTER’S GUILD was accepted at the February 9, 1998 meeting and the announcement of Official Membership in CQA was made at the April 6, 1998 meeting. Meetings were set to be held the second and fourth Monday of each month at Greely Road School; with one being a business meeting and the other an instructional meeting. Annual Membership was set at $20.00 a year.

The membership immediately got to work with in-house demonstrations, instruction and mentoring, show and tell, advertising, fabric discounts for Guild Members, and charitable donations to various causes. By the end of April 1998, the Planning Committee consisted of 11 members. We continue with many of these activities still today.

By 2003, membership had grown to over 40. Throughout the past 5 years, instructors from other sources were being invited to teach interesting techniques and workshops. The Planning Committee kept coming up with new and unique ideas to keep the quilters quilting. Throughout the years, we have utilized several venues in the city for meetings or quilting days, i.e. Haxton Centre, Hub, Bob Lamb/Keyano College, Heritage Park, Bear Paw Quilt Store and Suzy Q's to name just a few.

The Guild has been and continues to be very involved throughout the years very in supporting community organizations through making and donating Charity Quilts. Over the years we have supported many organizations such as the Festival of the Trees, Canadian Mental Health Association, Heritage Park, The Hub, and many others.

Throughout the years, our Guild has maintained a membership of 40+. We have experienced much transition, however we still hang on to our eldest and a founding member, Yvonne Whelton. Our venue is now Heritage Park and Bob Lamb, alternating with one meeting and then a weekend of quilting each month. Membership fees are now just $75.00 a year. The planning committee continues with course offerings from teachers in and out of town as well as meeting activities such as mystery quilt projects and Social Committee plans for celebrations throughout the year with gift exchanges and potlucks. We have a website, that keeps members (old and new) up-to-date and also increases our visibility for those who are new to Fort McMurray and want to join in the fun and creativity of quilting.

Since the beginning and still today, The NORTHERN LIGHTS QUILTER’S GUILD provides an environment of sharing and appreciation for the art of quilting for quilters of all levels.

Book - Mark of the Metis

The Metis Local 1935 published this great book recently called Mark of the Metis – Traditional knowledge and stories of the Metis people of Northeastern Alberta.

The cost is $135.00. (They take cash or cheque only.)

If you are interested in purchasing a book/Atlas then you may contact the Local Metis office at 780.743.2659.

Their office is open Monday – Friday 8:30-4:30 and they are open through the lunch hour.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Harcourt House Call for Submissions - 2013/2014 Gallery Exhibition Programming

 Submission Deadline: November 30th, 2012

Main Gallery
Harcourt House supports eight exhibitions annually in this space and only applications from established artists, local, national or international, will be considered for this space. Individual artists and groups are open to submit to the Main Gallery as long as they meet the definition of an established artist. Please see definitions below.

The Main Gallery has two programming deadlines in a year:
June 30 and November 30.
Front Room Gallery
Harcourt House accepts proposals for the Front Room on an ongoing basis. The Front Room Gallery is a space for individual and collaborative artists to showcase experimental work, timely works, projects in progress, topics that provoke viewer engagement and for those simply learning the basics of exhibition installation. Emerging and established artists will be considered. Please see definitions below.
Harcourt House pays CAR/FAC fees of $1750.00 for the Main Gallery exhibitions and $400.00 based on a solo Front Room show.
Click to see our GALLERY FLOOR PLAN

Established artist(s):
  • has created an extensive body of independent work
  • presented their work in a professional context
  • maintained an independent professional practice for at least 1-year
  • completed his/her basic training (or the equivalent)
Emerging artist: 
An artist who is at an early stage in their career, who has specialized training in the art form, and who has created a modest body of artistic work.

