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10 Questions with Ellen Chorley, Local Playwright and Creative Mastermind

Ellen Chorley

Ellen Chorley

 

Premiering at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival this year, The Hollywoodland Burlesques has had a great response from audiences so far. Ellen Chorley wrote the script and stars in the lead role as Gossip Queen Louella Parsons. Here’s what she had to say about the show:

1)  What inspired the idea for The Hollywoodland Burlesques?

As a theatre company, Send in the Girls has looked for historical stories to present as burlesque. We like that the vintage feel really lends itself to the format we work with (a traditional play with burlesque storytelling).  We look for historical characters who bring dramatic or scandalous stories to the stage, and then use our imaginations to fill in the blanks when the history books don’t give enough details.  We were attracted to the idea of the feud of Hollywood reporters Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons—and so I started researching into the era and the big stories of the period—which is where I stumbled upon the tragic tales of Jean Harlow and Peg Entwhistle.  I think, ultimately, we wanted to show the dark side of Tinseltown—a theme that is just as prevalent in 1932 as it is today.

 

 2)  Give us three reasons why audiences can’t miss this show at the Fringe.

  • #1: I think the story is very compelling, the show looks beautiful— the costumes, wigs, tuxedos and corsets are divine (there is nothing like Old Hollywood glamour), and the performances are both flashy and extremely  real.
  • #2: I think Send in the Girls’ work is hugely based on experimentation and collaboration, which makes our company quite unique in Western Canada— especially since we work with burlesque.
  • #3: Coming to the see the show supports us creators and independent artists!

 

3)  Why did you decide to use 1930s Hollywood as a backdrop?

We picked the characters first and then placed the show in the time period these characters existed.

 

4)  What about the The Hollywoodland Burlesques are you most proud of?

As well as serving as Co-Artistic Director/ Playwright in Residence for Send in the Girls Burlesque, I am also the Artistic Director of a children’s theatre company, so a lot of the work I do is quite light and playful.  I think the writing of The Hollywoodland Burlesques really captures a darker feel and I love that.

 

5)  What did you find most challenging?

This is so silly, but honestly the most challenging thing about performing the show is smoking and drinking on stage.  It’s been really hard to handle my cigarettes, lighters, matches and champagne glasses all while keeping up with the scene.  I poured ‘champagne’ (sparkling apple juice) down the front of my dress last night.

 

6)  Are there any lessons or takeaways you want audiences of the show to walk out of the theatre with?

I just think that society has a huge obsession with celebrity and fame, and I guess it’s just interesting to think that celebrities are humans too—and that fame doesn’t get you everything that you want.

 

7)  How is the show being received by audiences so far?

We have had great houses and very enthusiastic audiences so far, which is very exciting because we are performing off of the main site this year in the French Quarter (which is about a 10 minute drive from the main Fringe site).

 

8) Why do you think theatre in Edmonton is important?

Theatre itself is important because creating it allows us to share our stories, practice empathy and have conversations.  Theatre in Edmonton is important because supports our community.

 

9)  Do you have any other recommendations for shows at the Fringe this year?

Tons:

  • Ligature Marks
  • Flora and Fawna’s Field Trip
  • It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman
  • John Cusack
  • Zanna Don’t
  • 3…2…1
  • Trickstars
  • Letters to Laura
  • Tree Hugger
  • Love and Death (or If We are Treading on Thin Ice, We Might As Well Dance)
  • All in the Timing
  • Sweet Lies

… and I make a cameo appearance in a play called Kurt Mann:  Buyer and Seller of Souls. 

 

10)  Is there an opportunity to see The Hollywood Burlesques after the Fringe?  What are some other projects we can look forward to seeing from you?

We don’t have plans to remount The Hollywoodland Burleques quite yet, but we have had the awesome opportunities to remount our other two burlesque plays (Tudor Queens: A Burlesque and A Bronte Burlesque) within the main theatre season, so hopefully we will be able to find another opportunity like that for The Hollywoodland Burlesques. This next year, I’ll be performing in a cabaret in November and then mounting my children’s play Birdie on the Wrong Bus in January 2015.

 

Tickets for The Hollywoodland Burlesques can be purchased online or at a Fringe box office.

The Hollywoodland Burlesques

Louella Parsons. Photo credit: DB Photographics.

Fringe Review: Ligature Marks

Playwright Mac Rogers and director Taylor Chadwick bring Fringe theatregoers into a twisted world of unrequited love, real-life video games, and murder. Ligature Marks explores how far two individuals, in the throes of their own personal desperation, are willing to go to achieve what they frantically desire. Terry, played by Christopher Schulz, has reluctantly agreed to live with his ex-girlfriend Jill after being released from a minimum security prison. Jill, played by Morgan Smith, is obsessed with Terry and wants to do whatever she can to make him stay with her. To appease them both, they decide to enact a multi-player computer game, titled ‘Noir’.  A dark plotline follows, filled with intrigue, morally depraved decisions, and eventually — murder.

