The Indie Spotlight

Call to Local Music Artists – Indie Spotlight Seeking Emerging Artists

Call to Local Music Artists!

Local emerging artists in RMWB can submit original tunes to the Indie Spotlight on the 91.1 fm The Bridge.

The Indie Spotlight is an hour long program that runs every Saturday from 9:00 – 10:00 pm. Hosted by Dave Martin, it features great music from the greatest independent artists. From local acts here in Fort McMurray to all of Alberta, and the rest of the Truth North Strong and Free, the Indie Spotlight is your destination for great indie artists.

Whether you’re looking for great tunes or interviews with great artists, you’re sure to have a great time. Tune into the Indie Spotlight every Saturday at 9pm and see for yourself!

If you would like to contact Dave to submit a song as an artist, make a recommendation about a band he should check out or just say hi, you can email him at INDIESPOTLIGHT@911THEBRIDGE.COM

 

http://911thebridge.com/on-air/music-shows

Festival of Trees/Old Fashion Christmas – Call for Entertainment

Entertainment for Festival of Trees & An Old Fashion Christmas 2017

91.1 The Bridge is again coordinating the entertainment for the Festival of Trees 2017 and we are excited to have An Old Fashion Christmas at Heritage Park back this year. We anticipate both events to be great!

The 2017 Festival of Trees event will be held at MacDonald Island Park Nov. 17 – 19 in the Nexon Field House.

The Old Fashion Christmas 2017 will be held at Heritage Park Nov. 25th .

Your performance for the festival will entertain people as they give funds towards vital medical equipment, programs and services in Wood Buffalo and both events help people celebrate the holiday season and the spirit of giving.

Teachers would you consider including either or both events in your programming for the fall? We would love to have your participation.

To reserve a spot, please fill in the following information so that we can position you throughout the events. Please indicate which event you are interested in.

  1. What is your type of performance?
    • a) singing/chorale
    • b) instrumental – what type
    • c) dancing
    • d) poetry/storytelling
    • e) other
  2. What is the approximate number in your group?
  3. Approximate duration of performance
  4. What mics or equipment do you require?
  5. If using accompaniment music what format are you using? CD, MP3, Live
  6. What time and day would you prefer to perform? Our scheduled stage times are:
    • Old Fashion Christmas- 1:00- 4:00pm
    • Festival of Trees Sat – 10:15am – 12:15pm Sun – 10:15am – 1:00pm
    • We are also looking for a musician to lead a Christmas Carol sing- along from 1:00p.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. It would be ideal to have a host musician and a group of children in the background for the sing along.
  7. Please send bio of performer or performing group.
  8. For the Festival the main stage is 20ft wide x 12ft deep x4ft high. For safety reasons all dancers will be performing on the floor in front of the stage which is approximately 24×12. If you are not sure yet, what you will be performing, please let us know of your interest and we will follow up with you in early October for more details.

 

King’s Kids Promotions Outreach Ministries Incorporated o/a 91.1 The Bridge

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5512, Fort McMurray, AB T9H 3G5

Physical Address: 9803 King Street, Fort McMurray, AB Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2G5

Tel: 780-791-5911

Fax: 780-743-1526

Email: info@911thebridge.com

Web: www911TheBridge.com

 

Performers are requested to respect the following guidelines to ensure a quality event for our guests.

  1. Arrive ½ hour early and report to the stage manager.
  2. Bring all props/instruments, music
  3. Performance length-approx. 2 songs each time slot. For Old Fashion Christmas it can be longer.
  4. Set up time 5 mins.-let us know if you need longer and we will do our best to work with you.

Please remember that these are Christmas events and so your performance must contain seasonally relevant Christmas music. For the Festival only there will be a dressing/waiting room set-up for performers. We will verify location when we verify your performance time. Please send your response to Kirschnercathy@gmail.com or call 780-791-5911.

We look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, The Staff of 91.1 The Bridge The Northern Lights Health Foundation & Fort McMurray Historical Society

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS ALBERTA MUSIC BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Deadline for Nominations is 4:00pm, Monday September 11, 2017.

