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Alberta’s first “Month of the Artist”

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  • Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism, issued the following statement to kick off Alberta’s first Month of the Artist:

    “Art and artists are a vital part of our culture. They make our province a great place to live, visit and raise a family. Month of the Artist is a time to recognize and celebrate the important contributions Alberta artists bring to our province both socially and economically.

    “Alberta is the first province in Canada to dedicate a month to celebrate artists. It is a way to raise awareness of the challenges artists face and the value they bring to our province. Art is work. Art creates jobs, and art contributes to our growing economy.

    “Alberta’s artists are storytellers, innovators, entrepreneurs, community builders, teachers and mentors. Art helps create conversations and builds relationships between people and communities.

    “Throughout January, I encourage everyone to learn more about the people behind the art in their community and to find ways to support local artists. Our province is full of amazing events that feature work by Alberta artists. Take in a show at your local theatre. Visit an art gallery. Go to a concert. Or try something new and let your creativity blossom.

    “I am proud that our government is supporting the hard-working artists who build Alberta’s rich social fabric and our economy. I hope everyone enjoys Canada’s first Month of the Artist.”

    Quick facts

    • In 2016, 44,880 Albertans worked in the arts, entertainment and recreation. (Source: Statistics Canada, National Household Survey, 2016).
    • According to Statistics Canada estimates, Alberta exported $777.5 million of culture products in 2016.
    • In 2016, there were 1.4 million domestic overnight visits to Alberta that included arts and culture activities. (Source: Statistics Canada: 2016 Travel Survey of Residents of Canada).
    • In 2016, visual and applied arts and live performance industries in Alberta contributed about $1.3 billion in GDP. (Source: Statistics Canada, Provincial and Territorial Culture Indicators, 2010 to 2016).
    • In 2016, Alberta spent $4,112 per household on culture and recreation goods and services, which was $632 higher than the national average of $3,480. (Source: Statistics Canada, Survey of Household Spending, 2016. Prepared by Alberta Culture and Tourism).
    • In 2017-18, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts provided $24.1 million through 823 grants to organizations for operations and projects, as well as $3.1 million through 333 individual arts grants to support their activities.


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    Jasper RCMP investigate complaint of indecent act on Via Rail train

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  • Jasper, Alberta – On January 5, 2019 at approximately 1:00 PM, Jasper RCMP officers responded to a call from Via Rail Police to attend the train station in Jasper in order to remove 2 individuals who had allegedly been causing a disturbance on the train as well as engaging in indecent sexual acts in front of other passengers. RCMP attended the train station and arrested a 34 year old male and a 27 year old female in relation to this complaint.
    Jasper RCMP is currently investigating this matter with the help of Via Rail Police as well as Clearwater RCMP. As this is an ongoing investigation, no further information will be released.

    Anybody who may have information regarding this occurrence can contact the Jasper RCMP at (780) 852-4421. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.crimestoppers.ab.ca. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.


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    The UnDad turns family life into art

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  • Trent Wilkie has been an actor, a writer, a producer, a journalist and a wilderness guide. But the hardest job he’s ever had is being a parent.

    The UnDad Podcast gives the father of two a chance to explore the highs and lows of raising tiny humans, and the bigger topic of family and how it forms us.

    Sometimes he interviews someone about being a parent or what it was like to be a kid; sometimes we get a piece of his endlessly creative mind with original stories and soundscapes; and sometimes we get a window into his home life through cameos by his wife Elizabeth and his children, ages two and four.

    “My biggest influence is my wife,” he says. “She sets me straight and keeps me focused.”

    The UnDad was named best podcast and best family blog in last year’s Best of Edmonton survey. Here’s a bit more about the father of the show:

    Q. What will people get out of listening to your podcast?

    A. It is not only a parenting podcast, it is an art piece. It is more about existing than selling a product. I create, and this is one of my favourite mediums.

    Q. What podcasts do you listen to and why?

    A. I listen to Revisionist History, Reply All, and The Last Podcast On The Left. They are entertaining. It isn’t so much the content, but the way it is served. That is the magic spot.

    Q. What is the most interesting comment you’ve received from a listener?

    A. “My husband was worried about being on your podcast, but I’d like to say thank you. He answered questions that were meaningful, that respected his position in life. You offered him an outlet, that is awesome.”

    Q. Do you have any unusual hobbies or talents that would surprise your listeners?

    A. I have been a canoe guide for 10 years. I’ve written for the CBC, Fangoria, and countless other high-profile publications. I’ve done a lot. It has made me who I am.

    Q. If you could have any guest on your podcast, who would you choose?

    A. I’d like to have Stephen King or Cormac McCarthy.

    Q. Write your own epitaph — what would it say?

    A. ‘Tis a fearful thing to love what death can touch.

    Q. What has been your favourite episode so far?

    A. I like two: the interview with Gaia Willis and one titled I Love The Rain. The interview with Gaia is my bread and butter. Pure journalistic anthropology. The other is an artistic soundscape that I conceptualized on my own and brought to life.

    Be sure to connect with The UnDad on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

    Each week Todayville will introduce you to members of the Alberta Podcast Network so you can learn more about the many podcasters in Alberta. You can find The UnDad and dozens of other shows at albertapodcastnetwork.com.

    About Alberta Podcast Network

    The Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB, is on a mission to:

    Help Alberta-based podcasters create podcasts of high quality and reach larger audiences;
    Foster connections among Alberta-based podcasters;
    Provide a powerful marketing opportunity for local businesses and organizations.

    Alberta Podcast Network Ltd. is pursuing this mission with funding from ATB Financial and support from other sponsors.


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