Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards nominations


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/.

Request for Proposal – Photographer

Arts Council Wood Buffalo Request for Proposal – Photographer


Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) is looking for professional photography services to provide event photos of the Business of the Arts Summit and Annual General Meeting on June 4, 2016.

Arts Council Wood Buffalo is a non-profit organization that champions investment in the arts in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. ACWB was established to raise the profile of the arts and to provide support to all facets of the arts community.

The ACWB Business of the Arts Summit is designed to build the capacity of local artists to compete and thrive by offering sessions that address how artists can make a living from their artistic practice and how arts organizations can deepen their impact. This full day Summit will provide artists and arts administrators of all disciplines an opportunity to come together and learn side by side the skills and tools they need to grow and excel as professionals.



Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts (theatre, classrooms, main hall)

230 Powder Drive

East Village Pub

101-395 Loutit Rd


Services Required

  • Photographs taken during the Keynote Address, morning sessions, and lunchtime Annual General Meeting
    • 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Photographs taken during the evening networking event at East Village Pub patio
    • 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • 5-10 images required 2 days after the event for use on ACWB social media
  • All final images due 2 weeks after the event
    • Hi resolution suitable for future use in printed publications and online


Proposal Requirements

  • Ability to meet required services
  • Cost
  • Samples of work that show experience with the following:
    • Indoor and outdoor
    • Groups of people
    • Action (not posed)
    • Close up and wide shots
  • 2 references


Proposals are due to Diana Moser via email at communications@artscouncilwb.ca by 4:30 pm on Friday, May 13, 2016.

PDF – Photographer RFP

Call for Photographs – U of A Museums exhibition

The U of A Museums is looking for travel-related photographs by amateur photographers for their upcoming exhibition, Show Me Something I Don’t Know – opening May, 2016. This exhibition will run in conjunction with the U of A Museums’ presentation of China through the Lens of John Thompson (1868 – 1872), and The Mactaggart Art Collection: Beyond the Lens running March 18th – July 31st, 2016.

Show Me Something I Don’t Know

The University of Alberta Museums bring fine arts, sciences, and humanities to the heart of downtown Edmonton at the University of Alberta Museums Galleries at Enterprise Square. Enterprise Square is the University of Alberta’s downtown campus.

John Thomson was a pioneer of photography and travelling in the 19th century. He was able to take pictures of places and people with no other agenda than his own personal interest; a rare occurrence in that time period. Thanks to early pioneers like Thomson, photographs have become synonymous with travelling, and the most ideal way to document a trip. Nowadays, capturing a moment while travelling is instantaneous and the only limitations are the amount of space on your iPhone or SD Card. Show Me Something I Don’t Know will document our modern-day travel adventures, and will act as a space where we can share these experiences. This exhibition will demonstrate how far the idea of a travelogue has come since John Thomson’s travels in China 150 years ago.

• Up to five digital photographic image files may be submitted per person
• Scans, or digital photos of non-digital photographs will also be accepted for preliminary consideration
• Digital image files must be at least 2,000 pixels wide so they can be displayed without distortion
• Digital image files must be in a .jpeg, .jpg, or .gif format
• Files may not be larger than 10MB
• Files should be named as your first and last name, and the file # in succession. Example: marysmith1.jpg, marysmith2.jpg
• One completed SUBMISSIONS FORM is required per person (available here)

Please visit our online Dropbox Folder to upload your digital image files, and your submission form: https://www.dropbox.com/request/dtaO8HWMrjIhQWdqeNyp
All files submitted remain private, and can only be viewed by members of the selection committee.

* A selected number of accepted submissions will be requested in high-resolution. In this instance, a digital image file of at least 300 dpi / 3,000 pixels on the long-side, will be required.
* We will not be accepting photographs submitted through the mail
* Due to the number of submissions we receive, only the owners of those photographs chosen for exhibit will be contacted.

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE: 4:30pm, Friday April 22nd, 2016
For more information regarding submissions, please contact:
Riva Symko, Gallery Lead, 780-566-0723, rsymko@ualberta.ca, or, University of Alberta Museums, 780-492-5834

RFP: Video Production Services


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St. Aidan’s Society is a long standing non-profit agency that has been in the community since 1973. After many years of focusing on service delivery for children and families, St. Aidan’s has shifted their focus to our senior population. We are currently providing advocacy and support for the seniors in the region. One of the main focuses within the area of seniors, is elder abuse. Every year, June 15th marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. This is a day to create awareness, thus social change on this important, unfortunate and growing social issue.
Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) will be partnering on this project to ensure the artistic objectives of this project art met. ACWB is a member-driven organization that champions investment in the arts in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to invite video production service providers who are experienced in creating awareness pieces to submit their best technical and financial proposals for the requested services. Your proposal could form the basis for a contract between your company and St. Aidan’s Society.
St. Aidan’s Society is open to collaborative projects between filmmakers, writers, and other artists however, we ask that there is one distinct contact person / entity for this proposal.

