Friday, 31 May 2013

Alberta Culture Days 2013 in Wood Buffalo

The group of community organizations who are gathering to coordinate a weekend filled with cultural activities in 2013 wants to share their FaceBook page with you.  To learn what is happening with this group, click here!

You can also visit their website at where you will be able to find out information about the weekend and its schedule (once confirmed by the organizing groups).

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Events Wood Buffalo Announces Volunteer Points Program

(Fort McMurray, AB, May 24, 2013) – Just in time for summer activities, Events Wood Buffalo is pleased to announce the launch of its new Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP). Effective June 1, the VIP program will allow all current and future EWB volunteers to collected points which can lead to free concert tickets, programs and much more. “Our volunteers work so hard to make our events the success that they are that we’d like to show them how much we appreciate their undeniable support,” says EWB executive director, David Whitelock.

The program will allow volunteers to collect EWB Points, which can be redeemable to select Events Wood Buffalo events throughout the year. The amount of hours a VIP member volunteers is directly correlated to the amount of points they are able to receive. Therefore, three volunteer hours = three EWB Points.

The Events Wood Buffalo team will monitor and maintain the program and ensure that each volunteer complies with the rules and regulations. There is no cash value attached to the EWB Points and they cannot be traded in for monetary compensation. Only volunteer hours accumulated after June 1, 2013 will be included in the EWB Points program.

Volunteers are now being accepted for this year’s weekend long YMM Canada Day celebrations. Festivities where volunteers will be needed include the Canada Day parade, children’s activities and the two-night CanadaROCKS concert. For more information on the VIP program and volunteer opportunities, please visit, To view the YMM Canada Day festivities, visit, 


Media Contact:

Nadia Power 
Festivals and Events Manager, EWB
Office 780.791.1600
Cell 780.838.1179

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

YMM Canada Day and CanadaROCKS Artist Announcement

What: Barbecue lunch to announce the 2013 CanadaROCKS artists and musicians along with the different activities occurring throughout the 2013 YMM Canada Day festivities.

Who: Events Wood Buffalo alongside partners and sponsors. 

Why: as a part of the 2013 YMM Canada Day celebrations, CanadaROCKS will showcase local, national and international talents in two nights of concerts. 

Who Should Attend: the media and residents of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. 

When: Thursday, May 30 at 11:30 AM. 

Where: Events Wood Buffalo office, at the corner of Manning Avenue and Main Street, Fort McMurray. Parking available to the public. 

Media Contact: 

Nadia Power 
Festivals and Events Manager, EWB 
Office 780.791.1600 
Cell 780.838.1179 

Printmaking Workshop by Liana Wheeldon

For more information, contact:

Monday, 27 May 2013

Three $5000 Awards Available to Female Students

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has many amazingly strong, smart and bold women, and the Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta Women of Inspiration program was designed to showcase and celebrate them. Spread the word about this great educational opportunity so that we can help a local girl fulfill her educational goals.

Girl Power – empowering girls to realize their full potential through gender-specific programming that inspires all girls to be Strong, Smart and Bold

To learn more about this opportunity, click on the link below:
Women of Inspiration Scholarship

Friday, 24 May 2013

Multicultural Event - May 25, 2013, 7:00pm at Boreal Community Centre in Abasand

Oil Sands Discovery Centre Summer Science Camps 2013

How to register:
To register for a summer camp please contact the Centre at 780-743-7167, extension 236. If there is no answer, please leave a message and your call will be returned. Registration will only be completed over the phone, no email or drop-in registrations will be accepted.

Camp fees must be paid in advance.

Oil Sands Discovery Centre
515 MacKenzie Boulevard
Fort McMurray, Alberta T9H 4X3
tel 780 743 7167
toll-free within Alberta dial 310 0000 first 
fax 780 791 0710

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Pick and Click Photo Contest 2013

Don’t forget to “Click” when you pick! 

Participate in Community clean up and submit your fun-filled photos for great prizes, including a HD Kobo E-Reader Tickets to Arlene Dickinson and a cash prize!

Submit photos for one or more of the following categories:
Best Team Photo
Best Clean Up Action Shot
Best Anti Litter Message (Voice, Photo, Video)

Submit photos at by May 31, 2013

Keyano Conservatory Dance presents Seasons

Keyano Conservatory Dance presents Seasons, featuring our wonderfully talented dance students performing their final projects.

Friday, May 24th, 2013 at 8:00pm
Saturday, May 25th
, 2013 at 1:00pm
Saturday, May 25th
, 2013 at 3:30pm
Saturday, May 25th
, 2013 at 8:00pm

All Seats: $20

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

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Historic Walking Tour of Abasand Oils Ltd.

