Archive for March, 2010


Job Opportunity: Executive Director, St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival

March 11, 2010

Timeframe: 52 weeks, commencing May 1, 2010

Salary: $45,000

Application Deadline: April 9, 2010

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival is currently accepting applications for a one-year maternity leave Executive Director position starting May 1st, 2010 (52 weeks, F/T contract position).

Now in its 21st year, the Festival (a registered charitable organization) is dedicated to the celebration, exhibition and advancement of women filmmakers through an acclaimed international film festival, cross-provincial screening tour, youth workshops and other satellite events. Held annually in October at various venues throughout St. John’s, NL, the Festival itself is a week-long screening series of 80-90 works by women directors, producers and writers and also features a workshop/seminar series, galas, receptions and

other networking events. Our generous supporters range from government organizations, corporations and foundations to individual donors and attendees. Please visit for more information.

Responsibilities: The Executive Director oversees all aspects of Festival operations and finance, including development, communications, partnerships, and planning/programming of year-round activities, under the guidance of a dynamic and involved Board of Directors. Duties include grant writing and reporting; corporate fundraising; program development and implementation; management of financial records and budgets; communication with audience, filmmakers, media, government officials and other arts organizations; hiring and management of a staff of 2-7 full/part-time employees and volunteers; regular reporting to the Festival’s Board of Directors; coordination of board meetings; and general office duties.

This position requires a highly motivated, professional and experienced individual with strong oral, written, organizational and managerial skills; knowledge of the provincial film industry; experience with financial recording and budgets; keen attention to detail; and significant computer proficiency. The ability to work independently and multi-task in a deadline-driven environment is critical.

Applications must be received no later than Friday, April 9th, 2010. Please send your C.V., a cover letter and three references to (subject heading: Executive Director Hiring Committee) or mail/deliver to:

Executive Director Hiring Committee

St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival

P.O. Box 984, Stn. C, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5M3 (mail)

28 Cochrane Street, Suite 101, St. John’s, NL, A1C 3L3 (courier)

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those to be Interviewed will be contacted.


Jazz and Blues Recording of the Year Winners From the ECMA’s 2010

March 11, 2010

Blues Recording of the Year

The Hupman Brothers – Countin’ Quarters

Jazz Recording of the Year

Gypsophilia  – Sa-ba-da-OW!

Fundraising and Donations for a School in Ghana

March 11, 2010

Dzogadze in Ghana where the school is built

Curtis Andrews, well known local musican, presently living in Vancouver,will be leading a group of ten people on his first study trip to Ghana. Curtis is known as one who has succeeded in fullfilling his vision of building a school in the village of Dzogadze, Ghana.

On Mar.31 st,  Curtis  will be leading a group of 10 people on his first(but not the last) study trip to Ghana.  “This is going be a unique culture-bridging experience/experiment . It is the next step in my  journeywhich began 12 years ago when I   met Ghanaian drummer Kwasi Dunyo at Sound Symposium in 1998”— says Curtis.

The village in which the group will be staying is the village where the school was built almost one year ago. The village, Dzogadze, is presently very busy in anticipation oftheir arrival as they prepare in various ways for their arrival and stay.
As there will be 10 people from the NL community going to that village, some of the members of the study group wanted to bring some gifts as a sign of appreciation and friendship to the people of Dzogadze (A custom among the people in Ghana). So,  a special fundraiser/concert is happening on Thursday, Mar.11 at the Ship organized by several people who will be going to Ghana.Various well known musicians including Duane Andrews, Sherry Ryan, PaddyBarry together with others will mix  the evening  in addition to a silent auction. The  parents of Curtis will also share a slide show presenation of their trip to Africa highlighting  the school’s official opening.

Opening Ceremony

The aim is to raise some funds, not just for the education-based needs, but to help buy some medical supplies (esp mosquito nets), assist with development-related issues that may need addressing. Also they hope to receive some material donations that people may wish to donate such as children’s clothing ,soccer jersey’s, soccer cleats etc. Anything else (books, pens, pencils etc) are much cheaper to buy in Ghana. The aim is to not have to spend much money in Canada as the same money can go much further in Ghana.

