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OnStage Workshops 2019

OnStage 2019 Workshops

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta presents OnStage, a program offering professional feedback to artists who are interested in touring dates in Alberta. OnStage gives musicians, singers, and performing groups an opportunity to meet with a panel of professional musicians and community presenters who are all familiar with Alberta Showcase. Artists present a 10-minute showcase then get feedback from each of the panelists. The panel will react to the performance, critique promotional materials, and can also recommend future directions for artists.


OnStage Edmonton

Sunday, March 10, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

MacEwan University
Allard Hall Theatre Lab
11110 – 104 Avenue, Edmonton

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 4, 2019


OnStage Calgary

Sunday, March 24, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Studio Bell
Performance Hall
850 – 4 St. SE, Calgary

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 18, 2019


OnStage: Artist Applications

Artist Applications for the OnStage Workshops are subject to a $25 processing fee plus applicable taxes. ($25 + 5%GST = $26.25CAD)

How do I apply?

Contact kennedy@artstouring.com to pay your application fee and send the completed application form and support materials.

OnStage performance slots are on a first-come-first-serve basis.

There are only 6 performance slots available per workshop so get your application in today!

https://www.artstouring.com/onstage/

 

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BVJ Homegrown Stage 2019

BVJ Homegrown Stage is open to applications for 2019!

Homegrown Stage Submission Information

  • The Homegrown Stage is certainly a stage on which to showcase your talent. The real magic of this showcase event is uncovering so many passionate artists who practice and perform for the love of music.
  • In order to be eligible for the showcase, you should be at least 18 years of age or less.
  • Vocalists/Singers – Solo, duets, trios and vocal groups accepted.
  • Genres of music accepted are; country, rock, pop, and folk.
  • No Bands
  • Soloists with accompaniests will be accepted.
  • A panel at Panhandle Productions will review all submissions and select acts based upon quality of their voice, vocal ability and technique.
  • A total of 6-10 Semi-Final acts will be invited to play on the Homegrown Stage at Big Valley Jamboree for a one (1) song performance in a one hour segment between August 1-4, 2019
  • Two (2) acts will be selected from each Semi-Final and will be asked to return to Two Rounds of  Finals on August 4th at 12:00 p.m & 3:00 p.m.
  • One (1) Peoples Choice Award will be selected during each of the 6 Semi-Final hours.
  • The Winner of the top position will be selected at the finals on August  4th between 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. and then will be whisked away to Main Stage to be featured in a one (1) song spot during Prime Time 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. August 4th, 2019.

Application Process

The process to the Homegrown Stage and Main Stage BVJ, is to:

  • first fill out a “Homegrown Stage Application Form” below
  • send application to irma@imacmanagement.com
  • send link of your performance video via email to irma@imacmanagement.com
  • once approved you will be contacted to Audition
  • after your audition and if you’re approved you’ll be pre-qualifying at VENUE-TBA (YEG) and then performing at the semi-finals at the Homegrown Stage during BVJ August 1-4, 2019

Please download the Homegrown Stage Information Package and review all information.
Please download the Homegrown Stage Application Form and follow all instructions at the bottom of the Form

Contact: Irma Macpherson irma@imacmanagement.com

Deadline for submissions is: March 15, 2019

Due to the large number of submissions priority will be given to earlier submissions.

Selections committee will notify Family Stage applicants in late March as to their status.

https://www.bigvalleyjamboree.com/bvj/information/contact/artist-submissions

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2019 Alberta Showcase: Artist Applications Open!

2019 Alberta Showcase Artist Applications Open!

Deadline to Apply: April 1st

Don’t miss your chance to grace the main stage and connect with Alberta arts presenters.

Artist Applications are processed through the I Want to Showcase website.

I Want to Showcase is a collaboration between partner performing arts conferences whose goal is simple: to offer performing artists a showcase application site that’s easy to navigate, understand, and use.

http://www.iwanttoshowcase.ca/alberta-showcase-2019/


Now in its 42nd year, Alberta Showcase brings touring artists together with community presenters searching for artists for special events, concert and performance series, and community celebrations. It is three days of showcasing the top performance artists interested in touring Alberta, that will inspire you!

Every October the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta brings together presenters from across Alberta who are searching for performing artists who will tour in their communities. Many of the soft-seat presenters offer subscription series. Some are simply cafes with one off concerts and events. They are looking for a diverse, challenging line-up of artists with broad audience appeal. Alberta Showcase 2019 will take place October 17-20 at the Shell Theatre in the Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta (just 30 minutes north of Edmonton). All applications are reviewed by a jury of presenters, performers, and promoters, and the top applicants are selected to showcase over the weekend.


Have questions or looking for advice?

