Monday, 30 September 2013

Sock Drive September 2013

The Canadian Institute of Public Heath Inspectors (CIPHI) have decided to dedicate the entire month of September to collecting socks for the less fortunate in the community.

The sock drive will run throughout the month of September. the CIPHI are collecting new pairs of socks and they will be donated to agencies that serve the disadvantaged in Fort McMurray.

Those interested in donating new socks to the drive can do so by arranging a donation pick up with a CIPHI inspector by calling the office at 780-791-6078, or by visiting the Northern Lights Hospital between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. and dropping their donating off with volunteers set up in front of the cafeteria during the month of September. There is also a donation box for socks set up at the Public Health Unit building in Thickwood.

Call to Artists: Castlegar Sculpture Walk

Call to Artists: Castlegar Sculpture Walk

Now in its fourth year and gaining national recognition, Sculpturewalk is a year-long outdoor exhibit of original sculpture by local and international artists.

The application deadline is October 15, 2013. Next year’s installation day & Opening Gala is May 10th, 2014.

For more information, please contact Joy Barrett, Executive Director, Castlegar Sculpture Walk
250-354-9169 or visit

Castlegar Sculpturewalk is now accepting applications from sculptors (national and international) to take part in the 2014 event.  The sculptures are owned by the artists and loaned to the exhibit, where they are available for purchase, lease, and are open for public voting.

There is a total of $25,000 in prizes available, which includes the purchase of the People’s Choice winner by The City of Castlegar for permanent display. Travel/shipping subsidies are available.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Alberta Culture Days at Heritage Park- September 29th 2013

The Fort McMurray Historical Society is proud to showcase a variety of archival material and films. With two separate showings, you don't want to miss this historical cultural event! Please provide a small donation to aid in the restoration of Heritage Park. The showings will take place on September 29th from 1 to 7.

You can join in the heritage plaque launch event and take your picture in a life-size plaque from 2 pm to 5 pm. 

This event is on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Heritage Park. 

NorthWord magazine Issue #9 Launch and Silent Auction- Sept 28th 2013

Celebrate NorthWord magazine's ninth issue with a theme of Change. Celebrate the written word with beautiful poetry, prose, and art from local writers and artists. Join us for a silent auction and bid on delightful items! All proceeds go to support NorthWord's production of the next issue. The event will be held on Saturday, September 28that Holy Trinity High School (230 Powder Drive) from 4 pm to 7:30 pm. 

Correlation Studios Walkabout- Sept 28th 2013

On September 28th come check out Correlation Studios at 10216 Centennial Drive from 10 am to 6 pm. Browse local artists' work spaces. Join in and create your own works of art alongside these talented individuals. Art supplies will be provided. 

For more information, find Correlation Studios on Facebook. 

Thursday, 26 September 2013

The World Meets in Wood Buffalo- Sept 28 & 29, 2013

Wood Buffalo is made up of a wonderful cultural mosaic! In celebration of Alberta Culture Days, come see all of Wood Buffalo's cultures together on one stage and present traditional dances. The event will be held at the Suncor Centre for the Performing Arts (230 Powder Drive). 

Showtimes are:
Saturday, September 28th from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sunday, September 29th from  2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Silk Caravanna at MacDonald Island Park- Starting Sept 28th

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

This Thing Called Grief- Sept. 27, 2013

Please join the Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association in a full day workshop called "This Thing Called Grief" on Friday, September 27, 2013 at MacDonald Island Park. 

 You will learn how death and grief responses are influenced by religious and cultural belief systems, and you will leave with new skills, insights and sensitivities.

The workshop is open to everyone and the $65.00 fee includes lunch. For more information & to register visit the AHPCA website at:

Full Moon Cafe- Sept. 28, 2013

The first Full Moon Cafe of their 10th season will be on  Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the Waterways Community Hall. The cost is $5 and all ages are welcome. 

Visit their Facebook page or their blog at for more information. 

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Urban Market- Sept. 25th 2013


If you like fresh local produce and baked goods, ethnic foods, free-range meats, local artisans and live entertainment, the City Centre McMurray Urban Market is where you want to be.

