Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Canada Rocks! This Weekend

Event Description
A three-day celebration of our Canadian Heritage. Day One will feature the Free Community Concert Series with classic Canadian rock icons Chilliwack. The concert will be followed by a musical fireworks show at midnight. Day Two will start off with a morning parade followed by a Free Canada Day Community Celebration. Guests will enjoy cultural performances on two stages with entertainment for all ages, a multicultural food pavilion and children's activities. Day Two will also include a ticketed Celtic Concert Series featuring Captain Tractor and The Navigators. Day Three will conclude CanadaROCKS 2011 with THE HOTTEST SHOW ON EARTH featuring rock legends KISS in their only Alberta appearance this year.

Day 1: Thursday, June 30
Free Community Concert Series featuring classic Canadian rock icons Chilliwack. (No tickets needed)

6:00 p.m. CanadaROCKS Site at MacDonald Island Park opens
Local opening acts including: Selena Moss, Eva LaPrairie, Mel Boostrom, Tequila Mockingbird
Musical Fireworks display at midnight at the CanadaROCKS site at MacDonald Island Park on the baseball diamonds.

Note: For Public Safety Protocol for the Fireworks Display at the Free Community Concert Series there will be NO ACCESS ON OR OFF MACDONALD ISLAND from 11:45pm-12:45am

Day 2: Friday, July 1
8:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Suncor's Pancake Breakfast in Support of the Multicultural Association
Host: Multicultural Association
Location: Fellowship Baptist Church 141 Alberta Drive
Cost: $2.00
Menu: Pancakes, sausage, juice

10:00 a.m. Celebrate Canada Parade running downtown on Franklin Avenue from Hospital Street to Father Mercredi Street
Theme: Imagine our Mosaic

11:00 a.m. CanadaROCKS Site at MacDonald Island Park opens

11:30 a.m. Singing of O Canada and Opening Ceremony, Welcome by Mayor Melissa Blake, free Canada Day Birthday cake to celebrate Canada’s 144th birthday

12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 2 stages worth of performances on the World Stage and the Main Stage
Children’s activities in the Kid’s Fun Zone.
Activities include:
Bouncy castles, laser tag, air brush tattoos, henna body art, sand boxes, bubbles, fish pond, flags of the world and Le Francophonie dans le Monde

Festival fare: Multicultural Food Pavilion, Boston Pizza, MacDonald Island Park concession and food vendors. (Menus and prices will vary)

1:00 p.m. Strong Man and Woman bus pull competition in the main parking lot. Sponsored by MacNeill Chiropractic.

4:00 p.m. CanadaROCKS site closes and prepares for turnover for the Celtic Concert Series

6:00 p.m. CanadaROCKS Site at MacDonald Island Park re-opens for Celtic Concert Series (Tickets required for entry)
Local opening act: Raven’s Call
Show features Captain Tractor and The Navigators.
Tickets are $19 for General Admission and $30 for VIP. (+GST)

Day 3: Saturday, July 2
7:00 p.m. CanadaROCKS Site at MacDonald Island Park opens
Opening acts: The Envy and Bad City
KISS – The Hottest Show on Earth ROCKS Fort McMurray.
General admission is $99 +fees- Tickets still available for pick up only at the MacDonald Island Park Box Office

MacDonald Island Park is restricted for regular traffic July 1 & 2. Parking passes in effect.
Public transit is available. Service is $1.25

For schedules and routes

Free Public Transit, Shuttles and Park and Ride service is available only on:
July 1st 5pm – 1am and July 2nd 5pm – 2am for transportation to and from MacDonald Island Park

Park & Ride Locations:
Downtown RBC Parking Lot (Pick up at parking lot entrance on Manning Ave.)
Safeway Downtown (Pick up at transit stop on Franklin Ave. in front of Centennial Pool Building)
Father Turcotte/Dr. Clark School (Pick up at transit stop on Franklin Ave. in front of schools)
Keyano College Back Lot - (Pick up at transit stop on Penhorwood St.)
Provincial Building (Pick up at corner of MacDonald Ave & Main St.)
Father Mercredi High School (Pick up at transit stop on Silin Forest Rd.)
Timberlea School (Pick up at transit stop on Brett Dr.)
Frank Lacroix Arena (Pick up at transit stop on Beaconwood Rd.)

