AGMs matter!

AGMs matter!

Tomorrow night, the inaugural Annual General Meeting of Arts Council Wood Buffalo will take place in the Recital Theatre at Keyano College.  We’ll be set up in the lobby selling memberships for those folks who would like to be able to vote and receive the associated benefits started at 6:30 pm.  It’ll also be a
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Leadership Wood Buffalo – a family affair

Leadership Wood Buffalo – a family affair

The alumni committee for Leadership Wood Buffalo put on a terrific Christmas social yesterday at Centre Boreal in Abasand.  Hosted by the Francophone Association with food provided by a brand new French caterer working in the community – Bleu Azur Traitent (780-370-9821, bleu_azur@outlook.com), it was a wonderful family affair and a reunion of past and
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Into the Woods with Cheepiyak

Into the Woods with Cheepiyak

Ben and I arrived way early, thirty minutes before the closing night curtain to make sure we got seats to see Cheepiyak Theatre’s Into the Woods.  I don’t know this facility very well, but the door to the right of the box office kept opening and closing, releasing the energy inside being fuelled by an
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The Christmas Elephant

The Christmas Elephant

I’ve noticed the lights, food bank drive, and Santa parade, all the wonderful signs that Christmas is around the corner.  I’ve said “Happy Holidays” at least a couple of times and maybe even a “Merry Christmas” or two.  I reached up to the top shelf in the basement, heaved the big Christmas tree box down
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New #YMMARTS Column – Saturday Today

New #YMMARTS Column – Saturday Today

A long time ago, when the Fort McMurray Today first started doing a Saturday edition, I wrote a weekly arts column in my role as publicist at Keyano Theatre.  In many ways, it was my first foray into journalistic writing, and bless the management of the time for allowing me to learn and grow as
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The Song of the Soldier

The Song of the Soldier

Richard Van Camp posted a link to this incredible picture a few days ago on Facebook.  It jumped out to me and drew me in; it still does. I printed it off immediately, intent on sketching it out as the composition is so interesting.  It suggests a story that is complex and curious.  If a
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Breaking down the wall

Breaking down the wall

I hadn’t planned to attend the open rehearsal of Vigilante on Sunday, hosted by the Fort McMurray Filmmakers Association, but when I saw the event pop up on Facebook that morning, I couldn’t resist. (For the marketers reading this:  YES! Creating a Facebook event listing worked, at least with this customer) I’ve known for years
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Sketchy success

Sketchy success

Have you ever been at a party where you’re having such a great time that you don’t even notice most of the people who are there and all of a sudden it’s over?  That’s what happened for me last night at the Let’s Get Sketchy event at Keyano Theatre, though for entirely different reasons.  There
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Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

Catalyst Theatre, through the vision of Jonathan Christenson, attempts to understand what happened with the infamous Donnelly family through the eyes of the deceased, looking back almost 200 years to that gruesome night when vigilante justice came calling and five Donnellys lay dead.  Though reverential with the theatrical creation you will witness, it’s likely that
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Nurturing talent

Nurturing talent

Ben is 10.  He was running around the house the other day with his mother’s iPad, going into rooms, shutting the door, then coming out minutes later and going on to his next location.  He was filming something, for some reason, and though I didn’t know what the subject or storyline was, there was no
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