Check out our Artist Applications Page: 

https://www.artstouring.com/alberta-showcase/showcase-applications/

Contact us: info@artstouring.com 

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Arts Touring Alliance Professional Development Sponsorship Workshops with Presenter Cameron Smillie

Arts Touring Alliance Professional Development 
Sponsorship Workshops with Presenter Cameron Smillie

Saturday, February 23     Calgary
Sunday, February 24     Edmonton

Registration Deadline: February 12

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta is pleased to host an interactive and fun day looking at steps to securing sponsorship.

Valuable for both Presenters and Artists, this one-day session will start off with basic strategies and evaluating sponsorship packages that members may already have in place. It will end with some role playing so participants are comfortable going back home with ideas they can implement immediately.

Everyone will receive a sample contract template and benefit bundle template to modify for their home town.  Samples of benefits at past events will be shared by the speaker.


Calgary – Saturday, February 23, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport
123 Freeport Blvd NE, Calgary

Hotel Discount Available:  If booking a hotel room, please indicate that you are attending the ATAA Sponsorship Workshop for a discount on your room.

Continental breakfast and soup/sandwich lunch included

Deadline for discounted hotel rate: February 4th


Edmonton – Sunday, February 24, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Delta Edmonton South
4404 Gateway Blvd. Edmonton

Hotel Discount Available: If booking a hotel room, please indicate that you are attending the ATAA Sponsorship Workshop for a discount on your room.

Continental breakfast and soup/sandwich lunch included

Deadline for discounted hotel rate: February 4th


To Register Email:   kennedy@artstouring.com

Fee:     $25.00 + GST = $26.25.  

Payment accepted by credit card or cheque. When registering please indicate which payment you prefer.


With over 25 years experience, Cameron Smillie wears many hats in both the corporate and performing arts world.  Under his company, Live at the Hippo Pool Events Inc., he has the distinction of having presented more of Canada’s Ballet Jorgen engagements than any other presenter, over 30 at last count.

His knowledge and experience in securing sponsorship is vast. To date, he has worked to secure sponsorship for over 60 presented engagements and is therefore sought after by national arts conferences to speak and give advice on this important subject.   His webinars, ‘The Value of Sponsorships – 101 Introduction and 201 Intermediate, have been popular as well and we are delighted to have him come to Alberta and share his knowledge with our members.

Live at the Hippo Pool Events provides consulting services across Canada to a range of clients including the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts, Alberta Ballet, Elora Community Theatre; Brampton Arts Council, Ballet Jorgen Canada, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Menaka Thakkar Dance Company and Ballet Kelowna.

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Webinar Series for Arts Presenters 2019

The Webinar Series for Arts Presenters returns for 2019 with four free webinars.

This year’s webinars will be open to all, but will be particularly geared towards volunteer presenters. Topics were determined based on your feedback.

Our first webinar, coming up on Tuesday, January 15th, will help you start the new year off right with self-care strategies for presenters!

The webinar series is a partnership between
Ontario Presents and the Atlantic Presenters Association


Coming Up Next: Self-care for Presenters

Facilitator: Matthew Eldridge, Clinic Coordinator at the Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre

Date: Tuesday, January 15th, Noon EST

Find Out More and Register >>


Past Webinars and Resources

Recorded webinars from the past four years are available for convenient viewing anytime at ontariopresents.ca. Explore important topics from volunteer recruitment to budget management with these free resources.

View webinars from past years:


Ontario Presents gratefully acknowledges the following public funders:

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

The Board and Staff of the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  All the very best in 2019!

Our offices will be closed from December 21st to January 2nd, so we wish you all the best and we will see you again in the new year.

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Art Society of Strathcona County: Christmas Market Place

Christmas Market Place

Nov 17 from 10-4pm, Nov 18 from 11-4pm

Local ASSC artists have been busy creating unique items for this one of a kind, not to be missed show.

Featuring:

Pottery   –   Fused Glass   –   Jewelry   –   Rustic Crafts

Unique Decorations   –   Sewing   –   Knitting   –   Carvings

Greeting Cards   –   Baking   –   Preserves

A. J. Ottewell Centre (Red Barn),  590 Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park

Admission is free!

Donations to the Strathcona Food Bank are gratefully accepted.

For more info call Joyce at 780-433-5950

Presented by the Arts Society of Strathcona County – www.artstrathcona.com

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AGM 2018 – Executive Director’s Report

ARTS TOURING ALLIANCE OF ALBERTA
Annual General Meeting
Sunday, October 21, 2018 11:00 AM
Dow Centennial Centre, Fort Saskatchewan

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT 2017-2018

 

Greetings Arts Touring Alliance Members. It is with great pleasure that I accepted the role of Executive Director for The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta. I look forward to using my 30-plus years in the arts industry in Alberta to further the goals of our organization and live performance in Alberta.

