Friday, 28 June 2013

Free event: Cultural Exchange Day with Congo & Canada

Artist in Residency 2013 Fort McMurray Studio Open House

The Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency participants have been working away in their Fort McMurray studios, and they are looking forward to sharing their work with the community. Come by the Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre (AC132) any Monday between June 17th and August 26th, to meet the artists in residency there.

During the Open Houses the artists' studios will be open to the public and the artists will be there working, performing demonstrations in specific mediums or techniques and more. Stop by to meet the artists, ask questions and maybe learn something new.

Date: Each Monday between June 17th – August 26th, 2013
Time: 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre (AC132)

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Public Consultation: Slo-Pitch Diamonds 2013

Summer Programs 2013

Join in the fun at the Regional Municipality 
of Wood Buffalo’s annual Summer Programs

Come out with your family and friends to 
make your Summer wishes come true.

All programs are free and drop-in only.

Programs will run July 2 to August 23.

Contact 780-881-2336 or

For more information

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Community Registration Day 2013

INDIAN CUISINE - MCA Cookery Class 2013

Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Fort McMurray, AB

The Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo is organising another of its International Cookery Sessions June 29th Saturday especially for all you working people out there interested in International cuisines, here's your chance... join us at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity High School Food Lab for a great cooking and delicious lunch afterwards; all this at the minimal fee of $25

Time:                Saturday, June 29, 2013, 10:00am - 12:30pm

Location:          Food Lab in the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts
at Holy Trinity High School

To Register:      Call 780.791.5186 or visit

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

2013 TransALTA interPLAY Festival: Mark Your Calendars!

Events Wood Buffalo is sending a friendly reminder to all residents of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to mark your calendars, plan to stay in town and get ready for the 23rd annual TransALTAinterPLAY festival!

On the heels of the YMM Canada Day announcements, this year’s interPLAY festival is also gearing towards a local theme of community pride and showcasing the talents we have in our backyard. In saying this, we are looking for performers, artists, volunteers and much more as submissions for interPLAY events are now available.

The popular Marketplace is also back for another year to showcase local artists and artisans. Residents can view and purchase local goods such as clothing, art, accessories and much more. To be a part of this year’s Marketplace, please complete the form at,   

The 8th annual Suncor Homegrown Talent Competition is looking for the best vocals Fort McMurray has. If you think you have what it takes to be the number 1 singer in the region, please register yourself or your band at,, and EWB staff will contact successful applicants by July 12. The Suncor Homegrown Talent Competition will take place the last three days of interPLAY, August 9-11 at the Keyano Theatre.

If acting and the theatre are more your lifestyle, interPLAY will be taking over all three spaces at the Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre, August 9-11, for a three-day set of performances. Those residents interested in performing and being involved in the different plays, including fringe theatre and cabaret, are asked to fill out the submission form at,   

If music and the theatre and not your forte, we are also looking for busker performers! Whether your talent is dancing, miming or fire-breathing unicycling, we want you! Register your talent or team at, and successful applicants will be contacted for further information.

And if music, theatre and buskers are not your area of expertise, we’re also looking for volunteers to make this year’s interPLAY the best yet! Volunteers will be needed in all three Keyano Theatres, the KidsPLAY Zone and much more!

The festival will take place from August 2-11 at the Keyano Theatre and Doug MacRae Park on King Street. Stayed tuned for new and exciting announcements coming soon! For more information, visit,

Media Contact:

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

Monday, 24 June 2013

Multicultural Association Stakeholder Meeting

Hi friends,

Are you excited about the future of our events and would like to add your two cents to the big picture? Here’s your chance...

In partnership with Events Wood Buffalo, the Multicultural Association would like to invite you to the first quarterly stakeholder consultation meeting at the Meritt Hotel on Tuesday, 25th June, 2013 at 6.30pm.

This meeting is a humble effort to open dialogue, engage and draw insights from our community for upcoming events. the interaction, feedback, sharing and suggestions from the meetings will lend direction to the future of events in Wood Buffalo.

Hoping you will take advantage of this opportunity to influence the future of Wood Buffalo and see your ideas and vision become a reality for our community’s future. 

Looking forward to a great time of meeting and sharing with you, we look forward to receiving your RSVPs at the earliest.

Warm regards,

Mary Thomas 
Executive Director 
Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo 
10003 Gordon Avenue P.O Box 52988 
Fort McMurray, AB T9H3G3 
Tel: 780 791 5186 Fax: 780 791 5189 

Fort McMurray Filmmakers Association First General Interest Meeting

The newly-formed Fort McMurray Filmmakers Association (the “YMMFMA”) will be holding its first General Interest Meeting on Wednesday, June 26 2013 from 7pm – 9pm at the Bob Lamb Building in Room #252.

