Thursday, 31 October 2013

Halloween Haunt in Support of the SPCA- TODAY

Join in for a ghoulish good time at this years Halloween Haunt!

Everyone is welcome including children (be warned, though, it's a little scary!)
The event is being held at 433 Signal Road in Thickwood. 
Donations will be accepted in support of the SPCA. 
We invite everyone to come out for some fun, laughs, treats, and scares! 

For more information, please contact

Naomi Striemer Fundraising Concert with Live and Silent Auction- Nov. 9, 2013

Contemporary Christian music artist Naomi Striemer is coming to Fort McMurray to share her voice and story on Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 7 pm to 10 pm.

Raised in Nova Scotia by Christian parents, Naomi was hailed by critics as the “next Celine Dion.” With her dreams of fame and fortune on track, Naomi found herself rubbing shoulders with Randy Jackson, Carlos Santana, Steven Tyler, Britney Spears, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Avril Lavigne, and Justin Timberlake.

But one conversation in the narrow hallway of a hip-hop studio changed it all.
That message shook Naomi to the core and forced her to reexamine her life. Standing on the threshold of everything she had ever dreamed for herself, Naomi knew she had a decision to make.

A live and silent auction will be held in connection with the concert. Proceeds from the auctions and the concert will benefit the Fort McMurray Seventh-day Adventist Church building fund.
A local band, The Jones, will open the show.

Tickets are available starting October 5. Purchase tickets from the Holy Trinity Box Office or by calling 780-743-3475. For more information about the fundraising concert visit:

For more about Naomi Striemer visit:

Tickets:           Regular Admission: $40

Double Admission: $75

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers

  • Thursday, October 31st at 8pm
  • Friday, November 1st at 8pm
  • Saturday, November 2nd at 8pm
  • Sunday, November 3rd at 8pm
  • Tuesday, November 5th at 8pm
  • Wednesday, November 6th at 8pm

Festival of Trees Volunteers

 Festival of Trees is looking for volunteers!

There are tons of different activities and times you can sign up for. You can pick which fun activity you want to help out with and which time slot best suits your schedule.

Please visit to sign up!

Friday, 25 October 2013

RMWB Street Banner Contest

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s (RMWB) Street Banner Contest is a civic beautification initiative that strives to engage community members, showcase the beauty of the region, as well as highlight local artists.

The 2014 RMWB Street Banner Contest features a call for entries from the following visual art categories:   

  • Photography
  • Digital Art
  • Collage
  • Painting and Illustration
  • Printmaking
There are four themes for this year’s contest. Submissions must be related to the region of Wood Buffalo.
  • Culture
  • Heritage
  • Community
  • Parks & Nature

Contest Deadline: Friday, November 8, 2013 

Rules and Guidelines
Click here for Contest rules, guidelines and entry form.
Four submissions will be selected as winners this fall by a panel of community volunteer judges. Winners will be announced in November 2013.
For more information:
Please contact Community Strategies at 780.743.7966 or

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Seeking Contributions for Multicultural Association's Online Newsletter

The Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo is launching an online newsletter called "Confluence" and is looking for contributions from community members. 

The newsletter will include sections like multicultural stories, cultural food recipes, travelling to countries of origin, community events, a Q-and-A section on important issues and photo galleries.

The association is asking anyone interested in contributing pieces for the Confluence newsletter to send submissions to Submissions can be up to 500 words and accompanying photos are encouraged. The first issue is expected our this winter.

For more information, contact or 780-791-5186.

Chili Cook Off to Support the United Way- Oct 25th 2013

Monday, 21 October 2013

Northern Insights Martha Stewart Tickets on sale Oct. 23, 2013

Northern Insights is proud to present Martha Stewart at Nexen Field House, Suncor Community Leisure Centre MacDonald Island Park on December 4th, 2013. 

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 23 at 10 am at MacDonald Island Park ticket office or online at

Premium seating tickets: $89.00
General Admission tickets: $59.00
Includes Taxes & Service Charges

FREE Special Effects Make Up Workshop- Oct. 24, 2013

Member-Led Workshop: Special Effects Make-Up (October 24 2013)

Ashcake, Founding Member of the YMMFMA, Cosplayer and Make-Up Artist for Hyperphotonic Media’s upcoming film Cover; will be hosting a Horror Makeup Workshop just in time for Halloween!

Thursday, October 24 2013

Bob Lamb Bldg – Room #241

8pm – 9pm

Free to Attend for Anyone!

It will cover the basics of movie and stage-quality fantasy / horror make-up on a budget with liquid latex, spirit gum, rigid collodion, prosthetics, and other found materials around in everyday life.

Workshop will also include a discussion amongst attendees regarding current film projects, challenges and additional news/updates regarding filmmaking in our region!

Friday, 18 October 2013

Seniors' Social- October 22, 2013

Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series- Oct 24th 2013

The Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series Proudly Presents:

 Dr. Anny Sauvageau — Forensic Pathologist & Alberta’s Chief Medical Examiner

Thursday, October 24, 2013 at MacDonald Island Park
Doors open at 6:00 PM / Dinner at 6:30PM / Speaker at 7:00 PM

Tickets cost $65 per session and includes buffet dinner.
Students and schools receive 50% discount on tickets.

