First Peoples’ Cultural Council’s...

First Peoples' Cultural Council will be conducting a review of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council’s Arts Programs in partnership with the BC Arts Council

First Peoples' Cultural Council will be conducting a review of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council’s Arts Programs

-Prince George ~Vancouver~Chilliwack~Courtenay~Victoria, BC-

July 14th – 26th, 2016

“We’re happy to announce that we will be conducting a review of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council’s Arts Programs in partnership with the BC Arts Council!

Firelight Group has been contracted to do a series of community consultations, online surveys, and select interviews. The aim is to communicate directly with artists, arts groups and communities in order to hear from the people the programs are meant to serve.

We are seeking feedback on our funding programs and the support we provide to artists and communities. We would like to hear community perspectives about which art forms are thriving, which art practices need more support, and what challenges artists and arts face in different communities. We are also interested in ideas for how FPCC might address these issues.

Firelight Group is co-hosting a series of community consultations in various regions across the province in order to have these important conversations. Please join us to provide your feedback and share a meal.

Below is a list of upcoming community consultations (More to be announced later in July):

Prince George – Thursday, July 14th, 2016, 9am – 3pm, Prince George Friendship Center
Vancouver – Monday, July 18th, 2016, 12pm – 3pm, Native Education College
Chilliwack – Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, 9am – 1pm, Tzeachten First Nation Community Centre
Courtenay – Thursday, July 21st, 2016, 12pm- 4pm, Wachiay Friendship Centre Society
Victoria – Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, exact time and location TBD

Please contact our office to RSVP to one of these sessions by phone (250-652-5952) or email (kyla@fpcc.ca or nicole@fpcc.ca).”

To see more about these dates click here


 Call for Kamloops artists – WCT...

Submit your story to the 4th annual High Wire Festival

Submit your story to the 4th annual High Wire Festival

-Submission Deadline July 29th, 2016-


The 4th annual WCT High-Wire Festival is looking to feature your story!

Western Canada Theatre is looking to the residents of Kamloops to share their personal stories and experiences in the city. The stories collected will be utilized as the inspiration to create the newest installment of the High-Wire Festival – SECRET CITY.

SECRET CITY is a unique, personal, audio adventure, created by local artists, that features the true, untold stories of the citizens of Kamloops – like you – that reveal a secret side of our city you didn’t know.

The only stipulation is that stories must be true, they must be yours to share, and they must be connected to a specific, physical location within Kamloops. Do you have a secret you’ve never told, a heartfelt memory, a moment of heartbreak, an instance of valour, or a story of love? Are you reminded of it every time you pass that park bench, or store front, or graffiti tag, or stop sign? Then we ask you to please share it with the artists behind SECRET CITY! Let your memory of the starlit summer night you strolled through Riverside Park and paused under the giant oak to share the kiss that told you this was forever be turned into a work of art!




 Moosehide Gathering – Dawson City

Moosehide Gathering July 28 - 31, 2016

Moosehide Gathering July 28 - 31, 2016

-Dawson City, YT-
July 28-31, 2016

A celebration of Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in (Hän) culture at Moosehide village, a traditional village site downriver of Dawson City, Yukon.

Enjoy performances, guest speakers, feasts, dancing, drumming, singing, storytelling and artisan crafts. Learn about honoring the land and ancestors and enjoying dinner feasts.

Transportation and camping available.

Programming Schedule:



 Full Circle – Congratulations to...

Margo Kane acceptance video

Margo Kane acceptance video

On Monday, June 27th, 2016, Margo Kane was awarded GVPTA Career Achievement Award at The 34th Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. The Jessie Awards exists to celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements of the Vancouver Professional Theatre community and the GVPTA Career Achievement Award award recognizes persons who have made a significant impact on the theatre industry.

Tanja Dixon-Warren, Managing Producer at Full Circle, along with former Ensemble Member and former Artistic Associate of Full Circle, Lisa Ravensbergen, collected the award during the ceremony. Lisa was also nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role in a Large Theatre for her work in God and The Indian at the Firehall Arts Centre.

Tanja Dixon-Warren & Lisa Ravensbergen collecting the award

Tanja Dixon-Warren & Lisa Ravensbergen collecting the award

As Margo was out of the country, she graciously accepted the award by video. The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) had this to say about Margo:

“Margo’s constant desire to integrate her experiences as an Aboriginal person with her artistic skills has fueled extensive experimentation with form, allowing her work to cross cultural and creative boundaries.”

In other news, Full Circle’s ensemble members have been keeping busy with a number of exciting workshops. On July 11th, 2016, several members attended Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole’s Hula workshop in which they learnt the Hula noho. Two of those Ensemble members, Tai Grauman and Taran Kootenhayoo, also lead a youth improv workshop at Tsleil-Waututh’s Summer Camp. As for the rest of the ensemble, they’ll be visiting the camp throughout the remainder of July and August to lead more workshops.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates!