Free Abasand tour  
June 7th from 6:00 until 7:30. We will meet at the trail head just across from École Boreal. Participants must sign up before hand by calling the centre at 780-743-7167.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Reel Performances "To Rome with Love"

Fort McMurray Tourism and Keyano Theatre presents To Rome With Love, part of the Reel Performances at Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre (Toronto International Film Festival) Films

Toronto International Film Festival comes to Fort McMurray!

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

Thursday, May 23 at 7pm - To Rome With Love Woody Allen turn to the Eternal City with his new comedy To Rome with Love follows a series of criss-crossing adventures and romantic entanglements that take place in one of the world's most enchanting cities. To Rome with Love is perfect entertainment, light in tone but rich in humour, culture, and charm.

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

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Full Moon Cafe May 2013

The next Full Moon Café is this coming Saturday, May 18 7:30 at the Waterways Community Hall. 

The Full Moon Café is a cozy coffee house where musicians and other artists
are welcome to share their talents. Everyone welcome to come out and enjoy!
Family friendly, $5 donation.
Drumming Circle starts at 7:30, stage starts at 8:00. 

For more info, call 780-715-5355

Fort McMurray Boys & Girls Club AGM 2013

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Oil Sands Karaoke Screening and Contest Enjoys Success!

“Oil Sands Karaoke” movie documentary screenings and 100.5 K-Rock Karaoke Contest at Bailey’s Pub a huge success 

Fort McMurray, AB. – May 13, 2013 – The much-anticipated documentary “Oil Sands Karaoke” hit the big screen in Fort McMurray on Thursday at the Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre, with additional showings on Friday and Saturday.

“It was great to see so many community members come out to cheer on the performers and film makers in what was a truly a movie that showcased the talent and beauty that our region offers,” said Krista Balsom, Editor of Your McMurray Magazine and Fort McMurray’s Child Magazine. “The remaining screenings were very well attended and the Karaoke Contest hosted by 100.5 K-Rock’s McCully went extremely well.” In support of the film screenings, a karaoke contest took place at Bailey’s Pub at 10:00 PM on Saturday, May 11 and was hosted by 100.5 K-Rock’s Ben McCully, one of the film’s stars. 

“A huge thanks to Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre, Bailey’s Pub, The Stonebridge Inn and 100.5 K-Rock for being our leading sponsors,” said David Whitelock, Executive Director of Events Wood Buffalo. “Also, sincere thanks to our gold sponsors: Summit Surveys, ICEIS Safety, Jaguar Lounge and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.” 

“Oil Sands Karaoke” is a documentary about five oil patch workers vying to win a karaoke contest in one of the most controversial places on the planet – our home – Northern Alberta’s Oil Sands. A documentary unlike any other, “Oil Sands Karaoke” challenges us to re-examine our biases. 

“Oil Sands Karaoke” is produced by Charles Wilkinson (film director) and Tina Schliessler. The world premiere took place during Hot Docs on April 26 at the Toronto International Film Festival. Hot Docs is the biggest documentary festival in North America. 

The film trailer can be viewed here: 

Media Contact:

Cait Evans, Events Wood Buffalo 
C: 587.646.2146 
W: 780.791.1600 

Teen Movie Night at the Fort McMurray Public Library

"Chasing Mavericks" 

Teen Services will be holding the second movie night in the Teen Services Movie Night series on Thursday, May 16 with a showing of Chasing Mavericks. Based on the life of surfer Jay Moriarty, the movie chronicles his friendship with Frosty Hesson (starring Gerard Butler) and their pursuit of being able to surf the Maverick wave in California. All teens and tweens are invited to come out to the library and relax, hang with friends, and enjoy the movie. 

The movie will start at 6:30pm with doors open at 6pm. Please meet downstairs in the program room and grab some popcorn and snacks for during the movie! Don't forget to invite your friends and enter your name to win a door prize! 

For more information or any questions please contact the Teen Librarian by email at or by calling the Adult Help Desk at 780-743-7073.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Dear City Canada

Write a public love letter to your city

Do you love your city? Or perhaps your feelings more complex? If you can fit it in 140 characters, we want to share it with the rest of Canada on a billboard as part of a new public art project. Your voice matters. Join other urbanists in a public dialogue about the issues affecting our daily lives in the cities we inhabit.

Tweet a 140 character letter to your city using @DearCityCanada. All acceptable* letters will be displayed on mall screens across Canada for two weeks this June, reaching five million people a week. The best letters will be displayed on outdoor digital billboards across Canada this summer, and of course letters will be retweeted via the @DearCityCanada account.

Start your tweet by indicating your city. For example "@DearCityCanada Dear [name of your city] ..."

Participating billboard cities:
Vancouver, Surrey, Pitt Meadows, Surrey, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Kitchener, Hamilton, Toronto, Peterborough, Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Moncton, and Halifax.

