Wood Buffalo young artists at the Arctic Winter Games Day 4

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.”



ACTOR CALL – Safe Community Wood Buffalo’s annual PARTY Program

Call for Volunteer Actors
Safe Community Wood Buffalo presents: P.A.R.T.Y Program

Event Information
This is a full day presentation to all local grade 9 students to Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth. Volunteer actors are required for the morning portion only.

The performance consists of a MOCK motor vehicle collision in the parking lot of the Royal Canadian Legion, where 2 vehicles have been crushed and placed together by a loader as though a collision has already taken place.

Performances are Monday April 11th, Tuesday April 12th, Wednesday April 13th, Thursday April 14th, Monday April 18th, Tuesday April 19th, and Wednesday April 20th.

Goals and Objectives
1. To educate youth to recognize risks.
2. To increase youth awareness of personal responsibility for their choices.
3. To increase youth knowledge of the consequences of injury on quality of life for the individual, family, friends and community.
4. To empower youth to make informed, educated choices.
5. To promote injury prevention initiatives.
6. To contribute to a reduction in the incidence of risk-related trauma in youth.

Role Descriptions
Please look closely over the role descriptions as some of these positions require the performer to simulate extreme realistically emotional situations.
The Impaired Driver: Strong verbal acting abilities
Strong Improvisational abilities
Impaired Driver’s Passenger: Strong verbal acting abilities
Strong Improvisational abilities
Second Vehicle Driver: Strong verbal acting abilities
Strong Improvisational abilities
Strong abilities to play intense emotions
Parent(s) of Victim: Strong verbal acting abilities
Strong Improvisational abilities
Strong abilities to play intense emotions
Must be over 25 years old
2 Deceased Victims: Strong abilities to remain motionless for extended periods of time Must be comfortable with EMS workers simulating resuscitation
Must be comfortable being put on a stretcher with a blanket covering their entire body (including face)
Time Requirements
All volunteers are required to attend an Orientation on Tuesday April 5th from 7-8:30 pm at The Redpoll Centre Conference room at Shell Place; light refreshments will be provided. Each volunteer will be trained by a professional EMS worker prior to the performance.
Volunteers may choose to participate in 1-7 of the following performance dates:
Monday April 11th, Tuesday April 12th, Wednesday April 13th, Thursday April 14th
Monday April 18th, Tuesday April 19th, Wednesday April 20th
Call time for each performance is 8am; all volunteers must provide their own transportation to and from The Royal Canadian Legion. Volunteers must provide their own costume (old clothing that you do not mind getting dirty), makeup and hair will be done professionally onsite. Volunteers will be required no later than noon the day of performance.
How to Register

SCWB Volunteer Registration Form

For more information, or to register as a volunteer please contact Melanie Murrin at IMPACT@scwb.ca or visit the Safe Community Wood Buffalo website at http://www.safecommunitywb.ca/

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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Wood Buffalo young artists at the Arctic Winter Games Day 1 & 2

The Wood Buffalo young artists representing the cultural contingent of Team Alberta North arrived in Greenland on March 6. Lengthy flight delays due to weather meant that some of the teams missed attending the opening ceremonies, however airport staff were very generous to the stranded participants – they moved seating around so that everyone could watch the live feed comfortably and they even opened up one of their offices and set up a television for additional space.


Mat, Akshaya, and Camryn joined the other cultural contingent participants in a traditional Inuit mask dance workshop in the morning. Mask dance is the oldest form of theatre for the Inuit. It is a stylized way of telling stories that has evolved over thousands of years. The purpose of the black and red makeup is to make yourself as unrecognizable as possible; the makeup is the mask. Sometimes mask dancers put sticks in their mouths or tie their noses flat to their faces to completely change the natural shape of the face. Women dancers will take on male attributes and men dancers take on female attributes. Three emotions are represented as characters in the mask dance: the clown (the entertainer), the sexual being (who pokes fun at sexuality and pushes boundaries and comfort levels), and fear (to teach about how to not let it paralyze you). The major lesson of the mask dance is to show how if we don’t know how to understand and deal with these emotions, they will destroy us. The artists learned that the mask dance must not be performed without an audience, and that mask dance performers must be vulnerable, push past their inner critic, and most importantly have fun.