The Alberta Music Industry Association is looking for individuals to join the Alberta Music Board to provide leadership and strategic direction for our provincial music industry.

Does this sound like you? Maybe someone you know?

The Deadline for Nominations is 4:00pm, Monday September 11, 2017.

Individual, Band or Company Members will vote at the Annual General Meeting, Tuesday, September 26, 2017 and the results of the election will be announced that evening.

NOMINATION CRITERIA:
To be eligible for consideration, a candidate must meet the following qualifications:

● Must be an Alberta Music Full, Band or Company Member in good standing.
● Must be respected in the community and be a music industry advocate
● Direct experience in the music industry is an asset. However, a passion for music combined with a background in
areas such as fundraising, arts and economic policy, finance, business, and government is also highly valued.
● Must possess leadership qualities and a willingness to dedicate volunteer time to further the initiatives of Alberta
Music.
● Must provide a bio and a written statement outlining their vision for Alberta Music.
● Will be asked for a short speech (3 minutes) before election.
● Must be willing to participate in committees and/or events.
● Must be available for regular monthly board meetings, as well as a strategic planning meeting.

COMPLETE Nomination Packages must be received in our office
No Later than 4:00 PM, MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 to be valid.

Nominations received by deadline, but missing information will be deemed invalid.

Questions or concerns can be directed to nominations@albertamusic.org

VOTING PROCESS:
Alberta Music’s Board of Directors is comprised of 7-9 Board Members. There are currently 4-6 positions open for election. Our by-laws state that a minimum of three director positions must be filled from each geographical area code (780) & (403).

Directors in good standing represent the (780) region with two members and the (403) region with one. Therefore, in order to fulfill the requirement of three directors from each area code region, the first nominee from (780) and the first two nominees from (403) with the highest number of votes will be elected to the board. The board complement will be filled with the next highest number of votes, regardless of area code region.

 

Click HERE to nominate.

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Center Stage with Cory Huber

Interview with Cory Huber for monthly snapd Wood Buffalo artist feature,

Center Stage with Arts Council Wood Buffalo!

Find the full article in the September edition of snapd Wood Buffalo, on stands now! To view the full article online visit snapd Wood Buffalo’s website:

https://woodbuffalo.snapd.com/events/view/1072624

 

What is your background (born and raised Fort McMurray? Elsewhere)? What brought you here?

I was raised in Camrose, Alberta. I went to school for Mining Engineering at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, and then moved to Fort McMurray after getting a job in the oilsands. Now I’m a full time mine tailings engineer.

What is your chosen medium, how long have you been working with it and what drew you to it?

I’m primarily a musician who dabbles in visual arts to support the music. I’ve been recording since high school, primarily rock, funk, and jazz. I even had the opportunity to sing Mozart’s requiem in the Winspear when I was younger. I’m a rapper now. I was drawn to hip-hop for two primary reasons. One, the medium allows you to tell an intricate story in under 5 minutes while still maintaining the “feelings first” nature of music. Two, it’s one of the few brands of music that you can make all by yourself and still fill a venue.

Describe the focus of your current practice:

Currently I’m preparing for a few larger shows around Edmonton. My focus for the last few months has been upping my game on stage. I want to be the guy with the calm but powerful stage presence that I admire in so many of my musical idols. Like anything, it takes practice.

You performed at the 2016 Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards, what was your experience like and how did it help you career, if any?

Getting a paid gig so early in my hip-hop career was a real confidence booster. The 2016 awards show was my second time on stage ever as a rapper. That, and the song was more complex than any other I’d written until then. It was over 750 words, and totally themed for the event. It’s also the only show I’ve done with a 360 degree stage, and a mixed booking of many talented (non-rap) acts. I believe the experience helped my career enormously and made me see that there might just be a market for my weird brand of hip-hop.

Explain a little more in detail the song you created and performed for the awards?

