Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Welcome Colleen Tatum as the new Councillor for Ward 1

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is pleased to welcome Colleen Tatum as the new Councillor for Ward 1.

Colleen was born and raised in Wood Buffalo and is raising her 3 kids with her husband Adam.  Colleen owns and operates MXC Automotive Services which was recognized by the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce as the small business of the year of 2011. She has served as a Wood Buffalo Councillor from 2012-2013 where she was a strong advocate for families and local business. Colleen has sat on the boards of the North Eastern Aboriginal Business Association (NAABA) and The Wood Buffalo Food Bank. Colleen created an annual fundraiser called “Tires for Tots” with MXC Automotive, in support of local non-profits that assist local families in need.

Colleen is also a proud supporter of arts and culture in our region. “I am a big fan of the arts, I have even taken a drama class or two myself and hope someday I can carve out more time for this.” Colleen said in a recent conversation with a Community Strategies Coordinator during her successful campaign. “The third part of my slogan is about fighting for a Wood Buffalo that is ours-the year round residents of Wood Buffalo.  I think we need more service and programs for the people who make this their home. I believe we shouldn't just cater to the fly in fly out workers but to those who have chosen to make Wood Buffalo their home.  There are many great services available that people have come to rely on and I support them. The RMWB does support arts by various grants and I'm excited to see the RMWB funding projects like the public art program and we will be seeing more of in the future.”

Congratulations Colleen on your victory. For more information on Colleen and her vision for Wood Buffalo, please visit http://colleentatum.ca   




FRIDAY 3:30-10pm | SATURDAY 7am-10pm | SUNDAY 9am-6pm

Fort Mcmurray's Health and Wellness Practitioners, Yoga Instructors, Spiritual Healers and Business Minds of all kinds are coming together to share their passion for health and happiness in the largest Holistic Event in Fort McMurray. 

We are bringing together the holistic community in Fort Mcmurray for 3 days of awe inspiring, heart felt fun and exploration in the healing arts weaving together the health of mind, body and spirit. The choices of how to fill your day our infinite as we offer many classes, workshops, and performances jammed packed into an enlightening schedule of possibilities and opportunities for growth and adventure.

All kinds of workshops and events all weekend long: Clean Eating, Mindfulness - Meditation for every moment, Law of Attraction, Specialty Yoga Classes for beginners to advanced, Drum Circles, Chanting Seminars, Reiki Circles, Holistic Arts, Fermentation and cooking Classes and many more. Live performances Friday and Saturday Evening. Health Market, speak easy's and treats all day long.

Energy Work
Clean Eating/Cooking
Business Workshops
Women’s Workshops
Children’s Yoga/Activities
Market, food, merchandise
Arts & Crafts

~All Performances and Keynote Speaker tickets to see Chris Koch are sold separately. $40 for adults and $35 for Youth

Tickets on sale at www.inbalanceforlife.com
Early Bird Tickets are on Sale right now.... buy them early to get a great deal. Kids 12 and under are free!!!!

Attendees will have options on attending different classes and workshops throughout the day. They will pre-register to save their space in the class. Stay tuned for the schedule to be release Feb. 15, 2015

Community Car Rally supporting the Oilsands Rotary Music Festival

The Fort McMurray Oilsands Rotary Club is hosting a Community Car Rally supporting the Oilsands Rotary Music Festival, Saturday, April 18th.
"We are very excited about this event," shared Rotarian Joelle Wolverton. "With a family focus, we'll be sending participants on a tour of the city and each stop over will be hosted by a different community organization or not-for-profit where the kids will be entertained with various activities, while the adults will be able to participate in a blind poker rally. The day finishes up with a bbq at Vista Ridge where the poker rally prizes will be awarded. The grand prize of the poker rally being a 1977 Corvette.

Monday, 30 March 2015


Canada Council for the Arts

Are you – or do you know – a professional Canadian violinist or cellist pursuing an international solo or chamber music career?

The Canada Council’s Musical Instrument Bank program offers classical musicians the opportunity to borrow a fine-stringed instrument for a 3-year period.  This competition only runs once every 3 years! Please share widely within your networks.

Program guidelines available: Information/Guidelines
Application deadline: April 1, 2015

New instruments in 2015!
Of the 21 violins and cellos available for loan, the Canada Council has acquired 3 new instruments for this year’s competition:
1757 Carlo Antonio Tononi violin
ca. 1750 Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi violin
1769 Joannes Guillami cello

Salt Spring National Art Prize

Salt Spring National Art Prize
DEADLINE: May 31, 2015

The community of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia and the Salt Spring Arts Council is proud to present the first Salt Spring National Art Prize or SSNAP.

This exciting biannual event, scheduled at Salt Spring Island's historic Mahon Hall from September 25 to October 26, 2015, is offering 2D and 3D artists the opportunity to compete for over $24,000 in prize money.

All Canadian artists over the age of 19 are eligible to compete, with the winners presented at the Awards Night, on October 24, 2015.

Details and entry forms on the website. Visit: www.saltspringartprize.ca for more information or call, 250-931-1144.  

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

A Call for Local Pianists

A Call for Local Pianists:

Are you a passionate pianist who has experience accompanying ballet classes, or the desire to be trained?  Do you have a Grade 10 RCM or an equivalent level of training?  Do you enjoy a dynamic work environment? Do you like musical improvisation?

