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A&N Music Series: A Little Bit Country

Four bands will rock our Cabaret Stage and get you moving all night long. Designed by Vignettes, experience the Army & Navy like you never have before with interactive art installations, design, live painting, and non-stop toe-tapping music.  Featuring: The Goddamsels Backyard Betties Sadies Ghost Melody Music & Lena Daniels Tickets are $15 (plus applicable fees) in advance and will be $20 at the door and subject to availability. Due to limited capacity, we highly recommend securing your seat in advance! For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/an-music-series-a-little-bit-country/. SkirtsAfire is taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

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A&N Music Series: A Little Bit Roots & Soul

Three musical acts will rock our Cabaret Stage and get you moving all night long. Designed by Vignettes, experience the Army & Navy like you never have before with interactive art installations, design, live painting, and non-stop toe-tapping music.  Featuring: C.J. R O Y A HAIDEE Tickets are $15 (plus applicable fees) in advance and will be $20 at the door and subject to availability. Due to limited capacity, we highly recommend securing your seat in advance! For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/an-music-series-a-little-bit-roots-soul/. SkirtsAfire is taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

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Ayita by Teneil Whiskeyjack

World Premiere | SkirtsAfire Festival MainStage Production Ayita by Teneil Whiskeyjack is a calling back to one’s spirit and voice. It is a modern-day creation story meets Indigenous realities that are told through text and movement. Ayita is a fusion of theatre and Indigenous contemporary dance following three Cree women. Each in a different cycle of their womanhood, yet seamlessly interconnected to one another, these women navigate through their own stories of sovereignty, breaking free from and transcending past personal pain, stepping into their healing and liberation, awakening to their medicine. Special Events/Discounts 10 pay-what-you-can tickets available for each performance. We are pleased to have complimentary tickets available for Indigenous folks that would like to attend. Please book in advance by calling the Fringe Theatre Box Office at 780-409-1910 emailing boxoffice@fringetheatre.ca. Pay-What-You-Can & Panel Discussion on Tuesday, March 8 Her Night Out on Wednesday, March 9 (Grab a delicious dinner at Chianti before the show with a special deal (reservation required) and enjoy live music by Kate Blechinger) Sponsored by Alberta Mamas & Chianti Cafe Book your group of 6 or more for only $18/ticket or your group of 10 or more for just $15/ticket (plus applicable fees)! Be sure to come early to enjoy the Interactive Art Installation by Adrianne Beauregarde, as well as a multi-media installation created by Indigenous young women through the VIDEA Canada Corps program and the Braided Journeys Program. Special thanks to our MainStage Production Sponsor For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/ayita/. SkirtsAfire and Fringe Theatre are taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

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Coalescence

Hollow PointLaceratorPleasurecraftKaeley Jade

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Comedy Night with Girl Brain & ZENON+

Ready to laugh your… brains… off? This performance featuring the hilarious sketch comedy troupe Girl Brain and musical guest ZENON+ is sure to bring a smile to your (masked) face all night long. Tickets are $15 (plus applicable fees) in advance and will be $20 at the door and subject to availability. Due to limited capacity, we highly recommend securing your seat in advance! Girl Brain Gets Their Verve Back!Girl Brain Sketch Comedy is a collection of observational, situational and sensational humour from the hearts and minds of three fine Albertan ladies! Written, directed and performed by Alyson Dicey, Ellie Heath and Caley Suliak, their shows explore all the finest and goriest bits of a Girl’s Brain through sketch comedy. This group has seen great success in their short time together- they’ve been sponsored by both Bumble and A&W. In addition, they’ve appeared front page in all of the popular arts and culture publications in Edmonton as well as being regular fixtures on Edmonton AM (CBC Radio).  “Arguably the hottest comedy act happening in the city, the sketch comedy trio of Alyson Dicey, Caley Suliak, and Ellie Heath are the talented gals who provide the laughs about everyday life situations.” -Lucy Haines, DAZE Magazine  ZENON+ZENON+ is a Calgary based duo offering up original music notably influenced by R&B. ZENON plays keys, her powerful and soulful vocals take centre stage giving life to the lyrics she composes. BEV is an accomplished percussionist and musician who plays a wide range of genres and sings harmonies. When playing live, you can expect to hear engaging originals interwoven with groove inspired songs spanning country to jazz. No matter what this duo performed ZENON and BEV dish up a memorable experience. For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/comedy-night-with-girl-brain-and-zenon/. SkirtsAfire is taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

