M:ST News

M:ST 9 Call for Submissions

Deadline: Midnight Sunday, October 15, 2017

Local, national and international artists are invited to submit proposals for performative works to be presented as part of the M:ST 9 Festival in October 2018. M:ST encourages the submission of innovative performances, exhibitions, media, audio and site-specific works, public interventions, residencies, workshops, lectures, and panel discussion based proposals.

About the M:ST Festival

Since its inception in 2001, the Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival has showcased challenging, diverse, and interdisciplinary performative works. M:ST ensures that the exceptional quality of performative art is recognized and sustained in the Southern Alberta region. M:ST Festivals are presented through the collaborative efforts of several Southern Alberta arts organizations. For more information about our history please refer to mstfestival.org.

Review Procedure

Proposals are selected through a peer review process by the M:ST Programming Committee. The Committee consists of local artists, writers, and curators who have extensive visual, performance and media art backgrounds. Proposals will be selected based on consideration of the following criteria: artistic merit of the proposed project, fit with the M:ST mandate, feasibility of the proposed budget, and the ability of M:ST and its member organizations to provide appropriate space/support for the project.

All submissions must include the following

  1. Proposal (maximum 2 pages): Clearly describe the proposed exhibition or project. Provide details about your spatial and material requirements, including equipment needs. Explain what kind of venue is best suited to your proposed work (gallery, theatre, off-site, public space, etc.).
  2. Artist statement (maximum 1 page)
  3. Curriculum Vitae (maximum of 3 pages): Include accurate contact information and describe your artistic background. (e.g. education, grants, scholarships or awards received, previous exhibitions or performances, commissions, professional memberships, press, critical writing etc.)
  4. Budget: Provide a detailed budget that explains the costs involved in presenting your project. Budget lines may include travel, accommodation, artist fees, volunteer honorariums, material and production costs, equipment rentals, shipping expenses, etc. Contingent on sufficient funding, M:ST will cover artist travel/shipping, accommodation and per diems as well as pay artist and speaker fees. Support for production costs will generally be the responsibility of the artist. Additional costs will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
  1. Support Material:
  • Maximum 15 numbered digital images. Images should be .jpeg files, 1024 pixels on longest side, 72 dpi, and no larger than 1MB per file.
  • Maximum 2 video or audio files: Maximum 10 minutes in length. Links to video hosting websites, such as Vimeo, YouTube, or Dropbox will be accepted.
  • Corresponding Documentation List with artist name, title, date, medium and dimensions (if applicable).
  • You may also submit up to 2 other items of relevant support material (i.e. diagrams, articles, reviews, press clippings). These are optional, and should only be provided if they relate directly to your proposal.

Submission Procedure

Applications will be accepted by email only and must be Mac OS X compatible, submissions sent by post will not be accepted. All written support should be sent as a single PDF document. Send PDFs and JPEGs to info@mstfestival.org before midnight on Sunday October 15, 2017, with the subject line ATTN: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS.

To download the call, click here.


AGM Announcement

Please join the board and staff of M:ST for our Annual General Meeting scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 pm at the CommunityWIse Resource Centre (212 12 Avenue SW). 

We’ll be reviewing the previous years programming, electing new board members, approving our financial statements, and sharing a meal. Old and new members welcome! 

M:ST is currently accepting expressions of interest for new members of the Board of Directors. If you’re interested in sharing your valuable skills, experience, and passion please e-mail our Board President Ginger Carlson at director@truck.ca.

AGM Agenda

  • Welcoming remarks and introductions
  • Approval of the agenda
  • Approval of the minutes from the previous AGM
  • Artistic Director’s Report 
  • President’s Report
  • Approval of 2016 – 2017 Financial Statements
  • Election and confirmation of the Board of Directors
  • Motion to adjourn

M:ST is an organization founded and structured upon our relationships with Presenting Partners and Members. Please consider becoming a member, we wouldn’t be a here without your incredible involvement and support. Memberships will be available upon donation at the AGM. 