Mat, Akshaya, and Camryn also had their first technical rehearsal today!






Youth Artists Create Original Performance To Represent Alberta In Greenland

Camryn Hannigan, Akshaya Lakshmi, and Mat Coté are about to go on a trip of a lifetime. The three young artists are travelling to the 2016 Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk, Greenland as the cultural contingent of Team Alberta North. This means that they will represent Alberta from a cultural and artistic perspective at the Games, which take place March 5-12. Guided by Arts Council Wood Buffalo Program Manager Michelle Thorne, Hannigan, Lakshmi, and Coté have created an original multi-disciplinary performance for the Games called “The Creation of the World,” based on an Inuit legend about the raven, which combines dance, music, and storytelling.

According to the host society, cultural exchange and social interaction are important parts of the Games, so each participating country or region contributes performances in dance, song, music, plays or art. The cultural events reflect the traditional as well as the modern cultures of the Arctic. “Arts Council Wood Buffalo was invited to participate in this opportunity because of a referral from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts,” says Executive Director Constance Scarlett. “This was really exciting for the Arts Council because it demonstrated that when people think about strong arts communities in northern Alberta, they think of Wood Buffalo. This can be attributed to our incredible local artists as well as the work the Arts Council has been doing to raise the profile of our arts community over the past two years.” With her extensive experience mentoring young performers through mentorship programs, ACWB Program Manager Michelle Thorne was selected to act as the Artistic Director and chaperone for the group. “The opportunity to travel to remote parts of our world and showcase the diverse artistic talent of our home is incredible enough as is, but to present and share this opportunity with three passionate and hardworking emerging artists is really what makes this experience special,” says Thorne.

The three young artists layered their individual art forms together to create a one-of-a-kind collective theatrical experience. Speech artist Camryn Hannigan uses her powerful and engaging voice to narrate the words of the story, while fusion dancer Akshaya Lakshmi performs intricate and thoughtful choreography to express the moods and actions, supporting the vocal component with movement. Mat Coté’s skilled guitar playing adds a contemporary dynamic to this piece as well as underscores the actions and moods of the story. Scarlett says that “Team Alberta North has been a great partner on this project and has really helped foster a culture of creativity. They have also shown a great amount of courage in their support of our artistic vision. This is the first time that the Alberta North cultural contingent is being represented by a multidisciplinary team of artists performing an original piece created by the artists involved. There was a bit of risk involved with taking this approach, but Team Alberta North was just as excited by what our chosen artists could create as we were.” For Thorne, the most important part of the rehearsal process was collaboration: “Watching the performers work together, listen, and share has been truly inspiring; [their] initiative and work ethic has clearly paid off in the professionalism and integrity of the piece.”

Hannigan, Lakshmi, and Coté will perform their piece alongside contributions from Alaska, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon, Quebec, the Sápmi Region, Russia, and Greenland to hundreds of locals and visitors at a special public showcase as well as two VIP Gala events. The group will also attend workshops led by multi-disciplinary performance artists from a variety of countries across the Northern hemisphere, as well as attend a special guided tour of The National Theatre of Greenland.

Arctic Winter Games official website


Fort McMurray, AB, to host both Regional and Provincial Festivals in May 2016

Fort McMurray, Alberta: For the first time in eight years, Fort McMurray is hosting both the Regional and the Provincial ADFA Adult One Act Play Festival! These festivals will be held at the Keyano Theatre Recital stage on May 2 and May 27 & 28, respectively.

