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Booking Opportunity: Union Duke, November 2018

Union Duke is a Toronto folk quintet with an explosive live show. Blending folk with country, bluegrass and indie rock, the group belts out harmonies with up to five voices on most songs. Always hard working, the band travels back and forth across Canada playing to fans young and old. Their enthusiasm is infectious; they leave every audience smiling. If you haven’t seen them yet, ask some of your fellow Alberta presenters how they feel about the band. Branid Wurtz of Horizon Stage says: “Their high energy performance expertly blended humour with superb musical talent. I could not sit still!

Union Duke is touring Alberta looking to fill November 1st 2018 to November 11th. If this doesn’t work for you, consider them for November of 2019.

Contact booking agent Bob Bale at 705-523-6200 or

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25th Anniversary Badlands Passion Play

Drumheller, Alberta, (July 4, 2018) – Alberta-based music has always been an integral part of the Canadian Badlands Passion Play. The performances began in 1994 as a choral-based presentation with a custom-built, 300-seat choir loft, at the rear of the Badlands Amphitheatre. Executive Director Vance Neudorf refers to the music of the play as an emotional language that draws people more fully into the story about the life of Christ.

July 2018 marks the silver anniversary of the play and the creative team chose to celebrate that milestone in a way that would build on the play’s musical history. The non-profit society hired Alberta composer and performing musician Luke Ertman to weave music into the performances.

Ertman, who grew up in the town of Millet, just south of Edmonton, says he wanted to be a composer since he was in high school. “I fell in love with music. I don’t even remember why. I just remember thinking it would be awesome to write music for the rest of my life.”

After graduating from high school, he decided he wanted to go to university to compose. But one thing held him back. “You need to choose an instrument to get into the university program,” explains Ertman. “the only instrument I played at that point was a rare ten-stringed instrument. Nobody teaches that. I realized I couldn’t actually audition. So I took classical voice lessons because I thought it was the only thing I could learn quick enough to get in.”

Ertman was accepted into the program, and three years later began to wonder, “How am I ever going to make money at this?”

His father, a theatre artistic director, told him he should write music for theatre. “So, I actually went into theatre for the money,” Ertman laughs. “I started scoring theatre shows before I was finished university. And, from there I continued to score for live theatre.”

“Today, I own a recording studio and play in a couple of performing groups. It’s the classic wearing of five hats to make a living. I haven’t had a day job in 12 years,” he marvels. “I’m married with two young children and own a house. No complaints. It’s been amazing.”

Ertman describes his creative process in terms of inspiration and perspiration. “There’s a common idea that artists get inspired and then something happens. But it’s like an athlete. You don’t get inspired one day and then run faster. It doesn’t work that way. But if you train and run continuously you will run faster. Same with creating music. Work at it and the inspiration happens. If you don’t work and expect inspiration to hit you, you’ll be waiting a long time.”

In February, Ertman started to compose eighteen new songs for the 2018 performances of the Badlands Passion Play, and for the first time in the play’s 25-year history, seven musicians will be on stage performing the new music live throughout the three hour performance.

Luke Ertman (centre) speaks with actors and band during Passion Play rehearsals.

“Live music is the best thing in the world and I love it. It’s so much fun,” says Ertman. “This year, we have actors speaking some lines and singing others. It’s a full performance and there are 300 pages of score that gets played on stage. That’s very rewarding. But it’s also frustrating,” Ertman says. “We have a very short time period to work. But it’s a ridiculously cool story on a ridiculously cool stage.”

He describes his experience with the natural setting of the Badlands Amphitheatre as both inspiring and challenging. “You go to a smaller theatre and actors can use their face and their bodies to access their emotions and help us engage the story,” says Ertman, “but on the huge passion play stage, the music is the vehicle to convey the emotion in a more immediate way. You really need to experience this first hand.”

The Badlands Passion Play performances run July 6-22 at the Badlands Amphitheatre in Drumheller, Alberta, a scenic drive from Calgary and Edmonton. For more information, visit or

For more details, including ticket information, check out or call 1-888-823-2001.

Luke Ertman directing the chorus during rehearsals at the Badlands Passion Play in Drumheller.

