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Disaster in store for Prince Rupert, announces Lester Centre of the Arts – Prince Rupert Northern View



Disaster will be coming to Prince Rupert in April, but don’t worry, not in the literal sense.

The Lestre Centre of the Arts’ announced that Disaster! was chosen as the 2020 community musical.

Disaster!, is a musical comedy created by three-time Emmy Award nominee and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky.

“We chose this production to appeal not only to audiences but artists as well. We’ll be searching for performers and instrumentalists with a wide range of specialties and talents. The lighthearted script and the infectious rhythms of the score guarantee this will be fun for everyone,” stated Kristy Tillman, who will lead the musical production.

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The score features favourites from the 1970’s like ‘Knock on Wood’ and ‘Hooked on a Feeling’ with a “storyline set in a floating casino and discotheque”.

Tillman led the orchestra for the Lester Centre’s 2018 production of Spamalot and 9 to 5: The Musical, put on by Charles Hays Secondary School. Joining her on the Disaster! team is Hans Seidemann who will serve as the show’s artistic director. He most recently directed Neil Simon’s Rumors for the Lester Centre’s spring production.

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“The comedic chops of Prince Rupert’s artistic community will get a thorough workout,” Seidemann stated. “The bell-bottomed A-listers who are outrageously lampooned in this story are going to infect our city with disco fever, whose side effects include dancing in the aisles.”

Dwain Harrison will oversee the show’s design and Scott Langille will serve as stage manager.

Auditions will be held at the end of October with the musical taking place in April.

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Over $857000 in grants for 24 Delta sport, arts and culture organizations – Surrey Now-Leader




Twenty-four sport, arts and culture organizations in Delta are receiving a share of $857,850 in funding from the provincial government’s community gaming grants program.

In 2019-2020, more than 700 not-for-profit organizations throughout the province are receiving approximately $18.3 million in community gaming grant funding to support participation in visual and performing arts, literature, festivals, and Indigenous and cultural programs, according to a government press release.

“These art, culture and sport programs provide opportunities for people to build community, foster artistic expression and engage in healthy activities,” Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Lisa Beare said in a press release. “Our government is proud to support these organizations to deliver programs that support inclusion and benefit people of all ages and backgrounds in communities across B.C.”

The province is also providing approximately $27 million to more than 800 community-based sports organizations for programs such as soccer, swimming, hockey, biking, martial arts, skiing and Special Olympics.

“These organizations strengthen the fabric of our community and I’m proud our government is able to support them,” Ravi Kahlon, MLA for Delta North, said in a press release.

Five arts and culture organizations and 19 community sports organizations in Delta are receiving community gaming grants. They are:

• Wesburn Wranglers of Burnaby Teen and PreTeen Square Dance Club: $3,750

• Young People’s Opera Society of BC: $6,500

• Delta Community Band Society: $4,500

• Delta Community Music School Society: $9,000

• Sidekick Players Club: $15,000

• British Columbia Ball Hockey Association: $40,000

• Delta Minor Ball Hockey Association: $35,000

• Delta Sungod Swim Club: $62,000

• Delta Thistle Curling Club: $13,900

• North Delta Football Association: $17,000

• North Delta Minor Hockey Association: $95,000

• North Delta Soccer Club: $55,000

• Sungod Skating Club: $64,000

• West Coast Junior Lacrosse League: $77,000

• Boundary Bay Bluebacks Swim Club: $32,500

• Delta Deas Rowing Club: $13,500

• Delta Gymnastics Society: $90,000

• Delta Skating Club: $23,700

• Ex-Britannia Red Lions Athletic Association: $7,500

• Ladner Minor Baseball Association: $25,000

• South Delta Minor Hockey Association: $119,000

• Tunnel Town Curling Club: $18,000

• Winskill Dolphin Swim Club: $20,000

• Winskill Otters Masters Swim Club: $11,000

RELATED: More than $208,000 in grants for North Delta PACs


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Province supports feasibility study for proposed Stratford community arts centre – The Beacon Herald




Thanks to support from the province and the Trillium Foundation, the Stratford Arts and Culture Collective is conducting a feasibility study on a proposed arts and culture community centre.

Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece (right) and Ontario Trillium Foundation Rena Spevack Orr (second from left) were at the Stratford Summer Music office Thursday to congratulate The Stratford Arts and Cultural Collective for receiving a nearly $31,000 seed grant to go toward a feasibility study on the organization’s proposed community arts centre. Also in the photo are Stratford Summer Music general manager Judy Matheson, and Stratford Arts and Culture collective co-chairs Ron Dodson and Chris Leberg. Galen Simmons/The Beacon Herald/Postmedia Network

The Province of Ontario and representatives from the Ontario Trillium Fund have joined more than 30 local arts organizations to await the results of an ongoing feasibility study for a proposed arts and culture community centre in Stratford.

