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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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Canada Day Songbook: Volume 2

Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo


Help celebrate Canada Day this year with Volume 2 of Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo’s Canada Day Song Book!

Inviting residents of Wood Buffalo to showcase their culture by sending in videos singing O’ Canada in any language of their choosing.

​This year, we’re also excited to introduce an instrumental version to give residents of Wood Buffalo something to sing along to for years to come. Grab your bagpipes, drums or angklung and showcase your cultural instruments to the tune of the national anthem!

Get creative, dress in red and white, decorate the background, and showcase what Canada means to you. Let’s make this year’s Canada Day Song Book one to remember!

The videos will be uploaded to our Facebook page, YouTube channel and featured in local public forums & events for Canada Day celebrations.

​To submit your performance, please keep the following in mind: 

– Record a video of yourself singing or playing ‘O Canada’ in any language and with any instrument you’d like

– Videos will need to be taken in a landscape orientation with good lighting

– No other music can be playing in the video other than ‘O Canada’

Questions? Please contact Kendyl at [email protected]

Submissions are due June 16th!


Lyrics & Translations: bit.ly/OCanadaTranslations

Music: We recommend either downloading the instrumental version from Canada’s website (click here for link) or playing it from YouTube (click here for link) in the background. 

You can see the full Canada Day Song Book playlist from 2020 (including complete videos of each submission) here:



Deadline: 17-06-2021

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Emerging Digital Artists Award

The Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA) is Canada’s award for critical experimentation in digital media, proudly presented by EQ Bank and Trinity Square Video. Launched in 2015, the award celebrates the contributions of artists working exclusively in virtual space.

This award is designed to foster experimentation in the work of emerging artists and create opportunities for those working in digital media in Canada. Submissions must take the form of digital art, defined as a screen-based artwork that demonstrates an engagement with digital technologies in the process of its creation. Artwork must also have a visual component and stand on its own when viewed on a single screen or projection (i.e., if the work is part of a larger installation). Digital submissions may include, but are not limited to, images, videos, animations, and GIFs; websites, games, and applications; and augmented and virtual realities.

Five artists will each be awarded a $5,000 prize, one of whom will also earn a spot in Trinity Square Video’s 2022 Themed Commission residency program.

Emerging artists who are residents of Canada are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on June 15, 2021. Visit the EDAA website to review the guidelines and procedures.

Deadline: 15-06-2021

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Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts

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.

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

Deadline: June 1, 2021

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Library Card Design Contest

We’re releasing three limited edition library cards and we want your amazing, original art on them! Submit your design based on one of three themes for your chance to have your art featured on a WBRL library card and a $200 gift card to Opus Art!


• Entries open March 1 and close June 7, winners to be announced during Canadian Library Month.
• Ages 4+
• All entries must be submitted in PDF, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign or Photoshop.
• You may enter in each category but can only win once
• Your image may be one image for the main card that is duplicated & re-sized for the snap off card, or be one image the covers the entirety of both cards
• Images of all mediums will be accepted
• No lewd or vulgar content will be accepted
• Must be original artwork
• Please initial your artwork in the lower right hand corner
• Winning artwork will be featured on 250 limited edition WBRL library cards and featured in marketing throughout the year

How to submit:
– Submit your artwork in the acceptable format and include your name, age, and category you are submitting for in an email to [email protected].

Are you a local artist who would be interested in judging and selecting our winners? Email Sally at [email protected] Note, judges will be unable to enter the contest.

Have questions? Email us at [email protected].

Deadline: June 7, 2021

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RMWB Street Banner Program

The 2021 Street Banner Program invites residents to submit an artistic design that explores the rhythms of Wood Buffalo. Banners displayed in rural locations will include designs from residents in the rural communities. Submissions are due by 4 p.m. on May 25, 2021.

Design theme
Explore the Rhythms of Wood Buffalo!

Wood Buffalo is a place of innovation, diversity, spirit and strength. The changing of seasons, the rivers that flow and the boundless skies connect us all to nature and land. A diverse community, with global connections and traditional celebrations, strengthens our spirit and contributes to a vibrant and dynamic background for arts, culture and music. 

This year’s theme supports Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo Economic Development & Tourism’s new Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo place brand. For more information, visit Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo’s website.

Banner selection process

Artwork will be selected by a volunteer selection panel from community organizations. Each resident is allowed two submissions. Selected artwork will be displayed within the region until Spring 2022.

How to submit

Artwork for this program must be submitted on a specific type of paper. To ensure resident safety, pick up of paper and drop off of artwork are to be coordinated by contacting PULSE at 780-743-7000 or toll-free at 1-800-973-9663 or by email at [email protected].

For more information on the 2021 Street Banner Program, please visit rmwb.ca/banner.

Deadline: May 25 at 4 PM

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ASA: Open Call for Exhibitions 2021-22


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 2021-2022 season. 

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.

 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.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.


Please download and read the Prospectus for this open call before applying.

Prospectus: Open Call for Exhibitions

Deadline: May 25, 2021

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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 20, 2021
Notification dateThursday, May 27, 2021
InstallationSeptember 27 to 30, 2021
igNIGHT ExhibitionOctober 1 to 10, 2021
RemovalOctober 11 to October 14, 2021

Deadline: 20-05-2021

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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.

Please peruse the Government of Alberta’s Performing Arts Guidelines HERE prior to submitting.


  • 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

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