“The Midnight Circus” is a song titled after the theme of the event. I had been sitting on this particular instrumental for a long time. It details the rise and eventual downfall of an acrobatic legend known as “The Amazing Jonathan”. Even though it is technically about someone else, months after writing it I realized that the song contains a lot of my own inner turmoil as well. It’s about a man who, even at the very top of his field, is still struggling to keep his family and friends happy, food on the table, and his fears in check. It also contains a little bit of my fear of heights, which always seems to creep its way into the imagery.

What is next for you and your practice?

Right now I’m working on what I plan to be a ground breaking collaboration with an experimental jazz artist from Ontario. We’ve already completed two demo tracks and it’s knocking my socks off already. I’m going to be covering the topic of artificial intelligence and how it impacts people personally, as well as societally.

How would you describe the arts community in Wood Buffalo?

I think it’s evident that we have some very passionate people working very diligently to ensure that the arts community thrives in this city. It’s not always easy to focus on the softer side of life when you’re in a “working” town. I think back to my life in 2015 right before I got back into music. I was technically doing well. I had food on the table, steady job, healthy family life. I started to feel like my “left brain” was overloaded and overworked and my “right brain” creative side was being stifled. It makes you feel hollow. I think it takes a lot of work to make sure that we don’t end up a hollow workforce with no creative fire, and I’m happy there are people on it.

How long have you been an Arts Council Wood Buffalo Member? How did you hear about the Arts Council?  What membership benefits have you used?  Do you feel it is worthwhile for Artists?

I’ve been a member for under a year, but I bet my membership is almost up for renewal. The interviewer told me about it! I have gotten multiple performance opportunities through the monthly email and “calls for artists” that are posted regularly. It’s more than worth the pittance of a fee that they charge, you’d be silly not to join if you’re even mildly interested in being known as an artist.

Anything else you would want to have highlighted or featured?

Come to the 2017 awards if you can. Join the community and become a member if you’re an artist. If you’re into weird conscious hip-hop, throw me a like on www.facebook.com/officialhubris

 

Interested in being a featured artist for Center Stage with Arts Council Wood Buffalo? Ask us how! info@artscouncilwb.ca

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ACWB is Centre Stage with Campbell’s Music

Interview with Scott Meller

  1. Give a brief history of Campbell’s Music.

Established in 1976 by Murray and Donna (Janie) Campbell, in the basement of the Hill Mall below Hill Drugs on Franklin Avenue, Campbell’s Music started during a time of bustling Economic Activity in Fort McMurray. With a focus on superior customer service and product selection, the business grew substantially, making it necessary to find a larger retail store front. It was only four short years after inception that the location on the corner of Manning Avenue and Main Street was built so Murray and Janie could give Campbell’s Music a new Home.

Seeing it through the Alberta Oil Boom and subsequent Bust of the 1980’s was indeed a challenge for the Campbell family, but Murray never lost sight of the vision to provide a great product at a fair price, with the best possible service- the keys to any successful business. He could often be heard to remark, “If there is no benefit for the customer, then there is no benefit in having it.”

In the autumn of 1993, Mike and Susan Allen moved their family to Fort McMurray to begin the purchase of Campbell’s Music. Through the next decade, several more expansions occurred as the business continued to thrive, always keeping the focus on the original philosophy established by Murray Campbell. Eventually, in 2005, that led to Mike Allen purchasing the Hill Mall on Franklin Avenue and moving the music store back on to the Main thoroughfare, but this time on street level. Also during this time period, Scott Meller, who had started in the repair shop at Campbell’s in 1995, began to work with Mike as a shareholder and managing partner. In 2013, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo expropriated the property on Franklin Avenue, necessitating another move.

In June, 2015, Campbell’s Music opened the doors on their current location on the corner of Biggs Avenue and Main Street, and still work every day to positively impact their community through music by employing the business philosophy established by Murray and Janie back in 1976!

