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CREATE IN BANFF SHARE WITH THE WORLD The Banff Centre 2013 -14 arts programs

Over 100 programs in the performing, visual, media, literary, and indigenous arts.

“Dream big...” Jeff Melanson President, The Banff Centre

WELCOME TO THE BANFF CENTRE With programming steeped in both legacy and a new pioneering spirit, The Banff Centre is the world’s largest arts and creativity incubator. By making a decision to come to Banff, you will be joining a collaborative community of over 8,000 artists, creators, and thinkers who come here each year. Amidst our mountain location in Banff National Park, you will find an interdisciplinary arts environment allowing you to exchange ideas and find collaboration and inspiration in the most unlikely of places. We look forward to welcoming you to our creative community.

Since 1933, The Banff Centre has been a catalyst for bold ideas, creativity, innovation, and creation. We believe the future will require new ideas and dynamic thinking from artists and leaders charged to navigate their way through the challenging conditions that lie ahead. We anticipate an exciting and productive time here for you, one where we can assist in creating the context within which you will excel. Come and immerse yourself in this place. Once on campus, be sure to take time to look up and be inspired by the surroundings, as well as take advantage of the many facilities we have available to you. Step outside your artist studio to find an array of performance and exhibition venues both indoors and outdoors, where concerts, artist talks, exhibitions, screenings, readings, recitals, and a plethora of other performances and showcases of creative work are offered throughout the year. And now, you can stay connected to Banff Centre performances whether you are at home or on the move with, an online showcase of artistic works created at The Banff Centre.

Moving forward, The Banff Centre will disseminate creative content produced in Banff by using new initiatives in digital, web, radio, and broadcast media, as well as through The Banff Centre Press, a publisher of books on contemporary art, literature, and culture. The Centre will reflect its commitment to creativity by using these avenues to provide a peek inside the day-to-day activity here, for people who have been to The Banff Centre (or are here already), and for people who are considering bringing a project here - giving you a sense of what it is to create in this place. Make the most of your time here and enjoy the camaraderie of others committed to making our planet better without boundaries or limits. Dream big and make some magic happen.

Jeff Melanson President, The Banff Centre

TABLE OF CONTENTS Arts and creativity incubator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Supporting the creation of new work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Funding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Alumni . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Directors and faculty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Facilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Performance and events opportunities . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Arts programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Arts programming: residencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Arts programming: workshops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Arts programming: work study programs . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Theatre Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Music & Sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Literary Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Visual Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Indigenous Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Film & Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Leighton Artists’ Colony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Accommodation and meal plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 How to apply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Cover: Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Inverted Mountains, Banff National Park. Photo: Donald Lee. supported by:

The Banff Centre is supported by funding from the Government of Alberta through Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education, Alberta Infrastructure, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Arts programs are supported by funding from the Government of Canada through the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Arts Training Fund. The Banff Centre experience is also enriched through generous support from individuals, corporations, and foundations.







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ARTS AND CREATIVITY INCUBATOR Located in the heart of Canada’s first National Park, The Banff Centre is a unique 43-acre “village of the arts” operating yearround, offering over 100 programs in the performing, visual, media, and literary arts. Over 8,000 artists, creators, and thinkers at all stages in their career, from across Canada and around the world, attend our professional and creative development programs each year. From recent graduates to artists at the forefront of the international scene, we have something to offer everyone. Artists come to The Banff Centre for a variety of reasons — some are making the transition from school to a professional career or are on leave from orchestras, dance companies, universities, or other professional organizations; some come to develop new work for performances, auditions, exhibitions, or publication; and others come to experiment with a new technology or explore a new medium or collaboration. Whatever their reason, our programs, staff, and facilities provide the time, space, and support for creative, professional, and artistic growth at one of the most profoundly inspiring campuses in the world.


“This spot on the earth has its own little bit of magic and we are all trying to tap into it in some way.” Choreographer/director Jonathan Butterell Sundance Theatre Lab Banff Retreat artist

“It was a really vague idea that one day I would like to write a novel. It seemed like an impossible thing to do. Getting to Banff changed that. The environment was so conducive — the community of artists combined with having your cooking and cleaning taken care of — it seemed like a good time to start.” Author Alison Pick Wired Writing Studio and Writing Studio artist Wired Writing Studio faculty

Facing page: Chita Rivera and Jonathan Butterell, Sundance Theatre Lab Banff Retreat. Top: Alberta Ballet, The Fiddle and The Drum, Performing Arts Residency. Middle: Faculty member Edgar Meyer, Winter Music Residency. Bottom: Mongolia’s Altai Khangai, Diverse As This Land program showcase. Photos courtesy The Banff Centre.







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Aszure Barton and Artists, Awáa, Performing Arts Residency. Photo: Donald Lee.

Supporting the Creation of New Work It is a priority of The Banff Centre to ensure that works developed here reach far beyond the Rocky Mountains. In addition to mentoring artists, The Banff Centre is committed to the commissioning, development, and production of new works in all major arts disciplines. Works created at the Centre are presented across Canada and around the world, contributing to culturally vibrant communities.

Co-production Spotlight: Aszure Barton In 2012, choreographer Aszure Barton came to Banff for ten weeks with her company, Aszure Barton and Artists, creating a new work in contemporary dance called Awáa. At the Centre, she was able to tap into a wide range of creative support – for staging, lighting, and an elaborate setup for underwater video and photography that led to a spectacular series of scrim projections in the show. This co-production premiered at the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa, came back to Banff for a performance in the Eric Harvie Theatre, and is touring across North America in 2012-13.