As of September 27, 2012, Harcourt House will accept DIGITAL FORMATS ONLY. Images and written support must be burned to a SINGLE CD.
Please clearly label CD with artist’s full name and the gallery submitting to.
All written support should be sent as a SINGLE PDF, WORD, or OPEN OFFICE FILE. This includes: project description, curriculum vitae (C.V.), artist statement, and slide list.
Images must be in JPEG FORMAT. Please do not send any paper documents, printed images, or return envelopes as submissions will not be returned.
All files must be Mac compatible.

Project description/proposal (including gallery space you are applying for)
Curriculum Vitae (3 page max.)
Artist’s/ Curatorial statement (1 page max.)
10 – 15 good quality digital images of proposed or recent work (JPEG’s ONLY)
Image list including: title, dimensions, medium, and date
Press clippings (3 page max.)
Contact information (mailing address, phone number and email)
Website (if applicable)
Include your name on all files and images submitted

For full submission details and more about Harcourt House Artist Run Centre please visit: SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Please mail submissions postmarked by November 30, 2012 to:
Main Gallery Submission
or Front Room Gallery Submission
Harcourt House Artist Run Centre
3rd Floor, 10215 – 112 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
T5K 1M7 Canada

For inquiries regarding the submission process please contact Brittney: or call 780.426.4180. Incomplete proposal packages will NOT be considered

Information in this posting was retrieved from: Afar Newswire - October 18, 2012

Official Launch Keyano Theatre Company "Calendar Girls"


WHO:         Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre and the Canadian Cancer Society Alberta/NWT Division

WHAT:       Official launch for Keyano Theatre Company 2012/13 Fort McMurray “Calendar Girls” Calendar

WHERE:     Peter Pond Shopping Centre – Centre Court, Lower Level.

WHEN:        Sunday, November 4, 3:00 p.m. 

WHY:         A revealing media conference to officially launch the custom-made Keyano Theatre Company 2012/13 Fort McMurray “Calendar Girls” Calendar in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

For more information and to RSVP please contact:

Misty Oakes Marketing Coordinator, Arts & Special Events
Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre
Keyano College

Office: 780-791-4995
Fax: 780-791-4914
Cell: 780-531-1263

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Anna Bolena at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts

Be transported back in history to the time of King Henry VIII with The Met: Live in HD performance of Anna Bolena.  

AECON brings the Met Opera to Fort McMurray with
Anna Netrebko starring as the ill-fated queen driven insane by her unfaithful king in this premiere production by David McVicar based on the final tragic days of Anne Boleyn.   “The lynchpin of the story,” McVicar says, “is Anne’s inability to provide Henry with the male heir that he craves. And of course, to be a wife of Henry VIII is to risk as much as you gain.”

Saturday, October 27th
7:00 pm
Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts
Tickets: $19.95 or less; available at the Box Office or by phone at 780-792-0012 ext. 2

New to Opera?  You're not alone!  Here are a few pointers:

  • You will know what's going in because there are subtitles throughout the performance
  • There is no dress code
  • Prepare to be amazed by the high definition images and surround sound
  • There are interesting backstage interviews and tours as part of the show
  • You will have the best seat in the house at a fraction of the cost

“Anna Netrebko scores a huge success in her most challenging role yet…she can melt our hearts one moment with a soft high C of great delicacy, then pin us to the backs of our seats the next with a ferocious outburst of notes.” –Associated Press

Stride Gallery Call for Applications – Gallery Director

POSITION: Gallery Director
TERMS:  30-40 hours per week, 2 year contract beginning January 15, 2013
SALARY: $36,000 per annum plus benefits and professional development support

DEADLINE: Friday, November 16, 2012 @ 5 PM late, emailed, or faxed applications will not be considered

Stride Gallery Hiring Committee
1004 MacLeod Trail SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 2M7

Stride supports artistic pursuits that combine innovative creative expression with informed critical discourse and promotes recognition of emerging, mid-career and established artists by providing opportunities for community engagement with contemporary art practices.

Stride provides gallery exhibition spaces and presentation opportunities for diverse art projects that stimulate reconsideration and reframing of conventional points of view.

