Event (Online): Nuestras Voces/ Nossas Vozes – Salon Discussion

Nuestras Voces/ Nossas Vozes
A Conversation with Latinx Artists

Sunday, March 28 at 5:30pm MST LIVE on Zoom (link to be provided)

Come join an in-depth conversation with Latinx artists based in amiskwacîwâskahikan, Treaty 6 Territory. This panel will discuss practices and contributions to the local arts scene, the challenges faced with identities and industry, and our future vision for the Latinx community.

Co-curated and facilitated by Andrés Moreno and Natércia Napoleão.


What’s Online (Edmonton): 5th Annual Sound Off Festival

Going onto our 5th year, SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival is a collaboration with Edmonton’s Chinook Series.

SOUND OFF is Canada’s national festival dedicated to the Deaf performing arts. SOUND OFF brings Deaf artists from across the country to share their stories, their talents and the beauty of American Sign Language on stage. The festival returns March 31st to April 4th, 2021, fully accessible online from the comfort of your home. Visit soundofffestival.com for more info.

Also occurring alongside SOUND OFF, the Chinook Series Festival is a collaboratively curated performance experience, bringing artists and communities together to share and celebrate through live art.

What’s Online (Edmonton): 2021 Chinook Series

Artwork: Emily Chu Illustration

Feel that change in the air? Chinook Series is back for #2HotWeeks! From March 25 – April 4, 2021, enjoy digital delights from the comfort of wherever you are. With a mix of on-demand and live content, feel free to mix it up and make Chinook your own! The 2021 Chinook lineup is now LIVE! Schedule, tickets & more at chinookseries.ca!

Chinook is made possible by the collaborative efforts of Azimuth Theatre, SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival, & Edmonton Fringe Theatre.

What’s Online (Edmonton): BONFIRE 2021 – Rapid Fire Theatre

Bonfire is Rapid Fire Theatre’s annual romp of new ideas in improv. Starring the members of the Rapid Fire Theatre ensemble, each show at Bonfire has been created by one of RFT’s own. Every show at Bonfire is a new idea that we’ve never tried before; it might work, it might not, but either way it’ll be a joy to witness. The best part? All shows are pay-what-you-can!

All through April, Bonfire is coming from our improviser’s cameras to a screen near you.


What’s Online (Alberta): The High Performance Rodeo engages online for 2021!

A woman smiling. Text: 35 for 35 - Who are You Now? @HPRODEO

One Yellow Rabbit’s ​High Performance Rodeo presents:
35 For 35 – Who Are You Now?

January 11 to February 14, 2021

Thirty-Five Artists of the Past, Present and Future of the High Performance Rodeo help us celebrate our 35th anniversary of the High Performance Rodeo.

Our High Performance Rodeo event, 35 For 35, has launched. Instagram videos, digital artifacts: Who Are You Now?

Please follow @HPRodeo on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Share with your friends. Engage. Let’s Rodeo.

Full lineup, artist info and archive of all the 35 For 35 artifacts can be found at www.hprodeo.ca

Call for Submissions (Edmonton): Stage Struck! 2021 – Edmonton One Act Festival

What: ADFA Edmonton Region Adult One-act Play Festival
When: April 16-17, 2021
Where: La Cité Francophone, 8627 rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91st Street)

Is there a one-act play you have always wanted to produce? Need an outlet for your own new play? We’ll provide the venue, the audience and the professional adjudication; you provide the talent! The winning play goes to the Provincial Festival May 28-29, 2021.

Entrants must be based in the City of Edmonton. Under the present pandemic conditions, we strongly suggest the following conditions to help ensure the safety of participants and patrons:

  • The number of performers should be limited to three people.
  • Cast and crew (including playwright, director, stage manager and tech) must not consist of more than seven people in total.

Submission deadline is December 21, 2020. For more info visit www.adfa.ca/edmonton.

Call for Submissions (Edmonton): Creative Co-Collaborator/One on One Mentorship Opportunity

Image of performers in amongst plants and flowers at a convervatory. Front three people are looking up dramatically.