This is an initial meet and greet for anyone that is interested in the Association. This won’t be a formal meeting, but rather a drop in and chat session. Join us for project /idea discussion, introduction of the founding members and meet other filmmakers in the community!

We want to find out what YOU expect from this Association!

We will also be having a Cupcake Social during the discussion. Come in and decorate your own cupcakes while we watch a few videos with tricks and tips for independent filmmaking.

Also a reminder that the YMMFMA has partnered with Events Wood Buffalo for the 2013 interPLAY Film Festival. Submit your film by July 28 for a chance to win cash and prizes. The Film Festival will be held on August 2 – 4. Also register a team for the 48hr Film Challenge on July 27 – 28 for a chance to win $1500.00 for a 6 minute film! 

All the details about the YMMFMA and the 2013 interPLAY Film Festival is available on our website:

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Friday, 21 June 2013

A Tribute to Our Elders: Voices from the Past

The Time on the poster is incorrect...the opening is actually from 5:00 - 7:30pm

Good Day to Everyone!

Last day of spring and summer is upon us. I know this is coming at you very late but with all the events going on last week with the flooding we didn't want to be bugging everyone when they had so much to take care of ourselves included as my house and energy became devoted to just helping out.

But that being said we have put up the Show-Voices from the Past a Tribute to our Elders and hope that you can spread the word and come out to see the show. It was important for the Artists at Boreal to make our first show as a tribute to our Aboriginal Community out of respect and admiration.

We hope you stop by the opening and grab a piece of bannock and have some tea with us and enjoy the work of some new and emerging Artists.

May your day be blessed with smiles and laughter
Peace live4love always thanks
Sister so

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Multicultural Association Seeking Volunteers for Casino

The Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo is seeking volunteers to support their Boomtown Casino fundraiser on July 2/3; all shifts available.

Please contact:

Mary Thomas
Executive Director
Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo
10003 Gordon Avenue P.O Box 52988
Fort McMurray, AB T9H3G3
Tel: 780 791 5186 Fax: 780 791 5189

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics & RBC Award for Glass 2013

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery is calling for submissions to the 2013 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics and RBC Award for Glass.

These prestigious national awards allow practicing early career ceramic and glass artists to undertake a period of independent research, or other activities that advance their artistic and professional practice at a key moment in their careers. Award winners receive $10,000 and a second prize of $1,000 is also granted. The Selection Committee is comprised of highly respected contemporary glass and ceramic artists (both sculptural and functional) and other arts professionals. Winners will be announced and the awards presented at a gala event on November 9, 2013.

To be eligible for the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics or the RBC Award for Glass, artists must be Canadian citizens or have Permanent Resident status. They must have developed skills through training and/or practice in the field (not necessarily in academic institutions) and be recognized by other artists working in the same artistic tradition. Successful candidates have a history of professional public presentations and publications, seek payment for their work, and actively practice their art. All applicants have maintained an independent professional practice for at least two to a maximum of ten years prior to their application.

In order to be considered, applications for either award must be received electronically or postmarked by Friday, September 20, 2013.

For additional information about these awards, please contact Christian Bernard Singer, Curator at 519.746.1882 ext. 230 or email

For information and the applications forms, visit:

Monday, 17 June 2013

2013 Artist in Residency Open House

The participants in the 2013 Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency Fort McMurray Studio invite you to visit their space during their weekly open house!

Beginning tonight! come to the Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre (past the box office, through the double doors and at the end of the hallway)

Monday Nights
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre, Art Studio

Each week, a different artist will be featured and they will be offering demonstrations, talks and other exciting presentations in their studio space.

Tonight, the Fort McMurray Studio Open House will feature: Sonia Burke Smith who will be presenting a a painting activity in the studio

Fort McMurray Studio Artists include:
Sonia Burke-Smith
Bree Mackin
Luke Maddaford
Christian Villacillo

Vibrant Culture Award for Canada Day Parade Float 2013

The Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo invites all cultural groups located in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to register your floats or walking groups for the YMM Canada Day Culture Parade.

ATB has been very gracious to offer a new addition to the awards, an all-new 2013 Vibrant Culture Award. In collaboration with Events Wood Buffalo and Expressionz Canada, the Multicultural Association introduces the newest award category for the 2013 YMM Canada Day parade, the Vibrant Culture Award sponsored by ATB! The Vibrant Culture Award will be given out to the best float in the culture category. Along with a snazzy trophy, all winners will also receive a $500 donation to the non-profit of their choice!