The Alberta Drama Festival Association (ADFA) is a non-profit umbrella organization for adult amateur drama activity in the province of Alberta. Ten different regions of the province each organize a Regional One Act Play Festival where local theatre artists are given the opportunity to showcase their work. From these festivals, one production is chosen by an adjudicator to represent each region at the Provincial One Act Play Festival.

The Adult One Act Play Festivals provide local amateur theatre artists with an opportunity to showcase their work and for the region’s vibrant arts community to explore new ideas. This year the ADFA North Zone organizing committee is proud to partner with Keyano Theatre Company as well as Arts Council Wood Buffalo to ensure all participants and audience members experience the full magnitude of how incredible our local arts community is. Any member of the Wood Buffalo community is welcome to submit, no experience is necessary. The ADFA North Zone will be accepting submissions until March 31.

Long term participant and prominent local theatre artist Michelle Thorne says: “Participating in the annual ADFA Adult One Act Festivals have generated some of the most joyous and memorable of all my theatre experiences. Getting to partake in the incredible sense of community and witness emerging theatre artists perform their passion projects from across the Province is an amazing opportunity!” Dave Boutilier, Theatre Director for the Arts Council Wood Buffalo, says that these festivals “really gives the local theatre community a stage to shine on at the provincial level.”

The ADFA North Zone is thrilled to announce theatre legend Scott Swan will be adjudicating the 2016 Provincial festival. Scott has been a theatre director and teacher for over thirty years, winning numerous awards for his work. Scott will also be offering one of his much sought-after acting workshops to the participants of the festival.

For more information on the ADFA festivals and organization please visit www.adfa.ca.
To submit a play visit www.adfa.ca/about/registration-and-forms. For more information please contact the ADFA North Zone representative Hanna Fridhed at hanna.fridhed@adfa.ca.

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: www.lmmakeupartist.com

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: www.oddlotpuppetry.com

puppets made easy workshop

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 www.keyano.ca/theatre.

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 events@multiculturefm.org 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 events@multiculturefm.org or 780-791-5186.

Fanny & Manny Tie the Knot – Delicious Comedy Dinner Theatre on behalf of Waypoints

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February 5 & 6, 2016

Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts

$125 per person or $800 for a table of 8

Waypoints, formerly the Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society (FMFCS), is collaborating with Wood Buffalo’s newest theatre company, Theatre; Just Because for their annual fundraiser event. This year the event will be an evening of hilarious dinner theatre, complete with a full-length performance by a cast of 18 performers and a delicious Italian meal created by Ristorante Cosa Nostra. Fanny & Manny Tie the Knot is an innovative partnership project between a community needs organization and the arts, and is an example of the ways the arts are integral to a remarkable quality of life in Wood Buffalo.

Waypoints has been providing valuable services to individuals affected by interpersonal and family violence since 1982. Theatre; Just Because was founded in 2014 by local theatre artists and the company operates on the principal of growing the local theatre community through producing, while giving back to it at the same time — by focusing on the importance of the individual artist and creating unique opportunities for them to have a venue to create and perform. All proceeds from Waypoints’ Fanny & Manny Tie the Knot dinner theatre event will support the operation of Unity House, the local emergency women’s and children’s shelter, as well as ten other programs that contribute to the fight against sexual assault, homelessness, and family violence.

Tickets are now available online at www.suncor.fmcschools.ca, or in person at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts box office at 230 Powder Drive, Monday-Friday 12-4:30 pm.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, for more information contact jenna.longaphie@waypointswb.ca.


2018 – The Year of Creativity!

Written by Liana Wheeldon, Executive Director of Arts Council Wood Buffalo

Photography credit – Fantastic Mr. Fox – Provided by Theatre; Just Because, Photograph by Thorne-Carpentier Photography


As December 31 approaches, our minds turn to all the possibilities that a new year brings. What better time for dreaming and planning than December, when the skies are dark early, the weather is cold, and the indoors are cozy. A new year heralds a new ‘you’, with resolutions and promises swirling about. When planning your resolutions for 2018, why not consider a more ‘creative you’?