Stride envisions a curious and engaged society that recognizes contemporary artists for their commitment to critical discourse and creative expression and their contributions to community and culture.

Reporting to the Stride Art Gallery Association’s Board of Directors, the Gallery Director is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the Stride Gallery. Areas of responsibility include: financial management of the gallery, including but not limited to budget planning, grant writing, fundraising, invoicing, deposits, bookkeeping, preparation of reports and payroll; working with the Board of Directors to select and implement programming for Stride’s three exhibition spaces and other sites as requested; coordinating and overseeing the production and dissemination of publicity materials and publications; developing and maintaining partnerships within the local and national arts communities and organizations; recruiting and supervising volunteers and staff; maintaining gallery premises and equipment; and all other duties as required by the Board.

This position is an excellent opportunity for an artist or curator with a strong interest in artist-run centres, arts administration, and contemporary visual art practices.

  • Minimum Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art History or equivalent post-secondary visual arts education;
  • Some experience with artist-run centres and/or non-profit organizations;
  • A background in arts administration and management is considered an asset;
  • A solid understanding of contemporary visual art and related disciplines;
  • Previous successful grant writing and fundraising experience;
  • Familiarity with basic accounting and bookkeeping principles;
  • Excellent communication, presentation, writing, editing and time management skills;
  • Working knowledge of Mac software, Microsoft Office Suite, and Simply Accounting;
  • A mature attitude and ability to work independently in a cooperative environment;

Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter (two pages maximum) which includes a brief description of the applicants' knowledge of Stride Gallery, interest in artist-run culture, detailed understanding of the position and required skills, along with their curriculum vitae (4 pages maximum), at least two suitable references, and up to two writing samples (500 words maximum each) in confidence to the above address.

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You can subscribe and unsubscribe by visiting our online AFA Newswire section.

If you have anything you would like to share, send it to us! We are trying out various kinds of information and information formats, so feel free to let us know what you think.

Communication Consultant, Arts Branch

Information in this posting was retrieved from: AFA Newswire - October 18, 2012

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Request for Proposals- Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program Visual Arts and Media Arts (TREX)

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) has supported a Visual Arts Travelling Exhibition Program since 1981 and a Media Arts Travelling Exhibition Program since 2000 (the TREX Program). The mandate of the TREX Program is to provide every Albertan with the opportunity to enjoy visual and media art programming in their community.

Three Regional galleries and one arts organization currently coordinate the Visual Arts TREX Program for the AFA:

Northwest Region: The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie
Northeast and North Central Region: The Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton
Southwest Region: The Alberta Society of Artists, Calgary
Southeast Region: The Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre, Medicine Hat

The Media Arts TREX Program is currently jointly administered by Metro Theatre and the Alberta Media Arts Alliance (AMAAS).

The existing TREX contracts expire on March 31, 2013.

Request for Proposal Submissions:

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts is requesting proposals from Proponents interested in coordinating the AFA’s Travelling Exhibition Visual Arts and Media Arts Programs (TREX) for a five year term commencing April 1, 2013 and concluding March 31, 2018.

  • Proposals may be submitted by any public or institutional arts organization with a mandate to promote Alberta’s visual and media arts.

  • The annual funding allotment for the five year period is determined by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and is subject to the approval by the AFA Board.

  • Visual Arts TREX contracts will be awarded to successful Proponents to coordinate the Program in each of the following Regions:

Region I, Northwest: North Western Alberta from High Level to Jasper and from Red Earth Creek to Beaverlodge.
Region II, Northeast and North Central: North Central and North Eastern Alberta from Rimbey to Vermilion and from Athabasca to Fort McMurray.
Region III, Southwest: The Southwest Region of Alberta from Red Deer to Waterton and from Banff to Vulcan.
Region IV, Southeast: The South Eastern Region of Alberta from Lethbridge to Medicine Hat and from Stettler to Cardston.

