The weather was beautiful, the performances spectacular … thanks to all who joined us at the SkirtsAfire, herArts Festival March 5 – 8, 2015. 2015 SkirtsAfire, herArts Festival Photos


On behalf of the Board, I’d like to extend many thanks to everyone: curators, artists, technicians, staff, volunteers and sponsors for your generous contribution of time and effort – all of which made this year’s SkirtsAfire, herArts Festival a huge success. I would also like to recognize the fantastic work done by SkirtsAfire Festival Director, Annette Loiselle, in pulling together the programming for the event – sometimes under very trying circumstances. It is surely thanks to her tremendous effort that the Board can be so very proud of what the Festival achieved in 2015.


SkirtsAfire HerArts Festival 2015. What a fabulous Festival this year. We exceeded all expectations with almost 900 attending the Festival, and over 1200 including the run of The Mothers.

The shows were entertaining, provocative, funny and moving; the bands, and singer songwriters stirred our souls; the art was exquisite; the workshops empowering; and life was breathed into new plays that will continue in their development. Audiences concurred, our new customized configuration of the Alberta Avenue Community Hall with an intimate black box theatre and a separate cabaret space was a successful innovation.

Thank you to all of you – our Audiences, Artists, Volunteers, Staff, Board of Directors and Sponsors. The list is long, and our gratitude is deep to each one of you who played an integral part in the success of our festival.


A Line Variety Show

Amy Shostak

Kendra Connor

Erik Mortimer

Carolyn Gingrich

Anastasia Maywood

Tatianna Cheladyn

Bonnie Mihalchan

Rhiannon Perley-Waugh

Megan Dart

Twilla MacLeod, Booming Tree

Gregory Shimizu, Booming Tree

Kay Rollins, Oh Dear

Sarah Jackson, Oh Dear

Adrienne Salmon, Oh Dear

Teri Morrison, Asani

Debbie Houle, Asani

Sarah Pocklington, Asani

Christine Lesiuk, Ask Aggie

Olivia Leclair, La Troupe Zephir

Denise Anctil, La Troupe Zephir

Sarah Fedoration, La Troupe Zephir

Alexandra Rodrique, La Troupe Zephir

Bryanne Royer, La Troupe Zephir

Elvira Falconer, Zai El Howa Belly Dancers

Priscilla Chisholm, Zai El Howa Belly Dancers

Sharry Watson, Zai El Howa Belly Dancers

Renee Brochu, Zai El Howa Belly Dancers

Marissa Richard, Zai El Howa Belly Dancers

The Key of She

Mhairi Berg

Vicky Berg

Ella Coyes

Sierra Jamerson

Danielle Deighton

Cayley Thomas

Ask Aggy

Christine Lesiuk

Art Unhemmed

Trisia Eddy, Curator                                  

Laurie MacFayden

Erin Pankratz-Smith

Teresa Stieben

Rhonda Brynko

Quinlan Greig

Rhea Lonsdale

Dominique Bugeaud

Asani Workshop (She Speaks)