Morgan and Schulz’s performances were compelling — displaying both of their versatility and range. Despite the inherently dark theme of the play, the writing was witty and laced (thankfully) with moments of humour. At times, it was difficult to know when the play was within a fantasy and when it was ‘real-life’, but perhaps this was intentional. Ultimately, Ligature Marks challenges the audience to question their standards within relationships: how far are you willing to go in order to get what you want?

Location: Walterdale Playhouse (10322 83 Ave)

Performances:

Tuesday August 19: 9:30pm
Thursday August 21: 11:15pm
Friday August 22: 2:45pm
Saturday August 23: 6:45pm

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Fringe Review: The Hollywoodland Burlesques

 

The Hollywoodland Burlesques

     Photo credit: DB Photographics.

The creators of Tudor Queens and A Bronte Burlesque bring us into the world of Hollywood glamour, where ethics are questioned and underlying motives exposed.

If you’re looking for a carefree, feel-good show, this isn’t it. Although the production is punctuated with a few fun dance performances, cast members Delia Barnett, Ellen Chorley, Chris W. Cook, Madelaine Knight and Elena Porter deliver on a raw and gritty performance. Questioning the allure of Hollywood, the audience is catapulted into the underpinnings and sacrifices of fame. Secrets, gossip, murder, and top 40 music—The Hollywoodland Burlesques really has it all. Buy a ticket if you would like to see a solid story and powerful performance.

Location: BYOV #46 La Cite Francophone (8627 91 Street)

Performances:

Monday, August 18 at 9:45 pm
Tuesday, August 19 at 3:30 pm
Wednesday, August 20 at 9:30 pm
Thursday, August 21 at 3:45 pm
Sunday, August 24 at 2:00 pm

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Event Summary: PARK Edmonton Artist and Design Forum

By: Breanne Fisher

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend PARK’s first one-day conference in Edmonton. PARK, which stands for “Promoting Artists, Redefining Kulture”, works to support and mentor emerging artists within the community.  The conference was a means to bring these creative minds together for a day of discussion, collaboration, and exploration. The topic of entrepreneurship was particularly focused on throughout the day; providing all attendees with information on successfully launching and growing a creative business.

If you missed it, you missed out. I can only imagine what a foreigner — who knew nothing about Edmonton and just wandered into the conference — would have thought of the day. He or she probably would have blown away by how much talent this City encompasses; as well the humility and unpretentiousness of our incredible artists. Everyone there, no matter what stage they were in their career, really just had the desire to learn and grow—which was met, wholeheartedly, by all of the speakers.

 

Just getting started for a day of fresh ideas and inspiration.

Just getting started

 

The Highlights

Justine Barber, Co-founder of Poppy Barley started the show with her insights on Designing a Creative Business. She shared that “the reality of starting a creative business is that it requires a lot of non-creative work.” Coming from a business background, her advice for participants focused on first building a foundation, finding your brand’s creative niche, and fully analyzing your business’ viability.

Malorie Urbanovitch and Michael Meneghetti, Founders of Malorie Urbanovitch Ready to Wear presented next on the topic Cultivating Your Aesthetic: Defining Your Mission and Brand. Their talk was sincere and humble— conveying what lessons they have learned along the way from launching and nurturing their own brand. Tips, including, “take what others have to say, but trust your instincts”, and “create an aesthetic that is discernible and has a clear voice”, resonated well with the audience.

Kari Haddad, Co-founder of Workhall Boutique took to the stage to present on Creating a Successful Sales Model. She emphasized the importance on building an image that people will trust and relate to. The importance of embodying your brand was also articulated well in her presentation, as well as clearly defining why people will want to purchase your product.

Caroline Gault, Alberta Editor of FASHION Magazine delivered an entertaining talk on How to Pitch your Brand to Media. Her wealth of experience shone through and her guidance appeared to be exactly what the audience was looking for. Caroline looks for a few key things when deciding whether or not to write about someone, including: whether they have a website, a look book or quality photos, and if they are prompt and professional.

 

Caroline Gault on "How to Pitch Your Brand to Media"

Caroline Gault: “How to Pitch Your Brand to Media”

 

Josh Holinaty, Designer, Illustrator and Instructor at Guru Digital Arts College, burst into the room with heaps of energy. His presentation on Making it as an Illustrator was filled with his incredible illustrations and nuggets of wisdom. Josh stressed why it’s important to take risks and get out of your comfort zone.

 

Josh Holinaty speaks on "Making it as an Illustrator"

Josh Holinaty: “Making it as an Illustrator”

 

Nicole Campre, Founder and Designer at Campre Clothing and Workhall Boutique, was next and skillfully presented on her own journey: Two Years In —The Journey of an Emerging Clothing Designer. She shared how important connecting with the community was in her own career, as well as building a team of supporters.

