Monday, 31 March 2014

Banff Centre Indigenous Dance Residency- Apply by May 10, 2014

Banff Centre Indigenous Dance Residency 

Program runs from July 28 to August 23, 2014 
Application Deadline is May 10, 2014

Acclaimed Indigenous choreographers and dance instructors come together with dancers from across Canada and around the world to share, investigate, and strengthen contemporary Indigenous dance practice. This four week intensive residency includes daily technique classes, improvisation classes, choreographic exploration, and the creation of a short new choreographic work that will be performed as part of the Banff Summer Arts Festival.   Dancers accepted to the program will receive 100 per cent scholarship to cover the program fee including tuition, shared room, and meal plan at The Banff Centre. 


Friday, 28 March 2014

3rd Annual Wood Buffalo TIMERAISER- April 10, 2014

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit 

Tickets to See Chris Hadfield on Sale NOW!

Tickets are now on sale to see Colonel Chris Hadfield, the 5th speaker in the Northern Insight Speaker Series, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. 

Doors open at 6:30 pm. 

Premium seating tickets: $79.00 
General Admission tickets: $49.00 
General Admission (second floor) tickets: $49.00 Includes Taxes & Service Charges   -

Tickets are available at the MacDonald Island Box Office here

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Art Lessons Available at MacDonald Island

Attention Prospective Vendors!

Are you a fantastic cook or baker? Do you grow organic or free-range food? Do you make furniture, soap, candles or other crafts? The 2014 City Centre McMurray Urban Market is looking for vendors like you!

 The 2014 City Centre McMurray Urban Market, we are hosting an information session on Tuesday, April 1st, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Jubilee Building, 9909 Franklin Ave, City Centre McMurray (First Floor). 

This meeting will:
  • Provide the schedule and important details for the 2014 Urban Market
  • Guide you through the application process as well as insurance, health and permit requirements
  • Provide advice on how to run a great vendor booth
  • Get your input on market themes and creative ways of making the Urban Market even more exciting and successful!
Please RSVP by emailing

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Calling all Artists! RBC Canadian Painting Competition

Established in 1999, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, is a unique initiative to help nurture and support promising new artists in the early stages of their careers; a time when they need both recognition and financial support.

A regional jury panel of distinguished members from the arts community select five paintings from their regions as follows: Eastern (Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador), Central (Ontario), Western Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut).

The three jury panels then select one national winner and two honourable mentions from the 15 semi-finalists. The national winner receives a purchase prize of $25,000 and the two honourable mentions each receive $15,000.

The winner’s painting will be added to RBC’s Canadian art collection, which features more than 4,000 works collected over the past hundred years. The collection includes original works of art by well-known and emerging Canadian artists, as well as distinguished artists from across the U.S. The collection also includes works by previous RBC Canadian Painting Competition winners and finalists.

For more information about this competition, including submission details, please visit

AFA- Art Acquisition By Application

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Call for Submissions for NorthWord Magazine- Deadline March 30th

Do you want your art or poetry to be in the upcoming issue of Northword? Well, you better hurry because the deadline is this Sunday, March 30th!

The theme of Issue #11 is "superstitions". Are you superstitious? What do your superstitions mean to you? 
What if you're not superstitious? Then write about that. 

E-mail editors to submit your work. 

Festivals and Events Tourism Growth Program

Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation is inviting organizations to submit applications to the Festivals and Events Tourism Growth Program. The upcoming application deadline is May 8, 2014.

The program aims to assist festivals and events in Alberta reach their tourism potential. The program makes available grant funding of $25,000 to $40,000. Funding is used to work with a third party-consultant to evaluate an organization’s festival or event, identify tourism growth opportunities, and set clear steps towards growing the visitor experience and increasing visitation and revenue.

Eligible organizations include not-for profit organizations, municipalities, and First Nations or Métis governments. The program is most appropriate for festivals and events that attract regional, provincial, national or international visitors, and have an annual audience of at least 1500, of which a minimum 25% are out of town visitors. 

