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Call for Exhibitions – 2022 Exposure Photography Festival

Register your exhibition now to be a part of the 2022 Exposure Photography Festival!

The annual Exposure Photography Festival presents exhibitions that celebrate the medium of photography. The festival brings together a vibrant network of practicing photographers, visual artists and engaged audiences who continue to enhance the discourse in photography.

Our exhibition programme showcases the best contemporary and historic work from established, mid-career, emerging photographers and visual artists from Alberta and around the world! Exposure 2021 received 878,355 visits and welcomed audiences local and international, loyal and new. From New Zealand to Mexico, South Korea to Zimbabwe, Uruguay to Hungry, Exposure grew its audience worldwide with members based in 86 different countries engaging with our online exhibitions and events. Exposure 2020 received 859,543 in-person visits to its exhibitions from Exposure’s local and international audience members. 

The Exposure Photography Festival and its year-round programming is inclusive and participatory, a collaboration amongst members of the photographic community and the public. The festival brings people together to celebrate, discuss and engage in the medium of photography and contemporary practices. Each year we introduce exciting new programming and international perspectives to our audiences, drawing attention to Calgary and Alberta as the site of an active, growing, creative community in the field of photography. 

Registering your exhibition with Exposure allows you — a gallery, arts organisation, DIY space, artist collective, an independent artist, photographer or curator — to become part of our programming and join our celebration of photography. Being a part of Exposure’s programming means that we can promote your exhibition to our audiences, and we can partner on related events. Please note that local and international online exhibitions are welcome however your online exhibition must be hosted via your own independent website and available for Alberta audiences to enjoy during the month of February. 

Deadline to submit is October 5, 2021.

Deadline: 05-10-2021

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.

Deadlines: April 8 and October 6, 2021

Deadline: 06-10-2021

Canadian Coastlines Calendar Information

The Ships2Shores’ Canadian Coastlines Calendar is looking to feature 12 artworks and photographs from talented young Canadians (7-29) across the country. We are looking for high-resolution art or photography, at 8.5”x11” (landscape), and uploaded in PNG or JPEG format. The pieces will reflect the themes of Canadian coastal landmarks
and cities, marine life, marine activity and tall ships, to create a diverse and unique Calendar for 2022!

Ships2Shores is a volunteer project, therefore artists will not receive monetary remuneration. However, they can expect exposure on our social media platforms and our website. The deadline for submission is October 31, 2021 via this content submission form: https://forms.gle/eDtU2pSmErvVsNfu6 . Please direct any questions to [email protected]

For more information, please visit https://ships2shores.ca/.

Information sur le Calendrier des côtes canadiennes

Le Calendrier des côtes canadiennes proposé par Des navires aux rivages vise à réunir 12 œuvres de jeunes artistes canadiens (7 à 29 ans). Nous recherchons des œuvres dessinées ou photographiées de haute résolution, de préférence de 8.5”x11” (mode paysage), en format PNG ou JPEG. Les créations auront pour thème les paysages côtiers canadien, les villes portuaires, la biodiversité marine, les activités nautiques et less grands voiliers. L’union de tous ces thèmes a pour but de créer un calendrier diversifié et unique.

Des navires aux rivages est un projet bénévole, les artistes ne recevront donc pas de compensation monétaire. Toutefois, ils pourront bénéficier de la visibilité que peuvent offrir nos réseaux sociaux et notre site web. La date limite pour nous envoyer vos œuvres d’art est le 1er décembre 2020. Le formulaire à utiliser est disponible au https://forms.gle/eDtU2pSmErvVsNfu6. Vous pouvez nous faire parvenir vos questions via le courriel suivant [email protected]

Pour en savoir davantage, veuillez visiter https://ships2shores.ca/.

Deadline: 31-10-2021

Support for Live Music Events

The purpose of the Support for Live Music Events program is to stimulate the employment of Canadian artists and cultural workers, including technicians and other service providers and supporting workers, by providing financial support for live music events featuring Canadian artists that can be presented before an in-person audience and/or through digital dissemination. The funding will mitigate the significant financial risks associated with presenting live music events in the current uncertain climate. Events supported through the Canada Music Fund (CMF) are expected to generate earning opportunities for artists and cultural workers in the live music sector.

