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December 12

Kinnear Financial launches Kinnear Centre Platinum Club

Jim Kinnear launches Kinnear Centre Platinum Club in support of Kinnear Centre for Creativity and Innovation



November 24

Premier stage annuel en formation continue de théâtre

Fruit d’un partenariat entre trois organismes majeurs du domaine du théâtre et de la culture au Canada, l’Association des théâtres francophones du Canada (ATFC), l’École nationale de théâtre du Canada et le Banff Centre, la première édition du stage annuel en formation continue à l’intention des artistes de théâtre du Canada français se mettra en branle dès lundi le 28 novembre. http://www.banffcentre.ca/media-release/1090/premier-stage-annuel-en-formation-continue-de-thtre.mvc

November 21

Vijay Iyer appointed director, Banff Centre jazz program

Pianist and composer Vijay Iyer appointed successor to Dave Douglas as director of the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music.



October 26

Cecilia String Quartet shows poise, passion

A review of the Cecilia’s performance in Calgary on October 26, 2011, which included performances of Mozart (“The Cecilia ladies clearly have an affinity with this music, naturally expressing its blend of poise and passion”) and Dvorák (“Such music needs a first violinist with a ‘generous’ sound, and this it had in the marvellous playing of Min-Jeong Koh. She, however, was well matched by her fellow players, and under their capable fingers the quartet soared and thrilled, filling the hall with the most exquisite sounds).

October 19

French Embassy supports Visual Arts program

The French Embassy in Canada, the French Institute/l’Institut français, and The Banff Centre have signed a three-year agreement to support a residency program for a French curator to participate in a Visual Arts residency at The Banff Centre.  

October 3

Banff Centre president to receive honourary degree from UWO

University of Western Ontario awards Mary Hofstetter, Banff Centre President and CEO, an honourary Doctor of Laws degree, calling her "one of the strongest voices for art and culture in Canada."



September 28

Canadian Art magazine reviews the Dexter Sinister residency

Kari Cwynar reviews the Dexter Sinister residency, which ran July / August 2011, in Canadian Art.

September 25

Quatour Zäide share first prize at Beijing International Music Competition

Quatour Zäide, third prize winners at the 2010 BISQC, share first prize at Beijing International Music Competition.



August 26

Banff Centre President and CEO Mary Hofstetter interviewed by Report on Business Magazine

In Report on Business Magazine, Banff Centre President and CEO Mary Hofstetter talks about how Alberta is leading the way in support for the arts.

August 19

The Calgary Herald on the "musical mystery" of Lillian Alling

The Calgary Herald's arts writer, Bob Clark, previews the new John Estacio / John Murrell opera Lillian Alling.

August 17

Bob Clark at The Calgary Herald on Jock Soto and the Indigenous Dance Residency

The Calgary Herald's arts writer, Bob Clark, writes about dancer Jock Soto's involvement with the Indigenous Dance Residency, and his new memoir, Every Step You Take.

August 10

Bill Brooks and the Calgary Herald on the 2011 Banff Midsummer Ball

Bill Brooks covers the 2011 Banff Midsummer Ball in words and pictures, for the Calgary Herald.



July 29

The Globe and Mail on the new Shaw Amphitheatre

Marsha Lederman at the Globe and Mail covers the location, development, and technical specifications of the new Shaw Amphitheatre.

July 28

Canadian Art reviews the On the Commons residency

Tatiana Mellema reports on the recent Visual Arts residency On the Commons in Canadian Art Magazine.

July 25

The Calgary Herald reviews Dance Masters July 21

Bob Clark, the Calgary Herald's arts reporter, reviewed opening night of the 2011 Dance Masters performance, calling it "expressive and technically solid."



June 7

Amazon.ca supports Banff International Literary Translation Centre

With one of its first grants to a Canadian organization, online retailer Amazon.ca will support a comprehensive literary program that brings translators from around the world to The Banff Centre.



May 24

TD Bank Group invests in Banff Centre jazz

Following on the great success of the TD Jazz Fellowships, awarded to musicians in creative residencies since 2008, TD Bank Group (TDBG) has made a further commitment to jazz at The Banff Centre. With generous support of $100,000 for the 2011 and 2012 jazz programs at Banff, TDBG provides ongoing support for exceptional young musicians through the TD  Fellowships and Scholarships in Jazz.    

May 11

Jeff Melanson appointed president of The Banff Centre - effective January 1, 2012

The Board of Governors of The Banff Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeff Melanson as the Centre’s next president, effective January 1, 2012.

May 10

Residency Unlimited interviews Visual Arts faculty member Olivia Plender

Visual Arts faculty member Olivia Plender talks in Residency Unlimited about the "communal experience" she created at The Banff Centre. 

May 3

Mark Resch appointed Director of Digital Media Research

As director of Digital Media Research at The Banff Centre, Mark Resch will secure external research funding, develop and nurture external partnerships, and oversee the Centre’s existing research infrastructure in digital media.



April 28

Johan Lundh interviews Visual Arts director Kitty Scott for Residency Unlimited

Curator and writer, Kitty Scott is since 2007 the Director of Visual Arts and the Banff International Curatorial Institute, at The Banff Centre in Canada. Previously she was chief curator at the Serpentine Gallery, London; and Curator, Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada. She has written extensively on contemporary art for catalogues and journals including Parachute, Parkett, and Canadian Art. Our conversation took place at The Banff Centre in August of 2010.

April 11

Rising stars

“The great things about BISQC is they really pamper you!” Interviewed in the World Federation of Music Competition newsletter, Min-Jeong Koh explains how the BISQC career development program will make a difference.

April 1

With an intimidating level of perfection

Reviewer Ute Schalz-Laurenze of Kreiszeitung says the Cecilia String Quartet’s Bremen concert “sets new standards for the interpreation of this music.”



February 28

Cybera Connects The Banff Centre To Seattle Internet Exchange

Effective this week, creativity at The Banff Centre will be enhanced by faster internet connectivity. Hundreds of artists, business leaders, and international guests will now have speedier access to sites like Google, YouTube and Facebook, provided through a Cybera-hosted connection to the Seattle Internet Exchange (SIX).

February 23

Federal government funds WordFest: Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival

Marketwire : β€œThe Government of Canada has provided funding of $210,000 for the 2011–2012, 2012–2013, and 2013–2014 editions of WordFest through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage."

February 22

CALC Arts Residency Agreement Renewed

The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALC) and The Banff Centre renew their agreement funding residencies for Quebec artists and writers for the next three years.

February 2

Sundance Institute announces projects selected for 2011 Theatre Lab to be held at Banff Centre

We Are Movie Geeks: “The Theatre Lab is a three-week developmental retreat designed to provide a private, creative environment for playwrights, directors, composers and librettists to devise and refine new work with the support of creative advisors, full casts and rehearsal space. This year, Sundance has 31 fellows or generative artists, including playwrights, composers, directors and creative teams. Sundance Institute is grateful for the assistance of the Performing Arts Residency program at The Banff Centre.”



January 9

Government of Canada Invests in The Banff Centre

Federal government announced funding for Presenting Series.