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Comedy Night with The Dirrty Show & Celeste Lampa

Tickle your funny bones with this late night comedy show featuring Stand-Up Comedian, Celeste Lampa, and Musical Comedy Duo, The Dirrty Show! This 90 minute shared performance will be sure to get you roaring in your seats with laughter that will stick with you all night long. Tickets are $15 (plus applicable fees) in advance and will be $20 at the door and subject to availability. Due to limited capacity, we highly recommend securing your seat in advance! Musical Comedy Duo, The Dirrty ShowPut some “Double R-Rated” songstress stank in your ear holes with The Dirrty Show’s unfiltered brand of quick wit and slick licks. Kayla & Melody will tickle your funny-boner with their harmonious and hilarious ballads of boobs and balls – served with a side of ridiculous faces and dance moves. Using carefully crafted musicality, comedy and otherwise unmentionable sexual subject matter, their goal is to ride your mind down into the gutter. You might be blushing but it’s a ride you won’t forget. Stand-Up Comedian, Celeste LampaCeleste Lampa has become a favourite in Western Canada’s comedy scene. Her material stems from being a first generation Filipino-Canadian, a mom, a wife; and from being extremely tired. Her talent has lead her to work with some of today’s best comics. She’s performed throughout Canada, and has been featured at the SheDot Comedy Festival in Toronto and The Grindstone Comedy Festival in Edmonton. For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/comedy-night-with-the-dirrty-show-celeste-lampa/. SkirtsAfire is taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

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Fringe at 40

The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival was born of a revolution. It’s a grassroots DIY movement that continues to cultivate ongoing collisions between community and art. We exist because theatre exists and what exists here doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. So, how did the oldest, largest Fringe Festival in North America get its start? From the wild and weird to the downright wacky, what makes Edmonton Fringe so special? The magic of Fringe lives with the people who built this Festival from the ground up, and who continue to nurture it 40 years later. We sit down the artists, audiences, staff, and volunteers who’ve helped create one of North America’s most influential arts movements to reflect on 40 years of fringing and dream about what the next 40 might bring. Featuring: Helen Belay, Patricia Darbasie, Megan Dart, Betty Grudnizki, Mike Kennard, Janet Kerr, k.d. lang, Judy Lawrence, Colin MacLean, Shivani Naidu Barrett, Liz Nicholls, Brian Paisley, James Song, Tessa Stamp, Adam Turnbull, John Turner, and Murray Utas Produced with the support of TELUS Thank you for your generous support and for everything you do to make the Fringe Festival happen. When you support Fringe, you directly support artists, audiences, volunteers, and the creative community. All documentary screening events are fundraisers in support of Fringe Theatre. Offer What You Will tickets are available - you choose the amount of your ticket. Or, book your ticket and make a charitable donation to Edmonton Fringe at the same time! Anything you contribute beyond the suggested ticket price of $15 will be considered a charitable gift to Fringe Theatre. Any charitable gift of more than $20 is eligible to receive a tax receipt. For example, purchasing a $40 ticket = $15 ticket + $25 charitable donation to Fringe Theatre.

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Funk & Blues w. Dwn 2 Fnk & Marcus Trummer

Dwn 2 Fnk Marcus Trummer Gratuitous Patypus

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Iskwêwiwin

Iskwêwiwin (being a woman) is a short film by Indigenous Youth that will have a public showing in the Westbury Theatre on Saturday, March 5 at 2pm. Iskwêwiwin is also a multi-media installation on exhibit in the Westbury Theatre Lobby that intrinsically weaves film, music and handmade traditional ribbon skirts into a powerful exploration of self awareness, diversity and resilience. A compelling showcase of young Indigenous women finding their voices; their interpretation of identity and relationship with their environment ultimately realizing their collective strength to find calm in chaos. Iskwêwiwin reflects a desire to create space for youth-led dialogue and creative expression for the contemporary Indigenous social justice movement. Funded by VIDEA in partnership with the Braided Journeys Program and the Pathways to Education Program. For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/iskwewiwin/. SkirtsAfire and Fringe Theatre are taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

