S6E28: Iso-Interview: Alexis Hillyard

Alexis Hillyard on the set of the web series Stump Kitchen. (KTB Photography)

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!

Links discussed in this episode:
Stump Kitchen on Youtube
• The Avocado Pie Episode
The Lucky Fin Project
• Alexis’ advice for massaging kale
• Paul’s go-to recipe for buns
• The Stage on what we can learn from South Korea’s theatres, which remained open throughout most of the lockdown
• NY Times on how theatre has to think small after the return
• Shumka’s Isolation Hopak

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S6E27: Iso-Interview: Trevor Schmidt

A scene from Confessions of A Reluctant Caregiver, Northern Light Theatre’s final show selection of the season, cancelled due to COVID-19 complications. Pictured left to right: Davina Stewart, Cheryl Jameson, Brian Dooley. Photo: Ian Jackson/Epic Photography

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.

Links discussed:
Northern Light Theatre
• Mile Zero Dance’s 3-hour online Dance Blitz for International Dance Day
• Gurdeep Pandher’s Youtube channel of joyful Yukon Bhangra goodness.
• Freewill Shakespeare Festival announces Dave Horak as artistic director
• Stratford Festival is running an online Shakespeare on Film Festival

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S6E26: Iso-Interview: Peter Brown

Peter Brown (top) captured in-improv with Die Nasty cast members
Stephanie Wolfe, Jesse Gervais, and Mark Meer. (Photos by Jana Hove)

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!)

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S6E25: Iso-Interview: Liz Nicholls

Our pal Liz Nicholls joins us to commiserate on the current dearth of liveness on Edmonton’s stages.

It took a pandemic, but we finally caught her! This week, we talk bread-making, online performances, and the surreal weirdness of Edmonton sans live theatre with the one and only Liz Nicholls.

Some links discussed in this episode:
• Liz Nicholls’ blog: 12thnight.ca
• Die-Nasty’s weekly improvised Radio Hour, new episodes out every Monday 
• Citadel Theatre’s Stuck in the House web series
• Paul’s sketch on The Great Gatsby
• Nick Cave’s The Red Hand Files
• Cancellation of the Ediburgh Fringe will be felt around the world
• The Wooster Group’s Hamlet from the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013
• Gia Kourlas, dance critic for the New York Times, on how we navigate the pandemic with our bodies

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S6E24: Iso-Interview: Ben Gorodetsky

Ben Gorodetsky’s Biblioteka was set to be shown as part of Mile Zero Dance’s mainstage earlier this month. Now cancelled, like everything else.

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!

Links of note:
• Dan Savage’s SPLIFF Film Festival, where you can watch Munchies Massacre
• Folk Lordz web series
• Malachite Theatre’s Shakespeare Sundays
• The full cut of Grindstone’s musical hit ThunderCATS  
• Die-Nasty’s weekly improvised Radio Hour, new episodes out every Monday
• Chase Padgett’s Digital Fringe (where you can actually pay to watch or rent 2019 Fringe faves like For Science! and Reality Crack)
• Actor Jamie Cavanagh’s online campaign that petitions Disney to cast him as the next Wolverine.

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S6E23: But think of The Children (and your local arts community)

An eerily appropriate image for The Children, running (at time of press) at the Roxy on Gateway until March 22.

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.

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S6E22: Soaking up the end of the world

Beth Graham and Michael Tan in Girl in the Machine. Photo © Marc J Chalifoux Photography

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.

S6E21: Unpacking The Blue Hour (live!)

The Blue Hour is the mainstage presentation at SkirtsAfire this year.
The play and festival run until March 8th.

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.

S6E20: Unleash the Beatles

Across the universe, straight through to Lotus-land:
As You Like It runs at Citadel Theatre until March 15. (Photo by Dylan Hewlett)

Guest Breanne Byrne of Emily Missed Out drops by for the Citadel’s oh-so-satisfying hippie trip in As You Like It, and Colleen Feehan returns to for a night on the town at Alberta Ballet’s triple-bill, Unleashed (featuring two intermissions!).

To claim your $5 discount to The Blue Hour at SkirtsAFire, enter panelfive at checkout when you purchase your tickets at the Fringe Box Office. And come catch our live episode recording at the fest on March 1st!

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S6E19 (live!): That’s Me in the Spotlight @ Chinook Series

During the live recording of panel at Chinook Series on February 16. In photo, left to right: Fawnda Mithrush, Allan Morgan, Chris Dodd, Marynia Fekecz, NASRA.
© Marc J Chalifoux Photography

An insightful conversation with an incredible panel of artists discussing lived experience in art creation, featuring SOUND OFF founder and playwright/performer Chris Dodd, Polish choreographer Marynia Fekecz, Can-theatre legend Allan Morgan, and NASRA, former YEG Youth Poet Laureate and Director of Black Arts Matter.

This episode was recorded from a live salon session at Chinook Series on February 16. Special thanks to Workshop West Playwrights Theatre, our ASL interpreters, and the swift-thinking technicians at the ATB Arts Barns.

A transcript of this episode is available here. Please email idgidance@gmail.com to request a pdf copy.

To claim your $5 discount to The Blue Hour at SkirtsAFire, enter panelfive at checkout when you purchase your tickets at the Fringe Box Office. And come catch our live episode recording at the fest on March 1st!

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