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Employment Opportunity: Culture Projects Assistant

City of St. Albert Cultural Services Department

Cultural Projects Assistant – Permanent Full Time

Compensation: $50,463 – $61,396 per annum
Closing Date: May 10, 2018

Download a pdf of the Culture Projects Assistant Perm 2018

The successful applicant will be required to obtain a satisfactory police information check.

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


The City of St. Albert’s Cultural Services Department promotes the development of arts and cultural services throughout the community.

The Cultural Services team connect to the community through the programming and operation of the Arden Theatre, the International Children’s Festival and St. Albert Children’s Theatre. The Department offers performing arts classes, maintains studio facilities, coordinates the Art in Public Places program and manages a number of projects.

As the Culture Projects Assistant, you will provide support and assistance to a variety of programs and events supported through the Cultural Services Department including: the International Children’s Festival, Amplify Youth Festival, Mayors Celebration of the Arts, and St. Albert Children’s Theatre. In support of Cultural Services initiatives you will prepare and compile reports and correspondence, assemble donor/sponsor material, manage databases, prepare project timelines, and assist with organizational tasks and a multitude of administrative support functions.

Other responsibilities of this position include assisting in the preparation of monthly, quarterly and annual department reports, including budget preparation, as well as general administrative support for the department (e.g. letters, mailings, recording meeting notes, records management). You will also assist with website updates, the distribution of newsletters and social media.

You will take the lead on addressing incoming phone calls and visitors to the Cultural Services department and the Community and Protective Services Division in a prompt and courteous manner. You will research and answer general inquiries or refer to appropriate contacts, and provide backup for program registrations.


72 hours bi-weekly (Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 5:00 with a regular day off [RDO] every two weeks)
Occasional evening and weekend hours may be necessary during events.


  • High School Diploma with some post-secondary training. Completion of a technical, community college, business and computer training would be an asset.
  • Several years of office administration experience, specifically with a background in events support and project management.
  • Candidates must have strong word processing and database management skills. Intermediate user of the MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook and Power Point)
  • Strong organization and time management skills are necessary.
  • The role requires an individual with well developed customer service abilities, as you will represent the department while addressing telephone and in-person customer inquiries.
  • Exposure to a municipal environment as well as knowledge of City services and Community Services Programs are definite assets.
  • Knowledge of booking software such as CLASS is desirable.


$50,463 – $61,396 per annum. In addition, the City of St. Albert offers a generous and comprehensive flexible benefit package.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain a satisfactory police information check.

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


May 10, 2018

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.

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April deTour: Membership News & Announcements

The New North Collective is looking to fill dates October 10th and 11th.

NNC is a music and film project from Northern Canada that toured last January in Alberta to 4 communities – Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, The Esplanade, The Arden and Banff Centre.

The New North Collective (NNC) is an ensemble of performing artists from Yukon and Northwest Territories including spoken word artist/bassist Pat Braden and composer/performer Carmen Braden from the NWT; singer/songwriter Diyet from the Kluane First Nation, guitarist/ songwriter Graeme Peters, and percussionist Robert Van Lieshout from the Yukon; with multi- instrumentalist/ producer Jan de Vroede from Greenland bringing a circumpolar element. Together, they explore their ideas of north – from the land to the people; from the traditional to the contemporary. Their shared music focuses on an in-depth look at being a northern person and a northern artist with the impact of change, geography and community on the music they create. The music is diverse and skillful, representative of a multitude of genres include jazz, folk, new music, spoken word, and rock. There is a common goal to discard the stereotypes of the region and the people who live in rural and remote northern communities. This music and media arts event, Outside, is current, traditional, and thought provoking for diverse audiences.

More info about NNC can be found


The Loft Art Gallery & Gift Shop of the Art Society of Strathcona County


Saturdays & Sundays through July 8, 2018 (exc long weekends) noon to 4 pm, at the  Ottewell Centre, 590 Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park.

Check out the artwork of the feature member artist:

Dianna Sapara

As well as new artwork and artist-made gifts from other member artists of the Society.   or






Membership Renewals, Profiles, & Events

With so many membership renewals coming due we want to refresh everyone on the basics of Membership Renewals, Profile Updates, and How to Upload Events to the calendar.

How do I renew my membership?

  • Login to your account
  • You will be directed to the membership dashboard. Click on the “My Account” button.
  • From the “My Account” dashboard select “My Subscriptions”
  • Click on the “View” button next to your subscription
  • Scroll down to “Related Orders” and next to your current order select “Pay”
  • On the next screen select your preferred method of payment and select “Place Order”

Note: Please follow the above steps even if you plan on paying by cheque so we will know to expect a cheque from you.

How do I update my profile?

  • Login to your account
  • If you haven’t already, renew your account (see: How do I renew my membership?)
  • From the membership dashboard, under the “Membership Dashboard” menu click on “My Profile”
  • You will be redirect to your profile page. Select “Edit”
  • From there you will be able to edit various bits of profile information

How do I add my events to the calendar?

