Keyano Theatre Company Family Day weekend workshops

A Family Day Weekend of Fun – KTC in the Community

Heroes and Villains Unite – Comic Book Make-Up Techniques

Join forces with one of Alberta’s leading make-up artists specializing in the art of comic book make-up application. Lianne Moseley will introduce participants to basic techniques that will transform any fan into the characters from pages of their favorite comic book.
Canadian make-up artist Lianne Moseley specializes in body painting, editorial and commercial make-up. With nearly a decade of experience in the industry, this self-taught creator has turned her passion into a quickly ascending career. She has been featured in numerous online and print publications around the world including: The Daily Mail, MTV, The Huffington Post, and Buzzfeed. Lianne Moseley is a frequent guest at comic conventions and events where she conducts live demonstrations to fans and attendees.
Lianne’s website and full portfolio:

comic book makeup workshop

Puppets Made Easy with the Odd-Lot Puppetry Co.

Get a glimpse into the world of puppetry from the creative team at the Odd-Lot Puppetry Co. Learn basic techniques to build and bring your own characters to life.
Odd-Lot Puppetry Co. was founded in 2006 and over the last ten years has evolved in to one of Canada’s best-known puppet companies. Utilizing a small team of Alberta-based artists, Odd-Lot Puppetry Co. creates colourful and dynamic moving pieces of art for theatre, film and television. The Odd-Lot also creates unique, fully customized performances and continues to create brand-new shows for events produced by library groups, leaders in the oil industry, and the Alberta Government. With a growing international client list, their professional quality, highly-detailed puppets will be seen in use this coming year by companies in Texas, New York, Hawaii and more.
2015 was a special year for Odd-Lot, with their first foray in to movie special effects, creating the ‘intentionally low budget’ movie monster Owl Cat for the award winning horror comedy Patchwork. 2016 marks a new era for the Odd-Lot Puppetry Co. with the launch of their subsidiary company CanScare, which will be dedicated to the production of high quality Halloween specialty costumes and props. Odd-Lot Puppetry’s website:

puppets made easy workshop

2016 Artist in Residency program – Call for Artists

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, located in northern Alberta, has an exciting opportunity to share.

The 2016 Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency program is seeking two Canadian resident professional artists to manage two, seven week mentoring programs.

  • Program #1: May 24, 2016-July 8, 2016
  • Program #2: July 11, 2016-August 26, 2016

The selected mentoring artists will receive $6,500.00 CDN each in compensation (including cost of local accommodations) plus a modest budget for art supplies.

The expectations of the two mentoring artists are as follows:

  • Mentor up to 6 local emerging artists aged 16+
  • Create and teach workshops that will require travel to 3 different rural communities within the Municipality
  • Work with the 6 local emerging artists to create a final exhibition
  • Create one or more original pieces for the final exhibition

The Mentoring Artists must have:

  • Teaching experience
  • Have been professionally exhibited
  • Workshop experience
  • Have worked with community members of all ages
  • A clear plan as to how they will mentor the 6 local emerging artists
  • A concept for what they want to teach in the 3 rural community oriented workshops
  • A chosen theme for the final exhibition
  • A list of supplies required for the residency

We invite visual artists who are Canadian residents to submit a proposal on or before Monday, March 14, 2016 at 4 p.m. MST.

Application Requirements

  • CV
  • Biography
  • Current resume stating teaching/mentorship experience
  • 10 photos displaying your artistic work
  • A letter of intent explaining how you would mentor your pupils, workshop ideas and a vision for the final exhibition
  • Interview with Community Strategies Coordinator
  • All contact information: phone, email and mailing address


Applications can be submitted via email to Community Strategies Coordinator, Michael Beamish, or by hard copy to: 2016 Artist in Residency Program, c/o Michael Beamish, The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, 9909 Franklin Avenue, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, T9H 2K4.

