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Buffys 2021 — Call for Performing Artists

Wood Buffalo Excellence in the Arts Awards


The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards (Buffys) is an annual program that recognizes and celebrates excellence in various areas of the arts throughout our region. The program also builds awareness of the incredible contribution artists make to Wood Buffalo. Following the success of 2020, this year’s showcase continues to be a cinematic experience, which will include pre-recorded elements to be broadcast online on October 16, 2021. Arts Council aims to commission performances that will be pre-recorded for the premiere of this year’s broadcast. See last year’s Buffys presentation here: https://youtu.be/6KLIwmgNiZc 


  • Artists must be Wood Buffalo residents for the duration of the project 
  • Performance must not exceed 5 minutes in length 
  • Artists must be performance-ready for recording by mid-June 
  • Performance must not have been, or have plans to be presented again in close proximity of the Buffys (i.e. no repeat presentations of the Work between July and December 2021).

The work must be visually appealing to present on film, and may include, but is not limited to: 

  • Short-films
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Comedy
  • Spoken Word
  • Circus Arts
  • 2D or 3D artforms


  • The Buffys are a great place to be experimental and try things out, so we encourage artists to embrace their unique ideas and dream something up that fits “outside-the-box.”
  • Submissions that deviate from this year’s theme (Midnight in Technicolor) will be prioritized. The performances must be self-contained pieces and are an opportunity for the audience to visually break away from the Buffys theme during the broadcast.
  • Considerations for COVID-safety must be evident within the submission. (i.e., is it possible to create this piece with social distancing measures in place?)
  • The performance will be recorded with a professional videographer commissioned and compensated by ACWB. Artists will realize their vision by collaborating with others, including videographers, project managers, and performers.
  • Each submission must have a designated director, who will manage the vision of the project as well as its performers. They will act as the point-contact for the project and will arrange for a preview performance of the piece to be made available to the videographer ahead of time. This can be an in-person rehearsal, or a draft recording of the performance sent digitally. This director may also be required to sit in on meetings to plan creative and logistical aspects of the performance in advance with our creative team.
  • All final submissions must be 100% original, royalty-free and free from risk of being flagged for copyright violations. 


Please fill out the following form by May 18: https://forms.gle/75Xn7NpceaanofD87


We ask artists to present their Fee for Service to us as part of their submission (see above).

Artists will be selected based on appropriateness for the program, cost, and quality. Priority will be given to artists who community clear, detailed concepts, with reasoning and feasibility provided to support their selected performance location.

Please note that only artists(s) who are successful will be notified.

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


Deadline: 18-05-2021

Buffys 2021 — Call for Arts Awards Creation

Wood Buffalo Excellence in the Arts Awards


The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards (Buffys) is an annual program that recognizes and celebrates excellence in various areas of the arts throughout our region. The program also builds awareness of the incredible contribution artists make to Wood Buffalo. Following the success of 2020, this year’s showcase continues to be a cinematic experience, which will include pre-recorded elements to be broadcast online on October 16, 2021. Arts Council aims to hire an artist to create this year’s Awards. The awards will be debuted as part of the events showcase on October 16, 2021, and distributed to the award recipients shortly after.


ACWB seeks to select one Wood Buffalo artist to create fourteen (14) awards, one for each of the following categories: Arts Administration, Arts Education, Creative Collaboration, Ken Flaherty Music Award, Dance, Performing Arts, Indigenous Arts, Visual Arts, Fine Craft, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Rising Star, Arts Champion, and Lifetime Achievement.

  • Hired artist will report to Arts Council Wood Buffalo Programs Manager Luay Eljamal.
  • Artists may submit one design for all fourteen categories, or can propose slight alterations on the main design for each category.
  • Work must be 2D, 3D artwork or fine craft, which reflect the themes of: the Wood Buffalo region; excellence in the arts; culture of creativity.
  • Each piece must incorporate the title of the award that they represent (i.e. Arts Administration, Arts Education…)
  • The final finished awards must be delivered to ACWB no later than 4PM on August 17, 2021
  • All final submissions must be 100% original, royalty-free and free from risk of being flagged for copyright violations.