Go Green! Bicycle traffic is welcome at CanadaROCKS. Bicycles can be locked up for free in the AMA Bike Zone.

Items not allowed at the KISS Concert:
1. NO banners, flags/poles or any signage bigger than letter size
2. NO laser pointers, flashlights, glow/fluorescent sticks, etc.
3. NO inflatables, balloons, beach balls, etc.
4. NO weapons or fireworks
5. NO drugs or alcohol
6. NO glass bottles, cans, hard plastic containers or other potential projectiles (Vendors will be permitted to sell beverages, but lids must be discarded and cans opened)
7. NO costumes with sharp items i.e. crystal balls, wire, spikes etc.
8. NO illegal merchandise of any description
9. All large bags, backpacks, large jackets will be stopped and searched.
10. All gifts should be un-wrapped and will be taken at the gates and delivered by authorized personnel only.

NO CAMERAS - Professional (anything larger than a 3” inch lens), video/DVD cameras, audio or visual recording equipment of any description, etc.

Monday, 27 June 2011

June 26th AIR Open House

This past Sunday, the Artist in Residency (AIR) participants hosted their first Open House event. Through the Open Houses; which occur every Sunday between 2 - 6pm until August 20th, the general public gains access to the artist's studios, work and the artists themselves.

We had over twenty people stop by to visit with the artists and explore the studios. As I walked around I was able to join in on conversations that ranged from acrylic and drawing techniques, to arts administration and professional studies, fashion illustration, publishing practices  and debates on art history. The atmosphere in the studio was one of excitement and collaboration. I am really looking forward to next week's Open House and to see what the artists can accomplish between now and then!

Below are a few quick shots I took of the event. I hope you enjoy them and are enticed to stop by next weekend between 2:00pm - 6:00pm to meet the Artists. The studio is located at 155 Beaconwood Road Fort McMurray: The Frank Lacoix Arena

For more information about the artists, the program or the Open Houses, please visit the Municipal website:



The above shot features member of the public who stopped in to visit with the artists.

From left to right: Culture Supervisor, Leigh Agozzino-Organ, AIR participant, Kriza Borromeo and me, Culture Coordinator, Connor Buchanan.

AIR participant Paul Nieman working on a new painting. In the background to the right you can see the studio space and one work of Megan Green, another AIR participant.

Public Library: July Program Update

Register at the Children’s Help desk for the Summer Reading Incentive Program which starts in July.

You can register at the Adult Help Desk or online for the Adult Summer Reading Program for those 13 and above.

Adult Book Club, Pre-teen Art and Saturday Crafts are cancelled for the summer. All other programs, including ESL Conversation Group and Children’s Programs will continue over the summer. The Library is closed July first and there will be limited access to Mac Island on July 2nd.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Volunteers Needed: CanadaROCKS

CanadaROCKS is a huge event and we are hoping for the support of our community partners to help us fill some gaps to make this community event a huge success for everyone.

Please forward the following message to your contacts to help us build our volunteer corps. Thank you in advance.

Come Celebrate Canada Day long weekend with us! Events Wood Buffalo is still looking for volunteers for CanadaROCKS! See KISS, Captain Tractor, The Navigators, Chilliwack and many more great acts for free!

Go to to find out more and sign up!

Misty Oakes
Interim Communications and Development Director
Events Wood Buffalo
Office: 780-791-1600
Mobile: 780-531-1263

CanadaROCKS: June 30 – July 2 at MacDonald Island Park
June 30th Free Community Concert Series & Fireworks featuring Chilliwack
July 1st Canada Day- Free Community Celebration & Celtic Concert Series featuring Captain Tractor and The Navigators

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Meaghan Smith live in your living room; an unforgettable experience

Have you ever heard of a program called Home Roots? It’s a lovely program that supports Canadian music by allowing inspiring singers and musicians to travel a circuit of towns and provinces and play in people’s homes, coffee shops, and town halls; basically anywhere that’s capable of plugging in musical instruments and can seat an audience.

I’ve had the privilege to attend three Home Roots events here in Fort McMurray and they are worth every penny of my $35 dollar ticket. Not only are the concerts as intimate as it can get by literally having bands perform in the same living room I’m sitting in, but it truly was a wonderful experience that, just for a couple of hours, had taken me away from the business of everyday life.

