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Pride YMM – Call for Performing Artists

2021 Pride YMM Festival


Pride YMM Festival is an annual celebration of the LGBTQ2S+ community in the Wood Buffalo region. The Festival builds awareness and promotes inclusion of LGBTQ2S+ in Wood Buffalo. Celebrations for 2021 will be held on September 5th at Shell Place Stadium in Fort McMurray, and this marks the 5th year of the festival. Festivities will include performances, market vendors, food and drinks, awards, competitions, and more. 


  • Pride YMM is commissioning a number of performances, which could include individual performers or groups.
  • Pride YMM is particularly interested in performances that support the character of the festival, build awareness, and promote inclusion of LGBTQ2S+ in Wood Buffalo.


  • Artists/Performers must be Wood Buffalo residents for the duration of the project 
  • Proposals could be for individual performers or groups.
  • Performances should run between 5 and 50 minutes.
  • Performers may be required to meet and/or communicate with the Stage Manager before the event.
  • Submissions from everyone are welcome, though preference will be given to those that self-identify as LGBTQ2S+.


Performances must be engaging in nature and may include, but are not limited to:

  • Burlesque
  • Circus Arts
  • Comedy
  • Dance
  • Drag Performances
  • Music
  • Spoken Word
  • Theatre



Submissions must be received by 12 p.m. (noon) on July 28, 2021. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.


We request performers to present their Fee for Service when filling out the Proposal form. Fees may be negotiated with Pride YMM. Performers may also choose to perform on a volunteer basis.


Artists will be selected based on quality and appropriateness for the festival. Priority will be given to artists who provide clear proposal descriptions, fit the character of the festival, and self-identify as LGBTQ2S+.

Please note that only selected artists will be notified.


Pride YMM is a group of community members committed to raising awareness and promoting inclusion of LGBTQ2S+ people in Wood Buffalo. Pride YMM coordinates LGBTQ2S+ affirming events, support programs, advocates for LGBTQ2S+ inclusion, and provides training and resources. Their goal is to unite and empower gender diverse people and people of diverse sexual orientations. Pride YMM aims to foster belonging and create safer spaces and communities for all.


For questions or more information about this artist call or application process, please contact Communications Manager, Will Collins, at [email protected] or 587-674-1625 x.104.

For questions or more information about Pride YMM Festival, please contact Pride YMM at [email protected].

Deadline: 28-07-2021

Pride YMM — Call for Festival Market Vendors

2021 Pride YMM Festival


Pride YMM Festival is an annual celebration of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the Wood Buffalo region. The festival builds awareness and promotes inclusion of 2SLGBTQ+ in Wood Buffalo. Celebrations for 2021 will be held outdoors on September 5th at Shell Place Stadium in Fort McMurray. This marks the 5th year of the festival, which will include performances, market vendors, awards, competitions, and more. 


Pride YMM is looking for a dynamic group of festival market vendors to help create an exciting atmosphere for shopping, learning, and celebrating the local 2SLGBTQ+ community.


Pride YMM is looking for a variety of vendors that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Arts & Photography
  • Bath, Body & Spirit
  • Clothing & Accessories
  • Crafts
  • Flowers & Plants
  • Makeup & Body Painting
  • Retail
  • Specialty Items

Food vendors require special considerations and permissions. If you wish to sell food, please provide details in the application form.


  • Vendor entry is by application only. (Please fill out this application form.)
  • Priority will be given to vendors selling pride-themed items.
  • Applications are welcome from everyone, though preference will be given to local vendors from the Wood Buffalo region, and those who self-identify as 2SLGBTQ+. 


All accepted vendors will be required to: 

  • pay a $50 Vendor Fee
  • sign a contract agreement with Pride YMM
  • have a business licence 

If accepted, food vendors will need to follow additional requirements as specified by the venue and Alberta Health Services.


Accepted vendors are required to pay a $50 Vendor Fee, which includes

  • Table
  • Chair
  • 10’ x 10’ tent space

Note: Vendor booths are not equipped with power. If you require power, please specify in the application form.


Please fill out this application form.

