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Run for a Reason

Fort McMurray Marathon is excited to announce Run for a Reason – a new charity fundraising program!

Early Bird registration is open for Run for a Reason until May 31 – the new fundraising program for the Fort McMurray Marathon happening on September 25!


When you register to run, you will have two ways to participate:

  1. Make a one time donation to a participating partner organization of your choice!
  2. Choose a participating partner organization & collect pledges:
    • Browse the list of Fundraising Partners, and choose an organization that you would like to support
    • As you train for race day, collect pledges & donations in support of your chosen organization!
    • Share your progress via your personal pledge page


Not a runner, but still want to participate? Community members can contribute by donating to Run for a Reason! Donations can be made in two ways:

  • Donate to an individual runner’s pledge page
  • Donate to to a participating partner organization of your choice

This year we run for more than just medals – this year we Run for a Reason and Arts Council Wood Buffalo can be yours.

Deadline: 25-09-2022

Henry Armstrong Award

Submissions for the Henry Armstrong Award are now open!

The Henry Armstrong Award (HAA) is a newly launched bursary and mentorship program, created to develop, elevate, and support Indigenous artists within the Canadian music industry. Named for MDM Recordings Inc. president and founder Mike Denney’s grandfather Lloyd Henry and mother Gloria Denney (née Armstrong), both fellow Six Nations Lower Mohawk, The Henry Armstrong Award aims to provide unique opportunities for growth and development to the selected recipient.

The genesis for the HAA began in the spring of 2021, following the initial uncovering of the 215 Indigenous children in the Kamloops Residential School mass grave. Knowing he wanted to help, Denney called upon his fellow industry and quickly put together a committee united with the goal of promoting inclusivity, equity, and equality in the Canadian Indigenous Music space.

Newly launched in 2022, the HAA is open to all Indigenous music artists across Canada. Following the application window, a juried selection process will begin via a committee of Canadian music industry professionals, culminating with the chosen act receiving a $10,000 bursary, along with a tailored mentorship program of professional development services.


Subject to the conditions herein, the Contest is open to legal residents of Canada (excluding residents of Quebec) and who are the age of majority or older at time of entry. Both individuals and groups are eligible to participate in the Contest. Contestants are registered subject to proving eligibility, including verification of age and identity by providing a legible copy of a valid form of government-issued photo ID, upon request. Failure to provide the requested documentation may result in disqualification, at MDM’s sole discretion.

General Requirements

  • For the purposes of the Contest, MDM is seeking and will accept submissions that fall into any genre of music (including traditional or contemporary styles of music). 
  • Both bands/musical groups and solo/individual musical artists are eligible to apply. 
  • Contestants must provide the names of all band members at time of registration. 
  • All artists must be Canadian citizens and of Indigenous descent. MDM reserves the right to request proof of citizenship or status card and failure to provide proof by deadline may result in disqualification. The group is deemed by MDM, in its sole discretion, to be Canadian and Indigenous on the basis of:
    • the Canadian member(s) receiving the majority of royalties, touring profits and other proceeds earned by the group; and
    • the Canadian member(s) being the the principal songwriter(s) for the group.
  • Eligible artists must NOT have been previously nominated for a JUNO Award, Polaris Music Prize or a Canadian Country Music Association Award.
  • Eligible artists must be registered SOCAN members. To complete the application visit socan.ca. SOCAN membership for songwriters is free of charge.
  • Eligible artists must have, and actively use, social media accounts including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
  • Eligible artists must have completed at least ten (10) Live Performances in the last three (3) years. “Live Performances” means live performance engagements where the artist or band was paid a guaranteed fee or percentage of revenue from ticket sales. (Due to pandemic restrictions in 2021 this requirement has been temporarily removed)


One (1) Finalist will be chosen as the winner. The winner will be named The Henry Armstrong Award Recipient for the applicable year and will receive a cash prize of $10,000 CAD, which is to be used for the development of recorded musical content and for musical performances. 

The winner will also receive:

  • One hour consultations with music industry experts in the following areas: record label/management (Mike Denney, MDM Recordings), artist (Don Amero) radio promotion (Dale Peters), media (Red Umbrella PR), digital/social (Sara Franczyk), Indigenous Grants (Laurie Brown), brand partnerships (Tiffany Tse). These consultations are valued at roughly $2500 CAD. 
  • Quarterly check-ins and discussions with Mike Denney and Don Amero for the duration of the year. 