 Winnipeg Arts Council National Call to...

National Call to Indigenous Artists Deadline September 8th

National Call to Indigenous Artists Deadline September 8th

- Submission deadline September 8th, 2016 -


National Call to Indigenous Artists for Expressions of Interest and Qualifications

Deadline: September 8, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Budget: $400,000 (total for three opportunities:one at $200,000; two at $100,000)

The Winnipeg Arts Council invites First Nations, Métis and Inuit visual artists residing in Canada to submit expressions of interest and qualifications to create public artworks for three opportunities in Air Canada Window Park in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, located on Treaty One territory.

Interested artists/teams must submit a complete application package to be considered.

Click here to download the Call-to-Artists and Application Forms, Existing site conditions & Public Art Guide for Artists


 GTNT Seeks new Artistic Director

Artistic Director application deadline is August 29th

Artistic Director application deadline is August 31st

- Application deadline August 31st, 2016 –

Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre Artistic Director, Job Opportunity!

The GTNT Board of Directors is looking to hire a new Artistic Director!

The board is seeking an outstanding, creative and inspirational individual who will lead the theatre to new levels of artistic achievement The Artistic Director (AD) will primarily be responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing GTNT’s artistic vision and theatre season programming

As this is an organisational leadership role, interested applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Minimum education of Bachelor of Theatre Arts or equivalent combination of education and experience
Preference will be given to candidates who have five years of significant professional artistic experience (experiences as an artistic director, producer,or other artistic leadership roles)
Strong track record of professional theatre production and developing new works for the stage
Experience working within non-profit / theatre organisations (theatre planning, budgeting, and project execution)
Experience working with First Nation and Métis communities
A more detailed job posting is attached to this email. If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity please email Irene Oakes (irene.oakes@usask.ca)with a cover letter and c.v. by August 31, 2016.

** Those selected for an interview will be contacted in early September!

To read the full job description click here


 WFF’s Aboriginal Filmmaker...

Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship applications accepted until August 29, 2016

Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship applications accepted until August 29, 2016

- Application deadline August 29th, 2016 –

WFF’s Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship is a three-day creative and business immersion experience to be held from December 1 to 3, 2016 during the Whistler Film Festival + Summit, and has opened up nationally for up to six emerging Aboriginal Canadian film artists with short film, webisode projects or television pilots to attend.

Designed to advance Canadian Aboriginal talent, this program focuses on strengthening and advancing short script projects by facilitating feedback from a group of mentor filmmakers who are successful, well-respected members of the Canadian film community.

WFF’s Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship is sponsored by Canadian Media Fund, Creative BC and APTN, and Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre.


Days 1 and 2 of the Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship will focus individual and project-specific feedback through a series of one-on-one sessions with four mentors, as well as group sessions in order to strengthen their projects. Feedback will include everything from where to take your script, to what changes the project may require in order to move it to the next level as well as finding it’s audience once the film is made. The facilitator will provide a high level of strategic advice and counsel to the filmmakers over the course of the Fellowship helping them to address feedback from Industry mentors. On day 3, the participants will attend WFF’s industry Summit where they will gain firsthand insight into the world of narrative short-form storytelling through a full day of panel discussions, pitches, networking and screenings with filmmakers and industry experts, including the MPPIA Short Film Pitch and the ShortWork Showcase screening and reception. Participants will also have access to Festival screenings and the WFF’s industry Summit from December 1 to 3.




 Frank Yamma announces Canadian Tour

Award-winning Australian Indigenous songwriter Frank Yamma announces August Canadian Tour

Award-winning Australian Indigenous songwriter Frank Yamma announces August Canadian Tour

- Lunenberg, NS ~ Winnipeg, MB ~ Vancouver, BC ~ Dunster, BC -

Award-winning Australian Indigenous songwriter Frank Yamma announces August Canadian Tour

August 5th – 14th, 2016

Tour dates:

5-7 August – Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival – Lunenberg, NS
10 August – Manitoba Aboriginal Music Week – Winnipeg, MB
11 August – The Wise Hall – Vancouver, BC
12-14 August – Robson Valley Music Festival – Dunster, BC

Frank Yamma, the voice of Australia’s Central Desert comes all the way from Ayers Rock to perform his fourth run of shows in Canada. Yamma is without a doubt one of Australia’s most significant Indigenous songwriters with an ability to cross cultural and musical boundaries. When he sings, you listen and travel with him. An initiated Pitjantjatjara man, Frank sings in his native language and English, his spirit belongs to the heart of Australia – Uluru. Docker River. Ernabella. Central Australia. As Frank says, “wherever the Pitjantjatjara mob come from”.
Over the past five years, the world has been discovering Frank and have seen him perform across Europe and UK with shows in Latvia, Lithuania, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Poland, and Switzerland. Yamma has undertaken extensive live touring with highlights including the 2012 Cultural Olympiad (UK); Womad (UK), The New Hebridean Festival (Scotland), Festival Bled (Slovenia), Colours of Ostravia (Czech Republic) and most recently setting hearts on fire in Canada at Calgary, Vancouver and Winnipeg folk festivals. In Canada he shared the stage with Buffy Saint Marie and The Mekons, as well as performing a coveted spot opening for Joan Baez. In 2014 Yamma represented Australia at WOMEX ’14.

