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10 Questions with Ellen Chorley, Local Playwright and Creative Mastermind

Ellen Chorley

Ellen Chorley

 

Premiering at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival this year, The Hollywoodland Burlesques has had a great response from audiences so far. Ellen Chorley wrote the script and stars in the lead role as Gossip Queen Louella Parsons. Here’s what she had to say about the show:

1)  What inspired the idea for The Hollywoodland Burlesques?

As a theatre company, Send in the Girls has looked for historical stories to present as burlesque. We like that the vintage feel really lends itself to the format we work with (a traditional play with burlesque storytelling).  We look for historical characters who bring dramatic or scandalous stories to the stage, and then use our imaginations to fill in the blanks when the history books don’t give enough details.  We were attracted to the idea of the feud of Hollywood reporters Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons—and so I started researching into the era and the big stories of the period—which is where I stumbled upon the tragic tales of Jean Harlow and Peg Entwhistle.  I think, ultimately, we wanted to show the dark side of Tinseltown—a theme that is just as prevalent in 1932 as it is today.

 

 2)  Give us three reasons why audiences can’t miss this show at the Fringe.

  • #1: I think the story is very compelling, the show looks beautiful— the costumes, wigs, tuxedos and corsets are divine (there is nothing like Old Hollywood glamour), and the performances are both flashy and extremely  real.
  • #2: I think Send in the Girls’ work is hugely based on experimentation and collaboration, which makes our company quite unique in Western Canada— especially since we work with burlesque.
  • #3: Coming to the see the show supports us creators and independent artists!

 

3)  Why did you decide to use 1930s Hollywood as a backdrop?

We picked the characters first and then placed the show in the time period these characters existed.

 

4)  What about the The Hollywoodland Burlesques are you most proud of?

As well as serving as Co-Artistic Director/ Playwright in Residence for Send in the Girls Burlesque, I am also the Artistic Director of a children’s theatre company, so a lot of the work I do is quite light and playful.  I think the writing of The Hollywoodland Burlesques really captures a darker feel and I love that.

 

5)  What did you find most challenging?

This is so silly, but honestly the most challenging thing about performing the show is smoking and drinking on stage.  It’s been really hard to handle my cigarettes, lighters, matches and champagne glasses all while keeping up with the scene.  I poured ‘champagne’ (sparkling apple juice) down the front of my dress last night.

 

6)  Are there any lessons or takeaways you want audiences of the show to walk out of the theatre with?

I just think that society has a huge obsession with celebrity and fame, and I guess it’s just interesting to think that celebrities are humans too—and that fame doesn’t get you everything that you want.

 

7)  How is the show being received by audiences so far?

We have had great houses and very enthusiastic audiences so far, which is very exciting because we are performing off of the main site this year in the French Quarter (which is about a 10 minute drive from the main Fringe site).

 

8) Why do you think theatre in Edmonton is important?

Theatre itself is important because creating it allows us to share our stories, practice empathy and have conversations.  Theatre in Edmonton is important because supports our community.

 

9)  Do you have any other recommendations for shows at the Fringe this year?

Tons:

  • Ligature Marks
  • Flora and Fawna’s Field Trip
  • It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman
  • John Cusack
  • Zanna Don’t
  • 3…2…1
  • Trickstars
  • Letters to Laura
  • Tree Hugger
  • Love and Death (or If We are Treading on Thin Ice, We Might As Well Dance)
  • All in the Timing
  • Sweet Lies

… and I make a cameo appearance in a play called Kurt Mann:  Buyer and Seller of Souls. 

 

10)  Is there an opportunity to see The Hollywood Burlesques after the Fringe?  What are some other projects we can look forward to seeing from you?

We don’t have plans to remount The Hollywoodland Burleques quite yet, but we have had the awesome opportunities to remount our other two burlesque plays (Tudor Queens: A Burlesque and A Bronte Burlesque) within the main theatre season, so hopefully we will be able to find another opportunity like that for The Hollywoodland Burlesques. This next year, I’ll be performing in a cabaret in November and then mounting my children’s play Birdie on the Wrong Bus in January 2015.

 

Tickets for The Hollywoodland Burlesques can be purchased online or at a Fringe box office.

The Hollywoodland Burlesques

Louella Parsons. Photo credit: DB Photographics.

Event Summary: PARK Edmonton Artist and Design Forum

By: Breanne Fisher

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend PARK’s first one-day conference in Edmonton. PARK, which stands for “Promoting Artists, Redefining Kulture”, works to support and mentor emerging artists within the community.  The conference was a means to bring these creative minds together for a day of discussion, collaboration, and exploration. The topic of entrepreneurship was particularly focused on throughout the day; providing all attendees with information on successfully launching and growing a creative business.

