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The NWT is bustling with arts news! Below are postings of up-to-date news, related press releases and articles from NWT Arts, our partners, and affiliated arts organizations and associations from across the country.

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Volunteer with the ARCC 

The ARCC is currently recruiting volunteers and potential board members.


If you are interested in taking on a more active role with ARCC or in the broader Yk arts community, this is a great way to do it.  Email to join or to get more info on these positions. 

If you'd like to find out about other volunteer opportunities, sign up for the volunteer mailing list on the YK ARCC website:

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Fort Smith’s Brandy Wilson received an incredible honor this February in London, England. She was 1 of 16 artists from around Canada who were chosen to have their visual art turned into a wool rug in Canada House, London. The revitalized Canada House serves as a showcase for Canadian art and design and features more than 200 pieces. The chosen photo is an image of bog cranberries, which adorns the floor of the Northwest Territories meeting room. The Queen herself was one of many to view Brandy’s work.

Read more about the event more

Lunch Pail Theatre: First Call for Actors and Crew


Lunch Pail Theatre presents the award-winning play, “Twelve Angry Jurors”

Set in 1956 and originally titled 12 ANGRY MEN, the play has been updated with a diverse cast of men and women set to deliberate on a murder case.  There have been few changes to the powerful script and though some details have been updated — the basics of the story and characters are timeless.

Twelve Angry Jurors, must decide whether or not to reach a guilty verdict and sentence the 19 year old defendant to death. more

Tune up your guitars and warm up your vocal cords, in less than a month CBC Music presents Searchlight 2015 - The Hunt for Canada's Best New Artist. 


Last year, thousands of Canadian bands showcased their range of musical abilities, Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk took home the grand prize of a showcase at the CBC Music Festival and $20,000 in gear from Yamaha, and tons of other bands received radio play and national exposure that led to record deals, more radio play, coverage in newspapers and magazines, and tons of new fans. more

Gallery on 47th Open Studio Hours

Need a warm place to paint? Want to hang out for a few hours on Saturday or Sunday and work on a project alongside other artists? Want to make a bit of pocket money while you discuss the finer points of modernism with your fellow artists?

The Aurora Arts Society is sponsoring Artist Talks and Open Studio sessions during the month of February. Sign up to "host"  an Open Studio Session either Saturday or Sunday from 12-4pm and the Aurora Art Society will pay you $200. If you are interested in giving an artist talk more

Looking for a unique and fun couples activity? Planning a trip to a Latin country and want to feel at ease dancing once you arrive? Interested in getting some good exercise and want to meet new people? If you have ever wanted to try your feet at salsa dancing, classes start again on January 12th and are now conveniently located downtown at the Top Knight! 



Great for people who have never danced before, learn the basics in a relaxed atmosphere and among friends at the Top Knight. 

MONDAYS JAN 12 -FEB 16 7:30-9:00pm more

The Long John Jamboree is seeking videographers and photographers for the 2015 festival.

For details, please see attached PDFs.


For questions or concerns, contact:

Nancy MacNeill

Long John Jamboree Coordinator


nancy@longjohnjamboree.caread more


Artless Collective is looking for women between the (approximate) ages of 25-40 to audition for six spots in an upcoming video shoot.  

There are both speaking and non-speaking rolls to fill and they are looking for women of all ethnicities and backgrounds.

Casting sessions will be held Thursday, January 8th, and Friday January 9th, 2014 between 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm (15 minute scheduled sessions)

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an audition, please contact Jessica at more

FOXY Awarded $1 Million Arctic Inspiration Prize

Sexual Health Education and Leadership Program Expands to all Three Territories

OTTAWA, Dec. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - The $1 Million Arctic Inspiration Prize has been awarded to FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth), a community-based participatory action research project, for its knowledge to action plan to work with young women and men across the North to facilitate dialogue about sexual health issues, develop leadership and coping skills, and build greater self-confidence for making healthy life choices. more


When the Deh Cho Bridge opened just two years ago, on November 29 2012, it brought to a close over 50 years of crossing the Mighty Mackenzie by ice bridge and ferry.  Here is a book for anyone who has ever floated on or driven across Canada's longest river.

