Talking ARTS on YMM Podcast

Talking ARTS on YMM Podcast

I had been to the studio of the YMM Podcast (aka Toddske’s kitchen table) once before, back when we were talking about The Farnsworth Invention a couple of years ago, but I couldn’t reconcile the house I was looking at with my memory of having been there before. So I called him up and made
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TEDx Fort McMurray – Shift in Thought

TEDx Fort McMurray – Shift in Thought

Presenters for the second instalment of TEDx Fort McMurray, Shift in Thought, are gathering up their notes and their resolve, and making a beeline to Holy Trinity High School today for their first on-stage rehearsal.  Each, in their own unique way, are likely feeling butterflies, a few ounces of self doubt, and a smidgen of
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You just never know who you’ll meet in Fort McMurray

You just never know who you’ll meet in Fort McMurray

I had to update one of my insurance policies yesterday – ten years had passed much too quickly on a term package and I had to sign a few forms and answer a bunch of health related questions in order to renew it.  Over the years, we’ve had four different agents with this particular company,
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Aligning passions

Aligning passions

Alex Jadad, Chief Innovator and Founder of the Centre for eHealth Innovation, opened our conversation with an intriguing question during the recent Nexus North IDEAS Lab. “What’s your verb?” he asked. “I’m not sure what you mean,” I said. “What is the verb that best represents you?” I thought for a moment or two, then
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Getting my house in order

Getting my house in order

I’ve been somewhat scattered the past few days, I admit it.  And while I’ve felt discombobulated as hell, preparing the transition into a new role this morning as interim Executive Director of Arts Council Wood Buffalo, Heather’s mom and dad both commented that I looked infinitely more relaxed than I did the last time they
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Feeling the Full Moon Café

Feeling the Full Moon Café

It often lands in my schedule, once a month on Saturday nights, but something always seemed to get in the way.  That changed last night as the stars aligned and a car load of us dropped in for a couple of hours of drumming, songs and stories offered up by the Full Moon Café within
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Leaving the nest

Leaving the nest

I start my new job next week, which means that for the first time in 14 years, I am leaving the digital nest of the college.  My level of anxiety has been quite pronounced this week trying to prepare a new digital communications infrastructure in anticipation of this new phase in my career. I’ve been
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Named interim Executive Director of Arts Council Wood Buffalo

Named interim Executive Director of Arts Council Wood Buffalo

Earlier today, many friends and colleagues gathered in the lobby at Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre to hear interim Chair of Arts Council Wood Buffalo (ACWB) Christine Burton announce that I will be leaping into a new role starting Monday, as interim Executive Director.  Leaping is the perfect word, because it is almost immediate, ending
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Essay by Jenna Fewer: How DANCE has evolved in my community

Essay by Jenna Fewer: How DANCE has evolved in my community

How Dance has evolved in my community by Jenna Fewer, Generation Dance Studio Winner of the 2013 Talented Angels Dance Scholarship When I look around Generation Dance Studio, it is plain to see that many things have changed over the course of twelve years when I took my first dance class. Perhaps it’s different now
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Musing with Majumder

Musing with Majumder

On Sunday evening I stood in the stage left wing at Keyano Theatre watching comedian Shaun Majumder bring the sold out house to its knees with laughter. “OK, what am I going to talk about?” he asked in the green room just moments earlier, realizing that the intermission was rapidly coming to close.  “I never
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