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Alberta Showcase 2018 Evaluation

Greetings Alberta Showcase 2018 Delegates,

Each year at Showcase we ask for your feedback on the conference. The valuable information gathered in this survey helps us make improvements to Showcase every year.

If you submit your survey response by November 17th, you will be entered in a draw to receive ONE FREE registration to Alberta Showcase 2019.

Thanks for your participation!

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 or at 705-523-6200.

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Routing Opportunity: The Wardens

East Region Or Anyone With A Gap In Your Season

The Wardens will be traveling through and have a gap in their routing:

  • Friday, February 22, 2019 – Westlock
  • Saturday, February 23, 2019 – Open
  • Sunday, February 24, 2019 – Daysland

With performances equal to the mastery of the ranger tradeThe Wardens – Scott Ward, Bradley Bischoff and Ray Schmidt – are a Banff National Park-based trio whose stories rise from the very land they’ve protected for the past 60+ years.

The Wardens’ mountain music – blending folk, roots and western styles – is a piece of Canadiana reflecting the pristine wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. The trio have performed at Folk Alliance International, Canmore Folk Fest, Alberta Showcase and shared the stage with Blue Rodeo, Paul Brandt, Scenic Route to Alaska and Ian Tyson.


Bookings: Bradley Bischoff | | 403-679-9648

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Way-To-Go-Productions Dates Available

Over the past 8 years Way-To-Go Productions has created and produced TEN hugely successful concerts that have performed to sold-out audiences at over 80 theatres across North America. We are extremely proud of our reputation for delivering to Presenters the highest calibre of entertainment with superb musicianship. Our singers and musicians are among the best in the world, playing 16 stringed instruments that thrill audiences.

Way-To-Go Productions shows are a cut above the rest, telling fascinating stories, with warmth and humour, while celebrating the music of legendary artists. Audiences are on their feet cheering at the end of each and every performance.

Tour dates looking to fill:
-Fall of 2019 (at the moment the only dates we have in the fall from Sept to Dec of 2019 are Sept. 17th to 21st)
-Spring of 2020 from mid March to end of May  (at the moment we are booked Jan/Feb and into the first week of March here in Ontario) so ideally we could tour out west in the fall of 2019, or spring of 2020
Note: The summers we are usually busy doing summer seasons in Ontario
Contact for bookings:
Leisa Way
1 Park Lane, Orangeville, ON  L9W 4E3

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CAPACOA: Presenters’ Vitality and Impact Survey

Want to know the economic impact of your work?

Want to gauge where your presenting practice stands compared to your peers?

Want to make a case for more public support of presenting?

Canadian presenting networks are partnering to conduct a pan-Canadian survey of presenters that will set new benchmarks for performance measurement and for case-making. This will be the biggest survey of this kind since The Value of Presenting.

More from the CAPACOA Website:

Vitality and Impact Survey

The Presenters’ Vitality and Impact Survey is a pan-Canadian survey of performing arts presenters and festivals led collaboratively by presenting networks. It will gather information about the scope, vitality, economic impact, and practices in the presenting sector. This initiative will contribute to performance measurement in the sector, to strategic watch over the health of the sector, and to advocacy.

Hill Strategies Research was hired to conduct the survey, which will be fielded in September and October. If you have any question about this initiative or if you wish to join the advisory committee, please contact Frédéric Julien, Director of Research and Development at CAPACOA.

The survey will launch September 5th. Look out for the survey invitation in your inbox: we need your input.

Advisory Committee

  • Sylvain Aumont, Réseau des grands espaces
  • Rebecca Ballarin, Supporting Performing Arts in Rural Communities
  • Kerry Clarke, Calgary Folk Festival
  • Natalie Dewan, Ontario Presents
  • Jane Gabriels, Made in BC – Dance on tour
  • Ellen Hamilton, Qaggiavuut
  • Pam Patil, The MT Space and IMPACT
  • Julie-Anne Richard, RIDEAU
  • Bill Usher, Kicking Horse Culture

Participating networks and associations

  • Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta
  • Atlantic Presenters Association
  • British Columbia Touring Council
  • Folk Music Ontario
  • Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance
  • Jazz Festivals Canada
  • Made in BC – Dance on tour
  • Manitoba Arts Network
  • Music Canada Live
  • N3
  • Ontario Presents
  • Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Council
  • Réseau des grands espaces
  • Réseau Ontario
  • Supporting Performing Arts in Rural Communities
  • The CanDance Network
  • Western Roots Artistic Directors
  • World Routes Network


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

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Arts Day on the Hill 2018

Register for Arts Day on the Hill 2018

Are you, or do you want to be, an Arts Advocate who would like to join the Canadian Arts Coalition for Arts Day on the Hill this year?

