Call to Artists - Art Alley 2015

Thursday, February 19th 2015

Art Alley returns to Red Deer for its second year in 2015 and needs some creative volunteers to join our team!

Are you …
• An artist with mural experience and a passion for street art?
• Available to help out from June to August, 2015?
• Looking to add community involvement to your resume?
• Able to work as part of a team?
• Interested in opportunities to mentor younger artists?
• Excited to be involved in a project that enhances your community?
If you answered yes, we want to hear from you!

About the project
Art Alley is a collaborative project between The City of Red Deer and the Downtown Business Association. Art alley is the first project of its kind in Red Deer to transform the walls of downtown into a vibrant, positive space for the community.

Research shows that beautifying an area that regularly attracts negative activity helps create more ownership and interest in a space, thereby reducing unsavoury activity. This is the Art Alley initiative.

Participating artists are eligible for an honorarium.

Submission Requirements
Please provide a statement describing why you’re interested in participating in this project, along with 2 samples of your previous work and complete contact information.

Please send your completed submission to:
Art Alley – Artist Application
C/O Downtown Business Association
1, 5000 51 Avenue, Red Deer AB T4N 4H5

Submission deadline: Sunday, March 15 at 12:00 Midnight.
Successful applicants will be contacted by March 31, 2015.

For more information
Contact the Downtown Business Association at 403.346.8696 or

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It's a North Pole Stroll!

Tuesday, December 9th 2014

The North Pole Stroll is located downtown Red Deer, where the magic comes to life at Christmas time. Starting with the kick off of “lighting the largest tree” at the Festival Lights the Night to Winter Market, Late Night Shopping, Free photos with Santa Clause (bring your own camera), to roasting s’mores and singing Christmas carols. It’s all happening downtown Red Deer from November 22 to December 23. Your place to live, work, dine and play.

DEC. 6 – WINTER MARKET 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Gaetz United Church (4758 50 Street)

Dec. 11 – LATE NIGHT SHOPPING: For everything on your Christmas list, various stores will remain open until 8 p.m. for late night shopping

Dec. 13 – FREE SANTA PHOTOS: Bring your cameras, cell phones, iPods or Polaroid’s down to City Hall Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to take your free photos with Santa.

Dec. 20 – S’MORES & CAROLS: Come down to City Hall Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for fire roasted s’mores and singing Christmas Carols.

For a complete list of events, visit

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Apply Now: Recruiting for NEW Clean Team Member

Friday, April 18th 2014

The Downtown Business Association is looking for a NEW member for our Clean Team.

What is the Clean Team? 
The Downtown Business Association has the contract to clean and maintain the streets of our downtown core. This position is vital in contributing to keeping our downtown beautiful.
Job details include litter picking in the downtown core, cleaning street furniture and emptying the garbage bins.

Who you are?
You love your City, specifically the downtown and take pride in making it beautiful.
You love being outside, rain, snow or shine. 
You have a sense of pride in a job well done.
You are a people person, as an ambassador in the streets of downtown, you don't mind directing people to find certain areas or perhaps where to grab a cup of coffee.
We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome to all applicants. 

Hours: Full time position - early morning start at 7am. 6 hours per day. $16/hr

Please email your resume to


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2014 Seal of Approval - Event Support

Tuesday, March 25th 2014

Think you want to organize an event in Downtown Red Deer? We'd love to help support you and have many ways that we can do this!

The Seal of Approval program was developed to assist event organizers in the downtown with gift in kind and finnancial support from the Red Deer Downtown Business Association. The idea behind the program is to encourage other organizations to host events so that the DBA could spread its resources over a greater number of events and programs. 

For more information on the Seal of Approval - click here! 


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2013-2016 Strategic Plan

Wednesday, January 15th 2014

The 2013-2016 Strategic Plan as created by the Board of Directors and the Staff of the Downtown Business Association.  

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Ghost Statues Helping Keep History Alive

Wednesday, January 16th 2013

There’s always someone waiting to greet visitors to Red Deer’s downtown.

Cast in bronze, the city’s collection of 10 Ghost statues mingle with citizens on sidewalks and parks to tell their Red Deer story.

Pat Matheson, the city’s public art co-ordinator, said the statues continue to fulfil the original objectives.

“A lot of it had to do with bringing people downtown and creating something unique and different that Red Deer can claim as its own.

“I think it’s really working,” said Matheson, who gave a presentation on the ghost statues on Wednesday night at Red Deer Public Library downtown, as one of Red Deer’s centennial activities.

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The Art of Friendship

Tuesday, January 8th 2013

Red Deer area residents can learn more about what it takes to make new friends. Art of Friendship is an eight-week course designed to help people make and keep friends.

Alberta Health Services, Life Long Learning Council of Red Deer and Red Deer and District Family and Community Support Services are putting on the course to help people who may have lost friends because of difficult experiences or disabilities.

Empty nesters, older people entering retirement and people new to Red Deer also report this course has improved their social lives. Evening and day courses are being offered.

The first course begins on Feb. 28 and runs weekly through April 11. Classes run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dawe branch of Red Deer Public Library at 56 Holt St.

The library is co-sponsoring the February course.

The second course runs weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. from March 6 through April 24. It runs at Canadian Mental Health Association at 5017 50th Ave. in downtown Red Deer.

For more information, call the health association at 403-342-2266. Cost is $25 and scholarships may be available for people with limited incomes.

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City Planners Expect More Permit Requests

Tuesday, January 8th 2013

City planners expects more permit requests
By Laura Tester - Red Deer Advocate

The City of Red Deer’s Planning Department is expecting to be busy with more building permits while it also works on more downtown initiatives. Planning staff presented its draft operating budget to city council on Tuesday. Kim Fowler, director of Planning Services, said some service levels need to increase in Inspections and Licensing to deal with rising permit requests.

“Luckily, we’re seeing a recovery from the recession and an increase in building permit and planning applications,” said Fowler.

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Making a Connection

Wednesday, December 26th 2012

Considering her life’s journey has taken Galia Kwetny from the former Soviet Union to Israel to Alberta, it’s no surprise that geography is the theme of her art exhibit, Connecting Places.

“When you move from country to country, or continent to continent, there’s a trail you leave behind,” said Kwetny, whose abstract topographic paintings are showing at the Harris-Warke Gallery in Sunworks in downtown Red Deer.

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Downtown Red Deer Elects Three New Board Members

Tuesday, December 11th 2012


Red Deer, Alberta, December 11, 2012 – The Downtown Business Association is pleased to welcome three newly elected Board Members who were elected by ballot at the end of November. These three people were selected out of a pool of six candidates which members of the BRZ voted on.

Newly elected are - Lucas Ford, owner/president of Classic Tattoo Co. Ltd. located on Little Gaetz Avenue. Rolland Forsland, part owner of DOSE Coffee, and Sheena Johnson, part owner of the Bra Lounge located on Alexander Way. They will join Board members; Bill Graham, Bryan Balderson, Lorna Watkinson Zimmer, Brian Olstad, Tom Lewis, Marilyn Mah, Brett Salomons and council representative Cindy Jefferies.

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