Thursday, 28 November 2013

Syncrude Arts Alive Presents "Cinderella" by Dufflebag Theatre- Nov. 30, 2013

Syncrude Arts Alive presents Cinderella by Dufflebag Theatre

This fun and energetic theatre troupe is back by popular demand with their imaginative storytelling of children’s classics that includes plenty of audience participation

Saturday, November 30th at 11 am and 2 pm

Adults: $25
Student/Senior: $20

For more information please visit

Let's Get Sketchy! Nov. 30, 2013 at Keyano Theatre

A number of arts organizations are working together to put on a multi-disciplinary and interactive themed event at Keyano Theatre. “Let’s Get Sketchy!” will take place in Keyano Art Gallery and in the Theatre lobby on the evening of November 30th as patrons arrive for the Saturday performance of Catalyst Theatre’s new musical Vigilante. In the spirit of the production, set in the late 1800’s, actors in period garb will be posing in a number of different locations. Artists and community members will sketch the tableaus while poets and creative writers capture the scene in words. All of this will happen while local musicians create a live soundtrack to the #YMMARTS Happening.

“Let’s Get Sketchy!” is a collaborative project of Boreal Artist Institute, Brazen Elephant Productions, Full Moon Cafe, Keyano Theatre Company, Arts Council Wood Buffalo, Portrait Artists McMurray and NorthWord.

For more information contact:
Reinalie Jorolan – 780-880-0761

Russell Thomas – 780-881-3752

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Online Silent Auction for Thickwood Heights Preschool- Nov. 23 to 29, 2013

Thickwood Heights Preschool is hosting a Facebook Silent Auction from 9 am on November 23rd to 9 pm on November 29th. 

There is a wide range of items up for bid and all funds raised will go directly to the preschool for supplies and things needed for the classroom. Please be sure to carefully read our auction rules to avoid confusion and disappointment. Thank you very much for your support!

Enjoy a Night from the 1940s- Nov 28, 2013

The music and era of the 1940s will come alive on Thursday, November 28th at Holy Trinity Catholic High School! The event begins at 7:30 pm and tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office of the Suncor Energy Centre of the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity High School. 

The Holy Trinity High School, Father Mercredi High School, and Uptown Community Bands are all coming together to transform the theatre into the 1940s. There will be a dance floor, tables, and traditional theatre seating. 

The Fort McMurray Social Dance Club will be providing entertainment. They will also be hosting a workshop at 6:30 pm, an hour before the event begins, for those who are new to swing or for those who just need a refresher on your old dance moves.  Or if you prefer, you can just enjoy the entertainment and watch others dance. 

Monday, 25 November 2013

Christmas Trade Show - Nov. 29 to Dec 1, 2013

Street Banner Contest Deadline Extended

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 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
  • Parks and Nature
  • Community

The deadline for submissions has been extended to January 15, 2014.  Four submissions will be selected as winners by a panel of community volunteer judges. Winners will be announced late January. Go ahead and get creative. Everyone can enter.  

Community Strategies -Beautification
9909 Franklin Ave.
Fort McMurray, AB, T9K 2K4 (limit of 2 images per email please)

Community Strategies -Beautification

Future Forward Place
9719 Franklin Ave
Fort McMuray, AB, T9H 2K1

For more information, technical or submission guidelines, please contact Community Strategies at 780.743.7966 or

Friday, 22 November 2013

The Dickens Christmas Craft Fair

The Dickens Christmas Craft Fair is the first official local talent handmade craft fair!!! Handmade items only that were made with love. Beautifully made art from photography, glass bead jewelry, floral arrangements, crochet and knitting, sewing, french baking and goods, and the list goes on. 
Purchase many of your Christmas gifts at the Dickens Christmas Craft Fair and support our local talent.
The Fair takes place on November 23rd from 9:00am-2:00pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, 9317 Huggard St. Waterways. Plenty of parking.SEE YOU THERE!!!

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Into the Woods at Westwood- Nov. 29,30; Dec. 5-7 2013

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Bilingual Interpretation Officer Needed at Elk Island, AB

Elk Island National Park is looking for a Bilingual Interpretation Officer. 

Summary of Duties: 
Plans, adapts, develops and delivers interpretive presentations, programs and activities to provide visitors of the park, historic site or marine conservation area with opportunities to discover, appreciate, learn about and enjoy the place and its natural and/or cultural resources and understand their significance to Canada.

Open to:
Open to residents within a 1,500 km radius of Elk Island National Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta who are entitled to work in Canada.

Parks Canada Agency considers applications from all individuals who have a legal status to work in Canada. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit.

Applications must be received on or before December 5th, 2013.

