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June 22 – 25, 2017 in Canmore Alberta

The goal of our biennial conference is to connect media artists, provide helpful information and inspire creative minds!

We are putting the finishing touches on our programming, but expect lively panel discussions, informative workshops, plenty of networking and social opportunities and time for R & R in the beautiful mountain surroundings of Canmore!

The conference brings together Alberta media arts community every 2 years to participate in a vibrant 3 day retreat. With meaningful sessions for professional development as an individual artist or a media arts organization, you can learn from artists, professionals, and guest speakers. Screenings, art installations and tours occur throughout the conference to keep you inspired and entertained.

This is one of the best events to engage, network and form relationships with those working within media arts in Alberta. Take this fantastic opportunity to connect to organizations and resources as well as meet emerging and experienced artists.

AMAAS organizes our conference to connect face to face with our members and gather and share information on how to form our advocacy actions and better serve our members.

AMAAS believes the conference is one of the most important activities we offer for our members. We strive to make the cost of the conference accessible. This year the cost is comparable delegates are encouraged to register early for the subsidized accommodation rate. Delegates are welcome to register ($75.00) and find alternative accommodation (camping, Air bnb, your uncles condo, hostel).

To book your room, use the group booking instructions:
Over the phone (recommended method): Please call our reservations team at  1.800.716.6199 and tell them you are looking to book a room under the group name “Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society” or group code: CCM-GFC2134 for the discounted rate.

Online: Please go online to the following link: http://coa.st/wb5c . Once you have reached the link, you are able to enter your reservation specifications. The group rate of $154 should show up and AMAAS will be paying the subsidy and delegates pay the subsidized rated based on when booking was made.


$75/person (includes receptions, recreation and meals as well as performances, presentations, workshops, artist talks)


Accommodation subsidies are available at our guest hotel; The Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre.
The discounted group rate is $154.00+ taxes for a comfort queen room with 2 queen beds.

AMAAS will also subsidize a portion of your room rate, based on the below booking deadlines. This subsidy will be shown on your final bill and you need to register with the hotel directly.

Book your room before April 22   AMAAS will cover $100.00 per night for June 22,23,24 only. Remaining room and tax will be the responsibility of delegate.

Book your room between April 23 – May 22 : AMAAS will cover $50.00 per night for June 22,23,24 only. Remaining room and tax will be the responsibility of delegate.

After May 22, rooms rates will be at the full hotel rates.
Any upgrade fees will be the responsibility of the individual booking.



If you have a financial barrier for entry for the conference, please apply for our bursary program. Bursary recipients will be notified prior to the end of the early bird registration deadline.

Featured Media Artist: Reva Stone

We are pleased to announce that Reva Stone will be featured at Upload | Download. An award winning media artist, we are excited to showcase her work in an exhibition at Artsplace from June 20 – 27 with artist talk on Friday June 23.

Reva Stone’s work engages with a variety of forms of digital technologies to initiate discourses about how biotechnological and robotic practices are impacting upon the very nature of being human. Recently, she has been altering and re-purposing obsolete devices that refer to the history of technology. By combining methods and genres of the past with those of the digital present, she is investigating transformations not only of the tools that we use but also how these transformations have impacted upon how we conceptualize ideas and thoughts.

Ms. Stone has received many awards, including the 2015 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts and an honorable mention from Life 5.0, Art & Artificial Life International Competition, Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, Spain. She has exhibited widely in Canada, the US and Europe, has presented at symposia and has been published in journals such as Second Nature: the International Journal of Creative Media.                           Photo Credit: William Eakin

Our last conference was held in Drumheller in 2015. The video below (compiled by Joe Kelly and shot by conference attendees) contains a few highlights.


AMAAS exists to advocate, educate, and celebrate the media arts in Alberta.


The media arts in Alberta is advanced through the generation of awareness, strengthening of connections, and continuous advocacy. AMAAS builds a sustainable and vibrant future for media arts in Alberta.

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