Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta

Professional Development – Applying for Alberta Showcase

February 23 @ 7:00 pm via Zoom

Artists, if you want an advantage over other applicants in being considered for a performance slot at Alberta Showcase, you will want to tune in on February 23.

Three speakers who have numerous years experience with the Showcase application process and with the Showcase conference itself will be yours for 90 minutes – to go through each section and to give you valuable tips on how to create an impactful application. 

With over 150 submissions for a coveted performance spot at Alberta Showcase,  the competition is fierce each year!  Our adjudicators have to plow through many submissions and if one doesn’t have the correct information, if it’s too long/too short, if a video doesn’t load up, etc, etc., the submission could be disqualified.   

This is a valuable workshop to attend if you plan on applying for Alberta Showcase. We hope to see you on February 23!

Facilitator:  Kennedy Jenson – Executive Director, Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta

Skip Taylor – Performing Arts Coordinator, Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils (OSAC)

Don Waddle – Technical Director/Production Manager,  Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta         

Christine Hanson – Artist/Composer                                           

This is a free workshop but you must register in advance in order to participate:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Skip Taylor

Guest speaker: Performing Arts Coordinator, Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils

Skip’s start in the music business began in the late ’80s promoting punk rock shows in Regina. After attending music college, Skip ended up working record retail in Regina and Calgary for a few years before moving back to Saskatchewan to be the Universal Music Promotion Representative for Saskatchewan from 1995 to 2010. There he was responsible for promoting, marketing, securing publicity, and radio play for the entire Universal Music roster in our province, including both Canadian and International artists. For the last 10 years Skip has been the Performing Arts Coordinator at OSAC. In this role he helps the organization and its members book over 170 performances in the province each year. Skip attends many showcase events each year including Contact East, Pacific Contact and the ECMAs and routinely sees over 100 showcases a year. This experience has given him extensive knowledge about Canada’s provincial touring networks and, specifically, Canadian arts organizations’ Showcase events.

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Don waddle

Guest speaker: Technical Services Supervisor, City of Spruce Grove, Horizon Stage

Don’s 37-year career has taken him from a student at Grant McEwan College (University), to his job as technician at the Arden Theatre (St. Albert) and onward to his current position at Horizon Stage. Outside his fulltime job with the city, Don continues to give back to the theatre community these last 14 years, as Technical Director for the Westlock Cultural Arts Theatre, and Alberta Showcase through the Arts Touring Alliance. He is also a Freelance Technician, Technical Director, Theatre Consultant, Teacher and Mentor. Don’s work with Alberta Showcase has also included evaluating multitudes of Showcase artist applications and has a wealth of knowledge to share.

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Christine Hanson

Guest speaker: Artist/Composer

Music has taken Christine from touring Canada’s High Arctic with a tango trio, to playing traditional music in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

While classically trained, Christine in her many roles – cellist, composer and sound designer – is eclectic in her musical explorations. Her experiences include compositional commissions, arranging, studio work, theatre, television, film, composition, and performing as an ensemble musician.

Hanson’s original compositions are featured in her compelling multi-media production ‘The Cremation of Sam McGee’, takes the audience in tandem across the snowy landscape on a magical journey! She is also an experienced instructor, teaching professional master classes, and workshops on both sides of the Atlantic.

Christine was nominated for a 2020 Western Canadian Music Award as instrumentalist of the year, and was presented with CBC’s Galaxie Award for Best New Artist at Canada’s Junofest 2006!

Christine Hanson performed at Alberta Showcase in 2018 and was part of the jury that evaluated the artist submissions in 2019. She is no stranger to the process and to all of the success it can lead to.