Just this past weekend, I saw Meaghan Smith and Jason Mingle perform and it was magnificent. This was a sold out show, seating for approx. 25 people; which was a comfortable fit around a living room. The couple that hosts the local Home Roots experience open their home monthly to musicians; providing them with a place to stay, home cooked meals, sometimes sight seeing and in return, the musicians perform for an audience, interact with them and have an opportunity to sell merchandise.
Meaghan Smith was phenomenal and all of her songs bled from her own memories and experiences which made each verse and lyric more real and familiar.
Meaghan was nominated for three East Coast Music Awards and is the recipient of the 2011 JUNO for Best New Artist. Originating from Nova Scotia, Meaghan’s album, The Crickets Orchestra, offers a mix of blues inspired folk music that just touches you when you hear it. Although Meaghan was not part of the current Home Roots circuit, she supports the Home Roots Initiative and was able to fit this visit into her performing schedule between Canmore and Edmonton, allowing the host couple to end their Home Roots musical experiences with Meaghan’s show.

For more information about Meaghan Smith, visit her website at
For more information about Home Roots, visit

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Mesmerizing Fashion Show: A Follow Up

Below is a message the Nisa Collection team:

Where East meets West
19th June: It was noon on Sunday at McIsland Park and women in a grand array of colour shuffled into the Miskanaw Ballroom from different parts of town. The event that attracted women from all cultures and walks of life was the East meets West, Mesmerizing Fashion Show by Nisa Collection’s Uzma Syed.

Says Uzma,”When I started the business two years ago, I couldn’t have dreamt of something of this magnitude or proportion. “ Started as a home-based business, Uzma has carved a niche for herself and this event has helped bring out her dedication and talent. An absolutely stunning range of colour, fabric and design, Uzma dazzled the audience with her debut collection. There were a million dresses, Pakistani and Western up for grabs and women were literally grabbing them.

Overheard over the crowds, “which one should I take? I like all of them!” “Hey, who’s taken that? My daughter had her eye on it” Women were excited, not only South Asian Canadians who are used to these kind of clothes and designs but every woman’s eyes lit up as the models swish sashayed the ramp in stunning colours, make-up and jewellery.

Uzma closed the show to a grand applause from the audience to her emotional speech rendered with suave and panache. The first ever Pakistani Fashion show in Wood Buffalo was a hit if the audience is to be believed.

In 2008 reminisces Uzma when she moved into this city after living in Toronto for about nine years, she suddenly realised how difficult it was to get her favourite outfits here. She used drive to Edmonton and even there she did not find the variety she sought. “I used to wait eagerly for my next trip back home to get the latest designs. Being fashion conscious and very trendy, I decided I had to do something to change the situation and began the business with support from my brother in Pakistan and my husband. I am so grateful for the opportunity this city afforded me and generous support from volunteers, sponsors and friends, “adds Uzma Syed, who has just made a new fashion statement in town.

Thus with the gracious hand from sponsors Rohit Communities, Fatima Mian –Remax, Import Connection and the South Asian Canadian Xpress news paper, Nisa Collection believes it has taken a step in creating harmony through colours, promoting multiculturalism and has set apart a portion of the admission fee to support Slave Lake residents.

Media Director: Kiran Malik Khan, Photographer: Amber Razak, Make up Artist: Hina Khawar, Hair Stylists: Lisa and Nargis, Accountant/Audio Visual tech: Juvaria Javed, Assisstant in Jewellery, Iffat Shah

Models: Jhoyli Labrador, Ashley Crewe, Alexandria Wiemer, Samantha Ryan, Sara, Hannah Colbourne, Maryam Taqi, Maryam Ahmad, Happy Goraya, Perminder Disange, Atiya Jahan, Mucharata Minog David, Renee Summers, Tania Chiasson, Nargis Sameer, Kimberley Nelson

Other Volunteers Saba Ahmed, Rida Ikraam, Reem Khawar, Irum Ahmed

Monday, 20 June 2011

Volunteer Wood Buffalo's AGM

Volunteer Wood Buffalo’s annual general meeting will be taking place on Thursday, June 23rd at 6:00pm at the Wood Buffalo Community Village located at 194 Grenfell Crescent.

Also, directly following the AGM will be the monthly Board of Directors meeting which anyone interested in welcome to stay for.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact us at (780) 791-9333.

