Archive for November, 2010


Brad Jefford Trio With Special Guests Sandy Morris & Jenny Gear at the Ship

November 24, 2010


Culture, Place & Identity at the Heart of Regional Development Conference

November 19, 2010

A Three-Day International Conference Organized by The North Atlantic Forum, in partnership with The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) and The Small Island Cultures Research Initiative (SICRI) – October 2011

This conference will examine the relationship between the arts, cultural heritage and regional development in islands and in rural and remote regions. It will examine global trends in tourism, technology and demographics, and will feature global best practices in cultural tourism and cultural industries. The themes of the conference are:

  • The role of culture, place and identity in regional development
  • The role of cultural entrepreneurship in economic diversification
  • Tangible and intangible heritage as engines of cultural tourism
  • The arts and cultural heritage as tools for community building

For complete details and a review of the Call for papers and presentations, please visit the conference website –

This conference will be of interest to representatives from:

  • the arts community
  • the cultural heritage community
  • the knowledge economy
  • the tourism industry
  • organizations dealing with regional development
  • academia and
  • government.


The Canadian Independent Music Association Job Opportunity

November 19, 2010


The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) is seeking a dynamic President to manage the affairs of the association and to oversee its operations in the rapidly evolving and changing environment that faces today’s music and recording industry.

The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) is the national trade association representing the English‐language,

Canadian‐owned sector of the music industry.

CIMA’s mandate is to secure a strong and economically stable Canadian independent music and sound recording industry. Our

membership consists of more than 160 Canadian‐owned record labels, managers, distributors and professionals involved in

every aspect of the Canadian music industry.

CIMA’s leadership over the past 30 years has resulted in the creation of policy, funding support and trade initiatives which have

greatly benefited the independent music sector.

Primary Responsibilities

I. Helps define and create strategic goals for CIMA.

II. Ensures that policy and strategic direction approved by the Board is effectively executed. The President

provides timely and accurate reports to Board, supports Board committees, organizes Board meetings and

the Annual Meeting, assists in ensuring that the Board and Association act within its By‐Laws, and works

with the Board’s Executive Committee on the Association’s operations.

III. Recommends yearly budget for Board approval, implements budgets and initiatives approved by the

Board and prudently manages organization’s resources within these budget guidelines.

IV. Oversees and works with key staff and contractors to ensure that events and projects occur as projected

and works with a variety of funders to ensure that appropriate events and projects continue to take place.

Works to extend and develop the Canadian Blast showcasing brand both in Canada and in export markets.

V. Maintains effective relationships with CIMA members, music industry groups, provincial and federal

government departments and agencies and with stakeholders whose missions complement that of CIMA;

maintains effective relationships with independent music industry associations, festivals and events

within the international community.

VI. Monitors and analyzes the regulatory environment and cultural policies that impact on the independent

music sector; prepares official responses and recommends approaches to be taken; presents CIMA

position(s) in public forums.

VII. Takes a strategic approach to identifying and managing emerging complex issues which continue to

impact on the independent sector.

VIII. Oversees fundraising planning and implementation, identifying potential sources, establishing strategies

to approach funders, overseeing proposals and fundraising records and documentation.

IX. Represents the association to other organizations as well as to the media and public at large.

Ideal Qualifications

  • Strong leader with vision as to the future development of the music industry
  • Team builder
  • Familiarity with the Canadian media and entertainment sector
  • Knowledge of the broadcast industry and especially the radio sector
  • Knowledge of the Canadian regulatory system vis‐à‐vis the music industry
  • Knowledge of intellectual property rights issues
  • The ability to work with a board of directors and membership who have diverse interests

Strategic thinker and vision to provide the board of directors with options and solutions as technology continues to change the music industry

  • Exceptional written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Strong negotiation skills with the drive to produce results
  • Flexibility in working hours and ability to travel is required
  • Bilingualism would be an asset

Salary is negotiable.

Please submit resume and cover letter to:

View the full PDF Job Description here


Congratulations to 2010 WIJBF Performer Alex Cuba on his Latin Grammy win

November 17, 2010

Watch the video of Alex winning the New Artist Latin Grammy.