Mission Statement/Origins

The mission of the Henry Armstrong Award is simple – to further develop, elevate and support the diverse talents in the Canadian Indigenous music community.

Deadline for submissions: May 13, 2022. 

For more information on eligibility and rules visit their website here.

Deadline: 13-05-2022

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Alberta Society of Artists – Open Call for Exhibitions

The Alberta Society of Artists invites artists residing in Alberta to submit work of any medium to our in-house and partnered gallery spaces for the 2022-2023 season.  Please not that all exhibitions are contingent on COVID related changes and challenges.

Please read the details as follows:

1. The ASA Gallery will host two Solo Exhibitions per year in the Mezzanine Space, and invites submissions from ASA Juried Members and ASA Associate Members only for these exhibitions. Each exhibition will run 6-8 weeks in length.

2. The ASA Gallery will host two Small Group Exhibitions (approx. 3 – 6 artists) per year in the Main Space. Submissions for these exhibitions are open to both members and non-membersYou must apply as a group of at least 3 artists (maximum 6). Each exhibition will run 6-8 weeks in length.

 A third Small Group Exhibition will be hosted by the ASA at  the Calgary Public Library for one month. Submissions for this space will be open to both members and non-members.

All Small Group Exhibition submissions should include a cohesive body of work and concept expressed in the group’s artist statement.

Deadline for Submission: May 24, 2022

Results to be announced: June 30, 2022

 3.  Juried Members, Student and Associate Members will also have an opportunity to submit applications for a Solo Exhibition Show-and-Sale at the Walterdale Theatre in Edmonton. Each exhibition will run for one month. *please note artists will not receive honorariums for show and sale exhibits.

All submissions will be adjudicated by a panel of visual art professionals in a blind jury process.

All accepted artists (except for show and sale exhibits) will receive an honorarium from the ASA.

For more information visit the Alberta Society of Artists website.

Deadline: 24-05-2022

Athabasca Tribal Council – Artist Call for Cultural Festival

Athabasca Tribal Council (ATC) welcome traditional and contemporary Indigenous artists willing to share or demonstrate their skills to apply. As the Festival celebrates Indigenous culture, ATC are looking for artists who both identify as Indigenous and create artwork inspired by their Indigenous identity or heritage.

Please include as much information as possible including photos of yourself and your completed work, as it helps significantly in the selection process. Please note, applications cannot be considered without photos.

Athabasca Tribal Council will review your application and you will hear back regarding your participation within a few weeks of the application deadline of May 31, 2022.

Artist Fees and Reimbursements 

ATC working with Arts Council Wood Buffalo, will follow the CARFAC Recommended Fee Schedule to pay artists for their services at the ATC Cultural Festival. Artists are paid for their time at the Festival; teaching, demonstrating, presenting, etc.

Supplies needed for workshops, demonstrations, etc., are a separate cost from the artist fee and will be reimbursed with ATC approval prior to purchase.

For Workshops, the Festival may be able to assist in sourcing and/or purchasing the larger quantities of supplies needed in advance for use at the Festival.

Support for travel and accommodation for Artists joining the Festival from outside the Wood Buffalo region is limited and will be considered case-by-case with prospective artists.

Deadline: 31-05-2022

Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts

Nominations for the Governor General’s Awards are now open!

The awards were created in 1999 by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Governor General of Canada. Since then, the awards have celebrated Canada’s vibrant arts community and recognized remarkable careers in the visual and media arts.

Up to eight awards are distributed every year: six awards recognize artistic achievements, one award recognizes excellence in fine craft (Saidye Bronfman Award) and one award recognizes an outstanding contribution to contemporary visual arts, media arts or fine craft. The winners each receive a medallion and a cash prize of $25,000 each.

Deadline for nominations: June 1, 2022

The GGArts awards are part of the Canada Council’s suite of prizes recognizing excellence in the arts.

Deadline: 01-06-2022

Theatre Individual Project Funding

This funding provides up to $15,000 to support the development of individual Alberta artists, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists by providing funding for a specific theatre and/or performance art project. APPLICATION DEADLINE(S)September 1, 2022, March 1, 2023.

Who can apply

To be eligible for individual project funding, you must be a resident of Alberta. This means you:

  • are legally entitled to be or remain in Canada
  • are legally entitled to work in Canada
  • have had your primary residence in Alberta for at least one full year before applying
  • ordinarily live in Alberta for a least six months of each year with the exception of attending a formal program of study

You must be in good standing with the AFA with no open or outstanding projects or reporting to apply. Previous grant recipients must ensure all final reporting has been approved by the AFA before new applications are accepted.