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Off the Page

What happens when you bring together storytelling, poetry, photography, history, feminism, creative non-fiction and theatre? What starts as words on the page is brought to life where we get to meet ordinary and extraordinary women in creative surprising ways. Featuring: The Epic of Sassui and Punhun by Shumaila Hemani and the Sufi Collective 坐月子 Sitting the Month by Jia Jia Yong & Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon Francesca Woodman: Some Photographs, Sounds, Questions by Catherine Owen Interview History - Nellie McClung by Rooney and Punyi Productions For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/off-the-page/. SkirtsAfire and Fringe Theatre are taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

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Royal Canoe w. Zoon

Winnipegs Paper Bag Recording Artists: Royal Canoe w. Polaris Prize Shortlisted Zoon (Toronto)

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She, the Rock

She, the Rock is a braided poetic event followed by a panel discussion, showcasing the voices of Rayanne Haines, Dwennimmen, Emily Riddle and Dawn Carter, four of Edmonton’s celebrated poets and storytellers. Hosted by acclaimed author, Jacqueline Baker, She, the Rock is the highly anticipated follow up to She, the River, a 2020 film featuring eight powerhouse Edmonton poets of varying ages and cultural backgrounds. She, the Rock, explores the poets’ upbringing, truths, and family journeys. Together, they share with us the embodiment of their personal stories as they intertwine in this city. By interweaving their journeys together in story on the stage, they invite you to embrace and celebrate the collection of their diverse histories and present realities. For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/she-the-rock/. SkirtsAfire and Fringe Theatre are taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

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Snowed In Comedy Tour

The Snowed In Comedy Tour has turned in to a Canadian success story, celebrating its thirteenth year. The tour has now grown to be the largest in Canada with 70 cities from Coast to Coast. The tour has now performed in Australia, The US, France, and Switzerland. The 2020 tour received numerous Standing Ovations and was the most successful to date. Without major TV credits the growth of the tour is all attributed to word of mouth from delivering knockout performances year after year. Four international comedians come together to create one amazing show with each bringing a unique and hilarious take providing something for everyone. Just For Laughs Competition winner Dan Quinn, Great Canadian Laugh off winner Paul Myrehaug, Seattle Comedy Competition winner Damonde Tschritter, and with over 50 appearances on the Debaters, Erica Sigurdson.. Don’t miss out on the comedy show called “Better than the Just for Laughs Tour” and “Delivers a Flurry of Laughs”. Be sure to check out their new video series “Truck Jokes” as you get to see what it’s like when 4 comedians drive together and try to make each other laugh. Truck Jokes Damonde TschritterWinner of Seattle Comedy CompetitionJust For Laughs New FacesComedy Now on CTV|The Debaters. Erica Sigurdson50+ appearances on the DebatersWinnipeg Comedy FestivalJust for LaughsHalifax Comedy Festival Dan QuinnWinner of Canadian Competition at Just for LaughsOpened for Rob Schneider, Russell PetersBest of Fest Moncton Comedy FestivalTV Special on Check TV, Comedy Network Paul MyrehaugCBC’s the Debaters$25,000 Great Canadian Laugh off winnerJust For Laughs, Comedy Now on CTV

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Songs in the Sanctuary

This celebration of women's voices will feature choir performances by Cantabo Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Joy Berg, and Ariose, conducted by Jolaine Kerley, followed by a concert featuring Nîpisîy ᓂᐱᓯᕀ. Nîpisîy ᓂᐱᓯᕀ Nîpisîy, an Indigenous women’s ensemble blending Indigenous tradition and contemporary vocal harmonies with rhythms in the spirit of happiness, health and healing. Nîpisîy, meaning willow in Cree, perfectly embodies the authentic intention of combining four veteran vocalists to create a powerful and melodic collaboration which intertwines the strength of women’s voices. Tickets are $15 (plus applicable fees) in advance and will be $20 at the door and subject to availability. Due to limited capacity, we highly recommend securing your seat in advance! For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/songs-in-the-sanctuary/. SkirtsAfire is taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

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The Beginning of Happiness

Slated to be a live performance in March 2020 but postponed due to the COVID 19 pandemic, GWDC’s new collaboration with FEMME Vocal Quartet has been transformed into a film! Composed by Jane Berry, this new work brings to light contemporary female perspectives on domestic violence. We spent last summer transforming this piece into a beautiful dance film with Tamarra Lessard as the director of photography.