Thank you,

Roxanne Beaton
Communications Coordinator
194 Grenfell Crescent, Wood Buffalo Community Village
Phone: 780-791-9333 Fax: 780-750-4333


Art at MacDonald Island

Friday, 17 June 2011

Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Awards Night

The Nonprofit Sector Link invites you to participate in the Heart of Wood Buffalo Leadership Awards Night, June 21st, 7 p.m. at Keyano Theatre.

There are 31 nominees for the four awards. Each recipient will receive a custom designed award and $5000 will be donated to the charity of their choice. Tickets are $20. Register at

June 22nd & 23rd is Wood Buffalo Community Building Project / Learning Conference. Tickets range from $30-$75 and include lunch. Workshops will be offered on Transformational Leadership; Board Governance and Engage for Change: Building a Rapid Improvement Culture.

Please register at http://www.http//

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Focus Group and Pot Luck

Temporary Foreign Worker program at YMCA Immigrant Settlement Services. On June 25, at 5 p.m. there will be a Focus Group and Pot Luck (please bring food from your country of origin). Temporary Foreign Workers will be asked to share their views about: the 4 year limit to work in Canada; work place concerns that affect performance; your most unforgettable experience as a TFW; lessons learned; how to connect more TFW to the YMCA services and any other concerns they may have.

For more information contact Gemma at 780-743-2970 or

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Frames & More Art Gallery: New Exhibition

The Frames & More Art Gallery is presenting a new exhibition.

The show will run from June 18th - July 2nd, 2011. This exhibition will feature five local artists: Ina Schultz, Sharon Cords, David Ball, Leo Parent and Desmond High. There will be works of wood, willow, mixed media and more.

Stop in to see and support our local artists.

For more information please call 780.790.1777

Father’s Day Sailboat Challenge


Can your family build a sailboat in 30 minutes? It’s time to construct, create and compete! RMWB Programs will be holding the Father’s Day Sailboat Challenge and Picnic on Saturday, June 18th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The event will be taking place at Borealis Park with a picnic to follow.

Gather your family and construct a boat to see if your boat floats or sinks on the Borealis Pond! Supplies will be provided. The cost of the event and picnic is $15.00 per family. Pre-registration is required.

For more information please call RMWB programs at 780.799.1144.

Thank you,

Jillian Smith
Recreation Program Leader
Parks, Recreation and Culture
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
P. 780.799.1144
C. 780.215.0141
F. 780.743.3484
9909 Franklin Avenue, Fort McMurray, Alberta, T9H 0A6

School of Indian Dance Presents:

Monday, 13 June 2011

The Full Moon Café wraps up its 7th Season

Saturday, June 18th at 7:30 p.m. Please note the change of venue: The June FMC will be at the Vista Ridge Lodge

How to get there: (From Fort McMurray) - Follow Hwy. 63 south to Hwy. 69. Follow Highway 69 past the airport turn off (12 km) towards Saprae Creek. Turn left onto Spruce Valley Road (towards Saprae Creek Estates). Vista Ridge is located at the end of the road.

All acoustic musicians, poets, photographers, dancers, visual and performing artists are welcome to share their talents. Featuring the Maher Family and Musical Friends.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5. All ages welcome! Bring your friends, family, instruments, a cold dish and something to BBQ. There will be a liscenced bar available to purchase beverages. Please make plans to carpool or cab it if you are consuming alcohol.

Call Solange at 780.791-5355 for more details or to make arrangements to display art or to present a dance.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Short Film Contest

Students from Beacon Hill school are having their short films presented on the Fort McMurray Public School District website.

The films were developed for the Blip Film Awards and seven projects made by Grade 7 and 8 students are competing for votes for the best script, best director and best movie.

If you are interested in viewing the videos, go to:

Good luck to all students participating in this exciting project!

Mesmerizing: June 19th

The first ever Pakistani Fashion Show in Wood Buffalo – where east meets west!

This is a ladies only event featuring the designs of local fashion designer Uzma Syed from her Nisa Collection clothing line. The evening will include sales of jewellery and clothing from 12:00p.m. until 5:00p.m. with two fashion shows at 2:00p.m. and 3:00p.m.

The fashion show will feature local celebrity models like Ashley Crew from MIX 103.7, Miss Teen Northern Alberta –world 2010, Jhoyli Labrador, and many more.