The program application and program guidelines are available at:

Please provide program information to organizations in your region that you feel have the potential to increase tourism visitation and revenues. If you have any questions about the program, please contact a Tourism Development Officer at 780-427-0590 or 


Monday, 24 March 2014

Aboriginal Arts & Stories Creative Contest for Aboriginal Youth

Aboriginal Arts & Stories is the largest and most recognized art & creative writing competition in Canada for Aboriginal youth.

Competition Guidelines

This year's deadline is March 31, 2014. The contest is open to Canadians of Aboriginal ancestry (Status, Non-Status, Inuit and Métis) between the ages of 14-29.

New this year: our competition is open to emerging writers and artists between the ages of 11-13!

Create a writing or art piece that explores a moment or theme in Aboriginal history or culture.

A 200-400 word Artist’s or Author’s Statement that explains how your piece reflects or interprets the moment or theme you selected must accompany your entry into the Aboriginal Arts & Stories competition.

You may enter online with your desktop computer, or by e-mail, mail or fax.

For more information about this contest, please visit

Help Transcribe Diaries from the First World War

Admit it: you've always wanted to rummage through someone else's diary, learn their hopes and fears, and see what they REALLY think!

Well, here's your chance!

The UK National Archives is asking for your help in transcribing diaries kept by soldiers of the First World War. The Archives has in its collection over 1.5 million pages of handwritten diary entries which, until now, have only been accessible to those who make the trip to London, England.   But now the archivists are working to put them online and you can help!

With Operation War Diary, volunteers will be assigned a segment of a unit war diary and asked to tag key details from the pages, such as names, places and events. The data inputted by volunteers will be collected and used to enrich The National Archives’ catalogue descriptions for the unit war diaries, enabling family historians around the world to trace their army ancestors and providing academics and researchers with a better understanding of how the war was fought.

If you are interested in being part of this amazing opportunity, visit

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Culture Calls Delayed due to technical difficulties

Due to technical difficulties, the Culture Calls newsletter will not be sent out today. We hope to have the issue resolved soon so we can let you know all about the great cultural events happening this week! 

There are two events happening tonight that we wanted to share with you. 

Syncrude Arts Alive presents Guy & Nadina

Internationally celebrated soloists, chamber musicians, recitalists, and fashionistas, Guy Few and Nadina Mackie Jackson "play with polished tone, immaculate intonation, and infectious high spirits.

Thursday, March 20th at 8pm

The Royal Foundry & Adams Honor
Like Music?
Come see The Royal Foundry at the King's Lounge (inside Keyano College) on March 20th! With local musician Adams Honor!
The cover is $5 & it starts at 7pm -
doors open at 6:30
Hosted by The Verge
ps. all keyano students get in for free! bring your student ID please

Full Moon Cafe- Saturday March 22, 2014

The next Full Moon Café is Saturday, March 22, 2014 at  7:30 pm at the Waterways Community Hall. 

This is a family friendly event and a $5 donation is requested. 

The Drumming Circle starts at 7:30 pm and the stage starts at 8:00pm.
 For more info, call 780-713-6377

Personal Essay Contest- Deadline March 28, 2014

Do you like to write? Here's your chance to win money for doing something you enjoy!

The New Quarterly Magazine (TNQ) is once again holding the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest and $1 000 is awarded for the winning essay.

Essays can be of any length, on any topic, in which the writer's personal engagement with the topic provides the frame or through-line. There is no restriction on essay length or subject matter, but the author must be a Canadian citizen or resident.

The TNQ is offering a $1,000 prize for the winning essay; all submissions will be considered for paid publication ($250) in the magazine.

