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Horizon Stage Presents: Trevor Panczak

There’s just something honest, compelling, and immediately likeable about Trevor Panczak and his music. With a refreshing authenticity that is increasingly rare to find, the Alberta-based country recording artist writes, interprets, and records songs that speak to one’s heart in a way that is simple, soulful, and with an appeal to a broad array of music fans. Whether singing original compositions, or recording those of other writers, Trevor takes ownership of a song. His vocal performance grabs hold of your attention, evoking memories and emotions born out of a life that has seen tragedies and triumphs. Trevor has developed the remarkable ability to connect not only with his audience but with individual songs, translating his own personal connection with them and engaging listeners.

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Horizon Stage Presents: Avan Yu: Journeys

A musician’s voice mirrors their path through life. Travels, influences, people, and encounters combine to create a unique story. Beginning his public career at age 14, pianist Avan Yu captured attention with an international competition win. In this special program, Journeys, Avan shares his expeditions as a pianist and features milestone pieces from his major performances, and composers who have defined his musical growth. Demonstrating delicate nuances to great technical facilities, he plays with a freedom and expression learned only from his worldly experiences. His destinations are a story of their own. From Hong Kong to Vancouver, to living in Berlin, Paris, and now New York, his explorations have shaped both his life and his artistry. Join Avan Yu in this special and personal program that evokes amusement and contemplation for all audiences into the life of a pianist.

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Horizon Stage Presents: Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant… Ever!

Creating the Best Little Newfoundland Christmas Pageant…Ever! is seemingly a dull task for Mrs. O’Brien, who has been put in charge when the original leader, Mrs. Armstrong, hits a moose with her car. What could be so hard? It’s always the same Mary and Joseph and it’s always the same Christmas carols, but no one was expecting the Herdmans to show up for the auditions!!! The Herdmans are “the worst kids in the world” who don’t know anything about Christmas beyond the hamper they get every year, and have only showed up because they heard there were free refreshments. What has the potential to be the worst pageant ever turns out to be the best one, as everyone learns the true meaning of Christmas.

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Horizon Stage Presents: Amero Little Christmas

Don Amero is an engaging storyteller, songwriter, and performer who has been touring and speaking all across Canada for over 10 years. With five albums, three Juno nominations, powerful vocals, and a lovable stage presence, Don has earned the respect of the Canadian music industry and proven himself as a performer who connects with his audience with genuine ease and charm. His show, Amero Little Christmas, celebrates the holiday spirit with a combination of original songs and Don’s own take on more familiar and traditional Christmas favourites. The spirit of the show is one that hopes to set the tone for the holiday season, encouraging those who attend to pause, reflect, and spend quality time with the people they love.

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Horizon Stage Presents: Johnny Summers Little Big Band

A multiple award winning vocalist, trumpeter, and composer, Johnny Summers creates a lasting experience through this entertaining and varied show. Classic jazz, blues, soul, funk, pop, rock, New Orleans’ music and more are presented in a fun and accessible way. Drawing from Sinatra, pop culture including movie themes, video games, classic American songbook, and pop music through the decades, Summers creates a program within the jazz idiom that appeals to all through his unique arrangements.
The eight piece Johnny Summers Little Big Band is comprised of some of Canada’s top professionals; including piano, bass, drums, trumpet, two saxophones, trombone, and Johnny on vocals/trumpet. Come join us and experience a night of first class entertainment!

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Alberta Showcase 2018 Evaluation

Greetings Alberta Showcase 2018 Delegates,

Each year at Showcase we ask for your feedback on the conference. The valuable information gathered in this survey helps us make improvements to Showcase every year.

If you submit your survey response by November 17th, you will be entered in a draw to receive ONE FREE registration to Alberta Showcase 2019.

Thanks for your participation!

Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/abshowcase18

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AGM 2018 – Executive Director’s Report

ARTS TOURING ALLIANCE OF ALBERTA
Annual General Meeting
Sunday, October 21, 2018 11:00 AM
Dow Centennial Centre, Fort Saskatchewan

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT 2017-2018

 

Greetings Arts Touring Alliance Members. It is with great pleasure that I accepted the role of Executive Director for The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta. I look forward to using my 30-plus years in the arts industry in Alberta to further the goals of our organization and live performance in Alberta.