This year’s Arts Day on the Hill is on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 in Ottawa. We welcome you to register for the day which includes a training webinar, at least one meeting with an MP or Senator, and an evening reception with arts delegates and members of parliament. There is a $25 registration fee, which covers the cost of the training webinar, meeting, and reception.

Training Webinars are mandatory and are on September 24th (English) and September 25th (French) at 12pm ET.

Click Here to Register:


The Canadian Arts Coalition Makes Recommendations for the 2019 Federal Budget

The  Canadian  Arts Coalition is proud to share its  two Budget 2019 recommendations. These pre-budget recommendations  take into account the economic competitiveness of several stakeholders,  both organizations and individuals. These recommendations were identified as  priorities by 30 member associations – representing thousands of artists and hundreds  of arts organizations – during consultations held in June 2018.

Read more about our recommendations on Fair Taxation for Artistsand the Canada Arts Presentation Fund in our Pre-Budget Brief.

Click Here to Read More:

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#PlayOnBeat and Win with the Culture Days Contest

#PlayOnBeat with Culture Days

Culture Days and Sun Life Financial invite you to #PlayOnBeat! In the spirit of our national programming theme ‘OnBeat’, this year’s contest calls for players to explore the world of rhythm through five video interviews with artists. After watching each video, test your knowledge — answer the question correctly to be entered to Win* the $1500.00 grand prize of a travel voucher, or one of 12 pairs of Cineplex movie passes!

For full Culture Days’ #PlayOnBeat details click:

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Art Society Of Strathcona County Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Workshops:

  •           Doris Charest, Mixed Media, Sept 8 & 9, …$140
  •           Anne McCartney, Plein Aire W/C, September 10, 17, 24,… $65
  •           Margaret Klappstein, Beginner Watercolor, Sept 12, 19, 26,.. $65
  •           Shelly Telle, Alcohol Ink on Yupo, Oct 13, 14, …$140
  •           Joyce Boyer, Beginner Oil, Oct 3, 10, 17 …$65
  •           Brent Laycock, Abstraction in Watercolor,  Nov 1 & 2, …$140
  •           Cam Wilson, Pen/Ink & Watercolors, Nov 3 & 4, …$140

Phone 780 449 4443, email

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Employment Opportunity: Professional Programming Assistant, St. Albert


Organization          City of St. Albert
Department           Cultural Services
Location                  5 St. Anne Street
Wage                        $22.73 – $27.67 per hour
Closing Date          August 30, 2018
Competition #      18/159


Are you looking for a part-time opportunity to work in a fast paced, creative, dynamic and energetic environment? St. Albert is a city rich in arts and heritage, with superior cultural opportunities for the enjoyment and learning of many. The Cultural Services Department strives to provide positive experiences in several areas, including visual and performing arts, as well as the Arden Theatre, International Children’s Festival and St. Albert Children’s Theatre.

Reporting to the Professional Programming Presenter, this position is responsible for supporting the professional performing arts presenting of events and program at the City of St. Albert. These include: the Arden Theatre, International Children’s Festival, as well as performing arts presenting components of special projects (Amplify Youth Festival, Servus Place, etc.).

As the Professional Programming Assistant, you will:

  • liaise with artists, agents, artist managers, promoters and record companies to support the coordination of tours and performances to take place in specified venues;
  • support the Professional Programming Presenter in the execution of contracts, processing of artist fees and per diems for events;
  • develop and maintain strong connections with internal staff involved in special events/festivals, small or lower profile arts organizations as well as local and regional event planners that help to increase St. Albert’s profile;
  • research similar programming and audience demographics in other markets to support the professional programming goals of the department;
  • assist with logistics such as catering, accommodation, transportation, work authorization permits, visas, cargo and specials requests for artists; and
  • act as artist liaison and assist with patron services in support of Front-of-House staff during Professional shows.


  • A diploma or undergraduate degree in a related field of study.
  • Prior experience with arts administration, front of house, reading artist contracts, and work related to performing arts.
  • Some programming knowledge in music (roots, world, blues jazz, pop, folk, and classical), theatre, film and dance.
  • Some understanding of family programming in all genres to meet the unique programming needs of the International Children’s Festival and the Family Series would be beneficial.
  • Knowledge of technical theatre operations and previous work experience in a festival setting is an asset.
  • A valid Class 5 driver’s license.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.


Approximately 16 – 24 hours per week based on operational need. This position will require a mix of daytime, evening and weekend work.


$22.73 – $27.67 per hour

The successful applicant will be required to obtain a clear vulnerable sector police information check.

Qualified applicants are invited submit their cover letter and resume via the City of St. Albert Employment website

We wish to express our appreciation to all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. However, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.