Go and Write Writing Retreats ✍️

We’re taking Go and Write! to England on a springtime adventure to awaken our creative souls. Join New Brunswick authors Dr. Gerard Collins and Janie Simpson from March 18-28 or April 10-20, 2023 for an intimate writing retreat that sweeps you from venerable London to the iconic Cotswolds, a perfect combo to be inspired by greatness and reconnect with your literary self.

London and the Cotswolds. Join authors Dr. Gerard Collins and Janie Simpson for a spring writing retreat. March 18-28 or April 10-20, 2023.

With only eight rooms available, space is limited on this 11-day retreat, where you can enjoy the blooming warmth of an English spring before the tourist season begins. In London, we’ll stay at the Mad Hatter Hotel near ancient pubs where Dickens, Johnson, Twain, Yeats, Tennyson, and Orwell visited, wrote, and set stories. Then, we’re off to the Cotswolds and the luxurious Abbots Grange manor house, built in 1320 and voted the best B&B in Britain.

Through the centuries, the Cotswolds region has attracted writers such as Oscar Wilde, J.R.R. Tolkien, William Shakespeare, and Jane Austen, and it still inspires. To experience its unassuming beauty at a quiet time will afford us the opportunity to
enjoy it as a writer should.

Gerard and Janie have been hosting writing retreats since 2016. Gerard is an award-winning author and university professor who will conduct workshops and offer direct feedback on your writing; Janie is the chief administrator for Go and
Write! and is, herself, an award-winning author.

Prices start at $4,995 Canadian. Visit www.goandwrite.ca for details.

artsnb Artist in Residence Program Upcoming Deadline: February 1st, 2023 🗓

artsnb’s Artist in Residence Program is intended for New Brunswick public or private institutions and organizations that wish to host professional artists in order to enable them to pursue specific projects relating to their creative work.

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This program is also open to individual professionals who seek to advance their creative work through participation in residency opportunities at home or outside the province. The artists in residence are to contribute to the promotion and understanding of the arts by means of the artists’ contact with the clientele of the establishments.

Full details here.

AX Emerging Artist in Residence – Ceramics 🏺

The AX Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex is seeking proposals for our 2023 residency lineup. Please submit your application for consideration by December 31, 2022.

Ax Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex

The AX Emerging Artist One-Month Residency – Ceramics in Sussex, NB is a short-term paid residency designed to support Canadian artists who have finished their formal training or show equivalent experience and are now looking to take the next steps forward in their artistic careers. The emerging artist will have access to our fully equipped ceramics centre, including brand new ConeArt Computer kilns (2), a Shimpo pottery wheel, slab roller, work table and their own private studio space.

During the residency, the artist will have access to AX’s mentorship network and will be working closely with AX’s Ceramics Centre Coordinator, Matt Cripps, to ensure they have a successful residency. The purpose of this short-term residency is to promote emerging artists in the field of ceramics, with a specific focus on helping jump-start the careers of ceramics artists.

Emerging artists are expected to complete a proposed project during the residency time frame. Following the residency this project will be featured in a solo virtual exhibition hosted on the AX website.

To submit an application, follow the instructions here: Emerging Artist One Month Residency Ceramics Application

Please note: emerging artists must be between the age of 18 and 35.

Go here for full details.

Call for Submissions: The AX National Emerging Artists Ceramics Exhibition 2023, Plasticity

Call for Submissions for the AX National Emerging Artists Ceramics Exhibition 2023: Plasticity

AX is seeking applications for the AX National Emerging Artists Ceramics Exhibition 2023: Plasticity. Please submit your application by February 21, 2023. This exhibition is for emerging artists working in all clay/ceramics.

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Emerging ceramists around the country are invited to make a submission to a jury of respected professional ceramists who will select 20 artists to take part in the exhibition. The exhibition and selection process will offer up-and-coming artists an opportunity to have their work recognized and promoted in a juried exhibition.

In selecting the 20 artists, the jurors will choose work that has significant impact and depth of meaning, pushes boundaries, and creates a conversation.