Your application should clearly demonstrate that you meet all the requirements for the position and must include:
• your résumé;
• your cover letter demonstrating clearly how you meet the requirements of the position;
• indicating your preferred official language for correspondence and assessment;
• your personal record identifier (PRI), if applicable.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the Education and Experience factors listed in the Statement of Qualifications (see below). Failure to do so may result in the rejection of your application. Normally, applicants will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.

We thank all applicants; however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. 

General Enquiries: Contact Stephen Flemming @ (780) 992-2973 or 

Parks Canada is committed to the principles of diversity and employment equity under the Employment Equity Act, and strives to ensure that our workforce reflects the diverse nature of Canadian society. We encourage women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of a visible minority group to self-identify in their cover letter.

For more information please visit

Volunteers Needed for Santa Claus Parade!

Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series- Nov. 27, 2013

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Job Posting at Citadel Theatre- Social Media Specialist & Communications Coordinator

Citadel Theatre, one of Canada’s largest and busiest professional, not-for-profit theatre companies and facilities, has an opening for a full-time Social Media Specialist/Robbins Academy Communications Coordinator. This position has two components: 

Component One: Social Media Specialist (approx.50% of time).

We want an experienced and savvy Social Media Specialist who creates engaging content and will manage relations with the Citadel`s on-line communities. Your objectives are to expand our reach and increase our connection to our supporters and the greater community for the purposes of marketing our productions, cultivating audience, and fundraising.

Component Two: Communications Coordinator, Robbins Academy (approx. 50% of time) 

We are looking for an experienced communications professional to serve as the publicity and promotions coordinator for the Robbins Academy for Creative Development. The successful candidate will ensure retention and growth of current support for Robbins Academy programs and will identify new participation opportunities in order to increase revenue.


  • University Degree, preferably with Marketing or Communications focus 
  • Minimum 3 years marketing experience, preferably in marketing or public relations 
  • Minimum 1 years’ experience specifically in social media (strategy, content creation, community management, social media marketing)
  • A strong communicator and content creator with the ability to write blog posts and material for social media channels
  • Experience with social listening, analytics, and management tools 
  • Demonstrated ability to champion best practices within social media and ability to work with multiple stakeholders to craft content that meets both business and engagement objectives Solid and up-to-date understanding of existing and emerging social media platforms We offer a stimulating, developmental work environment, a competitive salary by cultural industry standards, as well as a good benefits plan. 

Please email your cover letter and resume to: Marianne Bouthillier, Associate Executive Director: 

The Citadel Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. Thank you for your application but only those chosen for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please. 


Have you seen the new $50 polymer bill?

Have you seen the new polymer $50 bill? It features Arctic research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen, which was named after Captain Roald Amundsen, an explorer of the polar regions.

From May to December each year, the ship is used as an Arctic research vessel by various Canadian universities and research centres. During the winter months, the CCGC Amundsen is crewed by the Canadian Coast Guard and used for icebreaking service in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Seniors' Social- November 26, 2013

Friday, 15 November 2013

Knight Lights Fair Trade Market- Nov. 20, 2013

Interested in learning more about theatre production?


Apply by December 11, 2013 for Theatre Production, Design, and Stage Management Work Study 

Programs Dates vary by position between April 2014 and August 2015 

The Theatre Arts Production department at The Banff Centre provides an exceptional learning environment for aspiring theatre production practitioners with these unique, applied work study programs. 

This year, we are offering work study positions in the following areas:

  •  Production Management April 2014 - August 2015 
  • Stage Management (Dance, Theatre, or Opera) June 8 to August 9, 2014 
  • Design (Set, Costume, Lighting) June 15 to August 9, 2014 
  • Arts Administration April 1 to August 31, 2014 
  • Technical Direction April 2014 – August 2015
  •  Lighting Technician April 2014 – August 2015 
  • Sound Technician April 2014 – August 2015 
  • Stage Carpenter April 2014 – August 2015 
  • Props Builder June 8 to August 16, 2014 
  • Scenic Carpenter June 1 to August 9, 2014 
  • Scenic Painter June 8 to August 9, 2014 
  • Wigs and Make-Up Artist June 15 to August 16, 2014 
  • Wardrobe Technician June 1 to August 23, 2014 
  • Millinery Technician June 22 to August 9, 2014 
  • Boots and Shoes Technician June 22 to August 9, 2014 
  • Projection Technologist  May 25 to August 23, 2014 

Participants gain practical, hands-on experience by working with industry professionals and experienced directors and designers throughout the production processes of opera, dance, and theatre. Financial assistance to cover full tuition fees and a stipend are available to all participants accepted onto the program.