For more information please contact Uzma
Phone: 780.880.8855
Or visit the Facebook site:

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Youth Development speaker is visiting Fort McMurray

The Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to inform you of a guest speaker who will be attending Fort McMurray. Mr Abdifatah (Abdi) Warsame will be working with the local African Community in hopes to establish a mentoring youth program for our equity seeking and racialized youth in the Wood Buffalo region.

Mr Warsame’s visit to Fort McMurray is still being organized and a tentative date for the week of June 13th to June 17th has been set. Mr Warsame will be bringing with him a couple of guest speakers who he has closely worked with in the past, one of whom is Said Dirie. Together they will be presenting to a number of community members and groups. Topics will range from Dealing with Difficult Youth for parents to the Anti Oppression Framework in Dealing with Diverse Communities for the RCMP.

Mr Warsame brings with him an impressive background in youth program development and implementation and his knowledge will certainly be worth sharing with all interested community members and organizers. Mr Warsame is also the Co-Founder for Centre of Youth Development and Mentoring Services (CYDMS) currently operating in Toronto, Ontario.

CYDMS currently runs two programs:
1. Youth Education Services (YES) program
The objective of this program is to make sure Youth will graduate elementary and secondary school in a good standing, learn and develop the proper character attributes to enter High School or Post Secondary.

2. Mentoring and Violence Prevention (MVP) program
The objective of this program is to keep kids in school and out of the juvenile justice system.

Additional information on CYDMS, Mr Warsame and Mr Dirie can be found attached or by visiting the CYDMS website at This program initiative has been brought before a number of community members with positive feedback and many others wishing to contribute directly to its implementation.

If you would like to have further information on the above initiative or feel this is a program you would like to contribute to please contact Cst Dustin Greig below and he will forward your information to the appropriate contact(s).


Cst. GREIG, D.
Wood Buffalo RCMP Community Policing
Media Relations Officer (Interim)
105 Paquette Drive
Ft. McMurray, AB
T9K 0P5

Phone: (780) 788-4235
Cell: (780) 713-7687

Fax: (780) 788-4231


Centre for Youth Development & Mentoring Services

Centre for Youth Development & Mentoring Services is a community based non-profit organization operated exclusively by volunteers and members of the community that focuses on the development and empowerment of equity seeking and racialized youth in the Toronto GTA area.

Our Vision
The vision of CYDMS is to inspire, empower and develop our youth to achieve their full potential and become productive citizens that contribute positively to society.

Our Mission
The mission of CYDMS is to provide a foundation for achievement and success among equity seeking and racialized youth living within GTA communities by directly providing educational, recreational, violence prevention, leadership and mentorship programs, and instill a sense of social responsibility.

Our Philosophy
We believe that by engaging youth in their own development, and by providing inspiration, learning opportunities, a healthy environment and positive interactions, youth will develop the self-esteem and life skills that they need to succeed, and to resist the negative forces in their lives.

The 4C Formula:
  1. Confidence: having a sense of self-worth based on one’s ability to make choices and take initiative.
  2. Character: having a sense of responsibility and accountability, the ability to thrive despite adversity.
  3. Competence: having the ability and motivation to master sound educational and vocational skills to earn a living.
  4. Contribution: becoming civically minded and wish to contribute ideas, time and talents to better your community.
Abdifatah Warsame is a highly motivated counselor, leader, and organizer with a passion for working with under served populations and youth in general. Abdi has an extensive background in youth program development and implementation, youth counseling, grassroots community organization and civic engagement.

Abdifatah is also a Community Parent Educational Program (COPE) trainer and leader. He has conducted many trainings, community workshops, and conferences covering issues that pertain to youth. He has participated in Toronto’s Mayor, David Miller’s Hand Gun band initiative, and was proponent and advocate for solving problems through dialogue and negotiation.

Abdifatah specializes in working with youth involved in the juvenile justice and constantly mentors them at correctional facilities in the Greater Toronto Area. Abdifatah Warsame came to Canada as a young man and draws from his experiences in growing up in this country to mentor, engage and work with youth. He is the Co-founder of Centre for Youth Development and Mentoring Services ( CYDMS ).

Said Dirie completed his B.Com at Delhi University, India, in 1986. He then immigrated to Canada where he attended York University and obtained a B.A. in psychology, Honors degree in Social Work and Masters in Social Work. Said conducted and facilitated many workshops on conflict resolution and lectured at Wilfred Laurier (Social Work graduate students). He also presented at York University on areas of Anti Oppression and Anti Discriminatory Practices and issues of Social Justice.