 

  1. Why do you believe music is important to foster growth in the community?

Let’s back that up a bit. Music is a part of a larger community of the Arts, and the Arts are important for so many reasons that I’m not sure that one article can contain it all! I think that the best way I can explain it is to say that the Arts provide balance. It is a physical manifestation of your feelings, whether that be through Visual Art like Photography, Sculpting or Painting, or Performance Art such as Dance, Drama, or Music. I`m sure that there are far more Artistic endeavours that are out there, but those cover a good sum of what we see here in the RMWB. Getting those feelings out, feeling like you are connecting with another human being on an emotional level, having the meditative act of creating, those are the things that improve quality of life, that regulate depression and anxiety, and make life more than a mere existence!

 

  1. Tell us about how music has changed your life, employee’s lives and/or client’s lives.

Personally, music hasn’t changed my life as much as guided its trajectory. My family has always been musical and it has been one of the things that has kept us together, even when we didn’t particularly like each other!

As to a particular story, I can remember a young gentleman coming into our store on the corner of Manning and Main around 1995 or 1996. He was a shaggy maned creature, who had a desire to get an electric guitar, plug it into a really big amplifier, and play loud and proud! We sold him an Epiphone Les Paul, and it became his refuge. He played in a local Punk band, but also in his School band. Between us and his instructors at school, he was opened up to many new styles of music, including Jazz, which prompted him to apply to Grant MacEwan College (now MacEwan University) for their Jazz program. He graduated from their program, has come back to Fort McMurray and become a staple of our Musical Community as a Performer, Educator, and Technician. It has been my pleasure to participate in and observe Daniel Gillies journey, and I certainly enjoy that he is still a part of the Campbell’s Music Family!

 

  1. Describe different organizations or initiatives that Campbell’s Music supports and why.

The initiatives we support are varied and personal. Ever since I joined the company in 1995, we have supported the SPCA. Whether it is because we relate to animal honesty, or want to support those without a voice, it is a worthwhile cause that contributes to our community on so many levels
The Legacy Children’s Foundation- Instruments of Change. This is a great organization that helps disadvantaged youth and children not only get an instrument, but also instruction. Since a part of our mission is to positively impact our region through music, Instruments of Change makes sense for us!

The Fort McMurray Historical Society (Heritage Park). If you don’t know where you come from, it’s hard to see where you are going, and the stories of our region are varied and exciting! We need to let our children, and their children experience that excitement too.

The Fort McMurray Music Teacher’s Association. Musical Educators who carry on their passion for music to the next generation.

The Oilsands Rotary Music Festival. Anything that can help young musicians get feedback and feel reward in their musical development is something we can get behind.

We have also worked with so many community organizations over the years, as part of our mission is to positively impact our region through music, and the following organizations have helped us to do that by working with us on events and community development; the Salvation Army, the Gujarati Cultural Society, the New Heights Outreach Association, the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, Keyano Theatre, the United Way, the Regional Recreational Corporation, the Hindu Cultural Society of Fort McMurray, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre, the Centre of Hope, Metis Local 1935, NAABA, and many more! I guess the short answer is that we are happy to support anything that provides a positive impact in our region, and actively look for ways that we can help spread that positive message!

 

  1. How would you describe the arts community in Wood Buffalo?

The Arts Community in Wood Buffalo is dynamic and diverse. Take a mixture of cultures, viewpoints, experiences and skills, pour it into a room when its 40 below outside, and leave it for 4-6 months. That’s where we are. We have older and experienced artists who have come here for employment, and we’re raising new artists who get to experience that dynamic of these diverse backgrounds as they soak it in and put it back out as something different. Where else can you see paintings made from bitumen, listen to music on an Oud, Bagpipe, and Cajon, see photographs of unique flora and fauna, and see a play that talks about the international world of human trafficking? And that was just what happened in 2016! I can hardly wait to see where it goes from here!

 

  1. What impact do you hope to have on the arts, both in our region and in general?

I think, at the end of the day, as long as we can continue to positively impact our region through music, encourage people to keep playing, and give people another reason to make the RMWB their home, we will consider ourselves successful.