Earlier this year, the Stratford Arts and Culture Collective was awarded a nearly $31,000 Trillium Seed grant to determine how the organization’s proposal could be developed, owned, operated and sustained, and how it might benefit the more than 30 local arts organizations in Stratford and across Perth County that make up the organization’s membership.

“The 30 groups that belong to the Arts and Culture Collective needed to know whether this is an idea that the community would support, whether it was an idea that had legs, whether it was something that could be sustained,” collective co-chair Ron Dodson said. “So we came together as a collective to say, ‘How do we find this out,’ and launching a feasibility study was the best way to do it.”

With funding from the Trillium Foundation, the Supporting Performing Arts in Rural and Remote Communities organization, and a community grant from the City of Stratford, as well as some money from the collective itself, the Stratford Arts and Culture Collective hired Toronto’s TCI Consulting to conduct the study. The final report will be presented to the organization on Nov. 26.

“The money that was granted is called a Seed grant, and these are for new, untested ideas,” said Rena Spevack Orr, a member of the Trillium Foundation’s grant review committee. “And sometimes if the Seed grant works, they can go further and apply for a Grow grant … so they can take the small project and continue it further. … We’re looking for impact, and your opportunity for impact is much greater when you’ve got multiple players like you have here.”

If proven feasible, the proposed arts and culture centre would be a shared performance space for the use of the collective’s member organizations. Though the collective has not quite nailed down a location, the organization’s board has expressed interest in having the centre developed as part of either the city’s Grand Trunk Community Hub or the Knox Presbyterian Church redevelopment.

“There’s lots of theatres in this area. We’re very blessed,” Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece said. “… And they’re all great venues to go to, but it seems the arts and this type of thing is growing all the time … so why not put something like this in Stratford?

“It’s not just for the City of Stratford; there’s organizations throughout Perth County that will come and want to get involved.”

While Stratford may have a number of theatre spaces available for rental during the winter off-season, thanks to the Stratford Festival, many smaller arts organizations and non-profits such as Stratford Summer Music can’t always afford the rental costs. By establishing a communal space that can serve multiple arts disciplines, the collective hopes to foster the growth of as many local arts organizations as possible.

“We’re always looking for places to play,” said Stratford Summer Music general manager Judy Matheson. “Our season is six weeks long, so for Stratford Summer Music to actually build a facility, it makes no sense. … We’re happy to use the places that we’re using around town – we will continue to use those – but there’s still something missing. We still need that perfect auditorium that’s acoustically great, that seats about 300 people.

“We’ve all got things that we want, and I think together, with a whole bunch of different groups, we really think we can use this 365 days a year.”


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Gerry Forbes: Kick start your Christmas shopping at premier arts and craft sale – Calgary Sun




Christmas will be upon us before you know it and if you want to knock off all your shopping in one day, this might be the day to do it.

It’s all happening downtown at the Telus Convention Centre, where the Art Market Art & Craft Sale is on until Sunday.

There’s a huge number of vendors with one-of-a-kind gifts at some 200 booths set up for your shopping pleasure, all under one roof.

All of the crafts are handmade and come from all across Canada and they have everything from home decor, jewelry, wall decor, fashion, personal care, pottery, wood to all kinds of handmade toys for children.

Whether it’s a cool centrepiece for your Christmas dinner table or hand-crafted wine racks and wall features, there is something there for everyone.

The food section is amazing, with caramel and chocolate-covered apples to chocolates and some great Canadian spirits and wines.

They also have mitts, scarfs, coats, handbags, backpacks and leather goods.

The personal care section has soaps, shaving tools and brushes, creams, fragrances and some pretty neat skin and hair-care products.

The great deal at the market is you pay once and you can return with a free entry pass, if you’re pressed for time or just forget someone on your list.

The event is set up for family and friends, with a cash bar or a quick bite at the on-site café they will have set up there at the convention centre.

They will have a live band Thursday and Friday, and artisan demonstrations on all four days of the sale along with those 50 categories of unique gifts.

The entry fee is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students age 18 and under. Kids under age 12 get in free of charge, plus everyone who purchases a ticket is in for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree.

The best parking for the event is lot 36 at City Hall Parkade, 322 9 Ave S.E.

If you need any more details or a full list of vendors just got to the web page at www.artmarketcraftsale.com/artisans/

Ready Gerry Forbes in the Sun on Thursday and Sunday

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