Work required for this video production include: concept execution and enhancement, scripting, production, filming, editing, sound (including voiceover for video), and providing supplies, services and equipment that would result in the following:
 One (1) 3 minute awareness video that creatively builds awareness of the prevalence of elder abuse in our society, and the steps that people can take to prevent and stop elder abuse.
 Three (3) 15-second vignettes pulled from the same footage as the awareness video with the same message/theme for use on social media and web-based platforms.
These deliverables must be completed by Monday May 30, 2016 and the budget for the project may not exceed $5,000.

The title of the campaign is “Life Long Dignity and will be launched in conjunction with Elder Abuse
Awareness Day on June 15. The concept for the awareness video is children dressed as seniors reenacting
various elder abuse scenarios with cuts to images of actual seniors and the tag line “Life Long
Dignity” The purpose of the video is to highlight that as a society we do not accept child abuse and that
elder abuse is no different and just as prevalent. The video should incorporate the colour purple (the
colour of Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the logo of St. Aidan’s Society, and its corporate messaging
regarding elder abuse.

Video Objectives:
 Raise awareness of elder abuse in our community and the forms this abuse takes.
 Provide information on how to combat and prevent instances of elder abuse.
 Incorporate a creative approach that will interest individuals in the video and promote sharing
via social media.
 Encourage the use of #LIFELONGDIGNITY on social media
 Raise awareness of St. Aidan’s Society and its role in working with senior’s in the Regional
Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
 Once the project has been awarded, a meeting will be held with the successful Bidder to review
the filming schedule/plan.
 The final product is due by May 30, 2016
 St. Aidan’s Society encourages bidding companies to incorporate check-in points into their
timelines to incorporate input from St. Aidan’s and the Arts Council.
 St. Aidan’s will provide the vendor with any additional background information needed.
Additional input may be requested in the response document as part of the proposed approach.

Technical Capacity:
The technical ability, capacity, and flexibility of the bidder to perform the contract in a timely manner
and on budget will be verified by the quality of work samples, client references, and demonstrated
success in projects with similar requirements.
During the evaluation process, St. Aidan’s or the Arts Council may require a bidder’s representative to
answer questions with regard to the proposal and/or require certain Bidders to make a formal
presentation to the evaluation team.
Materials produced will become the property of St. Aidan’s Society and may not be reproduced or
reused without permission from St. Aidan’s Society.

The Bidder shall bear all costs associated with the preparation and submission of the proposal up to the final award of the contract. St. Aidan’s Society will in no case be responsible or liable for those costs regardless of the conduct or outcome of the procurement process.

The proposal shall be valid for 30 days after the closing date of proposal submission as specified in this RFP. A proposal valid for a shorter period will be rejected by St. Aidan’s as non-responsive. St. Aidan’s may solicit the Bidder’s consent for an extension of the period of validity under exceptional circumstances.

Questions regarding the RFP may be directed to:
Pam Burns, Senior’s Advocate

The proposal shall be organized in the following manner:
A. A brief background and profile of the firm
B. Years of experience in the field
C. Performance highlights from the past 5 (five) years
D. Proposed approach including project timelines
E. Project cost (All prices are to be quoted in Canadian Dollars; GST/HST to be shown separately)
F. Information on the personnel proposed for this engagement (i.e. relevant experience, qualifications, responsibilities within this project)
G. References. Provide the organization name, contact name, email address and telephone numbers for 3 similar clients within past 5 years that the Society can contact for references
H. Samples of previous work (up to 2 per partner involved in the project)

The proposal shall be submitted electronically to pamb@staidanssociety.ca quoting “RFP Elder Abuse Awareness” in the subject line.

Proposals must be received at the Society no later than 4:00 PM MST Monday April 4, 2016. Any proposal received by the St. Aidan’s after the closing date mentioned above will not be considered. St. Aidan’s may, at its own discretion, extend this closing date for the submission of proposals by notifying all participating companies in writing.

At any time prior to the closing date for submission of proposals, St. Aidan’s may, for any reason, whether on its own initiative or in response to a clarification requested by a Bidder, modify the RFP by amendment. Amendments could include modification of project scope or requirements, project timeline expectations, or extension of the closing date for submission.
All prospective Bidders that have received the RFP will be notified in writing of all amendments to the RFP.

St. Aidan’s reserves the right to cancel the solicitation process and reject any and all proposals at any time prior to awarding the contract without incurring any liability to the affected bidder(s). By submitting a proposal, the bidder indicates agreement to all of the terms of the procurement process set out in this RFP.

The successful Bidder will be required to enter into an agreement with St. Aidan’s and to provide a mutually agreed upon list of scope and deliverables outlining the services and fees, consistent with the services and fees agreed upon through this procurement process.

From Concept to Camera: Developing Your Story for Screen workshop

The National Screen Institute is pleased to bring its newest training initiative in partnership with TELUS Optik Local to Fort McMurray, Alberta. The workshop, FROM CONCEPT TO CAMERA: Developing Your Story for the Screen, takes place at the McMurray Experience, Jubilee Plaza, at 9909 Franklin Avenue, on March 20 from 1 to 6 p.m.

