Charmaine Hammond Literary Workshops – October 22 & 24, 2015


Charmaine Hammond Writing Workshops

Arts Council Wood Buffalo is thrilled to announce their upcoming writing workshops with local legend Charmaine Hammond as a part of 2015’s Family Literacy Month. For more information please e-mail us at

Youth Writer’s Workshop

Date: Thursday October 22nd 6-9pm

Location: Conference Room @ The Redpoll Centre

MacDonald Island

1 C.A Knight Way


Ages 10-17 | 25 Seats Available | $20/Each or $15/Each for multiple Family members

Participants will learn how to identify stories for their books and bring these stories to life through their writing. This workshop is based on interactive writing and art exercises and helps young writers learn the process of writing from start to finish. All materials and light refreshments will be provided.

To reserve your spot please register online at



Author’s Success Program

Date: Saturday October 24th 10am-5pm

Location: Diamond Ball Room BC

MacDonald Island

1 C.A Knight Way

Ages 17+ | 30 Seats Available | $40/ACWB Members or $50/Non-Members

Writers and aspiring writers will master the tools to launch or re-launch their book (or play, screenplay, short stories, or poetry) sell their work, create a global presence, secure media and much more! All materials and lunch will be provided.

To reserve your spot please register online at


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

Local Artists Featured at Art Themed Urban Market – Saturday July 11th 10am-4pm


Arts Council Wood Buffalo 2015 AGM

The Arts Council Wood Buffalo 2015 Annual General Meeting will be occurring on June 14, 2015 at the Quality Hotel Fort McMurray (424 Gregoire Drive). In addition to the business meeting, this event will include a panel of local artists discussing how we can foster a creative economy in our region, a networking reception, and door prizes.

The schedule for the evening is:

  • 5:30 PM: Registration Opens, Refreshments Available
  • 6:00 PM: Meeting Begins
  • Immediately following the meeting will be the “Fostering a Creative Economy: The Importance of Paying Artists” Panel featuring local artists Cara Brown, Sean Mclennan, and Theresa Wells.
  • The evening will close with dessert and a member mixer.

Below you will find all the documents required to attend the meeting. However, if you are unable to attend the meeting it is crucial that you submit a proxy voting form to ACWB at

If you are able to attend the AGM, please RSVP your attendance to by June 10, 2015.

AGM Documents

2015 AGM Agenda Package

Notice of Special Resolution

Proxy Voting Form (if not attending the meeting)

Canada Day Parade Registration Now Open!

If you did not yet know registration is open for this year’s Canada Day Parade! If you would like to register this year you have until June 23 to register your float. Please visit for registration information and also for the full schedule of festivities you can enjoy this year as part of our Canada Day celebration.

Please be sure to also check out our Facebook event page at



Art Themed Urban Market – Vendor Information Workshop – June 10, 2015


Calling All Street Performers: Sustainival 2015


Event Information

Sustainival, the world’s first green carnival, was founded to create a platform to engage tens of thousands of people in a positive, optimistic conversation about sustainability. Having operated since 2012, Sustainival has quickly established itself as a key community event and one of the largest festivals of the entire year in Fort McMurray with over 20,000 attendees.

In order to activate Sustainival 2015, we are calling out for street performers and buskers to truly electrify our fair ground. We are looking for a group of talented, creative artists who can create engaging activations, showcase their amazing talents or build off of the educational infrastructure already in place and come up with new ways to engage our attendees.

For 2015, Sustainival will operate over the September long weekend, September 4-7th. The festival is open from 11 am to 11 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and from 11 am to 6 pm on Monday. The “core” times of maximum attendance are:

  • Friday from 10am – 3pm for our Schools Day
  • Saturday from Noon – 8pm
  • Sunday from Noon – 8pm
  • Monday from Noon – 4pm

Depending on your specific performance or activation, we would look to hire performers for a total of 6-8 hours, split across the four days of Sustainival. Once a final group of performers has been selected, we will contact all successful applicants to understand your availability for the weekend and construct a formal schedule from there. If you can only make 1-2 days of the event, please still apply as we will accommodate schedules to make this work.

Keep in mind that we are looking for ideas as big and ambitious as our giant 2-acre fair ground!


We are looking for both traditional street performances that will add atmosphere and excitement to the event, as well as custom activations that tie into the educational themes of the event. We are open to reviewing any idea, but keep in mind that activations that tie in with our existing educational activities will be prioritized.

