The impact and the import of the arts

The impact and the import of the arts

I was sitting next to Andy Carter, one of Shell Canada’s senior leaders in Fort McMurray, during the annual student awards celebration at Keyano College.  Andy was recently appointed to our Board of Governors and this was my first opportunity to put a face to the name. “Oh, I’ve known you for years,” said Andy,
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Farnsworth’s boat anchor

Farnsworth’s boat anchor

I was profoundly conflicted about whether or not to proceed with my audition for Keyano Theatre Company’s production of The Farnsworth Invention by Aaron Sorkin.  As readers of this blog probably know, I made the long trip home last week to join all my brothers and sisters in support of my dad who had major
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The Lights of Christmas

The Lights of Christmas

What began as a Keyano College staff and family celebration and grew into a Keyano College produced community celebration, The Lights of Christmas has evolved and grown into a collaborative endeavor and the official kick-off of the annual Santa Parade. In preparation for the event, Keyano enlisted the support of our partners at Events Wood
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The Great Equalizer

The Great Equalizer

The hospital hums with activity, patients wander in and out of the scene. Some are bandaged up, others walk along slowly, dragging their IV towers from place to place.  Some are young, some are old, their stories cloaked behind the social convention that suggests we smile and not ask personal questions.  Their ailments and reasons
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Kindness

Kindness

I teared up both times I watched it, and probably would again if I went back for a third viewing.  The “it” I’m referring to is the third part of a Global Edmonton series on Fort McMurray called Land of Opportunity, hosted by fellow Twitterite Vassy Kapelos. After the first episode on Monday night, which
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Sursaut At Nightfall

Sursaut At Nightfall

We were driving home the other day, my eight year old son Ben and I, when the radio ad for the Syncrude Arts Alive presentation of Sursaut At Nightfall came over the airwaves on MIX 103.7.  The show is being performed twice at Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre this Saturday afternoon, at 2 pm and
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Legion Blues

Legion Blues

There is a stark difference between watching a move in a home theatre and experiencing theatre in the home.  Eye Flower Productions successfully put the wraps on a four evening run of Legion Blues, written and directed by Michael Beamish.  Performed in the kitchen and front foyer of a home in downtown Fort McMurray, the
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Cameron’s Story

Cameron’s Story

Cameron was born into a normal family in Vancouver 42 years ago.  It was a loving, supportive home, which is to say the events and addictions that would overtake his world were independent of, and not related to, what happened in the home. “I’ve spent the last 25 years as a drug addict,” he said,
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Ideal Protein, Week Eleven

Ideal Protein, Week Eleven

I started to panic mid-week as the numbers on my scale started to creep upward. The gals at BACK on TRACK with BARB had warned me that there would be a slight weight increase in the fourth, or maintenance phase of the Ideal Protein program but that didn’t lessen the anxiety. Each morning I was
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Big Remembrance

Big Remembrance

The news release that came from MacDonald Island Park said there were 1,300 people at yesterday’s Remembrance Day ceremony in Fort McMurray.  Last year, and for many of the years that came before it, the service was held in Keyano Theatre with a capacity of just south of 600 souls.  If you go back a
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