Being creative isn’t only for artists. Working art into your daily routine can also help in the workplace. Aside from gaining new conversation points to wow your co-workers with, being creative helps people to think outside of the box, find different solutions, and give people a new perspective on problem solving. A 2016 article in Forbes, “The Impact of Art In The Workplace”, cites a U.S. survey that found art in the workplace helps businesses address key challenges such as reducing stress (78% agree), increasing creativity (64% agree), and encourages expression of opinions (77% agree).

Artists are often generalized as being introverted, solitary, quiet types, busy contemplating the universe and its myriad of possibilities. While this may be the case for some, others will tell you that banging out your favourite tune on a drum kit, or splattering paint, or learning to dance can also be a stress-relieving workout. More comfortable trying a quieter approach? Nothing clears the mind like putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, or voice to recording device, and organizing one’s thoughts and words into a literary work. 2018 may be the year for you to participate in Words in Motion, or submit your written efforts to NorthWord, our locally produced literary journal of Canada’s North.

We have many great resources here in our community for exploring something new and creative: the MacDonald Island Art & Culture department, Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts, The Yarn Barn at Points North Gallery, Paint Nights, Salsa Dancing Club, Theatre; Just Because programming, and so many more. Are you a musician? Open mic night at the Tavern on Main is a great way to get in front of a supportive crowd.

Already an artist? Try a new artistic discipline, a different technique, or a new artistic form all together, and grow more diverse as an artist. Visit the many arts specific stores to get educated on the latest equipment and techniques. Our local stores have knowledgeable staff who are artists themselves and love sharing their passion with the community. Some of our local arts based businesses include: Photomagic Fotosource, Campbell’s Music, Spotlight Performance Wear, Weebounce Arts Supplies in The Art Foundry at River Station, Kathy’s Fiber Arts, and more!

Not ready to commit to trying out an artistic discipline? You don’t have to dive right into classes and workshops, you can also tap into your inner creativity by checking out a local theatre production, visiting a gallery opening and talking to the artist(s) about their creative process, or seek out live music and meet the artist(s) and behind the scenes production crews. Looking for things to do around Fort McMurray? Check out Arts Council Wood Buffalo’s online calendar for events, workshops, classes and more!

ACWB is steered by a volunteer board of eleven community members representing the different art disciplines, as well as the community, Métis, First Nations, business, industry, and social profit sectors. Three Arts Council staff dedicate their time to creating programs that give our regional artists and arts organizations the skills they need to thrive locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally. We also partner with different local organizations to add art into the community: the Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association’s Empty Bowls Festival, the 2018 Wood Buffalo Alberta Winter Games, and the RMWB Urban Market, just to name a few.

If you would like to connect with our local arts community, or learn more about Arts Council Wood Buffalo programs and services, visit: www.artscouncilwb.ca.

Happy New Year and welcome 2018!


*This post appeared in the Friday, December 22, 2017 print version of the Fort McMurray Today


Alberta Literary Competitions 2018

Submission deadline is December 31, 2017

Download full Alberta Literary Competitions 2018 Call HERE.


Alberta Literary Competitions 2018

The Alberta Literary Awards were created by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors. Entries are judged by independent juries recruited by the WGA. Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as an appropriate fit within a category. Prizes of $1,500 are awarded in the categories listed below.

Please refer to the WGA website (writersguild.ca) for a history of the awards and more information about the authors for whom our awards are named. The submission deadline is December 31, 2017. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded in the spring of 2018.


Submission Guidelines & Rules:

• Authors of all entries in the Alberta Literary Awards must have been a resident of Alberta for a minimum of twelve of the eighteen months prior to December 31, 2017.

• All entries must have been published or produced anywhere in the world between January 1 and December 31, 2017 (except in the children’s literature category).

• Works not eligible for the awards are: unpublished manuscripts (except in the drama category), multi-author anthologies, works fewer than 48 pages in length (except in the drama and in the children’s literature categories), and reprints of previously published books.