  • All submissions must be emailed to Programs Manager Luay Eljamal at [email protected]
  • Use the subject heading “Buffys Awards Creation Proposal — [Your or Your Company’s Name]”
  • All submissions must be emailed as one (1) compiled PDF, including the following information:
    • Your name, contact phone number and home/company address
    • Artistic statement — the philosophy behind how you approach your creative work
    • A summary of previous creative experiences which highlight the expertise you bring to this project
    • Exactly three (3) samples of past art or design work
    • Drawings/renderings of your proposed award design for this year’s Awards.


$150 per award for a total of $2100, inclusive of GST.


Submissions must be received by 12PM on April 30, 2021. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.

Selections will be made by the Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff. All selections will be final, and successful artists will be notified by May 7, 2021.

This event is a celebration of the arts and artists in the Wood Buffalo region and preference in hiring is given to artists that reside within the region. In the event that local Wood Buffalo artists are not available or do not respond to this call, artist residing within Alberta will be considered.

Please note that only artists(s) who are successful will be notified.


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

Deadline: 30-04-2021

Advisor, Design and Multimedia

Position Type/ Hours:

This is a temporary full-time position working seventy (70) hours bi-weekly for approximately one (1) year within the Strategic Communications Branch of the Communications and Engagement Department. This position is within the CUPE 1505 Bargaining Unit. This position is located in the community of Fort McMurray, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s urban centre.

Position Description:

Under general supervision, works with all municipal departments to lead the production of internal and external design and multimedia projects in accordance with municipal brand standards and accepted design elements. This position also requires close interaction with all members of the department to ensure that work requests are delegated and completed promptly and accurately.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Designs and delivers creative concepts.
Schedules and completes briefing meetings and obtains required reference and resource materials to assist in completion of design collateral.
Produces finished print layouts for municipal communication materials such as public notices, open house advertisements, pamphlets, posters, brochures and internal publications.
Through the use of photography, contributes to, and aids in, maintenance of municipal photo and graphic library.
When directed, produces, films, and edits video/film/animation material for the various media outlets used by the municipality.
Prepares storyboards, as needed, supporting written content.
Follows up periodically with department clients to determine service and quality satisfaction levels.
Secures required sign-off on product created.
Uses design skills, HTML and CSS to manipulate web pages and govern their styling.
Provides web page edits to facilitate effective content and image layouts.
Approves submitted website content by making design and layout edits, evaluates and decides on the logical placement of text and pictures, and reviews text for minor errors or omissions.
Considers overall website aesthetics, information accessibility, and creating additional navigational links and graphic elements.
Ensures website design and formatting standards are followed.
Performs other related duties as required.


Two (2) year diploma in Graphic Arts or Graphic Design is required.
Three (3) years’ experience in graphic design required.
Strong portfolio demonstrating current understanding of graphic design trends and fonts.
Demonstrated experience building and maintaining strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Experience coordinating production efforts to ensure top quality results with a variety of vendors.
Experience in production of graphics for web environment using relevant software.
Understanding of HTML, CSS, general web standards, and photography/video camera and lighting techniques.
Public sector experience is an asset.

You will possess the following:

Proficient with entire Adobe Creative Suite CS3 or greater.
Demonstrated organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills are required.
Proven ability to follow standards, yet is creative and flexible in a team environment.
High enthusiasm for field of graphic and new media design.
Ability to work to both independently and collaboratively in a fast paced environment.
Demonstrated practice of pre-press and printer liaison.
General understanding of photography, ability to direct photo shoots as needed to increase collateral of municipal photo library.
High enthusiasm for field of graphic design.
Excellent ability to acquire knowledge by interviewing subject matter experts, learn new skills quickly, and work effectively as part of a team, but independently when required.
Excellent organizational skills with an ability to balance multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with co-workers, elected officials and the public.
Ability to work under the pressure of deadlines and competently operate camera equipment, both still and video.

Pay Level:

PL 9

Salary Range:

$42.65 (Temporary Rate)                                                                                                                    

In addition to the rate of pay, we offer: an additional bi-weekly payment of $480 which represents a cost of living allowance 

Requisition Number:


Closing Date:

Open Until Filled

Posting Type:

Internal & External (Posted: April 3, 2021)
To apply: Please visit our website at www.rmwb.ca
We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however, only those individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.
Late applications will not be accepted.


Artwork Archive’s Art Business Accelerator Grant

Artwork Archive’s Art Business Accelerator Grant provides visual artists with unrestricted funds, resources, and a curriculum to help establish, grow and manage their art careers.