Entry fee: $40 per submission. Each submission includes a one-year Canadian subscription (or subscription extension) to The New Quarterly

Eligiblity: Entrants must be Canadian or currently residing in Canada. Entries may not be previously published, accepted, or submitted for publication elsewhere. There are no restrictions on length or number of entries, so long as the appropriate fees are paid. Entrants anonymity will be carefully preserved throughout the judging process. If names used in your essay may reveal your identity, please use pseudonoms and make a note so we know to ask for the real names before publication. The decisions will by made by August 31; winner(s) and finalists will receive notification by email. 

Deadline: March 28, 2014

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Fort McMurray Film Makers Association Workshop on March 27

YMMFMA Founding Member, Tito Guillen will be giving a workshop on how to submit your film projects to various film festivals.

Thursday, March 27 2014

Bob Lamb Bldg – Room #252

8pm – 10pm

Free to Attend for Anyone!

Workshop will cover how to prepare your film for submission, different ways to submit films, creating a press-kit and much more!

Agenda – Film Festivals Workshop

Workshop will also include a discussion among attendees regarding current film projects, challenges and additional news/updates regarding filmmaking in our region, including a sneak peek into the 2014 Fort McMurray International Film Festival!

As with all Member-Led Workshops, this is peer-to-peer education and should be treated as tips and tricks of the industry. This is not formal education and no certification will be provided.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Syncrude Arts Alive Presents Guy & Nadina- March 20, 2014

CBC Poetry Prize- Submit Your Poetry Now!

How to participate:

Submit your original, unpublished, poem or poetry collection. The entry must be between 400 and 600 words.

Competition opens: March 1, 2014. Deadline to submit: May 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET

All Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada can submit.

A fee of $25.00 (taxes included) for administration purposes is required for each entry.

THE PRIZE: The First Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his/her story published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website. He or she will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre's Leighton Artists' Colony, and will be interviewed on CBC Radio.

The 4 runners-up will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website.

To submit your poetry or for information about the contest, click here

Friday, 14 March 2014

HIStory & HERitage: Angus Sutherland

                               HIStory & HERitage

Unlike Thickwood or Timberlea, where many of the streets are named according to a specific theme, most of the streets in the downtown area of Fort McMurray are named after people who are significant to the history of the region. 

Have you ever wondered who was the inspiration for Manning Ave or Morimoto Drive? What about Sutherland Street, the side street off of Franklin Ave where the Podollan Inn & Rez is located? Have you ever wondered who Sutherland was?

Angus Sutherland was the first druggist in Fort McMurray. He was born in Ontario in the 1890s, but attained his education in Manitoba. Following graduation, Angus worked for the Northern Transportation Company’s water transportation division in Athabasca Landing. You can see Angus Sutherland in the 1916 Census of Alberta here where he is listed as working as a purser, or the person responsible for handling money, on a steam boat.

In the winter of 1918, Angus was sent to Fort McMurray for business. At this time, soldiers were beginning to return home from the battlefields of the First World War.  These men unknowingly brought with them the Spanish Flu, a deadly virus that became a global pandemic.  When this flu made its way to Fort McMurray, Angus immediately began to stockpile medical supplies, even treating people at no cost if they could not afford to pay his fees.  

Realizing that the growing community needed a pharmacy, Angus opened a small drug store inside the Franklin Hotel. This business venture was so successful that it needed a larger space. In 1922, Angus opened a new pharmacy, Sutherland Drugs, in a two storey frame building. The pharmacy served as both a drug store as well as a library, the first in Fort McMurray.  Membership to the library cost one dollar and the borrowing fee for each book was twenty-five cents.

Suffering from ill health, Angus asked Walter Hill, a recent graduate, to help with the pharmacy business. In 1922 Walter arrived in Fort McMurray and became Angus’ partner. However, in 1934 a major fire destroyed most of the businesses along the west side of Franklin Avenue, including Sutherland Drugs. Amazingly, the store was rebuilt within 30 days and even refitted with wiring for electricity. 