If you missed it, you missed out. I can only imagine what a foreigner — who knew nothing about Edmonton and just wandered into the conference — would have thought of the day. He or she probably would have blown away by how much talent this City encompasses; as well the humility and unpretentiousness of our incredible artists. Everyone there, no matter what stage they were in their career, really just had the desire to learn and grow—which was met, wholeheartedly, by all of the speakers.

 

Just getting started for a day of fresh ideas and inspiration.

Just getting started

 

The Highlights

Justine Barber, Co-founder of Poppy Barley started the show with her insights on Designing a Creative Business. She shared that “the reality of starting a creative business is that it requires a lot of non-creative work.” Coming from a business background, her advice for participants focused on first building a foundation, finding your brand’s creative niche, and fully analyzing your business’ viability.

Malorie Urbanovitch and Michael Meneghetti, Founders of Malorie Urbanovitch Ready to Wear presented next on the topic Cultivating Your Aesthetic: Defining Your Mission and Brand. Their talk was sincere and humble— conveying what lessons they have learned along the way from launching and nurturing their own brand. Tips, including, “take what others have to say, but trust your instincts”, and “create an aesthetic that is discernible and has a clear voice”, resonated well with the audience.

Kari Haddad, Co-founder of Workhall Boutique took to the stage to present on Creating a Successful Sales Model. She emphasized the importance on building an image that people will trust and relate to. The importance of embodying your brand was also articulated well in her presentation, as well as clearly defining why people will want to purchase your product.

Caroline Gault, Alberta Editor of FASHION Magazine delivered an entertaining talk on How to Pitch your Brand to Media. Her wealth of experience shone through and her guidance appeared to be exactly what the audience was looking for. Caroline looks for a few key things when deciding whether or not to write about someone, including: whether they have a website, a look book or quality photos, and if they are prompt and professional.

 

Caroline Gault on "How to Pitch Your Brand to Media"

Caroline Gault: “How to Pitch Your Brand to Media”

 

Josh Holinaty, Designer, Illustrator and Instructor at Guru Digital Arts College, burst into the room with heaps of energy. His presentation on Making it as an Illustrator was filled with his incredible illustrations and nuggets of wisdom. Josh stressed why it’s important to take risks and get out of your comfort zone.

 

Josh Holinaty speaks on "Making it as an Illustrator"

Josh Holinaty: “Making it as an Illustrator”

 

Nicole Campre, Founder and Designer at Campre Clothing and Workhall Boutique, was next and skillfully presented on her own journey: Two Years In —The Journey of an Emerging Clothing Designer. She shared how important connecting with the community was in her own career, as well as building a team of supporters.

 

Nicole Campre on the "Journey of an Emerging Clothing Designer"

Nicole Campre: “The Journey of an Emerging Clothing Designer”

 

The last presentation of the day was from Ken Bautista, Founder of Startup Edmonton. As a successful entrepreneur himself, his delivery of The Artist as an Entrepreneur was well-received and greatly appreciated by the room of aspiring business professionals. Ken feels that there are a lot of similarities between being an artist and being an entrepreneur, some of which are: creativity, passion and vision. He also shared how important it is to continually focus on your brand’s overall value: “Get people talking about the value, not the cost.”

The Startup Edmonton studio was abuzz with the energy of new ideas throughout the day. The breaks and lunch also provided all participants with the opportunity to mingle with the presenters and other artists. The overall length of the day could have been shortened, but it was a fantastic conference, full of inspiration and creativity. Thanks to PARK for providing a great resource for Edmonton’s emerging talent. Hope you come back to Edmonton again soon.

(Special mention to sponsors Startup Edmonton, Poppy Barley, and Mercer Tavern.)

 

2013 Annual Report

Our  2013 Annual Report  captures all the great work, projects and events that our volunteers worked on last year.

 

2013 NextGen Annual Report

2013 NextGen Annual Report

 

Some of our project highlights include: Ideas for Edmonton, Pecha Kucha Night 17 featuring Designing Downtown, NextGen’s Engagement Strategy: Connect, Care, Contribute and Candi{date}.

Thanks to our volunteers and Committee members who helped make 2013 a great year.

 

NextGen Month – Thank You!

We have many thank yous to mention to so many who helped make our NextGen Month events a smashing success!

Thanks to everyone who attended the NextGen kick off event last Wed with the proclamation from Mayor Iveson.

Check out our photos from the event that took place at Latitude 53 and featured breakdancers from United 1ne.

A big thank you to TD for sponsoring our NextGen kick off event and the Mercer Summer Super Party.

Also, special thanks to Famoso for providing free gelato at the Mercer Summer Super Party and those awesome gift cards!