 

Nicole Campre on the "Journey of an Emerging Clothing Designer"

Nicole Campre: “The Journey of an Emerging Clothing Designer”

 

The last presentation of the day was from Ken Bautista, Founder of Startup Edmonton. As a successful entrepreneur himself, his delivery of The Artist as an Entrepreneur was well-received and greatly appreciated by the room of aspiring business professionals. Ken feels that there are a lot of similarities between being an artist and being an entrepreneur, some of which are: creativity, passion and vision. He also shared how important it is to continually focus on your brand’s overall value: “Get people talking about the value, not the cost.”

The Startup Edmonton studio was abuzz with the energy of new ideas throughout the day. The breaks and lunch also provided all participants with the opportunity to mingle with the presenters and other artists. The overall length of the day could have been shortened, but it was a fantastic conference, full of inspiration and creativity. Thanks to PARK for providing a great resource for Edmonton’s emerging talent. Hope you come back to Edmonton again soon.

(Special mention to sponsors Startup Edmonton, Poppy Barley, and Mercer Tavern.)

 

NextGen Month – Let us know about your event!

NextGen Month unites and celebrates a new wave of volunteer organizations dedicated to making Edmonton a place that young people choose to live, learn and work now and in the future.

At a variety of events throughout the month of June, Edmontonians ages 18 – 40 can connect with Edmonton’s next gen community, get involved, share ideas, be creative, meet new people or help shape the city’s future.

Are you hosting an event this June that you think may be a fit to be promoted as part of our NextGen Month? Let us know about it.

NextGen is proud to be working with the City of Edmonton and TD to create and promote this year’s calendar of events. NextGen Month is an exciting time to connect with young people in Edmonton, and we want to help like-minded organizations throughout the City be a part of that success.

If you have an event in the month of June that focuses on engaging next gener’s in YEG and you would like to propose it for addition to the June calendar, please email details to nextgen@edmonton.ca by Thursday, May 8.

 

Early NextGen Month Highlights
June 4| NextGen Month Kick-off with a proclamation by Mayor Don Iveson
June 5| Pecha Kucha Night 19
June 6| Mercer Summer SuperParty
June 7| Edmonton’s NextGen at the Pride Parade

 

Tasty delights during the 11th Downtown Dining Week

Written by Amber-Leigh Polowich

The tastiest event to hit downtown Edmonton is back. In its 11th year, Downtown Dining Week, presented by the Downtown Business Association, begins Friday, March 14 continuing through Sunday, March 23. Restaurants located in downtown Edmonton will offer up lip-smacking lunch menus at $15, and delectable dinner menus for $25 or $50. These reduced fixed prices offer diners to try new restaurants, places one might normally consider out of price range, or out of the normal dining area.

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Designing Downtown – Thank You

Thank you to everyone who came out to Designing Downtown activities on October 5, 2013!

This inspiring day of activities, fostered and made possible by the vision of the Designing Downtown movement, is a testament to the incredible people, organizations and businesses committed to conversations around the development of urban cores.

 

 

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National Roster of Design Advocates Participating in Pecha Kucha Night 17

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Designing Downtown, one of the largest and richest citizen-driven conversations about urban cores in Canada, returns to Edmonton October 5, 2013. For a full list of upcoming events, visit www.designingdowntown.ca.

 “For Progress Unlimited, MADE and Edmonton’s NextGen to brainstorm, curate, and welcome this outstanding group of speakers to Edmonton is an incredible opportunity to foster national dialogue and exchange about the role we all play in urban development,” says Lisa Baroldi, Vision Holder – Progress Unlimited.  “We’re thrilled to showcase Edmonton created content throughout the day at makescape 2 and in surprising ways at Pecha Kucha Night.” 

Pecha Kucha Night 17 Speakers   

Special Presentation by:

  • Roman Mars (San Francisco) – Host/Producer, 99% Invisible

Designing Downtown is a movement to transform downtowns founded by Progress Unlimited, MADE , and Edmonton’s NextGen. Designing Downtown is a vehicle for inter-city exchange for partnerships that seek to enrich and advance the conversations and actions we take to shape downtowns as spaces for everyone. Designing Downtown is an experiment and exchange; an opportunity to create dialogue that celebrates & critiques; and a space to be a fixture in and designer of the urban experience.

Pecha Kucha Night 17, doors at 6:30 pm at the Winspear Centre, challenges presenters to follow the 20 images x 20 seconds format that has gained popularity in more than 600 cities around the globe. Tickets are on sale now via TIX On The Square; charge by phone 780-420-1757 or online at www.tixonthesquare.ca. Tickets are $35 for general admission, $30 for students (with I.D.), and $30 for groups of 10 or more; all tickets plus services fees and GST.