Contact Miss Nicole at
for more details, or to arrange an audition class.
Interested candidates must be available
June 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Audition Opportunity



Audition Call

Kompany Family Theatre, based in Edmonton Alberta, is casting five professional, non-Equity, musical theatre performers for their Fall, 2015, Musical Production of Alberto the Dancing Alligator. Auditions will be held April 3rd and 4th. For more information email Jan Taylor, kompany@telus.net

Thursday, 19 March 2015

WeeBounce Art Supplies Store

Did you know there’s a new Art Supplies store in town?! WeeBounce Art Supplies Store is now open! They also offer art sessions for children. Located at 9 Alberta Drive, WeeBounce is open Monday & Wednesday from 11:30am-8pm, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 1pm-8pm. For more information contact 780-531-4051 or see attached poster for more details!

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Wood Buffalo Idol

Tervita Instruments of Change invites you to support access to music arts for deserving youth in Wood Buffalo.

Take a picture or video of yourself enjoying music.

We want people in Wood Buffalo to revisit their passion and excitement for the music arts. Play doesn't end when you are nineteen years old! We want people to grab a mic, a drum or an air guitar and rediscover what they will always have inside them; their own music story which started in our early years.

Music made an impression on all of us when we were young. It is the same for our music students. The music our youth listen to and play today will be a part of them for their whole life.

Please use #WBidol in social media when you post your picture or video.

Reconstitute the music arts as often as you like and invite others to do the same!

Invite yourself to our Fundraiser Event on April 11th, 2015 at SEPCA. Bring your instrument and your favourite song. 

Tickets are $75 dollars, $50 of the ticket cost is tax refundable. 

For more information on the fundraising event please contact;

Dave Martin
(780) 881-6869

Tervita Instruments of Change connects local youth with donated instruments and local musicians. A stay in and complete school initiative, Instruments of Change collaborates with schools so youth experience success through the music arts. For more information on the program please visit the Instruments of Change website .

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Public Art Guidelines – Looking for Feedback

Public Art Guidelines – Looking for Feedback

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is requesting feedback on the Municipal Public Art Guidelines.
The Municipal Public Art Guidelines have been developed by the Community Services Department with support from the Public Art Committee and a Public Art Consultant. The guidelines set standards for the acquisition, funding, collection management, maintenance and conservation of public art. The document serves as a reference guide for internal departments, external stakeholders, and other interested parties on how the Municipality delivers the Public Art Program. You can read the guidelines by visiting http://www.woodbuffalo.ab.ca/Municipal-Government/municipal_departments/Community-Services-Department/Arts_Culture/Public-Art-Guidelines.htm

The guidelines will be posted for public review until noon on Tuesday, March 17.

Business of the Arts Workshop Series

Public Art Committee – Accepting Applications

Public Art Committee – Accepting Applications

Deadline for submissions is March 12th by 4:30PM

If you are a community minded person who loves the arts and would like to take an active role in helping to expand it, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is seeking dedicated residents who are interested in joining the Public Art Committee.

The Public Art Committee provides expert guidance and advice with respect to the creation, acquisition and installation of public art. Committee members will work with various stakeholders and interested persons to review and approve a conservation plan and deaccession protocols for the maintenance of the Municipality’s Public Art collection.

Members will meet one evening per month for approximately two hours. Meetings are currently held on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30p.m.  

Applicants must be 18 years of age and a resident of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. 

To learn more about this exciting opportunity please visit our webpage or contact Theresa Jolliffe, Community Strategies Coordinator at theresa.jolliffe@woodbuffalo.ab.ca or call (780) 743-7994.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Moments from Wonderland

MacDonald Island Dance Academy is pleased to announce Alberta Ballet II will visit Fort McMurray on April 19th. They will be presenting two performances of Moments from Wonderland, a ballet production adaptation based on the Lewis Carroll classic novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre. 

The show is a perfect introduction to ballet and dance for young audiences. The dancers from Alberta Ballet II will perform a 45-minute show, followed by a 15 minute audience-interactive question and answer session.

Show times:
Matinee 1PM to 2PM
Evening 6:30PM to 7:30PM

Join us for this first time event that you and your family don't want to miss! Tickets on sale at ONErec.ca and Guest Services.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Artist in Residency

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency program.

(Fort McMurray, AB – February 23, 2015) – The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has an exciting opportunity for visual artists.   
The Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency (AIR) program is now accepting applicants for the 2015 enrollment. This year, AIR will host two studio locations: Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan. The residency includes dedicated studio space (with no associated fee) starting on June 4 in Fort McMurray and on July 23 in Fort Chipewyan with both residencies ending on Aug. 27. 
Artists in the program will take part in an artist talk, open-house demonstrations and community programming opportunities. Upon completion, artists will have the opportunity to display their artwork in a group exhibition held at the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery.  
Submissions close on Friday, March 20 at 4 p.m. local time. Applicants must be Canadian residents. 
Visit the Artist in Residency website to learn more about the program and how to apply or contact; 
Theresa Jolliffe
Coordinator II, Community Strategies
Phone: 780-743-7994
Fax: 780-743-7025

What Makes You Proud to be Canadian?

What Makes You Proud to be Canadian?

We’re asking youth from 8 to 18 years old across Canada to tell us what makes them proud to be Canadian by submitting their best, most dynamic drawings, photos or pieces of creative writing that represents everything that Canada is as a strong, proud and free nation.
Enter the 2015 Canada Day Challenge for a chance to win great prizes, including all-expenses paid trip for two to Ottawa to celebrate Canada Day on Parliament Hill: go backstage, meet some of Canada’s most inspiring people, tour museums, galleries, the iconic Parliament Buildings and be part of a special summer exhibit at the Canadian Museum of History!
Plus, there’s even more to be excited about this year! Winners will also receive the opportunity to work with the amazingly talented team of education specialists from the National Film Board of Canada to create their very own short films about their adventures in Ottawa. 
For more information please visit the Canadian Heritage website. 

The deadline is March 20, 2015

Get creative! Get inspired! And, get your entries in for the chance to experience a truly Canadian adventure