Monday, 6 June 2011

By the Numbers: Using the Facts and Stats to Get Bang for Your Charity's Buck

Sharon Batsch will be speaking about the importance of data management and just how much of an integral part of fund development it truly is. Using information gathered and statistics pertaining to your organization plays a key role in the success of fundraising initiatives and incentives that many do not utilize. Learn how to reach and engage people on a broader spectrum using the facts and stats that you already know during this must- see presentation.
A Data Manager is a person who understands the many intricacies of data as it relates to its use to raise dollars for a charity. They will understand the needs of the fund development and ensure that data entered meets today’s requirements as well as those in the future. This session will introduce the role of a Data Manager and its importance to a charity wanting to deploy a successful fund development.

Registration for this upcoming video conference is $10 which can be paid at 194 Grenfell Cres (Wood Buffalo Community Village) on the day of the session; however, space is limited so we encourage everyone interested to register today to secure a seat.

June 7th at 1:30pm- 3pm
Reserve your seat by calling (780) 791-9333 or send an email to

Hope to see you there!

Environment Week

Alberta celebrates Environment Week each year during the first week of June. The Fort McMurray Environment Committee brings you events include Household Hazardous Waste Round-Up, Community Clean-ups, and various other events that revolve around a theme.

Description Environment Week 2011 runs June 5-12! The Fort McMurray Environment Committee is gearing up for this year's events now. If you would like to participate in the planning or events, please let us know!!!


Friday, 3 June 2011

The Full Moon Café wraps up its 7th Season

The Full Moon Café wraps up its 7th Season on: Saturday, June 18th at 7:30 p.m.

Please note the change of venue: The June FMC will be at the Vista Ridge Lodge

How to get there: (From Fort McMurray) - Follow Hwy. 63 south to Hwy. 69. Follow Highway 69 past the airport turn off (12 km) towards Saprae Creek. Turn left onto Spruce Valley Road (towards Saprae Creek Estates). Vista Ridge is located at the end of the road.

All acoustic musicians, poets, photographers, dancers, visual and performing artists are welcome to share their talents. Featuring the Maher Family and Musical Friends

Admission is a suggested donation of $5. All ages welcome! Bring your friends, family, instruments, a cold dish and something to BBQ. There will be a liscenced bar available to purchase beverages. Please make plans to carpool or cab it if you are consuming alcohol.

Call Solange at 780.791-5355 for more details or to make arrangements to display art or to present a dance.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Alberta Arts Days 2011: Five Feature Celebration Sites

An announcement from the Government of Alberta, Arts and Cultural Spirit:

Five Feature Celebration Sites and 64 Host Celebration Sites to lead Alberta Arts Days festivities

Edmonton... To encourage participation, help foster new relationships and increase access to cultural experiences, the Government of Alberta is providing support for Alberta Arts Days events in 49 communities. Sixty-nine groups will share a total of $375,000 to assist with planning and coordinating events in their communities and will be designated as official Alberta Arts Days 2011 Celebration Sites for their efforts.

“We’re hoping the leadership shown by the Celebration Sites will inspire even more Albertans to get involved,” said Lindsay Blackett, Minister of Culture and Community Spirit. “Some amazing relationships have developed from the partnerships that were formed in previous years.”

Each organization receiving support will partner with others in their community to present free, family-friendly events and activities during Alberta Arts Days 2011, September 30 to October 2. Host Celebration Sites must present programming for two days and Feature Celebration Sites must present programming for all three days as well as stage a main event.

“Alberta Arts Days is about family, community, diversity and cultural vibrancy. It’s a celebration of everything great about this province,” added Blackett. “The support and participation of all communities, governments, businesses, organizations and individuals is required to truly showcase Alberta’s creative spirit.”

Hosting an Alberta Arts Days event is an opportunity to foster relationships, develop new partnerships, strengthen community spirit and showcase local talents. It also provides a platform for organizations and communities to boost the impact and reach of existing efforts to promote cultural programming. Last year, 91 communities hosted 681 events. Now in its fourth year, Alberta Arts Days will continue to promote the value of the arts, increase Albertans access to cultural experiences and encourage creative collaborations.

Anyone interested in hosting an event should visit The site features a number of event planning resources and promotional tools. Also, those that register their events on the Alberta Culture Calendar will benefit from a provincial marketing and communications campaign.