In this photo, Angus Sutherland is sitting on the left and Walter Hill is seated on the right. Photo courtesy of the Fort McMurray Historical Society.

Four years later, in 1938, Angus opened two Sutherland Drugs: one in Waterways along Railway Avenue and another in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. This expansion earned Angus the title the "Pharmacist of the North”. 

After serving the community for over 20 years, Angus died in Fort McMurray on May 31, 1951. With his death, Walter Hill became the sole owner of the business and he renamed the Fort McMurray store Hill Drugs.  Walter Hill died in 1986 and his pharmacy continued to operate until 1988. The Hill family tradition of pharmacy service continues to this day with Dave Hill Pharmacy in Thickwood (Dave is Walter’s grandson).  

Following its closure, the Sutherland Drugs/Hill Drugs building was donated to Heritage Park. It currently houses the museum’s main displays about the fur trade, river transportation, the railway and of course, the pharmacy itself. 

The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is looking for an Assistant Curator

The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village anticipates hiring into the following position for the summer of 2014:
Position: Assistant Curator 
Duration: Temporary full-time (wage position)
May 5, 2014 – September 8, 2014 
(Possibility of extension)

Hours: Full time (36.25 hours per week). 
Salary: $26.91 - $34.98/ hour 
Closing Date: March 28, 2014

Do you have an interest in the material culture represented at historic sites and enjoy artifact research and computer data entry? 

The Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village is currently recruiting for a temporary wage position. Reporting to the Curator, the Assistant Curator will enter Materials History information in the collections database for artifacts that are required as furnishings in historic buildings and will identify artifacts in the collection that meet the identified furnishing needs. 

The Assistant Curator will also conduct artifact specific research, as required, aimed at sourcing and recommending artifacts as furnishings or prototypes for reproduction. This position may also include other curatorial work such as moving artifacts, accessioning new acquisitions and other related duties. Focus will be directed toward work at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village but may include projects relating to other provincial historic sites.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated an attention to detail and will have experience in the proper care and handling of artifacts. 

-Post-Secondary degree or certificate in a related field. 
-Experience in database entry, materials history research and the proper care and handling of artifacts is required. 

The primary work location will be at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (located 55 km east of Edmonton along Hwy. 16). This position may be required to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends. 

Note: The successful candidate will be required to submit a current driver’s abstract and security screening. 

Please submit your application to: 
Becky Dahl, Curator
Old St. Stephen’s College
8820 – 112 Street
Edmonton, AB T6G 2P8 (mark envelope as “Confidential”),
or Fax to 780-427-0808, 
or email, quoting “Assistant Curator application” in the subject line. 

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

To learn more about the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, click here.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

The Fort McMurray Music Teachers' Association Presents....

Job Opportunity with Mount Royal Conservatory


Reporting to the Director, Mount Royal Conservatory, this position is accountable for providing a high level of administrative support directly to the Director. 

Provide high level administrative assistance to the Director including; preparing background information for meetings, produce and distribute a variety of written correspondence and special reports, coordinate Director’s Advisory Group agendas, take minutes for DAG meetings and others as required, oversee internal communications for the Conservatory, assist with research and development of fundraising materials, and arranging travel, transportation and accommodations for the Director, some oversight of special events. Act as liaison and resource to Conservatory Managers, administrative assistants, program coordinators, faculty, students and the public. Assist the Director with the preparation of the capital and operating budgets, budget projections and budget reconciliation. Coordinate effective day-to-day operation of the Director’s Area and ensure that activities effectively support and facilitate the business of the Conservatory.  Ability to manage time and workload while coordinating assignments and ensuring all deadlines are met. 

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience Three to five years experience High level of proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and web navigation Strong verbal and written communication skills Excellent customer service/public relations skills Strong budgetary and accounting skills Ability to prioritize, problem solve, and make effective decisions Ability to multi-task and manage time effectively Project management skills Musical background is a strong asset for succeeding in this position 

CLOSING DATE:            March 31, 2014 

SALARY:                         $2,123.08 – 2,208.88 semi-monthly  

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Nominations Now Open for the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards!

