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Buffys 2024: Call for Performing Artists



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. This year’s showcase will be delivered at Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre. Arts Council aims to hire performing artists to create performances that will be showcased live, in-person at this year’s Awards Showcase on October 19, 2024. The performances will be recorded for archival purposes and may be distributed as needed.



  • 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 by mid-September 
  • Performance must be original and 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 2024).


The work must be visually appealing to present at Keyano Theatre & Arts Centre and may include, but is not limited to: 

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



  • Arts Council is particularly interested in unique work, and preference will be given to engaging proposals from artists who have not already performed at the Buffys. 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”.
  • While it’s not mandatory, Arts Council artists are encouraged to infuse their work with the thematic coherence of “Midnight in Miami”. Embracing the essence of this theme, artists can draw inspiration from the vibrant energy, cultural richness, and enigmatic allure reminiscent of the nocturnal atmosphere of Miami.
  • The performance will be presented in front of a live audience and recorded for archival purposes. We highly encourage collaboration between many artists.
  • 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 logistics for the group. 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 and free from risk of being flagged for copyright violations.




All submissions must be submitted through our online Opportunities Portal. Create an account, login and then click on the purple “Start Entry” button. You may begin drafting your proposal by selecting “Buffys – Performing Artists” as your category. 





Submissions must be received by 12PM on May 1, 2024. Late submissions will not be considered for hire.





Artist fees will be negotiated and agreed upon between the individual artist and Arts Council Wood Buffalo, contingent upon the scope and nature of the artistic contribution.





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

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


Selections will be made by the Arts Council Wood Buffalo staff. All selections will be final, and successful artists will be notified by May 17, 2024.



For questions or more information, please contact jenna@artscouncilwb.ca  or 587-674-1625.