The Urban Market will be open September 25th, 2013. Come down to City Hall- Jubilee Centre from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Stay for lunch and shop for dinner!

Featuring great products from:

Dunvegan Gardens – fresh local produce
Mimi's Injera – Ethiopian foods
Serben Free Range – free range pork and poultry
Smoky Valley Cheese – Alberta-made cheeses
Mitchell's Sunshine Café- baked goods, snacks and lunch options
Krazy Lady Candles – themed hand-made soy candles
Gold Forest Grains
Healthy Habit Granola
and more!

So grab some lunch, have a seat at one of our café tables, and enjoy the great market atmosphere in the heart of City Centre.

To be a vendor or musician at the Urban Market, contact us at attn: Market Manager

The City Centre McMurray Urban Market will be operating a full market schedule in 2014.  

Biere et Poutine with French Music- Sept. 27th 2013

In celebration of Alberta Culture Days, the ACFA welcomes you to embrace the francophone culture and indulge your senses in the tastes of poutine and biere while listening to French music. This cultural activity will surely ignite the francophone in you! 

Time: Friday, Sept 27, 2013 from 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Location: Centre Communautaire Boreal
312 Abasand Drive
Wood Buffalo

Contact Info: Angelina Gionet 791 - 7700
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Monday, 23 September 2013

Free Admission to the Oil Sands Discovery Centre

In celebration of Alberta Culture Days, the Oil Sands Discovery Centre is offering free admission from 10 am to 4 pm on September 27th, 28th and 29th, 2013. Come and experience the history, science, and technology of the oil sands! Fun for all ages!

Anime & Manga Club for Teens- Sept 28, 2013

Friday, 20 September 2013

Intro to Stage/Film Combat Techniques Workshop- Sept 23, 2013

Ever wonder what it takes to perform physical combat scenes in film and on the stage? The YMMFMA and the Keyano Theatre Company is holding an Introduction to Stage and Film Combat workshop led by Paul Gélineau, Director of the Academy for Fight Directors Canada on Monday, September 23, 2013 from 7 pm – 9 pm at the Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre – Room #141.

This 2-hour workshop will give you an introduction to the Fight Academy, cover Safety Factors, teach attendees the basic hand-to-hand combat techniques and how fight choreography will translate onto film.

This is a hands-on practical workshop so attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing that allows them to move around freely. Attendees will also have to a sign a waiver at the beginning of the Workshop.

Due to the limited space and high-quality of certified instruction, we are charging a fee of $15 to attend this workshop. SPACE IS VERY LIMITED! SECURE YOUR SPOT TODAY!

Thursday, 19 September 2013

The Royal Conservatory Workshop- Oct 4-6 2013

Hello Fort McMurray ARTISTS! I am excited to invite you to a FREE artist training weekend this October 4, 5, and 6. The training will be run by Shelley MacDonald and Cheryl Andrews. We welcome you to come find out about the community that we've been developing! We have a group of local artist-educators, First Nations Elders and Youth Mentors, and mentor artists from Alberta and the rest of the country all working together to make LTTA a Fort McMurray success story. 
All training details are below - if you are interested in attending the training session, or if you are just looking for more information, please email us at:


Training is held at Father Turcotte School - please enter using the back door by the main parking lot.
Friday, Oct 4, 2013 from 1-3:30 
Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 from 10-4 (Lunch is provided)
Sunday, Oct 6, 2013 from 12-4 (Snacks provided)


- We provide FREE training in Fort McMurray for any artists who are interested in working in the classroom. 

- We have an extensive mentorship program and we do our very best to help all artist-educators experience success.
- We're working with every school in the Fort McMurray Catholic School District and many of the Fort McMurray Public schools.
- We can provide part-time to full-time work for artists in schools. 

Click on this link to see the promo for the event:

Fort McMurray Social Dance Club- Sept. 27 & 28th 2013

Did you know that you can cha cha to "Blurred Lines"?
The Fort McMurray Social Dance Club hosts monthly dances for adults interested in learning and practicing ballroom, Latin, and other dancing styles. Come dance the night away to a variety of modern and classic music at the Royal Canadian Legion (upstairs).  No partner or experience necessary.