Summer Fundraiser Launch

You are invited to participate in HOT OIL, M:ST’s annual fundraiser for the performative arts! 

From July 1 to August 31 Alberta based artists, Alana Bartol and Maggie Flynn, will each spend one month dedicated to research and performance, sharing their work with participants and donors in support of the M:ST Performative Art Festival Society as well as their own artistic practices.

To donate and learn more about the artists and organization you will support, please visit our website. 

HOT OIL Public Presentations:

Alana Bartol: Thursday July 27, 7:00 – 10:00 pm at Stride Gallery

Maggie Flynn: Sunday August 20, 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Stride Gallery

Both events are free and open to the public. 

The M:ST Festival is the only biennial presentation of performative art in Alberta. Through our biennial festivals, workshops, publications, and artist talks, we are proud to have been a connector and incubator for regional, national, and international performative artists for 16 years!

While our next festival will occur in October 2018, your donation is an important contribution to our interim programming, ensuring that we can provide permanent yearlong support to our community, in conjunction with our festival. In return, for each donation you will receive a charitable tax receipt, a membership to M:ST, and exclusive documentation of the practice you support. Everyone wins! To donate and learn more about the artists and organization you will support, please visit our website. 


We’re Hiring!

Call for Production Director!

Priority Deadline: Midnight on June 30, 2017

Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival (M:ST) is now accepting applications for the position of Production Director. The priority application deadline is June 30th, 2017. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


The Production Director oversees the operations and programming of M:ST Festival, including grant writing and budgeting, bookkeeping, liaising with board and committees, maintaining and facilitating relationships with partner organizations, volunteer coordination, and contract staff management. In collaboration with the Artistic Director, the Production Director will oversee program coordination, research, and logistics for both interim festival and biannual festival programming.

During festival years (October 2018, 2020, etc.) the Production Director will receive support from one or more contract festival staff.


M:ST’s main activity is the organization and presentation of a biennial performative art festival. This Festival is a collaborative endeavour between several Southern Alberta arts organizations. This collaborative structure allows the Festival to represent each organization’s mandate and audience, while providing opportunities for cross-disciplinary and inter-organizational exchange. The result is a unique participatory context, where artists and audience experience contemporary performative work outside of more traditional festival or gallery models.
M:ST is committed to presenting performative works from a variety of disciplines that reflect current issues and practices in contemporary art. Through exhibitions, performances, and events, M:ST fosters the development of performative art practices among local, national, and international artistic communities. M:ST’s role in presenting professional, high quality cultural experiences continues to grow, increasing opportunities for education and critical discourse surrounding contemporary performative practices.


Work with the Artistic Director to prepare grants for federal, provincial, and municipal granting programs for the programming, operations, and staffing of the organization; prepare final reports for granting agencies; and ensure that all agencies and sponsors are properly acknowledged. The Production Director is the first point of contact with granting agents, governmental bodies, and society associations.

 In concert with the Treasurer and Finance Committee, the Production Director oversees all financial aspects of the organization and prepares regular financial reports for the Board of Directors. Financial responsibilities include bookkeeping, monthly reconciliations, preparing annual budgets, and annually working with the Accountant to draft year-end financial statements.

Work with the Artistic Director, the Board of Directors, and Programming Committee to select, administer, and implement M:ST programs as required. The Production Director is also encouraged to engage in independent research related to performance art.

Act as a representative of the Festival within Southern Alberta, liaise with partner organizations, post-secondary institutions, administrators, staff, and artists from diverse performance, visual, and media arts organizations.

Establish and maintain sound administrative procedures and maintain an organizational structure that accommodates organizations participating in the biannual festival.

Maintain a well-organized office and filing system with accurate and accessible records.

Work with the Board of Directors to maintain and write M:ST Policy and Procedures.

Maintain and make updates to the M:ST website as needed.

Secure community, corporate, and private sponsorships for the programming, operations, and staffing of the festival in collaboration with the Artistic Director and contract festival staff.

Communicate with M:ST’s membership through our website, newsletters, online notice boards, and social media. Maintain up to date membership database.