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Threefold w. Pleasurecraft, Hollow Point, Gratuitous Platypus

Hollow Point 11:00Gratuitous Platypus 9:30Pleasurecraft 8:00

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VIP Opening & A-Line Variety Show

VIP Opening | 6-7pmA-Line Variety Show | 7:30pm*If attending the A-Line Variety Show, your ticket includes access to the VIP Opening. Or simply purchase a ticket to the VIP Opening if you would like to only attend the opening from 6-7pm. Tickets for the A-Line Variety Show are $15 (plus applicable fees) in advance and $20 at the door and subject to availability. Tickets for the VIP Opening only are $10 in advance (plus applicable fees) and $15 at the door. Due to limited capacity, we highly recommend securing your seat in advance! Join SkirtsAfire as we celebrate the opening of The A&N Experience at our newest venue, the Army & Navy from 6-7pm. Designed by Vignettes and home to our Cabaret Stage, be the first to experience the interactive art installations and hear what the festival has in store! Grab a drink, some delicious bites thanks to Otto Food and Drink, and get lost in the art with us as you enjoy music and Live Painting. Then stay for our annual A-Line Variety Show at 7:30pm! We’re so excited to be bringing our A-Line Variety Show to our Cabaret Stage in the transformed Army & Navy, featuring an all-star line up of fabulous femme artists here to shake things up, and a headliner to finish the night off with a bang! Featuring:Emcees, Girl BrainKita no TaikoSadie's GhostTHE UKECLECTICSDawn CarterFlamenco del CorazonPhyllis SinclairHAIDEEBelediyya Dance CompanySophie May Healey& Headlining Act, Girlz With Guitarz For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/a-line-variety-show/. SkirtsAfire is taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

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Workshop: “A Return to Womanhood”

“A Return to Womanhood, the Transition into the Prophesied time for Women as Leaders.” Women have always been the centers of our homes, families, communities and Nations, for they are the ones that bring each of us into our human earthly life. We had strict child-raising protocols with the help of our extended family and communities to raise healthy, whole-hearted humans that contribute their gifts, roles and and responsibilities. Settler colonial laws and practices forcefully removed the women’s leadership authority from our traditional governance systems, our ancestors foretold that there will be a time when our women will return to restoring balance to our world. This workshop will introduce nêhiyaw world-views through nêhiyawêwin (Cree language) and land-cosmic based teachings through art practices. With the collective help of grandmother’s teachings, Lana Whiskeyjack will co-lead conversations through some creative practices. Lana Whiskeyjack is the Knowledge Keeper and Visual Art Consultant who will also play a role in the development process making sure that we are keeping to protocol traditions and kinship relation as we bring our MainStage play, Ayita by Teneil Whiskeyjack to life. The focus of Lana’s high level post secondary research and practice is strength-based stories of resilience and traditional culture that hold women as sacred and powerful. Much of her practice comes from honoring the responsibilities of womb connection. For more information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/workshop-a-return-to-womanhood/. SkirtsAfire and Fringe Theatre are taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

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emBODYment

emBODYment is a brand new event to SkirtsAfire! Four different groups come together to bring us an array of awe-inspiring movement pieces including dance, drumming and aerial – all in one evening of impactful moments in motion. Featuring: Aequilibrium: Drumming, Music & Aerial by Rabbits Three Cultural Connections with Sandra Olarte, Dan Torres, and Carley Okamura After the War by Viva Dance Kindling by Movement Carousel Mitra - The Guardian of Life by Shivamanohari Company For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/embodyment-aerial-drumming-dance/. SkirtsAfire and Fringe Theatre are taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

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A&N Music Series: A Little Bit Country

