Archive for March, 2011


Call for Proposals for Sound Symposium XVI

March 30, 2011


The Business for the Arts Awards – Nominations are now Open – Due April 15th

March 28, 2011

• The Edmund C. Bovey Award is given to an individual business professional who has demonstrated exemplary leadership support of the arts. The winner of the Bovey Award receives a unique work of art and $20,000 to donate to the arts organizations(s) of his or her choice.

• The Globe and Mail Business for the Arts Awards are comprised of four awards recognizing companies that have shown an outstanding commitment to the arts in Canada. Awards include: Best Entrepreneurial Partnership, Most Effective Corporate Program, Most Innovative Marketing Sponsorship and Small Business Partnership.

• The Arnold Edinborough Award recognizes an individual young professional under the age of 40 who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and volunteerism in the arts. The Arnold Edinborough Award winner receives a unique work of art and $5,000 to donate to the arts organization(s) of his or her choice.

Business for the Arts is partnering with the Globe and Mail and CTV/Bravo to help you recognize the businesses and volunteers who have helped your cultural organization to thrive and flourish. Nominations are now open for the Business for the Arts awards, recognizing Canada’s great business leaders in the arts. Winning arts-business partnerships will be profiled through our national media partnerships, (including a series of ads in the Globe and Mail and a 30min segment on Bravo’s Arts & Minds), and on-stage at our annual awards gala in the Fall, which attracts 400+ of Canada’s arts and business leaders. This is a fabulous opportunity to thank your private sector partners on a grand scale for all they do for your organization.

There is certainly an individual in your midst who has donated tremendous amounts of time, talent and treasure who is deserving of the Bovey Award, and the $20,000 prize that comes with it to donate to the arts organization of their choice; or an under 40 star volunteer who would be eligible for the Arnold Edinborough Award, and the complementing $5,000 award prize, again to be donated to the arts organization of their choice. There is also likely a small business and national corporation who has done wonders for your organization as a sponsor, both in-kind and/or monetarily. This is your chance to tell these stories of private philanthropy and contribution from the private sector. And our chance as a sector to help inspire others to follow suit!

To learn more about our awards program and nomination process,

please visit OR contact Kaija Corlazzoli, Gala Producer at (416) 871-4275 or


Newfoundland Multi-Instrumentalist Rozalind MacPhail Launches Painted Houses Project

March 24, 2011

St. John’s, Friday March 18 – At The Ship Inn on Thursday April 7th at 9pm, Newfoundland-based composer/multi-instrumentalist Rozalind MacPhail will be launching the much anticipated Painted Houses project.

In partnership with the prestigious Dawson City International Short Film Festival, Painted Houses brings together thirteen Newfoundland films with composer Rozalind MacPhail’s flute-friendly soundscapes. Painted Houses dares to do in a few minutes what other films take 2 hours to accomplish, highlighting St. John’s life in a way that evokes fond memories for those who live in and love the place.

Over the month of January 2011, Rozalind invited emerging and established local filmmakers in St. John’s to create 13 experimental short films in which she composed and recorded the music. Subsequently, this collaborative effort was then submitted to the local RPM Challenge. Featured filmmakers include Ruth Lawrence, Roger Maunder, Ed Tanasychuck, Brad Gover, Darrell Power (Great Big Sea), Colleen Power, Shannon Cymbaly and more.

For a sampling of the project, please view the video below;

Small Painted Houses by Elsa Morena

Dreams in Black & White by Roger Maunder

Where There is Love by Darrell Power

Rozalind MacPhail will be showcasing the Painted Houses project as a live performance of music and film at the 11th annual Dawson City Short Film Festival in the Yukon on April 21st. She has been appointed composer-in-residence for the Dawson City International Short Film Festival’s 1-Minute Film Challenge which she co-founded in 2009.