TD Logo

And thank you to Mayor Iveson for proclaiming June as NextGen Month.

Mayor Iveson Proclaims NextGen Month

In case you missed our events, here are photos taken by David Rauch.

PKN 19

Thank you to our sponsors of Pecha Kucha Night!  And thank you to the Edmonton Pride Festival Society for partnering with us on PKN 19.

Our Sponsors

A crowd of 400 people attended Pecha Kucha Night 19 (PKN 19) on Thursday, June 5, outside in Churchill Square. Thoughtful, musical, and informative presentations were shared as well as a greeting from Mayor Iveson.

#yegpkn

PKN 19 Volunteers

Mercer Summer Super Party

A big thank you to host partners Mercer Warehouse, Make Something Edmonton, Startup Edmonton, The Culture Collective and TD.

#superparty #nextgenmonth

Mercer Summer Super Party

Pride Parade

Thanks to everyone who walked with us in the Pride Parade last Saturday. We had over 50 people who joined us in the parade!

Thanks to Mediaco, Thomas Culture, Ampersand Grey, Fabulous Balloons, the City of Edmonton and Edmonton’s Pride Festival Society.

#yegpride #nextgenmonth

Pride Parade 2014

Many thanks to our volunteers who helped make all these events happen!

NextGen Month

NextGen Month takes places in the month of June and it is an exciting time to connect with young people in Edmonton. There are a number of great events taking place in June (see below) so make sure to attend the NextGen Month kick off event to hear more about them!

NextGen, an initiative of the City of Edmonton is proud to be working with the next gen community and TD to create and promote NextGen Month. 

 

Check out all these events taking place in June! #nextgenmonth

Check out all these events taking place in June! #nextgenmonth

If NextGen Month is new to you and you want to learn more about how to engage Edmonton’s next gen demographic in your organization’s activities, we’d love to talk to you. Come to our NextGen Month event or the other events taking place in June and hear all the great things that NextGen and community organizations are working on!

 

 

Celebrate the kick off to NextGen Month,  June 4

Celebrate the kick off to NextGen Month, June 4

Celebrate the kick-off to NextGen Month on June 4 at a reception at Latitude 53, featuring music, entertainment and the NextGen Month proclamation by Mayor Don Iveson.

When: June 4

Where: Latitude 53 at 5:00pm, Speeches at 6pm

Thanks to everyone who RSVP’d!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pecha Kucha Night 19 | Last Call For Presenters

You saw our posts and thought to yourself “Pecha Kucha will be the PERFECT time to share my love of….” and then the smoke detector went off because your dinner was burning. Or did you start working on a presentation but got so engrossed in the latest episode of Game of Thrones (can you believe who died in the last episode?!) that you didn’t finish.

It’s okay!

Because we are still accepting submissions for Pecha Kucha Night 19! Happening June 5, 2014 in Sir Winston Churchill Square, this is your chance to present your amazing incredibly fantastic idea to some of Edmonton’s most engaged and creative young people. Some of the most recently presented topics ranged from donairs to nanotechnology – we just want to hear what you’re passionate about!

Just submit your presentation here, using our handy form. The deadline for submissions is May 8, and we’ll review them all in the following week. Can’t wait to see them all in June!

What is Pecha Kucha?
Drawing its name from the Japanese phrase for “the sound of chit chat,” Pecha Kucha Night was devised by Tokyo’s Klein Dytham Architecture in February 2003 as a venue for young designers to meet, network, exchange ideas and discuss their work in public. Presentations consist of 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds, for a total presentation length of six minutes and 40 seconds. Why this format you ask? It keeps presentations concise, fast-paced and entertaining.

For more information, visit pechakucha.org.

About Edmonton’s NextGen
Formed in 2006, Edmonton’s NextGen, an initiative of the City of Edmonton, is focused on creating a city that attracts and gives a voice to the next generation in the life and growth of Edmonton’s communities. NextGen is a hub for connecting people, places, community and ideas. Through events, leadership opportunities and professional development, NextGen fosters young leaders and supports initiatives of interest to the next generation.

NextGen Month – Let us know about your event!

NextGen Month unites and celebrates a new wave of volunteer organizations dedicated to making Edmonton a place that young people choose to live, learn and work now and in the future.

At a variety of events throughout the month of June, Edmontonians ages 18 – 40 can connect with Edmonton’s next gen community, get involved, share ideas, be creative, meet new people or help shape the city’s future.

Are you hosting an event this June that you think may be a fit to be promoted as part of our NextGen Month? Let us know about it.

NextGen is proud to be working with the City of Edmonton and TD to create and promote this year’s calendar of events. NextGen Month is an exciting time to connect with young people in Edmonton, and we want to help like-minded organizations throughout the City be a part of that success.