The grant is designed to arm artists with the necessary business skills to succeed as artists and entrepreneurs—and to make a living through their artwork.

Open to both emerging and established artists, the Art Business Accelerator grants resources to invest in your art business as well as six weeks of career-building modules that increase business skills, economic proficiency, marketing knowledge and more.

Recipients receive funding and expert guidance in order to make the growth process easier, to gain confidence, and establish a solid business foundation for their art practice.

Grant recipients will receive grant funding, a lifetime account to Artwork Archive, and one-on-one access to expert career guidance.

Grant Amount: 10 unrestricted cash grants of $2,500 each.

A lifetime Master Account with Artwork Archive (valued at $1,000).

Educational resources/expert guidance.

All applicants will receive the career-building educational resources designed to drive career development.


Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant is one of the most prestigious grants available to emerging figurative artists, as well as one of the most substantial. It is one of the longest standing, with an illustrious history of recipients spanning more than half a century. It is also unique in its scope, in that it is available to students and artists around the world. To date, the Foundation has provided financial assistance to some 1900 students and artists in 40 countries. Its grantees are renowned artists, both nationally and internationally, as well as highly respected art professors, teachers and mentors.

The Foundation is extremely proud of its grantees and of their accomplishments. A selection of the works of some of the Foundation’s previous grantees can be found in the Gallery. First grants are in the amount of CAD $15,000 each. Subsequent grants are in the amount of CAD $18,000 each. Grants are made directly to the beneficiaries, not to or through other organizations. Grantees may not receive more than three grants in their lifetime.

Grants are awarded based solely on the information contained in the Application Form and the supporting documentation and material submitted with it. The Foundation does not conduct personal interviews. The decision of the Foundation is final and is not subject to review or appeal.

The Foundation will only fund young artists who are pursuing their studies or are in the early or developmental stage of their career, are working in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpture or printmaking, and demonstrate the determination and talent to pursue a lifetime career in their art practice. The Foundation does not provide funding for the pursuit of abstract or non-objective art.

Deadline: ongoing


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. 


Visual Artist Grant

Artist Grant provides a $500 USD grant to one visual artist each grant cycle. Once an artist wins a grant, they may not apply again. We also award 2nd and 3rd place runners-up with $100 USD each. Runners-up may apply again in a future grant cycle.

There are four grant cycles per year – January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15. The deadline for the current grant cycle is April 15, 2021. If you are interested in receiving deadline reminder notifications, please subscribe to our mailing list.

We do not require proposals or any indication of how you will use the funds. Therefore, please do not send proposals because we will not read them.

An application fee of $25 USD helps defray costs of administering this grant so we can continue to support and fund artists’ important work. The fee is payable on our ‘Apply’ page.

We notify each applicant of the results at the conclusion of our review process (approximately 2-3 weeks after each deadline), and we will display the name and work of each grant recipient and a link to their website (if applicable) on our website and social media. To see current and past grant recipients’ work, scroll through our ‘Grant Recipients’ page. 

In an effort to provide potential applicants with more information about our selection process, we publish shortlisted artists’ work on our Instagram page*. We hope the short list provides insight into the wide range of creative efforts we consider. Artists retain all rights to their work. We are simply interested in celebrating and promoting the award winners and shortlisted artists.

If you have questions, contact us through our contact form or email [email protected].

Deadline: April 15, 2021

Deadline: 15-04-2021

Deadline expired
Open Casting Call: Actors for Purge

Theatre; Just Because is looking to cast 7 actors (plus understudies) for their upcoming production of Purge.

There are two ways to audition: in-person or by submitting a video audition.

Video audition deadline: Thursday, April 22
In-person audition dates: April 23-24 (Recital Theatre, Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre)
Callbacks: Sunday, April 25

Theatre; Just Because promotes equity, diversity and inclusion in our audition process. We encourage artists of all races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities to audition.

Due to the mature nature of this production, Theatre; Just Because will only be casting actors 16 years of age or older. This production contains mature themes including sexual abuse, violence, and oppression as well as mature language and imagery. An Intimacy Coach will be present during rehearsals to help with difficult scenes.

