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The Esplanade Art Gallery is pleased to present two new exhibitions, Campbell Tinning: The Newfoundland Paintings and Landwash: Contemporary Newfoundland Art, on display until August 11. The opening reception on Friday, June 15, 2012 from 7 PM to 10 PM is part of the first Downtown Art Walk Roving Art Reception of the year.

Also, on Friday at 7 PM, the City’s Public Art Committee invites all to the ribbon cutting ceremony for the public art commission Reka (River) by Jess Riva Cooper and Rob MacInnis at Batus Park, on Second Street SE.

Campbell Tinning: The Newfoundland PaintingsCampbell Tinning: The Newfoundland Paintings

Campbell Tinning was born in Saskatoon, in 1910. After studying art in Regina and New York, in 1941 he joined the Canadian Army Reserves and became a War Artist in the Historical Section of the Canadian Army. Just prior to being sent overseas, his first Army assignment was to record the east coast defenses, and in late 1943, he was sent to St. John’s, Newfoundland. He was so impressed by this brief visit that he wrote in his diary that he wanted to return and paint there in peacetime – and indeed he did, in 1949, following his service in Italy in 1944-45 as War Artist. Thirteen large watercolours in this exhibition were produced by Tinning during that summer of 1949, painted at Port aux Basques in July, and at Port de Grave in August and September. Tinning settled in Montreal after the war, and exhibited widely in North America in both solo and group exhibitions, including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Mendel Art Gallery. Posthumously, his work was included in the national touring exhibition Canvas of War: Masterpieces from the Canadian War Museum. Esplanade Art Curator Joanne Marion comments, “These are strikingly bold paintings that impress visitors – 63 years after being painted – with the rugged beauty of Newfoundland.” This exhibition was curated by Heather Smith, and its tour organized by the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery. THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »


Organizer:  PACE Rotary Club of Medicine Hat

Title Sponsor: Servus Credit Union

When?: Saturday July 21st & Sunday July 22nd, 2012

Where?: Elkwater Lake, AB in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

What is Dragon Boating?: Dragon Boating was traditionally performed at Ancient Chinese Festivals, and features a long thin boat equipped with an impressive decorated dragon’s head on the boat’s front.  Today it is a competitive worldwide sport, with 20 paddlers, one drummer to keep time and provide motivation, and one steersperson to keep the boat going in a straight line. The goal is to race across the finish line to win, all while being involved in a sport of cooperation and teamwork. Anyone can participate – there have been participants in their 70’s paddling!

How many are needed?: A Team consists of between 16-22 people

Registration Fees: Early Bird Registration Deadline has been extended to June 1st, 2012 ($850/ team); Late Registration Deadline is June 30th, 2012 ($1,000/ team).  Early Bird Registration cost per participant is approximately $45 for two full days of fun!

Details: We have secured sponsorship for the event and are now concentrating our efforts in asking for Community Teams to enter the event, in order to make it a go! You will not need any special training, experience, or equipment to enter this event – all is provided.  In the past, businesses/ organizations/ groups have entered teams into this Festival for Team Building Events, with great success.  There have even been competitions between businesses, such as between different banks!  The weekend consists of: Saturday as a Training day, and Sunday as a Racing day.  There will be fun for the whole family, as well as the opportunity to try out an exciting sport that is growing in popularity worldwide.  Why not make a weekend of it?

The Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre is proud to announce the arrival of River Heights School grade 5 classes for a week of learning.

They are participating in the Open Minds Education Concept, and will be taking part in various cultural activities in and around the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre until Friday. The idea behind the concept is to extend the educational experience beyond the school, and engage students in hands-on learning activities relating to the Esplanade’s multi-disciplinary facility.

The theme for the week is storytelling. Some of the activities they will take part in include: uncovering a math trail in the Museum using early Eaton’s catalogues, listening to pioneer oral histories in the Archives, touring brick murals in the downtown with sculptor James Marshall, making video in the Studio Theatre and more.

This program is open to what the teacher can envision using the Esplanade and downtown as a classroom. “ On Monday, the students listened to the Museum Curator talk about Black pioneers in Western Canada. They were very enthusiastic and had numerous questions,” explains Rhonda Wiebe-Batiuk, Education Coordinator at the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre. The teacher, Allison Jeal, remarked that the students were very engaged and focused in the Galleries.

Locally, there are several participating organizations. This concept is used in many major centres including Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, London Ontario, and in a variety of locations such as Zoos, Museums, Stampede Grounds, City Halls etc.

$5 • Crave Lounge, MHC Campus • Doors open @ 8:00

3rd street effort is proud to kick off spring with a bang…  followed by some snot-rockets, and sweating.

If you’ve never experienced a BA show, you’re in for a treat! His wild antics include everything from fireworks and writhing shirtless on the floor, to singing his final number from the washroom or the roof of his van – don’t worry he brings the crowd with him! His music tackles the difficult topics of the day, bedroom deep fryers, his roommate – “mother”, and the Zombie apocalypse. This born-showman is difficult to describe… So check out the clip to see what you’re in for.

Tickets available downtown at Madhatter Roastery or at the Student’s Association on the MHC campus.

Visit regularly for upcoming shows we’re promoting locally as well as updates on shows happening in the surrounding area. Or check us out on Facebook.

3rd street effort is a not-for-profit group of volunteers working to bring Canadian Indie music to Medicine Hat. We’re always looking for more suggestions, bands people want to see, and volunteers, so get in touch.