2017 Alberta Showcase – Highlights

Held at the beautiful Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan,
October 20 – 22

296 Delegates
47 First-Time Delegates
44 Artists – Featured

The Emerging Artist &Young Albertan performers were a hit yet again and we plan on continuing this opportunity for you to see the new and thriving artists who are coming into their own.

Auction brought in a record amount for Trevor Panczak. This money goes toward all the costs involved in producing Showcase.

Rhoda Taylor Award – Going to a very deserving person or group for their outstanding contribution to the live performance community in Alberta, but it was a special thrill to see former ATAA Executive Director Brenda O’Donnell receive the award in 2017.

Alberta Showcase App – available to all delegates through the Performing Arts Canada app, this app can be downloaded onto your mobile device to provide you with all of our showcase and conference information. It is available for download from the app store or via http://meaurl.com/PerformingArtsCanada

Professional Development Workshops – were conducted by Josh Gennings from The Dow, Nicholas Beach from The Jean and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre and Aimee Hill from All Access Entertainment.

Survey – Our post-showcase survey pointed out some highlights and lowlights about the 2017 conference. Thank you to those you took the time to fill out the survey. Your comments mean a lot to us and help to improve your experience at Alberta Showcase.

ARTS TOURING ALLIANCE OUTREACH

OnStage – Grande Prairie, Red Deer
OnStage is designed to provide professional touring artists a chance to perform in front of a panel of industry experts to improve their over-all performance skills as well as increase their chances of securing one of the coveted performance spots at Showcase. Most of the artists who have participated, in the last two years, have been quite new to the business and although we are happy to provide them support, we would like to attract those artists in which the workshop was designed for.

Going forward, OnStage will still be open to all professional artists, but a special invitation will be sent out to those who applied for showcase and did not get selected. A message will be included suggesting that participating in OnStage and getting valuable feedback could make the difference between getting a showcase spot or not.

Presenters Workshop – In early 2019 we will organize a Presenters Workshop in both Calgary and Edmonton to discuss issues that impact our members. Panel discussions and experts knowledgeable in subjects like on-line marketing, contracts and riders, succession, growing a new or sustaining an existing audience will be involved. If you have any topics that you would like to see discussed, please get in touch with me. I would love to hear from you, kennedy@artstouring.com

Administration
The ATAA had the pleasure of having an Arts and Cultural Management intern help us this summer. Yuri Kim performed several research projects that helped us identify suitable workshop sites, funding streams, community arts groups that include dance and/or theatre in their season and marketing strategies for professional development projects.

CAPACOA Survey – Our office sent out a national survey from CAPACOA asking you for an overall look at your practices and the economic impact of your community arts council. I know it is drudgery to fill these things out, but without reliable economic indicators, CAPACOA cannot lobby the government effectively on our behalf. I do encourage you to go online and fill out the survey:
http://www.capacoa.ca/en/services/research-and-development/vitality-and-impact-survey

APAC – Alberta Partners for Arts and Culture – Currently, we are exploring the drastic changes AGLC has made in non-profit casino licensing. The arts eligibility criteria changed in March of 2018 without stakeholder consultation or notice. The Calgary and Edmonton Chamber of Community Volunteer Organizations will be meeting with AGLC in this month of October to get more information about the shift in the casino environment. APAC will stay on top of this and update our partners.

A huge thank you must go out to our funders, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canadian Heritage. They not only provide The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta with the dollars to keep our doors open but offer advice and support throughout the year.

In closing, I would like to say thank you to our Alberta Showcase team: Josh Gennings, Terri Ponich and the Dow Centre, Don & Sherry Waddle and their Production Crew, Shannon Jones the ATAA Office Manager, Maria and Apulia Catering, and the Arts Touring Alliance Board of Directors. I look forward to many years working together with such a great organization.

Kennedy Jenson
Executive Director
Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta

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Booking Opportunity: Ennis Sisters, 2019

The Ennis Sisters of Newfoundland have 12 albums to their credit and have toured the world accumulating gold records along the way. They have performed in Alberta several times with return engagements for their regular four-piece Celtic show and for their extremely popular five-piece Christmas show that is regarded as one of the strongest family Christmas shows in Canada. Linda Andres of Bassano Arts says “The Ennis Sisters were absolutely fantastic! One of the very best concerts we have had in 33 years-and my personal favourite!

Ennis Sisters will tour in 2019 from Friday March 8th to Sunday March 17th. There are four open dates on that tour.  They will tour their Christmas show in Alberta in 2019 in the time frame Saturday November 30th to Sunday December 8th inclusive. There are open dates in that time frame with four venues committed to that tour now. Contact booking agent Bob Bale at bob.bale@outlook.com or at 705-523-6200.