Vendor applications will be accepted until August 10 at 12 p.m. (noon).

  • Filling out the application form does not guarantee acceptance. 
  • Accepted applicants will be notified by Pride YMM.
  • Once accepted, vendors will receive an acceptance letter with a contract and fees due.


Submissions must be received by August 10, 2021 at 12 p.m. (noon). 

Applications will not be processed if not completed correctly. Late applications will not be accepted.


Pride YMM is a group of community members committed to raising awareness and promoting inclusion of 2SLGBTQ+ people in Wood Buffalo. Pride YMM coordinates 2SLGBTQ+ affirming events, support programs, advocates for 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion, and provides training and resources. Their goal is to unite and empower gender diverse people and people of diverse sexual orientations. Pride YMM aims to foster belonging and create safer spaces and communities for all.


For questions or more information about this market vendor call or application process, please contact Communications Manager, Will Collins, at [email protected] or 587-674-1625 x.104. For questions or more information about Pride YMM Festival, please contact Pride YMM at [email protected].

Deadline: 10-08-2021

Art of Conversation – Call for Artists, Seniors & Elders

UPDATE (May 19, 2021): Opportunities are now open for Artists of all disciplines, as well as Seniors and Elders (+60 years of age) for Art of Conversation.

How it Works

Arts Council is paying to commission local Artists of various disciplines to have phone conversations with Wood Buffalo’s isolated Seniors and Elders. The Artists and (optionally) Seniors and Elders will then create new art inspired by the stories that are shared.

The phone call and Artists’ creation process will be documented to be shared through Arts Council communications, and the Artist’s completed pieces (e.g., song, short story, paintings, craft, animation, etc.) will be shared with the Senior or Elder with whom the piece was created.

Deadline for Submissions

ACWB will be commissioning Artists based on accepted applications, and registering Seniors and Elders until all opportunities are filled.

Art of Conversation is a collaborative project by Arts Council Wood Buffalo and St. Aidan’s Society for Artists, Seniors and Elders in the Wood Buffalo region.

View the virtual exhibit of artwork produced through Art of Conversation.

Caius Hubris – Rudy’s Song
Music video credits: Zachary Barrett with Twisted Gears Studios
Instrumentation: Superfluous Motor

About the Commission

  • This is a paid opportunity. Artist Fee details are outlined below.
  • Artists will self-lead at least two (2) different phone conversations of a decent length (45-60 mins) with Seniors or Elders in the community.
  • Artists will record the conversations with the Elder in a format that is agreed upon with ACWB (e.g. video or audio recording).
  • Artists will create a new piece of art inspired by their conversation with the goal of sharing it with the Senior or Elder (in accordance with physical distancing protocols.)


Artists must be Wood Buffalo residents for the duration of the project.

Work Media

There are no limits on the type of media accepted for this artist call.  We encourage local Artists to think outside the box, and let us know how they envision the art form of their preference complementing the project.

Art forms may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Original music or song compositions
  • Video and interactive art
  • Short stories or poems
  • 2D or 3D artwork / fine craft
  • Comics
  • Digital art

Finished Art Pieces

Completed art pieces and recorded videos need to be delivered to ACWB within 8 weeks from the first conversation between the Artist, Senior or Elder. This may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Artist Fee

An all inclusive fee of $500 per commission (including GST) will be paid to the Artist, covering all prep-time, conversations, creation of artwork, materials and supplies.

Alexander Bai – Cherished Memories for senior Linda Matychuk

How to Submit for this Opportunity

Email your submissions to Programs Manager Luay Eljamal at [email protected], with the following information:

  • Your name and contact phone number
  • Description of your preferred art form and how you believe it will support the project (200 words max)
  • Exactly three (3) digital samples of previous work
  • Description of how you will choose to present your art form (e.g., a poem printed and framed; a song performed on video or a music file, etc.)

Seniors & Elders (60+) are invited to create art with local artists.

We encourage any local Senior or Elder above the age of 60 years to register.

Please inform and invite Seniors and Elders you might know who would be interested in creating art from a distance or having stimulating conversation.

