Alberta Culture Days 2015 Line Up

Page Banner - Culture Days 2015What is Alberta Culture Days?

 Alberta Culture Days actually started out in 2008 as Alberta Arts Day – one day to recognize the value of the province’s arts and cultural communities, with 100 events held in 30 communities. Since then, it has expanded into an annual three-day celebration that helped inspire the creation of Culture Days — a pan-Canadian movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. In 2014, there were more than 1,200 events in 98 Alberta communities.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has taken part since 2009 and the event has become so popular that three days are not enough to showcase the community’s vibrant arts, rich heritage and cultural diversity. We are devoting five days to promoting and appreciating the artists, creative professionals, volunteers and non-profit groups that help make the region a great place to live, work and PLAY!

From Sept. 23-27, there are all kinds of activities and performances for residents of all ages. Most events are free; all are planned and presented by our very own community members!


Wednesday, Sept. 23

Alberta Culture Days Urban Market

When: Sept. 23, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Jubilee Plaza, on the corner of Hardin St. and MacDonald Ave.

Price: Free

The Fort McMurray Urban Market, a bi-weekly event running from mid-June to mid-September. A range of vendors participate. You can eat lunch at the market, choosing from various food stalls, or you may want to take home some fresh fruit and vegetables, free-range meats, baked goods, specialty coffee, ethnic fare and the like. You may want to treat yourself with some handmade crafts – also perfect for gift-giving. Another great thing about the Urban Market is that it is an Alberta Approved Farmers Market, which means that 80 percent of the vendors make, bake or grow their products in the province.


Thursday, Sept. 24

Oil Sands Rotary Music Festival Concert When: Sept. 24, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, 230 Powder Dr.

Price: Free

Join us for an evening of exceptional music in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. Previous winners of all ages from the Oil Sands Rotary Music Festival will be invited to perform. For more information please visit


Friday Sept 25th

Oil Sands Discovery Centre

When: Sept. 25-27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Oil Sands Discovery Centre, 515 MacKenzie Blvd.

Price: Free

Learn about the remarkable history, technology and science of the biggest single deposit oil in the world. Walk through the Dr. Karl A. Clark exhibit hall, named after one of the industry’s pioneers. View several films about the development of the oil sands. Watch a hot water extraction demonstration and see how bitumen is separated from oil sands. Check out the mining equipment that was used in earlier days – including an 850-tonne bucketwheel excavator.


Open Mic Night at Jubilee Plaza

When: Sept. 25, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Jubilee Plaza, on the corner of Hardin St. and MacDonald Ave.

Price: Free

Check out Open Mic at Jubilee Plaza, hosted by DJ Mike Jones and featuring local artists sharing their talents. While you’re there, visit The McMurray Experience, an interactive multimedia space showcasing the region.


Where the World Lives

When: Sept. 25, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Haxton Centre at Borealis Park, 10500 Morrison St.

Price: Free

Hosted by the Boreal Artist Institute, this photography exhibition has been created by local youth exploring the region’s diverse cultures. Following the exhibition, In Motion will ignite the night with an exciting performance of poi dancing and prop manipulation. Don’t know what poi dancing is? It’s dynamic and you have to see it to believe it. Hint: It involves swinging tethered weights through a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns – and oftentimes they’re aflame.


One-Act Play Night

When: Sept. 25, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, 230 Powder Dr.

Price: Free

Two short and powerful stories are performed by local theatre artists. Both plays were presented at a sold-out performance at the Alberta Drama Festival Association (ADFA) Regional One Act Play Festival last spring at the Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre.

Mountain Top, written and performed by Pattie Dwyer, is a captivating one-woman show about friendship, racial divides and fear. It was selected for the ADFA Provincial One Act Play Festival in Red Deer and received awards for Best Actress and Best New Work.

The Most Massive Woman Wins by Madeleine George and directed by Michelle Thorne is about four women sitting in the waiting room of a liposuction clinic. Their brave stories as they deal with body image issues are told through a surreal sequence of monologues, flashbacks, nursery rhymes and dance. At the ADFA Regional Festival, the play was won awards for Best Ensemble Cast, Best Directing, and Technical Achievement. For more information please visit


Youth Folk Fort Fest

When:  Sept. 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, 230 Powder Dr.

Price: Free

This showcase of culture, dance and music is hosted by Centre d’accueil et d’établissement Fort McMurray. Bring your children to this multicultural event where they can learn dances, songs, and customs from around the world. For more information please visit
Photography Challenge Exhibition

When: Sept. 25, 7 p.m.; voting throughout the weekend; prizes on Sept. 27, 4 p.m.

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, 230 Powder Dr.

Price: Free

Submissions for the Alberta Culture Days Photography Challenge will be displayed during the weekend. Visitors will be asked to vote for “People’s Choice” selections in different categories and age groups. For more information please visit


Saturday, Sept. 26 

Folk Fort Fest

When: Sept. 26, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Where: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 165, 9317 Huggard St.

Price: Free

This celebration of culture and local talent begins with African music and dance presented by the Centre d’accueil et d’établissement Fort McMuuray. Instructors from the Instruments of Change music program will perform next, followed by an open mic session hosted by the Fort McMurray Jammers.


The Amazing Art Race presented by Peter Pond Mall

When: Sept. 26, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sept. 27, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Peter Pond Mall

Price: Free

Wet your brushes and sharpen your pencils, the Amazing Art Race is back again, hosted by the Boreal Artist Institute. Participants compete for $2,500 worth of prizes. Their completed works will remain on display at the mall until October. Come paint, create and, most of all, celebrate arts and culture in our community.