If you have an event in the month of June that focuses on engaging next gener’s in YEG and you would like to propose it for addition to the June calendar, please email details to nextgen@edmonton.ca by Thursday, May 8.

 

Early NextGen Month Highlights
June 4| NextGen Month Kick-off with a proclamation by Mayor Don Iveson
June 5| Pecha Kucha Night 19
June 6| Mercer Summer SuperParty
June 7| Edmonton’s NextGen at the Pride Parade

 

We’re looking for a couple of new members!

The NextGen Committee is currently looking to fill two volunteer positions: Communications Co-Chair and Volunteer Engagement Co-Chair.

To apply please send your resume and cover letter to: Nextgen @ edmonton.ca  by May 5th. We will be holding interviews sometime in May and invite those shortlisted for an interview with our recruitment committee.

We are looking for two (2) individuals who are within the next gen demographic, who live in Edmonton, are interested in volunteering on a City of Edmonton committee. Also, individuals who have a keen interest in community development, civic participation and working on projects and events that are part of NextGen’s work plan, strategic goals and that are of interest to next gener’s.

 The responsibilities of the Communications Co-Chair position are:

  • Works with the NextGen Communications Co-Chair and leads a Working Group (subcommittee) of 15 volunteers who work on communications related projects

  • Assists with the coordination and hosting of monthly Working Group meetings

  • Works with the NextGen Committee and NextGen Coordinator on City of Edmonton and NextGen communications

  • Facilitates the communications needs of the NextGen Committee and Working Groups by providing overarching communications support

  • Assists with managing the Edmonton NextGen website for copy writing and maintenance; local skill procurement for graphic design, photography and videography; and the use of multi-social media platforms

Term and Commitment:

Participation on the NextGen Committee is a volunteer position.

Members sit on the Committee for two (2) -year terms with the opportunity to extend their term.

The time commitment being a Committee member on NextGen is approximately 10-15 hours a month for meetings and Working Group projects.

Meetings:

There are approximately 2-3 meetings a month that includes:

  • Monthly NextGen Committee meetings every second Monday from 5:30-7:30pm

  • Monthly Communications meetings the last Tuesday from 5:30-7:00pm

  • Monthly NextGen Sustainability Working Group meetings every 3rd Thursday from 11:30am-1:00pm (if available to attend)

If you have any questions about the Communications Co-Chair position, please contact: Angela.Saveraux@cwbank.com.

And

The responsibilities of the Volunteer Engagement Co-Chair position are:

  • Works with the NextGen Community Volunteer Engagement Co-Chair and leads and manages a Working Group (subcommittee) of volunteers on projects that focuses on volunteer engagement activities

  • Assists with the coordination and hosting of monthly Working Group meetings

  • Acts as the point of contact for individuals interested in volunteering on a NextGen Working Group

  • Provides information on the type of volunteer opportunities available

  • Helps to recruit volunteers for NextGen events and projects

  • Assists with orientation of new members

  • Helps plan and organize fun volunteer social events

  • Assists the NextGen Coordinator and Committee Co-Chairs with the recruitment process of new NextGen Committee members

  • Attends community events and manages NextGen info tables and promotional activities

Term and Commitment:

Participation on the NextGen Committee is a volunteer position.

Members sit on the Committee for two (2) -year terms with the opportunity to extend their term.

The time commitment being a Committee member on NextGen is approximately 10-15 hours a month for meetings and Working Group projects.

Meetings:

There are approximately 2-3 meetings a month that includes:

  • Monthly NextGen Committee meetings every second Monday from 5:30-7:30pm

  • Monthly NextGen Sustainability Working Group meetings every 3rd Thursday from 11:30am-1:00pm (if available to attend)

  • Volunteer Engagement Working Group meetings (date depends on availability of volunteers)

If you have any questions about the position, please contact: Christine.Causing @ edmonton.ca

What is the NextGen Committee?

The NextGen Committee is an Administrative Committee of the City of Edmonton that was established in 2006 in the Department of Community Services. The Committee reports to the Corporate Leadership Team that includes all the Department General Managers and the City Manager. NextGen and the Committee act as a hub for connecting people, places, community and ideas together. Through events, leadership opportunities and professional development NextGen fosters young leaders and support initiatives and ideas of interest to the next generation.

There are currently 15 members on the Committee who volunteer their time on various projects and events and work with other community volunteers organized into working groups (subcommittees) that include Pecha Kucha Nights, Communications, Sustainability, Ignite and Voice. Members on the Committee represent the community and the City of Edmonton. There are also two ex-officio Councillors: Knack and Oshry who provide advice to the Committee and a full-time Coordinator from the City of Edmonton who supports and manages the Committee.

