Journey to Hometown, Part 1

Journey to Hometown, Part 1

In many ways, you can say that this journey began a long time ago – almost a year actually – when Michael Beamish began interviewing residents about this place we call home.  Those conversations, combined with good research and plenty of artistic license, intermingled to grow into Hometown…The Musical!, a script that was handed out
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Hometown – the story of us

Hometown – the story of us

How do you go about telling a story that captures the soul of a place? That was the task in front of playwright Michael Beamish and artistic director Claude Giroux as they began building the narrative that would become Hometown the Musical, Keyano Theatre Company’s production slated to open in February 2013 in Fort McMurray.
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The Million Club

The Million Club

Photo by Mathew Klie-Cribb, from Fort McMurray Today story “Airport acquires land, announces expansion”, Dec 13, 2012 “Next year we’re likely going to join the Million Club,” said Scott Clements, CEO of the Fort McMurray Airport Authority.  “That is going to put us on the international map.” Scott was visibly excited and proud of the extraordinary
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Community Leaders Reception

Community Leaders Reception

We hosted our community leaders reception up on the seventh floor of Jubilee Centre yesterday, a renovated space that was completed earlier this year.  It proved to be a great spot to hold this mingling event, stretching from the Mayor’s office reception area into the large boardroom which was wide open thanks to the nifty
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Calling All Angels

Calling All Angels

Last night, a hearty group of volunteers gathered in and around the offices of the Keyano College Foundation to begin the Calling All Angels phone-a-thon, a campaign to connect directly with the hundreds of individuals who comprise a distinguished group of subscribers and Theatre Angels, past and present.  The phone approach had not been tried
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The Future of Oil

The Future of Oil

“I wanted to write a book that would explain the oil sands,” said Sanjay Patel, over a coffee at Live Cafe a few weeks ago.  The book he has published is called The Future of Oil | A Straight Story of the Canadian Oil Sands.  He’ll be doing a formal book launch at the Fort
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The End of the World

The End of the World

It really felt like the world was conspiring against me this week, or at least sending me a strong message that its end was nigh.  As I woke up to one of my busiest and longest days of the year – meetings and commitments stretched from 8 am to 11:30 pm – I couldn’t get
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Bonus Day

Bonus Day

I dubbed Sunday Bonus Day – not that it was unexpected or extra, in the true sense of the word; rather, because I had absolutely nothing official on my calendar.  Saturday was almost as ‘bonus’, as there was only one must-attend engagement that day – the Santa Claus Parade. The weekend previous had been the
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Santa Claus Parade magic

Santa Claus Parade magic

The Santa Claus Parade is an interesting lens through which to see our community.  This thought has niggled at me for the last couple of years, since the annual event moved from the daytime into the evening.  From our vantage point this year on the Communities in Bloom float, we once again were able to
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Calendar Girls a hit

Calendar Girls a hit

“#CalendarGirls in #ymm is a hit,” declared influential co-Twitterite Ken Chapman after yesterday’s opening night performance. He was among a group of calendar admirers caught on the iPhone during intermission with their newly purchased fundraising calendars in hand along with my lovely wife, Joanne Roberts, Maureen Mielke and Mayor Melissa Blake.  Their smiles speak volumes
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