Our partners simply make our game more fun and exciting. “Our theme for this year’s Canada Day Parade is, ‘Make This Place Your Home’. These cultures are what make our region a national treasure and we want to showcase how proud we are to have them here,” says David Whitelock, Executive Director, Events Wood Buffalo.

For all cultural groups, parade registration will be open till June 21, and the registration form can be found online at, or by calling up The Multicultural Association at 780 791 5186. To be nominated for the ATB Vibrant Culture Award, all groups must be a member of the Multicultural Association.

The 2013 Canada Day Pancake Breakfast on July 1 in partnership with Suncor begins at 8:30 AM at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club on Riedel Street. A multicultural cuisine breakfast will be served until 11AM at the nominal cost of $2.

The YMM Canada Day Culture Parade is a part of the 2013 Legacy Dodge YMM Canada Day Parade which will begin at 11 AM on July 1, 2013. Starting on Riedel Street, the parade will travel along Franklin Avenue and turn off on Morrison Street. Float staging and sign in will take place between 8-10 AM. The Canada Day parade will be followed by the Award ceremony and a picnic in the park hosted by Events Wood Buffalo.

Media Contact:

Tara Gallagher
Office Manager
Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo
Office 780.791.5186

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Quad High Art Show - Opening Rescheduled

The Quad High Art Show has been rescheduled. 

The opening reception will be Friday evening, June 14, 2013 from 6-8pm at the Keyano Art Gallery.

Canada Day Parade 2013 Registration

Make this Place Your Home!

On Monday, July 1st, at 11 AM, the Canada Day Parade will commence at the corner of Riedel Street and Franklin Avenue, and travel through the downtown core before turning off at Morrison Street. Festivities continue throughout the afternoon and into the evening with barbecues, sports, music and games, finally wrapping up at 11 PM with a spectacular fireworks show.

Join our parade, flaunt your civic pride, and celebrate this place we all call home!

To access the registration for for the Canada Day Parade, please visit:

The Parade Registration form follows. If you have any questions, call Events Wood Buffalo at
780.791.1600 or visit their offices at 10014 Main Street, Fort McMurray.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Arts Council Wood Buffalo Coffee Klatch

Culture Network - June 2013 Meeting

This network provides a local forum to discuss ideas, events, challenges and solutions for arts and culture in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Participants can bring information and share how their group is engaging the arts, history and culture of this region to help unify our communities and grow our cultural understandings.

June 2013 Meeting Details:

Date: Thursday June 13, 2013
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Fort McMurray Public Library, Second Floor Meeting Room

See you soon!!

Monday, 10 June 2013

Wet and Wild Scuba Club - Community Clean Up

The Wet and Wild Scuba club will be cleaning up the beach at Gregoire Lake Provincial Park on June 22nd, 2013. The event runs from 11am - 3pm.

 Please come and help out!!! 

 BBQ will be provided for those involved! 

Friday, 7 June 2013

Reel Performances June 2013

Fort McMurray Tourism and Keyano Theatre presents BOY, part of the Reel Performances at Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre (Toronto International Film Festival) 

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

Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 7pm - Boy 

One weekend when Boy has been left in charge of his younger siblings, it seems as if his wish has come true when his dad Alamein unexpectedly reappears with his scruffy gang-mates the Crazy Horses in tow. But while Boy years to reconnect with his father, Alamein didn't come home to be his sons' hero: he's looking to dig up the loot that he buried in the backyard just before he was sent to prison. 

All Seats: $13

For Tickets, please visit

Thursday, 6 June 2013

CanadaROCKS 2013 Line Up

(Fort McMurray, AB May 30, 2013) – The moment everyone has been waiting for is here! Events Wood Buffalo is pleased to announce the 2013 lineup for the two-day Nexen CanadaROCKS concert happening June 30 and July 1. 

Canadian and international sensation, Simple Plan will be the headliner of the paid concert, happening June 30, local artists including the popular band, Friends of Jack, will kick off the first night of tremendous Canadian talent. After the concert, be sure to stick around for the free Syncrude Fireworks Spectacular. Residents who do not attend the CanadaROCKSconcert will still be able to view the fireworks show from the Sandy Point of the Snye. This will be a show you don’t want to miss! 