Do you know an outstanding volunteer? Why not nominate them for a Prime Minister's Volunteer Award?

The Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards recognize the enormous contributions volunteers, innovative not-for-profit organizations and forward‑thinking businesses make to their communities through voluntary contributions and innovative ideas and approaches to address social challenges. Volunteering, charitable donations and philanthropy all play a key role in helping communities to address these challenges, and these prestigious awards are an opportunity to recognize the tremendous contributions of many Canadians who work together to improve the well-being of families and communities across the country.

The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards program consists of 17 awards in total, two at the national level and 15 at the regional level. The Awards highlight best practices in community leadership and encourage partnerships across sectors. The goal of the awards is to inspire Canadians from all walks of life to find new ways of making a difference in their communities

The call for nominations  for the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards is now open! The deadline for submission of nominations is 23:59 (Pacific Time) on May 9, 2014.

Before you submit a nomination, please read Guidelines for Nominators. These guidelines will provide all of the information you need to better understand the nomination process and complete your nomination.

Visit here for more information. 

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Dance Instructor Wanted at MacDonald Island!

The Dance Instructor reports to the Dance Supervisor.  This position is responsible for representing MacDonald Island Dance Academy by displaying a professional and high energy image while meeting the needs of the community.  The Dance Instructor will be respectful of program participants and will be responsible for making sure the activities and areas remain clean, safe, and well maintained.  This position plays a critical role as one of our front line staff members and must display an exemplary level of customer service through the Sports and Recreation offered by the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo and the MacDonald Island Dance Academy.  

Position Type: 1 Full-Time Term Position Available
Posting Period: Open Until Filled
Contract Term: August 15, 2014 - June 15, 2015

Teach Dance Programs
Develop class plans that reflect the various ages and abilities of dancers 
Follow syllabus and prepare students for examinations
Prepare choreography including  music selection and costume
Make recommendations to further develop programming
Teach dance programs in accordance with the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo and MacDonald Island Dance Academy’s Policies and procedures
Promote services/ programs/ events that would provide an additional benefit to the students
Ensure the safety of the students by interpreting and enforcing facility rules and regulations
Gain a complete understanding of Guest Services, On-line Registration as well as fees of all dance programs
Participate in all scheduled training sessions  and orientation
Participate is all scheduled training and professional development deemed necessary by Dance Department
Provide general administrative support
Complete additional projects as assigned by the Dance Supervisor
All other duties as assigned by the Manager, Arts & Culture and the Dance Supervisor

Current Standard First Aid (including CPR C) (AED) certificate or equivalent
Degree or Diploma in Post Secondary Dance Program and/or Accredited Dance Teaching Certification (R.A.D., S.R.B, C.D.T.A., I.S.T.D, B.A.T.D, A.D.A.P.T etc.)
High School Diploma

Essential Skills and Experience:
Practical teaching experience, must have excellent technical abilities and demonstration
Must be able to independently create class plans, prepare students for examinations and create chorography for performance
Demonstrate excellent verbal, written and oral skills
Possess strong organizational skills and ability to work as part of a team
Excellent customer service
Ability to work with Word, Excel and Outlook

Desirable Skills and Experience:
Experience as a professional dancer
Workshops and Conventions

This position requires flexible schedule including  evenings and weekend work
This position includes exposure to loud noises and will require an individual to be able to concentrate in a busy environment
The candidate must be physically fit with excellent dance demonstration ability

Judges and Volunteers Needed!

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Keyano Theatre and CBS Construction Present William Shatner!!

You hear the musical rendition of Star Trek playing on a radio ad as you drive to work.  You hear the buzz around town about a Canadian Legend coming to Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre.  You see your fellow Trekkie’s becoming giddy about an opportunity to just sit in the same room as one of their hero’s.  Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre has reached out where few arts theaters have gone before; they connected with the Sci-fi community by bringing Canadian Cultural Icon William Shatner to town, and I thank them for this. 

