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Alberta Culture Days 2015

Red Deer Culture Days 2015


Our Partners: Red Deer College Arts Centre, Red Deer's Public and Catholic Schools, Red Deer Public Library, Red Deer Heritage Preservation Committee, City of Red Deer - Culture Services, Central Alberta Retired Teachers Association, Red Deer Visual Artists, City of Red Deer - Heritage Division, Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society, Central Alberta Women's Immigrant Association (CAIWA), Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE), The Hub on Ross, the Scott Block, Golden Circle, Nuit Blanche, Friday Family Dance Committee, Red Deer Downtown Business Association, Against the Wall Theatre and the Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery.


Friday, September 25


School Performances and Artists-in-the Schools

Events happen all day at various schools and the Red Deer College Arts Centre

Presented by the Red Deer Arts Council: Theatrical performances for Elementary School children at the Red Deer College Arts Centre allows students to access the actors of Sun Ergos with a question and answer session following the performance of Clever Cherries. Artists in the Middle and High Schools get the students involved in all the arts from visual to literary to performing. These school based events are not open to the public.

Contact: Diana Anderson, Coordinator 403-348-2787; email- info(at)


Showcasing Immigrant Art with a Pop-Up Global Gallery with the Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE)

Store Front at “Central Block” 5000 Gaetz Avenue (east side of Scotia Bank)

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where everyone is invited to talk, celebrate and learn about cultural diversity in Canada and Central Alberta through multicultural art, crafts and performing arts! ! A wonderful opportunity to meet the artists in person. Enjoy a sampling of international snacks, coffees and teas from around the world.


Red Deer Reads Community Launch Party!

Red Deer Public Library Downtown Branch, 4818 49 Street

The Book: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Friday, September 25, 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free!

Join us for a night of wine, appies, and entertainment as we launch Red Deer Reads, our city's very first Community Book Club, and celebrate this year's RDR title, Station Eleven. This event kicks off our five-week long Red Deer Reads program, and we are thrilled to announce that the Arthur C. Clarke award-winning author of Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel, will be capping off our community celebration in October! For more information, visit


Get ready to dance your feet off with Two Bit Bandits!

Friday Family Dance

Festival Hall - 4214-58th Street

September 25 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

The Two Bit Bandits are a Calgary based cover band that plays a great mix of Country, Classic Rock, Blues, 80's, 90's, R&B, Funk, Jukebox Oldies & New Hits! Grab the whole family and come on out! Based on country dances of days gone by, the evening will feature live music, a dance lesson or two, games and fun for the whole family. We will be teaching the Butterfly. Presented by the Country Pride Dance Club, Red Deer Arts Council, Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society and The City of Red Deer (Culture Services).

Tickets are available at the door or online at

Contact: Rob Ironside, Country Pride Dance Club, Coordinator 403-357-0483.


Friday, September 25th & Saturday, September 26th


Artribute Art School celebrates 5 years with new work by instructors and students!

Old Courthouse, #212, 4836 Ross Street

Opening Reception: September 25, Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

September 26, 27 at 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

In the Main Studio: Wanderer's Sense of Place with new work by Kim Toth and Galia Kwetny showcases landscapes and in-scapes; encounters and reflections. Media are oil paintings on canvas and mixed media drawings on paper.

In the Little Gallery: Environmental Posters by "Big Artists" Groups (ages 7-10), collage and mixed media on paper.

Light refreshments will be served at the opening. All the artists will be in attendance.

Contact: Galia Kwetny 403-872-7291; galia.kwetny(at)


Bull Skit Comedy

The Scott Block Theatre (4816 50 Ave)

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. , show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Bull Skit is back for more hilarious comedy! Friday September 25th, and Saturday September 26th at the Scott Block. Bull Skit’s unique and hilarious blend of improv and original sketch comedy has made it Red Deer’s favourite source for laughs. Cash bar. Bull Skit contains mature language and adult themes. Tickets available Online at Contact:


Saturday, September 26


Red Deer Culture Days Sidewalk Chalk Art and Music

Downtown Red Deer – 4922 49 Street, Red Deer T4N 3T3

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Downtown Red Deer will come alive with beautiful, vibrant, sidewalk chalk art. Artists will start their pieces at various locations around downtown (maps will be available) on Saturday and finish the work that day. Come to downtown Red Deer and stroll around to see all the wonderful pieces of art while discovering our downtown. Two feature artists and two hands-on art activities will hold your interest as you explore your own creativity. Talented local musicians will be on the streets from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., performing on the Ross Street Patio and designated areas to enliven this cultural day. Contact: Peter McGee, peter.mcgee(at); (403) 348 – 5078


CAIWA's Open Doors Celebrates Culture Days!

#110, 5017 49 Street

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Central Alberta Immigrant Women's Association (CAIWA) opens its doors to celebrate Alberta Culture Days with their own downtown neighbours. Featuring coffee and tea from around the world, CAIWA presents cultural displays, music and dancing. Come and join in the fun and share your culture with us.

Contact: 403-341-3553


Calf Skit entertains families!

Hub on Ross, 4936 Ross Street

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bull Skit Comedy presents a show for the entire family Calf Skit. This family friendly show is a chance for the audience to get involved and tell the story. Calf Skit uses a unique blend of improv comedy and choose your own adventure as the format for each show. Laugh and enjoy re-telling of classic fairy tales, with each story always having a moral.


A Pop-Up Gallery pops up for your visual arts viewing pleasure!

Presented by the Red Deer Arts Council and the Central Alberta Retired Teachers' Association (CARTA)

Rear of the Scott Block, Cellar Door Studios and Gallery, accessed through the alleyway and back door via the outdoor (black wrought iron) patio. Signage will point the way!