Four bands will rock our Cabaret Stage and get you moving all night long. Designed by Vignettes, experience the Army & Navy like you never have before with interactive art installations, design, live painting, and non-stop toe-tapping music.  Featuring: The Goddamsels Backyard Betties Sadies Ghost Melody Music & Lena Daniels Tickets are $15 (plus applicable fees) in advance and will be $20 at the door and subject to availability. Due to limited capacity, we highly recommend securing your seat in advance! For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/an-music-series-a-little-bit-country/. SkirtsAfire is taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

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A&N Music Series: A Little Bit Roots & Soul

Three musical acts will rock our Cabaret Stage and get you moving all night long. Designed by Vignettes, experience the Army & Navy like you never have before with interactive art installations, design, live painting, and non-stop toe-tapping music.  Featuring: C.J. R O Y A HAIDEE Tickets are $15 (plus applicable fees) in advance and will be $20 at the door and subject to availability. Due to limited capacity, we highly recommend securing your seat in advance! For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/an-music-series-a-little-bit-roots-soul/. SkirtsAfire is taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

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Ayita by Teneil Whiskeyjack

World Premiere | SkirtsAfire Festival MainStage Production Ayita by Teneil Whiskeyjack is a calling back to one’s spirit and voice. It is a modern-day creation story meets Indigenous realities that are told through text and movement. Ayita is a fusion of theatre and Indigenous contemporary dance following three Cree women. Each in a different cycle of their womanhood, yet seamlessly interconnected to one another, these women navigate through their own stories of sovereignty, breaking free from and transcending past personal pain, stepping into their healing and liberation, awakening to their medicine. Special Events/Discounts 10 pay-what-you-can tickets available for each performance. We are pleased to have complimentary tickets available for Indigenous folks that would like to attend. Please book in advance by calling the Fringe Theatre Box Office at 780-409-1910 emailing boxoffice@fringetheatre.ca. Pay-What-You-Can & Panel Discussion on Tuesday, March 8 Her Night Out on Wednesday, March 9 (Grab a delicious dinner at Chianti before the show with a special deal (reservation required) and enjoy live music by Kate Blechinger) Sponsored by Alberta Mamas & Chianti Cafe Book your group of 6 or more for only $18/ticket or your group of 10 or more for just $15/ticket (plus applicable fees)! Be sure to come early to enjoy the Interactive Art Installation by Adrianne Beauregarde, as well as a multi-media installation created by Indigenous young women through the VIDEA Canada Corps program and the Braided Journeys Program. Special thanks to our MainStage Production Sponsor For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/ayita/. SkirtsAfire and Fringe Theatre are taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

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Coalescence

Hollow PointLaceratorPleasurecraftKaeley Jade

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Comedy Night with Girl Brain & ZENON+

Ready to laugh your… brains… off? This performance featuring the hilarious sketch comedy troupe Girl Brain and musical guest ZENON+ is sure to bring a smile to your (masked) face all night long. Tickets are $15 (plus applicable fees) in advance and will be $20 at the door and subject to availability. Due to limited capacity, we highly recommend securing your seat in advance! Girl Brain Gets Their Verve Back!Girl Brain Sketch Comedy is a collection of observational, situational and sensational humour from the hearts and minds of three fine Albertan ladies! Written, directed and performed by Alyson Dicey, Ellie Heath and Caley Suliak, their shows explore all the finest and goriest bits of a Girl’s Brain through sketch comedy. This group has seen great success in their short time together- they’ve been sponsored by both Bumble and A&W. In addition, they’ve appeared front page in all of the popular arts and culture publications in Edmonton as well as being regular fixtures on Edmonton AM (CBC Radio).  “Arguably the hottest comedy act happening in the city, the sketch comedy trio of Alyson Dicey, Caley Suliak, and Ellie Heath are the talented gals who provide the laughs about everyday life situations.” -Lucy Haines, DAZE Magazine  ZENON+ZENON+ is a Calgary based duo offering up original music notably influenced by R&B. ZENON plays keys, her powerful and soulful vocals take centre stage giving life to the lyrics she composes. BEV is an accomplished percussionist and musician who plays a wide range of genres and sings harmonies. When playing live, you can expect to hear engaging originals interwoven with groove inspired songs spanning country to jazz. No matter what this duo performed ZENON and BEV dish up a memorable experience. For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/comedy-night-with-girl-brain-and-zenon/. SkirtsAfire is taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