Alberta Arts Days is helping to achieve the goals of our province’s cultural policy, The Spirit of Alberta, which is designed around four keystones: access, capacity, excellence and sustaining cultural industries. It is also part of Culture Days, a pan-Canadian movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

Media inquiries may be directed to:
Keltie MacPherson
Communications, Alberta Culture and Community Spirit
To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Today is Jersey Day!

Back To The 80's

Father Mercredi Community High School's MASC proudly presents Back To The 80's

Remember when Atari, cassette tapes and ghetto blasters were cutting edge technology? Whoa! Remember when Pac Man, The Rubik's Cube, Max Headroom, and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were just awesome, dude?

Corey, as an adult, takes us back to his high school days to tell us about how much he liked Tiffany, how much Tiffany like Michael, and how Michael stole his Class President election speech, which caused Corey to lose the election. While Corey doesn't become Class President, he still wants to hold a fantastic party and have a great dance party.

Will Tiffany ever see the evil side of Michael? Will Corey finally get the girl of his dreams? Will the dance be a success? Meanwhile, how will Mr. Cocker cope with the news of his teacher-girlfriend being a previous centerfold model? Will the teachers' relationship be able to survive this hurdle? And...will Feargal ever get a date...will Eileen ever make new friends at the new school?

With music that will make you want to sing and dance, Back to the 80s just might remind you of your high school days! Wear your acid-wash jeans and your Madonna gloves, tease your bangs and comb your mullet. Back to the 80sis totally wicked!

Thursday, June 2 at 7pm
Friday, June 3 at 7pm
Saturday, June 4 at 7pm
All Seats: $15

Keyano Box Office is open Monday to Wednesday 12:30 pm to 4 pm, Thursday and Friday 12:30pm to 8pm, Saturday 11am to 4pm and an hour before a ticketed event. To purchase tickets call the box office at 780-791-4990 or buy online at

Faces of Fort McMurray

The new Big Spirit project has been launched online. Check it out and see a few familiar faces.

Click here for a direct link to Ronil Patel's story. I had the pleasure of meeting and working with this young fellow a few years ago through the Open Studio program at the Haxton Centre, I am so please to see that he is getting highlighted within our region - he truly is a local asset. Congrats Ron!

Click here to be taken to another local blog managed by Juan Rippe, a local cook who is also featured on the Faces of Fort McMurray site.

June Bug Children's Festival: 2011

Our 2nd Annual June Bug Children's Festival is just around the corner! June 11 & 12 at MacDonald Island. The  festival hours are from 11:00-5:00

New this year! Join us for a kick off breakfast on June 11 @ 9:00 featuring local children's entertainer "Finnigan"

Help us spread the word by sharing the attached poster with your circle business and personal contacts.

Thank you!

Ruth Francoeur
Communications Manager

THE HUB Family Resource Centre
10020 (b) Franklin Avenue
Ft. McMurray, AB T9H 2K6
Ph: 780-791-7110 ext 2
Fx: 780-791-7898
Cell: 780-799-5576

Timberlea Site
6-118 Millennium Drive
Ft. McMurray, AB T9K 2S8
Ph: 780-743-9225
Fx: 780-743-8516
Honouring Children.....Engaging Families....Connecting Community

Community Concert: Volunteer Opportunity

Casman centre starting at 4:30

Musicians of all ages playing for people of all ages - Midlife Crisis, Givenstone, Crossroad Renegades, Simon Budd, Triad, Selena Mosss, Stu Marchand, Dave Martin, Just cause, and many more

Concession Stands, Kids Crafts, Silent Auction, 50/50 draws.
Tickets are $10 each or $30 per family.
Available at the door or in advance at Campbell's music.

Volunteer opportunities:
The community concert that is occurring this Friday, June 3 at the Casman Centre in support of the Slave Lake community is looking for volunteers in the following areas;

Set up and tear down
Back stage assistance (there are around 22 local acts performing)
Security detail
Ticket sales
50/50 sellers
Silent auction

If you are able to assist in any of these areas, please contact Larry Aulenbach at or 780-215-4552.

I am trying to set myself up as the central co ordinator of efforts and questions on SL. Feel free to let people know they can contact me at 780 881 3849 or can refer to them to the right people if I can not answer their questions.I