Funding will be granted on an ongoing basis throughout the April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022 fiscal year until the available budget for this non-recurring initiative is exhausted. Funding is allocated on a competitive basis based on the merit and feasibility of the project and the extent to which it aligns with the objectives and the priority areas of the initiative determined by the CMF with respect to recipients. An applicant may only submit ONE application between now and March 1, 2022. Applications may be for one or multiple events.

Who Can Apply?

To present an application, you must be a Canadian-owned entrepreneur or organization in the music industry and must support the career development of Canadian artists and/or offer musical programming by Canadian artists. The following Canadian applicants may file an application if they meet the eligibility criteria of the program:

• Current recipients of the Individual Initiatives and Collective Initiatives of the Canada Music Fund (CMF), including artist-entrepreneurs.
• Eligible applicants to the 2020 Emergency Support Fund, such as artist managers, booking agents, concert promoters, for-profit festivals, and venues.

Note that priority will be given to equity-seeking populations and Indigenous-led organizations as well as applicants that do not traditionally receive CMF’s funding.

Click here for Program Guidelines

Read the FAQ Guide here

Deadline: March 1, 2022

Deadline: 01-03-2022

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


Stabilize Live Music Grant

The Stabilize Live Music Grant program is an unprecedented contribution to the live music sector, which is one of the hardest hit and will be one of the last to recover.

Musicians and industry professionals will be able to apply for a one-time Individual Micro Grant of $1,500. For-profit music venues and businesses will be eligible for a one-time Music Business Innovation Micro Grant of up to $25,000.

The Individual – Micro Grant program is designed to provide financial assistance to artists and professionals in the Alberta music industry who have been adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Funded by the Government of Alberta, this program will allow individuals to apply for one-time partial, or complete funding of a project or initiative up to a maximum of $1,500. These funds are intended to support innovative creation, education, promotion, and management projects and artist’s businesses that fall within the scope of the music industry.

The Music Business Innovation Micro Grant program is designed to provide one-time funding to live music venues and other music industry businesses who have incurred financial losses due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Funded by the Government of Alberta, this program supports projects that aim to sustain venues and businesses during the pandemic and innovative initiatives, platforms, and services that address the needs of Alberta’s music industry. This program encourages creativity in business and the fostering, protection, and creation of jobs within the music sector in Alberta.


Pride YMM — Call for Stage Manager

2021 Pride YMM Festival


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.


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. 


Following the success of previous festivals, Pride YMM is looking for a Stage Manager for their upcoming 2021 Pride YMM Festival to ensure that event performances run smoothly. Performances will take place outdoors at Shell Place Stadium in Fort McMurray on September 5, 2021 from 12 – 4 p.m.


  • Stage Manager must be a Wood Buffalo resident for the duration of the project 
  • Stage Manager must be available to complete duties leading up to and including the event date
  • Stage Manager must be available for the entire day of the event (including setup and tear down)
  • Transportation is an asset
  • Preference will be given to those that self-identify as LGBTQ2S+


  • Coordinate performers and performance logistics leading up to the event 
  • Ensure performance contracts are signed before event date
  • Schedule performers chosen by Pride YMM Selection Committee
  • Coordinate and communicate with Pride YMM delegates to ensure festival requirements are fulfilled
  • Coordinate and communicate with Shell Place staff as required
  • Track potential additional expenses as required for event logistics
  • Field questions and inquiries from performers
  • Oversee show and technical aspects (i.e., light, sound, etc.) during performances
  • Participate in Selections Committee to select performers for 2021 Pride YMM Festival


  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong leadership and delegation skills
  • Critical thinker and problem-solver


  • All submissions must be emailed to Arts Council Wood Buffalo Communications Manager, Will Collins, at [email protected].
  • Use the subject heading “Pride YMM Stage Manager Application — [You 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.
    • Cover letter
    • Resume


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


This is a paid position for $1,500 to compensate the successful candidate.