Presented by TELUS in association with NSI, the workshop will address the development process from concept to camera. Training is delivered by NSI facilitators Rudy Thauberger, Mike Fly and Angela Heck. The workshop is open to the diverse community of producers and content creators in Fort McMurray.

Emerging filmmakers and mid-career professionals are encouraged to attend this professional development opportunity to help develop their own projects and network with other filmmakers and content creators. TELUS will also be providing information about its TELUS Optik Local grants and TELUS STORYHIVE.

Training will cover script and story development with Rudy Thauberger, development and production with Mike Fly and marketing and PR with Angela Heck. The day will conclude with a networking reception at Blue Mountain Bistro.

The workshop is free of charge but registration is required.

To register for the Fort McMurray workshop, email your name and contact information by March 16 to: OptikLocal@telus.com.

About TELUS Optik Local

TELUS Optik Local supports compelling, original stories told by filmmakers from BC and Alberta by providing production funding, training and exposure to new audiences. Programs are distributed for free on TELUS Optik TV on Demand and online.

About the National Screen Institute

Renowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally TelevisionNSI Drama PrizeNSI New VoicesNSI Features FirstMovie Central Script to ScreenShaw Media Diverse TV DirectorNSI Aboriginal Documentary, TELUS STORYHIVE and TELUS Optik™ Local.

NSI also offers exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television, and digital media industry at nsi-canada.ca.

Calls for Submissions

Artist opportunities via Alberta Foundation for the Arts

The Sled Island Music & Arts Festival (June 22 – 26, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta) is currently accepting project proposals for the festival’s 2016 visual art programming. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2016 at 11:59pm MST.


Submissions are now open for Pumphouse Theatre Art Gallery Emerging Artist Exhibit. Deadline February 19th, 2016.


The Works Art & Design Festival Art Market calling all artists, designers, artisans and craftspersons. Early bird rates are available until February 15.


NORTHWESTFEST (formerly ‘Global Visions’) is Canada’s longest-running documentary film festival, taking place over 10 days each May. The deadline for Alberta artists is February 14.


winterREELS 2016

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

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

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

Tickets for the Screening Party are free and available at www.ymmfma.com.

“The Good Survivor” – Storyhive Short Film Contest


Help support local filmmakers submission to the 2015 Storyhive Short Film Contest

“A human story in an inhuman world”



The world has ended and only a few scattered survivors scavenge an undead land. Dylan, a young man with cerebral palsy, was not built for these times but tries to show he’s not a burden to Steve, his travel companion. When Steve is left unable to protect Dylan or himself, it is up to Dylan to prove that he can be the good survivor.


Starring: Dylan Thomas, Steve Reeve, Dave Boutilier and Ashley Laurenson


“We plan on shooting this film in Fort McMurray AB  and appreciate all the local help and support to getting this story told. There are daily behind the scenes and promo videos that will be released between now and November 9th.” – Tito Guillen






Director Returns to Fort McMurray for YMMIFF & Community Workshops

Director Cody Bown at the 2014 Fort McMurray International Film Festival.

Director Cody Bown at the 2014 Fort McMurray International Film Festival.

Director Cody Bown is one of the judges for the Fort McMurray International Film Festival (YMMIFF). Cody’s work has appeared in a number of film festivals, including the 2013 and 2015 Cannes Film Festival. On September 5 & 6, Cody will be conducting two filmmaking workshops. The workshops  will give local filmmakers (and film enthusiasts) an edge on how to work through the pre-production, production, and post-production processes. 

Recently, the Fort McMurray Filmmakers Association sat down with Cody Bown to find out more about why these types of learning opportunities, and the Fort McMurray International Film Festival, are important for Wood Buffalo filmmakers.

Explain what you think the value of attending the sessions would be for local filmmakers and film enthusiasts?
When I was younger I didn’t have these opportunities, and I would have loved to get firsthand knowledge of the industry before taking the plunge going forward into film, not knowing if it was going to be for me or not. School teaches you one way to do things, but you learn so much more with hands on experience, and that is what I’m hoping to pass on.

How would you encourage a person who is considering a career in film? What would you suggest the first steps be?
I’m trying to encourage any and every one to pursue film. It’s such a wonderful way of telling stories. It’s very important to do your homework though, if you’re going to attend a school, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into, do not rush into choosing a school. If you’re not looking to go the school route, then I would suggest getting on set experience and learning indirectly from the director/producer by watching the way they do things.

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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 www.suncor.fmcschools.ca.


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 www.suncor.fmcschools.ca.


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 www.suncor.fmcschools.ca.
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 www.suncor.fmcschools.ca.


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 www.suncor.fmcschools.ca.


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 www.suncor.fmcschools.ca.


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 www.suncor.fmcschools.ca.


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 www.fortmachandcrafted.com.
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 www.suncor.fmcschools.ca.


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 www.suncor.fmcschools.ca.


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 www.suncor.fmcschools.ca.