Edmontonians are encouraged to immerse themselves in the Designing Downtown movement with makescape2 at Centennial Plaza (behind the Stanley Milner Library) from 3 pm – 11pm; prior, during and following PKN 17. This project is an urban intervention that transforms an underutilized space using design and art elements, food, and entertainment into a space that entices passerby to interact with the environment and each other differently.

Join the conversation online with hashtags #DD2013 and #yegpkn. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.designingdowntown.ca.

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June is NextGen Month!

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June is NextGen Month! Just in time for some serious sunny weather and long days at the park or on the patio, NextGen and our partners are proud to host some great events this month to celebrate all that is vibrant and fresh in Edmonton (that’s you, by the way).

We’ve got some great stuff going on and can’t wait to see all of you out making the most of what our city has to offer. Mayor Mandel will be proclaiming NextGen Month at Pecha Kucha Night on June 13th, so make sure you stop by and check out some of our events:

Pecha Kucha Night 16 | Thursday, June 13th, Citadel’s MacLab Theatre -  Buy your tickets here

DIYalogue Talks Fashion | Tuesday, June 25th, ATB Financial Arts Barns (formerly TransAlta) - Buy your tickets here

Looking forward to seeing all of you out and about this month!

DIYalogue Talks Fashion!

In a city well known for only having two seasons (winter and kinda winter), it takes a lot of effort on our part as Edmontonians to make sure we look good when we leave the house in the blowing snow in the morning , to when we get home at the end of the day and it’s +25C in the shade.

Enter: A formidable force of creative prowess, industrious genius, and just some all around awesome folks who substantially contribute to the distinct vibrancy of our city.  That’s right, Edmonton’s fashion industry wants to hang out with YOU, you fashionable cat, you. Edmonton’s NextGen presents: DIYalogue Talks Fashion, the next of the 15 minute speed-mentoring sessions that connect you with your community.

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Join us on Tuesday, June 25th from 7:00-9:00pm at the ATB Financial Arts Barns (formerly known as the TransAlta Arts Barns), and connect with some of Edmonton’s leading players in our local fashion community. We’ve got a great line up of mentors, so check ‘em out below:

We’re pretty sure that amazing line up is the only reason you’ll need to grab some tickets and head down with your friends to connect with some of our best and brightest fashionistas, models and local talent.

Advanced ticket for this event ($8 + fees) can be bought online  or in person at the Pawn Shop (10551 Whyte Ave) and the Avenue Theatre (9030 – 118 Ave). Tickets will also be available at the door for $10 (cash only).

What’s more, is that by attending our events, you’re also supporting local talent and you know how much we love local talent over here at Edmonton’s NextGen. (hint: A LOT!)

Don’t forget to like and follow us on Facebook for mentor updates and some other cool surprises that we might throw your way closer to the event, and as always – The Twitter! – @EdmNextGen.

Can’t wait to see you guys on June 25th for a night of couture, Go-See-crets, glamour and FUN!

APPLY TO PRESENT AT PECHA KUCHA NIGHT 16

PKN 16 feature box Are you looking for an opportunity to present your ideas to an audience of more than 700 engaged and creative young people?

Edmonton’s NextGen is currently accepting presentation submissions for Pecha Kucha Night 16, taking place June 13, 2013 at the Citadel’s Maclab Theatre.

More than 150 presentations have been given at Edmonton Pecha Kucha Nights to date on wide reaching topics, from lighting up Edmonton’s bridges to in vitro meat and everything in between.

Read the 10 steps to a great Pecha Kucha presentation and then email your presentation submission to present@edmontonnextgen.ca.

When submitting your application, please include: your full name, email address, position title and organization, phone number, website and/or twitter handle, a title and abstract for your presentation, as well as a minimum of 10 up to a maximum of 20 sample images that match exactly what you want to share. Images should be sized to 1024px x 768px in landscape orientation.

Deadline for submissions is May 17, 2013. Submissions will be reviewed the week of May 19, 2013 and applicants will be notified the last week in May whether they have been selected to present.

Questions? Email present@edmontonnextgen.ca

PKN 16 is sponsored by: Capital Power Corporation, City of Edmonton, Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, Graphos, Klein Dytham and Northlands.

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Ignite presents Ideas for Edmonton

Ignite presents Ideas for Edmonton, a crowd funding model with a twist! Community members who are passionate about making Edmonton a better place to live are encouraged to post their project on the Ideas for Edmonton website – backers throw their support for projects with votes rather than donations. Edmonton’s NextGen, and a host of sponsors, kick-in the financial backing with $10,000 in funding available.

“Have you ever wanted to make a difference in your community but didn’t know where to start? You are not alone,” says Sherman Tsang, Ignite Co-Chair. “Ideas for Edmonton is a local social incubator, a tool to help turn thoughts into actions. Any city resident, looking to make Edmonton a better place to live, can submit a single idea that could be turned into reality!”