  • One Media Arts TREX contract will be awarded to the successful Proponent who will coordinate the TREX Media Arts Program for all regions of the Province.

The deadline for submissions is November 2, 2012 at 16:00. Please see the Visual Arts and Media Arts Request for Proposal (RFP) documents on the Alberta Purchasing Connection website for more information:

TREX Media Arts Request for Proposal

TREX Visual Arts Request for Proposal

or contact Elizabeth Capak in writing at  

Information in this posting was retrieved from: AFA Newswire - October 18, 2012

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Open Call - "Art for Mental Health" Charity Exhibit, Sale and Auction

MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery presented by Kirschner Family Corporation is organizing its annual charity exhibit, sale and auction. This year we would like to benefit the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Wood Buffalo. 50% of the proceeds from the sale of each artwork will go to CMHA Wood Buffalo and half to the artist. Artists will also have the option of donating 100% of the value of their work to CMHA Wood Buffalo.

The Exhibit:
Artwork will be displayed at the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery from Dec 4, 2012 to December 20, 2012. The Exhibit Opening will feature two guest speakers and silent auction of approximately 10 selected artworks. The official Exhibit Opening will be held at the Art Gallery on December 13, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

Silent Auction:
The 10 artworks for silent auction will be chosen by a non-exhibiting jury. Each piece will have a minimum bid price of one third of the total value.

Visual artists from the Wood Buffalo region are invited to submit no more than two original artworks for the exhibition. All mediums are welcome. All pieces must be framed; stretched canvas is acceptable if the sides are painted or have a clean finish. All artwork must be ready to hang with a tight wire (at one third to the top of the artwork).

Please submit a digital photo of your piece/pieces along with your name, contact information, title of the piece, the size of the piece(including frame), the medium used, price and whether you would like to donate 100% or 50% of the proceeds by November 24, 2012, to

Delivery days of all artworks at MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery (previous confirmation after submission) on the following dates:

Thursday, November 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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

We sincerely appreciate the generous spirit of artists participating in this charity exhibition and sale. If you would like to know more about CMHA Wood Buffalo please visit:

2012 Festival of Trees is just around the corner!

The Festival of Trees is an annual three-day event that kicks off the holiday season, with uniquely decorated Christmas trees, great entertainment, family fun, an elegant gala and wonderful opportunities to get into the holiday spirit and support our local health care. 

This year's event is November 16-18, 2012 at Macdonald Island Park.

For more information about the Festival of Trees, or to purchase tickets to one of the 2012 Festival of Trees events, please click HERE

Monday, 22 October 2012

The Metropolitan Opera at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts

The Metropolitan Opera is coming back to Fort McMurray! 

The Met:Live in HD is featuring Anna Bolena on Saturday, October 27th, 2012 at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts. 

Don't worry, there are subtitles and it is open to everybody! 

Get your tickets at the box office (in person) Monday - Friday from 12:00noon - 7:00pm or by phone at 780.792.0012 ext 2

Friday, 19 October 2012

International Folk Alliance seeking Applications and Volunteers!

The International Folk Alliance conference is an annual event that draws together music industry professionals from throughout the world to share ideas, network, and celebrate folk music.  Held over five days, this year’s Conference takes place Canada for the first time in almost a decade, at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in downtown Toronto, February 20-24, 2013.  If you’re a musician or band that would like to attend the event, apply for an official showcase today!  The deadline to submit an application is October 24th.  To apply visit

To register for the conference visit:

International Folk Alliance is also recruiting volunteers to help us pull off the 25th annual conference in Toronto’s Delta Chelsea Hotel. 16 hrs of volunteer work plus a current membership will grant you one full individual registration for the 2013 International Folk Alliance Conference, which entitles you to all the event has to offer.  We begin utilizing volunteers as early as Monday, February 18th thru the late afternoon of Sunday, February 24.