Cost is $10. Please contact 780-215-8677 for more information.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Fall Trade Show- Sept 20-22, 2013

Fort McMurray Tourism presents the Fall Trade Show & Market at MacDonald Island Park. You can avoid the line- ups by purchasing your tickets in advance at Fort McMurray Tourism or by phoning 780-791-4336. 

Trade Show Hours:
Friday, September 20 (from 1 pm to 9 pm)
Saturday, September 21 (10 am to 8 pm)
Sunday, September 22 ( 10 am to 5 pm)

Boeing Boeing- 4 Play Drama Series Sept 27th to Oct 4th 2013

Keyano Theatre Company and TELUS present Boeing Boeing as the first play of the 4-Play Drama Series. Meet Bernard, an architect living in Paris, who has been successfully juggling three fiancées who are all flight attendants. Bernard's housekeeper reluctantly plays romantic air-traffic controller as they fly in and out of his swank bachelor pad. But when an old college pal visits, things get rather turbulent! 

Time: Sep 27 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sep 28 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Oct 2 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Oct 3 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Oct 4 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Location: Keyano Theatre (8115 Franklin Avenue)

Contact Info: Keyano Box Office (780) 791 - 4990 or

Monday, 16 September 2013

Free Cross Cultural Parenting Program

Keyano College Lecture Series- Sept 20th 2013

Keyano College Lecture Series: Did Facebook Start the Revolution?

From the streets of Cairo to Occupy Wall Street, and all the way down to the Quebec Student Strike here in Canada, popular social media has revolutionized the activities of social movements around the world. Social media is now being used to communicate across borders, disseminate information, and organize and plan activities.  This lecture will explore how social media has influenced the changing landscape of recent social movements in contemporary global society.

Keyano Recital Theatre, 7 PM, FREE Admission

Reel Performances at Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre

Fort McMurray Tourism and Keyano Theatre presents....

As part of Reel Performances at Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre (Toronto International Film Festival)!

Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7pm 

A grumpy pensioner honors his wife's passion for performing by joining the unconventional local choir to which she used to belong, a process that helps him build bridges with his estranged son. Unfinished Song closes with a dedication: “To family.” And indeed, this is a film that speaks to people of all ages. Rousing and inspiring, it reminds us that every stage of life is worthy of celebration.

All Seats: $13

Friday, 13 September 2013

Wood Buffalo Arts & Crafts Guild Annual Fall Sale- Sept 14th

Get your Christmas shopping started early with the best selection of locally handcrafted items in Fort McMurray! From paintings, knit items, beaded and wire wrapped jewelry, floral arrangements, seasonal wreaths and much more!

The show will take place on  Saturday, September 14th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Stonebridge Hotel. The Stonebridge Hotel is located in downtown Fort McMurray next to Tim Hortons. Admission is FREE!!!

For more information you can view the Wood Buffalo Arts & Crafts Guild's Facebook page.

14th Annual Pancake Breakfast & Open House- Fort McMurray Fire Department

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series Presents Cara Luft September 18th 2013

The Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series profiles extraordinarily successful women.

The speakers talk candidly about their careers, and the passion, vision and determination that drives them. They discuss our place in our society and the ethical responsibilities and consequences of our actions.

Throughout each speech you will learn more about the art and strategies of successful leadership. You will gain insights that will help you deal with your own leadership dilemmas, whether you are part of a multinational corporation, small business, non-profit or government agency.

The Famous 5 Foundation is proud to partner with Enbridge Inc to present the 14th Annual Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series featuring five dynamic and engaging women.

The first speaker of the 2013/2014 series is Cara Luft, singer, song-writing and founding member of the Canadian folk trio, The Wailin' Jennys. 

Tickets are available at the MacDonald Island Box Office. Tickets are $65 per session and include a buffet dinner and door prizes. Doors open at 6 pm. 

Citizen Recognition Program- Nominations due Sept. 20th 2013

Do you know a deserving volunteer, colleague or neighbour? Perhaps you know an exceptional business owner, community leader or local organization? It’s time to recognize their contribution to Wood Buffalo! 

Wood Buffalo residents are invited to nominate their fellow citizens in recognition for their contributions to the community. 