I am a lover of the arts. I am also a bona fide Trekkie.  Growing up, my father didn't miss an episode of Star Trek, The Tomorrow people, Dr. Who, and who can forget the twisted and eerie tales of The Outer Limits.  I thoroughly enjoyed watching some of these shows with him, especially Star Trek.  It was ‘my dad and me’ time.  We sat in front of our huge floor television, about the size of a modern day stove, and watched in awe of this amazing team, led by the fearless and humorous Caption James T. Kirk as they explored new horizons and met green people. 

As I got older, various versions of Star Trek appeared on television and of course I watched.  I manifested a love for science fiction and fantasy, falling for shows such as The X-Files, Quantum Leap and Stargate.  One evening as I was switching between shows, I heard Caption Kirks voice; only it wasn’t Caption Kirk.  It was the actor that played him; a little older and more serious, it was an episode of Rescue 911.  I was intrigued and just had to watch, for the love and appreciation I had for this person as Caption Kirk now began to translate into a love for the actor, William Shatner. Was it his charisma; was it his unique way of speaking?  Maybe it was knowing that he was Canadian and he was famous.  Mr. Shatner is a man of many talents.  He has become a successful actor, musician, singer, author, director, comedian and even a spokesperson for many creditable programs and agencies.

On Saturday, March 15th, Keyano Theatre and CBS Construction present William Shatner as their distinguished guest for the Affair of the Arts.  This is Keyano Theatre’s annual fundraiser to assist and support their commitment to the vibrant arts and cultural community.   There will be wine tasting, catered food, a live and silent auction, lobby entertainment and a post-performance celebration.  This intimate evening with William Shatner will be one that is unforgettable and out of this world. 

If you haven’t purchased a ticket, what are you waiting for?  Tickets are $200 and can be purchased at the Keyano Box Office located in Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre, 8115 Franklin Ave. 
Visit for more information.  

The Affair of the Arts with William Shatner

Heritage Canada accepting nominations for TOP TEN ENDANGERED PLACES

Heritage Canada The National Trust (HCNT) is accepting nominations to Canada’s Top Ten Endangered Places List. The list is released annually to bring national attention to sites at risk due to neglect, lack of funding, inappropriate development and weak legislation. It has become a powerful tool in the fight to make landmarks, not landfill.
HCNT uses three primary criteria to determine the 10 final sites for inclusion on the list:

  • Significance of the site 
  • Urgency of the threat 
  • Community support for its preservation 
Nominations should be received by Friday, May 9, 2014. The 2014 list will be announced in June.
Feel free to contact us if you’re considering a nomination or have any questions.
Carolyn Quinn
Director, Communications
613-237-1066 ext. 229; cell 613-797-7206.

If you know a site that should be included on our list, tell us about it today.

Click here for the 2014 Top Ten Endangered Places ListForm. 

By email: or phone: (613) 237-1066.


To explore past listings of Canada's Endangered Places, please click here. 
Visit for more informaton on this and other exciting heritage initiatives.  

Call for Submissions- Free Advertising!

Express your creative talents in this provincewide awareness campaign. FREE Advertising is looking for Alberta based artists to create artwork to be used in a province wide campaign celebrating our clients commitment to the environment and two decades of service. For more information on this project and to submit your portfolio/information, please visit Portfolio Submission deadline is March 28th. All chosen artists will be compensated for their work.


