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Calgary Arts Development Survey

This morning Calgary Arts Development launched our 2017 Calgary Arts Professionals Survey. The 10- to 15-minute anonymous survey provides critical information about those working in the arts. Once the survey has been completed participants can choose to enter a draw for one of two $500 gift cards for a retailer of their choice. Survey results will be used to help inform future arts development activities in Calgary.

We Need Your Help

The survey will be more successful the more people that complete it. Helping share the survey will ensure the most accurate picture of the arts professional ecosystem is captured. 

Possible ways of helping to let people know about the survey include:

    • Emailing artists you work with as well as your colleagues and peers about the survey. Completing it yourself!
    • Providing information about the survey in your September newsletter if you have one.
    • Posting on social media about the survey, including Facebook and Twitter.

We have an online toolkit (link) with sample language, tweets and Facebook posts. If there is anything else you might need to help spread the word please let me know and we’ll be sure to get you additional material.


The deadline to complete the survey is September 30th at 11:59 PM.

Results from the survey provide a great deal of insight about the participant’s lifestyle patterns, how art is made in Calgary, and how Calgary is faring as a place to live for people who work in the arts. A full report on the 2017 Calgary Arts Professionals Survey will be available by the end of 2017.




Upcoming CPO Auditions

Oct 10th National Section Cello audition

Oct 14th National Principal Oboe audition

Nov 10/11th National Principal Clarinet audition

Dec 9th International Assistant Principal Bass audition

Jan 19/20th International Section 1st & 2nd Violin audition

Feb 27th International Section Cello audition

For more details, please visit

or contact CPO Personnel Manager, Michael Thomson



News Update – Trevor Panczak

Trevor Panczak comes out of July with big news!

3 time ACMA nominated artist Trevor Panczak and his band played some high profile dates last month including W. Brett Wilson's Prairie Rowdy Fundraiser at Knoxville's Tavern with Leaving Thomas, The Brummies and his friend and fellow Albertan Brett Kissel. This was all in support 2017 CCMA Hall of Fame inductee Paul Brandt's Not In My City charity against human trafficking. $150,000 was raised.

Trevor and the band also headlined with fellow Albertan Corb Lund Nashville North Stage on the final Sunday of the Calgary Stampede. Trevor has been proud to be a part of "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" to some capacity for the past 19 years and was awarded a personalized "Trevor Panczak Calgary Stampede" belt buckle for his efforts as one of the many "ambassadors" of the prestigious festival. 

His full-length album "Where I Go to Come Back" will be released in September and on August 9th, Trevor releases his latest single to Canadian Country Radio "Blame it On The Whiskey" which was co-written by The Moffats and John Wiggins.  He will be following up the single release with a cross country radio tour in between his summer performances which include headlining with Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson at Rockin' River Musicfest in Merritt, BC. Visit for all Trevor's tour dates and social media links.




Greg Thomas Celebration of Life

A celebration of life has been set for September to pay tribute to Greg Thomas and share 50 years of music memories in Calgary. The following are the details for the event and accommodation for guests.

Greg Thomas Revue

Saturday September 16, 2017 - 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Studio Bell - National Music Centre

2 Floor Performance Hall

850 4 Street SE Calgary, AB T2G 1R1

Out of town guests’ accommodation across the street from the National Music Centre

Homewood Suites

Call the hotel 587.352.5500

Email the hotel

Booking Code GTR - Greg Thomas Revue

711 4 Street SE Calgary, AB T2G 1N3

King Suite $135; One Bedroom Suite $155

Breakfast Included

Parking is available at hotel – call for rates


AFA Funding Deadline Approaching


The September 1 deadline is approaching! Two weeks until the AFA Individual Project Funding application deadline! You can contact the AFA directly with any questions, by phone or email.

Main Information Line: 780-427-9968 (toll-free within Alberta by first dialling 310-0000). The Music Individual Project Funding grant provides up to $15,000 to support the development of individual Alberta artists, arts administrators, or an ensemble of artists by providing funding for a specific music project.


Labour Day Classic Offer

The Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation has put together a union specific Labour Day Classic offer.

Due to the Labour Day Classic being a Premium game, there are traditionally no discounted offers as the building typically sells out. CMA members will receive an exclusive discounted ticket offer. Additionally, they have put some of the better group seating on hold for union members. The savings is over 20% compared to tickets purchased through Ticketmaster.

The vision of the program is to have a quarterly union event showcasing one of their four teams, accompanied by a promotional offer.

Please see the attached promotion flyer for CUPE.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit


CMA Nominees – Breakout West

Jazz Artist of the Year

Al Muirhead

Pop Artist of the Year

Jocelyn Alice

Producer of the Year

Russell BroomRebecca Lappa/David Bradford/JP Maurice/The Static Shift   

Audio Engineering Award

Russell Broom - JP Maurice, Amy Metcalfe, Chixdiggit 

Spencer Cheyne - Jocelyn Alice, Ruben Young, Hello Moth, Al Muirhead 

2017 Hall of Fame Inductee

Paul Brandt

* Please note that that the Canadian Federation of Musicians is in labour dispute with the WCMAs. AFM members are restricted from performing for the awards until an agreement is reached.


CMA Nominees – 2017 CCMA Awards

Dean Brody

Fans' Choice - Cast your vote now

Album of the Year (Beautiful Freakshow)

Single of the Year ("Time")

Songwriter of the Year ("Time")

Video of the Year ("Time")

Country Music Program or Special of the Year (Coors Banquet One Horse Town)

*Bass Player of the Year

Chris Byrne

Lisa Dodd

Justin Kudding

*Drummer of the Year

Ben Bradley

*Fiddle & Specialty Instrument Player of the Year

Denis Dufresne - Banjo

*Guitar Player of the Year

Matty McKay

*Keyboard Player of the Year

Mike Little

*Steel Guitar Player of the Year

Mitch Jay

*Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee

Paul Brandt

Congratulations and good luck to all!!!




JJ Shiplett – Something to Believe In


Kodi Hutchinson – JazzYYC, Producer, Radio Host & Director

Mike Little – Legion Lounge Studio, Producer, Musician & Mentor


Al Muirhead – Northern Adventures – The Canada Sessions Vol. 1

Johnny Summers – When It’s Christmas Time


JJ Shiplett – Something to Believe In

Matt Blais – Set Me Free


JJ Shiplett – Darling, Let’s Go Out Tonight

Matt Blais – Set Me Free


JJ Shiplett – Something to Believe In

Matt Blais – Set Me Free


JJ Shiplett – Something to Believe In

Matt Blais – Set Me Free


JJ Shiplett – Something to Believe In

Executive Committee Member, Tricia Edwards will be presenting the Industry Person of the Year Award. Congratulations and good luck to all!!!

P2 Visa Processing Update

Regular Processing: Submit your P2 package to CFM at least 75 calendar days prior to first performance. US Immigration reports a processing backlog for Regular Processing

Premium Processing: Submit your P2 package to CFM at least 30 days prior to first performance.

NOTE: When you submit a P2 application; you do so at your own risk. AFM does not have control over the decisions U.S. Immigration makes on their processing times. Therefore, USCIS processing times may increase/decrease at any time, without notice. The AFM’s suggested processing timelines are based on an internal weekly, observance of the average turnaround time from submission of application to receipt of approval.