• The WGA reserves the right to place a book in a category other than entered if deemed appropriate. The organization or individual entering the book will be notified of such changes.

• The WGA reserves the right not to present an award in any category if there are not a significant number of entries received.

• Pieces entered in previous years may not be re-submitted to the same category.

• All published book entries must be first editions and have an ISBN.

• Short story, essay, or poetry collections may contain work that has been previously published as long as the collection in book form is a first edition.



Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction

• Awarded for a novel or collection of short fiction by an Alberta author published in 2017.


R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (alternates yearly between picture books and chapter books)

• The children’s literature category alternates yearly between picture and chapter books. The 2018 award will be presented to the Alberta author of a children’s chapter book published in 2016 or 2017.


Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry

• Awarded for a collection of poetry by an Alberta author published in 2017.


Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction

• Awarded for a nonfiction book by an Alberta author published in 2017.


Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama

• Awarded to a play written by an Alberta author published or produced in 2017.

• Plays submitted to the drama category may be one-act or full-length.

• Plays included in anthologies may be entered, as long as a separate entry form is filled out, and a separate entry fee is paid, for each play that the publisher or author wishes to submit to the award.

• Unpublished plays must have received their premiere production with a minimum run of three consecutive performances between January 1 and December 31, 2017. Submissions must include proof of performance: ticket stubs, programs, etc.

• Unpublished manuscripts must be clean copy, typewritten or word-processed, in standard theatre-script format and securely bound at the left margin.

• An unpublished play may not be re-entered if it receives publication in a later year.


Submission Procedures:

• Submit entry form at writersguild.ca/awards-entry

• Entries must be submitted to the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, no later than December 31, 2017. An exception will be made for books published in December only if the WGA is notified of the late submission, in writing, in advance of the deadline.

• Entries may be submitted by authors, publishers, or any interested parties.

• Submitted materials will not be returned.

• Submissions must include a completed online form and five copies of each book or play for each category entered.

• Submissions must be accompanied by a $30 fee per entry per category paid by credit card or cheque. Please make cheques payable to the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

• French language entries will be accepted for competition into the 2019 Alberta Literary Awards.

• See our FAQ page at writersguild.ca/awards-faq


Send books, plays, cheques (if applicable) to: The Writers’ Guild of Alberta Percy Page Centre, 11759 Groat Road, Edmonton, AB T5M 3K6


Short Pieces

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) also strives to recognize excellence in Alberta writing by awarding three prizes to authors of short pieces. Entries are judged by an independent jury recruited by the WGA. Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as an appropriate fit within a category. Prizes of $700 are awarded in the categories listed below.

Please refer to the WGA website (writersguild.ca) for a history of the awards and information on the authors for whom our awards are named. The submission deadline is December 31, 2017. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded in the spring of 2018.

Submission Guidelines & Rules:

• Authors of all entries must have resided in Alberta for a minimum of twelve of the eighteen months prior to December 31, 2017.

• The WGA reserves the right to place a piece in a category other than that entered if deemed appropriate. The individual or organization entering the piece will be notified of such changes.

• Pieces entered in previous years may not be re-submitted to the same category.

• The WGA reserves the right not to present an award in any category if there are not a significant number of entries received.



Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award

• Awarded to an outstanding unpublished essay by an Alberta author.

• The award is open to unpublished pieces only.

• Entries must be no longer than 3,000 words.

• The award employs a blind judging process. To facilitate this process, the author’s name and identifying information (acknowledgements, email address, reference to previously published works, etc.) must not appear anywhere in the manuscript.

• Submissions must be original, previously unpublished in print or online, including personal blogs, and remain unpublished until the end of April 2018.


Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Story

• Awarded to an outstanding single short story by an Alberta author published in 2017.

• Entries must have been published in a print or electronic anthology, magazine, book, or literary journal anywhere in the world between January 1 and December 31, 2017.