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Come down and check out the art and enjoy some nice refreshments. Maybe see your old art teacher there too! Visual artists will be showcasing and selling their original artworks. Artist demonstration and art for children’s activities highlight the event. Contact: Diana Anderson, 403-348-2787, info(at)

Heritage/Public Art Comes Alive!

Ross Street and Little Gaetz Avenue

Heritage Display: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

City of Red Deer Heritage and Public Art representatives will be hosting a display showcasing the Heritage and Public Art programs offered by The City to highlight not only the history but the public art in the downtown core. They will be highlighting the Doors Open event to be held on Sunday, September 27th. If you have an interest in the process The City undertakes to acquire new public artworks or have ever wondered how existing artworks came to be or are maintained, a City representative will be on hand to answer your questions. Contact: Janet Pennington; janet.pennington(at) or Pat Matheson; pat.matheson(at)


Lots of fun for the whole family at the Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery!

4525 47a Avenue

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

MAGnificent Saturdays Presents: Exciting Encaustics! Today we will be melting crayons and painting with wax. Drop in art-making for the entire family, all ages welcome.


Kick up your heels with this fabulous Dance Extravaganza!

Hub on Ross, 4936 Ross Street

And at the Ross Street Patio - weather permitting

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Get ready to kick up your heels and join in the fun! Line dance with Country Pride Dancers and more dance groups so you can brush up on your dancing skills and join in the fun with the sounds and sights of local dancers. Free active fun for the whole family. Contact: Delores Coghill at 346-0055 or email: rdchs(at)


Experience life in Central Alberta through an artist's eye!

Hub on Ross, 4936 Ross Street

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Meet Osi Cruz-Lahtinen in the public art gallery demonstrating “Life in Central Alberta” working and demonstrating in pastels, acrylics and mixed media.

Contact: Osi Cruz-Lahtinen at 403-227-6046 or check the website at

Also included at the Hub on Ross from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. BEADSbeCAUSE, a sale in support of the Global Enrichment Foundation. Repurposed beads and jewellery will be for sale at remarkable prices!


Year After Year draws on Red Deer in this motion picture!

Red Deer College & Arts Centre, 56 Avenue & 32 Street, Red Deer

September 26,2015, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Filmed by Motion Picture Arts alumni and adapted from the critically acclaimed stage musical, Year After Year chronicles the dissolving years of seven friends in their late twenties as they attempt to navigate the tumultuous waters of hollow careers, lost ambition, forgotten dreams, and the relationships that matter most, even when they fail to recognize it. Nominated for five Alberta Film Awards including best director and best cinematography.

Free to public | Rating: TBD This special advanced community screening of the hit musical film written and shot in Red Deer by RDC alumni is sure to delight!

Contact: Phone 403-342-3516, Web site:, E-mail: creativearts(at)


Red Deer College presents!

Welikoklad Event Centre (4922-49 Street)

The WEK will be open to view the Robert F.M. McInnis Collection during the following hours:

Friday, September 25 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, September 26 from noon to 4 p.m.

Sunday, September 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Robert F.M. McInnis is a prominent painter in Alberta and has gifted part of his collection to the Red Deer College's Permanent Art Collection. Students will be on site to help you with any questions you may have about Mr. McInnis.


Swing to the blues at the Golden Circle!

Golden Circle, 4620-47A Avenue

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Kat Danser will be swinging to the Swamp Blues and Gospel at this foot stomping event! Dubbed 'Queen of the Swamp Blues', this Edmonton-based guitar singer, songsmith, and blazing vocalist channels the spirit of roots, blues and gospel music pioneers. Tickets in advance and at the door if available.

Contact: Monica Morrison, 403-343-6074 ext. 107(w), mmorrison(at),


Nuit Blanche presents “Light Up the Night” once again!

Rotary Recreation Park and Heritage Square behind the Recreation Centre. The entrance for Nuit Blanche is from the parking lot at the MAG and Recreation Centre.

7:00 p.m. to Midnight

For the third year in a row, Nuit Blanche Red Deer brings you art and culture after the sun goes down. Presenting featured local artists, musicians spanning multiple genres, live interactive installations, a dedicated kids zone with free face painting, bouncy castles, and interactive painting demonstrations, dance demonstrations, live graffiti, food trucks and beer gardens all packed into the park! Email Mike Best info(at)


Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27


Lots of Fun for Kids at the Red Deer Museum & Art Gallery!

4525 47a Avenue

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Kids Celebrate! is a lively, interactive exhibition designed for children and families. It shows children the importance of the celebrations that bring families together. The celebrations featured in the exhibit explore the many different cultures in Canada. Call 403-309-8405, or visit the website for details -


Sunday, September 27


Doors are Opening all over Red Deer!

Venues to be announced.

Sunday, September 27th from noon to 4:00 p.m.

Join in this exciting first venture for our City. The Doors Open concept is a simple one: buildings of architectural and historical significance, many of which are not normally open to the public, open their doors to visitors for a day or a weekend. Have you ever wondered what the Horton Water Tower aka the Green Onion looks like inside? Have you ever wondered what The MAG (Museum + Art Gallery) and the Archives keep in their collections areas? If so, join us in looking inside these buildings and 8 other heritage buildings and sites some of which are not usually open to the public. It is absolutely FREE.

Contact: Janet Pennington, janet.pennington(at)


Alberta Culture Days Meets the Instruments!

Red Deer College Mainstage, Arts Centre

56 Avenue & 32 Street

2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join the Symphonic Winds for a children’s concert celebrating Alberta Culture Days.

Contact: 403-342-3516 E-mail: creativearts(at)