Public space is no longer only comprised of physical structures; it's now a place where the complex interaction of physical and electronic spaces happens. Public screens and digital billboards offer new sites for public conversations.

Deadline for your letters is June 1st, 2013.

Only letters to the digital billboard location cities will have a chance of being seen in those cities. Other Dear City letters will have the opportunity to be seen in malls across Canada. Due to Quebec french language laws, letters to Quebec cities must be in french.

Co-Produced by Pattison Onestop and Spacing Magazine.

*We can't include letters that violate the Canadian human rights act, are libelous or slanderous, give out personal information, or include profanity.

Dear City Canada is part of Art in Transit, Pattison Onestop's ongoing arts and culture programme, presenting thought-provoking projects that enhance our shared environment and transport city-dwellers, if only momentarily, out of our daily routines.

For more information contact:
Marie Nazar, Arts Publicist, Pattison Onestop – 416.762.7702 or

(Information in this post was retrieved from AKIMBO posting 5/2/2013;

Friday, 10 May 2013

Funding for Musicians and Filmmakers!

Public Records is offering grants of up to $5000 for musicians and filmmakers to produce music videos. These videos will be showcased on TELUS Optik TV across Canada, and the artists get to keep full rights to the videos.

It really is a fantastic initiative of Canadian artists helping other Canadian artists. 

Please find the full release here -

Alla Drigola | Account Coordinator | Jive Communications
Vancouver: 778.834.5517 
Toronto: 647.725.3018 

Audition for Keyano Theatre’s 2013-2014 Drama Season

Join the fun and audition for our first show of the season:
Saturday May 11, 2013 - 
10:00am - 4:00pm 
Sunday May 12, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00 pm 
At Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre 
CALLBACKS: (if required Sunday May 12, 2013 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm)

About the play:
Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti, Translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
Produced with special arrangement by Samuel French LTD.

This 1960’s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent “layovers”. He keeps “one up, one down and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard’s apartment at the same time.

Director: Paul Gelineau

Looking for: 2 M, 4 F Ages 18-45
BERNARD – a Parisian bachelor
GLORIA – an American air hostess
BERTHE – Bernard’s housekeeper
ROBERT - a friend of Bernard’s
GABRIELLA – an Italian air hostess
GRETCHEN – a German air hostess
SHOW DATES: September 26 - October 5, 2013
FIRST REHEARSAL: August 14, 2013

Please call Keyano Box Office at 780-791-4990 to reserve your audition time.
(Please leave a voicemail with your full contact information, if we are not able to take your call).

Stuffed Animal Sleepover at the Fort McMurray Public Library

May 25, 2013
10:00-11:00 or 3:00-4:00 

You and your favorite stuffed animal are invited to a stuffed animal sleepover at the Fort McMurray Public Library! Wear your pj's and bring your favorite stuffed animal to the program for some sleepover themed stories, games and activities! Leave your stuffed animal at the library overnight so they can have their own party and pick them up the next day and see pictures of what they did at their stuffed animal sleepover. Join us at one of two programs:
Contact Children's Help Desk at 780-743-7804 for more information. All ages welcome!

Thursday, 9 May 2013

UpTown! Music Spring Voice Recital 2013

May 16, 2013 at 7:00pm

Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts

Tickets: $5

Bitumen Art on Alberta Primetime

Lucas Seaward, local artist, is featured on Alberta Primetime. Lucas discusses his Oilsands Art and the process he undertakes when creating his art pieces using bitumen.

Also present in the Primetime piece is local Framing and Gallery location owner, Florence Weber, discussing her store Frames & More.

You can view the Alberta Primetime story by clicking on the link below:

Original Air Date: Monday, May 06, 2013
"If there’s one thing Fort McMurray is known for, it’s bitumen—but Lucas Seaward uses it in an entirely different way than everyone else in Fort Mac. Check out his amazing art in this Around Alberta."

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Keyano College Seeking Creative Play Art Camp Instructor 2013

The camp runs from July 8-12, 2013 (Monday to Friday)

You would be working with Children 3 - 6 years old.

If you, or someone you know, is interested, please contact the Conservatory Coordinator, Michael Beamish at:

Mandala Mosaic Workshop

by Lucie Bause

Explore the design and patterns of Mandalas !!! Participants will create a unique collage piece in this 4 hour workshop for adults.

Date: Saturday, May 11 
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm 
Cost: $25 (supplies included) 
Where: MacDonald Island Park (second floor, Snye room)
Register at Guest Services

If you have any question, please contact:

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Suncor Business Centre Youth Art Gallery Opening

 At 4:30 today (Tuesday, May 7) we will be opening a youth art gallery at the Suncor Business Centre. 