Please visit to learn more about this project and the call to artists or contact Michael Beamish, , (780) 788-1498, for more information.

winterREELS 2016

The Fort McMurray Filmmakers Association and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo are proud to present the 2016 edition of winterREELS, part of the winterPLAY Festival!
Returning for its 4th year, winterREELS will be a special 48hr Workshop / Film Challenge and Screening Party held in the beautiful McMurray Experience; a one-of-a-kind digital facility in Jubilee Plaza with interactive displays and a photo booth. Get your film team together to compete in this annual winter event!
The YMMFMA Organizers will be presenting a 48hr Film Challenge Workshop “How to 48 and not be Late” for anyone who is interested in participating in film challenges but may not know how to get started. The workshop is free to attend and will begin at 8:00pm on Friday, February 12 2016 at the McMurray Experience (located in Jubilee Plaza on the corner of Hardin St and MacDonald Ave).

The 48hr Film Challenge Kick-Off will occur at the conclusion of the workshop. Teams will have 48 hours to Write, Direct and Edit a short film that must include 3 special elements released only at the Kick-Off; 9:00pm on Friday, February 12, 2016 at the McMurray Experience in Jubilee Plaza. Deadline to complete the films will be 9:00pm on Sunday, February 14 2016. Organizers will be at Jubilee Plaza to accept submissions at the deadline. All films that qualify for the challenge will be screened at the McMurray Experience during the winterREELS 2016 Screening Party. Film Challenge Teams will be competing for over $500 in prizes including a People’s Choice Award.

On Saturday, February 20 2016 at 8:00pm, celebrate winterPLAY 2016 with a viewing of the completed winterREELS 48hr Film Challenge projects; as well as the local short film funded by Telus Storyhive “The Good Survivor”; plus a screening of the blockbuster film “Captain American: The Winter Soldier” in this
unique environment.

Tickets for the Screening Party are free and available at

Pay What You Can – Into the Woods at Keyano Theatre

With the success of the first Pay What You Can (PWYC) performance of Chelsea Hotel- The Songs of Leonard Cohen, Keyano Theatre is excited to continue the initiative and invite the community to attend another PWYC event.

Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre wants to ensure that everyone in the Wood Buffalo community has the opportunity to see live theatre. By extending a Pay What You Can pricing structure, those who may be new to the world of theatre or may not have the means to pay full price can still experience the magic of arts and culture on our stage.

The upcoming Pay What You Can performance will be for the Keyano Theatre Company performance of Into the Woods.  The pricing structure only applies to the Saturday, February 20, 2:00 pm matinee show. For this date, patrons are able to pay an amount of their choice for their ticket. Limited PWYC tickets are available and tickets can be purchased in person only at the Keyano Box Office from Thursday, February 18 at 12:30 pm until curtain, Saturday, February 20  at 2:00 pm.

For more information, please visit

Multicultural Expo 2016

The Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo is hosting its annual community event on February 13, 2016. The EXPO will be launched on the evening of Friday February 12th with a community play, UBUNTU TOWN, at Keyano Recital Theatre. Everyone is invited!


Want to volunteer at the Multicultural EXPO 2016? Here is the link to the signup sheet


Times : 7pm – 9pm on 12th and 12pm – 5pm on 13th

Location: Keyano Recital Theatre for the 12th and MacDonald Island Park for the 13th

Tickets: $25 for Community Play + Multicultural EXPO 2016. For the EXPO minimum donations at the door $5 for adults and $10 for families, free admission  for 13 and under

Arts Council Wood Buffalo in partnership with the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts presents The Business of The Arts Summit & AGM – June 4, 2016



Save the date for this exciting full day Business of the Arts conference. Featuring a variety of local and visiting artists, this summit aims to build the capacity of our local artists to compete and thrive in their artistry. The summit will offer a variety of sessions that will range from introductory classes to more in-depth lectures from experts in their chosen field.