Seniors and Elders will have the option to receive an art supply kit (safely) through St. Aidan’s established meal-delivery program, should they also wish to create art in addition to conversing with a local Artist.  

Deadline for submissions: 

ACWB will be commissioning Artists based on accepted applications, and registering Seniors and Elders until all opportunities are filled.

Questions and More Information

For questions or more information, please contact Programs Manager Luay Eljamal at [email protected] or 587-674-1625 x.102

Download posters to promote this program with your networks.

Deadline: 30-09-2021

YMM Love Letters

Love Letters, a commemorative project in the Wood Buffalo region, is calling upon residents to reflect on resiliency, strength, and hope in our community. 

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the 2016 Horse River Wildfire and the first anniversary of the 2020 Spring Flood. While the economy, building structures and natural surroundings were impacted immensely by disaster reoccurrence, the reality is that the region’s residents harnessed the hardest of the hits. 

To commemorate the significance of these anniversaries, Love Letters invites residents to focus on moving forward with positivity. The project aims to bring the community together in a new way to heal. 

Residents of the region are invited to share their Love Letters. Submissions can be prose, poetry, or any other form of creative expression. Love Letters will be showcased virtually and celebrated in a community launch event to be determined. Submissions can be made at lovelettersymm.com/submit.html

This project is made possible by a committee of community leaders and social profits organizations that aims to focus on how far we’ve come, to showcase our story of hope through adversity through the Love Letters commemorative project.

  • Cat Jones, Mix 103.7 and 100.5 Cruz FM
  • Emma Carter, YMM Media Group
  • Dawn Booth, The Northern Canada Collective Society of Writers
  • Dawn Sidoroff, Wood Buffalo Regional Library
  • Guy Choquet, Canadian Red Cross
  • Liana Wheeldon, Arts Council Wood Buffalo
  • Linda Thompson-Brown, Canadian Red Cross
  • Krista Balsom, YMM Media Group 
  • Tammy Plowman, Fort McMurray Heritage Society
  • Therese Greenwood, Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo

For more information on Love Letters, visit https://lovelettersymm.com/.


Vision Statement – Student Services Department

Keyano College

At Keyano College, teaching and learning is our core business and at the centre are the people that we serve students.

Student Services exists to enable all Keyano College students to achieve their full academic potential. We contribute to an exceptional learner experience by providing support that is inclusive, integrated, equitable, timely/accessible, student-centered, and we do this with the awareness and appreciation of the diversity that our students bring to the College.

For some of our students, the work we do resembles the safety net below tightrope walkers at the circus. The tightrope walker resembles the student who must complete a challenging task. The student works hard to balance many roles and meet the demands of the task—crossing the tightrope successfully.

Each member of Student Services forms the safety net below that is a critical factor in the student deciding to accept this challenge. We are all down below, cheering for and encouraging the student. Our mere presence is reassuring because students know we are there. They trust that if they fall, we are ready to greet them where they are and offer resources. Once students have fortified their foundation, the safety net propels them forward to continue mastering their craft.

The safety net can only function when all of us at Student Services are connected, ready to work and trusting each other. The more aligned and integrated we are, the more secure the safety net. Together, we endeavour to support the lifelong learning of our students.

Outline of Art Request – a painting or color drawing that depicts the Vision Statement for the Student Services Department (provided above). Note that it is intended to be a symbolic vision statement hence, the request for a painting or color drawing. Members of the department have asked that the art piece depict a tight rope walker with nets below, a person/persons present to support, and should speak to the diversity at Keyano College, including LGBTQ2+, Indigenous and multicultural learners.

Timeline – a budget / quote for the full project, inclusive of all artist fees and GST, with a draft colour sketch to be provided by the end of August; consultations with Sandra Efu, Director Student Services, between now and August is welcomed. The draft will be shared with the entire Student Services department the first week of September to gather their feedback. Any required changes will be shared with the artist, and a final copy of the artwork is to be delivered by the end of September.

Approximate size – preferred a minimum size of 20”x20” up to a maximum of 40”x40”. Artist is to provide a high-resolution digital file of the artwork. Preferred format is pdf, psd and/or jpeg.