“This is a perfect example of The Banff Centre and its support: I had this dream that one of my dancers was underwater and there was a rocking chair...I went into the office of Kelly Robinson (director, Theatre Arts) and I said, ‘I know this is crazy, this is kind of an absurd question, but I had this dream and I don’t know if we can make it come to life.’ Right away he said, ‘Let’s make this happen.’” Choreographer Aszure Barton 2012 Koerner Foundation Distinguished Guest Artist in Choreography


Funding Spotlight: Ricky Ian Gordon


“You need to extract yourself from your particular distractions and look at your work in a new way… It’s so spectacular and beautiful here. It’s both intimate and epic.” Composer Ricky Ian Gordon 2012 Fleck Fellowship recipient

Following the success of his 2007 opera The Grapes Of Wrath, Ricky Ian Gordon was invited into an opera commissioning program launched by the Metropolitan Opera. Gordon connected with Pulitzer Prize and McArthur Genius Award winning playwright Lynn Nottage to use this commission to compose music for an opera version of her play Intimate Apparel. Based in bustling New York City, Gordon knew he needed time away to focus on the piece — he found it in the Leighton Artists’ Colony.

Thanks to generous donations by individuals and corporations, The Banff Centre grants internal funding through fellowships and scholarship endowments to artists whose achievements and innovation distinguish them in the arts community, recognizing the achievement of these gifted artists by providing them the opportunity to create new work supported by the unique resources of The Banff Centre.

Financial support is also available for participants to attend many of The Banff Centre’s programs. The amount of financial aid varies, averaging about 70 per cent of tuition costs across all the programs. Subsidized program fees, rather than financial aid in the form of scholarships, applies to Workshops or Self-directed Residencies. Any applicant who applies for Banff Centre financial aid for a program that offers it, will receive financial aid if they are accepted into the program. Last year, The Banff Centre provided artists participating in our programs with $3.7 million in scholarships and financial support.

Ricky Ian Gordon, Leighton Artists’ Colony Residency. Photo: Kim Williams.







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ALUMNI Programs at The Banff Centre provide one of the most important training grounds in the world for artists. The impact has been felt nationally and internationally, creating a vibrant network of alumni serving as mentors and teachers within communities across the globe. They receive awards, accolades, and distinctions of the highest honour; assuming positions of leadership in the creative community worldwide.

Erika Raum

Alumni Spotlight: Erika Raum In the summer of 1984, violinist Erika Raum attended The Banff Centre’s program for gifted youth. At this point, the 12-year-old had already begun playing professionally with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, making her first concerto debut at just 10 years of age. Raum spent many of her summers enrolled in Chamber Music and Master Classes at The Banff Centre, gaining international attention in 1992 when she took first prize at the Josef Szigeti International Violin Competition in Budapest. Forever loyal, Raum has returned regularly as a faculty member and highprofile performer.

“Banff is the place where, over a stretch of 20 years, I made my most significant breakthroughs as a violinist and as an artist. The place, the facility, the setting, the faculty, and the participants all had a hand in influencing me. I’ve attended many arts institutions over the years and Banff was always where I felt safest and at the same time stimulated.” Violinist Erika Raum Summer Music Programs artist and faculty



Directors and faculty at The Banff Centre are luminaries in their fields who are brought to Banff from around the world to share their experience and expertise. All programs are highly customized to fit the requirements of participants in advancing their artistic careers through interaction with these exceptional peers and mentors. Our distinguished visiting artists will push your talents and your thinking, whether during private coaching sessions and master classes, gathered around a dining room table, or in a casual conversation on a stroll around campus.

FACulTy SPOTliGHT: GREG HOlliNGSHEAd Greg Hollingshead is an award-winning writer: Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, Giller Prize shortlist, Governor General’s Award for Fiction, Member of the Order of Canada, and the author of three novels and three story collections. An active leader in Canada’s literary community, Hollingshead served as the Chair of the Writers Union of Canada in 2011-12, was a professor of creative writing at the University of Alberta for 30 years, and currently directs the Writing Studio program at The Banff Centre each spring.

Greg Hollingshead

“I believe the one-on-one editing offered by the Writing Studio is invaluable to writers, who at certain times in their careers can benefit from the weeks in residence The Banff Centre affords.” Author Greg Hollingshead Writing Studio, Program Director







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facilities From the initial spark of an idea to a full scale production, Banff Centre facilities offer a superb range of resources to support artists across all disciplines. At any hour of the day, participants are scattered across campus creating in dance and music studios, production and post-production spaces, and various Visual Arts facilities. Our writers lounge serves as a literary conversation hub, while our Library and Archives houses a collection of materials with a focus on the visual and performing arts. Tucked away in a secluded forested area on campus, the Leighton Artists’ Colony’s nine distinct studios inspire artistic practice, with opportunities to interact with the larger Banff Centre community, while our unique music huts offer a location free of daily pressures and distractions. From these intimate spaces to the spectacular, The Banff Centre houses a variety of performance venues. Our largest theatre comes fully equipped with a proscenium house, fly tower, and orchestra pit; while performances are also hosted in our black box theatre or our cabaret-style club. Our recital hall offers up an unmatched setting for audiences and performers alike, while our new outdoor amphitheatre inspires experimentation in outdoor performance with expansive mountain views and the latest in lighting, sound, and digital technology. Creativity requires a healthy body as well as a healthy mind and The Banff Centre’s on-site facilities offer a wide range of recreational opportunities and fitness services, from swimming in our skylit pool to lunch hour yoga classes, and guided hikes throughout Banff National Park.



Facilities Spotlight: Rolston Recital Hall Over 100 events take place in this beautiful hall each year. With a maximum seating capacity of 225, the natural acoustic setting can be configured for performance or recording situations, while the stage set up can accommodate ensembles of various sizes — from soloists to orchestras. From the stage, performers have an extraordinary view of the majestic mountain peaks surrounding the building; an inspirational setting for artists and audiences alike. Rehearse in the Rolston during the day, then perform to a packed house as part of our evening concert series.

“Places like Banff are of vital importance to musicians and artists. I found it incredibly nourishing to have the time to get away from the noise and stress of daily life, take stock, reflect and be inspired while enjoying access to wonderful practice and performance facilities, being surrounded by like-minded people.” Pianist Ivana Gavric Fall Music Residency artist

Facing page (top to bottom): Visual Arts studio. Eric Harvie Theatre. Telus Studio. Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives. Kinnear Centre Dance Studio.