After the summit ACWB will be hosting their Annual General Meeting, featuring engaging entertainment and networking opportunities for our members. Make sure to stay connected with ACWB online through our Facebook page and Twitter account for more information on this upcoming event! If you have any questions regarding the Summit, please e-mail Program Manager Michelle Thorne at

*This event was regretfully cancelled due to the 2016 wildfire and evacuation.*

WinterPLAY talent show

Presented by Peter Pond Mall

1st Place: $1,500.00 Gift Certificate to Peter Pond Mall

2nd Place: $1,000.00 Gift Certificate to Peter Pond Mall

3rd Place: $500.00 Gift Certificate to Peter Pond Mall


The competition will take place during the following days and times:


Preliminary RoundSaturday, February 20, 11:00am-2:30pm. 

Semi Final RoundSunday, February 21, 11:00am-1:00pm. 

Final Round: Sunday, February 21, 1:00pm-2:30pm. 


The competition this year will take place on the Snye River in a HEATED 30’x60’ tent. All acts are welcome. There are only 30 spaces available so register today at,

Photographing Your Artwork workshop

January 30, 2016     10 am – 2 pm

Redpoll Centre in Shell Place

$30.00 non-members, $25.00 ACWB members

Learn simple yet effective best practices for photographing your artwork by using items you already own in your home. Topics will include: how to get that one great shot for submissions, tips and tricks for taking professional photographs without the extra costs, and how to best capture the quality of your art for your portfolio.

There will be special presentations by FuseSocial and the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo detailing the requirements for submitting work to the2016 Wood Buffalo Timeraiser Art Auction, and a tour of the MacDonald Island Gallery presented by the Kirschner Family Corporation is also included.

Presented in partnership with Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC, FuseSocial, and the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo.

Register at


FREE poetry workshops

Words in Motion Poetry Workshops

January 14 – Adults; Program Room                              7-8:30 pm

January 23 – Youth/Young Adults; Study Room A     1-2:30 pm

Wood Buffalo Regional Library

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is partnering with Arts Council Wood Buffalo and the Wood Buffalo Regional Library to host 2 poetry writing workshops. If you are interested in submitting a piece, these workshops are great opportunities to learn some useful tips and tricks for exploring your creative writing side. Dr. Ryan J. Cox, English Instructor at Keyano College, will facilitate the Adult workshop on January 14 from 7:00-8:30 P.M., in the Program Room at the Wood Buffalo Regional Library. Pattie Dwyer, Learning Through the Arts Instructor, will facilitate the Youth/Young Adults workshop on January 23 from 1:00-2:30 P.M., in Study Room A at the Library.

To register and to find more information, please visit

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UBUNTU TOWN – community play project

Your Stories in Your Voice! Your Cultural Contribution to Your Community!


Calling all new and long-term residents who appreciate the value of living in the diverse and multicultural community of Fort McMurray. Premiering on the evening of Friday February 12th, UBUNTU TOWN will kick-off the annual Multi-Cultural EXPO in celebration of its 10th anniversary!

THE MULTICULTURAL ASSOCIATION OF WOOD BUFFALO is pleased to announce a new and exciting creative project: UBUNTU TOWN. With African origins, “Ubuntu” is a word with a multitude of meanings representing human-ness and humanity towards others.
UBUNTU TOWN is a community play project – a unique theatrical creation developed by the community for the community. Colin Funk, a professional theatre artist from Banff, Alberta, will guide the development process during the months of January and February, 2016.
We are looking for 12-14 volunteers: actors and musicians from all age groups, gender and cultures to collaborate in developing this community play and in sharing stories as part of the final performance. No theatre or performance background necessary. Just a keen interest in the topic, a willingness to share your stories with others and a commitment to attending one play development workshop and four short rehearsals leading up to the performance.
If you are new to Fort McMurray or a long-term resident interested in sharing the stories of how your cultural background has shaped your experience living in this community, we would like to hear from you. Please contact the UBUNTU TOWN Community Play Project before January 7, 2016 at or 780-791-5186.
This special project holds the great promise of honouring and highlighting the wonderful layers of cultural diversity in our community and in showcasing Fort McMurray’s natural spirit of Ubuntu to citizens here and abroad. We hope you can join us in this unique community development project.
For more details on how to get involved with the UBUNTU TOWN Community Play Project please contact Rodas Asres before January 7th at or 780-791-5186.