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Sled Island 2019 Volunteer Opportunities

 Sled Island Music & Arts Festival which is held annually at 30+ venues across Calgary’s downtown core. Our 13th edition will take place from June 19 – 23, 2019. Each year, hundreds of volunteers help us make the festival possible. In return, volunteers receive a free festival pass that gives them access to all Sled Island music, comedy, art and film events, discounts for goods and services at select businesses around the city and many more perks! It also gives them an opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and to get acquainted with Calgary’s music and arts community.

There are many volunteer roles available such as admitting festival goers at venues, helping with the installation of art exhibits, or serving drinks at various events. We need a variety of talents to fill our wide range of positions and can accommodate different schedules and abilities. This year, in order to foster added engagement of youth participation with the festival, we have reduced the amount of volunteer participation for those who are 16 & 17 years old to only 8 hours.

Inclusivity is incredibly important to us here at Sled Island, and we want to ensure that all Calgarians have the chance to participate in this diverse and one-of-a-kind festival. Folks can also find more information on our website at or by contacting us at

Volunteer registration is now open!

Kyle Visvanathan (He/ Him) & Paul McMillan (He/ Him)
Sled Island | Volunteer Coordination Team

Volunteer for Sled Island 2019!
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Alberta Culture Days Grant Funding Now Available!

Alberta Culture Days Grant Funding Now Available!

Pictured Above: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Arts Education Day
Photo Credit: Alberta Culture and Tourism

It’s time to put the call out for artists, volunteers and organizers – Alberta Culture Days is coming! Across the province, plans are already starting to come together for the largest three day provincial celebration of arts, heritage, culture and community. What are you going to do at the end of September to share your unique and amazing culture with Albertans?

Alberta Culture Days is your opportunity to reach out to new audiences and showcase your organization and community. For three days, every community’s unique culture is on display for Albertans to enjoy. Join us in the celebration of our culture!

Once again, the Government of Alberta is providing funding to assist community organizations in hosting Alberta Culture Days events. Grant applications are now open. Community organizations can apply for up to $10,000 to celebrate and showcase their culture between September 27 to 29. Applications will close April 4 at 4:30 p.m. More information and application forms can be found at

“Alberta Culture Days gives us all a greater understanding of the arts, culture, diversity and community spirit in Alberta. Last year was one of our best yet, and we are excited to see what Albertans bring to 2019. I encourage all communities and organizations to apply for an Alberta Culture Days grant to share their art, music, history and food this September.”

Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism

Apply for funding and join us in the celebration of

Alberta Culture Days, September 27 to 29.

We want you to be a part of our celebration! Apply now to become a Feature, Host or Pop Up Celebration Site for Alberta Culture Days celebrations.

  • Feature Celebration Site – Sites offering three days of family-friendly programming during Alberta Culture Days, eligible for up to $10,000 in funding support.
  • Host Celebration Site – Sites offering two days of family-friendly programming during Alberta Culture Days, eligible for up to $5,000.
  • Pop Up Celebration Site – Sites offering one days of family-friendly programming during Alberta Culture Days, eligible for up to $1,000.

More details on the Alberta Culture Days grants can be found at This site also features a number of event planning resources and customizable promotional tools.

We look forward to having you join us for Alberta’s largest celebration of our culture during Alberta Culture Days September 27 to 29, 2019.

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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.

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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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Upcoming Webinar: Creating Effective Boards

The Webinar Series for Arts Presenters continues next week! Don’t miss out on this free professional development opportunity.

Sign up now for our next webinar, focusing on board development and support:

Creating Effective Boards

FacilitatorSandra Thomson

DateWed, March 7th, 2-3pm EST (for professional presenters) or Wed, March 14th, 2-3pm EST (for volunteer presenters)

This one hour webinar will provide proven methods to deal with common issues experienced by many non-profit boards. Participants will come away with very practical tools and step-by-step instructions on how to kick start the board development process and create an effective, self-renewing board.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Board roles and responsibilities
  • Barriers to board effectiveness
  • The board development process
  • Succession planning
  • Board committees

This is a free webinar offered by Ontario Presents and the Atlantic Presenters Association, with the support of Canadian Heritage.