Bridging the Dehcho chronicles the history, colour and drama of the Mackenzie River Crossing at Fort Providence.  From the days of the ancient Dene to the establishment of the community in 1870, to the arrival of the highway in 1960 and completion of the Deh more

100 Years of Loss exhibit opens in the library - MacEwan University

Faculty members and their students tour exhibit chronicling the history of the Indian Residential School System

In early November, Kathy Davis opened the door to the Gray Gallery to reveal the large cylindrical displays documenting one of the darkest chapters in Canada’s history. From floor to ceiling in this intimate space, the “100 Years of Loss” exhibit, presented by the Legacy of Hope Foundation, shows the history of the Indian Residential School System from its inception through to more

Press Release

For Immediate Release November 7th, 2014


Western Arctic Moving Pictures and GNWT Department of Health and Social Services present:

Healing Film Tour NWT

Western Arctic Moving Pictures (WAMP) film society with funding and support from the National Film Board and GNWT Department of Health and Social Services is presenting an Addictions Awareness Film Festival package that will tour to 9 different communities in the NWT as part of Addictions Awareness Week in November, 2014. Filmmaker Dennis Allen will tour to the communities of Yellowknife, more

2014 IOC Trophy in Sport and Art

The Chair of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Awards and Recognition Committee has put out a call for submissions for the 2014 IOC Trophy in Sport and Art.

In their efforts to ensure that sport reaches the broader Canadian and international community, the Canadian Olympic Committee will be awarding the 2014 IOC Trophy in Sport and Art. They are calling for submissions of artistic works from now up until December 31, 2014. 

With the Canadian trophy, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) wishes to more

The NWT Cree Language Program is developing a Cree Compilation Album.

They are hoping to gather performers who might be able to record a song in Cree, and then include them on the album. It would then be distributed for free under their program. The NWT Cree Language Program can pay for travel, translators, recording time, licensing rights, publishing and distribution.

They currently have included works by KASP, The Johnny’s, A Tribe Called Red, Mary Cardinal, and the Iskwew Singers, but are hoping to gain some other suggestions for more regional artists that would be more

Akpik Theatre has Website!

The Akpik theatre company was established in 2008 and from project to project they grew.

This year it was their goal to get a website launched to share their growing projects with you!

Please take a look over what they have accomplished and what they have in development and feel free to share! more

Canada’s first True Northern Sketch Comedy Group Vying for $500,000

Inuvik Comedy pushing forward in ComedyCoup National accelerator

Inuvik NT- November 3 2014

Inuvik Comedians Dez Loreen, Brendan Callahan and Brandon Larocque are competing against teams from across Canada to win $500,000 and a CBC prime time special in 2015.

In August, Inuvik Comedy announced that they were entering the 2014 ComedyCoup accelerator. The ten week competition is hosted by CBC, Just For Laughs and CineCoup. Their entry is a sketch show called ‘North more

The Canada Council launches Cultivate, a funding program nurturing diversity in the arts.

Delivered through the Equity Office, there are four program streams with two upcoming deadlines:

December 15th, 2014
(Guidelines now available)

Sector Development for individuals and organizations from Aboriginal, culturally diverse, Deaf, disability and more

Scary times on Community Cable 20


Scary times this week on Yellowknife Community Cable 20 as we are pleased to present the following thrilling programming for your viewing pleasure:

Dead North Short Horror Film Competition 2014 - Featuring films by Andrew Silke, Mason Mantha, Lesley Johnson, Artless Collective, Dez Loreen, and Mitchel Wiles/Andrew Pacey in a well-rounded true North horror spectacular. Daily at 11pm this week and next.

Fur Harvesters NWT - In episode 5, the intrepid Francois Rossouw (very scary) makes a visit to Hay River more

This week Community Cable 20 is pleased to present for your late fall viewing pleasure.

1. Fur Harvesters NWT - the series everyone is talking about is on YK Ch 20/269 until the end of Nov with all 10 episodes in the season's amazing first season. Following the trials and tribulations of Hay River, NT trapper Andrew Stanley through a season a fur harvesting, the series is brought to you by the production talents of Maxim Bloudov and Artless Collective.

2. Edge TV - Brent Reaney from Edge YK magazine hosts the first episode of Edge TV featuring stories from the edge more

...and the winners are!
Yellowknife International Film Festival 2014 Awards
Best Feature Dramatic:                   
Maïna (2013) Dir. Michel Poulette

Best Feature Documentary:          
Tony Back from the Brink (2014) Dir. Mike Jaypoody

Best Short Film:                      more