Monday, 10 March 2014

Arts Council Wood Buffalo is Looking for an Executive Director

Arts Council Wood Buffalo is a non-profit society that advocates and supports the Arts in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. Fort McMurray is the 3rd largest city in Alberta, nestled in the Boreal Forest with a rich local history that can also boast of being home to many residents from all over the world. Arts Council Wood Buffalo was formed in 2012 and requires an enthusiastic, innovative and experienced individual to assume the leadership position of Executive Director. This is a full-time position commencing as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for:
• Initiating and executing a business plan and major goals and objectives for ACWB to be determined through policy and service agreements with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
• Representing the business of the organization to the arts community, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, regulatory bodies, other agencies, community and civic organizations, donors, funders and supporters, and the general public.
• Actively advocates for the arts community and arts organizations with external stakeholders, raising awareness and fostering growth of Arts and Culture in the RMWB
•The Executive Director is the key driver for the fund raising goals of the ACWB through but not limited to grant procurement, capital campaigns, individual donor development, planned giving, corporate sponsorship and special events.

• Minimum of a post-secondary degree in arts, business, marketing or related field
• Minimum 3 or more years of senior management, preferably in the culture sector 
• Experience with Financial, Project and Human Resource Management
• Experience in community arts advocacy and government relations
• Experience in working under the direction of a Governance Board
• Excellent interpersonal relationship skills, communication skills both written and oral
• Great planning and implementation, fund raising and result oriented 

$104,000 - $137, 000 based on experience and credentials. 

To submit your resume, please e-mail or visit for more information. 

Calling All Filmmakers!

CBC Television is pleased to announce another season of Short Film Face Off, Canada’s only television magazine program that features short films from across the country. Now in its seventh season, the critically acclaimed show has helped bring a mainstream audience for short films in Canada and increased the profile of its featured filmmakers. The CBC is looking for the best short films from every region to take part in this program.

In Short Film Face Off, films are screened for a panel of industry professionals who provide commentary and discuss the creative and technical aspects of the films with the filmmakers. The series has a competitive component. The studio panel will choose three finalists and the television viewing audience will ultimately vote for the top film. The CBC and sponsors offer a prize made up of cash and production services to be used by the winning filmmaker towards his or her next short film. That film will be licensed for broadcast by the CBC.   

Films must be under 12 minutes in length, must have been completed in the past two years, and must not have been broadcast on network television. We are looking for comedies and dramas. Music videos and documentaries are not suitable for this program. Directors must be available for tapings at CBC Halifax from June 17 to June 20. The program producers will pay all travel and accommodation costs.

 If you are interested in entering your film in Short Film Face Off, please send the submission form (available at and a link (preferred) or a DVD or USB Flash Drive copy of your film to: 

Chris Martin – 
           phone - 780 667 7443

 Participants must own or control all the rights to the content in the film and be able to authorize those rights for broadcast. Visit or contact the person above for more information. 

The deadline for entries is April 4, 2014. Get updates from Short Film Face Off on Twitter! Follow @cbcshortfilm. 


Friday, 7 March 2014

CHANGING MINDS: 2nd Annual Keyano College Arts and Humanities Conference

2nd Annual Keyano College Arts and Humanities Conference
March 8th, 2014

A celebration of the Arts and Humanities at Keyano College and in the broader Wood Buffalo community. Featuring a variety of panels, films and opportunities for experiential learning. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Allan Rowe of the Alberta Culture Ministry's Historic Places Registry. Allan will be discussing the Humanities role in the world we live in and the world we want to live in.

Register in advance and enjoy a FREE LUNCH!

Visit and/or  eventbrite  for more information and to register!

Looking for Something Fun to Do?

If you want to keep in the know about what's going on around town, then check out Culture Calls, an electronic newsletter that is sent out weekly on Thursday afternoons.

It showcases local art exhibitions, events, concerts, job postings, as well as volunteer and funding opportunities, and much more.

If you would like to have your email added or removed from this list, or would like to add information about an upcoming opportunity please send your request to 

To find out what's going on this weekend, please visit the Culture Calls page on the Municipal website or click here

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Calling All Artists for the Healing Halls Art Program

The Northern Lights Health Foundation is launching its new Healing Halls Art Program.