Ideasforedmonton.com is an easy-to-use on-line portal where the public can register ideas, search out interesting projects, discuss opportunities and cast votes.

Voting is tallied in three ways:

  • A single vote is counted when an individual comments on an idea (a single vote per user, not per comment);
  • A single vote is counted when an individual clicks on the +1 Give Vote link on an idea page;
  • Two votes are counted when an individual clicks on the +2 Give Time link on an idea page.
  •  Individuals that click this option will be contacted by NextGen following the competition to connect with fellow voters for potential volunteer opportunities to make a specific project move forward.

Idea submissions and Round 1 votes are accepted until April 21st.  The top 10 ideas, as calculated by total votes, will go on to Round 2 where a panel of judges will select one or two ideas to receive funding, volunteer support (as sourced through the +2 Give Time voters) and additional mentoring from established makers in the community. Edmonton’s NextGen is proud to foster the success of a variety of community projects and lend its planning expertise to the winning projects. Final winners will be announced in early May, 2013.

Timeline

Round 1: Voting

  • March 21st, 2013: Launch, Submissions open for ideasforEdmonton.com
  • March 22nd, 2013 (Noon): Winners for the Blue Plate Diner gift certificates + New Balance Acupuncture treatment are drawn
  • March 24th, 2013 (11:59PM): Top Voted Idea by this point is automatically selected as 1 of 10 Top Voted Ideas going into Round 2
  • April 21st, 2013 (11:59 PM): Voting Stops, end of Round #1

Round 2: Judging

  • April 23rd, 2013: Top 10 Voted Ideas Announced, Round 2 Forms provided
  • Round 2 Forms to be provided to Top 10 by Ignite. These forms serve as your application for funding and support from Edmonton’s NextGen Ignite. Completed forms must be completed by deadline to qualify for consideration.
  • April 28th, 2013 (11:59 PM): Deadline for filling in Round 2 Forms/Documents
  • May 2nd, 2013: Winner(s) Announced!

Ideas for Edmonton is proud to be a Make Something Edmonton project! #makesomethingyeg = a show & tell of cool projects #ideas4yeg = funding & resources to help make cool projects reality.  Visit our project page at www.makesomethingedmonton.ca.

PECHA KUCHA NIGHT 15 | WHERE IDEAS AND CREATIVITY SOAR

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 

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Edmonton’s NextGen presents Pecha Kucha Night 15 on March 7, 2013 at Northlands’ Edmonton EXPO Centre in the Alberta Ballroom. PKN 15 features presentations on local ideas, projects and musings in the 20 slides x 20 second per slide format made popular world-wide by Klein Dytham Architecture. Tickets are on-sale now via TIX on the Square, charge by phone at 780-420-1757 or online at www.tixonthesquare.ca. Tickets are $10 for students (with I.D.) and $12 for adults. Doors and bar open at 6:30 p.m., with presentations beginning at 7:30 p.m.

More than 150 presentations have been given at Edmonton Pecha Kucha Nights to-date on wide ranging topics, from Showing nature’s naughty bits to Light it up, #yeg! and everything in between. New for PKN 15, Edmonton’s NextGen welcomes Firefly Theatre & Circus for a special aerial performance and music provided by Girls Club. Famoso Neapolitan Pizza returns with gift cards for all ticket holders.

Pecha Kucha Night 15 presentations include:

*Presenters appear in the order they will present

Tokyo’s Klein Dytham Architecture first devised Pecha Kucha, the Japanese phrase for “the sound of chitchat” in 2003, as a night for young designers to meet, network, and discuss their projects. The catch: each designer gives a presentation containing only 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds, for a total presentation length of six minutes 40 seconds. Conceived as a venue through which young designers could meet, show their work, exchange ideas, and network, the format keeps presentations concise, fast-paced and entertaining.

Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #yegpkn.

PKN 15 is sponsored by: Capital Power Corporation, City of Edmonton, Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, Graphos, and Klein Dytham.

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DIYalogue Talks Quality Play

Edmonton’s NextGen presents DIYalogue Talks Quality Play, a cultural mix-and-mingle in the style of NextGen’s popular Candi{date} series, 7-9 PM on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at The Billiard Club, 10502-82 Avenue. Tickets are $10.00 plus service fees and available online at www.yeglive.ca

DIYalogue Talks Quality Play is inspired by the worlds of gaming, game-playing and healthy competition. Participants connect to mentors in 15 minute speed-dating sessions to converse with local businesses, organizations and teams in hopes of spending some quality time playing in new ways.