The Citizen Recognition Program was created to acknowledge outstanding individuals or groups that make a significant contribution to, or positive impact on, the citizens of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. 

Nomination packages are available at Municipal offices throughout the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and on the Municipal website. 

The nomination deadline is September 20, 2013 by 12:00 p.m. Submissions will be accepted in person, via email or through the online application.

Here’s your chance to recognize someone in your community whose efforts really stand out! 

For more information, please call 780.743.7966 or email The guidelines and the nomination form are available online at

Les Miserables Volunteer Info Sessions- Sept. 13-15, 2013

Are you interested in being a part of KTC’s epic Les Miserables experience? 

Keyano Theatre will be hosting two community information sessions for interested volunteers. They are looking for performers, stage hands, crew, ticket takers, ushers, wardrobe assistants and more! There is a fun position for everyone! 

There are 2 easy steps to being part of the experience:

1) You must attend the information session for all volunteers opportunities on Friday, September 13th from 6pm-8pm

2) Anyone wanting to be in the volunteer cast will have to attend either Saturday, September 14th or Sunday, September 15th.

We are looking for a mixed cast of all ages. Be prepared to sing and move and have fun!
Please contact Keyano Theatre to sign up now! 780-791-4899 

For more information on the upcoming production please visitèrablesCasting.aspx

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

First Community Choir Rehearsal- September 12th 2013

Come out and join the Community Choir at Uptown Music! For ages 16+, no audition is required. Previous singing experience is helpful, but not necessary. The first choir rehearsal is on September 12th 2013 from 7 pm to 9 pm. If you have any questions about the choir, please contact UpTown Music & Dance at 780-792-0012 ext. 2

Urban Market- TODAY Sept 11th 2013

Come down to City Hall- Jubilee Centre from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Stay for lunch and shop for dinner!

Featuring great products from:

Dunvegan Gardens – fresh local produce
Mimi's Injera – Ethiopian foods
Serben Free Range – free range pork and poultry
Smoky Valley Cheese – Alberta-made cheeses
Mitchell's Sunshine Café- baked goods, snacks and lunch options
Krazy Lady Candles – themed hand-made soy candles
Gold Forest Grains
Healthy Habit Granola
and more!

So grab some lunch, have a seat at one of our café tables, and enjoy the great market atmosphere in the heart of City Centre.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Wednesday Night Art at the Library

Treat yourself to an evening of creativity! Experiment with painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking and more with the library's resident artist, Denise.

This event is for children aged 8 and up. 

For more information please contact Denise Idle at 780-743-7808 or visit

Community Registration Day- Sept 14th 2013

Community Registration Day presented by Syncrude is a one-day event at MacDonald Island designed to allow community members to access information and registration services for a variety of organizations and activities – all in one location! It’s an opportunity for families and individuals to engage with all of the sport, recreational, cultural, and community initiatives in the Wood Buffalo region.

The event is set up in a “tradeshow” format with each organization or group hosting a booth specific to their activity or organization. Throughout the day community members can visit booths to access all the information they need to become involved in a wide variety of non-profit and community groups. It serves as encouragement to “get up and go”, and become involved in the myriad opportunities available to residents. Community Registration Day presented by Syncrude has an additional benefit for non-profit organizations and community groups, who are able to use this opportunity to build capacity by connecting directly with residents, leading to strengthened social network.

Event Day Schedule

9am to 10am - Exhibitor Set Up at Nexen Field House

10am to 11:30am - Networking Breakfast presented by Non Profit Sector Link at Miskanaw Ballroom. Invites will be forwarded to your organization upon completion of registration.

12pm to 4pm - Exhibition at Nexen Field House

12pm start - Free Volunteer Appreciation BBQ presented by Volunteer Wood Buffalo at Nexen Field House

Register Now

Registration fees: $25 per non-powered booth/ $30 per powered booth (subject to GST)

Registration deadline is September 12, 2013 for organizations.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Keyano Conservatory Dance Try-Outs- Sept 7th 2013

NEW Competition Dance Team

Try-Outs: Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 1- 4 pm, Room 138, Keyano College

Competition team allows you to show off your dance abilities and compete throughout the year against other dance studios.  You can perform in solo, duo, or group dances.  Competitive dancing helps you gain confidence in your dance skills and self-expression.