  • Login to your account
  • If you haven’t already, renew your account (see: How do I renew my membership?)
  • From the membership dashboard, under the “Quick Links” menu click on “Add Event”
  • You will be redirect to the event entry form which you can fill out and then submit
    • Don’t forget to add an Event Image
    • Suggested format for Event Titles: (Organization Name) Presents: (Event)

Have additional question about Arts Touring Alliance Membership?

Check out our collection of Frequently Asked Questions

Be Prepared: Supporting Volunteers for Success (for professional presenters)
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 9:00:00 AM MDT – 10:00:00 AM MDT

Be Prepared: Supporting Volunteers for Success (for volunteer presenters)
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 4:30:00 PM MDT – 5:30:00 PM MDT

Volunteers are vital to many arts organizations, but it is important to remember that they are not paid staff with professional training. Volunteers need to be oriented, trained and supported if you expect them to be engaged and active in your organization. What do these terms really mean? What does it take for an organization to get volunteers integrated into the day to day activities where they are so badly needed and necessary? What can you do to ensure that volunteers feel comfortable about their roles and support them in fulfilling your mission? The answer to these questions is the focus of two webinars – one aimed at presenters that are volunteer-run with no staff and the other for presenters with professional staff at the helm. The emphasis is the same on orientation, training and support, but the tools and methods might be different. The end result we hope is the same – well prepared volunteers ready to be ambassadors for the arts!

For more great webinars or to register:

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Canada@Edinburgh 2018 – Pitch Your Piece

The High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom, in partnership with the Ontario Arts Council, is organizing a Pitch Your Piece session on Monday, August 20 at the Canada Hub during the Edinburgh Festivals.

This session will provide opportunities for selected Canadian theatre, dance and multidisciplinary projects to pitch their work to international presenters with the view of developing new global partnerships, securing international project support, international representation, touring opportunities, performance engagements, international exposure and premieres.

Application criteria is listed below. 12 applicants will be selected to provide 8-minute pitches (followed by 2 minutes of Q&A) on their new and upcoming projects to an audience of producers, artistic directors, festival curators, presenters and programmers from around the globe.

The High Commission of Canada and Ontario Arts Council will work with partners to ensure that there is a broad professional audience at your pitch. A leaflet will also be produced and include information about your project and organization.

Following the pitch sessions, there will be time slots available for more in-depth meetings should a contact wish to delve deeper into your project, or should you wish to pre-arrange a meeting on the margins of the pitch session. The daytime pitch sessions will be followed by an evening networking reception which will bring together Canadian cultural and creative industry, artists and arts organisations with local and international presenters, funders, producers and the media.

About the Edinburgh Festivals

The month of August sees Edinburgh come alive with five festivals and performances by thousands of theatre companies and artists. Audiences, promoters, producers and media travel to Edinburgh to seek out new work and it is the ideal environment for Canadian projects to receive international exposure and support. In 2017, across the Edinburgh festivals, over 70 Canadian artists and companies performed. The vibrant Canada Hub presented six Canadian theatre and dance companies and played host to two networking events.

For more information on application requirements and how to apply:

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CAPACOA Infrastructure News

Revised guidelines for the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

Canadian Heritage published revised guidelines for the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. Pursuant to announcements in the 2017 federal budget and in the Creative Canada policy, the program now offers funding for creative hubs and to not-for-profit organization that are proposing the development and management of a creative hub.

“Creative hubs provide Canadian creative talent with access to shared space, equipment and other resources to develop the skills needed to thrive in, and contribute to, the creative economy. These spaces bring together professionals from a range of arts or heritage sectors and creative disciplines where they can build their entrepreneurial skills, create, collaborate and innovate, and help generate new markets for Canadian creativity in all its form.”

The Fund will also continue to support renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces.

The Fund’s annual grants and contributions budget is $54 million for the period 2018-2028. Applications are received on an ongoing basis.

Investing in Canada Plan

In addition to the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, the government of Canada will also be investing $1.3 billion in community, culture and recreation infrastructure as part of the Investing in Canada Plan. This funding will be delivered through bilateral agreements between Infrastructure Canada and each of the provinces and territories. To find out about the status of the bilateral agreement and the funding allocations in you province or territory, visit the Infrastructure Canada website.

Cultural hubs or community hubs?

While the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund is integrating the notion of creative hubs, the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage is conducting a study on cultural hubs and cultural districts. Members of the Committee have been raising questions about the connections and differences between cultural hubs and community hubs, as well as on ways that the government can either support cultural hubs or remove any hurdle, in both urban and rural areas.

What’s your opinion on cultural hubs and on community hubs? What are the virtues of each model? And can they coexist?

Please provide your input either by replying to this email or by posting a comment on the Canadian Arts Coalition’s website.

The study is an opportunity to help the government shape cultural policy and programs. Your input is valuable.

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Welcome to New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta is pleased to announce the appointment of Kennedy Jenson as Executive Director. Kennedy brings 15 years’ experience as an Executive Director in the Arts Industry and combined with her years of experience as a performer and recording artist, we are confident that the management of the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta is in reliable, experienced hands.