Local Artist Demonstrations and Workshops

When: Sept. 26, 2p.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Suncor Community Leisure Center at MacDonald Island Park, Second Level Concourse

Price: Free

Come by for fun demonstrations and workshops by local visual artists as well as creative, interactive community art activities for the whole family.


The World Meets in Wood Buffalo

When: Sept. 26, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sept. 27, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Shell Place, SP Grand Ballroom CD.

Price: Free

The Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo is proud to present the dance showcase The World Meets in Wood Buffalo. This will be yet another great opportunity to engage different cultural groups as part of the provincial celebrations. Various cultural groups will also have displays during the two days.


Improv Theatre Sports (Featuring Thunderstruck)

When: Sept. 26, 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, 230 Powder Dr.

Price: Free

No rehearsal time, no lines to memorize. Watch hilariously talented comedians make theatre up on the spot based on audience suggestions. For more information please visit


Puppet Boot Camp: Introduction to Black Light Puppet Performance and Construction

When: Sept. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, 230 Powder Dr.

Price: Free

This is a hands-on introduction to the magical world of black light puppetry. Led by The Odd-Lot Puppetry Co., participants will have the opportunity to create their very own colourful black light creation.  After making the puppets, everyone will get a chance to perform with their new creations in a brand new choreographed puppet show be shown that evening for family and friends. For more information and to register please visit


Odd-Lot Puppetry Black-Light Performance

When: Sept. 26, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, 230 Powder Dr.

Price: Free

The cast members from the Odd-Lot Puppetry will put on an all-ages black-light performance, which will be opened by the students displaying their creations from the workshop. Following the puppet show, there will be an “Improv Games” performance in the theatre featuring the Westwood High School WIT Team and the Thunderstruck Adult Improv Group.  Attendees will draw from a hat to form two teams, each with youth and adults, and then go head-to-head in Improv hilarity. For more information please visit


Fort Mac Handcrafted Market

When: Sept. 26-27, Time TBA.

Where: Westwood High School, 221 Tundra Dr.

Price: Free

Shop for unique handmade items and accessories at the Fort Mac Handcrafted Market and Etsy Made in Canada. Wander through a pop-up gallery of local artists where the public can explore local art, meet the artists and see what they’re producing. For more information please visit
Sunday, Sept. 27

NorthWord Event

When: Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, 230 Powder Dr.

Price: Free

What’s in a name? That which we call a poem by any other name would sound as sweet. How about a haiku? Longing for some lyrics?  Care for a quatrain? Join the publishers of NorthWord: A Literary Journal of Canada’s North to coax out your inner poet. There will be workshops on writing poetry in a variety of formats, using the theme of our next issue, “What’s In a Name?”

In the afternoon, join other artistic groups in the theatre and have an opportunity to present your work, and enjoy the creations of others.  As well, help celebrate the publication of the thirteenth issue, #GameOn, which was released during the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games. For more information please visit


Staged Play Reading – “I, Claudia” by Kristen Thompson

When: Sept. 27, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, 230 Powder Dr.

Price: Free

Hosted by Pattie Dwyer, this is a casual on-stage experience. Guests are invited to participate or simply listen to a staged reading of a play. For more information please visit


Calligraphy Display and Demonstrations

When: Sept. 27, Time TBA

Where: Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, 230 Powder Dr.

Price: Free

Join Pamela Pierre for a relaxing calligraphy demonstration and learn how to create your own word art using various techniques. For more information please visit


Learning Through The Arts – Artist Educator Level 1 Training


Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta – Alberta Showcase 2015

Alberta Showcase 2015

October 23 – 25, 2015
Shell Theatre, Dow Centennial Centre | *Fort Saskatchewan, AB


Performing artists need live audiences.

Presenters need artists for their audiences. Presenters do not always have the opportunity to see artists from other parts of the province or the country.

That’s where Alberta Showcase comes in.

Each year Alberta Showcase brings together presenters, performers and promoters for one jam-packed weekend of live performance, networking, and professional development. This explosive event allows presenters and promoters to see performances before they book the artists.

Over 40 artists will perform excerpts of their best work in a variety of settings throughout the weekend. You will have the opportunity to meet artists in their Contact Room, a trade fair where the business of the art happens.

Come join the ATAA for a weekend that will fuel your excitement for the performing arts in Alberta!

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta is dedicated to the maintenance, development and growth of a strong touring arts industry in Alberta. With a focus on services and programs that promote and nurture arts touring, they provide networking opportunities and access to professional development. The ATAA represents and promotes touring arts to industry partners, arts and service organizations, the media, and all levels of Government.

For more information of the ATAA or to purchase tickets to the 2015 Showcase please visit

Wrath of Shaw Comedy Show ft Thunder Struck Improv!


Wrath of Shaw Comedy Show ft Thunder Struck Improv!

Looking for a laugh? Want to start your week off the right way? Still bored because Game of Thrones is over?

If you answered YES to any of the above quesitons, come to Paddy McSwiggins for the Wrath of Shaw Comedy Show! This one of a kind, comedy variety show features stand-up performed by Justin Shaw, and wicked-cool-awesome improv comedy performed by Thunder Struck Improv!

BUT HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST ME is a question you might be asking yourself in all-caps. Worry no more! The show is no cover! And to get rid of caps, just hit the key again. Seriously. Not that hard.

Grab a drink, and get ready to laugh!


Paddy McSwiggins 320 Thickwood BLVD