Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Alberta Magazine Award Winners for 2012

Alberta Magazine Awards 2012The winners of the 2012 Alberta Magazine Awards were announced at the Alberta Magazine Excellence Gala on March 22, 2012 in Calgary. Showcase awards were handed out to seven Alberta magazines with Avenue Calgary taking the award for best digital presence. Achievement Awards were handed out with United Way’s WE Magazine awarded best new magazine in Alberta.

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“The Spoken Word Workbook” for Poets Who Teach by Alberta’s Sheri-D Wilson and Others Now On Sale

Explore the history of spoken word and oral story telling traditions as you work your way through this collection of insightful and instructive essays, poems, and exercises. Interactive exercises by twenty-seven top professional spoken word artists explore specific facets of the art of spoken word. These exercises address history, writing, and performance–and will help lead the reader/participants on a creative journey of self discovery. Edited by  Sheri D Wilson ( also director of the Calgary/Banff  Spoken Word Festival) and published by the Banff Centre Press in March 2011. 

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Alberta Book Spotlight: 10 Alberta Women Artists Featured in “Mistresses of the Modern”

Mistresses of the Modern: 1935 - 1975Focusing on the work of ten women artists, all born by the end of 1918, the exhibition Alberta Mistresses of the Modern: 1935-1975 shines new light on the establishment of modernism in the province. Working largely in Edmonton and Calgary, the work of these artists reveals the important role that women played in the development of modernism, particularly early forms of abstraction, in Alberta. Of the ten-member “Calgary Group,” whose 53 oil paintings were featured in an exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 1948, four of the artists were women, including: Marion Nicoll, Janet Mitchell and Dorothy Willis. Of that group, only Marion Nicoll is still well recognized today for her commitment to modernism. The exhibition Alberta Mistresses of the Modern demonstrates, however, that there were many more women artists in this pioneering generation who contributed to Alberta’s cultural roots and the formation of a vibrant visual arts community in the province, and who were decidedly modern.

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Edmonton’s Food Girl Jennifer Cockrall-King Launches Food and the City on March 22, 2012

Edmonton writer Food and the City examines alternative food systems in cities around the globe that are shortening their food chains, growing food within their city limits, and taking their “food security” into their own hands. Award-winning food journalist Jennifer Cockrall-King sought out leaders in the urban-agriculture movement and visited cities successfully dealing with “food deserts.” What she found was not just a niche concern of activists but a global movement that cuts across the private and public spheres, economic classes, and cultures. She describes a global movement happening from London and Paris to Vancouver and New York to establish alternatives to the monolithic globally integrated supermarket model.

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The 2012 Corus Entertainment Distinguished Lecture “Stories about Storytellers” Edmonton, March 2, 2012

Douglas GibsonPrepare to meet Alice Munro, Pierre Trudeau, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Mavis Gallant, Hugh MacLennan, Peter C. Newman, Brian Mulroney, Morley Callaghan, John Kenneth Galbraith, Paul Martin, James Houston, Peter Gzowski, W.O. Mitchell, and many more. MacEwan’s School of Communications invites you to hear Douglas Gibson, the 2012 Corus Entertainment Lecturer. This free public event is scheduled for March 2, 2012 in the Haar Theatre at the Centre for Arts and Communications at MacEwan University. The address is 10045 156 Street. There will be a reception at 5:00 p.m. with the lecture at 6:00 p.m. and dessert and networking to follow. Admission is free. There is no need to RSVP.

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)