Visit to learn more and fill out the Volunteer Request Form, and send it in an email with 'Volunteer request for FAI2013' in the subject line to  Next steps upon hearing from our coordinator, you can sleep sweetly, dreaming of all the good times and great music that you will hear in Toronto this upcoming February.

Information in this posting was retrieved from: AFA Newswire - October 18, 2012

Don Jones Productions presents Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe

Stuart McLean is known as "Canada's favorite storyteller" and after accomplishments in 2012, it's not difficult to see why; 2012 has been a landmark year for the bestselling author. His hit radio show The Vinyl Cafe is now heard by 1.3 million people each week. The show is broadcast on CBC Radio in Canada, on close to 100 public radio stations in the USA and on around the world on Sirius Satellite Radio 159 and podcasts. In January, Apple named The Vinyl Cafe the best audio podcast in their "Best of the Year" awards.
In addition to the popular Dave & Morley stories, the show also features live and recorded music by both up-and-coming and established Canadian musicians. Increasingly, it is becoming a place where Canadians go to find new, undiscovered talent.

Stuart has sold over 1 million books in Canada and this fall he is celebrating the release of his new collection of Dave & Morley stories:Revenge of the Vinyl Cafe. This will be Stuart's tenth book.

The books are:The Morningside World of Stuart McLean (1989), Welcome Home:Travels in Small Town Canada (1992), Stories from the Vinyl Cafe (1995), Home from the Vinyl Cafe (1998), The Vinyl Cafe Unplugged (2000), Vinyl Cafe Diaries (2003), and Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe (2006), Extreme Vinyl Cafe (2009), Vinyl Cafe Notebooks (2010) and Revenge of the Vinyl Cafe (2012). Home from the Vinyl Cafe, Vinyl Cafe Unplugged and Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe have all received the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour.The Vinyl Cafe Diaries (2003) was chosen as the best short story collection of the year by the Canadian Author's Association

October also marks the release date for Stuart's new CD collection:Christmas Pack.. The four CD package is a collection of thirteen of the best Vinyl Cafe Christmas Stories

One of Stuart's albums, Coast to Coast Story Service, has gone Gold in Canada.

The Vinyl Cafe Fall Tour 2012 will feature two brand new Dave & Morley stories and live music.

Check out

Monday, October 29 at 7pm
Tuesday, October 30 at 7pm

Adults and Seniors: $58
Students under 18: $38

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

Stay in touch with the arts at Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre. LIKE us on FACEBOOK and FOLLOW us on TWITTER
Real people – stories – performances at your fingertips. 

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Syncrude Arts Alive Presents "Splash 'N Boots at Keyano Theatre

For immediate release
Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Canada’s best to play Keyano

Described by
The Globe and Mail as being “cutting edge children’s entertainment”, Splash ‘N Boots are making a stop at Keyano College in Fort McMurray as part of their Canadian tour.  Performing at Keyano Theatre as part of the Syncrude Arts Alive Presents concert series, Splash ‘N Boots were voted 2012 Canadian Children’s Group of the Year (INDIES).

Seen by millions of children during over 1200 live performances in the last 6 years and on Treehouse TV’s Role Play show, Splash ‘N Boots have shared the stage with luminaries like Fred Penner, Robert Munsch, and Al Simmons.  With a show that is fun, hip and edgy, Splash ‘N Boots were declared by one reviewer to be “the Canadian Wiggles.”

Based in Ontario, Splash ‘N Boots will perform two shows in Keyano Theatre on Saturday, October 27th: 2 pm and 4 pm. 

“This is a group that has been hailed as the ‘U2 of children’s entertainment,” said Claude Giroux, Artistic Director, Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre. 

“There is obviously an appetite for quality children’s entertainment in a community that is going through an unparalleled baby boom.  We are proud to bring in the best-of-the-best in Canada, because our kids deserve it.  This is going to be an awesome way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon in Fort McMurray.”