We will notify successful artists by March 2, 2023, and artists must deliver work to AX no later than April 2, 2023. Artists are responsible for the shipping arrangements (both ways), with AX reimbursing the costs up to $600.

AX will pay artist fees to the 20 selected artists. Fees will be based on national Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) standards.

The jury will also select submissions to receive an additional cash prize.

Full details here.

Women’s Freedom Song Contest 💪🏽

Can you write the next female anthem? Contest starts Dec.1 and runs until March 1! Winners will be announced on International Womens Day, March 8.

Women's Freedom Song Contest

Join us in celebrating this day and enter your song, poem/lyric or music video in our contest. Do they celebrate the power and strength of a woman? Well send them in. (Open to all genders). The only limit is your imagination!

Go here to apply.

New Brunswick Talent Competition 🎙

On Saturday, August 5th 2023, KIRA will be welcoming talent from across the province to perform at the KIRA Amphitheater and to compete for the titles of New Brunswick’s Talent and the top prize of $5,000.00.

Apply until February 15th, 2023.

New Brunswick's Talent

Do you have a talent to showcase in Atlantic Canada’s largest Amphitheater? If so, apply now for a chance to be crowned New Brunswick’s Talent and a $5,000.00 Cash Prize. Once Application is submitted, please forward a short video showcasing your talent to kira@kingsbraegarden.com

Registration closes Feb 16, 2023, 4:00 a.m.

Details here.

International Songwriters’ Day Contest 🎵

International Songwriters Day (April 9), would like to invite you to our fifth year of the “International Songwriters Day Song Contest” to once again, help kick off this special day. Have you written the next hit? Well we want to hear it!

International Songwriters' Day

Our contest is open to writers all around the world, from all levels of experience. This year’s theme is “Inspiration.” We are looking for songs, music videos and lyrics that inspire, think (new beginnings, second chances, starting over), etc. They can be ballads but they should have an element of hope or redemption in the storyline, to fit the theme.

Our judges are : Mike Gormley, LAPD Mgmt. who helped launch the careers of Rod Stewart, BTO, Rush, The Police, Danny Elfman, the Bangles, Martin Isherwood, Head of Music at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), Rick Rose (former staff writer for Sony ATV Nashville & Warner Chappel), David Eaton, Producer/Engineer for (Polyphonic Spree, Dynamite Hack, Archivist for Warner/Elektra/Atlantic) and Diana Williamson who has written 2x#3 Billboard Hot Club chart songs, is author of “101 Tips and Tricks of Successful Songwriting, and VP of Themusiclibrary.org.

Go here for full details.

HUBCAP Comedy Festival Open Mic Stand-up Contest 🎤

CBC Information Morning Moncton Presents the HUBCAP Comedy Festival Open Mic Stand-up Contest.

Groucho glasses over a hubcap.

This could be your big break!

The HUBCAP Open Mic Stand-up Contest is back to kick-off the Comedy Festival, and we want to hear you stand and deliver your funniest material.

Competition day is Wednesday, February 1, 2023. at the Old Triangle Irish Alehouse at 7 p.m.

To enter for a chance to compete live on stage, email your contact information (name, address and phone #) and a youtube link to a 2 or 3 minute video of your funniest material to info@hubcapcomedyfestival.ca.

Deadline to enter is noon on Friday, January 20, 2023.

HUBCAP will upload accepted contestant Videos for viewing and fan votes to the competition’s Facebook event page.

Judges panel and online voting take place from 6 p.m. Monday, January 23 until noon on Thursday, January 26.

Full details are here.

