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Contribution of Culture and Sport to GDP

Source: ATB Financial’s Economics & Research Team, April 30, 2019

Contribution of Culture and Sport to GDP

From music festivals and libraries to sporting events and video game design, Albertans both produce and enjoy a wide range of cultural and sports activities. In economic terms, these activities generated more than $6.1 billion of GDP for the province in 2017, or about 2.0 per cent of that year’s total GDP.

Culture-related activities account for majority, at 86.5 per cent of the total GDP. In per capita terms, that amounts to $1,248 of GDP generated per Albertan compared to $194 for sports activities. The national figures are $1,448 per person for culture and $180 per person for sport.

The largest sub-sector is audio-visual and interactive media at $1.9 billion (31.1 per cent of the total culture and sport GDP). According to Statistics Canada, this sub-sector “includes activities related to video game publishing, film, television and video production, as well as motion picture exhibition.”

The second largest sub-sector is visual and applied arts at just over $1.0 billion (16.3 per cent of the culture and sport GDP). Organized sport, which includes both professional and amateur sporting events, generated $349.5 million of GDP (5.7 per cent of the culture and sport GDP).

When it comes to jobs, 66,584 Albertans were employed in the culture and sport sector in 2017. Of these jobs, 53,739 were in culture and 12,845 were in sport. The number of jobs in culture slipped by 8.4 per cent between 2014 and 2017 while jobs in sports increased by 4.4 per cent. This suggests jobs related to cultural activities were hurt more by the recession than those related to sports.


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Vocal and Performance Workshop with Tamara Beatty

In this interactive seminar and masterclass, Vocal and Performance coach Tamara Beatty educates singers, songwriters, producers, and even music management how singers can deliver the most compelling performances that reach international markets while at the same time withstanding the demands on the voice of touring and professional voice use.

As an industry voice coach, her livelihood relies on being able to keep singers and their teams in business, by producing pro level content and managing the stresses that come with the territory. When singers can’t deliver a high enough quality performance, or if they experience voice issues due to overuse, misuse, illness, or injury, tours get cancelled, studio sessions get pushed back, singers can get dropped from labels, and people lose money.

In the first portion of this workshop Tamara goes shares the importance of vocal producing, branding, and optimization. In the second portion of the workshop, Tamara will show how to maintain and withstand this level of performance. She will dispel myths and misconceptions about vocal fitness and vocal care, and unveil what you really need to know to prep for tours and the demands on the voice at the pro level. Attendees will walk away with concrete ways to optimize their performance to stand out more in an international marketplace. They will also learn key information on how to prevent and manage voice issues, and receive tips and tricks to withstand demands on tour.

Tamara Beatty is a celebrity coach on FOX’s new hit show “The Masked Singer”, a 12 season voice coach on NBC’s Emmy Award winning show, “The Voice”, and a specialist in the area of voice training and rehabilitation.

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Vocal and Performance Workshop with Tamara Beatty

In this interactive seminar and masterclass, Vocal and Performance coach Tamara Beatty educates singers, songwriters, producers, and even music management how singers can deliver the most compelling performances that reach international markets while at the same time withstanding the demands on the voice of touring and professional voice use.

As an industry voice coach, her livelihood relies on being able to keep singers and their teams in business, by producing pro level content and managing the stresses that come with the territory. When singers can’t deliver a high enough quality performance, or if they experience voice issues due to overuse, misuse, illness, or injury, tours get cancelled, studio sessions get pushed back, singers can get dropped from labels, and people lose money.

In the first portion of this workshop Tamara goes shares the importance of vocal producing, branding, and optimization. In the second portion of the workshop, Tamara will show how to maintain and withstand this level of performance. She will dispel myths and misconceptions about vocal fitness and vocal care, and unveil what you really need to know to prep for tours and the demands on the voice at the pro level. Attendees will walk away with concrete ways to optimize their performance to stand out more in an international marketplace. They will also learn key information on how to prevent and manage voice issues, and receive tips and tricks to withstand demands on tour.

Tamara Beatty is a celebrity coach on FOX’s new hit show “The Masked Singer”, a 12 season voice coach on NBC’s Emmy Award winning show, “The Voice”, and a specialist in the area of voice training and rehabilitation.

