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Banff Centre Summer Music Programs

The Banff Centre’s world-renowned Summer Music Programs for 2019 are open for applications, with deadlines throughout January 2019.

Artistic Directors Steven Schick and Claire Chase will lead two residency programs unique among other summer educational music festivals.

Ensemble Evolution and EQ: Evolution of the String Quartet will combine a rigorous pre-professional training program with a festival atmosphere for young musicians and emerging arts leaders, with emphasis on the participants creating their own new work.

Ensemble Evolution: This three-week program explores the evolving range of ensemble playing in the 21st century. Participants will work closely with internationally recognized performers, composers, improvisers, and arts leaders. This Summer Music program explores the evolving range and depth of ensemble playing in the early 21st century. Through workshops, performances, collaboration with faculty, and group conversation, participants will engage in a holistic approach to making music. June 24 – July 13, 2019

EQ: Evolution of the String Quartet: Pre-existing string quartets will work with internationally recognized string quartets including JACK, Eybler, Parker and Bozzini and composers on an expansive repertory spanning the earliest string quartets to the innovations of the present day. This Summer Music program explores the string quartet lineage from Haydn to music made in Banff by and for the faculty and participants of EQ. July 15 – August 03, 2019

For the 2nd year running join multi-instrumentalist and composer Tyshawn Sorey as Co-Artistic Director and Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer, who has been Artistic Director since 2013 for the 2019 Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music. • Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music: This program provides emerging artists with an extraordinary opportunity to collaborate and perform alongside internationally acclaimed composers and musicians – all under the co-artistic direction of Vijay Iyer and Tyshawn Sorey. The goal is to learn, converse, build, experiment, refine, and transform — to reimagine the state of the art. This program is one of the most intensive that Banff Centre offers, and continues our 40-year history of incredible jazz exploration. August 05 – August 23, 2019

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is located in Treaty 7 territory. We acknowledge the past, present, and future generations of Stoney Nakoda, Blackfoot and Tsuu T’ina Nations who help us steward this land, as well as honour and celebrate this place.

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Deadline: Monday, December 10, 2018 at 11:59 pm  

Artists are encouraged to apply for this grant, worth up to $75,000, to become Alberta’s Artist in Residence for a one-year term. Through this grant, the Artist in Residence will: 

- develop and showcase an art project that addresses a key issue(s) in their community

- work with Alberta communities to promote the importance of artists and the arts

- communicate and share their perspective on the artistic process with the public and government

- act as an advocate for understanding the realities of artists and the communities in which they work 

This program seeks to inspire innovation in the arts and encourage dialogue by supporting visionary artists and cultural leaders to create work and lead conversations on the role of artists and the arts in society. 



Month of the Artist

On November 15, the Government of Alberta announced steps to address priorities identified by the arts community. In a first for Canada, January has been declared Month of the Artist in Alberta. The month will be a time to recognize and celebrate Alberta’s artists. Plans for the month are underway, and I encourage you to join in the celebrations in January. More information will be posted on the new Month of the Artist webpage.

We are also launching an Artist in Residence program, another first for a provincial government in Canada. Each year, an Alberta-based artist will be selected through a public, competitive process to act as an advocate and promoter of the value of artists. They will also visit communities across the province to lead conversations on the role of artists and arts in society.

To apply to be Alberta’s first Artist in Residence, visit the new Alberta Artist in Residence application webpage for more information. The successful Artist in Residence will be announced in January.

These programs were informed by feedback from more than 2,000 artists and arts stakeholders who participated in face-to-face engagement sessions across the province, as well as an online survey. A summary of our engagement is now available on

The Government of Alberta is committed to continuing to support artists. As they are announced, I will forward you details about our initiatives and opportunities to get involved. We look forward to continuing to work together to support Alberta’s artistic community.


CMA Members in the News


Drummer of the Year - Ben Bradley

Steel Guitar Player of the Year - Mitch Jay

Guitar Player of the Year - Matt McKay

Country Club of the Year - Ranchman's Cookhouse


Native American Music Awards Nominations

Sandra Sutter -

Best Female Artist

Best American Recording

Best Pop Recording     

Song of the Year


Canadian Folk Music Awards Nomination

Indigenous Songwriter of the Year

Sandra Sutter


YYC Music Award Winners

Country Recording of the Year - Nice Horse - 'Mansplainin''

Jazz Recording of the Year - Tricia Edwards - 'Trainwreck III'

Group of the Year, Rock Recording of the Year, Single of the Year - The Static Shift.