The Stage Manager will be selected based on the strength of their application, including experience, demonstrated abilities, and creativity.

Priority will be given to applications that are communicated clearly, and to those who self-identify as LGBTQ2S+.

Please note that only the successful applicant will be notified.


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: 12-07-2021

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Call for Literary Artist (Paid Mentorship Opportunity): Sensory and Somatic Poetry Camp

Friends of the Suncor Energy Centre for the Perfoming Arts


The Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts offers summer arts camps for children and youth. The funding for these programs is generously provided by the Friends of the Suncor Energy Centre of the Performing Arts through a RMWB community grant. The programs support creative thinking, help to boost self-esteem, provide a sense of accomplishment in the participants and foster and develop lifelong friendships. Creating art can be beneficial throughout all stages of life.

The Sensory and Somatic Poetry Camp takes place August 8-14, 2021. It is a Literary Arts Camp that focuses on creating interactive and sensory poetry based in nature. Students will use sensory activities to create individual poems throughout the day then perform them at the end of each day. 

The outcome goals of this program include:

  • Participants will experience an innovative and engaging learning experience utilizing poetry as a form of expression
  • The participants will be able to share their poems with others in a meaningful way that will boast self-awareness and self-confidence
  • The participants will have fun, make friends and create lasting memories


This is a formal mentoring program where a literary artist will train a mentee to learn and develop the program for future years. 

  • The mentee will learn how to participate in, observe and use hands-on experience to gain real life lessons. 
  • The mentee will learn basic project management, reflection and how to build a lesson plan
  • The mentee will enhance arts in the Wood Buffalo community 

This program offers an emerging professional artist the guidance of a mentor with a lifetime of talent and experience to share. This opportunity will enhance a local emerging artist’s repertoire and will allow literary arts programs to thrive in our region.


The Sensory and Somatic Poetry Camp will take place at the Suncor Energy Centre for the Performing Arts (230 Powder Drive). The camp will utilize the arts studio, gymnasium space and outdoor space (weather dependent).


The mentee will be paid a fee of $30.00/hour with a commitment of 50 hours. The mentee will be instructed, guided and taught by the Mentor for the following:

  • 3 hours of pre-camp preparation via phone or video conference
  • Sunday August 8th: 2 hours of pre-camp preparation
  • Monday August 9th-Friday August 13th:
    • 8am-9am: Daily Preparation 
    • 9am-3:30pm: Camp Execution 
    • 3:30-4:30pm: Daily Debrief and Learnings

Total Compensation$1,500.00


  • Use the subject heading: “Poetry Arts Camp Mentorship Opportunity_[Your Name]”
  • All applications must include
    • Your name, contact phone number, email address and mailing address
    • Artistic statement-the philosophy behind how you approach your creative work
    • A summary of what expertise you would bring to this project
    • A one-paged resume, summarizing work experience in the fields of project management or coordination for youth (summer camps experience considered an asset)
    • A statement as to why you feel you would be right for this role

Submissions must be received by 12pm on July 16, 2021. Late submissions will not be considered.


The successful mentee will be selected by members of the FoSECPA Board of Directors in consultation with the SECPA General Manager. The selection will be final and the successful applicant will be notified by July 23, 2021. 

Please note that only the successful applicant will be notified.


For questions, or more information, please contact:

Sheri Donovan 

SECPA General Manager


[email protected] 

Deadline: 09-07-2021

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Playwrights Unit 2021-22 – Call for Pitches

Alberta Theatre Projects

Pitches due by the end of day on July 8

Alberta Theatre Projects is soliciting pitches from Canadian playwrights for participation in the 2021-22 Playwrights Unit.

Alberta Theatre Projects is a Calgary-based, not-for-profit, professional theatre company that celebrates the art of live theatre. From its home in The Martha Cohen Theatre at Arts Commons, the company produces world-class theatre with a focus on story-driven new works, Canadian plays, and contemporary theatre from around the world. Alberta Theatre Projects is a national leader in new play development and dramaturgy.