Having art visible in hospitals is believed to support the well-being of patients, families and hospital staff, as well as reduce stress and create a positive, healing environment.

Starting in April 2014 the Northern Lights Health Centre will come to life with art from local artists of Wood Buffalo.

Artists have the opportunity to display and sell their art in the halls of the Health Centre, with a percentage of proceeds from sales donated to the Health Foundation.

The art pieces will be available for sale to the public, with 30 per cent of the sales donated to the Health Foundation.

Art pieces will be displayed for a 60 day period before they are removed and exchanged with new art.

To get your art hung in the first intake, please arrange to have your art dropped off at the Health Foundation office by April 1, 2014.  

To become involved in the program, please contact Christina at or call 780-788-1559

Job Opportunity at the Legislative Assembly Office

Heritage Interpreter at the Legislative Assembly Office in Edmonton.

The Legislative Assembly Office supports the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly – providing nonpartisan procedural, administrative and educational services.

We offer challenging work, a rich history, a beautiful location and support for career-long learning.

As an ambassador for the Alberta Legislature you will use your dynamic interpretation and presentation skills to deliver tours and inquiry-based educational programming focused on the history, parliamentary process and political practices of the Alberta Legislature. To engage our visitors in an exceptional experience, you will project a professional and nonpartisan attitude in interactions with clients along with a strong commitment to client service.

Completion of or enrolment in postsecondary education is required. Knowledge of educational programming, cultural and/or historical interpretive techniques and an interest in history and the political process are assets for this position. Extensive training and resources will be provided. Proficiency in French or other languages is an asset. 

Starting rate of pay for Heritage Interpreters is $18.08 per hour with an increase to $19.93 per hour upon completion of training plus 11.2% in lieu of holiday and statutory entitlements.

This position requires the flexibility to work day, evening, weekend and statutory holiday shifts as hours of work may vary. Heritage Interpreters must have full-time availability up to 36.25 hours per week. 

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only candidates under further consideration will be contacted. Final candidates will undergo pre-employment checks. 

Please submit your resumé by March 14, 2014, to:

Legislative Assembly Office - Human Resource Services
901, 9718 – 107 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5K 1E4
Phone: 780.427.1364 Fax: 780.427.6436
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Monday, 3 March 2014

The Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership

Heritage Canada The National Trust (HCNT) believes that historic places are the cornerstones of community, identity and sense of place. The National Awards Program recognizes individuals, organizations, corporations and rehabilitation projects that give new life to Canada’s historic places. HCNT's awards are presented at a ceremony held in conjunction with our annual conference. Selections are made by independent juries whose members represent, on a broad basis, the regions of Canada, the various disciplines relating to heritage conservation, and the voluntary heritage movement.
"I have always believed that if you want to effect change it is not enough merely to champion an idea, but absolutely vital to make the effort to create tangible examples on the ground that prove this philosophy, and then inspire other communities to do the same." HRH The Prince of Wales.
In keeping with His Royal Highness’ commitment to architecture, the environment, and inner-city renewal, The Prince of Wales agreed to lend his title to the creation in 1999 of a prize to be awarded annually to the government of a municipality which has demonstrated a strong and sustained commitment to the conservation of its historic places. The local government must have a record of supporting heritage preservation through such means as regulation, policies, funding and exemplary stewardship. The nomination must provide evidence that heritage properties in the given municipality have improved over a period of time.
The award consists of a metal plaque and a scroll, as well as a flag or pennant to be flown outside the winning municipality’s headquarters and/or placed on permanent display. The Prince of Wales Prize logo must be displayed on the homepage of the municipality’s website.
Nominations must be received on or before March 14.

Heritage Canada The National Trust is a partner with Prince’sCharities Canada (PCC), a facilitating organization that works with existing Canadian charities already connected to The Prince of Wales to help arrange opportunities for charitable organizations in Canada and the U.K. to work together.