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Tim Isberg – 25 Years After: Songs and Stories from a Canadian Soldier in Rwanda

25 Years After: Songs and Stories of a Canadian Soldier in Rwanda

Singer, songwriter and soldier, Tim Isberg returns to Festival Place for a special evening and tribute, 25 Years After: Songs and Stories of a Canadian Solider in Rwanda, April 18, 2019.

Using song, stories and photography, Tim Isberg shares his personal account in his year as a UN Military Observer in Rwanda amid the best and worst humanity had to offer. Tim has entertained audiences in many corners of the world. He brings well-crafted songs to the stage, and a unique and endearing array of life experiences he shares in a way that makes each listener feel connected. Tim recently celebrated the release of his third studio album, Running on the Edge, in February.

25 Years After: Songs and Stories of a Canadian Soldier in Rwanda
April 18, 2019 – 7:30 pm
Festival Place – Sherwood Park, AB
Tickets: $32 – $36

Tickets are available through the Festival Place Box Office (https://festivalplace.ab.ca/festival/view/buy or 780.449.3378) or through Ticketmaster.ca

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Johnny Summers Little Big Band in Forestburg

The Johnny Summers Little Big Band is on tour this year throughout Alberta! Join us for a crazy fun and humorous night with singer/songwriter Johnny Summers exploring a HUGE range of music including Jazz, Soul, New Orleans Music, Originals, Funk, Standards, Pop, Rock, and so much more.

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Johnny Summers Little Big Band in Lloydminster

The Johnny Summers Little Big Band is on tour this year throughout Alberta! Join us for a crazy fun and humorous night with singer/songwriter Johnny Summers exploring a HUGE range of music including Jazz, Soul, New Orleans Music, Originals, Funk, Standards, Pop, Rock, and so much more.

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Alberta Culture Days Grant Funding Now Available!

Alberta Culture Days Grant Funding Now Available!

Pictured Above: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Arts Education Day
Photo Credit: Alberta Culture and Tourism

It’s time to put the call out for artists, volunteers and organizers – Alberta Culture Days is coming! Across the province, plans are already starting to come together for the largest three day provincial celebration of arts, heritage, culture and community. What are you going to do at the end of September to share your unique and amazing culture with Albertans?

Alberta Culture Days is your opportunity to reach out to new audiences and showcase your organization and community. For three days, every community’s unique culture is on display for Albertans to enjoy. Join us in the celebration of our culture!

Once again, the Government of Alberta is providing funding to assist community organizations in hosting Alberta Culture Days events. Grant applications are now open. Community organizations can apply for up to $10,000 to celebrate and showcase their culture between September 27 to 29. Applications will close April 4 at 4:30 p.m. More information and application forms can be found at AlbertaCultureDays.ca.

“Alberta Culture Days gives us all a greater understanding of the arts, culture, diversity and community spirit in Alberta. Last year was one of our best yet, and we are excited to see what Albertans bring to 2019. I encourage all communities and organizations to apply for an Alberta Culture Days grant to share their art, music, history and food this September.”

Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism


Apply for funding and join us in the celebration of

Alberta Culture Days, September 27 to 29.

We want you to be a part of our celebration! Apply now to become a Feature, Host or Pop Up Celebration Site for Alberta Culture Days celebrations.

  • Feature Celebration Site – Sites offering three days of family-friendly programming during Alberta Culture Days, eligible for up to $10,000 in funding support.
  • Host Celebration Site – Sites offering two days of family-friendly programming during Alberta Culture Days, eligible for up to $5,000.
  • Pop Up Celebration Site – Sites offering one days of family-friendly programming during Alberta Culture Days, eligible for up to $1,000.

More details on the Alberta Culture Days grants can be found at AlbertaCultureDays.ca. This site also features a number of event planning resources and customizable promotional tools.

We look forward to having you join us for Alberta’s largest celebration of our culture during Alberta Culture Days September 27 to 29, 2019.

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Tim Isberg Releases Third Album Running on the Edge

Tim Isberg Releases Third Album Running on the Edge

Singer, songwriter, soldier and storyteller Tim Isberg, is celebrating the release of his latest album, Running on the Edge, February 22, 7 PM at the Norwood Legion (11150 82 Street NW).