Tickets available at the Keyano Box Office, call 780-791-4990 or visit

Follow Keyano Theatre on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, please contact:

Misty Oakes Marketing Coordinator, Arts & Special Events
Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre
Keyano College

Office: 780-791-4995
Fax: 780-791-4914
Cell: 780-531-1263

Golden Years Society's Annual Christmas Raffle Draw 2012

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

The Beatlemaniacs presents The Beatles Reunion Concert!

The Beatlemaniacs turn imagination into reality, bringing The Beatles back together in a fully produced live concert experience! The Beatlemaniacs have been rocking international audiences worldwide, nominated for “Entertainer of the year” and named best musical act on Princess Cruises in 2011. Costume changes highlight the band’s famous progression through the 1960’s in a continuously running production. Exciting choreographed lighting and multimedia videos enhance the music and re-creations of classic Beatles movies such as "A Hard Day’s Night", "Help" and "Yellow Submarine". The Beatlemaniacs are the only group to reunite The Fab Four in a one of a kind post-Beatles showcase, including several of the band’s solo album hits never performed live as “The Beatles”. The reunion concert that everyone dreamed of is happening live at the Keyano Theatre.

Sunday, Oct 28th at 8pm

All Seats: $45.00

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

Stay in touch with the arts at Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre. LIKE us on FACEBOOK and FOLLOW us on TWITTER
Real people – stories – performances at your fingert

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Fort McMurray Multicultural Association Hosts International Cooking Classes

The Multicultural Association of Fort McMurray will be hostinginternational cooking classes from April to October 2012. Come and learn how to prepare Greek, Indian, Chinese, West African, Southern African, Mexican and many more foods!

Next Class: Saturday November 10th 2012

Venue: First United Church, 10003 Gordon Ave.

Cuisine: Filipino

Price: $35 per class

Time: 10.30 to noon

This will be our last class this year.

Contact Mubanga Mundashi on 780 791 5186 (09.00 am to 5.00 pm) or email: for registration details. Special discounts for members and groups.

Register now, limited spaces available!

Distinguished Writer in Residence-Richard Van Camp

Writer in Residence at the Fort McMurray Public Library!

Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Dogrib (Tlicho) Nation, and is originally from Fort Smith, NWT. He has written two award-winning children's books, an award-winning novel that has just been made into film, three collections of short stories, and two comics.

Richard is available for writing mentorship at the library on Wednesday, October 24 from 1-3pm. To book a 1/2hr appointment during this time, contact Jennifer Mason at 780-792-5136 or email

Get ready for Halloween with Richard on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 6:30-8:00pm at Scary Stories for the Brave. Join us to hear some frightening tales, watch the short film "Firebear Called Them Faith Healers"; based on one of Richard's stories. Richard will also have his creepy photography on display! Ages 13+ It's going to be scary, so come only if you're feeling brave!

Richard will also be visiting Book Babies at the Halloween party on the 26th, 2012 to read his own children's stories and chat with parents.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Fort McMurray Potters' Guild Christmas Pottery Sale 2012

Fort McMurray Potters' Guild is holding it's annual Christmas Pottery Sale!

Friday November 2nd, 2012 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Saturday November 3rd, 2012 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

At the Casman Centre, Fort McMurray

Functional and decorative pottery from a variety of local potters.

Start your Christmas shopping early or buy something special for yourself!

Door prize raffle of a basket of pottery with all proceeds going to: Unity House

Friday, 12 October 2012

CBC Canada Reads 2013 is Seeking Nominations!

Started in 2001, Canada Reads is CBC's annual battle of the books, where five Canadian personalities each select a book they want Canadians to read. They defend their chosen title in a series of debates, and the books are eliminated one by one until a winner is declared. The debates air on CBC Radio One, CBC TV and are livestreamed online through CBC Books.

To Learn about Canada Reads, past winners, and exciting new developments, visit:

New for 2013!!!