How to Audition


  1. Read the Audition Handbook
  2. Sign up for an audition slot HERE
  3. Fill out the Audition Form
  4. Choose a monologue. All audition materials can be accessed HERE


  1. Read the Audition Handbook
  2. Fill out the Audition Form
  3. Choose a monologue. All audition materials can be accessed HERE
  4. Submit two videos (one monologue performed two different ways)

Auditions might feel intimidating – but rest assured that our Artistic Team is thrilled to meet you and grateful to you for joining us! You don’t need to have any previous performance or theatrical experience to audition, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

If you have any questions, email [email protected].

Deadline: 22-04-2021

Digital Now: Grants for digital artistic content

Digital Now is a one-time digital innovation initiative. The initiative offers grants to arts groups, collectives, and organizations to adapt existing works or create new ones to be shared virtually with audiences.

Digital Now offers a springboard for the arts sector, during this period of health-related restrictions, to make a digital leap for the sector’s recovery and stimulate job creation. Funded projects will draw on a breadth of artists and arts workers and reach local, Canada-wide, and international audiences.

The project must result in work that can be shared digitally. You can apply for costs related to the development, creation, adaptation, production, promotion, dissemination, and optimization of digital artistic content, including:

  • new works or adapt existing works;
  • content of any length, in any field of practice and for any age group that can be disseminated through any digital means;
  • hybrid activities that combine digital and in-person dissemination;
  • projects that contract artists and arts workers and pay professional fees and/or salaries.

You must comply with all government mandated public health measures in effect to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

You cannot apply for activities that occur before the start date for the project or those on the general list of ineligible activities.

Digital Now is part of the Supporting Arts and Live Events Workers in Response to COVID-19 Initiative.  You cannot receive this support for the same project from more than one Department of Canadian Heritage program and/or the Canada Council.  Applicants may present a project application to each of these programs only if they are for distinct and separate projects.

Deadlines: March 31 and April 28, 2021

Deadline: 28-04-2021

Call for Mural Artist

Submissions Deadline: Friday, April 30th, 2021

Rivers Casino and Entertainment Centre (formerly Boomtown Casino) is seeking expressions of interest from mural artists and/or creative teams with connections to the Wood Buffalo region to collaborate, design and install a mural on the outer façade of the newly renovated casino building.

Applications will be reviewed by Rivers Casino and Entertainment Centre management team from which an artist will be selected. The artist will work directly with management to develop a suitable design proposal that aims to enliven the streetscape and attract visitors to the newly renovated casino.

Rivers Casino and Entertainment Centre intends to apply for funding support for this project through the Municipalities Downtown Revitalization Incentive Program (rmwb.ca).


Rivers Casino and Entertainment Centre is in the core of downtown Fort McMurray, AB., and is situated at the corner of Hardin Street and Franklin Avenue within proximity to the Peter Pond Mall and the Jubilee Government Building.

The proposed canvas is approximately 7 feet tall and 25 feet wide which faces directly onto Hardin Street and towards Jubilee Plaza, a prominent location for many community events. The selected artist and Rivers Casino and Entertainment Centre management will work together to define the exact placement, surface area and size of the project.


Please provide written material and images in PDF or WORD format the following order.

  1. Current CV
  2. Support images (up to five images)
  3. Image list (detailing: Image number, title of artwork, location, size, medium, date completed,
    name of any collaborators who worked with you on the project)
  4. Description of relevant experience
  5. Estimated Project Budget
  6. Explanation of intent to collaborate (if applicable)

Eligibility: Applicants must have connections to the Wood Buffalo region and is 18 years of age or older at the time of applying to this call.

Submissions must be received by Friday, April 30th, 2021
Please submit expressions of interest to attention, Elston Noren at [email protected] with “Mural Artist – (your full name)” as the Subject Line.

All inquiries should be referred to Elston Noren
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 403 327 6516

Thank you to all that apply. Only successful artists will be contacted.
Rivers Casino and Entertainment Centre looks forward to working with and
showcasing the creative talents of a local mural artist on this prominent building in downtown Fort McMurray.

Submissions Deadline: Friday, April 30th, 2021

Deadline: 30-04-2021

Call for Artists: Alberta Culture Days in Wood Buffalo

Participate & Celebrate: Sept. 1 – 30, 2021

Project Description

The Wood Buffalo Alberta Culture Days planning committee is seeking individuals and organizations to help organize and host fun, family-friendly events that feature the region’s diverse culture. The events and activities can take place online, as well as in-person, given they adhere to COVID-19 public health measures.