Call for Submissions for Curiosities Themed Exhibition

Deadline March 15, 2012

This is a call from The Hive Artists’ Hub for artists of any discipline to submit 2 to 6 pieces of work in any medium for an exhibition entitled Curiosities. Each piece must not exceed a maximum of 12 inches in any direction. The theme is curiosities. Artwork and application form must be submitted on or before 4:00 PM March 15, 2012 to:

The Hive Artists’ Hub
569 2nd Street SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 0C5

For inquiries on classroom/group submissions and for the application form, please visit our website:, call 403-504-5371 or email

One Book One Community 2012Which book should Medicine Hat residents read in October 2012? During the month of February, the One Book One Community committee will be asking for suggestions of books for the seventh annual book discussion weekend which will take place in October 2012.

Every year Hatters come together to discuss a book and to enjoy activities based around the title. Like a citywide book club, One Book One Community offers readers opportunities to discuss the book, listen to guest speakers, and participate in activities that complement the book. Past books have included Obasan by Joy Kogawa, A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews, An Audience of Chairs by Joan Clark, The Englishman’s Boy by Guy Vanderhaeghe, Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay, Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden and in October 2011, the chosen book was Come Thou, Tortoise by Newfoundland author, Jessica Grant.

Hatters are asked to make suggestions during the month of February. To be eligible, the book should be by a Canadian author, available in paperback and substantial enough to generate discussion. It can be fiction, non-fiction, biography, poetry or short stories. Suggestion forms will be available at Medicine Hat Public Library, the Vera Bracken Library at Medicine Hat College and at Coles Bookstore in the Medicine Hat Mall. Suggestions may also be submitted online at The suggested titles are read and evaluated by volunteer readers and the committee. Once the book has been chosen, the title will be announced in the spring.

One Book One Community is cosponsored by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Medicine Hat Public Library, Medicine Hat College and Coles Bookstore.

Local students encouraged to apply for post-secondary funding from The Kinette Club of Medicine Hat.

The Kinette Club of Medicine Hat is proud to offer a chance for local students, studying at the post-secondary level, to apply for a Kin Canada Bursary.

Students who are, or will be, attending a recognized post-secondary institution during the 2012-2013 school year, are encouraged to apply for the $1,000 bursary. Applications must be post marked Feb. 1, 2012, and can be downloaded at

Bursaries are awarded to students based on financial need, community and school involvement, and knowledge of Kin Canada. Successful applicants will be notified by June 2012.

Kin Canada Bursaries is a program of the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund. Hal Rogers was the founder of Kinsmen in 1920 and he was a passionate advocator in the value of educating Canada’s youth.

Since Kin Canada Bursaries was established in 1994, more than half a million dollars in bursaries have been awarded to students pursuing their post-secondary education. The bursaries are supported each year by the fundraising efforts of Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin Clubs across the country.

Kin Canada is the Association of Kinsmen, Kinette and Kin clubs. In hundreds of communities across Canada, more than 7,000 dedicated volunteers make up this dynamic, all-Canadian service organization. Through their promotion of service, fellowship, positive values and national pride, Kin members work tirelessly to make their communities and country a better place to live. For more information about Kin Canada, visit

Applications can be mailed to:
The Kinette Club of Medicine Hat
Box 183
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 7E9

For more information, please contact:

Phone: 403-527-9760 (please leave a message if not available)

Medicine Hat’s Volunteer Centre will likely close it’s doors after Christmas. The organization that has been a staple in our community since 1991 was overlooked for FCSS funding and can no longer operate. Program funding was a decision made by our current city council. The same council that has recently allotted funds to Slave Lake, Haiti and the Horn of Africa. Irregardless of the fact that our generosity extends beyond our borders, times are tough and we cannot fund a twenty year old organization providing services to the local community. If you are wondering why, here are some people you can ask:

Mayor Normand Boucher
Alderman Graham Kelly
Alderman Wayne Craven
Alderman Les Pearson
Alderman Phil Turnbull
Alderman Ted Clugston
Alderman Jeremy Thompson
Alderman John Hamill

A water main break occurred at 2 Ajax Coulee near Kipling Street. The water main break affected several areas of the city including the southwest, southeast and northwest.

Department crews worked through the night to isolate the break and are working to resolve the issue and restore full water pressure. Residents in the southeast area of the city may experience low water pressure or temporary discolouration. This discolouration poses no health concerns. Customers may also temporarily experience air in their water lines.

Environmental Utilities apologizes for any inconvenience and thanks the community for their patience during this period.

If you don’t already know, Midnight Madness is happening tonight from 6PM until well, you guessed it, midnight. As part of the officially kicking off the shopping season, many businesses in the downtown area will be open until midnight, usually offering great deals and sales. You know the drill. There was a couple pages in the Medicine Hat News today announcing specifically what is on sale from most of the downtown vendors, although I am sure once you are down there, you will see the offerings for yourself.

Some of the non-shopping events include tree-lighting in Batus Park at 6PM with choir signing from Medicine Hat High School, free hay rides (6-8PM), and the Monarch will be showing a free children’s movie at 5PM, 6PM, and 7PM. The Medicine Hat Public Library is hosting a book sale until 8:30PM. The Esplanade is offering craft activities in its Discovery Centre from 6 to 8PM. There’s also a ton more going on than even listed here.

Coinciding with the event is the Downtown Medicine Hat Christmas Roving Art Reception which features local art and galleries, taking place in the Hive, Inspire Café and Gallery, and at the Esplanade.

Road closures will be in effect throughout Midnight Madness. Free parking will be available in all city-owned lots, as well as the Transit Terminal Parkade.

Midnight Madness takes downtown tonight Article on Medicine Hat News

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