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A shipping container has become an opportunity for creativity and art in Fort McKay, Alta., as kids from the local youth centre helped design a mural adorning the unit.

Youth centre manager Dylan Elias said the project started when the youth centre ran out of storage space and the football team needed a spot to put equipment.

The shipping container arrived, which they saw as a big empty canvas. 

“It’s right here on the road so everyone drives by it,” said Elias. “Why not give a little taste of what we got going on in here for everyone to see?”

The ideas came from kids at the youth centre, between nine and 19 years old. 

“You can turn everything into a little bit of an art exhibit,” said Elias.

He said people have been calling him asking about the project. 

“I also see people who come from the road, I see them back up and drive up,” said Elias. “It’s definitely unique.” 

Elias said since the project started, the kids have got more creative, and are now finding other places to paint.

One side of the mural represents the youth centre’s football team. (Jamie Malbeuf/CBC)


Brace Grandjambe is studying art at university in Calgary. Every summer, she goes home to Fort McKay, 55 kilometres north of Fort McMurray,  to be an art camp co-ordinator. 

She used the children’s ideas and designed the mural facing the road. It hosts a wolf with a pride flag in its maw, a dragon and the word Ahkaméyimok, which translates to “don’t give up” in Cree. 

Grandjambe and art camp co-ordinator Richelle Stewart did most of the painting, but all the ideas came from the kids. 

“We got a lot of, ‘Wows,’ and I think they were super happy to see their ideas actually portrayed on a giant piece of metal that was previously blank,” said Grandjambe. 

It took about three weeks to paint the murals. 

Richelle Stewart, left, and Brace Grandjambe worked with the kids at the youth centre to create the murals. (Jamie Malbeuf/CBC)

The other side of the shipping container was designed by Stewart. It’s the logo for the football team, which is also using the storage space. 

The team’s logo is in an ocean, because Stewart liked the pun of having the sea on a sea can. 

“We took the time to make it look nice, because I believe it’s good for the community, good for all these students to have their word and expression out there,” said Stewart.

She said she sees most blank spaces around the community as an opportunity to create art. 

The shipping container is almost complete, the last piece is a tree with leaves made from the handprints of the kids at the youth centre. The prints are in red and orange paint to represent murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, and the children in unmarked burial sites at former residential schools.

Kids at the youth centre will put orange and red handprints as leaves of the tree. (Jamie Malbeuf/CBC)

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Art Beat: Prize-winning author pays Coast a virtual visit – Coast Reporter



The Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s Reading Series presents author Gil Adamson on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. Adamson will read from her recent novel, Ridgerunner, a finalist for the 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and winner of the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Set in the Canadian and U.S. West in 1917, the book is a sequel to Adamson’s well-received first novel, Outlander. Publisher House of Anansi described Ridgerunner as “a vivid historical novel that draws from the epic tradition… a literary Western brimming with a cast of unforgettable characters touched with humour and loss, and steeped in the wild of the natural world.” The reading is a Zoom event and it’s free. Register in advance through

A Beautiful Mess

FibreWorks Studio & Gallery in Madeira Park is holding an opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 18 for its new exhibition, A Beautiful Mess: the joyful & random discovery of the artistic process. Creating something real out of the imagination can be a dishevelled and uncertain undertaking, usually carried out in private. Here, FibreWorks is turning that inside-out. “This show aims to create a sense of intimacy between the artist and the public.” The reception runs from 2 to 4 p.m. The show will run until Oct.31.

Live Music

The Roberts Creek Legion has helped keep live music going on the Sunshine Coast through the warmer days over the past 18 months, thanks to its outdoor stage. Those setups have kept patrons in the fresh air and safely separated. Now the club is moving its visiting bands back to its indoor stage – and visitors onto its new dance floor – with a “Grande Re-Opening” on Friday, Sept. 17, featuring the Ween tribute band, Captain Fantasy. Doors at 7 p.m. The legion follows on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 7 to 11 p.m. with a string of acts, including The Locals, Eddy Edrick, Michelle Morand, and an open-stage jam. Proof of vaccination will be required for admission to all shows.