• Unpublished short stories and reprints of short stories published before 2017 are not eligible.

• Entries must be no longer than 8,000 words


James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction

• Awarded to an outstanding literary short nonfiction piece by an Alberta author on any topic published in 2017.

• Entries must have been first published in a print or electronic newspaper, blog, magazine, anthology or journal anywhere in the world between January 1 and December 31, 2017.

• Unpublished pieces and reprints of pieces published before 2017 are not eligible.

• Entries must be no longer than 5,000 words.


Submission Procedures:

• Submit entry at writersguild.ca/awards-entry

• Entries must be submitted in PDF or Word format no later than December 31, 2017.

• Entries may be submitted by authors, publishers, or any interested parties.

• Online submission must be in standard manuscript format (double-spaced, page numbers indicated). The title or title abbreviation and word count of the piece should appear on each page of the manuscript.

• Submissions must be completed online and be accompanied by a $20 fee per entry per category, payable by credit card or cheque. Please make cheques payable to the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

• Ineligible submissions will not be returned.

• See our FAQ page at writersguild.ca/awards-faq


Send cheques (if applicable) to: The Writers’ Guild of Alberta Percy Page Centre, 11759 Groat Road, Edmonton, AB T5M 3K6


The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize

The Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize was established by the City Council in 1995 and is administered by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. The prize was renamed in 2011 after the late Robert Kroetsch, who was best known for his Governor General’s Award-winning novel, The Studhorse Man. Entries are judged by an independent jury recruited by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. The winning author will receive a $10,000 cash prize. The award is sponsored by Audreys Books and the Edmonton Arts Council. The submission deadline is December 31, 2017. The winner will be announced and the prize awarded in the spring of 2018.


Submission Guidelines & Rules:

• Eligible works must have been published or produced anywhere in the world between January 1 and December 31, 2017.

• Entries must deal with some aspect of the city of Edmonton— its history, geography, current affairs, arts, or its people—or be written by an Edmonton author.

• Works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or drama written for adults or children are eligible.

• The following types of works are not eligible: multi-author anthologies, books that are not in English or French, and unpublished pieces or manuscripts.

• If, in the opinion of the judges, no work in this competition merits an award, no award will be given. In all cases, the judges’ decision is final.


Submission Procedures:

• Submit entry form at writersguild.ca/awards-entry

• After you have submitted the electronic entry form, please mail or drop off books at the WGA office. Please note that our office will be closed between December 23, 2017 and January 2, 2018.

• Entries may be submitted by authors, publishers, or any interested parties.

• Ineligible materials will not be returned.

• Submissions must include a completed online entry form and five copies of the book entered as indicated on the entry form.

• Submissions must be accompanied by a $30 fee per entry, payable by cheque or credit card. Please make cheques payable to the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

• See our FAQ page at writersguild.ca/awards-faq


Send books & cheques (if applicable) to: The Writers’ Guild of Alberta Percy Page Centre, 11759 Groat Road, Edmonton, AB T5M 3K6


Call For Nominations For The Golden Pen Award

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta Golden Pen Award is presented to acknowledge the lifetime achievements of outstanding Alberta writers. Past recipients are W. O. Mitchell, Grant MacEwan, Rudy Wiebe, Myrna Kostash, Robert Kroetsch, Merna Summers, Aritha van Herk, Fred Stenson, George Melnyk, Alice Major, Betty Jane Hegerat, Greg Hollingshead, and Candas Jane Dorsey. We cordially invite WGA members to submit nominations for the 2018 Golden Pen Award. Nominations for the 2018 award will be accepted until December 31, 2017.


Eligibility Criteria:

Nominees for the Golden Pen Award must:

• Be a writer living in Alberta or a writer living elsewhere who has spent a significant portion of their writing life in Alberta;

• Have produced a distinguished body of work over a longstanding career;

• Have made a major contribution to the Alberta writing landscape.