Copyright of the piece will remain with the artist and Keyano College Student Services Department reserves the right to use the digital reproduction for print, online, and other promotional formats. Credit will be given to the artist where possible across these formats.

Keyano College reserves the right to not assign the commission.

All inquiries regarding this project should be directed to:
Sandra Efu
Director Student Services, Keyano College
[email protected]


Graphic Designer (Contract)

Wood Buffalo Media Group

Are you looking for a job where you have creative freedom? Looking to join an energetic, young and quickly growing team? Then we want you to be a part of OUR FAMILY! Apply today!

What is the role of a Graphic Designer?
The Graphic Designer job description includes the entire process of defining requirements, visualizing and creating graphics including illustrations, logos, layouts and photos. You’ll be the one to shape the visual aspects of websites, branding materials, Video and more.

Your graphics should capture the attention of those who see them and communicate the right message. For this, you need to have a creative flair and a strong ability to translate requirements into design. If you can communicate well and work methodically as part of a team, we’d like to meet you.

The goal is to inspire and attract the target audience.


  • Study design briefs and determine requirements
  • Schedule projects and define budget constraints
  • Conceptualize visuals based on requirements
  • Prepare rough drafts and present ideas
  • Develop illustrations, logos and other designs using software or by hand
  • Use the appropriate colors and layouts for each graphic
  • Work with copywriters and creative director to produce final design
  • Test graphics across various media
  • Amend designs after feedback
  • Ensure final graphics and layouts are visually appealing and on-brand


  • Proven graphic designing experience
  • A strong portfolio of illustrations or other graphics
  • Familiarity with design software and technologies (such as InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Photoshop)
  • A keen eye for aesthetics and details
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work methodically and meet deadlines
  • No degree required! Just proven work and a drive to learn and grow!

Job Types: Part-time, Contract, Commission, Freelance, Permanent

Additional pay:

  • Bonus pay
  • Commission pay


  • Company events
  • Flexible schedule
  • Profit sharing
  • Work from home


  • On call


  • Graphic Design: 3 years (required)

Work remotely:

  • Yes


AFC Emergency Funding

The AFC supports entertainment industry professionals working in TV and film, music, theatre, and dance. The AFC can provide short-term emergency financial assistance for essential household bills and costs that cannot otherwise be paid. 

This assistance is based on immediate financial need. Their goal is to help the largest possible number of applicants with their most critical needs.

Right now, they are focusing on making sure that people stay stable and basic needs are met for the next 2-3 weeks.

The AFC does not provide compensation for lost earnings.

To receive financial assistance, you need to:

  • Be professionally eligible;
  • Demonstrate immediate financial need;
  • Pursue all other avenues of support;
  • Provide the required documentation.

Am I professionally eligible?

You are professionally eligible if you:

  • Are working age and have earned the majority of your income from entertainment industry work in 2019


  • Are over 65 and have earned the majority of your income from the industry over your working life

If you do not meet these guidelines exactly, they still encourage you to apply. They are aiming to help as many people as possible during this crisis. 

Do I meet the guidelines for immediate financial need?

  • Do you have enough money in the bank to meet your basic needs for the next 4-8 weeks?If no, The AFC may be able to help.
  • If you have enough money in the bank for two months of living expenses, we ask you not to apply at this time. Your request will be deferred to avoid overloading our system.
  • Are you unable to meet your basic needs because other resources like EI, government benefits, and pensions are not available or insufficient? If yes, The AFC may be able to help.
  • Do you currently have a specific need (like medical costs or a dental emergency) that would leave you unable to meet your basic needs for the next month? If yes, The AFC may be able to help.

What are basic needs?

Basic needs include rent or mortgage payments, food, utilities, phone bill, car payments, car and home insurance, or medical expenses.

How much money can I get?

  • The dollar amount will depend on your immediate basic needs and your monthly expenses.
  • It is common for people to receive only part of their request.
  • Smaller requests (under $1,500) will be processed faster; however, if you need more, we encourage you to ask for what you need. 

