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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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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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Presenter Survey – November 2016 – November 2017

Alberta Presenters,

In order to serve you better, we ask that you take some time to fill out the following survey. The individual answers from this survey will not be shared with anyone outside of the Arts Touring Alliance office. The overall statistical data we collect from this survey will be used to better support our applications to various granting bodies in order to continue providing you with the programming and initiatives you expect from the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta.

Thank you for your time. Your feedback is very important.

Shannon Jones
Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta

Presenter Survey – November 2016 – November 2017:

Survey Deadline is December 31, 2017

Some interesting statistics from last year’s survey that were included in the 2017 AGM report:


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Honkytonk Experience with Donny Lee from Nashville Tennessee – Medicine Hat College Eresman Theater November 17 2017

With Roots deep in Country music, Donny Lee is an Alberta based country music performer in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Nashville Honkytonks are full of country music loving tourists from all over the world that come to hear all of the songs that made country music history. Donny plays the stages of the World Famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge and he is bringing his popular one of a kind Honkytonk Experience from the to the Medicine Hat College Eresman Theater on November 17th, showtime is 7:30
Get your tickets in person at the Esplanade Theater or online at

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Honkytonk Experience with Donny Lee from Nashville Tennessee – Camrose Lougheed Center November 15th 2017

With roots deep in country music, Donny Lee is an Alberta based country music singer songwriter who also plays in Nashville Tennessee at the famous honkytonks. Donny Lee is bringing his popular country music show from his regular gig in Nashville Tennessee at the Tootsies Orchid Lounge to the Lougheed Performing Arts Center in Camrose, Alberta.
Playing all of the top requested hits from George Jones, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Alabama, Garth Brooks and many more country music artists, complete with a full 6 piece band including fiddle and steel guitar.
The Nashville Honkytonk is full of country music loving fans who come to listen to the hits of those who paved the way in country music and I am so excited to bring my popular show back to my home province in Alberta.
Come see me at the Camrose Lougheed Performing Arts Centre on November 15th, 2017 and I guarantee any country music fan will love the show!
Tickets sold in person at the Lougheed Box Office or online at

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Alberta Showcase 2017: Artist Applications

Now in its 40th year, Alberta Showcase connects touring artists with community presenters searching for artists for special events, concert and performance series, and community celebrations. It is three days of showcasing the top performance artists interested in touring Alberta, that will inspire you!

Every October the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta brings together presenters from across Alberta who are searching for performing artists who will tour in their communities. Many of the soft-seat presenters offer subscription series. Some are simply cafes with one off concerts and events. They are looking for a diverse, challenging line-up of artists with broad audience appeal. Alberta Showcase 2017 will take place October 19-22 at the Shell Theatre in the Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta (just 30 minutes north of Edmonton). All applications are reviewed by a jury of presenters, performers, and promoters, and the top applicants are selected to showcase over the weekend.

Artist Applications are processed through the I Want to Showcase website.

Applications open February 1 and the deadline to apply is April 1.

I Want to Showcase is a collaboration between partner performing arts conferences whose goal is simple: to offer performing artists a showcase application site that’s easy to navigate, understand and use.

>> Click here for more info about Albert Showcase & Artist Applications