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Frontline: Environmental Reportage | The Banff Centre
April 11 - April 23, 2016

Application deadline 27 January 2016 


Frontline is a program series that trains and supports writers who are exploring, testing, witnessing and reporting back on some of the most current and pressing issues of our time. This year’s focus is environmental reportage. The program addresses universal environmental concerns at a time when they could not be more relevant – from natural resources, to climate change, to life after oil. 

What does more

Are you a bass/baritone singer seeking new performance opportunities?


 The Accidentals are a newly formed Yellowknife-based a cappella group that are looking for a bass/baritone to round out their group. They meet to rehearse every Thursday evening at 7:30pm and perform a wide range of music.

If you're a bass/baritone with a good sense of fun and the ability to read music, they're interested in you! Sight reading experience is preferred but not necessary as long as you're willing and able to practice on your own time as well. Interested? more


The producers of the award winning film THROAT SONG are holding Open Call auditions for THE GRIZZLIES, a new feature film based on the inspiring true story of a group of Inuit students in a struggling Arctic community, whose lives are changed by the transformative power of team sports. 

They are scouting Canada’s North (NWT, Nunavut, Nunavik) for Inuit boys and girls to play lead roles in the movie, which will begin shooting in Iqaluit, Nunavut in April 2016. more

Canada Council for the Arts New Funding Model live on website


Artists and artistic organizations are constantly pushing the boundaries of the possible, imagining new ways of creating and operating to reflect the context, the needs – and the potential – of the times in which they live.

Here at the Canada Council for the Arts we are equally determined to see that their work as a more

Casting Call: Three Feathers 

Discover your talent - Share your talent
Fort Smith Recreation Centre - Theatre
Saturday, January 23, 2016 11 am - 1 pm
Sunday, January 24, 2016 1 pm - 4pm

Three young men- Flinch, Bryce and Rupert - have vandalized their community. They are sent by the Elders to live nine months on the land as part of a circle sentencing process. There, the young men learn to take responsibility for their actions and acquire the values that have been lacking in their lives - humanity, caring and respect. But will they more


Northern Public Affairs is pleased to announce a standing call for applications to the Emerging Northern Writers and Artists Fund. The Fund provides small grants to independent Northern writers and artists whose work may not otherwise appear in Northern Public Affairs. The Fund underscores our commitment to advancing education through training in the literary arts.

The Fund supports all kinds of writing and artistic expression: essays, short fiction, poetry, and visual arts on a variety of more

BETWEEN AMONG and AWAY: Call for Entries 
University of Alberta Graduate Student Exhibition on April 22- 30, 2016

Submission Deadline Extended: February 01, 2016

What exists in the liminal spaces between binaries that describe notions of place? What knowledge is there to be found, created, activated, and felt in these interstices? How can artistic practice be an intervening force into climate, conflict, the economy, or human machinations that disrupt and irrupt into our sense of being and place?

For 192 hours at the end of April, 2016, more

YELLOWKNIFE (January 8, 2016) – Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) Bob McLeod will join the Northwest Territories’ film industry  tonight in a red-carpet NWT premiere of the 20th Century Fox film The Revenant featuring Melaw Nakehk’o — originally from Fort Simpson.

Tonight’s screening and festivities, sponsored by Dene Nahjo, will celebrate the film's indigenous theme and the positive impacts that the film sector can provide in the recognition of Aboriginal cultures, languages and traditional knowledge.

In addition to providing more

NWT Arts Council Funding Applications for 2016 Projects
Due February 28, 2016


Funding is available for artists or territorial organizations that are producing a specific artistic work, project or event in the following categories: Audio Recording,

Performing Arts, Writing and Publishing, Visual Arts and Crafts, Film and Media Arts.


To download an application form:

Closing Date: February 28, 2016. more more

Appointment of a new Parliamentary Poet Laureate

January 5, 2016 (Ottawa) – The Speaker of the Senate, the Honourable George J. Furey, and the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Honourable Geoff Regan, announced the appointment of George Elliott Clarke as Canada’s next Parliamentary Poet Laureate, effective January 1, 2016. Mr. Clarke is the seventh poet to hold this office, succeeding Michel Pleau, whose two-year term ended on December 31, 2015.