 Thanks for your interest!

Pecha Kucha Night 19 | Call For Presenters

Pecha Kucha Night 19 | Call For Presenters

Are you feeling inspired? Have you had a spark of genius lately? Share it with us – and 700 others – at the next Pecha Kucha! Now is your opportunity to present your ideas to some of Edmonton’s most engaged and creative young people. Edmonton’s NextGen is currently accepting presentation submissions for Pecha Kucha Night 19 to be held on June 5, 2014 in Churchill Square. More than 200 presentations have been given at Edmonton Pecha Kucha Nights, and most recently some of the topics ranged from donairs to nanotechnology, and everything in between.

If you’re interested, you can submit your presentation using our handy form!. Deadline for submissions is May 8 and will be reviewed the following week.

While you’re waiting to hear from us, you can prepare yourself by checking out our 10 steps to a great Pecha Kucha presentation.

What is Pecha Kucha?

Drawing its name from the Japanese term for “the sound of chit chat”, Pecha Kucha Night was devised by Tokyo’s Klein Dytham Architecture in February 2003 as a venue for young designers to meet, network, exchange ideas and discuss their work in public. It rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds, for a total presentation length of six minutes and 40 seconds. Why this format you ask? It keeps presentations concise, fast-paced and entertaining.
For more information, visit pechakucha.org

Next Green Drinks Event: Local Literature

The next Green Drinks event will take place on Wednesday, April 2nd at the Yellowhead Brewery.

This month’s theme celebrates Local Literature. Come to mingle with local authors, poets, editors, and storytellers. You might even take own your own piece of local literature as a door prize.

For more information, visit The Local Good or purchase tickets on Eventbrite. Act soon — tickets are selling fast.

See you there!

DARK MEÆT

It’s MEÆT time! Edmonton’s NextGen and the Ignite Working Group present DARK MEÆT on Thursday, April 3 at Latitude 53. Tickets are SOLD OUT!

But we are still looking for pitches. Visit www.meaet.com for more information and to submit a proposal and pitch your idea! 

Guests will enjoy a three course meal that appeals to the senses: smell, touch, and of course taste. The catch is, you will be blindfolded, to let your other senses take the lead. The food will be gluten and nut free, and a vegetarian option is available (option upon registration).

During dinner, we will have winners from previous Story Slams in the city join us to entertain your ears, and you’ll hear local pitches for home grown ideas. You’ll then have the opportunity to vote for the pitch you’d like to help fund.  After dinner, you’ll have a chance to mingle with your sight back, and check out the gallery’s installations.

Out of the $25 ticket price, $10 goes towards the pot for the evening. Though no matter which side of dining table you are on; you will  enjoy a dinner with excellent conversation with like minding philanthropists.

This is your chance to: Share a meal. Connect. Enjoy performances. Cast your vote. Make a difference now.

There are 2 ways you can enjoy a MEÆTing:

You can (1) apply to have a project funded and come enjoy dinner, and present your project or (2) come enjoy dinner, experience the presentations, vote for your favourite, and donate $10 to fund something awesome.

The best presentation (as determined by the votes) receives the night’s funding.

MEÆT is an event designed to bring us together for a meal and together fund home-grown projects. By getting together and pooling our wealth we can avoid bureaucracy, get right down to the meat of an idea and make it happen.

Dark MEAET

Dark MEAET

Pecha Kucha Night 18 | Wrap-Up

PKN18Poster A crowd of 500 people attended Pecha Kucha Night 18 (PKN 18) on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre. During the fast-paced, entertaining evening, audience members were captivated by a presenter line up that included an expert on nanotechnology, a Bike Polo aficionado, and an advocate for literacy.

PKN 18 also featured music by DJ Thomas Culture and photography by Warren Fenton of Fenton Photography. Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria also returned with gift cards for all ticket holders.

NextGen would like to thank its generous sponsors – the City of Edmonton, Graphos, and Klein Dytham, the energetic organizing committee, the outstanding presenters, and the attentive audience for making PKN 18 such a great success!

A big thank you to the presenters, volunteers, our NextGen Coordinator and everyone who helped make PKN 18 a great event!

Photo and video coverage of the evening’s festivities will be posted soon. For information on future PKNs, watch our website, subscribe to our newsletter, like our facebook page, or follow us on twitter @EdmNextGen using the hashtag #yegpkn.

What is Pecha Kucha?
Drawing its name from the Japanese phrase for “the sound of chit chat”, Pecha Kucha Night was devised by Tokyo’s Klein Dytham Architecture in February 2003 as a venue for young designers to meet, network, exchange ideas and discuss their work in public. It rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds, for a total presentation length of six minutes and 40 seconds. Why this format, you ask? It keeps presentations concise, fast-paced and entertaining.