Confirmed speed mentors include:

APPLY TO PRESENT AT PECHA KUCHA NIGHT 15

Have a little extra time on your hands during the holidays? Are you looking for an opportunity to present your ideas to an audience of more than 700 engaged and creative young people? Edmonton’s NextGen is currently accepting presentation submissions for Pecha Kucha Night 15, March 7, 2013 at Northlands’ Edmonton EXPO Centre. More than 150 presentations have been given at Edmonton Pecha Kucha Nights to date on wide reaching topics, from lighting up Edmonton’s bridges to in vitro meat and everything in between.

For more information on Pecha Kucha Nights and to apply to present, visit http://www.edmontonnextgen.ca/pkn/applying-to-present-at-pecha-kucha-night-edmonton or fill out this handy form!

Deadline for submissions is February 7, 2013. 

Holiday Patio Party | December 8, 2012

 

 Edmonton’s NextGen, in partnership with Public House, invites Edmontonians to help ring in the holiday season with its first-ever Holiday Patio Party, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM on Saturday, December 8 at the Public House patio, 10765 Jasper Avenue. Please note this event is 18+.

Guests are invited to cozy up under a canopy of lights and enjoy a unique collaboration between the Urban Monks and VJ’s from Guru Digital Arts as they create interactive, winter-themed live projections. No need to worry about the weather, hot appetizers, warm seasonal drinks and warming stations will be provided to keep everyone toasty warm no matter the temperature!

Held in conjunction with the Public House, Winter City Strategy Think Tank and Downtown Edmonton Community League, admission to the Holiday Patio Party is free. Hot soup and chili will be sold for $2 to raise funds for one of Edmonton’s inner city charities.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/116446401852974/

 

MEÆT 3.5: The Amphitheatre

It’s MEÆT time!  Edmonton’s NextGen and the Ignite Working Group present MEÆT 3.5: The Amphitheatre at 5:30 pm on December 10, 2012 at the Citadel’s Tucker Amphitheatre, 9828 101A Ave.  In addition to the awesome project/idea/cause pitches, food will be provided by Normand’s Bistro (88% on Urbanspoon!), tunes will be spun by DJ Polyesterday, and we will enjoy performances by our hosts, Rapid Fire Theatre!  Tickets are expected to go fast, so RSVP on Eventbrite!

This is your chance to:

Share a meal.
Connect.
Enjoy performances.
Cast your vote.
Make a difference now.
Become a philanthropist.

There are 2 ways you can enjoy a MEÆTing:

You can (1) apply to have a project funded and come enjoy dinner, and present your project or (2) come enjoy dinner, experience the presentations, vote for your favourite, and donate $10 to fund something awesome.

The best presentation (as determined by the votes) receives the night’s funding.

MEÆT is an event designed to bring us together for a meal and together fund home-grown projects. By getting together and pooling our wealth we can avoid bureaucracy, get right down to the meat of an idea and make it happen.

Visit www.meaet.com for more information and to submit proposals!

 

Growth Coordination Strategy | Letter to Council

November 19, 2012

Office of the Councillors
2nd Floor, City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB  T5J 2R7

RE: Growth Coordination Strategy

Dear Mayor Mandel and City Council,

Edmonton’s NextGen Steering Committee requests that Executive Committee consider postponing item 6.15, Growth Coordination Strategy, to the next Executive Committee meeting. This will allow for sufficient time to review and comment on the new draft Growth Coordination Strategy which wasn’t released until November 15, 2012.

Over the course of developing this strategy NextGen has made several attempts to provide input as the outcomes of Edmonton’s Growth Coordination will have a substantial impact on future Edmontonians. To date, there has not been a clear or meaningful way for NextGen to engage its membership and provide this necessary feedback. We are hopeful that through Council’s review of this strategy and the creation of the implementation plan, NextGen is incorporated into the public engagement of this strategy.

We are aware that two drafts of the Growth Coordination Strategy have been made available for public review. The first in May 2012 and the current report which was released just last week.  We have done an initial review of the current draft and have noted that there are substantial differences between the two documents. Some of the most concerning deletions from the new draft include strategies and actions to promote infill development and create new sustainable communities.

Future growth of the city including, competing infrastructure demands, will greatly impact our generation. As such, we feel strongly that our input and consultation is crucial in the development of a Growth Coordination Strategy and subsequent implementation plans.  The Growth Coordination strategy must take a holistic approach to managing sustainable growth in Edmonton, including the management of infill development to meet the targets set out in the Municipal Development Plan.

It is our hope that you will allow NextGen and the community adequate time to review and provide feedback on the draft strategy prior to it returning to Executive Committee.  We would like to thank you for your time and consideration of our request.  If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact us at tegan.martindrysdale@redmontonnextgen.ca and brian.murray@edmontonnextgen.ca.