Keyano Conservatory’s Competitive Dance Team is dedicated to enhancing a dancer’s technique while giving them a variety of performance opportunities and exposing them to the larger world of dance. Our mission is to give dancers a fun, positive, educational experience. Every dancer is eligible to be a part of the team and students will be split up according to their skill level.

Dance Shows

Competitive dancers will participate in four dance recitals per calendar year; 

1)      The Conservatory Halloween Howler will take place in the Recital Theatre October 25th and 26th. This show will be a celebration of everything Halloween, ghosts, goblins and of course, zombies.

2)      Christmas Concert will take place in the Main Theatre December 13th and 14th. This show will be a celebration of the holidays and feature Conservatory music students and the Competitive team. 

3)      Cupid’s Mistake will take place in the Recital Theatre February 14th and 15th. This show will center on the themes of love and heartbreak.

4)      Year End Dance Recital will showcase all Conservatory dancers, competitive and non-competitive, but the Competitive Team will have more dances and will be a highlight of the show. 


The Competitive Team will perform in three dance competitions through the year;

1)      Shy Ann: Santana Dance, April 11 - 14, St. Albert, AB

2)      Evergreen Dance Festival, April 30 – May 4th, Sherwood Park, AB

3)      Northern Dance Competition, Fort McMurray Alberta, April 21st-23rd.


To be a part of the Competitive Team dancers must be registered in one ballet class and one Conservatory dance class in the style in which they want to compete in. The tuition for the Competitive Team is $599 per dancer. This fee allows students to participate in a weekly two hour practice over and above their regular classes. 

Try Outs

If you are interested in being a part of the Competitive Team please first register at the Office of the Registrar in person or by phone, (780) 791-2688, then come to the try outs September 7 , room 138, 1pm-4pm. 

All students are eligible to be on the team; the try outs are a way for our instructors to have a chance to get to know you, access your abilities, skill set, and allow them to place you within the team.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Open Registration- Irish Dance Classes

You've heard of River Dance and Lord of the Dance. Come  learn how to Irish Dance! now Registrations are now being accepted for boys and girls ages 5 and up. 

Contact 780-750-5470 for more information or to register.

Classes are held at Keyano College. 

Songwriter's Night- Sept 7th 2013 at Live Bar & Grill

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Northern Insights- Arlene Dickinson- TONIGHT

Northern Insights is brought to you by the Fort McMurray Public Library; it is a 3 year-long speaker series designed to bring bestselling authors and journalists as well as educational, thought provoking, and entertaining speakers to Fort McMurray. Northern Insights will engage the community, expand our minds and capture our imaginations.

The next speaker in the series is The Dragon Den's Arlene Dickinson. Tickets will be available for purchase at the MacDonald Island Box Office and online at Premium seating tickets will sell for $79 and general admission will sell for $49.

Doors open at 6:30 pm and the event starts at 7:30 pm tonight, Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at the Nexen Field House at MacDonald Island Park.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Call for Artists- Correlation Studios

Let’s Show Some Character! 

Correlation Studios (above North Star Pet Centre) is searching for a collection of photographers, poets and visual artists to present an exhibition of combined arts. 

For more information on this exciting collaboration, please contact 

Deadline for submissions is Sunday, September 15th, 2013. 

Games Legacy Grant 2013

Grants are available for amateur cultural and athletic activities competing or training at a provincial level or higher. 

All Athletes and Teams must QUALIFY to compete or train.

 This fund is designed to encourage the development and growth of amateur cultural and sport activities for youth and adults within a priority framework.

The maximum grant amount is $1,000 for individuals and $2,000 for groups. Limited funds are available.
The deadline to apply for the FALL allocation of the Games Legacy Grant is September 30th, 2013.

Please visit: to download the information and application package.

Please return either by email to, or drop off in person to the Community Strategies Office, Future Forward Building, 9717 Franklin Avenue.

For more information, please call Julie Dolmont at (780) 792-5969.