For more information, visit pechakucha.org

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Tickets on Sale Now for Pecha Kucha Night 18

PKN18PosterEdmonton’s NextGen is pleased to present Pecha Kucha Night 18 (PKN 18):

Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Time: Doors and bar open at 6:30 p.m. Presentations begin at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 Street
Cost: $17 or $15 with student I.D. + taxes.
Buy Tickets: Purchase your digital tickets online

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Pecha Kucha Night 18 | Call For Presenters

PKN-Gobo2Have a little extra time on your hands this holiday season? Apply to present at Pecha Kucha Night Edmonton!

Edmonton’s NextGen is accepting presentation submissions for Pecha Kucha Night 18, taking place on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre. Interested applicants should read the 10 steps to a great Pecha Kucha presentation and then submit their presentation using this handy form!

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NextGen is Looking for New Members to Join the Committee

Update: Thank you to everyone who applied to be involved on the NextGen Committee! Our recruitment is now completed and positions have been filled.

The NextGen Committee is currently looking for civic and community members to join its Committee.

The Edmonton NextGen Committee is an Administrative Committee of the City of Edmonton in the Department of Community Services.

The mandate of the NextGen Committee is to create a city that attracts and gives a voice to this demographic in the life and growth of our community. NextGen is a hub for connecting people, places, community, and ideas together. Through events, leadership opportunities, and professional development we foster young leaders and support initiatives of interest to this demographic.

We are looking for individuals who are within the next gen demographic and who have a keen interest in community development and working on projects that are relevant to 18-40 year old residents of Edmonton. We seek dynamic and action-oriented individuals who can: Commit to a minimum of a two-year (2) period,  Attend regular monthly  Committee meetings at a downtown location, Lead a Working Group of volunteers and attend Working Group monthly meetings.

More specifically, some of the expectations of a NextGen Committee member are as follows:

Attend 10 regularly scheduled meetings of the NextGen Committee during the year. These meetings are currently held on the second Monday of each month from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Additional meetings may be held at the call of the Co-Chairs.

The time commitment of a NextGen Committee member is approximately 8-15 hours a month.

Take on one of (1) the following Committee position(s) and organize and lead Working Group monthly meetings:

(Please note Civic Co-Chair positions are reserved for City of Edmonton employees and Community Co-Chair positions are reserved for individuals from the general community).

Civic Co-Chair Voice Working Group                                                                     Identify and create opportunities for the civic and community engagement of Edmontonians ages 18 to 40 (“NextGeners”); identify, advance, and take part in opportunities to provide input and feedback to the City of Edmonton and City Council regarding issues of concern and interest to NextGeners.

Civic Co-Chair of Sustainability Working Group                                                         Provide direction to the NextGen Committee with regards to Committee governance, update Terms of Reference & Procedures, organize and facilitate strategic plans, manage recruitment and volunteers, manage sponsorship requirements and requests from Working Groups.

Civic Co-Chair of Strategy and Operations (part of Sustainability Working
Group) - Assist in updating the Committee’s strategic plan. Work closely with Civic, Community Co-Chairs and the Coordinator in facilitating the process of creating an updated strategic plan. Assisting and supporting the NextGen Committee to ensure alignment of the Committee’s Strategic Plan with Working Group activities. This is done through the establishment of annual objectives and targets which includes evaluation of the results of initiatives to achieve the targets.

Community Co-Chair and Civic Co-Chair for the Ignite Working Group  The Ignite Working Group is focused on discovering, fostering, incubating, and expanding the new project-based ideas that have become an increasingly salient component of NextGen. There are three overlapping directives that work to fulfill this mandate: 1. MEÆT, our in-house developed, micro-granting meal event, which we will host a minimum of three times annually and grow into a flagship event, 2. Develop sustainable organizational leadership and further the mandate of NextGen by guiding one initiative, chosen by the committee, each year from inception to completion and 3. Create a best-practice toolkit and leadership capacity to efficaciously deal with ad-hoc collaborative opportunities as they arrive.

Community Co-Chair and Civic Co-Chair for the Pecha Kucha Working Group Provide opportunities for young  Edmontonians to share their diverse interests, talents and knowledge to an engaged audience through Pecha Kucha Night events. The working group is responsible for building relationships with the community and managing and executing a minimum of three Pecha Kucha Nights annually.

Community Co-Chair Volunteer Coodinator (part of the Sustainability Working Group) – Be the point of contact for volunteers interested in volunteering on a Working Group, provide information on the type of volunteer opportunities available and will be responsible for helping recruit volunteers when Working Groups are in need of help for events. Meet with the Co-Chairs of the Working Groups to determine what their volunteer needs are and help plan and organize fun volunteer social events. Assist the NextGen Coordinator with the recruitment process of new Committee members.