Debbie Houle

Terry Morrison

Sarah Pocklington

Lauren Mann & the Fairly Odd Folk              

Lauren Mann

Zoltan Szolges

James Molnare

The Switches                                        





Poiema Productions                                    

Candice Fiorentino

Brianne Jang

Melissa Blackwood

For When She Wakes

Merran Wiggan-Carr

Zoe Glassman

Opera Nuova

Whitney Leigh Sloan

Sylvia Shaddick Taylor

The Mothers

Nicole Moeller

Daniela Masselis

Paul Morgan Donald

Glenda Stirling

Annette Loiselle

Cheryl Millikin

Peep Show

Tracy Carroll

Michele Vance Hehir

Ann Marie Szucs

Leslea Kroll

Hayley Moorhouse

Marina Mair-Sanchez

Patricia Darbasie

Cole Humeny

Liana Shannon

Equity in Theatre Panel Discussion

Connie Massing

Michele Fleiger

Mieko Ouchi

Cristina Stasia

Staged Readings

Holly Turner

Michele Vance Hehir

Amber Bissonette

Michael Peng

Sharla Matkin

Fred Zbryski

Kate Ryan

Mary Hurlburt

Eric Wigston

Yoga in the Art

Linda Turnbull

Aly Daly

Rachel Steele

Amy Nicholson, Cello


Bonnie Mihalchan

Literary Salon

Astrid Blodgett

Jasmina Odor

Lisa Martin

Erin Pankratz-Smith

Art Skirt Designers

Madison Braget

Brooke Fersovitch

Kaylee Gaines

Teresa Stieben

Tessa Stamp

Christie Hutchison

Ira Tuzlukova

Joan MacFarlane

Kia Day

Paola Cantal

Words Unzipped

Megan Dart

Audrey Ochoa

Pierette Requier

Kate Stashko

Joelle Prefountaine

Patrick Dunn

Carolyn Gingrich


Frazer Andrews

Navdeep Aulakh

Odmaa Bayartsogt

Gloria Carr

Stephaine Clements

Khady-Emilia Doumbia

Sonja Gould

Anne Haggerty

Theresa Hryciw

Catherine Jevic

Kirsten Jones

Anick Lavictoire

Therese Lemire

Gail Kelly

Danny Kuzyk

Joanne Macaskill

Julia  Mah

Sandy Moser

Laurie Myles

Dina Nagel

Valerie Parr

Mary-Ellen Perley

Shanni Pinkerton

Tani Pireda

Elva Rice

Kim-Ann Samuda

Susan Tomlinson

Sujitha Vijayan

Kate Wright

Ying Zhang


Lianna Makuch, Audience Development Coordinator

Sheiny Satanove, Festival Manager

Cheryl Andrews, Volunteer Coordinator

Chris delaCruz, Technical Director

Tyler Fergusson, Production Assistant and AACL Tech

Sydney Gross, Production Assistant and Nina Tech

Chris Hicks, Sloppy Hoggs Tech

Alison Besecker, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Lucille Frost, Box Office Manager

Mark Vetsch, Concession Manager

Nyssa Bearisto, Art Skirt Design Coordinator

Madison Kerr, Photographer

Brianne Jang, Photographer

Brittany Paige, Photographer


The Alberta Avenue Revitalization Fund

The Edmonton Arts Council

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts

The Edmonton Community Foundation

TD Bank Group

Duncan Craig LLP

DATA Group

Arts on the Ave

The Alberta Avenue Community League

The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse

The Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts


Vue Weekly

Nightlife Poster

Think Tank Advertising Group

ZYP Creative Inc.

The Alberta Playwrights Network

Bottom Line Productions

Volunteer Alberta

The National Film Board

The UPS Store on Whyte

Copy City

Sloppy Hoggs Roed Hus

Alley Kat

Minibites Cupcakes

The Italian Centre

The Upper Crust Cafe


Audrey Bessey

Fiona Ellington

Carolyn Gingrich

Jenna Marynowski

Angelica Menck

Jill Thomson

Holly Turner

Robina Zyp

Thank you to Edmonton’s media for all of your support!

SkirtsAfire on YouTube (created by Mike Robertson, music underscore The Switches)

The Edmonton Journal
CBC Edmonton
CTV News Edmonton
After the House Lights – Interview
To Do Canada
To Do in Edmonton this weekend
Global Television
St Alberta Gazette
Shaw TV
Vue Weekly
The Edmonton Examiner
6:30 CHED
The Edmonton Sun Real Estate Weekly
World FM
Avenue Weekender
Rat Creek Press
Where Magazine
Avenue Magazine
What It Is Podcast


SkirtsAfire is now a registered charity.

As a non-profit, charitable organization SkirtsAfire relies on the support and contributions of our sponsors, members, our audiences and many generous supporters. We appreciate your generosity. All donations of $20 or more will receive a tax deductible receipt.

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Charity registration number: 82937 7639 RR0001



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