Closer to home Frank also performed at this year’s TedX Sydney in May and won an NIMA Award for his latest album ‘Uncle’, which features songs of country, protection, heartache and travel. And songs of love. Not of love lost, but of pure, present-day raw emotion. ‘Uncle’ shows the continuity of a musician that is hitting his peak with grace and conviction.

Indigenous soulster Frank Yamma will bring his beautiful storytelling back to Canada to play the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival on 5th-7th August, Manitoba Aboriginal Music Week on 10th August, Robson Valley Music Festival 12th-14th August and is performing a special, intimate show at Vancouver’s Wise Hall on 11th August with Melbourne songstress (and recent Canadian immigrant) Larissa Tandy making a guest appearance.

www.frankyamma.com | www.facebook.com/frankyamma



 Rallying Da 6 seeking Indigenous...

Friends in Toronto Community Services, is hosting “RALLYING DA6 AGAINST VIOLENCE” on July 23, 2016 at 11am.

They are looking for performers from the First Nation community and speakers who would be willing to send a message to the city about violence. They are also looking for someone to perform an opening ceremony.

They have confirmed commitment from many stakeholders including City of Toronto – crisis response unit and Toronto Police.

If you know any one that is passionate and committed to the issue of stopping violence and would be interested in participating please forward Paula’s contact to them –  paula@fitcommunities.ca .

Please find attached the poster and the document that explains the event.

Rally da6 seeking Indigenous performers

Rally da6 seeking Indigenous performers


 Seeking voice talent for PSA’s

Male or female talent, no age preference. Actors required as soon as possible.

The project focuses on wildlife and habitat preservation in Canada. There are two PSAs that will be aired and the scripts have already been translated.

In need of the following languages:

Please send your demo directly to Lisi Hentz through email as soon as you are able.

Thank you

Lisi Hentz


 Registration now open for 6 day...

The arts ExCHANGE project

- Calgary, AB -
Registration now open
Intensive Dates: Monday, August 1 to Saturday, August 6, 2016

Stage Left Productions, Third Way Theatre and Chromatic Theatre invite diverse agents of change to join us in an innovative, 6-day training intensive in arts-based equity intervention.

6-day intensives offering transformative collaboration and confidence-building.
Dates: Monday, August 1 to Saturday, August 6, 2016
Calgary, Alberta (Studio address will be disclosed upon registration.)

Tuition: $300 if paid by by July 1; $350 thereafter.
Payment plans, scales and barters are available to those who actually need it.

NON-REFUNDABLE Deposit: $100 to confirm your registration.
We cannot hold your spot in the intensive without this deposit. Limited spaces are available.

Payment: Paypal; Cash; Cheque or Money Order




 Call for submissions – festival...

Call for submissions - festival of light Edmonton Valley Zoo

Call for submissions - festival of light Edmonton Valley Zoo

- ENTRY DEADLINE: August 1, 2016 -


We are currently seeking organizations or individuals (local artists, architects, designers) with a passion for the arts and the environment to share their vision with the local community. This year we are opening the floor to anyone with an artistic vision, who is interesting in designing an exhibit for the up and coming festival. The theme of the competition is “Alternative Energy”. This theme allows our artists to show their creative side with few restrictions, so individuals or teams are able to work with different light materials, ice sculptures or any other creative ideas to come up with a winter light themed exhibit. Keep in mind, many of these exhibits will also include the stars of the Edmonton Valley Zoo themselves, the animals!

Below is a series of questions we will need you to answer in order for this to be the best Festival of Light yet! Also a few things to keep in mind are:

- Chosen projects will be provided with a budget of $3,500.00. You’re use of the funds is discretionary as long as the project approved is the project built.
- Power will be provided by the Edmonton Valley Zoo, you just need to ensure the exhibit is maintained, keep in mind our harsh winter conditions. Your project must include power needs and specifications…keeping mind alternative energy sources are the preferred manner. We require our artists to use timers to minimize the power used during the 10 day festival period.
- Be creative: anything goes here with materials, this can be ice, lights, anything! Just let us know what we can help provide to you!
- It is a city wide festival, so people from all over Edmonton will be able to view your submission, so it is a great way to gain awareness about your work.
- This is fun! So keep it light-hearted and enjoyable! We want energetic people with a love of the arts to share in this experience.

Click here to see a site layout plan, and start dreaming and planning your submission today.
Download your application by clicking the “Artist Application” above, then fax, email, or mail it to the address shown.

For more information, or to ask specific questions email FOL_Competition[at]buildingourzoo.com

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