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Comedy Night with The Dirrty Show & Celeste Lampa

Tickle your funny bones with this late night comedy show featuring Stand-Up Comedian, Celeste Lampa, and Musical Comedy Duo, The Dirrty Show! This 90 minute shared performance will be sure to get you roaring in your seats with laughter that will stick with you all night long. Tickets are $15 (plus applicable fees) in advance and will be $20 at the door and subject to availability. Due to limited capacity, we highly recommend securing your seat in advance! Musical Comedy Duo, The Dirrty ShowPut some “Double R-Rated” songstress stank in your ear holes with The Dirrty Show’s unfiltered brand of quick wit and slick licks. Kayla & Melody will tickle your funny-boner with their harmonious and hilarious ballads of boobs and balls – served with a side of ridiculous faces and dance moves. Using carefully crafted musicality, comedy and otherwise unmentionable sexual subject matter, their goal is to ride your mind down into the gutter. You might be blushing but it’s a ride you won’t forget. Stand-Up Comedian, Celeste LampaCeleste Lampa has become a favourite in Western Canada’s comedy scene. Her material stems from being a first generation Filipino-Canadian, a mom, a wife; and from being extremely tired. Her talent has lead her to work with some of today’s best comics. She’s performed throughout Canada, and has been featured at the SheDot Comedy Festival in Toronto and The Grindstone Comedy Festival in Edmonton. For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/comedy-night-with-the-dirrty-show-celeste-lampa/. SkirtsAfire is taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

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Fringe at 40

The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival was born of a revolution. It’s a grassroots DIY movement that continues to cultivate ongoing collisions between community and art. We exist because theatre exists and what exists here doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. So, how did the oldest, largest Fringe Festival in North America get its start? From the wild and weird to the downright wacky, what makes Edmonton Fringe so special? The magic of Fringe lives with the people who built this Festival from the ground up, and who continue to nurture it 40 years later. We sit down the artists, audiences, staff, and volunteers who’ve helped create one of North America’s most influential arts movements to reflect on 40 years of fringing and dream about what the next 40 might bring. Featuring: Helen Belay, Patricia Darbasie, Megan Dart, Betty Grudnizki, Mike Kennard, Janet Kerr, k.d. lang, Judy Lawrence, Colin MacLean, Shivani Naidu Barrett, Liz Nicholls, Brian Paisley, James Song, Tessa Stamp, Adam Turnbull, John Turner, and Murray Utas Produced with the support of TELUS Thank you for your generous support and for everything you do to make the Fringe Festival happen. When you support Fringe, you directly support artists, audiences, volunteers, and the creative community. All documentary screening events are fundraisers in support of Fringe Theatre. Offer What You Will tickets are available - you choose the amount of your ticket. Or, book your ticket and make a charitable donation to Edmonton Fringe at the same time! Anything you contribute beyond the suggested ticket price of $15 will be considered a charitable gift to Fringe Theatre. Any charitable gift of more than $20 is eligible to receive a tax receipt. For example, purchasing a $40 ticket = $15 ticket + $25 charitable donation to Fringe Theatre.

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Funk & Blues w. Dwn 2 Fnk & Marcus Trummer

Dwn 2 Fnk Marcus Trummer Gratuitous Patypus

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Iskwêwiwin

Iskwêwiwin (being a woman) is a short film by Indigenous Youth that will have a public showing in the Westbury Theatre on Saturday, March 5 at 2pm. Iskwêwiwin is also a multi-media installation on exhibit in the Westbury Theatre Lobby that intrinsically weaves film, music and handmade traditional ribbon skirts into a powerful exploration of self awareness, diversity and resilience. A compelling showcase of young Indigenous women finding their voices; their interpretation of identity and relationship with their environment ultimately realizing their collective strength to find calm in chaos. Iskwêwiwin reflects a desire to create space for youth-led dialogue and creative expression for the contemporary Indigenous social justice movement. Funded by VIDEA in partnership with the Braided Journeys Program and the Pathways to Education Program. For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/iskwewiwin/. SkirtsAfire and Fringe Theatre are taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