Best Regards,

Tegan Martin-Drysdale

Edmonton’s NextGen Committee

Community Co-Chair

Brian Murray

Edmonton’s NextGen Committee

Civic Co-Chair

cc: Gary Klassen, General Manager, Sustainable Development
Peter Ohm, Manager, Urban Planning and Environment, Sustainable Development
Kathy Barnhart, Manager, Community and Social Development, Community Services

Note for our Edmonton NextGen website readers: For more information on the Growth Coordination Strategy and to read the November 2012 draft, visit http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/urban_planning_and_design/growth-coordination-strategy.aspx.

Stand Up Comedy – Guaranteeing you More Laughs than Jazz, Poetry, Sculpting and Painting combined | NextGen Speaks Out on the Arts

Who is Lars Callieou? The little fat headed kid with the annoying voice from the children’s cartoon? No, but you’re close. The fat headed adult comedian from Edmonton, with the slightly less than annoying voice.

 

When I received an email from Edmonton’s NextGen blog I was intrigued. They said, “We like to have guest bloggers from ‘authorities’ on Edmonton’s entertainment scene”. I’ll start by saying I’m proud of comedy in Edmonton. From The Comic Strip, an A room in North America, to Yuk Yuk’s to the Comedy Factory (over a decade in the business), we have more comedy clubs than Toronto and as many as Vancouver.

Edmonton has a legit comedy scene, which I just made less legit by using the word legit.

 

Jay Leno has been to Edmonton. Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby, Joan Rivers, Dane Cook, Russell Peters – they all put us on their tour schedule. If Edmonton were a city in the United States, we’d be the 9th biggest city in the country. With 1.2 million people, we’re a REAL city. We often think of ourselves as ‘small time’ but we have a lot to be proud of. The second largest Fringe Festival in the world, more theatre seats per capita than anywhere in Canada and a comedy festival that hit the ground running last year (ATB Edmonton Comedy Festival). Our comedy scene should be proud of itself (not too proud because everyone hates a braggart comedian).

 

What makes me an authority on comedy in Edmonton? I’ve stuck around longer than most of my generation. Guys who started 9 years ago, they’re in Toronto, LA, Vancouver or England. I like to think of myself as the Bull Durham of Edmonton. I’m close to the record for home runs in the minor leagues (that’s a reference to the Kevin Costner movie and not a review of my shows). It’s not really a record you want, but I too, have been to the show.
Lars Callieou with Joan Rivers

 

I’m going to assume you’ve been to a comedy show in Edmonton in the last decade. When you were at said comedy show, whether in a club or a theatre or at an amateur night, you were pleasantly surprised. The comedians were funny. You might have been surprised to learn most were homegrown. There are GREAT comics in our city. Sean Lecomber, Sterling Scott, Kathleen McGee (off to LA soon), Kenny Valgardson… great comics. Names you might not recognize but people who have had you in stitches if you stumbled upon a comedy night they were on.

 

I was going to use this opportunity on Edmonton’s Next Gen to talk about how

stand up comedy is the bastard stepchild of the entertainment world.

I’d put us ahead of mimes and clowns, unless you’re a mime clown, then you’re above a comic on the proverbial entertainment ladder. They gave us an opportunity at The Works Festival this year, between bands, while equipment was being set up. It’s a start.

 

Want to find out what the arts world thinks about stand up comedy, put a straight stand up show in a Fringe Festival. You’ll get panned in reviews worse than Michael Richards at the Apollo Theatre. They don’t think we ‘belong’. After 4 straight years in the Fringe, they gave us a little love, we found a little acceptance. For that, I’m grateful.

 

Sam Kinison said, “If you want to be a success in comedy, don’t go away.” Our city supports the arts. Folk, Blues, theatre, Jazz, comedy, they love it. I believe Edmonton to be an oasis, like Austin or Minneapolis. It’s surprising how great the crowds can be. So Instead of complaining, I want to say, give stand up a try.

With all the great options for entertainment, give comedy a chance.

There are comedy open mics every night:

  • The Druid Pub – Sunday
  • O2 156 ST – Monday
  • Overtime – Tuesday
  • Rouge Lounge and/or Hydeaway Pub – Wednesday
  • Yuk Yuk’s – Thursday

 

Those are just the open mics. Amateur nights so to speak. Want to see a pro show, go to a club on the weekend. You’ll see your own comics opening for the likes of Nikki Payne, Brad Garrett, Damon Wayans or Rob Schneider. You’ll leave saying, “That was great! Why don’t we do that more often?”

 

Live comedy, when done correctly, is the BEST form of entertainment (in my VERY biased opinion). Laugh yourself silly for 90 minutes, then tell me that wasn’t the best experience you’ve had in a long time. You’ll laugh more than any movie, play or concert. To quote Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption, “If you’ve made it this far, perhaps you’re willing to come a little farther.”

 

Check out a comedy night, give them your attention, don’t text or talk.

Most comedians have poured their heart and soul into each word, into crafting each joke, we just want to make you laugh.

