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Calgary Arts Professionals Survey

The first Calgary Arts Professionals Survey was released in 2014 and provided a series of insights into the lives of artists, arts administrators, and arts educators. The 2017 survey again asks arts professionals about issues related to their career path, access to space and resources, health and wellness, housing, and perceptions of Calgary. The 10 to 15 minute anonymous survey provides critical information about those working in the arts sector. Survey results will be used to help inform future arts development activities in Calgary.

About the Calgary Arts Professionals Survey:

  • Results from the survey will be used to help inform future arts development activities in Calgary.
  • Participate in the 2017 Calgary Arts Professionals Survey and enter to win one of two $500 gift cards.
  • Strong participation helps show how art is made in Calgary, and how Calgary is faring as city for those who work in the arts.
  • 2011 Census Data showed the median earnings from an artist were just over $24,000.
  • 85% of respondents in 2014 rated their quality of life positively.
  • Good, but not great… yet. 60% of respondents in 2014 said Calgary is a good place to be an artist.
  • A full report on the 2017 Calgary Arts Professionals Survey will be available by the end of 2017.

Take the Survey:

Check out the 2014 Survey here:

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In Memory of Lawrie Seligman

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Lawrie Seligman. Lawrie worked at Horizon Stage and the City of Spruce Grove for 14 years, first as Theatre Manager, then Director of Cultural Services.

Lawrie started as a student actor and director at the University of Toronto, then moved on to study film at Boston University. He began his professional life as a film editor at the National Film Board in Montreal before returning to Toronto to continue working in live theatre. When he first came to Edmonton, he worked at the Citadel Theatre.

Soon after, Lawrie was invited to Vancouver to train with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He worked as producer of radio drama at CBC Edmonton, studied television production at the BBC in London, England, then came back to Alberta with CBC Calgary. For the next ten years, Lawrie directed at theatres and opera companies across the country. He settled in for a spell at Kelowna, BC where he was Artistic Director and General Manager of Sunshine Theatre.

From 2000 – 2014, Lawrie worked at Horizon Stage and the City of Spruce Grove. He was tireless in his resolve to introduce his audiences to a wide variety of artists. He firmly believed that great talent should be accessible in all regions, and that with a little creativity, we could achieve great things. Lawrie will be missed, loved, and remembered for his contribution not only to our work, but to our lives. We are better people for having known him.

A Gathering for Lawrie

Wednesday, September 207:009:00pm
Horizon Stage, 1001 Calahoo Road, Spruce Grove, AB

Any questions can be directed to Brandi Wurtz, Theatre Manager – Horizon Stage
780-962-7634 ext 114 |

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CBC/Radio-Canada – Appointment Opportunities on the Board of Directors

On June 20, 2017, the Minister of Canadian Heritage announced the creation of an Independent Advisory Committee for Appointments to the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors. This Independent Advisory Committee, which has the mandate of conducting selection processes for the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors, will present its recommendations of qualified candidates to the Minister of Canadian Heritage. The Committee has six months to conduct the three selection processes.

To help those of you who will be sharing these opportunities with your respective networks, here are some suggestions you could use on your social networks:

CBC/Radio-Canada is transforming the way it engages with Canadians in a rapidly changing environment by making the public broadcaster more local, more digital, and more ambitious in its Canadian programming. Contribute to this transformation – apply today!

Looking for talented Canadians to support CBC transformation. Apply today!

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Horizon Stage Job Posting: Ticket Centre Administrator (Temporary)

The City of Spruce Grove is now hiring a Ticket Centre Administrator (Temporary) for Horizon Stage’s 2017 – 2018 season to cover a six month paternity leave.

The City of Spruce Grove is a fast growing, dynamic city committed to building and maintaining a fiscally responsible community that serves our residents, attracts visitors and promotes future growth. Through the actions of the Values We Live By, accountability, communication, leadership, integrity and respect are encouraged, while maintaining a work, play balance.