About The Canadian Badlands Passion Play

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018, the Canadian Badlands Passion Play has gained provincial, national and international reputation as one of North America’s top ‘must see’ cultural and tourism events. Located near Drumheller, Alberta (approximately 90-minutes northeast of Calgary) this annual attraction uses live music, animals, and a cast of more than 150 volunteers to share with its audience an epic story of Faith, Hope, and Love. Nestled within a 30-acre canyon bowl, the Badlands Amphitheatre is Canada’s largest outdoor theatre stage, and dramatically mirrors the geographical surroundings of ancient Israel. For more information, visit or call 1-403-823-2001. Twitter: @CBPassionPlay


To interview Luke Ertman or Vance Neudorf or receive high resolution photographs, please contact:

Mr. Neil Bousquet APR, Media Relations, the Canadian Badlands Passion Play (250) 689-1856
Mr. Vance Neudorf, Executive Director, the Canadian Badlands Passion Play, (403) 425-0303


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Employment Opportunity: Cultural Business and Events Manager, City of St. Albert



The Cultural Services Department is currently recruiting for a Cultural Business and Events Manager. St. Albert has a strong grassroots cultural community with a history of celebrating arts and culture. The City has a well established cultural department focused on nurturing and developing the arts and cultural sector through direct delivery of programs and services, partnerships and collaborations throughout the community. We are looking for a creative, innovative, strategic individual with strong leadership and supervisory experience, marketing, communications and fund development. Experience in large event management, and capital project management, are important aspects of this position.

Reporting to the Cultural Services Director, the Business and Events Manager is responsible for several key areas that impact the entire Cultural Services Department including; coordinating departmental reporting, contributing to long term strategic planning and support and implementation of corporate initiatives, monitoring of departmental operating and capital budgets, leading the fund development, and marketing teams, and capital project management of key cultural projects. This position is also responsible for producing the Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival of the Arts.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in the following areas:

• Strategic business planning
• Financial management including developing business cases
• Leading teams of employees including performance management, coaching and development
• Professional fund development and sponsorship campaigns in excess of $1M
• Marketing, public relations and advertising of events and performances in a large, soft-seat theatre
• Experience in planning and managing large, outdoor events or festivals (over 30,000 attendees)
• Organizational development, including board development
• Experience developing capital project plans including project management

As part of the Cultural Services management team, the Manager will assist in the development of agenda reports, departmental budgets, monthly and quarterly reports as well as responding to information requests generated by Council, Senior Leadership and the public.


• Degree in Business Administration, Recreation, Arts and Culture Management or a related field and 10 years experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
• Extensive experience required in arts and cultural management or related field.
• Exceptional written, interpersonal and leadership skills.
• Creative and innovative thinking and proven ability to transfer vision into strategy.
• Political acumen, conflict resolution and negotiation experience.
• Experience in building relationships with community agencies, government and funding bodies.
• Previous experience in a municipal environment is an asset.
• Membership in Arts/Culture related organizations is beneficial.


Compressed work schedule of 72 hours bi-weekly (Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 5:00 with a regular day off every two weeks). There will be the occasional requirement for extra and evening hours, which could include attendance at meetings and events.


$98,876 – $120,298 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 to submit their cover letter and resume via the City of St. Albert employment website

July 13, 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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Employment Opportunity: Company Coordinator, Ballet Kelowna

Company Coordinator, Ballet Kelowna

Application Deadline: July 6, 2018

Job Description:

Ballet Kelowna welcomes applications for the position of a full-time permanent Company Coordinator to begin as soon as possible, or by July 23, 2018.

While embracing Ballet Kelowna’s commitment to excellence, the Company Coordinator will be responsible for the administration of all programs, assist in the development of future tours and outreach activities, and will provide executive assistant support to the Artistic Director and CEO. Major responsibilities include financial processing, reconciliation and reporting, responding to public inquiries, coordinating and providing administrative support for programs and events, organizing the efficient operation of the office and studio, as well as managing all aspects of the Company’s seasonal tours. Reporting directly to the Artistic Director/CEO, the Company Coordinator will be involved in all aspects of operations for Ballet Kelowna and will act as a representative for the organization, building relationships with program participants and external partners. As an employee of Ballet Kelowna, we would ask you for your commitment in delivering outstanding service to our supporters, including our patrons, donors, sponsors and
members. The successful candidate will be required to perform a variety of duties, as detailed further below.