Civic Co-Chair Of the NextGen Committee - Work closely with the Community Co-Chair and the NextGen Coordinator, organize, lead and Chair the monthly NextGen Committee meetings, work with Committee members to ensure that the Committee is effective and efficient in fulfilling the vision, mission and strategic plans, provide strong leadership to inspire other Committee Members to uphold their duties in achieving the vision, mission and strategic plans, serve as official representatives to City Administration and the public, work with the NextGen Coordinator and Civic Representatives to ensure that the strategic plan initiatives are realized by the City of Edmonton, actively promote community outreach to ensure Community members are accountable for representing their community, bringing forth their ideas in a professional and timely manner and help facilitate discussions on community outreach and partnerships with community groups, actively promote civic outreach and ensure that Civic members are accountable for representing their Departments as well as The City of Edmonton’s goals, aligning NextGen’s projects and events with the City of Edmonton’s vision, Edmonton’s strategic plan and long range strategic plans (i.e. The Way We Live, The Way We Green, The Way We Move, etc.). 

If you would like to apply, please send your cover letter indicating the position(s) you are interested in and resume to: Christine.Causing @edmonton.ca by 6:00pm on Thursday, November 28.

Once we receive all applications on Nov 28, the nominating will interview those who they wish to interview for a Committee position. Interviews will likely take place the 3rd week of December.

Thanks for your interest in being involved on NextGen!

Designing Downtown – Thank You

Thank you to everyone who came out to Designing Downtown activities on October 5, 2013!

This inspiring day of activities, fostered and made possible by the vision of the Designing Downtown movement, is a testament to the incredible people, organizations and businesses committed to conversations around the development of urban cores.

 

 

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Candi(date) | October 15 & 16, 2013

On October 15 & 16, 2013, Edmonton’s NextGen, the City of Edmonton’s Youth Council, The Students’ Association of MacEwan University, and the U of A’s Student Union invite you to attend the 4th Annual CANDI(DATE), a speed-dating style event focused around engaging young voters. Candi(DATE) has been well-attended in the past and represents an opportunity to connect with young voters, hear their ideas and visions, and share yours.

Our city is growing at a rapid pace, both in population and infrastructure development. Increased access to public transportation, revitalizing the downtown core and community growth are issues attracting major attention in the media and on the street. CANDI(DATE) provides a space for you to reach out directly to Edmonton’s young voter population and share your thoughts and perspectives.

Each 15 minute session will allow you to sit down with small groups and speak candidly about your platform and vision for the future of Edmonton. This face-time with candidates allows young voters the opportunity to ask questions on issues that impact their decision to make Edmonton the city they choose to live, work, learn and play in for future years.

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Candi(date) North:

  • When: Tuesday, October 15th 5 PM – 7 PM
  • Where: Heart of the Robbins (Main Floor, Robbins Building) Grant MacEwan University (10910- 104 Ave.)
  • Who will be there: Candidates from Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 and Edmonton Mayoral Candidate
  • To RSVP http://candi-date.eventbrite.com/

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Candi(date) South:

  • When: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
  • Where: SUBStage, Students Union Building, University of Alberta (8900-114 St.)
  • Who will be there: Candidates from Wards 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 and Edmonton Mayoral Candidates
  • To RSVP https://candi-date2.eventbrite.com/

NextGen Announces Engagement Strategy Launch

After over two years of hard work, Edmonton’s NextGen is excited to announce the launch of the Engagement Strategy, developed as an initiative challenge by Mayor Stephen Mandel following the 2010 election.  The report, titled Connect, Contribute, Care: Municipal Engagement Recommendations for Edmonton’s Next Generation highlights research, insight from discussions, and recommendations around the area of youth and civic engagement.  This report was developed through partnerships that includes members of the NextGen Committee, the Centre for Public Involvement, Leger Marketing, the City of Edmonton’s Office of Public Engagement, City Hall School, and citizens representing businesses, not-for-profit organizations, community groups, and many other segments of our community.

We are happy to invite you to join NextGen as we present the finished project to the public, and begin the work ahead of helping to implement the recommendations included in the document and thus fostering increased civic engagement in our City.

Join us as we launch Connect, Contribute, Care

Tuesday, September the 17th

12:15 pm – 1:00pm

iHuman building, 9635 102A Avenue.

The program will include speeches from Mayor Mandel, NextGen Committee Co-Chairs, and Engagement Strategy Advisory Committee members Garrett Boyko and Alayne Sinclair.