Above: Banff Festival Orchestra, Rolston Recital Hall. Photos courtesy The Banff Centre.







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The Banff Centre presents over 400 original performances, concerts, and curated exhibitions each year, showcasing many of its programs and participants during the annual Banff Summer Arts Festival. These performance opportunities allow artists a chance to perform with our world-class faculty in front of a committed arts loving audience. Artists taking part in residencies are given the opportunity to showcase their works in an Open Studio walking tour. All artists are eligible for discounts on ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

performance and events opportunities


“The Spirit of the Rockies is our own falling in love and our own understanding of beauty. ... [And understanding that] we are part of this world, and it is a part of us.”

Performance Spotlight: The Kruger Brothers, The Spirit of the Rockies In 2011, Jens Kruger was invited to create a work for The Banff Centre, a commission that recognizes his ability as a composer, arranger, and performer. A symphonic piece for chamber orchestra, guitar, bass, and banjo, The Spirit of the Rockies was developed in a Banff Centre Creative Music Residency before being presented as the final performance of the 2012 Banff Summer Arts Festival.

Composer Jens Kruger Creative Music Residency artist

Facing page: Shaw Amphitheatre. Main image: The Kruger Brothers, The Spirit of the Rockies.” Top to bottom: Mark Leckey, BigBoxGreenScreenRefrigeratorActions, Walter Phillips Gallery exhibition. Professional Dance Banff Summer Arts Festival performance. Marni Jackson in conversation with Sasha Snow and John Valliant.

Visit and experience recent performances recorded live at The Banff Centre

Ian Keteku, Spoken Word program showcase. Photos courtesy The Banff Centre.







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“Randomly, we all sat down at the same table for a meal, and that was pretty much the instrumentation for creating our band. We all decided to book a recording session together, and after we played one tune, we knew.” Ben Dietschi Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music artist

Facing page (clockwise from top right): Visual Arts Open Studio.

Jera Wolfe and Arlo Reva Baskier-Nabess, Indigenous Dance Residency.

Carol Perehudoff and Don Gilmour, Leighton Artists’ Colony pathway.

Sally Borden Building.

Film & Media video shoot.

Film & Media photo shoot. Photos courtesy The Banff Centre.

Above (clockwise from top right): Theatre Arts Costume Shop. Literary Journalism participants. Sally Borden pool. Greg Staats, Visual Arts Thematic Residency.







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There are three types of programs offered at The Banff Centre — Residencies, Workshops, and Work Study Programs. All programs offer the opportunity for a period of exceptional productivity and creativity, to showcase work created and skills acquired here, and for professional development. All of our programs have a dynamic and innovative approach, with a flexible learning and creative development environment unlike typical academic structures. The Banff Centre also conducts applied research and fosters innovation in a variety of program areas, both independently and in partnership with other institutions and the private sector.

“I am your most grateful genre-swapping participant. I truly don’t know how to write for the stage unless I can look out the window, at some point in the process, and lock eyes with an elk.” Playwright Joan MacLeod Banff Playwrights Colony artist Opera As Theatre faculty

ARTS PROGRAMMING Arts Programming Spotlight: Joan MacLeod With over 10 plays under her belt and a lifetime in theatre, multi award-winning Canadian playwright Joan MacLeod returned to The Banff Centre in 2012 to revisit and remount her first opera libretto: The Secret Garden. In 1985, MacLeod met composer Stephen McNeff at The Banff Centre, and together they began work on The Secret Garden. It was her first professional theatre gig, directed by Kelly Robinson, who has since become director of Theatre Arts at The Banff Centre. The opera went on to win a Dora award. The 2012 remount was presented in Banff and London, UK.

Joan MacLeod. Photo: Donald Lee.


Visual Arts ceramics studio.

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RESIDENCIES Residencies include both structured residencies of a fixed length and selfdirected residencies of variable length. Artists may be exploring their medium in collaboration with other residency participants and faculty, or they may be working independently or working within an existing group to focus on the development of a specific project. In the performing arts disciplines, professional training programs are offered for emerging artists to work with leading coaches, performers, and professionals in the field, while preparing for performances as part of the Banff Summer Arts Festival.

Residencies Spotlight: Adrián Villar Rojas During his seven weeks in a Visual Arts residency, Adrián Villar Rojas explored concepts surrounding permanence and impermanence. In addition to experimenting with audio and video material, he used his residency in Banff to assemble sculptural works from recycled vehicle parts, using photography to document his creations. The Buenos Aires-based artist represented Argentina at the 2011 Venice Biennale.


“What I appreciate about being in Banff is the opportunity to experiment. I was able to work with video and audio for the first time. I was given time and space to ask questions and to experience the work of other artists. Sometimes institutions demand that you finish something. Here there was no pressure to produce. Instead there was time to experiment — to try something new.” Adrián Villar Rojas Visual Arts Thematic Residency artist Raul Urtasun - Frances Harley Scholarship recipient






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Workshops are short, intensive programs that delve into a specific topic, skill, or discipline. Usually ranging from a few days to a week long, workshops are the most accessible of our programs, offering the full experience of The Banff Centre including access to facilities and the ability to work with leading faculty artists in the field. Workshops generally have a structured program, including group sessions, master classes, one-on-one mentoring, critiques, guest speakers, and other activities.

Photo: Donald Lee.

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WORKSHOPS Workshops Spotlight: Banff Puppet Theatre Intensive Wilderness Photography Workshop

The two-week Banff Puppet Theatre Intensive allows artists and theatre craftspeople to obsess day and night over the task of breathing life into inanimate objects. Dishcloths become cloaks. Clay becomes delight. The program is presented by Calgary’s Old Trout Puppet Workshop, purveyors of all things puppet, who lead exercises that support the foundation of original, theatrical, puppet performances presented at the end of the workshop.