Can I apply more than once? 

  • You will be advised when your application is reviewed.
  • If you reapply, they will ask you to report on all measures you have taken to access other resources and to defer or reduce payments since your last application. 


The Halstead Grant

The Halstead Grant is an annual award for emerging silver jewelry artists. Applicants submit answers to 15 business questions in addition to their design portfolios. The experience is designed to help jewelry entrepreneurs create a strategy to kick-start their careers. The grand prize is a $7,500 cash grant plus other benefits. The deadline is August 1st each year.

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Deadline: 01-08-2021

Call for Indigenous Curator

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB)

Downtown and Waterfront Revitalization

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) is seeking an Indigenous Curator to play a critical role in bringing Indigenous identity and history to revitalization efforts within downtown Fort McMurray and its waterfront.

This position will work in collaboration with Municipal staff and the Interdepartmental Working Groups, the contracted design firms for waterfront/downtown revitalization, multiple First Nations and Métis partners and organizations in the region, and the Indigenous Public Art Advisory Circle (to be established as part of this project).

A total budget of $30,000.00 will be awarded for the term of this project (August 2021 – March 2022) with the opportunity for additional terms. The mentorship of a local associate curator is recommended as part of this contract.

This project is funded by the Public Art Reserve Fund as per section 3.1.1 Percent for public art allocations and municipal funding strategy of the Municipal Public Art Policy PRL-160. The successful applicant will report directly to the Culture & Social Services Branch of the RMWB.

Deadline for Submission: 11:59PM (MST), Sunday, August 8, 2021

This call is open to local, provincial and national curators. Preference that curator has a connection to the Region or previous experience on local projects.

For more information, contact the Public Art Wood Buffalo email: [email protected].  

Deadline: 08-08-2021

Call For Submissions- Indigenous Motherhood and Matriarchy

Artists and curators Autumn Whiteway and Miriam Fabijan are seeking Indigenous artists for an exhibition in Calgary. Funded by Calgary Arts Development (CADA), the exhibition will feature artworks related to the theme of Indigenous Motherhood and Matriarchy. This is an inclusive exhibition that will feature the perspectives of Indigenous women, men, LGBTQ2S, and youth. To take part submit your work to Autumn Whiteway at [email protected] by 11:59pm on August 13, 2021. Artists selected to exhibit their work(s) will be paid artist fees.

Deadline: 13-08-2021

Call for Submissions – Exposure 2022 Emerging Photographers Showcase

Exposure welcomes diverse and innovative submissions from Alberta-based emerging photographers and visual artists who incorporate, celebrate or challenge the photographic medium within their practice. 

We are delighted to announce the Exposure Photography Festival 2022 Emerging Photographers Showcase juror is Hana Kaluznick, Assistant Curator in the Department of Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK and originally from Calgary. 

Photographers selected by Kaluznick will exhibit their work at Exposure 2022 at Contemporary Calgary. Artists will also receive an invitation to show work in a public exhibition presented on Pattison Outdoor digital billboards located in the City of Calgary and have opportunities to become involved with the exhibition’s related programming and to win one of the Exposure Awards presented by GRAIN, Shutter Hub and TREX Southwest. 

​The submission fee for ten images is $35 CAD – a portfolio of 10 images is highly recommended. 

Deadline for submissions September 10, 2021. 

For more information see http://www.exposurephotofestival.com/2022eps

Deadline: 10-09-2021

The 5th Annual Scripts on Fire

Stories For The New World

Is it the end? Is it the beginning? Is it something we’d never imagined before?

We are eagerly anticipating what the creators have been creating, what stories the storytellers are telling, what dreams the dreamers are dreaming.

We want to know what you’ve been wrestling with while sitting on your couch or walking your new dog.

We love stories about what you believe, what you don’t believe and why. We exist to create conversations and tell stories that matter.

We would love to help you tell your story and to get it in front of an audience.
This is the year to be brave.
Put your pants back on and get writing.

If you have any questions about what to submit, how to submit, and why you should submit, contact our Artistic Director – [email protected]

Deadline: 15-09-2021

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