KD Gala night

KD Gala night

It is one of those nights in Fort McMurray when there is a lot going on.  The annual State of the Island Gala is front and centre at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre.  The President’s Cup, the clash between the Syncrude Bisons and the Suncor Blades – a game that raises funds for the United
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part V

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part V

I’m glancing at the calendar realizing that we are already just three weeks from cue-to-cue.  In one moment I’m feeling stressed about the amount of lines I need to learn in relation to how much time we have left, in the next I’m feeling completely moved, watching Tim Heggie as Bob Cratchit, in the scene
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If You Love Your Children

If You Love Your Children

I first met Sanjay Patel at a book launch event at the Fort McMurray Public Library. He was there to get a feel for how launches go and how he might get his upcoming book, The Future of Oil, in front of the public in a way that would create some interest.  At the time,
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Surprise!

Surprise!

NorthWord literary magazine is taking an unexpected turn for its next edition, exploring the theme of SURPRISE.  Submissions of poetry and prose are currently being accepted for consideration of being published in Issue #12.  I’m honoured to be playing the role of guest editor of this surprising collection of literary wonders and I would encourage
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part IV

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part IV

The 24 people who signed on to this mission to produce Claude Giroux’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol come from many different backgrounds, circumstances and places.  There are a few of us of a certain more mature generation.  There are a larger number of younger adults.  And we have a grouping of children, many of
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part III

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part III

As we work our way through the blocking in A Christmas Carol, or the process of figuring out where the actors move about the stage, our imaginations really get put to work.  This is going to be a production where set pieces, furniture, props and flies (the stuff that pops into the scene from the
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part II

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part II

I had a little out of body experience at rehearsal last night.  Cowering under the covers as the Ghost of Christmas Past (played by Ben) lit up the room, I had this burst of realization of how unique and wonderful it was that my 11-year-old son was scaring the bejesus out of me.  In the
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Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part I

Christmas Carol Chronicles, Part I

We all gathered around the tables for the first time last night, the cast and some of the crew of Keyano Theatre Company’s upcoming production of A Christmas Carol, a stage adaptation written by Claude Giroux and based on the Charles Dickens novel, directed by Jacqueline Russell.  A collection of familiar and fresh faces, we
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The Ebola creep

The Ebola creep

Ebola reared its ugly head in the 1970s, when I was going through my “I am afraid of everything” phase.  My nights were deeply troubled with visions of global thermonuclear war, Bigfoot, catastrophic earthquakes, and myriad things that went bump in the night.  Ebola just added to the list when it started being written about
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Death by PowerPoint

Death by PowerPoint

“What did people use before PowerPoints?” I asked my wife when I got home. “Overheads,” she snapped back. “What about before that?” The question is really nagging at me, because as a species we have this Pavlovian response that compels us to think “slide deck” the moment we realize that we’ve been tasked to speak
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