Congratulations to everyone!!!



New P2 Visa Update

The Canadian office has made the decision to change the P2 Visa Regular Processing times. Although most files are processed within 45 days, recently a small handful hit or went over the 45-day mark. They are recommending musicians submit the P2 package to their office at least 60 days prior to the first performance for Regular P2 Processing. This is a precautionary measure as they are aware of some administrative changes at USCIS and don’t want to be blindsided by some potential backlog at their end. Please check the website for the most up-to-date information. The updated P2 documents with the new timelines are uploaded there.


P2 Visa Update

P2 Visa Processing Delay Alert: Regular Processing: Submit your P2 package to the CFM at least 45 calendar days prior to the first performance. Premium Processing: Submit your P2 package to CFM at least 30 days prior to the first performance. US Immigration processing times are out of the control of the CFM and may increase or decrease at any time, without notice. The recommended submission timelines are based on observed average processing times. New P2 fee of $460 USD is now in effect.

For equipment crossing the border, contact Canada Border Services Agency for an ‘Identification of Articles for Temporary Exportation’ form (Form BSF407). It must be filled out and stamped by the agency. This will make crossing back into Canada a little easier and it’s free of charge. Call 1-800-461-9999 for more info. Musicians can also apply for an ATA Carnet, a document which enables professionals to bring the tools of their trade across borders easily and without hassle, duties or border fees. For more info;  

For AFM members on the road, two important phone #s are: 1-800-ROADGIG (762-3444) in the US and 1-800-INFOFED (463-6333) in Canada. These numbers provide emergency help for members who have contract disputes while on tour.


Learn About the Canada Council’s Grant Programs!

Join us for an information session for individual artists interested in applying to the Canada Council. These sessions are designed to provide an overview on grants available to individual artists working across artistic fields of practice.


English-language session with possibility to book French-language individual meeting

When: Wednesday, August 22, 2018

10:00 am to 12:00 p.m.

Where: cSPACE King Edward

4th Floor, RGO Treehouse South Room

1721 29th Avenue SW

Calgary, Alberta

You will have the opportunity to:  

  • learn about programs at the Canada Council;
  • get advice on how to prepare grant applications;
  • understand how applications are assessed.

RSVP by August 16, 2018! Individual consultations upon request.

NOTE: Please indicate in the subject line of your RSVP email, the city and session, you want to attend.

RSVPs and information:

Laura Beks

Program Assistant

1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) ext. 4052

Universal Pharmacare

Folks just like you are super keen to tell their Members of Parliament why universal pharmacare makes sense.

So, we’re making it easy for everyone to do it.

Join us this Wednesday, August 8, at 12:30 p.m. EDT for a LIVE Webinar. Become an expert on pharmacare with quick and easy information that we’ll teach you to deliver with confidence.

We can’t assume the federal government will know what we want – it’s up to us to tell them. They need to hear directly from us. We need a plan that is universal, portable, accessible, comprehensive and publicly administered.

Can we count on you? Register now:

Laurie Antonin

The Pharmacare Team
Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of Canada's unions


Len Lytwyn Passes

Len Lytwyn passed away peacefully at Southlake Village, Newmarket on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at the age of 76. Dearly loved husband of Ellen Versteeg-Lytwyn. Loving father of Dawn (Danny Cirillo), Paul Versteeg-Lytwyn (Erin O’Brien) and Mark Versteeg-Lytwyn (Emily). Cherished Gigi of Eric, Evan, Cayman, and Maloh. Dear brother of Elaine (Don) and predeceased by his brother Fred. Len will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, especially by all those he mentored throughout the years. A Celebration of Life Gathering will take place at a later date. Special thanks to all the staff at Southlake Village who took care and loved Len. In memory of Len, please consider a donation to the Margaret Bahen Hospice. Arrangements entrusted to M.W. Becker Funeral Home. Sign an online book of condolences at