Tickets are available through MacDonald Island Box Office at 780-791-0070 or online at

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Blue Rodeo tickets on sale for Jan. 2014

MacDonald Island Park is pleased to kick off 2014 by welcoming Blue Rodeo presented by Country 93.3 FM to Nexen Field House on January 16.

Tickets will be available beginning at 10:00 am MT on Friday, October 18, 2013.

Club seating is available for $79 plus GST and applicable fees

Reserved seating is available for $69 plus GST and applicable fees

General Admission is available for $59 plus GST and applicable fees.

For more information please visit

"Halloween Howler" Dance Recital- Oct 19, 2013

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Banff Centre- In(ter)ventions: Literary Practice at the Edge- Application due Nov. 15, 2013

Banff Centre - In(ter)ventions: Literary Practice at the Edge 

Program dates: February 10 – 22, 2014
Application deadline: November 15, 2013
Faculty: Steven Ross Smith (director), J.R. Carpenter, Carla Harryman, Roy Miki
Guests: cris cheek, Jacob Wren

A groundbreaking residency that enables experimentation and creation in innovative writing practices. In(ter)ventions welcomes interventions in writing as an art form, where the medium itself (language) is the site of investigation. The means of production that might frame such interventions (such as audio, electronic literature, interactivity, vizpo, video, performance, collaboration, and so on) are secondary to and/or juxtaposed with the compositional.

The In(ter)ventions program is designed for projects that challenge received literary conventions and are driven by adventure and innovation in language, rather than the means of production such as technology and hardware. Forms of production and dissemination involving technology will be considered and supported in the development of the project during the residency, where these are essential to the intervention.


Audition Etiquette Workshop- Oct. 19th 2013

Friday, 11 October 2013

HIStory & HERitage: Henry John Moberly

HIStory & HERitage

The Culture Blog is excited to introduce a new project: HIStory & HERitage. This project will  highlight a person or event from the rich history of our region.

For the founding entry, I thought it would be fitting to honour the founder of Fort McMurray:  Henry John Moberly. 
Henry was born on August 2, 1835  to Mary and John Moberly, a captain in the Royal Navy. The Moberly's were a wealthy and distinguished family who had recently immigrated from England. At the time of Henry's birth, they were stationed in Penetanguishene, Ontario at the Penetanguishene Naval Yard.

It appears Henry was the black sheep of his family for while he craved a life of excitement and adventure, his brothers each pursued respectable careers in law, engineering and medicine. 

When Henry was 16 years old, he dropped out of his studies at Upper Canada College and escaped to Russia.  While abroad, Henry worked for an insurance firm for two years.However, the thrill of living in a new city eventually wore off and life in St. Petersburg became dull and familiar. So Henry began searching for his next adventure. 

Henry had heard daring tales of life as a fur trader: the vast landscapes, the herds of wild animals, the freedom from the law, and of course, the danger. Henry returned to Canada in 1853 and immediately applied to work with the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Henry worked for the HBC for nearly 40 years travelling all across Canada's north-west. It was in 1870 that Henry founded a HBC post at Fort McMurray to serve as a steamboat landing. The area at that time was referred to as “The Forks” but Henry decided to officially name the fort in honour his friend, William McMurray, who was the Inspecting Chief Factor for the northern district of the HBC at the time.

Henry finally retired from the HBC in 1894. True to his restless spirit, he had “resigned” at least twice during his lengthy career to pursue other interests. He panned for gold, worked as an office clerk and even married and had children. In fact, some sources claim Henry married  three different women and fathered a possible 16 children during his lifetime!

Never one to settle down, Henry shared his early travels in his autobiography “When Fur Was King”. After living a long and fulfilled life, Henry passed away in Duck Lake, Saskatchewan at the age of 96. 

Banff Artist in Residence (BAIR) Program Winter- Deadline Oct. 25, 2013

Program dates: March 3, 2014 - March 28, 2014
Application deadline: October 25, 2013

The Banff Centre’s Visual Arts programs focus on professional development, research, and training opportunities in media and visual arts. The programs provide access to world-class facilities in photography, sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, textiles, painting, performance, media arts, film, and video, as well as curatorial and critical studies.  

About Banff Artist in Residence (BAIR)  

Banff Artist in Residence programs offer independent periods of study where artists, curators, and other arts professionals are free to experiment and explore new directions in the production of their work. BAIR offers short and long-term opportunities to work at a remove from the constraints of everyday life.  

Who Should Apply  

Residencies are for artists, curators, and other arts professionals with an exhibition record who have had formal training in visual arts, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.  

Arrival and Departure Dates  

Participants should plan to arrive in Banff one day prior to the program start date and depart one day following the end date. 