Position Overview:
This position is a Six (6) month term position starting August 25, 2017 ending February 13, 2018.This position is responsible for the daily operation of the City Hall Ticket Centre and administrative duties related to Horizon Stage and Cultural Services. In addition, the incumbent supports City sanctioned events, and is a City liaison for the Spruce Grove Saints Junior A Hockey Team. The position reports to the Theatre Manager.

Competition Number:RC 2017 0033
Position Title:Ticket Centre Administrator (Temporary)
Job Type:Temporary Full Time
Closing Date:July 19, 2017 at 10PM MST

Visit… for more details and to apply!


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Arts Touring Alliance Updates: PDF Invoices

Good News Everyone!

We have added a new feature that allows you to download a pdf invoice of your purchase. No more waiting on the office staff to send you an invoice!

  • Go through the normal process of purchasing an item from the shop (Advertising, Membership, Sponsorship, etc).
  • Select the “Pay by Cheque” option at checkout.
  • Go to My Account
  • Select Orders

  • On the Orders page you will see a list of your orders with the option to “View” or “PDF Invoice”
  • Click on “PDF Invoice” to download

  • Make cheque payments payable to “Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta” and mail to the Arts Touring Alliance Office ( 11759 Groat Road, Edmonton, AB T5M 3K6)

Invoices have also been generated for previous orders, so you can download invoices for previously paid orders also.

Please Note: Invoices are also downloadable for all purchases, so your payment option at checkout does not effect an invoice being generated.

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Summer Employment Opportunity: Community Outreach Assistant

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta in partnership with Canada Summer Jobs is offering students a unique opportunity to gain experience in research and marketing in the touring arts sector by taking on the roll of our Community Outreach Assistant.

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.

  • Duties and Expectations:
    • Assist the Membership Services Coordinator with communications to the membership and public on behalf of the organization
    • Act as the point of contact for information regarding registration for the organization’s annual conference
    • Assist with research and surveys on behalf of the organizations membership in accordance with the mandate of the organization
    • Assist the Membership Services Coordinator and Executive Director with daily tasks as requested
  • Qualifications:
    • Enrolled in a post secondary program for Arts & Cultural Management or Marketing
    • Education in Arts Administration/Management, Marketing, Event Planning, Music, Theatre, and/or Dance
    • Basic knowledge and experience with social media, research and survey practices, and excel spreadsheets
    • An appreciation and passion for arts and culture is a major asset
  • Hours:
    • 32 hours per week
  • Compensation:
    • $14.00
  • Location:
    • Arts Touring Alliance Office – 11759 Groat Road, Edmonton, AB
  • Start Date:
    • May 5, 2017 (negotiable – 9 week position with potential for extension)

As part of our commitment to diversity in the workplace, we strongly encourage aboriginal and visible minority students to apply. Consideration of applications will begin immediately; however, the competition will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Submit your cover letter and resume to

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OnStage Internships 2017

We hosted three successful OnStage workshops in Edmonton, Calgary and Grande Prairie respectively. It was the first year we had student interns facilitating the Edmonton and Calgary workshops, and here is what our interns had to say about their stint with us:

Elka Eisenzimmer, OnStage: Edmonton Facilitator – SCiP Internship

The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta was my first SCiP internship and I am so grateful it was! Immediately, I clicked with Shannon. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor. She has so much knowledge and is willing to share that knowledge. You can tell she is passionate about her job and working with her definitely made my experience.