Full Moon Cafe- Saturday, Nov 16, 2013

The next Full Moon Cafe is this Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Waterways Community Hall. Come enjoy a cozy evening with music and fine people. The cost is $5 and all ages are welcome.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Keyano College Lecture Series- Grimm and Grimmer: The Dark Side of Fairy Tales Nov 15 2013

Manslaughter, mayhem, cannibalism, incest, betrayal, infanticide, and sexual assault: no, these aren’t episodes from the latest HBO series, but rather typical plot elements from the tales of the Brothers Grimm. The stories come from a worldwide tradition that stretches back to earliest times, and these traditional tales reveal some of the deepest anxieties and preoccupations of human life. Are these stories for children? Step over to the dark side of the nursery and explore why Grimm is grimmer than you thought.

Keyano Recital Theatre, 7 PM, FREE Admission

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Any portrait artists out there?

You are invited to join the following activities arranged by Portrait Artists McMurray:

Portrait Drawing

Location: program room, main floor of Fort McMurray Public Library
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Date: Tuesday, Nov 12th, 2013
Cost: $5
Please bring your own art supplies.

“Let’s Get Sketchy” 

Location: Keyano Theatre Lobby
Date: Saturdday, Nov 30th, 2013
Time: 6pm - 7pm (sketching), 7pm - 8pm stay to set up in gallery and for the intermission 
Live interactive art event!
Characters in costumes will be posing for visual artists to sketch them.  Theme will be Victorian/1800's era to fit with the play Vigilante.
Easels will be set up around the models for us to sketch them.  You can either bring your own art supplies or use the supplies which will be in place. Please contact Megan Storrar ASAP if you are interested in being a sketcher.  We need committed sketchers.  You can use any medium you choose.
The supplied materials will likely be pencils, paper and charcoal.

“Face Time” 

Location: 2nd floor of Fort McMurray Public Library
Dates: Sunday, December 1st – Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Rules:  Maximum two images each.  Maximum size 22” x 30”. Work must include the human face, or portions of. (example, painting of an eye, lips, or a full portrait)
We are not allowed to have a sales price posted on the work.
We are allowed to have contact information attached to the piece with encouragement for people to contact you.
Please email Megan Storrar details of the work you have to show before November 22nd.  
- number of pieces (1 or 2)
- Titles
- medium

- contact info if you would lie that displayed with your work

For more information, please contact:

Megan Storrar
Cell: 780-713-8578
Portrait Artists McMurray

Call for Volunteers for the Santa Claus Parade -Nov 23, 2013

It's the time again to be thinking about the upcoming holiday season and spreading cheer to all 
throughout the region! As an annual tradition in the Wood Buffalo region, the Legacy Dodge 
Santa Claus Parade rings in the holiday season and lights up the night. The theme for this 
year’s celebration is “Lights of Christmas” and it is taking place the evening of Saturday, November 23, 2013.

If you are volunteering on November 18th - 20th, please check in at the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Future Forward Office (9717 Franklin Ave, across from the Court House) 15 minutes before your shift. If you are volunteering for any shift on the 23rd, please check in at the parade office (which will be at Prairie Loop Blvd and Hospital St) 15 minutes before your shift and remember to dress warm!
If you have any questions please email or call Arndis at 780.788.4345!

To volunteer for the Santa Claus Parade, click here.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Alberta Culture Seeking Manager, Art Collections

Alberta Culture is looking for a passionate and talented leader to provide strategic direction to the management of this collection and 15 other provincial art collections. If you’re a proven leader who’s looking to contribute to Alberta’s arts community then this may be the job for you.

Reporting to the Executive Director of the Arts Branch, the Manager, Art Collections is responsible for the management of all government art collections including the AFA art collection. This includes providing support to the AFA Collections Committee and developing and administering the AFA Collections Framework and Policy. Significant advisory work with the AFA board also exists in the areas of acquisition, curatorial assessment and deaccession. The successful candidate will also oversee the physical care of the collection which regularly has approximately 30% of its pieces in circulation. This includes overseeing the digitization of the collection, damage and loss claims and maintaining standards for storage and collections management. 
The position is responsible for ensuring that the AFA art collection is accessible to people across Alberta, nationally and internationally and therefore, is responsible for developing and implementing all art placement policies. This includes lending works to stakeholders within the Government of Alberta, to Alberta not-for-profit organizations and to public galleries and institutions. Additionally, the successful candidate will oversee the administration of contracts for the AFA's Traveling Exhibition Program (TREX).
Finally, the successful candidate will have responsibilities in the areas of financial and human resource management. This includes operational planning, contract management, preparing briefings, directing and supervising staff and budget management.  

