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Art for Art’s Sake – Noah Isaac, singer/songwriter – The Crag and Canyon



Noah Isaac, 16 years old, from Canmore, performs his original song at the Canmore Folk Music Festival Friday night Community Concert in Centennial Park on August 2, 2019. photo by Pam Doyle/



Noah Isaac is an up and coming young musician from Canmore.

Isaac, who is 16 years old, was excited to be chosen by folk music star Michael Bernard Fitzgerald to perform on the stage at the Friday night concert in Centennial Park for the Canmore Folk Music Festival on August 2. Isaac sang and played guitar to an original song he wrote called War of Words.

“I had written a chorus and parts of the verses but didn’t have the inspiration to finish it. This is when I went to the songwriting workshop that Michael Bernard Fitzgerald was teaching and talking at about writing songs, (earlier this year),” Isaac said. “They mentioned that there would be a song submission to play at the Folk Festival Community Concert and the due date to send songs in was July 1. I didn’t expect my song to be selected at the time but it was a motivation for me to get it done.”

Isaac found Fitzgerald’s teaching very inspiring.

“He was absolutely incredible,” Isaac said. “He had super insightful things to say around songwriting and in general, was funny and very kind. Plus I love his music and found it very inspirational to write my own song.”

Canmore Folk Music Festival Artistic Director Sue Panning and Michael Bernard Fitzgerald selected six people or bands from those who submitted a song.

When it was his turn to perform at the festival, Isaac had butterflies.

“Of course I was nervous,” Isaac said. “But the most nerve-racking part, though, was not being on the stage. It was waiting to get on.”

For a Canmore kid who has been going to the Folk Festival since he was a baby, performing his own music at the event was an incredible opportunity.

“It was an absolutely amazing experience,” Isaac said. “It feels almost like a haze now when I think back on it.”

Isaac hosts the Good Earth Open Mic music show one Friday a month.

“It has been a great place to learn how to play in front of people and get used to having a stage presence,” Isaac said.

He has loved music since he was very small, he said.

“Ever since I was a kid music has been a part of my life because both my parents love music and I myself just enjoy and find music fun. And my brother Mica who is 12 years old, is very musically talented. I was too young to remember but my mom, (Hermien Schuttenbeid), has videos of me setting up my own concerts in our living room and I would pretend I was performing,” Isaac said. “I didn’t really start playing instruments until I was six or seven years old, though,” Isaac said. “I first started by playing the guitar. My dad, (Sean Isaac), plays the guitar so he was able to teach me basics and show me around it.”

Isaac will be going into Grade 11 at Canmore Collegiate High School this fall, so he has a lot of time to make plans for the future.

“I am not completely sure what I will do,” Isaac said. “But I will always like playing music and performing. Whether or not it will become a job or just stay as a hobby I will always enjoy it.”

In the meantime, when he isn’t at school, Isaac said he will be spending his free time skiing, biking, surfing and playing music.

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Greta Thunberg will join Sustainabiliteens at #FridaysforFuture climate strike at Vancouver Art Gallery –




Expect throngs of young and old climate activists to converge on downtown Vancouver on Friday (October 25).

They’ll converge on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery to listen to a speech by their 16-year-old Swedish hero, Greta Thunberg, who will be making her first visit to the city.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thunberg attracted a crowd of 10,000 to 12,000 when she spoke recently in Edmonton.

When she spoke at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City in September, Thunberg emphasized the importance of keeping the global average temperature rise since the start of the Industrial Revolution to below 1.5 C.

“The popular idea of cutting our emissions in half in 10 years only gives us a 50 percent chance of staying below 1.5 degrees [Celsius] at the risk of setting off irreversible chain reactions beyond human control,” Thunberg told world leaders at the summit. “Fifty percent may be acceptable to you, but those numbers do not include tipping points, most feedback loops, additional warming hidden by toxic air pollution, or the aspects of equity and climate justice.

“They also rely on my generation sucking hundreds of billions of tonnes of your CO2 out of the air with technologies that barely exist. So a 50 percent risk is simply not acceptable to us—we who have to live with the consequences,” she continued. “To have a 67 percent chance of staying below a 1.5-degrees global temperature rise—the best odds given by the IPCC—the world had 420 gigatonnes of CO2 left to emit back on January 1, 2018.

“Today, that figure is already down to less than 350 gigatonnes. How dare you pretend that this can be solved with just business as usual and some technical solutions? With today’s emissions levels, that remaining CO2 budgets will be entirely gone within less than eight-and-a-half years.”

Thunberg’s event in Vancouver will be hosted by the teen-climate group Sustainabiliteens Vancouver.

Last year, the north plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery was renamed šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square in honour of the region’s Indigenous heritage.

The name incorporates languages of all three Indigenous peoples in the region—the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish.