“It’s not just about building puppets, it’s not just about manipulating puppets, it’s about working with each other to further your inspiration under the theme of puppetry.” Peter Balkwill Banff Puppet Theatre Intensive director

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WORK STUDY PROGRAMS Work Study Programs offer a training and mentorship opportunity that is ideal for emerging artists, technical practitioners, and arts administrators. Participants work with a mentor well-experienced in the field to develop knowledge and skills for a specific career in the arts. The Work Study Program is usually several months to a year long and offers participants a full scholarship to cover the program fee, a stipend, subsidized meals on campus, and the possibility for subsidized shared housing.

Top: Film & Media Work Study participants.

Work Study Spotlight: Shawn Everett Shawn Everett is a bit of a Banff Centre golden boy. He spent five years here as an Audio Engineer Work Study after graduating high school, exercising his recording chops before moving to Los Angeles where he connected with award-winning producer and Banff Centre faculty member Tony Berg. By his second day in California, Everett was assisting on a session for Pete Yorn’s album Nightcrawler. He has since collaborated as an engineer and mixer with Bruce Hornsby, k.d. lang, Bob Dylan, Ozomatli, Eddie Vedder, and Natalie Cole. Still loyal to his roots, he visits The Banff Centre regularly and is a key faculty member of the Indie Band Residency.

Middle left and right: Theatre Production and Design technical practitioners. Lower right: Shawn Everett, Audio Engineer Work Study alumnus. Photos courtesy The Banff Centre.

“My formative years were spent here; its home. I hope I’ll be here when I’m an old man… so long as they keep having me.” Music producer Shawn Everett

Shawn Everett







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“The Opera As Theatre program provides the essential elements – acting, movement, and vocal training – to create a successful artist and prepare them for the professional world.” Shantelle Przybylo, Opera As Theatre artist

Theatre Arts Kelly Robinson, director

Theatre Arts at The Banff Centre provides a carefully integrated system of programs dedicated to training and professional development for artists and technicians at every stage of their careers. The foundation of all activities is the investigation of the contemporary repertoire, and developing and creating new works in drama, dance, opera, music theatre, and interdisciplinary art forms.

Professional Musical Theatre Training Intensive July 2 - July 14, 2013 Application deadline: March 4, 2013

By providing unrivaled access to industry leading professionals and coaches, this intensive offers an elite-level training opportunity for young musical theatre performers aspiring to a professional stage career. Participants amplify their talent through master classes, private coaching, and professional development sessions.

Opera As Theatre

Professional Dance

July 1 - August 11, 2013 Application deadline: January 4, 2013

June 24 - July 27, 2013 Applications by invite only

Faculty: Kelly Robinson (Program director), Dominic Wheeler (conductor)

Program director: Lindsay Fischer

Rigorous and rewarding, Opera As Theatre focuses on the artists’ acquisition and integration of essential music and theatre skills, necessary for every young professional singer, in order to prepare, rehearse, and perform successfully in a full-scale mainstage opera.

Drawing on a 60-year legacy, Canada’s premier dance program brings participants to Banff for weeks of intensive classes and rehearsal, followed by a week of mainstage performances that includes a new choreographic work as part of the annual Banff Summer Arts Festival.

Top: Theatre Production and Design Work Study, Shaw Amphitheatre stage setup. Professional Dance, Laszlo Funtek Studio. Costume Shop.

Facing page: Lillian Alling, Opera As Theatre. Photos courtesy The Banff Centre.


The Banff Playwrights Colony The Retreat: February 9 - 13, 2013 The Colony: April 8 - 27, 2013 The Workshop: Two weeks in November 2013 Application deadline: September 21, 2012 Program director: Brian Quirt

The Banff Playwrights Colony celebrates its 40th edition in 2013 with a new director, Brian Quirt, and new components designed to broaden its ability to provide playwrights with an inspiring environment in which to create and develop new works.

Theatre Production, Design, and Stage Management Work Study Program April 2013 - September 2014 Application deadline: December 14, 2012

Participants intern with experienced industry professionals supporting performances in opera, dance, and drama. Involved in the production process — from the initial concept through to the final production — this program encourages the development of highly trained theatre production practitioners.

The Paddy Crean Stage Combat Workshop Interpretation to Execution – Exit pursued by a bear! December 29, 2012 - January 3, 2013 Registration deadline: October 15, 2012

This workshop is an opportunity for master teachers, researchers, and movement artists to get together and share in the wealth of knowledge that is found in historical and theatrical fighting techniques, from all around the world.

PROFESSIONAL THEATRE PROGRAM January 21 - April 21, 2013 Application deadline: May 18, 2012

A partnership between The Banff Centre and Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre, this advanced creative development program offers the opportunity for established Canadian actors to enhance their performance skills.

International Voice Workshops with Richard Armstrong


Introductory: May 27 - 29, 2013 Advanced: May 31 - June 9, 2013 Application deadline: February 25, 2013

July 6 - 7, 2013 Application deadline: May 1, 2013

The vocal training central to these workshops focuses on exploring and expanding range and character, and emphasizes good use of breath, body alignment, and physical grounding. There is a special emphasis on the connection between the voice and the personality of each participant.

Faculty: Michael Greyeyes

Through a series of interactive group-based exercises, participants will be introduced to the Viewpoints theatre training technique, which addresses essential performance concepts such as becoming present, active listening, spontaneity, trust, and spatial relationships.







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Music & Sound The Banff Centre’s music programs are dedicated to supporting emerging and midcareer artists, and to providing each participant with personalized and individualized artistic direction. The programs are unique in that they follow no pre-set curriculum — rather, they are supportive and flexible to the needs and goals of each individual participant.

Summer Music Programs Barry Shiffman, director

World-renowned for its transformative impact and dedication to the artistic growth of each participant, these summer music programs offer private coachings, performance opportunities with our leading faculty as part of the Banff Summer Arts Festival, professionally recorded concerts, and a community of international musicians.