Qualifications: Completion of a related university degree (e.g. Fine Arts, Art History, Museum Studies) and at least three years of related, progressively responsible experience is required. Experience supervising staff and managing and working with an art collection is preferred. A related master’s degree is considered an asset. Equivalencies will be considered.
Salary Range:     $2,936.39 - $3,951.53 bi-weekly ($76,640 - copy03,135 annually)
Competition No:  1020199                                                                                                          
Closing Date: November 12, 2013
Online applications are preferred. To apply online, please visit  If you are unable to submit an electronic version of your resume, please submit your resume, quoting the Job ID, to: Mechelle Silveira or Lindsey Tribe by e-mail: ; by mail Alberta Culture, 7th floor Standard Life Centre 10405 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5J 4R7. Fax: (780) 422-3142.
If you require any further information on this job posting, please contact Mechelle Silveira or Lindsey Tribe at  .

Friday, 8 November 2013

Remembrance Day Ceremony at MacDonald Island Park

The annual Remembrance Day ceremony will take place at the Field House at MacDonald Island Park.  Hot chocolate and coffee will be served at 8 am and doors to the field house will open at 8:30 am. Please arrive early for seating. The ceremony will conclude at 11:45 am.

Instruments of Change Music Program in Wood Buffalo

The Legacy Children’s Foundation/Tervita "Instruments of Change" Music Program is Coming to Wood Buffalo!
The Legacy Children’s Foundation is pleased to announce that their proven and popular music programming is coming to Wood Buffalo! 
The program will support financially challenged/at risk children and youth by providing: musical instruments, the financial resources to pay for lessons from local, first rate musicians and various music related workshops that introduce youth to the many career options available to them through the music industry... to date well over 500 young people in close to 30 different community based locations throughout Alberta have been supported.
Daniel, a participant in one of Legacy’s school based sites, flashes a huge smile when asked to talk about his experience with the program.  Daniel is a grade 7 student who has been taking lessons since November 2012.  His favourite part of learning to play guitar is having the ability to share and show off his skills to his family and peers.
He is most excited to be able to learn notes and tabs so that he can teach himself how to play songs that he finds on the Internet. Prior to becoming engaged with the Legacy program, he would feel sad because he was not able to play songs that he heard and liked. His goal, by next year, is to be able to play a lot of songs and to be able to tune a guitar without having to use an electronic tuner. Daniel commented that lessons are only possible for him as a result of being offered the opportunity by the Legacy Children’s Foundation Gift of Music programming.
The primary objectives of these programs are to assist youth like Daniel to complete their education and to stay on a positive life path. The programs continue to yield incredibly powerful results with over 80% of participating youth remaining in school and out of trouble with the law. As we all know completing high school is a huge cornerstone to becoming a successful and contributing adult and Legacy is honoured to bring their program to a community that has shown such a high level of enthusiasm and that has an incredible pool of artists to draw from.
If you wish to learn more about the Legacy Children’s Foundation/Tervita Instruments of Change Music Program please visit our web-site at www.legacygiftofmusic or contact our local coordinator Dave Martin at

The Legacy Children's Foundation - Alberta


Canada at War Heritage Films on Youtube

With Remembrance Day just around the corner, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has released the last set of heritage films on its YouTube channel. Easy to access, you can now enjoy the following short films:
You can also find archived versions of the films on the Virtual Silver Screen page.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Free Military and Peacekeeping Databases at Library and Archives Canada

If you are interested in the history of the Canadian military and peacekeeping then visit Library and Archives Canada's website at

There are tons of free databases and collections to choose from!

For instance, you can look through the attestation papers (enlistment forms) of Canadians of the First World War- whether it be your own ancestors,  famous journalists, painters, hockey players, or even former Prime Ministers! 

These forms contain personal information such as the person's birthdate,address, next-of-kin, height, weight, eye colour and even scars! These forms are a great resource for family historians. 

This photo is of John McCrae's attestation form. He is famous for writing the poem, "In Flanders Fields". 

Choir Needed- Deadline Nov. 14, 2013

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is currently looking for choir groups to perform as carolers at our Lights of Christmas event for the Legacy Dodge Santa Claus Parade!

The event will be taking place on the evening of Saturday, November 23rd. 

If your choir/singing group is interested in this opportunity, please contact Echo Schmidek at or 780-788-4359.

Deadline to enter is November 14th by 4:30pm.

The Royal Alberta Museum Invites You to Submit Your Museum Memories!

What's your favourite memory of the Royal Alberta Museum? The Museum would love it if you would share your stories, memories or moments.

The Museum is collecting stories until December 31, 2013.