Why you ask? So you’ll leave and say, “The fourth comedian was my favorite.” We’re just trying to be a random number in your program, but number one in your hearts. Until then, we’re happy to be on the edge of the arts, looking in, wondering if they’ll ever ask us to be with the musicians, painters, sculptors, photographers, writers or poets.

 

An unknown Jazz musician quote was once told to me third person, Mike Wilmont told Dan Brodribb who told it to me, I wish I could attribute it to an author but I haven’t been able to. Here it is: “There are day people and there are night people. Day people work all day just so they can give their money to night people.”

 

I’ll see you at a show sometime, you’ll recognize me as comic number 3, your second favorite.

 

 

Bio:
Lars Callieou
Lars has been a stand up comic in Edmonton for 9 years. He’s been to the Just for Laughs Festival and has a comedy special on the Comedy Network. He hosts The Druid Comedy Night every Sunday and DJs a comedy radio show Wednesdays at midnight on CJSR 88.5 FM. He loves his Mom and is on Twitter. @extralars

www.extralars.com

 

Disclaimer
NextGen Speaks Out, our guest blogging series, is envisioned as a hub for information and discussion. NextGen is a non-political, non-denominational organization focused on giving all nextgeners a voice. NextGen does not represent the opinions expressed by the individual columnists.

Dance: A Constant Thrill | NextGen Speaks Out on the Arts

I’m very fortunate to work alongside artists; helping share their work with audiences. Art, specifically dance, is such an influential force in my life and the idea of bringing artists & audiences together is still a constant thrill.

 

Just like birthdays, family reunions and Christmas mornings, there are dance moments that measure milestones in my life, evoke memories and shape the way I navigate the world:

  • Standing in a dance studio, geared up head-to-toe in ballet gear, and having no clue what was going to happen next
  • The waltz scene by the river in An American in Paris
  • Seeing La La La Human Steps at the Jubilee for my big 15th birthday
  • Finding out the hanging meat & underpants performance I convinced myself I made up was in fact a reality, courtesy of Brian Webb

 

These dance moments reflected the experiences of others, the possibilities of the moving body* and the courage to express opinions and feelings in a way nothing else has or likely will for me.

 

Ben Cameron, Program Director, Arts, at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, when he was in town as part of the Percolate Speaker Series spoke about the importance of arts participation. He shared an insight that Americans were, in part, so invested in sport because they saw many images of J.F.K. participating in sporting activities and mirrored that in their own lives. This notion really struck a chord with me: one of the reasons I was so drawn to dance was that it was easy for me to transport the dancers’ experience to my own.

 

It got me thinking that the opportunity to experience dance from a young age, both as a student and an audience member, also gave me the confidence to participate in other types of art, whether it was going to an opera or a gallery.

Having a connection to one art form made it easy to put my trust in all artists that their work would inspire, challenge and entertain.

 

Just as we trust dentists to keep our teeth healthy, police officers to keep us safe and teachers to educate us – I trust artists to share their stories, to find the amazing connections that bring us all together and archive the human experience in all its permutations. It’s an incredible calling that takes sacrifice, bravery and dedication.

 

The third item on my list of memorable dance moments, La La La Human Steps, came full circle this year when Louise Lacavalier returned to Edmonton to perform new work as part of the BWDC season.

 
Louise Lecavalier
Image reprinted with the Author’s Permission by Brian Webb Dance Company on August 8, 2012

 

As a teenager I was amazed by her strength, precision and sexuality on stage. Frankly, I was shocked that my parents would send me off to see the show. As an adult, watching her perform was equally awe inspiring. Rather than being moved by the sheer physicality of her performance, it was the incredible ability to reign in her body that gave power to the emotional elements of the work. On the way home from the theatre and the days that followed, I thought often of how fortunate I was that someone was willing to share that kind of honesty and commitment with roomfuls of strangers.

 

As we move closer to the 2012-2013 arts season,

I encourage you to put your trust in artists and try something new.

Dance might not be your cup of tea but in Edmonton’s thriving cultural communities there’s a bounty of options to choose from!

 

*The moving body is a favourite phrase of Brian Webb, Artistic Director of the Brian Webb Dance Company.

 

 

Bio:
Stephanie Enders
Stephanie is ecstatic about promoting the arts in Canada and is currently a Project Manager at Bottom Line Productions, a marketing and communications agency with a focus on arts and not-for-profit clients. Stephanie is passionate about the arts and thrilled to be working in an industry where the main focus is on supporting creativity. A long-time Next Gen volunteer, Stephanie values the opportunity to shape the city she chooses to live, learn and work in.

 

Disclaimer
NextGen Speaks Out, our guest blogging series, is envisioned as a hub for information and discussion. NextGen is a non-political, non-denominational organization focused on giving all nextgeners a voice. NextGen does not represent the opinions expressed by the individual columnists.