“George Elliott Clarke has

Adapted from her set at NACC's Ko K'e Storytelling Festival earlier this year, Jacq Brass is proud to be bringing an intermingling of poetry and stories to audiences in Saskatchewan. Over the course of four days, Jacq will be sharing stories of resistance, solidarity, violence, laughter and identity. If you or friends of yours will be in Saskatchewan from December 17th to December 20th, consider stopping by one of Jacq's performances. (Photo credit: NWT Arts)

Thursday, December 17th • Regina, SK
8:00pm • Ice Queen City - Shayna Stock Spoken Word
Creative City Centre, more

YELLOWKNIFE, NT- Artless Collective announced December 7, 2015 that their short horror film, CONIBEAR, has been chosen to screen with Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent Package at the world’s most prestigious short film festival, Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival in France on February 10, 2016.



The short horror film, clocking in at 10 minutes, revolves around two trappers in the sub-arctic of the NWT who struggle with maintaining their sanity amidst a more

The French Canadian office of the National Film Board of Canada has launched the 2016 call for documentary projects in French! 


The Concours Tremplin is intended to develop Francophone and Francophile documentary filmmakers outside of Québec. This contest offers the opportunity for filmmakers to direct their first or second film under an umbrella of professional support and guidance from the NFB throughout the entire production process. 


For details (in French only) : more


The world's only circumpolar genre film festival

DEAD NORTH is a short genre film-making festival that is open to all the good people freezing their faces off North of 60. Over the course of two months, filmmakers from the circumpolar world produce original films in some of the world's coldest climates.

These films have gone on to screen at major festivals around the world, including Fantasia, NYC Horror Film Festival more

Northern Arts and Cultural Centre Annual General Meeting


The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre will be holding its Annual General Meeting Sunday, December 6 2015 at 1:00pm in the lobby of the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre at 4701-52nd Avenue (Sir John Franklin High School).

Attending this meeting is a great way to know what is happening in the NWT in regards to the performing arts. Come and meet passionate people who are interested in influencing the local arts scene and using their energy to make positive changes in their community. more

Canadian Public Arts Funders (CPAF) Welcome Federal Government’s Commitment

to Invest in Canadian Arts and Culture

Yellowknife, November 17, 2015 – Representatives of arts councils and equivalent public arts funders from across Canada met in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, from November 11-13, 2015, on the occasion of the Canadian Public Arts Funders (CPAF) 11th Annual General Meeting.

The CEOs/Directors, senior staff and Chairs of CPAF welcomed the public release of the mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau more

Narrative Threads · Fils des histoires      


November 26, 2015 / in Press Release /


The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Virtual Museum of Canada project that they are a part of – Narrative Threads: Crafting the Canadian Quilt! Produced by the Textile Museum of Canada in more



Auditions for Commercial to be shot in Yellowknife

Artless Collective, a Yellowknife based film production studio, is casting for a commercial to be shot in Yellowknife.

They are looking for 2 boys ages 3-5 years old to appear in a 2 minute comedic commercial.


Experience is not necessary.

Specifically, looking for:

  • 1 boy with brown hair and brown eyes.
  • 1 boy with blonde/light brown hair and blue eyes.


Parents/Guardians, please more

"You're Not Alone" WINS PLATINUM AWARD IN THE 2015 MARCOM AWARDS; aRTLeSS Collective Tops the Shortlist for International Awards Honouring Best of Marketing and Communications Industry.

Watch - "You're Not Alone"

aRTLeSS Collective announced on November 12th, 2015 that it has won top awards for "You're Not Alone", a music video PSA (Public Service Announcement) made in partnership with the GNWT's Department of Health & Social Services, in the annual MARCOM Awards.  With over 6,500 entries more

Casting Call – Monty Python’s Spamalot


Ptarmigan Ptheatrics spring musical 2016 is going to be "Monty Python’s Spamalot"
Persons interested in being part of this iconic show (see attached) can contact Lynn Elkin at ptarmiganyk@hotmail.comread more