Responsibilities: Administrative Duties:

Provides wide-ranging executive assistant support to the Artistic Director and CEO, including:

  • Process and track donations and memberships;
  • Manage the Company’s programs by coordinating and preparing schedules, processing and tracking registrations and payments, and coordinating instructors and preparing instructor contracts;
  • Maintain complete files of all documents in the office;
  • Assist in gathering information for grants;
  • Process and prepare invoices and expense claims;
  • Code receivables and payables including credit card statements and allocate to appropriate projects;
  • Respond to all public inquiries;
  • Organize guest artist travel and accommodation;
  • Coordinate volunteers for events or programs and tracking of all volunteer activities and hours;
  • Ensure insurance policies and memberships are renewed annually;
  • Maintain a calendar of deadlines, programs, productions and development activities;
  • Maintain meticulous statistics of audience and program attendance, ticket sales, etc.;
  • Coordinate facility maintenance and replenishment of supplies.

Tour Coordination Duties:

  • Contact Presenters to seek interest in Company’s productions and youth performances;
  • Represent the Company at showcases and conferences;
  • Research appropriate venues and festivals for the Company’s productions;
  • Prepare and distribute contracts to Presenters;
  • Plan logistics, routes, hotels, transportation, etc. for tours;
  • Prepare tour itineraries including full list of venues and contacts;
  • Assist with local outreach activities;
  • Work with AD/CEO on vision for future tours.

The Company Coordinator must at all times:

  • Be committed to familiarizing themselves with Company rules and regulations;
  • Maintain and communicate a positive image of the Company in all dealings both internally and externally;
  • Regardless of time constraints and demands on time, remain professional and convey an attitude of helpfulness and concern;
  • Demonstrate initiative and autonomy;
  • Recognize overlap between positions and understand when flexibility is required.

The Company Coordinator will be required to undertake such duties as may reasonably be expected within the scope of the position. All members of staff are required to be professional, co-operative and flexible in line with the needs of the Company.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A related college or university degree and recent administrative experience or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • The ability to think creatively, work independently, and take initiative;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle competing priorities in a small,
    fast-paced work environment;
  • Proven ability in building and maintaining long-term relationships;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and database programs such as Salesforce;
  • The availability to work 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday, however the hours of work involved will occasionally vary in order to attend conferences;
  • An optimistic personality and enjoys finding solutions to everyday challenges;
  • Assets: experience working in non-profit environments.

About Ballet Kelowna:

Founded in 2003, and under the leadership of Artistic Director and CEO Simone Orlando since September 2014, Ballet Kelowna brings excellent, inspiring and memorable dance to British Columbia and beyond. Ballet Kelowna, through its touring, school performances and outreach activities has visited more than 60 communities in Western Canada and fulfills its mandate to commission new work from emerging and established Canadian choreographers, while also offering unique training programs for adults and youth.

Remuneration: $38,000 – $40,000 annually based on experience

How to Apply:

The priority application deadline is July 6, 2018, however applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Submit a resume and cover letter explaining why you are interested in this job opportunity.
Please e-mail Simone Orlando, Artistic Director and CEO at by July 6, 2018.
All submissions will be kept confidential and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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Employment Opportunity: Tour Booking Agent

[Click here for the full original posting via Theatre Alberta’s Website:]

Overview of Position:
This is a unique opportunity to start a theatre touring agency based in Calgary, with a secure salary and dedicated mentorship for 2 years.

Ghost River Theatre has formed a partnership with the Old Trout Puppet WorkshopDownstage and Inside Out Theatre to address the vital gap of touring support for Calgary-based creation companies. We are seeking an individual who is a self-starter with an in-depth knowledge of the national and international performing arts ecologies. We will collectively assist, train and support the right individual, and have secured a two-year grant to kickstart this project.

The ideal candidate for this role is someone who is naturally sociable and whose enthusiasm for and knowledge of the performance arts can inspire our diversity of clients. This individual is a master of following up and is highly organized with tracking leads, artists, and bookings in order to meet their goals. They are able to think outside of the box and be nimble to the changing dynamics of the industry.  They can gracefully manage all artistic personalities and cultures, acting as an advisor and advocate to bring quality Arts to audiences globally. This is a full-time position that reports to the GM of Ghost River Theatre company, and collaborates with all of the companies.