Women in Music Canada 🎶

Have you applied for the inaugural WIM Canada Honours?⁠

This program is designed to celebrate and support women and gender diverse Canadian innovators and creators who have outstanding success in their field in the eligibility year (December 2021 through December 2022 for annual based categories). ⁠

Submissions now open. Women in music Canada








Applicants must submit interest through WIM Canada’s application form by the deadline (Monday, January 16, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET). This may be done by the prospective honouree or another Canadian colleague. The honours will be presented at a dinner March 8 (International Women’s Day) to cap off our IWD programming. ⁠

Women in Music Canada values diversity, equity and inclusion, and welcome applications from innovators and creators from diverse backgrounds.⁠

Learn more and apply today here. ⁠Have you applied for the inaugural WIM Canada Honours?⁠

This program is designed to celebrate and support women and gender diverse Canadian innovators and creators who have outstanding success in their field in the eligibility year (December 2021 through December 2022 for annual based categories). ⁠
⁠Applicants must submit interest through WIM Canada’s application form by the deadline (Monday, January 16, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET). This may be done by the prospective honouree or another Canadian colleague. The honours will be presented at a dinner March 8 (International Women’s Day) to cap off our IWD programming. ⁠

Women in Music Canada values diversity, equity and inclusion, and welcome applications from innovators and creators from diverse backgrounds.⁠

Details here.

Craft NB Jurying Session Now Open 🧶

Want to submit your work to be juried in?

Become a Juried Member of Craft NB!

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Our next jurying session will be happening in early 2023.

The drop-off deadline for this session will be January 30th, 2023 at 12pm. Please feel free to contact Emily at communications@craftnb.ca with any questions you may have, or to arrange for drop-off! Please note that our in-office hours may change from week-to-week so setting up a time for drop-off is necessary.

For more information about what is required for your work to be juried, please see Jury Review & Standards!

Details here.

AX Seeks Executive and Artistic Director 📣

AX, the Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex, is seeking an Executive and Artistic Director to implement the centre’s strategic vision by leading and empowering stakeholders in the effective delivery of programs and services. The Executive and Artistic Director will report to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the everyday management of the centre, including employees, finances, and programming.

Click here for the full details.

Ax Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex

This is a permanent position for 37.5 hours per week (occasional evenings and weekends required), with group health benefits paid for by the employer, flexible work options, a minimum of 4 weeks’ vacation, additional holidays over and above statutory holidays, and a salary between $55,000 and $70,000. These terms are negotiable, depending on qualifications and experience.

Please apply with a cover letter and resume. You may email your application to boardpres@axartscentre.ca. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, so early submission is encouraged. We thank everyone who applies for their interest in this position; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Visual Arts News: Call for Submissions for Summer 2023 Issue ☀️

Upcoming: an open call for our Summer 2023 issue. Visual Arts News is curious to hear from writers, artists and critics in order to expand, respond and deepen conversations inspired by the artistic vision of emerging and established artists who are pushing the boundaries of art and culture in the Atlantic.  For our open call, we are seeking pitches for features, profiles and exhibition reviews, and prioritize work that pushes back against white supremacy and colonialism because we are committed to supporting anti-oppression, anti-racism, Indigenous sovereignty, Black liberation, and sexual and gender diversity.

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Pitch deadline: January 15, 2023

Draft deadline: February 25, 2023

Release date: June 1, 2023

Pitches should be submitted by email to editor@visualarts.ns.ca

Details here.

MNB Industry Pathways: Expert Access Component Now Open 🛣

INDUSTRY PATHWAYS is dual-focused initiative that will provide support to New Brunswick live music workers for training, mentorship and skill development.

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INDUSTRY PATHWAYS has two components aimed at the live music sector, set to begin run until March 2023. The Expert Access Component is now open and accepting applications.

This component provides access to advice, mentorship and services from nationally recognized professionals. Participants can book up to three hours with the professional of their choosing – including a public accountant, entertainment lawyer, mental health practitioner, digital marketing consultant, and other music industry experts.

NOTE: Participants may apply and be approved more than once, as the budget allows, but may only have two applications open at a time.

Go here for full details.

International Women’s Day 2023: Call for Performers 🎵

Music•Musique NB, in collaboration with the Charlotte Street Art Centre (Fredericton) and Haven Music Hall (Saint John), is organizing activities around International Women’s Day 2023.