Applicants, including ensembles or collectives, must not be incorporated under either provincial or federal legislation.

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations

Ensembles, collectives, and collaborations are eligible to apply to this program and must list all principal artists involved in the project activities as part of their application. All members of an ensemble, collective, or collaboration must meet the individual eligibility criteria.

Principal artists cannot apply and/or receive funding for multiple projects at the same time, whether as an individual or a member of various ensembles, collectives, or collaborations.

What does this grant support

Please note, AFA funding is not assured for any project.

Types of projects

Through this opportunity, you may apply for project funding to support artistic activities in:

  • art production
  • marketing
  • research
  • training and career development

Art production includes the development, creation, and production of any theatre/performance art work. Projects should be confined to a distinct phase of a work.

  • Alberta individual artists that have been contracted by commissioners to create a specific work are eligible to apply for project support through this funding opportunity

Marketing includes a program of activity for a specific period of time that promotes or advertises work created by Alberta theatre/performance artists, and/or develops audiences for the artist’s work,

Research includes a program of activity for a specific period of time that supports or results in the development of a theatre/performance art project.

Training and career development includes enrolment in a course or program of study designed to develop an artist’s training in theatre, including related performing arts disciplines, and/or performing arts administration.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • workshops
  • master classes
  • retreats
  • mentorship programs
  • professional course of study in theatre/performance art

Eligible expenses

You can receive up to $15,000 to support your project. You may apply for up to 100% of eligible expenses that are directly related to carrying out your proposed project.

These expenses may include, but are not limited to:

  • contracted artist and technician fees
  • commission fees
  • production
  • promotion and publicity
  • transportation and accommodation
  • tuition or training fees
  • royalties
  • administration and contract fees
  • basic living/subsistence expenses (housing, local transport, food, childcare, dependent care) up to $3,000/month
  • other expenses and supplies considered by the AFA to be reasonable and necessary

For more information and to apply visit the website.

Deadline: 01-09-2022

Individual Initiatives – Canada Music Fund

The Individual Initiatives component provides financial assistance to undertake activities that are central to the development of Canadian artists, the promotion of their music and the expansion of their audience. Examples of supported activities under this component include the production and marketing of Canadian sound recordings, domestic and international touring (including showcases) of Canadian artists, artist management, publishing of Canadian musical works and business development. Applicants have access to annual funding either through a comprehensive envelope funding or project-by-project support.

Who can apply

Eligible recipients include:

  • Canadian artists / artists-entrepreneurs; and
  • Canadian music industry professionals, including for-profit Canadian owned and controlled firms (such as record labels, music publishers and those involved in artist management) and not-for-profit organizations whose principal business or purpose is central to the career development of Canadian music artists.

How to apply

The Individual Initiatives component is administered by the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) for the English-language sector of the music industry, and the Fondation Musicaction (Musicaction) for the French-language sector.


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. 


Explore and Create

Explore and Create funds Canadian artists, artistic groups and organizations committed to the creation and dissemination of innovative, vibrant and diverse art.

This program advances Canadian artistic practices by encouraging artists to investigate creative processes and take risks that lead to the development of unique works destined to connect with the public.

Explore and Create supports the research, development, creation and production of work, as well as professional development for artists.

Deadline: February 2, 2022

Deadline: 02-02-2022

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TELUS STORYHIVE’s Game Changers Documentary Edition

Through the power of community, we are bringing to light the stories of game changers that are challenging the status quo and creating meaningful change. 30 grants of $20,000 are available to capture stories of local game changers that are making their community more connected, sustainable, healthier and equitable.


Before beginning your Submission, please read these SUBMISSION GUIDELINES AND RULES carefully. In them you will find important information such as key dates, what kinds of stories and projects we give preference to, eligibility requirements, submission requirements and more. This is more than just the fine print. It’s a guide to creating a successful Submission.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: NOVEMBER 10, 2021 (Intake closes at 6:00PM MT )

Deadline: 10-11-2021

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STORYHIVE Voices 2021

Calling all new and emerging content creators: the new STORYHIVE Voices is offering grants of $10,000 each to kickstart your content creation journey. STORYHIVE is funding beginner content creators who have an idea for a locally-reflective, episodic project. Grow your skills, impact and audience through training and a community of support.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 26, 2021

Deadline: 26-10-2021

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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


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