In the new year, a number of the most popular, unique, touching or funny memories will be posted online.In 2014 you can vote for your favourite memory.

It's easy to participate! 

Download a postcard – you print it out at home and drop it off at one of our two drop-off locations.
Send us an e-postcard – write out an ePostcard.
Pick-up an authentic Royal Alberta Museum Memories postcard at one of many locations.

Visit for more information. 

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Call for Submissions: Arts Council WB Logo Contest Nov. 16, 2013

Arts Council Wood Buffalo is launching an exciting new design contest and it wants to hear YOUR ideas! 
The Arts Council WB wants the public's help in creating a new logo for the organization.
Submissions will be taken in over the next two weeks and the design that best represents the organization, as decided by a jury, will take home $500.
For those of you who have great ideas but feel you lack artistic ability, don't worry! A graphic designer will polish the final design concept so anyone can enter the contest.
All submissions must be original, two-dimensional works and submitted as a 300 dpi .jpg or .pdf file to All submissions must be received by the arts council no later than Nov. 16, 2013 at noon and should include the text “Arts Council WB” and (in a small font) “Wood Buffalo". 

Friday, 1 November 2013

HIStory & HERitage: Hudson's Bay Company

                               HIStory & HERitage

As discussed in the last edition of HIStory & HERitage, Henry John Moberly established the first HBC post in Fort McMurray in 1870, along the banks of the Athabasca River. What wasn’t mentioned was that this trading post was essentially a failure.

It wasn’t Moberly’s fault, though. It was just bad timing. He established the post in 1870 and within 10 short years the fur trade was already in decline. The severe winters and frequent forest fires in the area were the main culprits as they deterred trappers from staying in the area. 

Since it was no longer profitable for the HBC to retain a trading post in Fort McMurray, it was shut down. The building itself, however, continued to house the local post office and served as a steamboat transfer point for those wanting to travel further north.  

By the 1920s, the population of Fort McMurray began to increase. As a result, so did the number of businesses and shops downtown.  Realizing it could now make a profit in the area the HBC built a store on Franklin Ave, west of current day Morrison Street. Its new focus was providing the needs for the growing population, such as food, clothing, firearms, trapping supplies and building materials. 

The Hudson's Bay Store on Franklin Ave., circa 1925.

The HBC also realized the economic potential of another community in the area: Waterways.

The HBC also set up shop across the street from the railroad station in 1926. Both stores fared extremely well. The Waterways store was supported by the rail and the growing community of Waterways, while the Fort McMurray store made a profit by supplying dry goods to local trappers and residents.

When Waterways and Fort McMurray amalgamated in 1947, it was the only northern community to boast two HBC stores.  Following more than a century of service, the HBC permanently closed its doors in Fort McMurray in 1958 and in Waterways in 1972.  

Canadian Citizenship Challenge for Youth- Deadline Dec. 31, 2013

"I am Canadian" 



Win a trip to Ottawa, a celebration for your class, or one of 100s of great prizes!

Because Citizenship is for all Canadians

The Citizenship Challenge asks youth, from grade 7 to 12, to put their national knowledge to the test, by studying for and writing a citizenship exam. Do you believe all Canadians should be ready to answer the same questions about their country as new Canadians? We do. Visit

Are you up for the Challenge?

If you're a student in grade 7 to 12, Secondary I-V in Quebec, you can take the Challenge by registering online.

If you're a teacher with 14 or more students, you can register your classrooms online to take the Challenge

Volunteer Opportunities Available- Applications due Nov. 18, 2013

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is seeking residents interested in helping shape the future of our Municipality by serving on a Board or Committee. 

 Volunteers are required to serve on the following Boards: 

  • Assessment Review Board  
  • Combative Sports Commission  
  • Communities in Bloom Committee  
  • Community Identification Committee  
  • Community Services Committee  
  • Fort McMurray Airport Authority  
  • Landlord and Tenant Advisory Board  
  • Library Board  
  • Regional Advisory Committee on Inclusion, Diversity and Equality  
  • Regional Recreation Corporation (rural north only)  
  • Subdivision and Development Appeal Board  
  • Wood Buffalo Housing and Development Corporation  
Travel assistance is available for members who are required to travel to Fort McMurray from outlying communities. 

Application forms can also be picked up at the Customer Service Counter located on the Main Floor of the Municipal Offices (9909 Franklin Avenue), or at the Municipal Offices located in Anzac, Janvier, Conklin and Fort Chipewyan. 

For further information about the opportunities available, please contact Legislative Services at 780-743-7001. 

Completed applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 18, 2013 to: 

Legislative Services
9909 Franklin Avenue
Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K4
Fax: 780-743-7028