 

  1. What is next or upcoming for Campbell’s Music?

The last few years have been tumultuous. Changes to our civic political structure, economic instability, and (of course) May’s wildfires have drastically changed our community, and consequently, how we must view our business model. We are revisiting the idea of reopening our school of music, constantly evaluating our product offerings to see where we are supporting the business and what is being less successful, and how we can best uilise the space we are in. June will be two years since we moved to our location on the corner of Biggs and Main, and I think we can make some changes to make it more efficient and pleasant to visit. It’s also worth noting that June will also be 41 years that our company has been operating. We had planned on celebrating 40 years in 2016, but it didn’t seem appropriate to celebrate when the time came, so perhaps we’ll be able to accomplish our 41st birthday party in 2017 to make up for it!

 

  1. How long has Campbell’s Music been an Arts Council Wood Buffalo Member? How did you hear about the Arts Council?  What membership benefits have you used?  Do you feel it is worthwhile for Artists?

The ACWB would have the records, but my recollection is that we have been on board with ACWB since day 1. For sure since 2014, since that’s when the first e-mail I have on file is from.  We try to work closely with the arts community of Wood Buffalo as whole, and when Russell Thomas let us know about it, we immediately saw the benefit. The benefit then, as now, and the reason it is a worthwhile endeavour, is simply collaboration. There is enough sunshine for everyone, and rather than engage in competition for audience, dollars, exposure, the collaboration that ACWB facilitates elevates all artistic endeavours in the community.

 

  1. Campbell’s Music participates in the ACWB’s Local Business Discount Program. What are your thoughts on this program and how does it benefit yourself and the arts community?

It’s a great way to let us, as a retailer, show the artists we serve that we value them and their contribution to our community. It additionally shows the community how much we value ACWB, and what it does for us as an arts community. You can be any person who purchases music gear, but if that same person lives their art and joins ACWB, we offer them a discount. That speaks volumes.

 

  1. Do you have any advice for artists in our community that would like to pursue art as a business?

The business of art is messy. It monetises that which is an expression of your self, and that harsh perspective is difficult to reconcile with the satisfaction that the expression brings. Probably the best advice I can give is to keep first and foremost in your mind that the business side of things is not personal. When someone places a higher value on their money than your art, it’s not a personal attack, it is their value judgement. Remember why you express your art, and keep doing it, despite the opinions of others. Anything that you practice, you get better at, so practice being positive and believing in your art. Collaborate with other local artists, celebrate each others victories, and grow the community of artists, and you will see your own success increase.

 

  1. Do you have any advice for individuals who want to pursue music?

Don’t wait, and don’t stop. One of the greatest successes of the recreational musician is not facility of the instrument, but pure expression and enjoyment of the journey. You don’t have to be a good musician to be successful. If you feel better after singing at the top of your lungs in the shower, you’re successfully enjoying music. Don’t wait, and don’t stop.

 

  1. Anything else you would want to have highlighted or featured?

Support your local arts community. Go to shows, buy the arts and crafts that intrigue you, practice your art. We have world class talent here, and if we don’t support it we will lose it. Be an ambassador for your arts community, be proud of what they create, and show the world. That appreciation and exposure tells a far greater story for our community than the media will, and shows the world that we are more than the sum of our parts. Support your local arts community.

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Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards nominations

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR NEW ARTS AWARDS PROGRAM TO HONOUR BEST IN WOOD BUFFALO

Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is pleased to announce the launch of the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards. This is an annual program that recognizes and celebrates excellence in various areas of the arts and builds awareness of the incredible contribution artists make to the region. Artists, arts educators, arts administrators, students, and other creative individuals can be nominated in 12 categories spanning a variety of disciplines. Nominations will be accepted August 16 – September 16, 2016.

 

“The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards is an important opportunity to recognize the achievements of those organizations and individuals who champion the arts in our region,” says Constance Scarlett, ACWB Executive Director. “Often our artists are recognized outside of our community, and the Arts Council really wanted to provide an opportunity to showcase the best of our arts sector within Wood Buffalo.”

 

Starting August 16, nominations are open in the areas of Arts Administration, Arts Education, Creative Collaboration, Traditional Aboriginal Arts, Fine Craft, Media Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Literary Arts. The program also includes a category for artistic youth, aptly called Rising Star. Artists can nominate themselves, or have someone nominate them.