We are looking for contemporary stories that are happening NOW. Our audiences tell us that they are excited by provocative, edgy plays that examine the act of intersectionality that provide a visceral experience. We hope to develop plays that explore an onstage collision of diverging modern ideas, points of view, class, gender or cultural perspectives. The fallout from these visceral human encounters is explosive, surprising, funny and illuminating.

Calgary is a complex, cosmopolitan city with a history of boom and bust, lavish wealth and prolonged downturn. Situated on the traditional land of the Treaty 7 people, it is home to roughly 1.4 million people, 36% of whom identify as visible minorities. We are looking for stories that examine how people move through space together in this kind of modern, urban setting.

Our plays are produced in the Martha Cohen Theatre, an intimate Georgian-style auditorium with orchestra and two tiers of balcony seating. While at first glance a conventional setting, the theatre offers immense flexibility for multiple seating configurations and types of playing spaces. An important part of our ongoing mission is to create work that blurs the line between the artist and the audience. In the 2019-20 Season (our last season prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic), we produced plays in Thrust, Cabaret, and Proscenium styles, with seating capacity ranging from 275 to 395 seats.

Please forward a one-page outline of a play for consideration by the end of day on July 8th to [email protected] and include a sample scene (maximum ten pages) from one of your previous works. In your outline, please also include the structure (i.e. one act or two), estimated running time, and number of characters and/or performers. At this time, the company is prioritizing plays that will be under 2 hours and have a maximum of 6 performers.

Shortlisted playwrights will be contacted and invited to discuss their pitch in a 30-minute Zoom session with a selection committee, led by Interim Artistic Director, Haysam Kadri. These sessions are scheduled to take place during the weeks of July 19th and 26th.

Alberta Theatre Projects is committed to reflecting the diversity of our community. We believe in equity and inclusion and strongly encourage applications from all artists regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, and experience.

Alberta Theatre Projects acknowledges that we gather and create on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nation. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Deadline: 08-07-2021

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AMALGAMATION – Submission Call

NorthWord Magazine

NorthWord Magazine publishes twice a year through the support of community volunteers and advertisers. 

For each edition, the Northern Canada Collective Society of Writers’ Board of Directors selects a guest editor. Each guest editor is required to pick a theme to kick-start the creativity. They also decide on the artwork for the front cover. 

As submissions come in, the managing editor removes names before showing the guest editor for transparency purposes.

AMALGAMATION is the action or process of uniting or merging two or more things; bringing multiple things together. Or in literature — a consolidation of two or more entities into a single entity. This can be a consolidation of people, places, iconic items and even narratives. Amalgamation is a craft technique used by many writers when writing fictional elements that draw from real life experiences.

After the selection process, the publication is produced and disbursed throughout the Wood Buffalo region.

Accepted Submissions:​

  • prose (3,000 words or fewer, fiction or non-fiction)
  • poetry (50 lines maximum)
  • excerpts from current projects
  • visual art 

Send original poetry/prose/art to [email protected] Tell us what Amalgamation, or lack thereof means to you!

Deadline: 05-07-2021

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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

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The Wildfire National Playwriting Competition

What is Wildfire?
We want to read awesome plays by young Canadian playwrights and we are willing to offer cash money! We are looking for playwrights 30 years of age or under to submit fresh, young scripts that embrace risk, grit and innovation. The two winning scripts selected by our jury will receive a cash prize, an optional development workshop*,and a staged reading* at MMMC’s Wildfire Showcase in association with Sage Theatre’s IGNITE! Festival.

*How workshops and readings are run is dependent on current COVID restrictions

What kind of cash prize?
This year we will be awarding the first-place playwright $750 and the runner up a prize of $250.

Okay! How do I apply?
To download our submission guidelines and form go to www.mmmtheatrecollective.com/wildfire

Deadline for submissions is June 30th, 2020

Any questions? Shoot us a line at [email protected]

Deadline: 30-06-2021

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