In collaboration with the Artistic Director, participate in hiring and management of contract staff, interns, and volunteers.


Attend Board meetings, vision meetings, committee meetings, and workshops as required.

Attend occasional meetings with the President, HR Committee, and/or Treasurer, as required.

Provide the Board of Directors with accurate and timely monthly reports concerning M:ST activities particularly with regard to administration and operations.

Assist committees established by the Board of Directors where possible.


A minimum of a Bachelors of Fine Arts, Arts, Curatorial Studies or equivalent practical experience in the fields of fine art, art administration, heritage, or cultural work.

Strong leadership, communication, and organizational skills in order to effectively coordinate with granting agencies, governmental bodies, festival partners, and presenters during biennial festival years.

Thorough understanding of contemporary performance art, artist-run culture, and inclusionary practices.

Experience with budget management.

Skills in the areas of design and social media considered an asset.


The M:ST Performative Art Festival hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however applicants who are permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.


The Production Director receives an annual salary of $30,000.00 based on a F/T 30-hour workweek during festival years and a $15,000.00 based on a P/T 15-hour workweek during interim years. Salary increase is expected following a probation period.


Send a cover letter and CV addressed to the Hiring Committee at info@mstfestival.org.

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Welcome to our new Artistic Director!

The Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival Society Board of Director’s welcome Desiree Nault into the role of Artistic Director, effective July 1st. Desiree has been involved in the festival since attending a formative workshop offered by M:ST in 2012. Since that time she has been involved as artist, intern, board member, and, most recently, served two years as Administrative Director.  We look forward to working with Desiree and our presenting partners leading up to an incredible M:ST 9 in October 2018!

 0032_###Photo Credit: Palmer Olson

Farewell to Tomas Jonsson!

Following an incredible six-year term as Artistic Director of Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival, Tomas Jonsson announced his departure early this year. During his tenure as Artistic Director, Jonsson facilitated three outstanding festivals and countless other programs in support of performative art practices, dialogue, and engagement in Southern Alberta. 

A key figure throughout the history of M:ST, Jonsson was involved in the very roots of the festival as a volunteer at The New Gallery during their monthly performance art open-mic project, Space for Space, which ran between 1998-2002 and foregrounded the need for establishing a festival of performative art in Southern Alberta. During M:ST 1 in 2001, Jonsson sat on the Board of Directors of The New Gallery and in 2003 and 2005, he was involved in the programming of the second and third iterations of the festival as a staff member of The New Gallery. Although he had left Calgary to pursue a degree and employment elsewhere, Jonsson was also involved in the fourth M:ST Festival as a presenting artist. During this festival year, Jonsson wrote Public Incorporated, a written response to the artists and projects in the M:ST Event Architecture Series. Upon returning to Calgary, Jonsson immediately joined the Board of Directors of M:ST.

Following many fruitful years of participating as a volunteer, board member, and artist, Jonsson took on the position of Artistic Director in 2011. From 2011 – 2017, the festival grew to encompass presentation, mentorship, professional development, and publication as core activities in support of performative art practices both during festival and non-festival years. Jonsson’s commitment to fostering the development of performative practices as well as their presentation led to many outstanding M:ST projects and performances including, BBB Johannes Deimling and Marcel Sparman’s PAS Performance Art Studies workshop; The Life and Times of Buffalo Boy, a monograph on the work of Adrian Stimson; the fourth iteration of the Screening of Performance Art in the Natural Environment (SPANE), which has since toured internationally; a tribute to the life and work of Kenneth Doren at The National Music Centre; and a performance of ISHI by internationally acclaimed performance and visual artist James Luna accompanied by Sheila Skinner. 

Jonsson’s dedication and mentorship will be greatly missed by those who were fortunate enough to work with him during his time at M:ST. On behalf of the many artists, volunteers, board members, and staff, both past and present, thank you for your incredible passion and vision, we wish you all the best!


Tomas participating in YAGA by Desearch Repartment, presented at Stride Gallery for M:ST 8. Photo credit: Jessica MacCormack.