 

The Arts Awards, aka “The Buffys”, will be handed out during a showcase event on October 22, 2016. The focus of this event is to celebrate the achievements of our local artists through high energy, poignant performances that highlight all that our vibrant arts community has to offer. The theme for this year’s awards showcase is “The Midnight Circus”, which promises to provide a breathtaking back drop for the evening’s entertainment. Scarlett says that “the Arts Showcase is an important piece of this program. It not only provides a paid opportunity for local artists, but it gives the wider community the opportunity to see some of region’s top artists right here in Fort McMurray.” Tickets will be available for the public to come enjoy a night of entertainment and support the arts. “The Board of Directors was determined to make the event accessible to as many residents of Wood Buffalo as possible, which is why tickets are being sold for only $25,” states Scarlett. “This vision of a high-caliber local arts event for the entire community is only possible because of the tremendous support of our sponsors” she says, a group that includes Suncor, Don Scott McMurray Law Office, McMurray Métis, Balsom Communications, and Birdsong Connections.

 

The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards invests in the future of our growing arts community. The recognition received by each award winner will raise their profile, build their portfolio, and allow them to compete and thrive as an artists within our community and beyond the borders of Wood Buffalo. Nomination application guidelines and forms can be found at http://www.artscouncilwb.ca/programs/wood-buffalo-excellence-arts-awards/2016-arts-awards-nominees/.

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Wood Buffalo young artists at the Arctic Winter Games Day 6

March 11

Today Mat, Akshaya, and Camryn went on an incredible tour of the National Theatre of Greenland (NTG).

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Fast Facts about NTG

  • Director is Makka Kleist
  • Hosts 5 shows a year
  • Space used to be a hardware store – includes costume storage, props storage, and a backstage area with green room and dressing rooms
  • Black box design (a simple, somewhat unadorned performance space)
  • Theatre opened in 2011, the school started in 2012

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The NTG school currently enrolls 5 students for a 2 year program. New students are auditioning as the current class is graduating. The school is working on expanding the program to 3 years and a goal of 7 students. Currently, graduating students receive a certification using the European credit system. Students must be over 18, very mature, and independent. The theatre program is very strict – each day of class begins with a rigorous 1.5 hour long voice and physical warm up. If a student has 3 unexcused absences, they are dismissed from the program.

Greenlandic culture, language, and history are the main focuses of the program. Students have special teachers to help expand their understanding of the Greenlandic language. Equally important is dramaturgy – the study of dramatic composition and the representation of the main elements of drama on the stage. Students also learn how to tell their own personal stories through Greenlandic theatrical forms, some of which go back thousands of years.

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Classes are taught by local and outside artists. Topics include: presence, staying in the moment, voice and speech, movement, scene work (how to analyze a script, learn lines, build your character and relationship), the inner critic (how to make it help you, not hinder you), traditional Inuit mask dance, European clowning, Stanislavsky method, radio plays, camera acting. Students also present an annual Christmas family show. This is their first public performance, and it is a shared experience with established professional actors.

The NTG is currently in rehearsals for The Rez Sisters by Thompson Highway. This is a Canadian script which is being translated into Greenlandic for this performance.

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In the evening Mat, Akshaya, and Camryn attended the closing ceremonies and fireworks. The president of the games announced the 2018 Arctic Winter Games will be happening in the Northwest Territories. Popular local Greenlandic band “Small Time Giants” performed the AWG theme song “We are the Arctic” which the whole crowd (participants, coaches, locals, VIPs) sang along to with pride.

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One of the best parts of the closing ceremonies was seeing the mosaic of contingent uniforms. For the opening ceremonies each contingent walked together in all matching outfits; but come closing ceremonies so much trading of clothing items had occurred almost every person had a hodge-podge of items from a variety of contingents. It really spoke volumes to the collaborative and supportive nature of the games.

After the closing ceremonies everyone walked down to the Old Harbour for a spectacular fire works show!