[Click here for the full details via Theatre Alberta’s Website…]

This is a full-time position with a salary of $40,000.00 plus the opportunity for commission. The successful candidate will be able to work a flexible full time schedule from a home office, including periods of extensive travel. The contract will start in mid-August to early September depending on candidate availability, but requires attendance at the Western Arts Alliance Conference in Las Vegas from August 27-30, 2018 (with funding provided).

Please submit a cover letter and resume by 5:00 pm on July 20, 2018 to Kate Stadel, General Manager, Ghost River Theatre, at

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Alberta Touring Artist Wins Big Canadian Award

Husband and wife win Best Variety Act at the 2018 Canadian Comedy Awards

Toronto, June 7 2018

Bob and Jane Cates of Cambridge Ontario have been named Best Variety Act in Canada by the top  comedy organization in the country. The Canadian Comedy Awards which presents awards in many  categories including Best Stand up Comedian, Best Improviser, and Best Television Performance  awarded the “Comedy in Motion” show top honours for their clean, funny and mind blowing variety show.

The husband and wife duo perform their show at corporate dinners, banquets and gala special events, as well as headline on cruise ships. In addition, since their show is squeaky clean, they perform many shows (and often speak) at churches, ministries, and family events.

As a former Canadian Juggling Champion, Bob doesn’t just tickle the audience’s funny bone as he  jokes all the way through the show. He makes sure they see some seriously amazing tricks as well.  Parts of their show include advanced juggling, wild unicycling and balancing skills, black light laser effects, illusion and an insane 24 plate spinning finale (using real breakable plates) that  you will remember for a long long time. The Comedy in Motion show is like a cross between Jerry Seinfeld and Cirque du Soliel, and involves  a great deal of physical skill which has taken years to hone. They are one of the few acts left in  North America performing authentic plate spinning – their signature piece. Overall, the show is  very fast paced, highly interactive and uses situational comedy and advanced skills to keep  audience members of all ages on the edge of their seats right to the very end.

In 2016, Bob was awarded National Entertainer of the Year at the Canadian Event Industry Awards  after 4 previous nominations. The Canadian Event Industry Awards are widely acknowledged as the pinnacle mark of professional achievement, and the highest honour a Canadian event professional can earn. This recognition has pushed their corporate bookings to an all time high with shows at  banquets, galas and conventions with audience sizes ranging from 250 to 1000 people. Bob was also twice named “Best Entertainer of the Year” at the Molson Canadian F.E.O. Awards. He won the Most  Difficult Trick Award at the RIT New York Juggling Festival and has been a special guest performer  at the Israeli Juggling Convention and several National Youth Conventions in the Canada and the United States.

Bob has been performing full time since 1995 and his wife joined the show and business 11 years ago when they got married. They first met when Jane hired Bob for a special event. “I wasn’t trying to buy a boyfriend!” said Jane. “We didn’t actually get together until 4 years later when we
connected online.” Bob jokes in the show about marrying in their 30s “after a long search, all across… the internet!” Although Bob’s name is on the trophy, “It’s very much a team act and we are proud to be recognized in this way by the Canadian Comedy Awards,” said Bob. When Bob was headlining on a cruise ship in 2007, he flew Jane to the Caribbean, and proposed to her on a secluded beach on Holland America’s private island. “You couldn’t ask for a better proposal” said Jane. Bob and Jane have a fun loving 8 year old boy, who has already retired from show business.

While many of their shows are for private events, you can catch them June 16 in Cambridge at Take a Ride for MacKids event, hosted by Reids Heritage Homes in support of McMaster Children’s Hospital and the Caring for Little Kidneys campaign. They will also be performing for the City of Grande Prairie Alberta’s Canada Day events, as well as every Tuesday night in Muskoka this summer at Bayview Wildwood Resort

Visit their website at

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Employment Opportunity: Executive Director, Rotary Centre for the Arts

Applications are Invited for the Position of Executive Director

The Rotary Centre for the Arts is a multi-use visual and performing arts centre located in the heart of Kelowna’s Cultural District.  Home to eight resident artist studios, the 325 seat Mary Irwin Theatre, Potters Addict, Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, New Vintage Theatre, ArtsCo, Theatre Kelowna Society, and the RCA Bistro, the RCA provides a unique service and centre for the Central Okanagan community.  The public Atrium attracts visitors to the Bistro and ticket outlet; as well as; providing a venue for informal performances and gala events. The board room, dance studios and art studio are available for rental to the community.