2017 Alberta Showcase – Highlights

Held at the beautiful Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan,
October 20 – 22

296 Delegates
47 First-Time Delegates
44 Artists – Featured

The Emerging Artist &Young Albertan performers were a hit yet again and we plan on continuing this opportunity for you to see the new and thriving artists who are coming into their own.

Auction brought in a record amount for Trevor Panczak. This money goes toward all the costs involved in producing Showcase.

Rhoda Taylor Award – Going to a very deserving person or group for their outstanding contribution to the live performance community in Alberta, but it was a special thrill to see former ATAA Executive Director Brenda O’Donnell receive the award in 2017.

Alberta Showcase App – available to all delegates through the Performing Arts Canada app, this app can be downloaded onto your mobile device to provide you with all of our showcase and conference information. It is available for download from the app store or via http://meaurl.com/PerformingArtsCanada

Professional Development Workshops – were conducted by Josh Gennings from The Dow, Nicholas Beach from The Jean and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre and Aimee Hill from All Access Entertainment.

Survey – Our post-showcase survey pointed out some highlights and lowlights about the 2017 conference. Thank you to those you took the time to fill out the survey. Your comments mean a lot to us and help to improve your experience at Alberta Showcase.

ARTS TOURING ALLIANCE OUTREACH

OnStage – Grande Prairie, Red Deer
OnStage is designed to provide professional touring artists a chance to perform in front of a panel of industry experts to improve their over-all performance skills as well as increase their chances of securing one of the coveted performance spots at Showcase. Most of the artists who have participated, in the last two years, have been quite new to the business and although we are happy to provide them support, we would like to attract those artists in which the workshop was designed for.

Going forward, OnStage will still be open to all professional artists, but a special invitation will be sent out to those who applied for showcase and did not get selected. A message will be included suggesting that participating in OnStage and getting valuable feedback could make the difference between getting a showcase spot or not.

Presenters Workshop – In early 2019 we will organize a Presenters Workshop in both Calgary and Edmonton to discuss issues that impact our members. Panel discussions and experts knowledgeable in subjects like on-line marketing, contracts and riders, succession, growing a new or sustaining an existing audience will be involved. If you have any topics that you would like to see discussed, please get in touch with me. I would love to hear from you, kennedy@artstouring.com

Administration
The ATAA had the pleasure of having an Arts and Cultural Management intern help us this summer. Yuri Kim performed several research projects that helped us identify suitable workshop sites, funding streams, community arts groups that include dance and/or theatre in their season and marketing strategies for professional development projects.

CAPACOA Survey – Our office sent out a national survey from CAPACOA asking you for an overall look at your practices and the economic impact of your community arts council. I know it is drudgery to fill these things out, but without reliable economic indicators, CAPACOA cannot lobby the government effectively on our behalf. I do encourage you to go online and fill out the survey:
http://www.capacoa.ca/en/services/research-and-development/vitality-and-impact-survey

APAC – Alberta Partners for Arts and Culture – Currently, we are exploring the drastic changes AGLC has made in non-profit casino licensing. The arts eligibility criteria changed in March of 2018 without stakeholder consultation or notice. The Calgary and Edmonton Chamber of Community Volunteer Organizations will be meeting with AGLC in this month of October to get more information about the shift in the casino environment. APAC will stay on top of this and update our partners.

A huge thank you must go out to our funders, The Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canadian Heritage. They not only provide The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta with the dollars to keep our doors open but offer advice and support throughout the year.

In closing, I would like to say thank you to our Alberta Showcase team: Josh Gennings, Terri Ponich and the Dow Centre, Don & Sherry Waddle and their Production Crew, Shannon Jones the ATAA Office Manager, Maria and Apulia Catering, and the Arts Touring Alliance Board of Directors. I look forward to many years working together with such a great organization.

Kennedy Jenson
Executive Director
Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta

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AGM 2018 – President’s Report

ARTS TOURING ALLIANCE OF ALBERTA
Annual General Meeting
Sunday, October 21, 2018 11:00 AM
Dow Centennial Centre, Fort Saskatchewan

PRESIDENTS REPORT 2017-2018

To the Membership,

After another successful Showcase last October, the Board of Directors of the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta (ATAA) began our duties with our first board meeting, held as usual in Red Deer, on November 19th and 20th, 2017.

Since the position of Executive Director (ED) of the ATAA had not been renewed following the AGM, the board’s first order of business was the discussion of and then the posting of the position’s criteria; and then accepting submissions. Before announcing the position, much discussion occurred regarding the qualifications and qualities the board wanted in its new ED. Thus began a very busy few months for the board, as planning for this year’s Conference and Showcase had begun as well.