Chamber Music Residency for Pre-formed Ensembles June 10 – June 28, 2013 Application deadline: January 7, 2013

Master Classes for Strings and Winds

Roots & Rhizomes Percussion Residency

July 1 - 19, 2013 Application deadline: January 7, 2013

June 23 - 29, 2013 Application deadline: January 14, 2013

Faculty: Barry Shiffman (director), Ian Swensen, Soovin Kim, Joel Smirnoff, Kolja Lessing, Raphael Wallfisch, Steven Dann, Gilad Karni, Denis Brott, Colin Carr, Andrés Díaz, Tara Helen O’Connor, Ransom Wilson, Richard Killmer, Yehuda Gilad, Todd Palmer, Frank Morelli, William VerMeulen, Elizabeth Wallfisch.

Faculty: Steven Schick (program director), Gabriela Ortiz, Lewis Nielson, Allen Otte, Aiyun Huang, Christian Dierstein

An essential experience for emerging musicians, this program provides artistic inspiration and development through master classes, career development seminars, performances, and chamber music collaborations.

Led by contemporary percussion champion Steven Schick, this program is geared towards early to mid-career artists who want to contribute to the growth of contemporary percussion.

Collaborative Piano Internship June 30 - July 19, 2013 Application deadline: January 22, 2013

Faculty: Barry Shiffman (director), Mark Steinberg, Donald Weilerstein, Joel Krosnick, Gilbert Kalish, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein

Banff Festival Orchestra

Faculty: Lydia Wong, Jeanie Chung

Our faculty of chamber music experts brings energy and diverse expertise that will inspire professional and emerging ensembles to realize new levels of creative excellence.

July 22 - August 17, 2013 Application deadline: January 7, 2013 Faculty: Lior Shambadal

An internship opportunity that allows eight collaborative pianists the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of musicians in the Master Class program on a wide range of repertoire and projects.

An intensive four-week program includes preparation and Banff Summer Arts Festival performances of large ensemble, classical symphonic repertoire, and opera.


Piano Master Class July 22 - August 9, 2013 Application deadline: January 22, 2013 Faculty: James Anagnoson, Julian Martin, John Perry, Tamás Ungár, Hamish Milne, Robert McDonald, Ronan O’Hora

Recognized as one of the leading programs for emerging pianists, the Piano Master Class continually attracts the highest calibre of young performing artists.

Brass Residency July 22 - August 3, 2013 Application deadline: January 28, 2013 Faculty: Jens Lindemann, Martin Hackleman

Led by the dynamic Jens Lindemann, this program challenges notions of music-making and instigates development of the complete and career-savvy artist.

FALL AND WINTER RESIDENCIES Ongoing opportunities Visit for more details

Residencies during the fall and winter allow for opportunities for musicians of all genres, including classical, world music, jazz, indie band, singersongwriter, Indigenous - and in particular Canadian artists and music.

Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music Vijay Iyer, director May 20 – June 8, 2013 Application deadline: January 14, 2013 Faculty: Ambrose Akinmusire, Ravi Coltrane, Stephan Crump, Marcus Gilmore, Dafnis Prieto, Tyshawn Sorey, Esperanza Spalding, and more.

Our stellar faculty of world-renowned musicians, innovators, leaders, and thinkers present master classes, lectures, workshops, informal sessions, and collaborative concerts. The focus is on improvisation, composition, listening, ensemble playing, history, theory, critique, creative concepts, and our connections to other genres, fields, and disciplines.

BANFF INDIE BAND RESIDENCY September 30 - October 16, 2013 Application deadline: April 22, 2013

Participating bands will focus on their development as a group, have opportunities to perform new work, and work with expert faculty producers, recording engineers, live sound engineers, lighting technicians, faculty, and other participating bands.


Facing page: Music & Sound Building. Mathisha Panagoda rehearses in his music hut studio, Winter Music Residency.

Main image: Julian Kuerti, Colin Carr and Banff Festival Orchestra. Vijay Iyer performs with jazz participants. Photos courtesy The Banff Centre.






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Literary Arts Steven Ross Smith, director

The Literary Arts department is devoted to all aspects of literary arts, and to developing a forum for the exchange of ideas in contemporary art and literature. Rigorous, innovative, and critical approaches in writing and publishing are developed through programs that support professionals at various stages in their careers.

In(ter)ventions: Literary Practice at the Edge February 11 - 23, 2013 Application deadline: November 15, 2012 Faculty: Steven Ross Smith (program director), Joe Amato, J.R. Carpenter, Fred Wah Guests: Johanna Drucker, Lori Emerson, Gail Scott

A groundbreaking residency that enables experimentation and creation in innovative writing practices. In(ter)ventions welcomes interventions in writing as an art form, where the medium itself (language) is the site of investigation. The means of production that might frame such interventions (such as audio, electronic literature, interactivity, vizpo, video, performance, collaboration, and so on) are secondary to and/or juxtaposed with the compositional.

Spoken Word April 3 - 12, 2013 Application deadline: November 15, 2012 Faculty: Tanya Evanson (program director), Jean-Pierre Makosso, D’Bi Young Guests: Alexis O’Hara, Christian Bök

Lift your poetry off the printed page and learn to deliver it with passion and precision in a public performance. With a specific piece or entire project in mind, this program offers space to write, workshops, special events, one-onone mentorship, and time to develop strong performance dynamics, within a vibrant network of spoken word artists. Cultivate your craft with the language, rhythm, music, and beat of spoken word.


Writing Studio April 29 - June 1, 2013 Application deadline: November 15, 2012 Faculty: Greg Hollingshead (program director), Dionne Brand, Caroline Adderson, Stan Dragland, Steven Galloway, Madeleine Thien, Karen Solie, Jen Hadfield, Colin Bernhardt

Intended for published writers and poets at an early or intermediate stage in their career, the Writing Studio provides an extended period of uninterrupted writing time, one-on-one editorial assistance, an opportunity to engage with a community of artists, and an individually structured timeline to best suit your goals.

