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.”
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.
Alberta’s Liquor Industry pushes back on Glenn Howard’s Ontario Beer ‘Facts’ in a new Social Media campaign.
Edmonton – Two Canadian curling stars are now battling off the rink in a war of ‘facts’ about provincial liquor laws that has broken out between Alberta and Ontario.
Brendan Bottcher, an Alberta curling champion,
is starring in “Ontario Beer ‘Fake Facts’”, a social media campaign that
launched today to counter misinformation being spread in Ontario about
Alberta’s liquor laws and stores.
The Beer Store, a consortium of brewers that
is fighting a move by the Doug Ford provincial government to sell beer and
liquor in corner stores, has argued Alberta’s privatized system isn’t good for
customers and allows for easier access to alcohol for minors. The Beer Store’s
campaign is called “Ontario Beer Facts” and features Ontario curling champion
“[Howard]’s jealous. Our liquor stores are better and [so are] our curling teams,” Bottcher quips in one of the “Ontario Beer ‘Fake Facts’” ads being launched today.
Alberta Liquor Stores Association (ALSA)
produced the campaign in an attempt to set the record straight about Alberta’s
thriving and socially responsible private liquor industry.
“In Alberta, our liquor industry is open for business – literally from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. We’re proud of the private liquor industry we’ve built here since 1993. Free enterprise doesn’t mean there is a free-for-all, Wild West system. But it does mean we have competitive prices and better service, hours and selection for our customers.”Ivonne Martinez, President of Alberta Liquor Stores Association
Oh, and on that whole thing about the price of beer in Alberta – Martinez had this to say.
“…And what about The Beer Store’s claim that a 24 pack of Coors Light is more expensive in Alberta than in Ontario? The Beer Store is owned by Labatts and Molson (National Brewers). National Brewers, just like any manufacturer, sets the price for their products for each province. The price has nothing to do with the distribution model, the price is set by Molson themselves which set a higher price for their beer in Alberta…”
Hot, dry conditions with strong winds create challenges for firefighting.
June 20, 2019
As fires spread in Mackenzie County, approximately 200 additional people evacuated on Wednesday from the area north of Highway 697, south of the Peace River and west of Steep Hill Creek, also called Range Road 164.
If you need help applying, contact Alberta Supports to find the nearest centre: Toll-free: 1-877-644-9992 (Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.) In-person: Find an Alberta Supports Centre.
More than 11,700 individuals have received evacuee support totalling close to $11.9 million.
Reception and call centres
All evacuees need to register with an evacuation reception centre even if you have found alternate accommodations.
Reception centres may assist evacuees in person and/or by phone.
Mackenzie County evacuees must register at Fort Vermilion – Mackenzie County Office, 4511 46 Avenue, 780-927-3718.
Evacuees from Trout Lake and high-risk persons in the surrounding area of Peerless Trout First Nation must register their location with Jennifer Auger, 780-649-6553, email@example.com. If you evacuated to Edmonton, register at Edmonton Super 8 Hotel, 16818 118 Avenue.
The Government of Alberta contact centre is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. Call 310-4455.
Most home and tenant insurance policies provide coverage for living expenses during an evacuation.
Evacuees should retain all of their receipts for food, accommodation and other related expenses to provide to their insurer.
Evacuees can find tips on re-entry by visiting https://www.alberta.ca/emergency.aspx. Information includes making sure all your utilities are working, cleaning up and how to deal with door-to-door salespeople offering services and insurance.
Justice and legal matters
If you have an appointment with a probation officer in an evacuated area, report to the community corrections office nearest you. Please call 780-427-3109 (to call toll-free, first dial 310-0000) for information.
Boil water advisory
A boil water advisory is in place for Meander River (Dene Tha’ First Nation).
Mental health support is available by calling Alberta’s 24-hour help line at 1-877-303-2642, the Addiction Helpline at 1-866-332-2322, or Health Link at 811.
There have been reports that local residents in High Level are being solicited by email or phone for donations in support of firefighters or affected residents. Do not share your personal information with them or donate money.
When asked for donations (either over the phone, through an email, or in person), ask the canvasser for identification or printed information about the charity.
If you have concerns about the activities of a charitable organization including its fundraising practices, call Service Alberta: 1-877-427-4088.
Mail and parcel delivery in certain communities has been affected by the wildfires.
Canada Post has contingency measures in place to serve residents of these communities.
Evacuees who receive Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped or Income Support benefits by cheque should contact their worker to make arrangements to receive it.
Call Alberta Supports at 1-877-644-9992 between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., Monday to Friday if you:
need information on other social supports
are a contracted service provider, family member or individual needing assistance through the Persons with Developmental Disabilities program
Evacuees in need of financial assistance for immediate needs can apply for an Income Support program emergency needs allowance. This benefit may cover your accommodation, clothing and other urgent needs. Please call 1-877-644-9992 for more information.
For information on child intervention and child care, call 1-800-638-0715.
The Works International Visual Arts Society advances the development, awareness and appreciation of art and design in Canada and provides artists, designers
The Works International Visual Arts Society advances the development, awareness and appreciation of art and design in Canada and provides artists, designers and the public a forum for exchanging ideas. The Works Art & Design Festival, entering its 33rd year, is the most unique, free event of its kind. It attracts artists, designers and patrons from around the world – boosting the city’s energy and imagination for 13 days each summer. The best in cutting-edge design, digital art and new media technology are showcased alongside traditional visual art mediums in galleries transformed from alternative spaces. Visitors also participate in workshops and seminars about the exciting changes and arising issues in art and design. Edmonton enjoys The Works Society’s programs year-round through its education programs and the Art & Design in Public Places Program which leaves permanent art and design in public places.
June 21 (Friday) 6:30 pm - July 3 (Wednesday) 12:00 am
The Edmonton Jazz Festival Society was formed in 2005 in order to foster the development and enjoyment of jazz music in the city. Through their annual festival, educational workshops and
The Edmonton Jazz Festival Society was formed in 2005 in order to foster the development and enjoyment of jazz music in the city. Through their annual festival, educational workshops and various community outreach programs, the Edmonton Jazz Festival Society works to ensure that Edmontonians will be able to play and celebrate jazz music for generations to come.
June 22 (Saturday) 7:30 pm - July 1 (Monday) 9:15 pm