Running on the Edge is inspired by adventures both from around the world and around the human heart. The advance single Yesterday is a poignant testament to veterans: their memories, their pain, their joy, and the yearning to return to say goodbye. A decades-old live recording of solo cellist Valery Volkov – Tim’s father-in-law who died in 2007 – performance with the Syrian National Symphony, comes alive as part of the intriguing Baghdad Cafe. And, the rootsy sound of Learned A Lot and Highway Two speak to growing up in rural Alberta, and the toils of driving a certain highway.

This is Tim’s third full length album, and follows his sophomore ‘Tears Along The Road’ album selected as a Top 25 Favourite by Music Canada. Produced by Miles Wilkinson, Running on the Edge features Marc Ladouceur on guitar & mandolin, Jeff Bradshaw on pedal steel and dobro, Mike Lent on bass, Brendan Lyons on drums, and Stewart MacDougall on keys.

Tickets for Tim Isberg’s Running on the Edge CD Release Party are $20, available online at YegLive or in person at Myhre’s Music (8735 118 Ave). This performance is being presented by the Uptown Folk Club.

For more information, please visit timisberg.com or uptownfolkclub.ca.

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Funding Increase for Calgary Arts Sector

Civic Coalition Drives Unprecedented Funding Increase for Calgary Arts Sector

December 11, 2018 (Calgary, AB) – Creative Calgary, a non-partisan civic coalition of artists, arts executives, philanthropists and city builders, is celebrating a major step forward for Calgary’s artists and arts organizations due to an unprecedented increase in funding for the sector. City Council has approved a plan to double Calgary Arts Development grants from $6.4 million in 2018 to $12.45 million in 2019, with further increases reaching $15.9 million by 2022.

This investment elevates Calgary from one of the lowest arts funders per capita – behind Edmonton and Winnipeg – to one of Canada’s leaders, alongside Vancouver and Toronto.

Creative Calgary was initiated by community members Christine Armstrong and Irfhan Rawji, who approached Mary Rozsa de Coquet (Rozsa Foundation), and Donna Livingstone (Glenbow Museum) to form the campaign advisory group.

“We recognized early in 2017 that the municipal election cycle and 2019-2022 budget was the opportunity. We contacted every municipal candidate in 2017 and met with dozens to convey a clear and consistent message: Pledge to work towards an investment from the City that positions Calgary’s arts organizations to lead nationally and acts as a magnet for business and creative talent. We were confident heading into 2018 that over half of the newly elected City Council supported this position” says Irfhan Rawji, Creative Calgary Co-Chair and CEO of Calgary-based tech startup MobSquad.

Creative Calgary built broad arts sector support, with the City’s largest “Cornerstone” arts organizations represented on its advisory group alongside small arts organization independent artist representatives.

  • Thousands of Calgarians joined Creative Calgary, pledging support, writing letters to candidates and volunteering.
  • 60+ Calgary civic leaders signed on to Creative Calgary’s open letter to municipal candidates.

For our part, Creative Calgary first worked to bring the arts sector together around an audacious goal, and then reached out to city agencies and institutions to find win-win strategies to help move Calgary forward. In response, City Council showed real leadership in its significantly increased investment in arts and culture. says Mary Rozsa de Coquet, Creative Calgary Co-Chair and President of the Rozsa Foundation.

This is the most significant show of confidence from City Hall that the sector has seen in over a decade in regard to how meaningful a role the arts sector plays in the economic and social development of our city,” says Calgary Arts Development President and CEO Patti Pon. “We extend our gratitude to Creative Calgary and to all of the artists, arts administrators, and volunteers who were instrumental in communicating the need for additional funding.

Creative Calgary is a non-partisan group committed to working with Council to ensure the City’s budget maximizes local jobs for artists and positions Calgary’s arts organizations to lead nationally.  Its advisory group and supporters represents a diverse cross-section of interests, including business leaders, arts organizations and creative technologists. Creative Calgary was generously supported by the Calgary Foundation and community contributions.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Shari Wattling, Project Coordinator, Creative Calgary
Email: shari@creativecalgary.org
www.creativecalgary.org