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We are looking for local performers who identify as female and would like to perform in one of the three cities (Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John) on March 4th.

Applications are open until January 26th and selected artists will be contacted in early February.

Start Gallery Call for Submissions 2023 📜

START Gallery is Mount Allison’s student-run space at 7 Lorne St. in the Mi’kmaki region. START organizes juried exhibitions of MTA student art. They will be programming five, 2-week exhibitions from January to April 2023, with our first show expected to open January 24th.

2023 Call for Submissions
There will be TWO deadlines for submissions:
Early Bird Deadline: December 20th, 2022
Final Deadline: January 9th, 2023

All submissions are due before the winter semester begins!


Exhibition proposals must include:
-Contact information: names/prounouns/email/phone number
-Title and Description: What are you proposing to show? How many works? What mediums? How will they be presented?
-A brief artists statement
-Installation Requirements
-Minimum 5 images of work you are proposing to show (.jpeg or .png, between 1-5MB, minimum 1200 pixels wide)
-An image list with file number, title, medium, dimensions, and year of creation for each of your images

Please send written components as a PDF document and the image files as attachments to mtastartgallery@gmail.com

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out through DM or by email!

Shift Change 2023 📋

Winter is almost here … but so is ShiftChange 2023!

ShiftChange 2023 will take place February, 24-26, 2023 at the Atlantica Hotel in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Nova ScotiaAfter having to go virtual for our last two conferences, we are so excited to get together in person once again for three days of learning, networking, and discovery!

Shift Change. Festival perspectives from Atlantic Canada and beyond. February 24 - 26, 2023 in Halifax, NS. Live and in person!

ShiftChange brings together perspectives from Atlantic Canada and beyond for festival-focused professional development and networking. The event provides attendees with initiatives to make their festivals stronger and more sustainable, discover what is new and trending from leading experts, and share ideas and collaborate with colleagues.

ShiftChange 2023 will feature the following thought-provoking PD sessions: 

  • Marketing the Underknown Artist
  • The Future of Festivals
  • Guest Curation as Social Justice
  • Healthier Workspaces
  • & more!

ShiftChange is open to both APA members and non-members and many industry and sector organizations are invited to attend including festival and theatre presenters, venue operators, event producers and tourism and municipality operators.

Registration and the room block at the Atlantica Hotel will open on January 9, 2023. Stay tuned for more exciting details to come!

For further inquiries about ShiftChange, please contact lisa@atlanticpresenters.ca

Toronto’s Outdoor Art Fair 🏙

Applications are now open!

Join Canada’s leading contemporary outdoor/online art fair, launching artists’ careers since 1961. Our iconic white tents have hosted many renowned Canadian artists, such as Edward Burtynsky, Barbara Astman, Joanne Tod and many more at the early stages of their careers. Our community is passionate about supporting artists and exceptional talents through awards, special programs and opportunities.

Early Bird Deadline: February 28, 2023 (11:59 PM)

Final Application Deadline: March 7, 2023 (11:59 PM)

St. Michael’s Printshop Local Visiting Artist Program 📜

Deadline: January 31, 2023
Notification of results: end of February 2023. All applicants will be notified of the outcome.
Spots Available: 2

Call for submissions, Local Visiting Artist Program Due January31st, 2023. If you have any questions, please email info@stmichalesprintshop.com or chairstmichaelsprintshop@gmail.com

St. Michael’s Printshop invites applications from provincial artists with basic knowledge of at least one print medium who wish to come and work at the Printshop for a one to three month period. A total of two local visiting artist residencies are offered during the year. Artists who are experimenting with their printmaking practice and/or artists in earlier stages of their careers will be prioritized.

For local St. John’s and immediate surrounding areas this residency would cover 3 months time in the printshop. For those who would need to travel beyond St. John’s and would have to travel to the printshop this would cover 1-3 months depending on their needs.

Artists are paid a residency fee and given full access to St. Michael’s Printshop for a one to three month period. In return, artists offer one community engagement event, or workshop, and supply two prints from each edition created during the residency to SMP.