Nomination and Selection Process:

Nominations can come from WGA members and the WGA Board of Directors. To nominate someone for the Golden Pen Award, please submit a letter that includes the following:

• Name of nominee

• List of nominee’s notable publications

• Description of significant contributions the nominee has made to the Alberta writing landscape

• Name and contact information for nominator


Note: Letters should be between one and three pages long. The award will be granted only when warranted, and not necessarily on an annual basis. Nominations are reviewed by a three-person panel that includes a board representative, a WGA member, and a past recipient of the award.

Send nominations to: Natalie Cook at natalie.cook@writersguild.ca

Telus Sky – Request for Proposals

Expression of Interest Submission Due Jan. 23, 2018


Telus Art Program | Competition Art

The TELUS Sky development is a showcase project for TELUS. Developing a comprehensive art program is consistent with their mandate of supporting arts and culture within their community and is also a unique opportunity to involve the community in the development of their new Calgary home.

There is a desire to showcase Canadian and regional artistic talent within the project as an integrated effort with the design of the TELUS interior space. Each piece within the art program is an opportunity to convey a unique Canadian story of people, place and landscape.

The art program developed aims to achieve consistency with the proposed interior design themes and natural material palette. Candidates are encouraged to draw inspiration from the regional landscape and to speak to the dynamic and ever-changing nature of our prairie skies.

This request for proposal (RFP) is part of a larger art program that aims to source a number of types of art from a variety of artists to bring vitality and diversity to the stories that are represented. There is a desire to include art from a diverse cross-section of Canadian culture and talent.

Within the TELUS art program, the Atrium Series has been selected as competition art. The requirements for this competition will be outlined in the following section.

This public RFP process aims to seek candidates that show exceptional talent and whose early professional career would benefit from a commission of this scale and exposure — emphasizing the importance of art and culture to the TELUS organization.

Competition adjudication will be by a jury appointed by TELUS, with a mandate to ensure that the selection process is consistent with the TELUS values and brand, while bringing the best Canadian talent to the forefront.\


RFP Submission Requirements



PROPOSED LOCATIONS: Atrium Lounges, Levels 4-9

DESCRIPTION: The TELUS Sky tower boasts a dramatic 11 storey atrium featuring overhanging sculptural stairs that serve to connect each of TELUS’ office floors.

Atrium Lounges for TELUS team members are located at each of the feature stair landings. The proposed art series will be showcased within these lounges and will serve to draw team members and visitors up through the tower in discovery of the series’ narrative.



• The medium of this art series is open. Candidates may submit traditional canvas pieces, low relief wall mounted sculptures, photography, metal work and digital installations, for example.

• The complete series must feature 6 individual art pieces that vary slightly between each floor. Variation between each piece may occur through adjustments in colour, texture, saturation and/or pattern tessellation, for example.

• The series as a whole must incorporate a unifying conceptual narrative that is legible to team members and visitors as they traverse vertically through the atrium.

• The proposed location for the series is a high traffic area. Consideration must be given to durability.



A central concept must unite the art series and introduce a narrative that is inspired by the sky, atmosphere and/or regional landscapes. Additional interpretations and design precedents are encouraged and should be communicated within proposal responses.

This piece is meant to achieve out of the box thinking which will challenge the production capability of the candidate(s), while inspiring innovative ideas about TELUS and its values.



• On levels 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9, the physical space dedicated to each art feature = 26 linear feet x 9’ high. • On level 6, individual art pieces must be no longer than 20’ due to unique conditions on this floor.

• Individual pieces must be no less than ~13’ in length.

• Maximum depth of each piece = ~8”

• One art piece must be provided for each of TELUS’ six typical office floors (Levels 4-9).

• Structural and electrical/lighting requirements will be coordinated with the successful candidate.


This is the Partial RFP.

Download the full Telus Sky – RFP (HERE) or visit https://blog.telus.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/compressed-1.pdf