A New Year brings a new look and new SkirtsAfire Events!
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Happy New Year from the SkirtsAfire Festival!

We have a brand new look for this year's festival, as well as some amazing new programming and the return of some fantastic favourites!



(Left: Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk)
Due to popular demand, SkirtsAfire is bringing back the Variety Show - a favourite from our inaugural festival!
A-Line Variety Night - Thursday, March 5 - 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

A raucous kick-off to SkirtsAfire 2015! Hosted by Breakfast Television Personality Bridget Ryan, The A-Line Variety Night features an all-star line up of fabulous female artists performing dance, cabaret, comedy, drumming, music, and more!

Friday and Saturday nights of this year's festival includes top-notch comedy and hot bands to get you dancing in the SkirtsAfire Cabaret Space (Alberta Avenue Community League)! 

Ask Aggie 
9:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Confused about Love? Sex? Relationships? Ask Aggie. Enter into Aggie’s domain, fill out a question ballot and drop it into the box onstage. Seductive and brutally candid, Aggie draws from her box and answers your burning questions. Performed by Christine Lesiak.
Directed by Jan Henderson.
Lauren Mann & the Fairly Odd Folk
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm
In a world where the gift of simply appreciating music seems to have been lost, it takes something extraordinary to capture the heart and the attention of listeners. Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk do just that. From captivating alternative folk-pop melodies to an authentic and energetic performance, you’ll get drawn into the music and won’t be letting go anytime soon.

In May 2014 they won the CBC Searchlight competition with their song “I Lost Myself,” competing against over 5000 bands across the country to be called Canada’s best new emerging artist. Featuring Lauren Mann, Zoltan Szolges, Josh Akin


A Princess Cabaret
9:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The heroines of your favourite fairy tales are back from the land of Happily Ever After to present a whimsical Princess Cabaret.  Their hearts are full and their skirts fluffed.  What could possibly go wrong?

The Switches
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm

The Switches are your favorite band. Only with more sing along parts. And more parts in each song. And less guitar solos. And more women. And more lazer ray power. From Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, playing Romantic Soul’d Out Punk Rock n’ Roll.

Featuring Tara, Marlaena, Tamar, Stefan


The Peep Show Announces its Featured Plays!

(Left to right: Amber Bissonette, Ian Leaung at the 2014 Peep Show. Photo by Madison Kerr)

This tease of new plays, presented in partnership with the Alberta Playwrights’ Network , introduces a selection of readings from four exciting new plays by four local female playwrights. These plays, chosen from many submissions, will be featured in The Peep Show 2015. Our annual deadline for submissions of new plays in November 1st.

Wellspring Waxwing Museum by Leslea Kroll
Five Feet Found by Anne Marie Szucs
Deena's Playhouse by Michele Vance Hehir
8 Banana Flies by Haley Moorehouse

A Panel Discussion will follow led by Connie Massing to discuss Equity in Theatre (EIT). EIT is a Canadian Initiative to foster dialogue on an (inter)national scale, develop social actions that will help effect change, and generate greater awareness of and exposure to Canadian women in theatre.


Deadline extended!

(Left to Right: Michelle Brown, April Banigan, Sharla Matkin, Stephanie Wolfe in a staged reading in the SkirtsAfire 2014 Visual Art Exhibit Nest Tree Confidences. Photo by Madison Kerr)

Everything Cannot Be True: art with/in the everyday

We are seeking applications from artists interested in exhibiting their work as part of the 2015 SkirtsAfire HerArts Festival. Taking place March 5 – 8, 2015, the exhibit will occupy the main gallery at the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, 9225 – 118 Avenue. This is a wonderful opportunity for your artwork to be presented to a diverse festival audience, partaking in Variety Showcases, Comedy, Theatre and Play Development, Music, Dance, Spoken Word, Visual Art, Artistic Collaborations, Yoga, and Family events.

Five artists will be chosen to display up to 3 works apiece, alongside two artists representing both the Nina Haggerty Centre and the SkirtsAfire Festival. We are looking for women working in all mediums, and hoping for as vast a range as possible.

Please read our prospectus for further details on the focus of the exhibit. Interested applicants will submit at least 3 to 5 high quality images of recently completed work, including a bio and artist statement.

Deadline for applications is now extended to Sunday, January 12, 2015.

Entry Form Registration Link:
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