High on the list is a request for a computer system (or two)–or three oreven four !!!!!. This can come in the form of a desktop or a laptop. The aim is  to establish a small computer lab (in the library) so that kids have the experience  and knowledge of using computers (a subject which older students are actually taught and tested on, but with no real computer to work on!!).  The system does not need to be top-of-the-line–new or used. Anything using a basic (but not archaic) version of Windows would work fine.  The monitor is not needed as it will be difficult to carry along (and can be purchased cheaper in Ghana).

For any questions regarding any of the above, do not hesitate to contact thefollowing  :

Rose Andrews–596.2278 ( gerald.andrews@nf.synpatico)
Gloria Williams–631.9619 (


Hot Soup, Cool Jazz

March 11, 2010


Come Celebrate Brazilian Music at The Ship on March 13th

March 10, 2010

Come celebrate Brazilian music with a night of samba, bossa nova, tropicalismo, and tons more!!

with vocalists: Kelly Ann Evans, Dana Parsons and Jeff Dyer

and band: Bill Brennan, Brian Way, Glen Collins, Mark Peddle, Scott Mansfield

It’s going to be a GREAT time!!!!

March 13th,


The Ship



Job Posting: Head, Art Services Unit with Canada Council for the Arts

March 10, 2010

Head, Art Services Unit

Competition: 4600 (Internal/External)

Status: Regular full time

About the Canada Council for the Arts

Join our team and play a role in supporting Canadian creativity. The Canada Council is a dynamic, highly-respected national agency with a mandate to promote the study and enjoyment of, and production of works in, the arts.

We offer competitive salaries and benefit package.  For more information about the Canada Council for the Arts, please visit our website at .

About the role

Under the direct supervision of the Director, Arts Disciplines, contributes to the strategic planning and long range development of the Arts Discipline Division; facilitates the ongoing management of programs of the Arts Disciplines Division; manages the production of documents related to the architecture of programs and provides information on the Canada Council and its programs; delivers administrative and grant-related policies and procedures in an efficient and cost effective manner; manages the activities of the Registry Centre at the Canada Council; leads the ongoing development of key business tools; manages the activities, budget, and staff of 11 employees of the Arts Services Unit; and performs other related duties.

Basic requirements of the position

  • a university degree in arts, public or business administration or equivalent combination of education and 10 years of professional practice and experience;
  • five years’ experience in service delivery, management and administration, preferably in an arts related environment;
  • excellent interpersonal, negotiation, collaboration, business analysis, communication and team-building skills.
  • ability to motivate staff and to deal with conflicting priorities and differing points of view; and strong planning, organizational, analytical, risk management and policy development skills.
  • This position requires the use of both official languages. The requirements in the second official language are: an advanced level in oral and reading comprehension and an intermediate level in writing.

This position is located in Ottawa and the incumbent travels less than 10 days per year.

How to apply

Send the completed Application for Employment form quoting the competition number listed above and a copy of your resume to the attention of Roch Brunelle, Human Resources, prior to the closing date by either:

  • email:
  • fax: 613.566.4323
  • mail: 350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1047, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5V8

Volunteer of the Week

March 9, 2010

Nauris Nikans

Each week, WJB profiles one of its volunteers as part of its commitment to recognizing all their selfless contributions to our cause. This week, our featured volunteer is Nauris Nikans.

Nauris’ contributions to the 2009 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival were impressive!  As a first year WJB volunteer and new Canadian, Nauris jumped right in and remained on hand to pitch in wherever he could – on the door, as a runner, and snapping photographs of our events. Nauris was awarded the WJB’s Spirit of the Festival award in 2009 for his enthusiasm.

The knack Nauris displays for photography spills over into a host of other volunteering opportunities.  He has volunteered his photography skills with the Wallsaway Music & Arts Festival as well as the Rock Can Roll Festival.  Additionally, he played a project manager role with NLPMI Pandemic Planning in November and filled various positions at the 2009 St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.

Nauris moved to St. John’s from Latvia at the age of 32.  He currently works at a Bed & Breakfast. You can check out some of Nauris’ work by clicking here.

We look forward to working with Nauris at this year’s Festival.  Thanks, Nauris!

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