The gallery is currently showcasing some incredible artwork by our very own Holy Trinity students. In fact, the entire exhibit is HT work, many of which are new pieces that were not displayed as part of the Peter Czuy Gallery Opening. 

If you would like to join us for an hour of great art, free food, and a speech or two, we would love to have you! 

The Suncor Business Centre is just north of the Timberlea interchange on highway 63 (by Cat and Burnco). Please park around back. 

We are very excited about this partnership between Industry, Art & Youth and know you will be amazed by the great pieces on display. 


Loraine Humphrey
Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Catholic High School
780-792-0012 ext. 6453 

Coming Soon to Our Facility: 

UpTown! Dance Yearend Shows: May 10-12 

Rigoletto -- Met Opera: Live in HD: May 25 

Tickets available by phone at 780-792-0012 ext. 2 or at the Box Office. Visit our website at for more details.

Workshop: Element of Volunteer Engagement (EVE)

Elements of Volunteer Engagement will help you take hold of the fundamentals of Volunteer Management and apply them to your volunteer program.

Course Description:
Engage and retain qualified volunteers. Participants will learn that improved volunteer management is fundamental to sustain the personnel and strategies needed to successfully deliver high-quality programs and services.

Your learning will include:
·         Understanding the current trends and influences in volunteerism
·         Exploring the similarities of Volunteer Management and Human Resources
·         Exploring the components of Volunteer Management in detail.
·         Begin creating key pieces towards an overall Volunteer Management plan for your organization.

Suitable for:
Managers of Volunteers

Date: May 8 & 9, 2013
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Redpoll

Facilitator: Sharlene Cunningham

Fees:  NonProfit: $100.00 + GST

Amanda Kokaram
Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
Volunteer Wood Buffalo
194 Grenfell Crescent
Wood Buffalo Community Village
Phone:  780-791-9333 | Fax:  780-750-4333

Monday, 6 May 2013

Oil Sands Karaoke Volunteers

Events Wood Buffalo is looking for volunteers to assist us on the night of an Alberta Movie Documentary Premiere! The Oil Sands Karaoke Movie Documentary Premiere will start off with a VIP Reception held at Keyano Theatre in the Lobby on May 9th. They are in need of 15-20 volunteers over a 4 hour period starting at 7PM (we are asking for 2 hour shifts) for a few different positions. In return they are offering 2 tickets to one of the public showings of your choice to each volunteer willing to spend their time helping them at the reception!

If you are interested in signing up for the Oil Sands Karaoke Premiere please visit and select which volunteer task you would like to be responsible for and the times you are available. There is also information on this website as well as attached to this email about the public showings we are offering tickets to.

Please keep in mind this is a dry run of this volunteer website for EWB. Because of this I am going to ask a few things of those of you willing to volunteer and respond:
  1. When using this website, if you run into any issues please inform me of them 
  2. Please send me an email after you have signed up so I can be reassured we have made contact 
  3. After you have signed up let me know what you think about this form of signing up vs. our regular email correspondence. 
If you would like anymore information before signing up please contact Cait Evans at 780-791-1600 or

Celtic Day 2013

Saturday, May 24, 2013
12:00 - 4:00pm
Heritage Park (1 Tolen Drive)

Friday, 3 May 2013

Alberta honky-tonker Corb Lund returns to Keyano Theatre

Keyano Theatre has just added a concert to the 2012/13 Syncrude Arts Alive Presents series to close the season. 

Corb Lund wowed audiences in December 2011 in the 594 seat main theatre with one of the most celebrated shows of the past few seasons. Alberta-born honky-tonker Corb Lund’s song craft covers it all. Ranging from rockabilly to Western swing, cowboy balladry to country-rock. And, of course, the occasional yodel!

His latest release, Cabin Fever, debuted at No. 1 on the Canadian Billboard top 200 and was nominated for the 2013 Juno Award for roots album of the year.

The highly anticipated return of Corb Lund; the recent recipient of Edmonton’s ATB Financial Ambassador for the Arts Award recipient will take place June 19, 2013 at Keyano Theatre. Tickets go on sale May 1st at 12:30pm and are available at Keyano Box Office, call 780-791-4990 or buy online at

Syncrude Arts Alive Presents is proudly sponsored in part by Syncrude, Country 93.3, Rock 97.9,, Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre, Finning, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canadian Heritage.

For more information contact:
Misty Oakes
Marketing Coordinator, Arts & Special Events
Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre
Follow Keyano Theatre on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Exhibition Opening - A Walk in the Woods

Heather Shillinglaw

along with students of the Fort McMurray Composite High School and Westwood Community High School.

May 2 - May 18, 2013

Opening celebration: May 2, 7:00pm

MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery presented by Kirschner Family Corporation