Writing With Style Program Director: Elizabeth Philips Spring Program: April 21 - 27, 2013 Application deadline: February 15, 2013 Spring Faculty: Sandra Birdsell, Silver Donald Cameron, Sue Goyette, Richard Scrimger Fall Program: September 8 - 14, 2013 Apply by: June 15, 2013 Fall Faculty: Jacqueline Baker, Charlotte Gill, Don McKay, Alexander McLeod

Whether you have attended many writing workshops or this is your first, Writing With Style allows artists to shape and edit a work-in-progress under the guidance of an experienced writer, with private writing time, reading opportunities, and group discussions.

Literary Journalism July 3 - 29, 2013 Application deadline: March 15, 2012 Faculty: Ian Brown, Victor Dwyer, Charlotte Gill

Mountain and Wilderness Writing

Looking to develop a major non-fiction essay, memoir, or feature piece? This month-long residency will enable you to work on your manuscript with individual consultations with faculty editors. The program also features roundtable discussions, interaction with invited guest speakers, and engagement with other participants, and artists from other fields. In addition to a $2,000 commission fee, writers accepted to this program will receive an award to cover the program fee, some travel expenses, and private work space in the Leighton Artists’ Colony.

Faculty: Marni Jackson, Tony Whitthome

Wired Writing Studio

June 3 – 22, 2012 Application deadline: February 15, 2015

September 30 - October 12, 2013 (Two week on-site residency in Banff) October 31, 2013 - March 30, 2014 (20-week online residency) Application deadline: June 15, 2013

Program directors: Hugh Hazelton, Katherine Silver

Faculty: Fred Stenson (program director), Curtis Gillespie, Phil Hall, Lisa Moore, Jennifer Still, Carrie Tiffany, Chris Fisher

Too busy for five weeks in Banff? The Wired Writing Studio is designed for published writers and poets — at an early or intermediate stage in their career — who have young families, demanding jobs, or other life commitments. Spend two weeks immersed in a creative community of artists at The Banff Centre, working one-on-one with an experienced faculty writer and editor. Then return to your home work space for 20 weeks of mentorship through online consultations, discussion forums, and posted readings.

“I remember one evening in particular, madly jotting down scenes and turning points on a stack of index cards that, by the end of the night, were scattered all over my room and bed. It was one of those magical times when the entire project was in my head and the writing couldn’t keep up with the thoughts.”

October 25 - November 15, 2013 Application deadline: June 15, 2013

Delve into a writing project that focuses on adventure or the environment through individual consultations and workshop discussions with faculty editors and other participants. Artists will have access to coinciding Banff Mountain Book Festival activities: readings, lectures, presentations, films, panel discussions, book launches, and a chance to network with other writers, editors, and publishers.

Banff International Literary Translation Centre

Inspired by the network of international literary translation centres in Europe, this residency program is the only one of its kind in North America. The primary focus is to afford working and professional literary translators a period of uninterrupted work on a current project, within an international community of their colleagues, and with input from experienced faculty translators.

Karsten Heuer Mountain and Wilderness Writing artist

Facing page: Ian Brown and Literary Journalism participant. Above left: Spoken Word program showcase. Above right: Justin Ridgeway, Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives. Photos courtesy The Banff Centre.

Self-directed Writing Residencies Ongoing opportunities

The Banff Centre provides a perfect retreat setting for writers looking for focus and inspiration. You’ll find the time, space, and facilities for your own thinking, creation, editing, and manuscript development. Writers in all genres are invited to apply.







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Walter Phillips Gallery

Visual Arts

Established in 1976, the Walter Phillips Gallery is committed to the production, presentation, and collection of contemporary visual art and culture. The Gallery produces five exhibitions annually, with a focus on artist-led projects, and presents a dynamic series of public lectures, workshops, and performances.

Thematic Residencies The Banff Centre’s Visual Arts programs focus on professional development, research, and training opportunities in media and visual arts. The programs provide access to world-class facilities in photography, sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, textiles, painting, performance, media arts, film, and video, as well as curatorial and critical studies. Residencies are for professional artists with an exhibition record who have had formal training in visual arts, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers.

Thematic Residencies offer a structured program where artists, curators, and other arts professionals are brought together to research a specific theme. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, studio work, formal lectures, and studio visits from world-renowned visiting artists and curators, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration and the development of their work.

SOCIETY IS A WORKSHOP May 13 - June 21, 2013 Application deadline: January 4, 2013 Faculty: Olivia Plender (lead)

DOCK(ING); OR, NEW ECONOMIES OF EXCHANGE Banff Research in Culture May 27 - June 21, 2013 Application deadline: January 15, 2013

Above (top to bottom): Visual Arts Open Studio.

Faculty: Joseph Grima, Suzanne Lacy, Michael Speaks

Geoffrey Farmer, God’s Dice, installation view (2010). Photo: Donald Lee.

Facing page: Figure in a Mountain Landscape artists at Burstall Pass. Photo: Kimberly Simpson.



Another World in the Studio September 23 – November 1, 2013 Application deadline: March 1, 2013


Banff Artist in Residence (BAIR) Programs

November 12 - December 6, 2013 Application deadline: May 3, 2013

Ongoing opportunities

Faculty: Pierre Bal-Blanc (lead)                         

Global Positioning System or Hacking the Coordinates to Enable Shapeshifting and Shadow Networks January 13 – February 21, 2014 Application deadline: June 14, 2013 Faculty: Postcommodity (Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, Kade L. Twist, Nathan Young)

Banff Artist in Residence programs offer independent periods of study where artists, curators, and other arts professionals are free to experiment and explore. Participants are provided with an individual studio, as well as use of facilities including printmaking, papermaking, ceramics, sculpture, and photography.