 

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Wood Buffalo young artists at the Arctic Winter Games Day 5

March 10

Mat, Akshaya, and Camryn had the pleasure of participating in a traditional Greenlandic custom called “Kaffemas” which translates to ‘coffee meeting.’ This is where visitors come into locals’ homes and they share cake, coffee, tea, and stories. The hosts also perform for the guests and the guests perform for the hosts. The group went to a local foster home where the children put on a play for us. They were also treated to a presentation by a visiting string quartet made up of older foster children from all over Greenland. This program has been integral in giving these children the skills and confidence to rise from their unfortunate beginnings and have successful and balanced adult lives. It was a incredibly touching experience.

Akshaya received the Fair Play award from Team Alaska and Team Greenland gave the Fair Play award to all 3 members of the Team Alberta North cultural contingent.

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The artists had their final gala performance. Once again the participants performed to a sold out audience of almost 500 people. The official Arctic Winter Games website says the show elegantly united the modern and traditional, the past and future, youth and experience in an abundance of cultural capacity. “We got good insights as to how our cultures are connected and yet different. We got to see something new and something old put together in a modern and very exciting show. Most of all we experienced young performers being a part contemporary globalized times standing on a solid basis of Arctic culture. To me that is very life-affirming and it gives a lot of hope for the future” says Maliina Abelsen, General Manager of Arctic Winter Games 2016.

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You can see the Mat, Akshaya, and Camryn’s performance during the Arctic Winter Games 2016 Gala here. Their performance starts around the 3:00 mark.

After the performance, every cultural contingent participant was given a special medallion made from melted down found bullet casings and old coins discovered by Greenlandic hunters. The medallions are in the shape of a drum and are very unique. All the cultural group managers received a medallion as well.

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You can see the second half of the Gala and the medallion ceremony here: The presentation of the cultural contingent participant medallions starts around the 35:00 mark.

 

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March 9

Mat, Akshaya, and Camryn are at the half-way point!

Mat received a “Fair Play” award from the Sápmi Region cultural contingent. The participants in the cultural contingent of each group get to give one award to one individual from another cultural group. ACWB Program Manager Michelle Thorne says Mat has been incredibly supportive to the Sápmi group – he helped them with their broken keyboard at the mall performance, for example – so the group decided that they wanted to give their award to him. “To say I am proud would be an understatement! What incredible ambassadors we have taken with us from our community,” says Thorne.

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Tonight was the first night of the VIP Gala, held at the National Theatre of Greenland. “The house was PACKED and the energy was amazing,” says Thorne. Team Alberta North started the show with a bang and received thunderous applause from the audience. At the end they received a hearty well deserved standing ovation. After the celebration, the lobby was alive with spectators and media jumping at the chance to interview the participants and take their photographs. The most amazing part was all the participants congratulating and complimenting each other on their work. So many hugs, so many kind supportive words shared.

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Thorne is beyond impressed with Mat, Akshaya, and Camyrn: “This group of kids is seriously the most wonderful group I could imagine. Not only are they mega-talented super stars but such warm inviting friendly supportive caring considerate human beings. I could not be more proud.”

 

 

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Wood Buffalo young artists at the Arctic Winter Games Day 3

March 8

Mat, Akshaya, and Camryn had the first of their performances at the Games today. This public show took place at the Nuuk Centre and included the cultural contingents from Nunavut and the Sapmi People, in addition to Alberta North. Check out the video from CBC North! The young artists also shared their experiences through an interview with CBC North.

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Mat, Akshaya, and Camryn also participated in a workshop about traditional Inuit dancing. The session was led by a woman named Tiffany who grew up in Nuuk but now lives in the Northwest Territories. All the cultural groups learned a specific dance and will join together to perform it collaboratively at the VIP galas on March 9 and 10.

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The artists had another technical rehearsal at the National Theatre of Greenland. The design for the backdrop on the stage was inspired by the inside of an igloo.

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Mat, Akshaya, and Camryn spent the rest of the day exploring Nuuk and checking out some of the sporting events.

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