Our second meeting in February on the 11th and 12th included interviews with the top four ED candidates, as well as our regular business. The selection group was impressed with the quality of the candidates and were very pleased when we could announce our decision that Kennedy Jenson was the successful individual and our new Executive Director. Welcome Kennedy!

At the February meeting, decisions were also made involving our special initiative, OnStage. OnStage presentations continue to support the development of home-grown artists by providing them with direct, one-on-one viewing, followed by an assessment of their performances by a panel of industry professionals.

In 2018, the OnStage presentations were held in Red Deer and Grande Prairie and a total of nine artists performed and discussed their performances with panels. It is worth noting that several of the OnStage artists then submitted an application to appear at Showcase, and two were chosen to be a part of the weekend.

The February meeting also included the board choosing the date of the Showcase jury that meets to review artist submissions. In order to provide presenters with a select number of artists to view and hear at Showcase, each year the call goes out to artists to submit applications. These applications, including videos of performances, are then viewed by a jury made up of individuals involved in the music presentation industry, such as presenters, artists, media, agents, funding body representatives etc., as well as the ATAA staff and several current directors.

In 2018 the jury met in Edmonton on April 27th and 28th. Worth mentioning is that this year the rules for artist submissions were made more stringent and the result was a few less submissions than previous years but a stronger level of quality overall. From over one hundred fifty submissions, over forty artists were eventually chosen, and they will be viewed and heard over the four days of Showcase, as follows.

• 30 Main Stage Performances
• 4 Opening Reception Performances
• 4 Emerging Artists
• 2 Young Albertans
• 1 Friday Late Night Roving Entertainment
• 2 Dinner Performances, plus the open mic on Saturday

The ATAA believes that our Conference and Showcase remain central to the society’s objectives, and we feel that the artist submission process is attracting more quality artists than ever, although some genres could benefit from more applications. To this point the ATAA continues to reach out to dance and theatre groups, for example.

For the remainder of the ATAA’s year, regular board meetings were held in May and September 2018. As well as the unique agenda items mentioned, the meetings always discussed financial reports, and membership information. The May meeting was held on the 6th and 7th and September was the 10th and 11th, with the September meeting being held in Fort Saskatchewan at the site of the upcoming Showcase, to finalize the multitude of tasks for the event, including planning the AGM.

At this meeting, the decision was made to return to the Dow Centennial Centre, Fort Saskatchewan, for next year’s Conference and Showcase.

I would note here, once again with appreciation, the hours of work put in by the volunteer Board of Directors of the ATAA, whose enthusiasm and dedication to supporting the arts touring industry makes my job so much easier. It is truly a privilege to lead this wonderful group and I thank them on your behalf and say without reservation, as I finish my six-year term with the ATAA and say goodbye, that I will miss working with them greatly.

I will also acknowledge the work of our dedicated ATAA staff, who consistently go beyond the expected and amaze us. To Kennedy, Shannon, Don and Sherry, thank you for all you do – we could not succeed without you.

Thank you as well to our wonderful, supportive membership; the ATAA is here for you and you are here for us. A relationship that has worked for over forty years.

And finally, thank you to our supporters, from grassroots to government, notably The Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Canadian Heritage and their significant financial grants. The Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta could not do what it does without all your support.

As presenters, we all know the work and dedication needed to put on the show. Showcase 2018 should help all of you with that, we trust.

Good luck with putting on the show in 2018-2019.

Lawrence (Larry) Taylor, B.Ed.
President, Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta

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Horizon Stage Presents: Fred Penner and the Cat’s Meow Band

Fred Penner is a musical master who has released 13 children’s albums, performed countless energetic live shows, hosted a hit CBC TV series in the 80s and 90s, and more! He has won four Junos and an Order of Canada, and works as a spokesperson for organizations like UNESCO, World Vision, UNICEF, and the National Conference on Down Syndrome.
The guy who crawled magically out of a hollow log in Fred Penner’s Place continues to connect with his now grown-up fans while also becoming a positive influence for legions of new young fans. With the philosophy that his work can make a difference, Fred Penner has, without a doubt, established himself as a fundamental part of the family entertainment scene. Everybody sing along: “The cat came back, the very next day…”
Recommended Age: 4 -10 years
Free pre-show crafts and activities in the lobby starting at 10 a.m.