The Executive Director of the Kelowna Visual and Performing Arts Centre Society (KVPACS) will provide leadership within the Rotary Centre for the Arts (RCA) while building recognition and support for the RCA in the larger community.    Reporting to the Board through the President of KVPACS, the Executive Director is responsible for achieving the goals and objectives of KVPACS.  Managing an annual budget of $1.3 million, a staff of 17 and liaising with the community, the Executive Director will be responsible for the overall management and operation of the RCA.


  • A degree in Business Administration, Arts Administration, or Fine Arts with relevant experience or equivalent management experience, preferably in a non-for-profit organization, with significant experience in the arts or a related area

Experience and Skills preferred

  • Arts Administration experience, including both visual and performing arts
  • Understanding and knowledge of the Arts and Cultural scene, locally, provincially, and nationally
  • Knowledge and experience working within the not-for-profit sector
  • A record of successful leadership including marketing, budgeting, fundraising, facility operation, and staff management
  • A track record demonstrating personal qualities including: strategic thinker, collaborator, team player, problem solver, effective communicator (listening, speaking, writing) and forward thinker
  • Restaurant experience is an asset


Based on experience and aligned with the “2017 National Compensation Study for Managerial and Administrative Positions in Not-for-Profit Arts Organizations” by Cultural Human Resources Canada.  Includes an excellent benefit plan with dental and extended health.

Start Date: This position will be filled a soon as practical following the closing date.  This is a full-time position.

Please apply electronically to Applications must be received by July 5, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.
Please include cover letter detailing your arts and not-for-profit experience; along with a resume.

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Simplified International Taxation

CAPACO News Release:

The CRA Simplifies International Taxation in Response to Sector Recommendations

After three years of advocacy, the Canada Revenue Agency has put in place a simplified income tax process for non-resident artists. This simplified process addresses a few of the recommendations issued by the Performing Arts Tax Working Group. Among other things, it no longer requires the waiver applicant to obtain an Individual Tax Number for each performing artist. This is a partial, yet quite significant, improvement.

However, the scope of the simplified process is limited. Only self-employed performing artists are eligible. In addition, the full exemption to the withholding tax obligation will only be available to artists from the United States.

Greater simplification of international taxation will require changes to Canada’s tax treaties. The Performing Arts Tax Working Group intends to remain active and to move its recommendations forward with Global Affairs Canada, Finance Canada, and Canadian Heritage.

Stakeholder Message Developed by CRA

With the summer festival season hitting full stride, there are always dozens of details to organize. Whether your roster is already full for this year’s festival or you’re still looking to add other artists, you will want to know about the new tax process for non-resident performers.

As of June 2018, non-resident artists and athletes earning no more than CAN$15,000 in Canada during a calendar year can fill out a new tax waiver application form which is quicker and easier to complete, and doesn’t require advance approval from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Before performing or being paid, artists and athletes who qualify for the simplified process should complete Form R105-S, Regulation 105 Simplified Waiver Application for Non-Resident Artists and Athletes earning no more than CAN$15,000. They give the form and any supporting receipts to their Canadian payer and their part of the process is complete.

We trust that the steps taken by the CRA to improve its services will support you in your work to draw foreign talent to our communities and contribute to Canada’s arts and culture.

To find out more about the new process, visit Simplified income tax process for non-resident artists and athletes.  

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Presenting Networks Break Out of Rigidity Traps at Annual Meeting

On May 8 and 9, CAPACOA had the pleasure of hosting its annual National Network Meeting in Ottawa.

This year, twenty-two leaders of presenting networks gathered to learn from one another and to address key issues impacting the performing arts presenting sector.

Facilitated discussions enabled participants to assess the degree of maturity of their activities and the state of renewal that some are experiencing.

Just before this meeting, CAPACOA also hosted a two day retreat, this time for the Regional Presenting Networks, where great discussions were had as well as professional development.

Read the Full Article in CAPACOA Field News: (