For more information please visit

Thursday, 10 October 2013

FREE Professional Development Talks in Edmonton Oct. 20th 2013

Visual Arts Alberta ~ CARFAC is offering professional development workshops in October.

Upcoming in Edmonton:
October 23, 2013 in Edmonton: Join us with the Society of Northern Alberta Print-artists (SNAP) for “How to Hook Up with International Galleries and Artist-Run Centres”. Print and mixed media artist Yael Brotman from Toronto will lead our discussion at the SNAP Printshop (12056 Jasper Avenue) beginning at 7 pm.

FREE: To attend please RSVP on or before October 20th to

Syncrude Arts Alive Presents Ron Sexsmith- Oct 11, 2013

The most original and respected Canadian singer-songwriter in a generation. Ron Sexsmith has earned legions of fanatical fans around the world including Elvis Costello, Steve Earle, and Paul McCartney.

With Special Guest Jenn Grant

The event will take place at the Keyano Theatre on October 11, 2013 at 8 pm. Tickets can be purchased online

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Banff Centre Research Work Study- Deadline Nov. 18, 2013

Visual Arts Indigenous Administration and Research Work Study
Program dates: January 13, 2014 - December 19, 2014

Application deadline: November 18, 2013

The Visual Arts Indigenous Administration and Research Work Study program is an internship-style opportunity designed to enhance participants’ knowledge, build administrative skills, and provide practical experience in the area of arts administration. The practical portion of the experience will primarily focus on activities that support and assist in the organization of visual arts programs related to the real and ongoing activities of the department including Creative Residencies, Walter Phillips Gallery, and the Banff International Curatorial Institute. 

Learning opportunities arise in the preparation for and facilitation of residency programs and visual arts events. Administrative responsibilities include working closely with the Director of Visual Arts on special projects and working closely with the department’s administrative staff to prepare grant proposals and reports; book travel, space and equipment; prepare paperwork, filing, writing and updating correspondence. Opportunities to attend formal lectures, workshops, discussion groups, and other cultural events including community outreach initiatives are all part of this program.

Benefits to participants include enhanced decision-making and problem-solving expertise, as well as more mature communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership skills. In addition to the work component of the program, participants have one day each week that is dedicated to their personal research activities.

Work Study placements are appropriate for recent graduates of art history, museum studies or studio-based programs, and individuals wishing to leave their current work worlds or formal advanced studies for a period of time in order to gain professional experience and expand and develop their careers and capabilities. These programs require full-time commitment and independent thinking.

Please note: Enrolment to this program is limited to individuals of Indigenous descent (status, non-status, M├ętis or Inuit). 

Syncrude Arts Alive Presents The Sojourners- Oct. 10, 2013

Dazzling with doo wop, sizzling with soul, and soaring with spirit, The Sojourners take their deep faith, mix in rich gospel tradition with R & B, and deliver a heavenly blend - an unforgettable evening of music that's good for the soul.

The Sojourners will be playing on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 8pm at the Keyano Theatre.

Tickets available at the Keyano Box Office or online

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Urban Market- Oct. 9 2013

The last market of the season!  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. Stay for lunch, shop for dinner!

The market will be held at the Jubilee Plaza from 11 am to 5 pm on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. 

Keyano Lecture Series: Comet ISON - Oct. 11, 2013

The discovery of Comet 2012 S1 (ISON) created a sensation with predictions that this comet could be visible during daylight. Whether this comet lives up to its potential is a matter of speculation that will be settled in the Fall of 2013 when ISON approaches the sun. In this lecture, Dr. Jean-Pierre De Villiers will discuss the process of discovering comets,
predicting their trajectories, and explaining the transformations that comets undergo on their journey into the inner part of the Solar System.

Join us afterward for a viewing of ISON. 

For more information please visit

Friday, 4 October 2013

MCA International Cookery - Chinese Cuisine

Come and learn, interact and share authentic Chinese food! 

Host: Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo + Fort McMurray Chinese Society
When: Sat, October 5th, 10:00am-12:30pm
Where: Holy Trinity High School Food Lab (230 Powder Dr)
Cost: $25 per person. Group and member discounts apply.

Register now, limited spaces available! 

For inquiries or additional information, please call the Multicultural Association at (780) 791-5186 or email 

Wood Buffalo Photography Club Art Exhibition Opening- Oct. 10, 2013

You are invited to the opening reception for the group exhibition of work from the Wood Buffalo Photography Club at the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery on Thursday, October 10, 2013. The event starts at 7 pm. 

There will be snacks, refreshments and a cash bar.  

Everyone is welcome to celebrate and network!

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

We Love the Winters Here- Oct. 5, 2013

We Love the Winters Here

Welcome Newcomers! 

This workshop style event will give you all the information you need to enjoy the winter season in Fort McMurray! Hear local presenters discuss topics such as Winter Car Care, Winter Health, Dressing for Winter, Heating Your Home, and More! 

Refreshments and activities for the kids as well! Fun for the whole family and its FREE!!
October 5th in the MacDonald Island Ballroom 1 pm-3 pm.