Upcoming Webinars:

Clarifying Community Engagement

April 4th, 11am (professional) and 6:30pm (volunteer)
Led by Jane Marsland

Be Prepared: Supporting Volunteers for Success

May 2nd, 11am (professional) and 6:30pm (volunteer)
Led by Donna Lockhart

For more info:

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January deTour: Member News & Announcements

Member News & Announcements

Country, folk and soul artists compete for next $10,000 Edmonton Music Prize


Three local music acts received a new year’s boost to their ca

reers Thursday after being announced as finalists for the 2017 Edmonton Music Prize.

Alternative soul singer Nuela Charles, country singer Dan Davidson and the transatlantic folk act 100 Mile House were picked from 28 initial nominations and a subsequent shortlist of 10 names released in December.

The first-place winner will receive $10,000, with the two runners-up getting $1,000 each. Winners will be announced at a reception Jan. 30.

This is the prize’s fifth year. It is sponsored by the City of Edmonton through the Edmonton Arts Council and administered by Alberta Music. […]

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Colored Pencil with Dee Poisson, Feb 10, Cost $55
Art Journaling with Terrie Shaw, Feb 24/25, Cost $125
Emptyness of Detail, Watercolors with Graham Flatt, Mar 9-11, Cost $155
Luminous Oil Florals, with Sharon Lynn Williams, Mar 24/25, Cost $125
Whimsical in Oil or Acrylic with Cindy Revell, Apr 21/22, Cost $125

Visit for updates on workshops, comprehensive information, supply list and to register.

Canada Service Corps and Pan-Canadian Volunteer Matching Platform

Through the Canada Service Corps initiative, the Government of Canada will work closely with national, regional, and local organizations to engage and inspire young Canadians, and to connect youth with meaningful service opportunities in their communities.

Volunteer Canada has been actively involved in creating one of the components – a Pan-Canadian Volunteer Matching Platform – linking volunteer matching systems of participating local volunteer centres. So far, 47 centres across the country have joined the platform, and there are between 50,000 and 77,000 volunteer opportunities currently available.

Over the next few months, Volunteer Canada will continue to connect interested volunteer centres, and create tools and resources for organizing youth-friendly volunteer activities. If you have any questions, or would like your centre to be part of this project, please contact Volunteer Alberta for information.

Everyone is Welcome! 5 Ways to Expand Your Audience

Facilitator: Constance Exley, Accessibility Ontario

Date: Tuesday, February 6th (11am-12pm for professional presenters, 6:30-7:30pm for volunteer presenters)

Arts organizations always want to expand their audience and one of the ways to do that is to consider how you can be more accessible… Join us in this webinar to learn about low cost/no cost ways that you, as a presenter, can implement immediately to create communications, programming, and physical spaces that will better serve all audience members.

This is a free webinar offered by Ontario Presents and the Atlantic Presenters Association, with the support of Canadian Heritage.

A Note from Bill Masters, White Rose Music and Arts Society

I thought that I would send along a note to let the members know how pleased we were with Krystle dos Santos. We first saw Krystle two years ago at showcase and were impressed. We presented Krystle doing her Motown show at the Leduc Maclab theatre last October and we’re very pleased. Krystle put on a professional show and was very easy to deal with and appreciative of the opportunity. I would recommend Krystle to other fellow presenters.

Bill Masters
White Rose Music and Arts Society

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OnStage 2017 Internship Opportunities

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta presents OnStage, a program offering professional feedback to performing 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 25 minutes of one-on-one feedback. The panel will react to the performance, critique promotional materials, and can also recommend future directions for artists.

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta represents artists and presenters from across the province. Its programs promote and nurture arts touring, provide networking opportunities and access to professional development, which is made possible thanks to our funders: Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canadian Heritage.

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta is working with Volunteer Alberta‘s Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP) to provide post-secondary students in the capital region with the unique opportunity to gain experience in event management by taking on the roll of one of our four OnStage Facilitator Interns. 

  • OnStage: Edmonton  session will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017
  • OnStage: Calgary  session will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2017
  • OnStage: Grande Prairie  session will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017
  • OnStage: Medicine Hat  session will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017

For more details and to apply go to