Vern Thiessen published an open letter to the nation’s professional theatre associations last week, encouraging them to seriously consider what they could be doing during the Great Pause, including reassessing their collective agreements and lobbying for changes to the Status of the Artist legislation. We cover his letter, the meaning of these agreements for working artists in Canada, and what post-pandemic theatre could look like for the foreseeable future (likely, it’s “G” houses). The Governor General Award-winning playwright also offers some advice on letter-writing—which we should all be doing more.
YEG Poet Laureate and PoFest Executive Director Nisha Patel chats about taking literary events online, her #CanadaPerforms stint, the realities of being an artist and festival producer in the gig economy, and emerging standards for compensating artists for online content.
While the rest of us had to get used to this new era of online connecting when the pandemic was declared, Alexis Hillyard was already an internet star in her own right with her Youtube series, Stump Kitchen. In our chat she covers favourite pandemic meals, how artists can leverage putting their work online, and bringing authenticity to digital space—plus, how a stump comes in handy in the kitchen!
What week are we in again? Seven? Seventeen? Artistic Director of Northern Light Theatre Trevor Schmidt expands on the acceptance of this Great Pause, impacts on small versus large theatre companies, sucker-punch play structure, and staring down a summer without the Fringe.
Week five of no live shows, and we’re all still commiserating about it. Funnyman Peter Brown talks with us about the nature of laughter, improv online, creative feelings, and unique uses for toilet paper rolls. Enjoy, all. Stay well!
Here are your links referred to in this episode: • Die Nasty’s weekly radio show: https://www.dienastyimprov.com/ • Hop on Die Nasty’s facebook page on April 27 at 4pm MT for a live stream recording as part of National Arts Centre’s Canada Performs • Peter Brown’s website, where you can see what he’s up to (and hire him!)
It’s our first foray into remote recording! We tracked down Ben Gorodetsky to talk about Biblioteka, which was cancelled (among everything else) with the order to shutdown gathering spaces. We cover the ideas behind his show, how artists are coping these days, and plans for Ben’s future creative output.
Also, many recommendations for things to see online below. See some shows, everyone!
Here we go, all: It’s a pandemic. We managed to catch The Children in preview, and sat a healthy distance from each other while discussing the impacts of COVID-19 on the arts community. We provide some tips and pointers for making the best of this challenging time, including what you can do for your local out-of-work theatre folk.
Our fears of the end times are quelled with a soothing soak at AGA’s Nests For the End of the World exhibit with curator Lindsay Sharman, followed by a trippy dip into the über-immersive visuals of Bustle & Beast’s Girl in the Machine at Telus World of Science. Finally, we catch the documentary Cunningham at Metro Cinema, complete with a meta-Merce dance piece by Jen Mesch and Gerry Morita. Whew! At least we’ll all go out feeling a little more relaxed.
An articulate and insightful discussion on the themes of the award-winning play, The Blue Hour, by Michele Vance Hehir.
Our panelists in this episode are: • Michele Vance Hehir – Playwright of The Blue Hour • Candace Fehr – Co-chair of the Family Advisory Council with Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health • Clare Gallant – Vice President of Community Services with The John Howard Society • Andrea Moen – Retired Judge from the Court of Queens Bench • Nikki Bernier-Singh – Director of Community Engagement for the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) • Christine McCourt-Reid – Communications Manager for the YWCA
Please be advised this episode includes discussion of themes pedophilia, child abuse, sexual abuse, suicide, religious content, and some definite spoilers.
Special thanks to SkirtsAfire and APN for partnering up on this episode! And to the trusty technicians and staff at the ATB Arts Barns.