Join Rozalind and friends on April 7th to show your support of this groundbreaking innovative and artistic endeavour. All proceeds from the launch are in support of Painted Houses. Doors at 9pm. $10 at the door.


ACI Reacts to 2011 Budget and Speech From the Throne

March 23, 2011

The Association of Cultural Industries (ACI) is excited and heartened by the inclusion of significant promises of cultural development in today’s the Speech from the Throne.

ACI Executive Director George Murray says, “This is the first time in three years the word “culture” has even appeared in the Throne Speech, much less found itself in the budget’s agenda, so I’m very heartened to hear not only mention of our sector’s efforts, growth, and economic contribution, but also that development for and investment in the sector is back on the government’s list of priorities.”

The 2006-2009 cultural policy document Creative Newfoundland and Labrador, resulted in enormous growth and development in the culture sector. But with two consecutive budgets failing to address and take advantage of this growth, much momentum has been lost. “The Creative Newfoundland document was never meant to be an end point, but rather a beginning from which to grow,” says Murray. “It laid the groundwork for future investment and development, and that future is now. Thankfully, this government will once again be able to take advantage of the lucrative economic benefits of investing in the cultural industries.”

“We know from national research that every dollar invested in the culture sector yields nearly $7 in return,” continues Murray. “In our province, this is further compounded by the very lucrative cultural tourism industry and the less tangible advantages of recruitment and retention of skilled labour. So it seems a ‘no-brainer’ to keep investment in the sector near the top of any government’s agenda.”

For more information or comment, please contact ACI Executive Director George Murray at 709.738.4333

ACI is a pan-provincial, pan-cultural not-for-profit organization serving as a sector council, unified voice, advocate, and research body working on behalf of professional artists and arts organizations in Newfoundland Labrador. ACI is continually working to provide a nexus for communications between artists and arts organizations, all levels of government, and the public.

Views expressed in this press release are those of ACI and not necessarily those of Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues


WJB Requires Executive Director: One Year Full-Time Contract, Maternity Leave Replacement

March 22, 2011

Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues is seeking an energetic individual to fulfill the role of Executive Director for a one year contract to ensure the effective execution of the 10th Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival in July as well as the organization’s year of programming, marketing, fundraising objectives and the efficient functioning of the organization itself. The successful applicant must be first and foremost an effective communicator and will have proven abilities through a number of years’ experience in not for profit arts administration or a related field (preferably with experience in large arts events) in the following key areas of accountability: financial management, corporate administration, government and corporate sponsor relations, fundraising and festival operations. He or she must be able to work well with others, and possess a sincere interest in music and the arts community in St. John’s.

For the full job description click here


Open Audition Call – Stephenville Theatre Festival Summer Season

March 21, 2011

( 6 week contract )

When: Saturday, March 26th, 2pm – 5pm

Where: MAX Arts, Athletics and Wellness – Studio 4

LeMarchant Road Studio


2 Females ages 16 – 18

2 Males ages 16 – 18

4 females ages 18 – 40

4 males ages 18 – 40

Please come with:

One Rock Song and/or Country Song prepared to be sung with a pianist. Please bring music.

One Monologe

Also casting:

1 female 50+ – Please prepare One Comedic and one Dramatic Monologue

Headshot and Resume required.


East Coast Music Week Request for Digital Art

March 21, 2011

The 2011 East Coast Music Week has made some changes to its Awards Gala program; this has lead to the development of the Satellite Awards Party. The ECMA intends to make this a key event for all attendees in Charlottetown.

Nifty Events on behalf of the East Coast Music Association would like to ask for your assistance in putting together a multi-media presentation that will be displayed as part of the Satellite Awards Party. They are looking for digital art from the music industry in Atlantic Canada; this can be in the form of posters, photos and album artwork. For the purposes of this presentation, they are not looking for videos or live action work.

Interested individuals or groups can send an e-mail outlining the general details of submission to

FTP information and a simple outline will be supplied subsequently so you can upload digital work.

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