Work Study Programs Ongoing opportunities


A Winterjourney

Faculty: Sarah Anne Johnson (lead), Graeme Patterson, Jeff Whetstone

January 13 – February 21, 2014 Application deadline: June 14, 2013


Faculty: Andreas Siqueland (lead)


Similar to an internship, Work Study Programs are offered in visual arts studio, curatorial practice, preparatorial practice, arts research and public programs, and arts research and administration. These are hands-on opportunities that allow individuals to work on projects with direct mentorship and support in a multitude of areas focusing on the participants’ learning objectives. Please note that additional faculty and guests to be announced, visit for details.







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Indigenous Arts Sandra Laronde, director

The Banff Centre’s Indigenous Arts programs enhance opportunities for Indigenous artists - writers, musicians, dancers and choreographers, visual and new media artists, and others - to research, conceive, and produce work with cultural integrity and artistic merit. Programming includes performances, concerts, residencies, presentations, workshops, publications, and exhibitions. Our goal is to contribute to the development of strong and vibrant Indigenous arts communities in Canada and around the world.

Diverse As This Land Vocal Intensive Workshop July 6 – 13, 2013 Application deadline: April 10, 2013 Faculty: David Smukler, Donita Large

This eight day voice intensive residency enables participants to explore singing as a physical experience, breath control, capacity and resonance, understanding the vocal apparatus, solo and group composition, and career strategies in the music business. It features technical training and master classes with a highly accomplished vocal instructor and associate vocal instructor.

Indigenous Dance Residency July 31 – August 24, 2013 Application deadline: May 3, 2013 Faculty: Jock Soto

World-renowned Indigenous choreographers and leading dance instructors come together with dancers from across Canada and around the world to share, investigate, and strengthen contemporary Indigenous dance practice. This intensive includes daily technique classes, improvisation classes, performance skills, and the creation of a new choreographic work that will be performed as part of The Banff Summer Arts Festival at The Banff Centre. 26 | THE BANFF CENTRE | ARTS PROGRAMS 2013 – 2014


Self-directed Residencies for Indigenous Artists

September 9 - 21, 2013 (on-site) September 30 - December 6, 2013 (online) Application deadline: May 1, 2013

Ongoing opportunities

Faculty: Tomson Highway, Witi Ihimaera, Lee Maracle

A unique opportunity for writers to develop their writing and storytelling voices amidst a vibrant community of acclaimed faculty and fellow writers. This program offers an extended period of writing time: two weeks at The Banff Centre and 10 weeks working online. It offers invaluable one-onone editorial feedback with faculty, and cultivates the significant role of writers as storytellers in a dynamic reading series.

Hi-Rez Storytelling Visit for details.

Designed to support Indigenous filmmakers and new media screen-based writers and producers, participants will develop projects, write for multiplatform environments, and learn digital strategies that provide a continuum for contemporary storytelling forms. Faculty will provide mentorship and feedback on story and character, conceptual development, linear and nonlinear flow in digital landscapes, and explore alternative storytelling mediums and interactive elements in film, video, image, sound, and text.

The Banff Centre offers self-directed residencies to assist artists in achieving their artistic vision. By providing time and space for focused work and the freedom to conceptualize, create, research, or complete a project. Self-directed residencies are open to dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, singer-songwriters, filmmakers, writers, playwrights, and curators. Residencies can be of any duration and artists can apply at any time. Financial assistance is available.

“It was a privilege to take part in such an amazing creative process. Being able to learn from acclaimed faculty, alongside other Indigenous artists was very beneficial for my professional development.� Thomas Fonua (Samoan/Tongan, New Zealand) Residency artist

Facing page (top): Jock Soto, Indigenous Dance Residency. Moana and the Tribe, Diverse As This Land program showcase.

Above: Tono, Red Sky Performance, Commissioned by The Banff Centre and Luminato. Photos courtesy The Banff Centre.







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Film & Media

“The opportunity to practice the art of directing, on a professional set, in a supportive environment, is a true gift.” Arlin McFarlane, Women in the Director’s Chair 2011

Kerry Stauffer, executive director

Film & Media at The Banff Centre is devoted to content creation, capture, and dissemination in digital film, audio, and the interactive arts. Programming includes artist residencies (from pre-production through to post and cross platform broadcast delivery), creative training workshops, and education opportunities through our Work Study Programs. Film & Media also produces the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, and houses the Digital Media Research area. In all Film & Media activity, there is an emphasis on the development of significant collaborations, coproductions, and cross platform broadcast opportunities within Banff Centre Radio, Banff Centre Live, and with external industry partners.



Spring: May 13 - 31, 2013 Summer: August 5 - 23, 2013 Fall: November 18 - December 6, 2013 Winter: February 10 - March 21, 2014

Spring/Summer Term: May 6 - August 30, 2013

Application deadlines: February 15, 2013 June 14, 2013 September 6, 2013 December 6, 2013

Film & Media’s Artist-in-Residence program provides a rich, well-supported environment for content creation in digital film, audio, and the interactive arts. Residencies are ideal for individuals and teams who want time and space to create new works, research innovative ideas, and experiment with different techniques and modes of production. Projects range from concept development to production to broadcast delivery and performance. Participants are provided with an individual studio, and access to our television and audio recording studios, edit suites, media and research labs, and screening room. Professionals are free to experiment and explore in this environment, and our dedicated staff and Work Study Program participants are on hand to provide technical and artistic consultation, as well as hands-on support for the project.


Fall/Winter Term: September 16 - December 13, 2013 January 6 - March 28, 2014 *Year long opportunities also available

Our unique and internationally-renowned Work Study Programs provide a hands-on learning environment for emerging professionals in digital film, audio, and the interactive arts. Our Work Study programs are designed for recent graduates with 1 - 2 years industry experience, who are looking to increase their practical skills before transitioning to a professional career. Film & Media Work Studies receive a rigorous, experiential education including workshops, tutorials, and lectures, and productions and collaborations with other departments such as Theatre, Music, and Visual Arts. Participants work with a variety of faculty throughout their program, who are industry professionals, celebrated with major industry awards, and whose ongoing professional work has been in service of major studios and broadcasters. Work Study program offerings include artistic and technical disciplines such as Editor, Interactive Designer, Visual Effects, Videographer, Audio Engineer, Podcast Producer, Music Producer, and more.


