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Calgary International Blues Festival

The 14th Annual Calgary International Blues Festival celebrates the best in Blues in a week filled with workshops, special events and concerts, culminating in 4 days & nights of non-stop music on MainStage, followed by our famous Twilight Blues dance parties!

Family friendly. Arts Market. Beer Tent. Festival Souvenirs. YYC Trucks … the best weekend of the summer!

BB King’s Blues Band, Chicago Blues Reunion, Dawn Tyler Watson, Jim Byrnes, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Popa Chubby, Sue Foley & many more!

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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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Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher

Combining deep-rooted traditional prowess with unending energy, pounding rhythms, and intoxicating enthusiasm…from opening explosion to standing ovation, they will endear themselves in your hearts forever!

Jaw dropping fiddling dynamo Richard Wood has been wowing audiences all across Canada, as well as in the U.S., Europe, Australia and Japan since his child prodigy days. Highlights include TV guest appearances with Shania Twain on “David Letterman” and “Good Morning America”, and Carnegie Hall with Irish legends “The Chieftains”. He’s performed for the Queen of England and the Emperor of Japan, and he’s entertained Canadian troops in Bosnia and Afghanistan.

Gordon Belsher was the recipient of the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 2014 MUSIC PEI Awards. Always engaging the listener, his songs can be humorous or poignant, and he has a unique playing style on several instruments. He has toured extensively around the world as accompanist and featured vocalist with Richard Wood.

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Dancing Between Planets : An evening of Holst, Bernstein and Piazzolla

A performance of two-piano works takes us from the celestial worlds of Holst’s astrological suite, The Planets, to the symphonic dances of rival gangs in Bernstein’s musical world of West-Side Story and finally to the intimate Argentinean tangos of Piazzolla. In this unique performance, selections feature the interdisciplinary use of multimedia and dance alongside music, to deepen the connection between the performers with their audience. This whirlwind journey brings the popular orchestral favourites back to audiences in captivating arrangements for piano duo

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James Hill and Anne Janelle

“The perfect evening of tunes, stories and musical virtuosity.” – Wellington Dominion-Post

Since their Canadian Folk Music Award-winning True Love Don’t Weep, ukulele/cello duo James Hill & Anne Janelle have toured to over 15 countries; making their mark not only as accomplished instrumentalists but also as some of the finest songwriters of their generation. In concert, James is “a dazzling live performer with a genial, low-key sense of humour” (Edmonton Journal) and Anne brings her “gorgeous syrupy voice” (Acoustic Magazine) to songs that are inventive, entertaining, beautifully written and brilliantly performed.

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Shane Howard

Considered the premiere voice of conscience in Australian folk-rock and one of the country’s greatest songwriters, Shane Howard first achieved notoriety with the rock band, Goanna, releasing “Solid Rock” in 1982. That song has become somewhat of an anthem on the continent and was one of the first contemporary songs to broach the subject of Aboriginal rights. His songs champion the cause of the common man and the environment and after 30 years of singing, writing and journeying the globe, from campfires to concert halls, he has consolidated his voice to become an important addition to the evolving folklore of modern song.

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Festival Players for Kids Presents: James and the Giant Peach

A magical peach! An imprisoned boy! Insect friends! An incredible journey! Roald Dahl’s story comes hilariously to life in this delightful dramatization that reveals the wickedness of some, the goodness of others and the indecision encountered by many when they are faced with crises. When James Henry Trotter is shipped off to live with his wretched aunts he longs for a real family. All seems lost until he discovers a magical peach inhabited by fantastical creatures. Together with a Grasshopper, Ladybug, Centipede, Spider and Earthworm, James embarks on an extraordinary adventure.

For 11 years, the Festival Players for Kids have been bringing fun and creative theatre to audiences in the capital region. Performed by a talented cast of local children and guided by a skilled group of industry professionals, James and the Giant Peach is sure to be great for kids and kids at heart!

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Crystal Shawanda

Crystal Shawanda is a singer/songwriter whose soulful, rootsy sound has allowed for a nearly seamless bridging of the traditional country and blues worlds, as seen in her latest album Fish Out of Water. Shawanda emerges as a confident artist, comfortable within her own skin and bold with the music she chooses to make and interpret. She’s been named CCMA Female Artist of the Year, earned numerous Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards and Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards as well as a JUNO award for “Aboriginal Album of the Year”. With a voice that is rich, powerful, charming and intimately real, Crystal Shawanda continues to electrify audiences everywhere and is considered one of Canada’s finest LIVE performers.

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deTour: Member News & Announcements

Membership Renewals, Profiles, & Events

As the year is quickly coming to a close 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)

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Member News & Announcements

Rainbow Dance Theatre: Open Tour Dates March 2018

Rainbow Dance Theatre has open dates of March 4th and 5th 2018 en-route between Airdrie and Fort McMurray.

Contact Valerie Bergman, Artistic Director, for more details and to book.

Valerie Bergman, Artistic Director
Rainbow Dance Theatre
15880 Airlie Road, Monmouth, OR 97361

Way-To-Go Productions: Sensational Concerts for Audiences of All Ages

Way-To-Go Productions, Canada’s premiere producer of TEN unique and theatrical concerts, is offering THREE sensational shows for the 2018-2019 booking season. What makes Way-To-Go Productions unique? Our concerts tell stories that audiences want to hear, the musicianship is superb and we deliver the highest caliber of entertainment… every single show!

Check out our Across the Pond promo:

For bookings contact: 519-940-5510 or
For more information:

Catalyst Theatre: Onegin 2-for-1 Deal

Catalyst Theatre launches a new programming initiative, Catalyst Presents, with the hit indie-rock musical, Onegin (on – YEG –  in), the multi-award-winning production that is taking Canada by storm! Winning an unprecedented 10 Jessie Awards (Vancouver), this thrilling new adaptation of Pushkin’s timeless poem and Tchaikovsky’s renowned opera, brings a thoroughly modern sensibility to a romantic Russian classic. This high-energy musical tells a sweeping tale of infatuation, unrequited love, and intrigue.

Onegin tells the story of Eugene Onegin, a wealthy Russian playboy who, bored with seducing women in Moscow, sees a chance for a change when he inherits a country estate. He soon becomes fast friends with his new neighbour, Vladmir, who introduces Onegin to his love, Olga. Olga’s sister, Tatyana, falls madly in love with Onegin, but instead Onegin sets his sights on Olga, rejecting Tatyana. In a jealous rage, Vladimir challenges Onegin to a duel, and what ensues changes everyone’s lives forever.

Promo code: VODKA
*fees & GST still apply

James & Jamesy Alberta Tour: High Tea

Aaron and Alastair were delighted to present High Tea at Alberta Showcase, and are looking forward to booking dates from Sept 17 – Oct 24, 2018.

The show is 75-80 minutes in duration (no intermission) and follows a single narrative that immerses the audience in a tea-themed nautical epic that blends proneness with absurdity as it mixes Titanic, Jaws, Noah’s Arc, and Water World in a comic farce that is distinctly British.

For more information and to book a show:

Joanna Garfinkel, General Manager
James & Jamesy Productions
C:  604-537-1376

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