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Off the Page

What happens when you bring together storytelling, poetry, photography, history, feminism, creative non-fiction and theatre? What starts as words on the page is brought to life where we get to meet ordinary and extraordinary women in creative surprising ways. Featuring: The Epic of Sassui and Punhun by Shumaila Hemani and the Sufi Collective 坐月子 Sitting the Month by Jia Jia Yong & Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon Francesca Woodman: Some Photographs, Sounds, Questions by Catherine Owen Interview History - Nellie McClung by Rooney and Punyi Productions For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/off-the-page/. SkirtsAfire and Fringe Theatre are taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

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Royal Canoe w. Zoon

Winnipegs Paper Bag Recording Artists: Royal Canoe w. Polaris Prize Shortlisted Zoon (Toronto)

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She, the Rock

She, the Rock is a braided poetic event followed by a panel discussion, showcasing the voices of Rayanne Haines, Dwennimmen, Emily Riddle and Dawn Carter, four of Edmonton’s celebrated poets and storytellers. Hosted by acclaimed author, Jacqueline Baker, She, the Rock is the highly anticipated follow up to She, the River, a 2020 film featuring eight powerhouse Edmonton poets of varying ages and cultural backgrounds. She, the Rock, explores the poets’ upbringing, truths, and family journeys. Together, they share with us the embodiment of their personal stories as they intertwine in this city. By interweaving their journeys together in story on the stage, they invite you to embrace and celebrate the collection of their diverse histories and present realities. For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/she-the-rock/. SkirtsAfire and Fringe Theatre are taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

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Snowed In Comedy Tour

The Snowed In Comedy Tour has turned in to a Canadian success story, celebrating its thirteenth year. The tour has now grown to be the largest in Canada with 70 cities from Coast to Coast. The tour has now performed in Australia, The US, France, and Switzerland. The 2020 tour received numerous Standing Ovations and was the most successful to date. Without major TV credits the growth of the tour is all attributed to word of mouth from delivering knockout performances year after year. Four international comedians come together to create one amazing show with each bringing a unique and hilarious take providing something for everyone. Just For Laughs Competition winner Dan Quinn, Great Canadian Laugh off winner Paul Myrehaug, Seattle Comedy Competition winner Damonde Tschritter, and with over 50 appearances on the Debaters, Erica Sigurdson.. Don’t miss out on the comedy show called “Better than the Just for Laughs Tour” and “Delivers a Flurry of Laughs”. Be sure to check out their new video series “Truck Jokes” as you get to see what it’s like when 4 comedians drive together and try to make each other laugh. Truck Jokes Damonde TschritterWinner of Seattle Comedy CompetitionJust For Laughs New FacesComedy Now on CTV|The Debaters. Erica Sigurdson50+ appearances on the DebatersWinnipeg Comedy FestivalJust for LaughsHalifax Comedy Festival Dan QuinnWinner of Canadian Competition at Just for LaughsOpened for Rob Schneider, Russell PetersBest of Fest Moncton Comedy FestivalTV Special on Check TV, Comedy Network Paul MyrehaugCBC’s the Debaters$25,000 Great Canadian Laugh off winnerJust For Laughs, Comedy Now on CTV

subvenue Backstage Theatre

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Songs in the Sanctuary

This celebration of women's voices will feature choir performances by Cantabo Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Joy Berg, and Ariose, conducted by Jolaine Kerley, followed by a concert featuring Nîpisîy ᓂᐱᓯᕀ. Nîpisîy ᓂᐱᓯᕀ Nîpisîy, an Indigenous women’s ensemble blending Indigenous tradition and contemporary vocal harmonies with rhythms in the spirit of happiness, health and healing. Nîpisîy, meaning willow in Cree, perfectly embodies the authentic intention of combining four veteran vocalists to create a powerful and melodic collaboration which intertwines the strength of women’s voices. Tickets are $15 (plus applicable fees) in advance and will be $20 at the door and subject to availability. Due to limited capacity, we highly recommend securing your seat in advance! For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/songs-in-the-sanctuary/. SkirtsAfire is taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

subvenue Holy Trinity Church

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The Beginning of Happiness

Slated to be a live performance in March 2020 but postponed due to the COVID 19 pandemic, GWDC’s new collaboration with FEMME Vocal Quartet has been transformed into a film! Composed by Jane Berry, this new work brings to light contemporary female perspectives on domestic violence. We spent last summer transforming this piece into a beautiful dance film with Tamarra Lessard as the director of photography.