“A is for Art” Fundraiser at Eastern Edge

November 16, 2010





Opening: Sat Nov 6, 3-5pm

Closing reception and holiday warming: Sat Dec 11, 4-7pm

For their 26th anniversary fund raiser, 26 past exhibiting artists have created artworks inspired by a letter of the alphabet that will be on display in the Eastern Edge’s Rogue Gallery space, 72 Harbour Drive, from November 6th until December 11th and be reproduced as the pages of an art-themed Eastern Edge alphabet book.

While the book will be available through the gallery on an ongoing basis, only 26 tickets at $226 each will be sold for the original works. During the closing reception on December 11th the ticket numbers will be drawn until all ticket holders have chosen an artwork – a raffle of sorts where every ticket-holder wins! All ticket holders also receive a 40% discount coupon for Newfoundland Art Framing (Ropewalk Lane).

Click this link for a  sneek peek of some of the pieces that will be part of this fundraising exhibition. Tickets can be purchased in person at the gallery, by mail, or online at Several have already been sold, and the number is limited.


Opening: Sat Nov 6, 3-5pm

Closing reception and holiday warming: Sat Dec 11, 4-7pm

Running concurrently with the “A is for Art” fundraiser is the annual Members’ Exhibition, on display in the main gallery space. This year there will be a special viewing of works created for Out of Purgatory, exhibited at the Confederation Centre, Charlottetown, PEI Sept 4th – Oct 3rd 2010, and featuring completed works by Mary MacDonald, John McDonald, Candace Fulford, Zea Cline, Peggy Tremblett, Michael Young, Michelle Bush, Debbie Collingwood, Anita Singh, Bill Rose, Jackie Alcock and Kendra Miller. The Out of Purgatory works will be up for Silent Auction; bidding ends at 7pm on December 11th.

Out of Purgatory has been staged twice in the past five years by Peake Street Studios, an artist-run collective based in Charlottetown. The artist challenge, originally conceived as a fund raiser, asked members to donate unfinished or abandoned works for completion by others. Through a random draw, individual pieces were passed on for completion and presentation by fellow participants. The latest incarnation of the challenge features a regional exchange of works between artists from Peake Street Studios, Eastern Edge in St. John’s, Newfoundland , and Gallery Connexion in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Eastern Edge Gallery

72 Harbour Drive

po box 2641 station c

St. John’s, NL, A1C 6K1



The Songwriters Association of Canada presents Bluebird North. Where Writers Sing and Tell

November 16, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Masonic Temple, 6 Cathedral Street

Doors Open @ 7:00 pm

Show @ 7:30 pm

Tickets $12

Discount at door for SAC members w/ card


Lennie Gallant (Host)

Karla Pilgrim

Chris LeDrew

Katie Baggs

The Songwriters Association of Canada has announced it will stage its Bluebird North event in St. John’s on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at the Masonic Temple, 6 Cathedral Street. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Bluebird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell is a musical showcase that brings together Canada’s most inspiring songwriters during an intimate and interactive evening. The audience will hear each performer share their songs and stories in an acoustic, informal environment.

Hosted by Juno and ECMA award winner Lennie Gallant, the St. John’s event will also feature the songwriting talents of Karla Pilgrim, Chris LeDrew and Katie Baggs.

The St. John’s event builds on the success of BlueBird North across the country. “After a continually successful run of Bluebird North in Vancouver, run by Shari Ulrich, we are excited to bring this popular songwriter “sing and tell” showcase to St. John’s,” says S.A.C. Executive Director, Don Quarles.

Tickets are $12 at the door (or $10 for S.A.C. members who show their card).


WJB Partner Organisation Choices for Youth Selected for Pepsi Refresh Campaign. Vote Now

November 9, 2010

Choices for Youth has been selected for the Pepsi Refresh Campaign and is now in the running for $100,000 to renovate our drop-in area to accommodate an improved kitchen/eating/training area using the talent of our Train for Trades participants. If they’re ranked number one in the $100,000 category, the money is theirs – all you need to do is visit the link below and follow the voting instructions – it only takes a minute! Everyone can vote once a day until December 31 so whenever you get a moment, sign in and vote to ensure they’re #1

There is also a link that appears after you vote on the right-hand side of the screen that enables you to post the link on your Facebook and/or Twitter account. So be sure to do that too and encourage your online contacts to vote and promote it with their friends!

Let the voting begin…

To find out more about Choices for Youth visit

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