A full-length, commercial recording project is the focus of these short-term residencies, which are intended to help participants develop audio products, such as CDs and demo recordings.

SCIENCE COMMUNICATIONS July 21 - Aug 3, 2013 Application deadline: April 15, 2013 Faculty: Jay Ingram (program chair), Mary Anne Moser (program director)

Working with some of the world’s leading science communicators, participants explore the use of print, visual, and social media, as well as other communication formats, with the goal of fostering a more engaging role for science in public culture.

ADVENTURE FILMMAKERS’ WORKSHOP October 28 - November 4, 2013 Application deadline: September 9, 2013 Faculty: Keith Partridge, Michael Brown

Under the guidance of two of the world’s premiere adventure filmmakers, independent and emerging filmmakers are provided an exceptional chance to turn their project into reality. Participants build relationships, network with fellow artists, and mingle with industry insiders and decision-makers, all within the core of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.

WILDERNESS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP September 20 - 23, 2013 Application deadline: August 12, 2013 Faculty: Gordon Wiltsie, John Burcham

WOMEN IN THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR Module 1: November 21 - 25, 2013 Module 2: January 16 - February 3, 2014 Application deadline August 31, 2013 (module 1) November 30, 2013 (module 2)

Dedicated to building capacity for mid-career women filmmakers’, this program takes a dynamic approach to traditional fictional storytelling for film and television by combining classroom theory with practical hands-on experiences. Participants work with professional actors, cinematographers, designers, editors and crews; practice casting, rehearsing, blocking for camera; explore leadership and communications styles in prep, on set, and in post.

This workshop provides an opportunity for emerging photographers to learn how to tell compelling visual narratives through images. Two National Geographic photographers will guide participants through classroom seminars, critique sessions, and outdoor fieldwork, with the assistance of licensed Parks Canada interpreters. Clockwise from top left: Women in the Directors Chair. New Media performance rehearsal in The Club. Audio Engineer Work Study Emma Laín works with Honens Prize Laureate Georgy Tchaidze. Mike Stevens and Matt Anderson record an album. Photos courtesy The Banff Centre.







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The Valentine Studio in the Leighton Artists’ Colony. Photo courtesy The Banff Centre.

Leighton Artists’ Colony Independent Residencies Ongoing opportunities

Located in a secluded, wooded area on The Banff Centre’s 43-acre campus, the Leighton Artists’ Colony studios provide professional artists an ideal space for creativity and intense productivity. These independent residencies offer artists the ability to delve into their work as a solitary retreat, as well as the option to engage within the larger artistic community of The Banff Centre.

Artists have used the studios to create novels, poetry, plays, songs, chamber works, and operas. They have choreographed dance and music theatre, curated exhibitions and shows, and have created important visual art, films, new media, and television programming. All studios are equipped with a computer, printer, wireless Internet access, kitchenette, and comfortable furnishings, providing the amenities necessary for artists to immerse themselves completely in their work. Leighton artists contribute significantly to culture and the arts in Alberta, throughout Canada, and around the world.


These studios were each designed by a distinguished Canadian architect. Artists do not live in their studios. On-site accommodation consists of a private room with bath, telephone, TV, and housekeeping service. Artists have full access to the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, dining room, café, and fitness and recreation facilities at the Sally Borden Building. Access to technical support, equipment and additional production facilities may be available on a rental basis.

“…one of the world’s very best environments to work in — a totally equipped, wired, comfortable, private writing studio in Banff National Park.” Lawrence Hill Leighton Artists’ Colony artist

Studio photos: Donald Lee. Artist photos: Kim Williams. To get detailed descriptions of the studios visit







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ACCOMMODATION AND MEAL PLAN Participants in residency programs and most workshops stay at The Banff Centre for the duration of their program. The residential aspect of our programs offers participants the ability to take part in the larger artistic community of the Centre while having dayto-day concerns of cooking and cleaning taken care of. Rooms have all the amenities of a hotel, with wireless internet available throughout the campus. Participants in our Work Study Program are eligible to stay at the Rocky Mountain Housing Co-op (RMHC), which offers shared apartment-style accommodation.

The program fee for most Residency and Workshop Programs at The Banff Centre includes a meal plan with access to our on-campus dining facilities, offering artists a range of meal options during their stay. The meal plans give participants the flexibility to select meals according to their own needs or schedules.

Top to bottom: Lloyd Hall bedroom. Lloyd Hall Building. Vistas Dining Room. Photos courtesy The Banff Centre.


HOW TO APPLY For all inquiries regarding arts programs at The Banff Centre, please contact the Office of the Registrar: Phone: 403.762.6180 or 1.800.565.9989 (toll free in North America) Email: Fax: 403.762.6345

Brian Jungen, The ghosts on top of my head (2010-11). Painted stainless steel. Gift of Doug, Linda, Sarah, and Ian Black. Photo: Laura Vanags.

The Banff Centre

AT THE INTERSECTION OF ART + IDEAS New art and ideas are born at The Banff Centre every day. We support ground-breaking artists. We inspire visionary leaders. We convene trailblazing research. The Banff Centre is the largest arts incubator on the planet. Our mission is inspiring creativity. Over 8,000 artists, leaders, and researchers from across Canada and around the world participate in programs at The Banff Centre every year. At the Centre they find the multidisciplinary tools and support they need to create, to develop solutions, and to make the impossible possible.

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The Banff Centre 2013-14 Arts Programs  

Create in Banff, share with the world. The Banff Centre offers over 100 programs in the performing, visual, media, literary, and indigenous...

The Banff Centre 2013-14 Arts Programs  

Create in Banff, share with the world. The Banff Centre offers over 100 programs in the performing, visual, media, literary, and indigenous...