The Locals also play the outdoor venue at Tapworks in Gibsons on Saturday, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. That might depend on the weather, as (at press time) heavy rain was forecast for Saturday.

The Clubhouse Restaurant in Pender Harbour presents Karl Kirkaldy on Friday, Sept. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 19, Half Cut and The Slackers rock the Clubhouse from 2 to 5 p.m.

Joe Stanton is scheduled to entertain on Saturday, Sept. 18 on the patio at the Backeddy Resort and Marina in Egmont. Again, that’s weather-dependent.

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Reconciliation through Indigenous art is the theme at a Calgary mall – CTV News Calgary




The exhibit features work from 17 Indigenous artists and is located in Southcentre Mall’s Art Corner on the second floor.

Tapisa Kilabuk is one of the event organizers with the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good that’s collaborating with Colouring it Forward Reconciliation Society for the six week long exhibit.

“Just having this kind of representation in Calgary is just so wonderful and so beautiful and so inclusive,” said Kilabuk. “When I was here the other day helping with the orange shirts and I was overwhelmed with emotion because I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

The federal government recently declared September 30th as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It’s a day for Canadians to spread awareness and reflect on the tragedies experienced by Indigenous people as a result of the country’s former residential school system.

Alexandra Velosa is the marketing manager at Southcentre Mall which is a big supporter of the arts community. The artwork for the exhibit is hung from the ceiling and on the back of each piece are recommendations about how everyone can take steps to help foster reconciliation.

“We all want to make a difference,” said Velosa. “We just sometimes don’t know how and this is what the art exhibit is giving us, it’s giving us the information we need to take little actions to be part of the reconciliation.”

The space has been open to the public since the start of September. Close to 11,000 people visit it daily.

“A big part of our role with Colour it Forward Reconciliation Society is reconciliation through the arts,” said Kilabuk. “That gives people the space to come together, to learn more, to appreciate one another, to admire one another and really create those fundamental relationships in our community that will create a better community in the future.”


Keevin Rider is one of the artists taking part in the exhibit. His piece is titled White Buffalo Moon. A buffalo on the left side of the painting represents the people, seven empty lodges represent death, loneliness, sorrow, mourning, grief, hurt, depression. A white buffalo on the right represents healing and looks towards the buffalo on the left letting him know that he is there to help heal the people.

Rider says he’s a product of his parents attending residential schools.

“My dad was Stoney Nakoda, my mom was Blackfoot, Blood,” said Rider. “They can speak their language fluently but they thought it would be better for us not to because of what residential (schools) taught them: it taught them not to speak their language, don’t use your culture.”

Now Rider is starting to learn his native languages at 57 years old. He says painting puts him in a good space and helps him heal. He’s proud to be included in the exhibit and is hopeful that visitors will learn from the stories of the art and appreciate the work of the Indigenous artists featured.

The mall is still finalizing details of how it will host the first observance of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th to follow provincial health measures. The exhibit will be open until mid-October.

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Art show in Minto – Wellington Advertiser



HARRISTON – The Minto Arts Council is hosting its first show of the year at the Minto Art Gallery. Showcasing the Saugeen Artist Guild, the show is entitled Reflections from the Saugeen Artists Guild.

This show features multiple works from over 20 artists and includes a variety of styles and mediums, including oil paintings, watercolours, stained glass, mixed media, encaustic, jewelry, photography and works with polymer clay.

“This is truly a very diverse show and we are so proud to be able to bring this to our community,” gallery officials state.

The show officially opened Sept. 9 and runs until Oct. 2.

The gallery, located at 88 Mill Street on the third floor of the Harriston branch of the Wellington County Library, is open:

– Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8pm;

– Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 to 4pm; and

– Saturdays, 11am to 1pm.

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