When I applied, I did not know what the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta was nor I had I heard of it. Over my two-week internship, I quickly fell in love with the organization and saw the immediate benefits of the work they do. My role was to facilitate OnStage: Edmonton, a program offering professional feedback to performing artists who are interested in touring within Alberta. My first task was to attend the Rising Stars Emerge Extravaganza at The Needle Vinyl Tavern. I watched seventeen very talent young singer songwriters for an afternoon and I was blown away by the talent. It made me contemplate my life and what I had done in my twenty-eight years! I had to choose four artists to invite to OnStage. This was quite the challenge. After some deliberating, I sent the approval and rejection e-mails, developed a schedule, and disseminated workshop information to the selected artists. Through the process, I gained a better understand of technical requirements needed for a live show and learned about stage plots. There were a few scheduling conflicts along the way but that is part of the fun. The day finally came, it was very early, and day-light savings had just taken place. So, it was really early and everyone was tired. But as the artists arrived you could feel the excitement and see the smiles on their faces. Once the panelists and artists arrived the day began with an orientation I prepared. The first artist hit the stage and the day just seemed to fly by. Each artist had fifteen minutes to perform followed by twenty-five minutes of feedback. The feedback provided by the panelists was respectful and constructive. I felt like a proud parent watching the artists perform and receive their feedback. It was such a positive, inspiring experience.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to intern with the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta. It exposed me to the need and benefit of workshops and showcases for artists. The educational side of the industry never really crossed my mind. All other professions have access to training so why not musicians. This experience also introduced me to the emerging artists in Alberta and allowed me to network. I am new to this province so that was a very beneficial part of my experience. Since, my internship finished I have been telling everyone about the work that the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta does.

I hope to volunteer with the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta in the future and assist with Alberta Showcase! Thank you Shannon and Steve for all that you do! It is appreciated not only by me but also the artists across Alberta!

Zach Herbers, OnStage: Calgary Facilitator – SCiP Internship 

I am a fourth-year Bachelor of Commerce student with a strong interest in the music industry, and SCiP was a great opportunity for me to get involved with organizing an important event, OnStage Calgary, which focused greatly on providing emerging Albertan musicians with a chance to perform and receive insightful and useful constructive feedback from a panel of music professionals. Prior to the event, I spent some time going through the artist applications for the Calgary event, which consisted of a diverse music styles, ranging from Pop, Country, Folk, Blues and R&B. I was impressed with the young age of many of these artists; it is always great to see young kids with the courage and ambition to get up on stage, perform, and receive the constructive criticism that all emerging artists need to perfect their craft.

Each artist that performed demonstrated not only the courage to perform live, but also a unique style and concrete musical strengths. This was really inspiring and encouraging; Alberta has a thriving music scene, and there is no question in my mind that opportunities such as OnStage can have a huge impact on encouraging and supporting talented musicians who are just beginning to perform live. Without programs like this, I doubt that Alberta music would be as diverse and fertile as it is today.

The critique panel was very impressive, as it consisted entirely of seasoned music industry professionals. I enjoyed the opportunity to sit in during the feedback sessions after each artist performed; 25 minutes of uncensored, real and constructive feedback was delivered. The panelists would give their honest opinions to the artists, giving them advice on both musical and promotional aspects, ranging from vocal and stage performance advice, to comments on genre and set list selection, as well as advice on how they, as musicians, can brand their own image and market themselves. From my experience sitting through these sessions, I can honestly say that much of this feedback was extremely valuable to the artists, as it is truly a rare opportunity for an artist to have the undivided attention of so many live music experts at once.

I would encourage any post-secondary student who wants experience in organizing a live music event to apply for the OnStage SCiP internship, as they will be given the opportunity to create the schedule according to genre and tech needs, as well as the responsibility of “running the show.” The opportunity to observe how industry professionals critique and value aspects of a live performance is also valuable for anyone who wants to be involved with live music in any capacity.

I would also strongly encourage all emerging Albertan musicians of any age to apply for OnStage. The feedback is priceless, and is a great experience for any musician seeking to improve their performance and image. It is also a great networking experience, as artists will meet facilitators of larger live events, agents and promotors. Any chance to perform live is important from a career perspective, but the added value of receiving feedback and networking are priceless, and can open doors for future opportunities. I hope that OnStage continues to thrive, and this can only happen when there are musicians taking advantage of the opportunity. I think that OnStage and SCiP are vital to the arts in Alberta, so I hope that awareness of the program and the value it can provide continues to increase with regards to both musicians and individuals like myself who have an interest in the music industry.