Photo Credit: Marc J Chalifoux. Performers: Carmen Osahor, Kendra Shorter, Mpoe Mogale, Bridget Jessome, Sarah Feutl.

March 25th to April 4th 2021

Each year the Expanse Festival brings together a diverse ensemble of emerging dancers and physical theatre performers to create and perform under the collective title The Lobbyists. The Lobbyist collective works together with Expanse Outreach Coordinator Amber Borotsik to create and perform site specific works both in and around Edmonton (sometimes outside) and in the lobby of the ATB Financial Arts Barns as a part of the Chinook Series.

This year we are seeking one Creative Co-Collaborator to work with Amber Borotsik. This is an opportunity for one on one mentorship in creation, facilitation and project management. The chosen applicant will, among other things, be tasked with the creation and direction of an original, site specific work for an ensemble of emerging performers. Creating in community is a key theme of this project.

Although specifically tailored for emerging creators, this is a paid, part-time position with flexible hours in advance of performance dates. The selected applicant should expect early meetings to begin mid-December and work in earnest to begin January 2021. Festival dates are March 24th through to April 4th, 2021.


  • A PHOTO ​- this could be a headshot but it doesn’t have to be. A selfie, for example, would also be perfect
    ● Who you are.
    ● Why you are interested in this creation and mentorship opportunity.
    ● What you are hungry to learn through a creation and mentorship
    opportunity like this.
    ● What kind of work you like to create.
    ● Your history of creating new work and working with emerging ensembles.
    This document could be in the form of a letter, a video, a blog post or whatever is simple and fun for you to create (and easy for us to read/access/download etc.).

Short listed applicants will be invited to meet with Azimuth Co-Artistic Producers Morgan Yamada and Sue Goberdhan​ and Expanse Outreach Coordinator Amber Borotsik.

WHERE TO SUBMIT: ​Please send submissions to [email protected]
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: ​November 13th, 2020.


What’s Online (Alberta): Fear the Festival – Ghostlight Theatre Projects

Fear The Festival - Online BIPOC festival - October 23-30, 2020

Ghostlight Theatre Projects presents Fear the Festival, a brand-new horror arts festival! Under the leadership of Eunice Gatama and Isabella Derilo, Fear the Festival will run October 23-30 and will include work from BIPOC artists. We plan to have Feasts of Fear (official programming), a Fear-for-All cabaret, as well as BIPOC artist mixers and panels. This is a super new initiative but we are very excited to work it out!

How this festival will work is we are ticketing each day of the Feasts of Fear as Pay-What-You-Can tickets. Sign up for the day of programming you’d like to take in, and on the day of the programming we will send you a YouTube link with an unlisted playlist of that day’s content. This way, you can take in the playlist at your own pace and on your own schedule!

To grab tickets and for more information, check out our Eventbrite:

We are also taking donations through our GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/fear-the-festival

Both our ticket and GoFundMe streams go towards our artists!

Each evening of the festival will include Night A or Night B programming. Here are the pieces on each night:

Night A:

This isn’t Home by Maezy Dennie (Multidisciplinary Short Film)
Don’t Ask Me + Child of the Sun by Tadiwa Nemutambwe (Spoken Word Poetry)
The Door by Alex Ariate (Video Diary Monologue)
afra-id by Sophia Iligan (One Woman Show)

Night B:

Forks Makes a Friend by Dayna Lea Hoffmann (Physical Comedy/Clown)
The Spectre & Other Poems by Sara Campos-Silvius (Compilation of Experimental Film + Prose)
Postal by Maggie MacKenzie (Short Film)
SKINS by Eunice Gatama (Autobiographical Short Film/Movement Piece)

There are also script readings of new pieces by Shyanne Duquette and Brian Kinabo. Check out our full schedule below for all the daily info!

The entire schedule of Fear the Festival is as follows:

October 23
Opening Statement
First ‘Fear-for-All’ Cabaret LIVE @ 8:30PM
Feast of Fears – night A

October 24
Feast of Fears – night B

October 25
Thirdspace Playback Theatre Panel
Feast of Fears – night A

October 26
Feast of Fears – night B
Stay in the Tent premiere reading by Shyanne Duquette

October 27
Feast of Fears -night A
endowment premiere reading by Brian Kinabo

October 28
Emerging Artist Panels: Two back-to-back panels, one with Makram Ayache and one with Cindy Ansah
Feast of Fears -night B

October 29
Feast of Fears – night A
endowment reading by Brian Kinabo

October 30
Last ‘Fear-for-All’ Cabaret
Stay in the Tent premiere reading by Shyanne Duquette
Feast of Fears – night B
Closing Statements


Call for Submissions (Edmonton): SkirtsAfire Festival 2021

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Photo by April MacDonald Killins of Shrina Patel performing at SkirtsAfire 2020.

SKIRTSAFIRE FESTIVAL | March 4-14, 2021 | The Distance Between Us

Be a part of SkirtsAfire 2021! We’re calling artists of all kinds to submit for several events in our 10 day festival.

SkirtsAfire is a growing theatre and multidisciplinary arts festival that features the work of women-identifying artists in conjunction with International Women’s Day, March 4-14, 2021. We produce and present passionate, provocative, moving and entertaining performances and exhibits.

As we head into our 9th year, and in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, our festival will be looking and operating quite differently. With the safety of our artists, staff, and audience as top priority, we will be minimizing festival programming and venues. This way, we will be able to best integrate health check-ins, physical distancing and sanitation procedures.

The theme for our 2021 festival is “The Distance Between Us.” We are now accepting Covid-Friendly submissions including solo, duo, and trio music performances, A-Line Variety Show performers, dancers, short films, and more! Head to our website for Guidelines and our Artist Submission Form: https://skirtsafire.com/call-for-artists/.

SkirtsAfire Festival values diversity in the women we represent. We welcome submissions from women artists of all diverse backgrounds including trans women, self-identifying women, non-binary people, all ethnicities and all abilities.

Deadline to submit: September 1, 2020

What’s Online (Edmonton): Found Festival 2020

Found Festival, Edmonton’s only found space arts festival, will look a whole lot different this year. There will be no Found Grounds, no beer garden, no immediate way for us to gather as pals and artists and community. But you better believe we’re reinventing how artistic exchange happens when we can’t gather together.
Our buttons are burst: we are proud to deliver 14 bold digital and distanced projects brought to you by more than 40 wildly inventive multidisciplinary artists.
We’ve completely reimagined the Festival experience to ensure the health and safety of our patrons, artists, volunteers and staff,” says co-Festival Director Beth Dart. “Found Festival can be experienced from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace in the Old Strathcona neighbourhood, or from a safe distance. And, we’ve partnered with Story City to deliver a series of geo-located artistic adventures so folks can get out on their own and still explore art in unexpected places!”  
Let’s get wired and weird.
Found Festival 2020: REIMAGINED | July 2 – 5
digital and from a safe distance
digital & audio theatre, film, music, docu-art, spoken word, 
live stream DJ sets, distanced live performances & more!
commongroundarts.ca/found/| @CommonGroundArt
Found Festival is powered by Common Ground Arts Society, a tiny but mighty arts org getting it done on passion & grit.
Most events are by donation! Some events are ticketed! It’s darn important to us that Found Festival remains accessible for as many Foundsters in our community as possible. That includes making almost all events Offer What you Will. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Announcement (Edmonton): Fruit Loop Pride At Home

The Fruit Loop Society of Alberta is proud to announce its 2020 Pride event
Fruit Loop Pride at Home, June 13, 2020

About Fruit Loop

As Pride events adapt to the COVID-19 paradigm, we have moved programming online to accommodate our new normal.

The Fruit Loop Society of Alberta is an Edmonton-based, volunteer-led non-profit social enterprise. We provide inclusive events, dynamic social media, and special initiatives for Alberta’s LGBTQ2S+ community. Our traditional Pride season event would feature a street party of several thousand attendees on the ending Saturday of Edmonton’s pride week. This has historically highlighted local entertainment, businesses, non-profits, and charitable organizations. A keystone of Fruit Loop’s events is a partnership with a community partner wherein proceeds from the event are donated to bolster community capacity in an effort to create a safer, more inclusive and diverse Edmonton LGBTQ2s+ fellowship.

This year’s event will still achieve many of the primary objectives of Fruit Loop’s pride event, including a partnership with the Edmonton 2 Spirit Society; E2S is a local non-profit that works to re-establish and enhance traditional roles and responsibilities of Two Spirit peoples in Indigenous communities and create supportive environments within all societies for contemporary Two Spirit peoples.

The new dynamic of this year’s event will bring the party online, streamed with a combination of live performances and pre-recorded segments from local personalities and community organizations spreading a message of mental health, goodwill, hope, and fellowship. More information can be found at www.fruitloop.ca

In consideration that this event is produced from a single venue, safety protocols as directed by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health will be strictly observed. Our highest priority is to provide the environment where our performers and support staff can safely conduct their operations. Fruit Loop has selected the venue as it allows us to abide by physical distancing requirements.

What’s Online (Calgary): 2020 IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists: Hyperspace Edition – presented by Sage Theatre


Space. The final frontier…a minimum of 2 meters between all humans.

The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked our worlds like shields at 10% in an asteroid belt. But we’re firing up thrusters and blasting outta here! Are you on-board?

You are invited to the 2020 IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists: Hyperspace Edition (presented by Sage Theatre).

The brave ship IGNITE!, her fearless captain, steadfast officers, and keen space cadets have determined there is no turning back. We may be spatially distanced, but like entangled particles, there is no severing our social and artistic connections. There are worlds to explore. Adventures to encounter. Together.

2020 IGNITE! will be presented via a festival-at-a-distance model. Our scanners indicate there are distant star systems that could be studied from afar in addition to non-embodied or even digital worlds. Join our science officers and space cadets on an uncharted mission of discovery!

Houston, we have a festival!

Join us from June 10-13, 2020 online for a very special edition of Calgary’s largest multi-disciplinary emerging artist festival. To see this year’s line-up (Theatre, Improv, Dance, Provocation) and festival schedule visit the Sage Theatre website. Details on how to watch the stream – plus exciting programming announcements – are coming soon!


What’s Online (Edmonton): The 25th Annual Nextfest Emerging Artist Festival


You’re invited to Nextfest 2020!

The Nextfest Arts Company and Theatre Network invite you to experience eleven days of creative newness and experimentation with the 25th annual Nextfest Emerging Arts Festival running June 4 – June 14, 2020 from the comfort of your own home!
For twenty-five years, The Nextfest Arts Company has been a platform for emerging artists, a meeting ground for community, a springboard for creative invention. Mentorship, inclusion, learning, creative risk, and vulnerability are at the core of everything we stand for.
Due to COVID-19, Nextfest cannot happen the way it has in the past by bringing together 700+ artists for an 11-day celebration in the Old Strathcona neighbourhood of Edmonton, Alberta.
Instead, Nextfest will bring the work of over 450 emerging artists to the world wide web at nextfest.org/nextfesttv. For a full schedule of each evening’s events visit, nextfest.org.
At Nextfest, everyone is welcome exactly as they are. Our circle continues to grow and evolve with our artists as they grow and evolve, too. As we bring the festival online, we invite you to join this ever-expanding circle. In this circle, you can wear sweatpants at any time.
The artists of Nextfest can reach an even wider nation-wide audience with your help. Drop us a mention, forward an email, and let your friends know about the festival and all it has to offer. ​Our circle expands with your support!
Presented as part of Theatre Network’s Mainstage season, Nextfest is in the business of supporting and rewarding creative risk giving a platform to emerging artists in music, theatre, dance, poetry, film, design, comedy, drag, and multimedia. From theatre productions and musical revues, to dance works from across the country and the festival’s infamous NiteClub series, to the festival’s fresh professional development Workshop Series, Nextfest promises something surprising and new.
For questions or more information please contact [email protected]​ or visit nextfest.org. We look forward to seeing you online!

Call for Submissions (Edmonton): The 2020 Found Festival


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Download the Submission Call or read below for details!


Found Festival thrives on change, risk, invention, innovation, and delving into the unknown. The Festival was born of these very principles, and we carry that torch with a fierce passion.
The pandemic is having very real impacts on just about everyone. We feel it, too, and the health and safety of our community is our top priority. 
Found Festival will look a whole lot different this year. There will be no Found Grounds, no beer garden, no immediate way for us to gather as pals and artists and community. But you better believe we’re reinventing how artistic exchange happens when we can’t gather together.
So, let’s go, Foundsters. Let’s get wired and weird. We might just discover something wild and new and amazing in the process.


Digital experiences for the digitally curious: audio adventures, video vignettes, online galleries, live-streamed experiments, and all the beautiful failure and discovery that comes with testing the limits of technology. Let’s get wired and weird. 
Socially distant performance: balcony concerts. Solo dance pieces from across a field. Streaming audio walking tours. Text message poetry. Personalized performance for an audience of one. Maybe even mysterious mail. You dream it up, we’ll help make it happen.
Love Letters to Festival City: we’re honouring the Festival City that bore us and raised us up by asking artists to write/sing/draw/perform love letters to their favourite festivals that aren’t this year. Little artistic post-it notes proclaiming our appreciation for all the ways this City creates darn beautiful collisions between artists and audiences. We’re looking for at least one submission for every cancelled Edmonton Festival.


You are:
  • an Edmonton-based artist of any discipline in any stage of your career.
Your project is:
  • digital or distanced;
  • a new work, or a work-in-progress that needs a little extra oomph;
  • one minute long, a weekend-long endurance piece, or somewhere in between; and
  • considerate of audience experience, interaction, and involvement.


Email your pitch to [email protected]. Include a few quick sentences about what it is, what you need to make it happen, and why you this now. Selected projects will receive an artist fee, production support, mentorship, and Festival infrastructure support (marketing, box office etc.).




We take art out of conventional venues directly into the community. Found Festival celebrates art of all kinds: theatre, dance, film, poetry, music, sound art, installation art, endurance art…if it’s art created for unconventional spaces or experimental connections, we want to hear about it! Found Festival 2020 runs July 2 – 5 online and in and around Old Strathcona.


Found Festival is for you, exactly as you are. No matter who you are, what you look like, how or who you love, where you’re from, how you got here, how you identify, how or if you honour whatever higher power, or how you move through this world, you belong here. What matters to us is that you feel welcome. We believe in creating safer spaces that allow for creative risk. We uphold work that pushes the boundaries of audience interaction to allow spectators and performers to engage in a more stimulating brand of risk-taking and play. We honour the vulnerability of the artistic process, and the beauty of the exchange between artists and audiences. We commit to sustaining a safer space by respecting, and even boldly loving, everyone who contributes to it.
Common Ground Arts Society respectfully acknowledges we are located on Treaty 6 territory, the traditional gathering place of diverse Indigenous peoples whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our community. We are honoured to create, gather, and celebrate here. We are all treaty people.
For more information on Common Ground Arts Society, explore our site or email [email protected] or [email protected].

Call for Submissions (Calgary): IGNITE! 2020 CAST AND CREW SUBMISSIONS


Art by Shannon Barry

Greetings all designers, actors, dramaturgs, performers, stage managers and fellow space travelers! The 2020 IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists cast and crew submissions are now open! Following the previously announced festival-at-a-distance model, all meetings and auditions will be done over Zoom with all of this year’s Directors and Project Leads. A full description of this year’s pieces and the artists they are seeking can be found over here!

IGNITE! 2020 Cast and Crew Submissions


All performers will be asked to prepare the same piece of text that the IGNITE! Team will send your way upon receiving your submission.


Please come in prepared to speak about your practice, skills, and experience.

The digital meetings will be taking place in 5-minute slots from 4:00pm-7:00pm on Thursday, April 30th.

(Confirmed attendance means we’ll send a Zoom link to you!)

We will be reserving time slots on a first come, first serve basis, so make sure to get your submission in quick! When all of our slots have been filled, we will be asking the remaining artists to submit a self-tape to the IGNITE! Team before 5:00pm on Thursday, April 30th.