National Roster of Design Advocates Participating in Pecha Kucha Night 17

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Designing Downtown, one of the largest and richest citizen-driven conversations about urban cores in Canada, returns to Edmonton October 5, 2013. For a full list of upcoming events, visit www.designingdowntown.ca.

 “For Progress Unlimited, MADE and Edmonton’s NextGen to brainstorm, curate, and welcome this outstanding group of speakers to Edmonton is an incredible opportunity to foster national dialogue and exchange about the role we all play in urban development,” says Lisa Baroldi, Vision Holder – Progress Unlimited.  “We’re thrilled to showcase Edmonton created content throughout the day at makescape 2 and in surprising ways at Pecha Kucha Night.” 

Pecha Kucha Night 17 Speakers   

Special Presentation by:

  • Roman Mars (San Francisco) – Host/Producer, 99% Invisible

Designing Downtown is a movement to transform downtowns founded by Progress Unlimited, MADE , and Edmonton’s NextGen. Designing Downtown is a vehicle for inter-city exchange for partnerships that seek to enrich and advance the conversations and actions we take to shape downtowns as spaces for everyone. Designing Downtown is an experiment and exchange; an opportunity to create dialogue that celebrates & critiques; and a space to be a fixture in and designer of the urban experience.

Pecha Kucha Night 17, doors at 6:30 pm at the Winspear Centre, challenges presenters to follow the 20 images x 20 seconds format that has gained popularity in more than 600 cities around the globe. Tickets are on sale now via TIX On The Square; charge by phone 780-420-1757 or online at www.tixonthesquare.ca. Tickets are $35 for general admission, $30 for students (with I.D.), and $30 for groups of 10 or more; all tickets plus services fees and GST.

Edmontonians are encouraged to immerse themselves in the Designing Downtown movement with makescape2 at Centennial Plaza (behind the Stanley Milner Library) from 3 pm – 11pm; prior, during and following PKN 17. This project is an urban intervention that transforms an underutilized space using design and art elements, food, and entertainment into a space that entices passerby to interact with the environment and each other differently.

Join the conversation online with hashtags #DD2013 and #yegpkn. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.designingdowntown.ca.

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Pecha Kucha Night 17 | Tickets on Sale

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Designing Downtown, one of the largest and richest citizen-driven conversations about urban cores in Canada, returns to Edmonton October 5, 2013. Edmonton’s downtown will come alive with an eclectic mix of events and interventions celebrating Designing Downtown’s vision, anchored by Pecha Kucha Night 17. For a full list of upcoming events, visit www.designingdowntown.ca.

Designing Downtown is a movement to transform downtowns founded by Progress Unlimited, MADE , and Edmonton’s NextGen. Designing Downtown is a vehicle for inter-city exchange for partnerships that seek to enrich and advance the conversations and actions we take to shape downtowns as spaces for everyone. Designing Downtown is an experiment and exchange; an opportunity to create dialogue that celebrates & critiques; and a space to be a fixture in and designer of the urban experience.

Pecha Kucha Night 17, Saturday, October 5, 2013, at the Winspear Centre, features speakers from different regions and backgrounds that will challenge audiences to think in new ways about how we design and develop our city cores. Tickets are on sale now via TIX On The Square; charge by phone 780-420-1757 or online at www.tixonthesquare.ca. Tickets are $30 for students (with I.D.) and $35 for general admission, plus GST. Doors, cocktails and exhibits at 6:30 pm with presentations beginning at 7:00 pm.

Since its debut in Edmonton in the spring of 2008, Edmonton’s NextGen has welcomed more than 175 presenters and 6,000 audience members to this popular presentation format. Pecha Kucha Night 17 marks the first Pecha Kucha night in Edmonton with a roster of acclaimed, curated speakers from across the nation; it is also anticipated to be Edmonton’s largest Pecha Kucha Night to-date with an audience capacity of more than 1,700.

makescape 2 invites Edmontonians to enjoy a dynamically activated Centennial Plaza (behind the Stanley Milner Library) on October 5, 2013, from 3 to 11pm. This project is an urban intervention that transforms an underutilized space using design and art elements, food, and entertainment into a space that entices passerby to interact with the environment and each other differently.

Join the conversation online with hashtags #DD2013 and #yegpkn. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.designingdowntown.ca.

About Pecha Kucha
Tokyo’s Klein Dytham Architecture first devised Pecha Kucha, the Japanese phrase for “the sound of chitchat” in 2003, as a night for young designers to meet, network, and discuss their projects. The catch: each designer gives a presentation containing only 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds, for a total presentation length of six minutes 40 seconds. Conceived as a venue through which young designers could meet, show their work, exchange ideas, and network, the format keeps presentations concise, fast-paced and entertaining.

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