Video of Say it with us! šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square

This City of Vancouver video explains how to pronounce the name of  šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square.


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Society says City of Kamloops price tag for new performing arts centre would not exceed $45 million – CFJC Today Kamloops




Benefactors Ron and Rae Fawcett have already committed $3 million, as well as a building already on site.

“We look to secure these funds through fundraising and a contribution from the city. This is very typical of similar projects of this scope,” said Daley.

The proposed PAC would be City of Kamloops-owned.

Council sent the issue to staff for analysis of the business case. Staff will bring a recommendation back to council for its Nov. 5 meeting, conceivably giving the society enough time to meet a Nov. 12 federal grant application deadline.

“We know this project is right now,” said Daley. “We have momentum.”

Councillor Arjun Singh tried to temper the enthusiasm for quick advancement of the project, saying the city would need to carefully weigh how to frame another referendum question asking the public for permission to borrow up to $45 million.

In 2015, Kamloops residents voted 54 per cent against borrowing up to $49 million to help build a PAC with a $90 million price tag.

Daley told Singh he believes the society can sway opponents of the 2015 proposal who were worried about the timing of the expenditure.

“It wasn’t ‘No;’ their big thing was, ‘Not now.’ We’re saying, ‘We think the time right now is the time.’ We believe that there is a basis of support out there.”

Councillor Bill Sarai told Daley a new PAC fits in well with the city’s Tournament Capital identity.

“We’re starting to realize we are the Tournament Capital of Canada, but performing arts is part of recreation,” said Sarai. “There was talk years ago that Sandman Centre would stay empty, you couldn’t fill the seats. Now it’s almost too small on Blazer days. TCC was never going to be used. Now it’s overused.”

“I think back to my family members who were involved in sporting activities — they have the greatest sporting facilities in Western Canada,” said Daley. “I think to my family members who are involved in arts activities — we can give them the greatest venue in Western Canada.”

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Arts upstart Meow Wolf says jobs up after public investment – CityNews Vancouver




SANTA FE, N.M. — Offbeat arts adventure and entertainment company Meow Wolf says it has surpassed hiring goals outlined in a $1.1 million economic development grant from New Mexico and the city of Santa Fe, amid plans for an aggressive business expansion into Denver, Las Vegas and other major U.S. cities.

Meow Wolf co-founder and board member Vince Kadlubek said the addition of 290 employees since 2018 puts the company ahead of employment requirements under the 2017 grant award for building renovations.

The agreement called for Meow Wolf to create 250 jobs at an average salary of $46,000 a year by the end of 2021, with the opportunity for a $100,000 bonus if 300 jobs are created.

The New Mexico Economic Development Department that monitors the grant agreement could not immediately verify employment figures and average salaries on Tuesday. Agency spokesman Bruce Krasnow said it appears that “Meow Wolf has exceeded its job creation goals for state economic assistance.”

More than 1.5 million visitors have visited Meow Wolf’s kaleidoscopic walk- and crawl-through exhibit space in Santa Fe since it opened in a converted bowling alley in early 2016.

The company’s labour practices have come under scrutiny after two former employees filed a lawsuit this year complaining of unpaid wages for overtime and discrimination based on gender. Meow Wolf denies the charges. Court records show the company is seeking to move proceedings to arbitration.

In May, Meow Wolf announced a company-wide $17 hourly minimum wage — or roughly $35,360 a year for fulltime work. Santa Fe’s current minimum wage is $11.80 an hour. Meow Wolf’s executive compensation rates are not public.

Kadlubek, who helped broker the infrastructure award from New Mexico’s closing fund, announced last week in a blog post that he will step down as the company’s CEO to focus on improving his own business skills and taking better care of his personal health.

Going forward, the CEO post is being shared by three Meow Wolf executives, including a former creative director for Disney and a former vice-president at Lucasfilm who worked on business spinoffs from the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” film franchises.

The 2017 award from New Mexico’s closing fund for emerging businesses was used by Meow Wolf to purchase and renovate an art and video production facility on the south side of Santa Fe, in a warehouse previously owned by construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar. The state committed $850,000, and the city of Santa Fe pledged $250,000.

“At this point, we are packed to the brim at that facility, having literally run out of parking spots and space to operate,” Kadlubek said in an email. “So we are, in addition, renting out another 15 locations around the city to accommodate our workforce. It’s amazing.”

New Mexico also previously awarded Meow Wolf $450,000 through a jobs training incentives program to create 33 jobs.

The taxpayer funding is dwarfed by the company’s $158 million securities offering in May — borrowed money from private investors that Meow Wolf is using to expand. Permanent exhibitions are planned for Las Vegas, Denver and Washington, D.C. — along with a hotel-related project in Phoenix.

Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

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