We are looking for a mixture of activations with some being short, 1-2 minute engagements that roam around the midway and some longer 5-7 minute activations that gather and engage a large crowd. You will be expected to roam the midway to engage with all attendees, unless your concept requires a dedicated space in which case one will be provided for you.

Should you wish to theme your concept around Sustainival’s educational themes, a brief list of concepts that will be explored at this year’s event are as follows:

  • Energy & Energy Literacy (eg. What is a megawatt?; What is a watt-hour?; How much energy do we use?)
  • Renewable Electrical Power (eg. Wind, solar, hydro, etc.; Where does our power come from and what do we use it for?)
  • Energy Storage (eg. How batteries work; How hydro storage works)
  • Photosynthesis & Biodiesel (eg. How sunlight can be converted to energy through plants; How plants and biofuels fit into the carbon cycle.)
  • Water & Water Management (eg. Where water comes from; How it’s treated; How it’s used; Water security issues; etc.)
  • Recycling & Waste (eg. How much waste do we produce?; Where does it go? How can we reduce, reuse, recycle?)
  • Carnival Ride Physics (eg. Gravity, centrifugal force, kinetic & potential energy, etc.)
  • Any other fun and/or spectacular clean-tech and sustainability-oriented themes.


Please submit a description of the type of street performance you would like to offer at Sustainival including: the number of people involved, the amount of space you would required (roving or stationary), and any other requirements.

Also include your contact information and links to websites, social media, etc. that might highlight your work.

Please submit your concept in a short bullet point email to by Monday June 1, 2015. Only successful candidates will be notified.


Sustainival will compensate all buskers and street performers with a $25/hour honorarium. Depending on the activation idea, we may also compensate for expenses incurred as part of your activation. All expenses must be discussed and pre-approved by Sustainival ahead of time.

Contact Information

For more information, contact Antoine Palmer via with any questions

Calling Artists & Art Vendors: Art-Themed Urban Market


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Event Information

The Fort McMurray Urban Market started in 2013 as a pilot market. It quickly became a highlight of the summer season for the community and evolved into a full season of nine markets in 2014. Building upon this success, 2015 will also see two Saturday markets appear in Fort McMurray. This year the Urban Market will be centered in Jubilee Plaza, utilizing this recently developed community space.

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is proud to partner with the Fort McMurray Urban Market to present an art-themed market on Saturday July 11, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. This Urban Market will emphasize the variety of art and artists within our community. Artists of all disciplines are invited to host or co-host a Vendor Tent showcasing their art through displays, demonstrations, and of course sales of their work.

In order to make the market accessible to a variety of artists, Arts Council Wood Buffalo will be covering the required tent rental fees for all participating ACWB Members (a savings of more than $50). ACWB will also be providing a pre-market workshop with tips on the best strategies for selling art in a market setting.

Space is limited: Please respond as soon as possible to guarantee your spot!


Who is eligible?

ACWB is looking for artists of all disciplines; Visual, Literary, Music, Dance, Theatre, Photography, First Nations, Métis, fine craft, or any other form which showcases the eclectic and diverse artistry within our community.

The Fort McMurray Urban Market is an Approved Alberta Farmers’ Market and, as such, all artists must create their work within the province of Alberta.

To be eligible to have your tent fee waived, you must be a current member with Arts Council Wood Buffalo.

What products/vendor are not eligible?

  • Used or flea market product
  • Chain establishments
  • Networking marketing companies/catalogue sales

Artist Investment

  1. Each tent comes with one 6 foot folding table (Any additional tables required must be provided by the individual Artists)
  2. Chair(s)
  3. Signage with business name
  4. $35.00 + GST Stall Fee
  5. Commercial General Liability Insurance (ACWB will be assist its members obtain insurance)


To be eligible for the benefits of partnership with ACWB, please provide a description of your proposed activities for the art-themed Urban Market including: the type of art you will be showcasing at your booth, the number of people involved, whether you will be displaying, selling, or demonstrating your art form.

Please email all this information to Michelle Thorne, Program Manager at by Friday May 29th, 2015.

Further Information

For more information on participating in the ACWB sponsored tents please contact Michelle Thorne at or 587-674-1625 x100.

For more information on The Urban Market please contact The Urban Market Team at with any questions.