Join us on Thursday, March 4 for a raucous kick-off to SkirtsAfire 2021! We’re so excited to be bringing our A-Line Variety Show to our MainStage featuring an all-star line up of fabulous femme artists here to shake things up, and a headliner to finish the night off with a bang!
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*Acts subject to change in response to AHS guidelines.
Girl Brain Sketch Comedy is a collection of observational, situational and sensational humour from the hearts and minds of three fine Albertan ladies! Written, directed and performed by Alyson Dicey, Ellie Heath and Caley Suliak, their shows explore all the finest and goriest bits of a Girl’s Brain through sketch comedy.
Girl Brain champions other femme-identifying artists in and around Edmonton, which is why they have a different guest Girl Brain from other artistic backgrounds in every show.
This group has seen great success in their short time together- they’ve been sponsored by both Bumble and A&W. In addition, they’ve appeared front page in all of the popular arts and culture publications in Edmonton as well as being regular fixtures on Edmonton AM (CBC Radio).
“Arguably the hottest comedy act happening in the city, the sketch comedy trio of Alyson Dicey, Caley Suliak, and Ellie Heath are the talented gals who provide the laughs about everyday life situations.” -Lucy Haines, DAZE Magazine
Kita no Taiko
KITA NO TAIKO
Japanese Drumming (taiko) is a majority-female art form in North America. Many enjoy the ability to express themselves through the physicality, grace, rhythms, and camaraderie of taiko. Kita no Taiko is Alberta’s oldest Japanese drumming group, formed in 1986. Our performers are proud to demonstrate the powerful drums. We were happy to perform at SkirtsAfire in 2019 and support this festival!
Photo by Sean Gordon. In this photo: Keiko Marumo and Jody Crilly
Sadie’s Ghost is Amber-Lynn Yourk (mandolin/guitar), Hannah Goa (fiddle/guitar), and Toby Tellier (bass/clawhammer banjo). An acoustic string band from Alberta, Sadie’s Ghost bridges bluegrass, Appalachian old-time, and folk music traditions. Accomplished instrumentalists in their own right, together they bring each other to new levels. Their music tends to the soul, transporting audiences out of the day-to-day with rousing, rough-hewn hootenanny and delicately spun, haunting harmonies.
Photo by Chris Beauchamp
“3” Dance Trio
“3” is a 10 minutes dance where a female trio of dancers delves into different levels of closeness and distance to explore –and expose – the emotional reactions generated by space between people. “3” aims to use body movement to answer questions such as “how do we approach or move away from somebody?”, “What do we feel in extreme closeness or isolation?” and “At what point in this range do we feel comfortable?”
Nisha Patel is an award-winning queer poet & artist. She is the City of Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, and the Canadian Individual Slam Champion. She is a recipient of the Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund Award.
Nisha has performed across Canada and the world from Moose Jaw to Seoul. Her poetry speaks to themes of race, feminism, and identity, focusing strongly on her struggles and triumphs as a woman of colour. She strives to build strong relationships, mentorship, and opportunities for artists around her, believing in the possibility and forgiveness of the Edmonton arts scene.
Nisha is an alumnus of the University of Alberta School of Business. Nisha works to further her goal of building a stronger artistic community through living in her truth.
Flamenco del Corazon
An acoustic duo whose songs are in the style of Soul/R&B, celebrating People of Colour including their Filipino and Jamaican roots. Their set will explore love through the lens of diverse artists who have paved the way for Soul and R&B today and will also include some contemporary artists. The songs they’ve chosen have inspired them as young artists as well as in their personal lives. Also be sure to check out their full 45 minute set at their show, Rooted in Love.
Artists Sponsored by
Rabbits Three and Yeg Acro
RABBITS THREE AND YEG ACRO
Rabbits Three Cultural Connections and YEG Acro present brand new collaborative work combining Japanese drumming and acro yoga. We are proud to show diverse female and non-binary strength and creativity. Through our disparate disciplines, we communicate over boundaries and differences, and explore the theme “the Distance Between Us.”
Girlz With Guitarz
GIRLZ WITH GUITARS
Girlz With Guitarz are a three piece all girl band (two sisters and a younger aunt), who started jamming in a garage. They play cover tunes of all kinds, all genres and they’ve also started writing songs. Playing acoustic guitars, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, bass, and harmonica’s all while sitting and playing Cajun’s. And the piece de resistance is their kick ass harmonies! From humble beginnings in a garage, Girlz With Guitarz has brought their music across the city, recently opening for Susan Aglukark on Canada day.