"Canada Reads is back for its twelfth season. And this time around, we're doing things differently. Canada Reads 2013 is going back to fiction, but that's not all. This year's battle of the books will be divided along geographical lines. After all, we're one great nation but we also have our local pride.

So we decided to tap into that loyalty to regional roots in order to build this year's Canada Reads book list."
How will it work?
We divided Canada into the following five regions. (We wish we could have had more, but only five books can vie for the Canada Reads crown.) Each region will be represented by one book in the debates.
  • British Columbia and Yukon
  • Prairies and North
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • Atlantic Provinces
In order to arrive at a Top 10 list for each region, we are inviting public nominations. You can nominate only one title in each region -- but you needn't be from that region to submit a nomination. You can nominate a book in each of the five regions if you wish.

We will also be mining regional book awards and tapping into avid readers from CBC's team from coast to coast for their recommendations. These lists will be put to a vote and the votes each book will receive will count toward their overall total.

In each region, the 10 books with the most votes will move on to round two. So there will be five Top 10 lists in total. These will be revealed on Wednesday, October 24, on
Q and on the Canada Reads website.

To learn more about the 2013 process, or to nominate a book, click HERE

(Information found in this post was retrieved from on October 11, 2012)

Thursday, 11 October 2012

AFA Contest to Celebrate their New Website!

In celebration of the launch of the New AFA website

AFA wants to know how the arts have impacted your life and community.

How? By submitting a short (one minute) do-it-yourself video. Film it on your smart phone or handheld video camera. It doesn't have to be fancy. Just passionate, engaging and creative.

Upload your entry at by October 31, 2012. Videos will be shortlisted and up for viewing and voting by November 16, 2012.

New AFA Website coming this October! Visit the new AFA website and discover what the Arts in Alberta has to offer!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The Arts Branch, Alberta Culture seeking Arts Development Consultant

 October 10, 2012
Are you passionate about Alberta's arts community and looking to make a contribution? If yes, this may be the position for you!

Reporting to the Director, Arts Development the Arts Development Consultant is responsible for grant management and policy and development services to the Alberta Foundations for the Arts (AFA) literary arts, film and video grants. The successful candidate will support the growth of Alberta's arts community by providing expert advice to internal and external stakeholders and contacts as it relates to Ministry and AFA policies, services and strategies. S/he will also be responsible for liaising with provincial and national contacts in order to ensure that Ministry and AFA strategies reflect current issues/trends in the arts industry. This position is also responsible for implementing workshops and events in order foster and augment sector growth.

The successful candidate will serve as the AFA's frontline representative when it comes to liaising with literary and media arts communities in Alberta. This involves promoting AFA services across the province and ensuring that all Albertans have access to these services. The position is also responsible for preparing briefings and recommendation for the Ministry and AFA Board and contributing to effective grant delivery by providing advice and guidance to applicants and by providing resources and recommendations to the AFA Grants Committee. Finally, the successful candidate is responsible for ensuring the effective delivery of AFA programs.

The application closing date is October 23, 2012. Go to for the full position posting!

Wood Buffalo Vibrant Culture Summit Featured on RETROactive Blog

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Recently, the Region hosted its first "Vibrant Culture Summit" at MacDonald Island Park.  Various community members joined together to talk about their ideas on culture in our region.  The day featured Gord Hume as the keynote speaker, three panel discussions about the City Centre Redevelopment Action Plan, the Wood Buffalo Arts Council, and Heritage, and closed with round table discussions that focused on culture, arts and heritage. 

During the Heritage panel presentation, Brenda Manweiler, Municipal Heritage Services Officer with the Province of Alberta,  presented some information about her work and the office she represents.  Recently, Brenda highlighted the Vibrant Culture Summit on RETROactive, a blog that highlights Alberta's historic places. 