“I am delighted to be a part of the Arts Touring Alliance team,” Jenson says.  “The organization has a long-standing history of connecting artists to audiences and the touring industry. It is my pleasure to assist in continuing this valuable service.”

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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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Update: Membership Rates Increase

Dear Members,

As part of our ongoing commitment to providing excellent service, we will be raising our annual membership rate from $75+GST to $90+GST.

The rate increase will come into effect March 29, 2018

Please feel free to check out our frequently asked questions page for more information about membership:

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February deTour: Membership News & Announcements

Port Cities will be returning to Alberta in November 2018

A port city is a place where cultures and histories collide, where goods and ideas are imported and absorbed into the local bloodstream. The trio of celebrated Nova Scotian songwriters who now call themselves Port Cities honour that tradition. Their chosen name isn’t just indicative of where they’re from (the harbour hamlet of Cape Breton) but what they do: fuse divergent styles and experiences into a singular roots-rock sound.
Contact Wayne “What” O’Connor for details and to secure your booking:
Wayne “What” O’Connor
Jones & Co Artist Management
World Mobile: +1-902-452-4826

James Keelaghan and Jez Lowe Available for Canadian Dates

Two of the folk world’s very finest roots singer-songwriters will be touring America together in the fall, and they have some openings in October (2018) that could work in central and western Canada.  James Keelaghan needs little by way of introduction to Canadian presenters, as he has been touring from one end of the country to the other for several decades now.  Jez Lowe is not unlike James, in that he is a singer-songwriter who has been bringing his songs to audiences the world over for many years.  Hailing from England, Jez is as much of a folk institution at home as James is here, and both artists enjoy followings from Australia to Europe and North America.  The two are fast friends who have done many tours together.  This fall they will be doing dates across America and have some openings that could work in both central and western Canada.
Here is the routing for fall of 2018 for James and Jez.

Oct 20                   Fort Saskatchewan, early industry event
For the full list of routing dates and to book contact:

Jensen Music International
PO Box 3445, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 8W5

Elements of Indigenous Style

Elements of Indigenous Style offers Indigenous writers and editors—and everyone creating works about Indigenous Peoples—the first published guide to common questions and issues of style and process. Everyone working in words or other media needs to read this important new reference, and to keep it nearby while they’re working.

The Book Publishers Association of Alberta, the Writers Guild of Alberta, and Brush Education are pleased to welcome Gregory Younging, the author of Elements of Indigenous Style, for an afternoon of discussion on writing by and about Indigenous peoples.

Gregory will be in Edmonton on March 9 and Calgary on March 10, please reefer to the registration links for exact location and times. There will be copies of the book available for purchase at both events.

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Employment Opportunity: Communications and Events Coordinator, AMPA

Communications and Events Coordinator
Alberta Magazine Publishers Association


The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association is a non-profit cultural services industry association supporting Alberta magazine publishers, staff and contributors through professional development, programming, promotion and advocacy to foster industry growth. We are seeking a full-time Communications and Events Coordinator to join our small but mighty team.

Job description

The Communications and Events Coordinator is a Jack or Jill or all trades and is responsible for association communications including membership, social media, web publishing, community relations, grant reporting, and events communications.

This role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Frequently updating the website (WordPress CMS) with postings sharing the latest association, member and industry news, events, jobs and resources. This includes writing blogs and compiling website postings for the monthly e-newsletter.
  • Engaging with the membership and community via social media (primarily Twitter, Facebook and Instagram), promoting the association, membership and industry in keeping with best practices and trends.
  • Coordinating professional development and networking events in collaboration with the Executive Director, including the annual Alberta Magazines Conference and Awards. This includes the creation, tracking and troubleshooting of online registration and awards submissions; email and social media event promotion; bookings for venue, catering, speakers and audiovisual needs; coordinating and supervising the duties of any event volunteers; and running the events on-site
  • Managing the association’s internship program, which includes soliciting applications, maintaining all paperwork and reporting files, and administering funds within the program budget.
  • Assisting the Executive Director with annual grant applications and reports to federal and provincial government funders. This includes planning and strategizing future activities and new opportunities for funding, tracking program and event data, and editing funding reports and applications.
  • General office administration duties as needed


The ideal candidate will have

  • A degree or diploma in communications, public relations or journalism
  • 1-3 years of relevant communications experience
  • Demonstrated abilities in executing communications, meeting deadlines, and managing multiple priorities; as well as event planning and implementation
  • Exceptional publication-quality writing for diverse audiences (including online) and keen editing skills
  • Experience using a variety of social media channels
  • Experience using a web content management system
  • Customer service attitude
  • Comfortable working independently and in a small team environment
  • Ability to be flexible and take on new tasks, projects and responsibilities as assigned

How to apply

Submit your cover letter and resume by Feb. 15, along with a writing sample, to:

Suzanne Trudel Peters
AMPA Executive Director

Thank you for your interest, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.