subvenue Online

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Threefold w. Pleasurecraft, Hollow Point, Gratuitous Platypus

Hollow Point 11:00Gratuitous Platypus 9:30Pleasurecraft 8:00

subvenue The Aviary

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VIP Opening & A-Line Variety Show

VIP Opening | 6-7pmA-Line Variety Show | 7:30pm*If attending the A-Line Variety Show, your ticket includes access to the VIP Opening. Or simply purchase a ticket to the VIP Opening if you would like to only attend the opening from 6-7pm. Tickets for the A-Line Variety Show are $15 (plus applicable fees) in advance and $20 at the door and subject to availability. Tickets for the VIP Opening only are $10 in advance (plus applicable fees) and $15 at the door. Due to limited capacity, we highly recommend securing your seat in advance! Join SkirtsAfire as we celebrate the opening of The A&N Experience at our newest venue, the Army & Navy from 6-7pm. Designed by Vignettes and home to our Cabaret Stage, be the first to experience the interactive art installations and hear what the festival has in store! Grab a drink, some delicious bites thanks to Otto Food and Drink, and get lost in the art with us as you enjoy music and Live Painting. Then stay for our annual A-Line Variety Show at 7:30pm! We’re so excited to be bringing our A-Line Variety Show to our Cabaret Stage in the transformed Army & Navy, featuring an all-star line up of fabulous femme artists here to shake things up, and a headliner to finish the night off with a bang! Featuring:Emcees, Girl BrainKita no TaikoSadie's GhostTHE UKECLECTICSDawn CarterFlamenco del CorazonPhyllis SinclairHAIDEEBelediyya Dance CompanySophie May Healey& Headlining Act, Girlz With Guitarz For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/a-line-variety-show/. SkirtsAfire is taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

subvenue Army & Navy Department Store

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Workshop: “A Return to Womanhood”

“A Return to Womanhood, the Transition into the Prophesied time for Women as Leaders.” Women have always been the centers of our homes, families, communities and Nations, for they are the ones that bring each of us into our human earthly life. We had strict child-raising protocols with the help of our extended family and communities to raise healthy, whole-hearted humans that contribute their gifts, roles and and responsibilities. Settler colonial laws and practices forcefully removed the women’s leadership authority from our traditional governance systems, our ancestors foretold that there will be a time when our women will return to restoring balance to our world. This workshop will introduce nêhiyaw world-views through nêhiyawêwin (Cree language) and land-cosmic based teachings through art practices. With the collective help of grandmother’s teachings, Lana Whiskeyjack will co-lead conversations through some creative practices. Lana Whiskeyjack is the Knowledge Keeper and Visual Art Consultant who will also play a role in the development process making sure that we are keeping to protocol traditions and kinship relation as we bring our MainStage play, Ayita by Teneil Whiskeyjack to life. The focus of Lana’s high level post secondary research and practice is strength-based stories of resilience and traditional culture that hold women as sacred and powerful. Much of her practice comes from honoring the responsibilities of womb connection. For more information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/workshop-a-return-to-womanhood/. SkirtsAfire and Fringe Theatre are taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

subvenue Studio Theatre

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emBODYment

emBODYment is a brand new event to SkirtsAfire! Four different groups come together to bring us an array of awe-inspiring movement pieces including dance, drumming and aerial – all in one evening of impactful moments in motion. Featuring: Aequilibrium: Drumming, Music & Aerial by Rabbits Three Cultural Connections with Sandra Olarte, Dan Torres, and Carley Okamura After the War by Viva Dance Kindling by Movement Carousel Mitra - The Guardian of Life by Shivamanohari Company For more event information, visit https://skirtsafire.com/event/embodyment-aerial-drumming-dance/. SkirtsAfire and Fringe Theatre are taking part in the Restriction Exemption Program and therefore patrons 12 and over must show proof of vaccination, negative test result, or medical exemption. Masks are also required.

subvenue Westbury Theatre

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