To check out Brenda's blog entry, click HERE

To learn more about the Vibrant Culture Summit, visit

At this website, you will be able to see the PowerPoint presentation offered by Gord Hume, Keynote speaker for the event.  You will also be able to read the feedback that was collected during the round table discussions that afternoon.

Thank you!

Municipal Heritage Forum 2012 - Registration is Open

Registration for Municipal Heritage Forum 2012 is now open!
November 8th and 9th, 2012 in Calgary, AB

For program and registration details please visit their blog,

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series Event Presents: Viviane Forest

Speaker: Viviane Forest - Paralympics Gold medalist

Host: Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series

When: Friday, October 12, 2012 from 7:00 to 10:00 PM

Where: MacDonald Island Park - Miskanaw Room, Fort McMurray

See you Friday - bring a friend!

Buy tickets here! (click on box office)

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Keyano College Lecture Series presents: The Chemistry of Wine and Beer

(presented by Sorin Nita, Chemistry Instructor) 

Friday, October 26, 2012

8:00 pm 
Recital Theatre – Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre 

A free lecture series open to the entire community. 

Some people prefer to drink wine. Some people prefer beer. But few realize that the preparation process of these beverages involves simple chemical reactions tweaked to perfection by experienced scientists. Join our speaker to uncork the little known secrets of wine making and beer brewing, and to understand the chemistry that underpins the quality of beer and the “science” of wine appreciation. 

Alanna Bottrell
Marketing Coordinator
Continuing Education & Corporate Training

Keyano College
8115 Franklin Avenue
Fort McMurray, Alberta T9H 2H7
Ph. (780) 792-5744
Fax. (780) 791-4914

Monday, 8 October 2012

Fancy Nancy and Harry Potter Tea Party

Join us on October 13, 2012 for a Fancy Nancy and Harry Potter Tea Party!

Come in your best Fancy Nancy or Harry Potter costume, there are prizes!

There are two seatings only, one at 10:30 or one at 11:30.

Pick up your free tickets at the Children's Help Desk 15 minutes prior to the tea party. There will be light snacks, juice, coffee and tea along with cupcake decorating, crafts and more!

Fort McMurray Public Library
Children's Help Desk: 780-743-7804

Friday, 5 October 2012

Review of the opening of Freedom of Expression in Broad Strokes

Last night, 30 people gathered to celebrate the opening of  Freedom of Expression in Broad Strokes at the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery.  Guests were treated to the music of a sarod as they explored the exhibit.  This exhibit will be on display until October 25, 2012.

Below are some photos from the event:

Film Fear 2012


Attached are the details of our upcoming Film Fear event being held Friday, October 26 2012 at the Suncor Center for the Performing Arts.  Show starts at 8pm.

See the online trailer here:

Further information can be found here:

Facebook Event Page is here:

Please pass this along to anyone that might be interested in this event! See you all out there!

- Toddske

Last year, FEAR came to Fort McMurray…this year, it’s bringing an ARMY!

It’s our 2nd Annual Halloween Horror Film Spectacular featuring the classic “ARMY OF DARKNESS” starring the Master of Horror, Bruce Campbell!

Also screening at Film Fear will be short films from BloodyCuts, the horror troupe from the UK who shocked the audience at this summer’s interPLAY Film Festival.

We also have classic Grindhouse-Style Trailers, the return of the judgmental Costume Contest, more games, more films, more prizes and more everything!


Friday, October 26 2012

Show starts at 8pm at the Suncor Center for the Performing Arts
(Holy Trinity High School)

Admission will be FREE will a donation to the Wood Buffalo Food Bank.

*WARNING – Event is for Mature Audiences Only*

Bring a costume and prepare to be scared!

Follow the updates on the YMM Podcast Twitter (,

Facebook ( and Instagram using the hashtag: #FilmFear

Listen to the YMM Podcast each week as we reveal more about this great event; new Podcasts are posted each Tuesday on!

If you have a Halloween/Horror related short film that you would like screen at Film Fear, send us an email;