Alongside the paid concert, there is also a full day of free events taking place on Canada Day, July 1. The free day of events is sponsored by Legacy Dodge and will start off with the Canada Day Parade commencing on Riedel Street, travelling through Franklin Avenue, and ending on Morrison Street. Roving entertainers coordinated by local production company, Eye Flower, under thesupervision of Michael Beamish and Michelle Thorne will be performing throughout the afternoon while activities such as a Teddy Bear Picnic and track-and-field- style games will take place. 

The second day of CanadaROCKS will start in the afternoon and will continue into the evening. Showcased at the second night of music will be many diverse cultural talents including The Carly Rivers Band, Mackenzie Walas, Daniel A. Gillies School of Rock, The Shantelle Davidson Band, Canadian Idol runner-up JayDee Bixby and the Led Zeppelin Show, a Zeppelin Tribute Band. 

“We’ve been working incredibly hard to make this year’s Canada Day a great celebration,” says David Whitelock, Executive Director, Events Wood Buffalo. “Securing a suitable venue has been a bit more of a challenge this year, however we are extremely delighted that the Clearwater School Field has been made available to us as we have executed successful community events at this location in the past. We are in excited to bring world-class Canadian acts to this field and our region for a weekend of music, fun and civic pride.” 

The June 30 paid concert will cost $65, while the July 1 concert is free for the public. Both concerts and all other events besides the Canada Day Parade will take place at the Clearwater School Field on Hardin Street. 

For more information regarding the 2013 YMM Canada Day celebrations, please visit, Follow us on Twitter, Events_YMM and like us on Facebook,


Media Contact:

Nadia Power

Festivals and Events Manager, EWB

Office 780.791.1600

Cell 780.838.1179

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Westwood Drama Production - MUSEUM by Tina Howe

@ Westwood Community High School Cheepiyak Theatre
Thursday June 6, Friday June 7 & Saturday June 8
8:00pm with door open at 7:30pm to view the Art Show.
All tickets $8 available at the Westwood office during business hours or 1 hour before show time at the box office. For more information call 780-791-1986 ex 178.
Recommended PG 13.

Artist in Residency 2013

The 2013 Artist in Residency program begins this month!

This year, the program will feature two studio locations: one in Fort McMurray and one in Anzac. The program enables a blend of both emergent and mid-career artists to create and explore, as well as to exchange ideas and insights within a multi-disciplinary environment. The residency includes the studio space (with no associated fee), delivery of a 15 – 20 minute artist talk per artist, demonstration and instructional opportunities.

The Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency welcomes the following artists to the 2013 program.

Fort McMurray Studio - Opening on June 5, 2013Sonia Burke-Smith
Bree Mackin
Luke Maddaford
Christian Villacillo

Anzac Studio - Opening July 31, 2013Donna Bilyk
Breanna Fabbro
Nicola Tibbetts

For updated information about the artists, studio locations, and Artist in Residency programming such as open houses and artist talks, please visit:

For more information, contact: 
Brandi Gartner Culture Coordinator
T: 780.743.7994

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Alberta Culture Days 2013 World Meets in Wood Buffalo Launch

(Fort McMurray, AB – June 3, 2013) – The Alberta Culture Days 2013 event is composed of many different elements but the Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo is instrumental in bringing together is the World meets in Wood Buffalo dance showcase set to take the stage on 28th and 29th of September at Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity High School. 

Each of the cultural groups will have the opportunity to present one piece as part of the entire string of cultural performances. So that the different groups can meet the choreographer, MCA has planned a launch party on June 6th at YMCA studio at 6.30pm.

All groups are requested to RSVP to to confirm your participation to develop a schedule of events and more clarity on how each of you fit into the grand picture for the final Alberta Culture Days Dance Showcase - The World meets in Wood Buffalo Saturday September 28th 5-8.30pm and Sunday 29th 2-5.30pm.

Calling all cultural groups who might be interested to participate: dance, sing, play a traditional instrument etc. to join us this Thursday. In preparation for the Alberta Culture Days in Wood Buffalo on 29th and 29th September 2013

Do spread the word to your network. 

Thanks once again,

Mary Thomas 
Executive Director Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo 
10003 Gordon Avenue P.O Box 52988 
Fort McMurray, AB T9H3G3 
Tel: 780 791 5186 Fax: 780 791 5189

Call for Entries: 2013 interPLAY Film Festival


Below is our CALL FOR ENTRIES for the 2013 interPLAY Film Festival coming in August 2013. Further details regarding the event, as well as our YouTube Ad, is available on the Fort McMurray Filmmakers Association website and also on the YMM Podcast website

Please contact me for any additional questions and/or comments.


- Toddske

Fort McMurray Filmmakers Association