“Registering early provides the Wood Buffalo Alberta Culture Days planning committee with a greater ability to prepare and plan for the coming year’s events. We are looking for local artists, performers, event hosts and venue operators to help us celebrate arts and culture in our region.”

– Jessica Barry, Coordinator with RMWB

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture, though celebration dates vary from province to province. 

Alberta Culture Days in Wood Buffalo includes a series of free events for the entire month of September with plenty of opportunities to participate in Alberta’s largest celebration of arts, heritage, diversity and community spirit.

This community celebration of arts and culture has been brought to our communities by the Wood Buffalo Alberta Culture Days planning committee in partnership with Arts Council Wood Buffalo.

Event Dates 

Alberta Culture Days in Wood Buffalo runs from September 1 – 30, 2021.  Any proposed events must run at least once during the course of the Alberta Culture Days dates.

How to Register

Online: RMWB website – Alberta Culture Days 2021


  • Pulse – 780-743-7000
  • Pulse (toll free) – 1-800-973-9663

Who Can Register?

Anyone can participate in Alberta Culture Days in Wood Buffalo. Both established and emerging artists of all artistic disciplines are invited to register.

Event organizers hail from the full spectrum of cultural creators—from grassroots community volunteers and independent artists, to major arts, culture, and heritage institutions—and there’s always room for more.

Learn more about this celebration of arts and culture and how you can participate:  Participation Guide.

Entry Requirements

To participate in Alberta Culture Days in Wood Buffalo, your activity/event must meet the following requirements:

  • The arts and culture event is participatory
  • Any proposed events must run at least once during the course of the Alberta Culture Days dates from September 1 – 30, 2021
  • It must be free for the public to attend

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be asked to update or revise their event/activity plans.

Submission Deadline

Submissions must be received by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

Funding Requests

Any requests for funding to support your event must be submitted as part of your registration on the RMWB’s website for Alberta Culture Days 2021.  Please include a detailed description of your funding requirements. 

Any questions related to funding request eligibility may be directed to Liana Wheeldon, Executive Director of Arts Council Wood Buffalo: 

Contact Information

Jessica Barry
Culture and Social Development

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

[email protected]

Deadline: 30-06-2021

igNIGHT: Art Illuminated

igNIGHT is a temporary public art exhibition that aims to inspire public art initiatives in ways that engage the interest and imagination of the general public using illuminated artworks at the heart of the exhibition.

Request for Proposals: igNIGHT

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) invites artists to submit proposals to stage temporary, light-based public art in downtown Fort McMurray. The RMWB seeks to capitalize on opportunities to reimagine, transform and energize public spaces by showcasing igNIGHT-Art Illuminated. This temporary public art event will take place from Oct. 1 – 10, 2021. Artists are asked to explore potential opportunities for using light to enhance, animate, interact with or re-contextualize natural and/or built environments. Existing artworks that have not been showcased in Fort McMurray will also be considered.

Please read full details in the Request for Proposals document. Artists must review it prior to submitting their application.

Virtual Artist Information session

igNIGHT 2021 will host a virtual information session on April 8, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. via Microsoft Teams. Discussions will include a deeper exploration of the design theme (listed below), site information and additional resources to support the application process. 

Pre-register to join the information session

Join the live Teams discussion 

Design theme

igNIGHT 2021 aims to align with the resolution of the declaration made by the UN General Assembly that 2021 is the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (#IYFV2021)! This declaration aims to build awareness on the important role fruits and vegetables have in nutrition, food security and human and planetary health. It also aims to reduce food loss and waste and promote sustainability and safety of the food chain process. Fruit and vegetables not only offer nutritional benefits, they also play an important part in cultural celebrations, customs and culinary delights. Bright, colourful, bold and raw, these natural food sources fuel the body, nourish the mind and bring people together in so many ways. What statement do you want to make about the International Year of Fruit and Vegetables?

To learn more about the declaration, visit the International Fruits and Vegetable website.

Need more inspiration? Watch the promotional video.

Deadline for submissions3:00 pm (MST), Thursday, May 6, 2021
Notification dateThursday, May 13, 2021
InstallationSeptember 27 to 30, 2021
igNIGHT ExhibitionOctober 1 to 10, 2021
RemovalOctober 11 to October 14, 2021

Deadline: 06-05-2021

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