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2017 OnStage: Grande Prairie

Arts Touring Alliance in partnership with the Bear Creek Folk Music Festival presents OnStage: Grande Prairie, a program offering professional feedback to artists who are interested in touring dates in Alberta.

OnStage: Grande Prairie will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Grande Prairie Live Theatre.

OnStage: Professional Development for Touring Artists 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. If you are applying for Alberta Showcase it is advisable to do the spot you are proposing. The panel will react to the performance, critique promotional materials, and can also recommend future directions for artists.

The Arts Touring Alliance 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.

Bear Creek Folk Music Festival features 4 stages with over 30 provincial, national, and international touring artists performing from a wide range of genres, including country, Celtic, blues, gospel, Americana, bluegrass, world music, contemporary and traditional folk, rock , and many things in between. With its diverse and high-calibre lineup, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Space at OnStage is limited. Email for details.

More information and Artist Applications are available online at:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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City of St. Albert Seeks Fund Development Associate

As Alberta’s ‘Botanical Arts City’, St. Albert is a community renowned for its botanical arts, its commitment to a green lifestyle and the cultivation of activities that provide for a well rounded quality of life. Our employees provide over 64,000 residents with high-quality programs and services and are proud to contribute to making St. Albert one of the best places to live in Canada.

The City of St. Albert’s Cultural Services department promotes the development of arts and cultural programs and services for our residents. We are looking for an experienced fund development professional to join our team in a position which plays an integral role in ensuring adequate resources exist to continue delivering exceptional Cultural programs and events to the community.

As the Fund Development Associate, you will be responsible for generating revenue through sponsors, donations, advertising sales and grants for cultural programs and initiatives such as The Arden Theatre, St. Albert Children’s Theatre, Amplify Youth Festival, Public Art and special projects/events. The Fund Development Associate will also develop alternate revenue generating streams for the department. You will draw on your strong communication and interpersonal skills to build and nurture relationships with granting agencies and corporate and private partners to develop and implement programs to support growth in revenues. The position is also responsible for the preparation of grant applications and subsequent reports, and ensuring they are submitted as per the terms of the funding agreement.

Full job posting can be found here: Fund Development Associate Feb 2017.pdf

Deadline to Apply: February 27, 2017

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

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Burlington Performing Arts Centre Seeks Executive Director

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre (BPAC) invites  suggestions and expressions of interest in the position of Executive Director for the Burlington Performing Arts Centre in Burlington, ON.

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, located in the heart of downtown Burlington, is a new 63,000 sq. foot facility that opened in 2011.  The building, designed by Diamond + Schmitt Inc., is LEED-certified (leadership in energy and environmental design), Ontario’s first stand-alone green performing arts venue. 

The BPAC is managed by a separate not-for-profit organization with an independent board of directors (Burlington Theatre Board, Inc.), supported in part by the City of Burlington.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director–as the chief operating officer of the corporation–is charged with maintaining an effective fiscally responsible operating model for the performing arts centre, balancing between the Centre’s own presenting series, performances of community-based arts groups, and other community/corporate rentals and usage. 

The Executive Director is responsible for general operations, budget development, programming, strategy implementation, general administration, revenue generation, and community liaison, overseeing staff working in such areas as marketing, fund-raising, box office, front of house, technical and artistic operations, building maintenance, and finance. 

Chosen in 2016 as Canada’s  second “Best Place to Live” and the Best Mid-Size City in the country, the City of Burlington is home to a number of leading companies with global mandates. 

The complete job posting is attached here: BPAC 2017 Job Posting.pdf

Deadline to Apply: Friday, March 3, 2017

Submit a letter of interest, resume, and list of references to:

Margaret Genovese
Senior Partner
Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates
1103 – 77 Carlton Street
Toronto,  ON  M5B 2J7 Canada

For more information about the Burlington Performing Arts Centre: