Tag Archives: Edmonton festivals

‘A post-pandemic brain scrubber’: what to see at Destination Fringe

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Your Destination is on the right (also on the left and straight ahead). And this late-pandemic world seems … possible and ready to be lively. Yes, the Fringe is back, starting Thursday, in the town where … Continue reading

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Get down and festive, at an Edmonton festival this week

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s a festive week in Edmonton live entertainment. The moment, both historically and seasonally, is at hand for you to venture forth and join in. It’s a choose-your-festival week; sample widely: the Found Festival, the New … Continue reading

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Surprise! Finding yourself at Found 2022: the festival of art in unexpected places

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At  Found 2022 you could find yourself … following a story into a fort in the river valley. You could find yourself in a hidden nook of Old Strathcona, in a park, in a garbage enclosure … Continue reading

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Under the big top: after two years Freewill Shakespeare Festival is back in the park

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca The geese are milling around backstage in the greenest of green rooms. A crew is planting marigolds on the route between the gate and the stage. The mosquitos are working out their ensemble numbers. Sound cues … Continue reading

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Creation and destruction: the story of an artist in Stone and Soil, at Nextfest. Meet playwright Gabby Bernard

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s not random chance that the role Gabby Bernard wrote for herself in her first full-length solo play is an artist character. It’s a sign of the age. After all, theatre artists have had two years … Continue reading

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The building of Pressure, at Nextfest. Meet playwright Amanda Samuelson

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Amanda Samuelson remembers the moment Pressure began to build.  Her play, which gets a workshop reading at Nextfest Saturday and then becomes Nextfest’s first-ever official Fringe show in August, began in the winter of 2018. In … Continue reading

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Ten years of SkirtsAfire: amplifying the voices of women and non-binary artists

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca It’s been a decade, amazingly, since Annette Loiselle and a couple of her actor friends, Sharla Matkin and Nadien Chu, sat at the Carrot Cafe, plotting over popcorn, red wine, and lopsided statistics.  For years Loiselle, … Continue reading

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Awwright! Hanging with the guy who can walk on water, and other lessons at the Play The Fool Fest

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca So, how was your Monday? Me? I went to a festival (online) and met Jesus. It was a learning experience. “The man who can walk on water,” as billed (for, like, forever), turned out to be … Continue reading

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Coming out, in a brand new musical: One Song, a review.

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca One Song (La Cité Auditorium) “I think I just met myself … ” sings Rye (Manny Aguerrevere) in the opening number of One Song, a striking new musical for young audiences about being young, coming out, … Continue reading

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Together We Fringe: the second annual live Telethon happens Friday

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Last year about this time, we were still reeling from the woulda/coulda been’s — and the heartbreak that the 39th annual Fringe was cancelled. That was a first. And so was the telethon that The Fringe … Continue reading

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