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Opening Ceremonies

March 8 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


The Nina Haggerty Gallery
9225 118 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5G 0K6 Canada
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Honorary Skirt Linda Duncan, Opening Ceremonies, SkirtsAfire 2017. Photo by Brittany Paige Balser.

The Nina Haggerty Gallery (9225 118 Avenue)

Join us on International Women’s Day as we kick off SkirtsAfire 2018! Our Opening Ceremonies is a fantastic event for all to come and celebrate the launch of the festival with entertainment, delicious food, and our Official Skirt Cutting Ceremony.


The Official Skirt Cutting Ceremony with 2018 Honorary Skirt, Muriel Stanley Venne, and 2017 Honorary Skirt, Linda Duncan.

Fabulous eats and drinks catered by Otto Food and Drink

Live entertainment by Stephanie Harpe

Stephanie Harpe

Photo by Brad Crowfoot

Photo by Brad Crowfoot

After being discovered at 18 by Canadian Icon Jeff Healey, Stephanie Harpe started the Stephanie Harpe Band in 2005, (now known as Stephanie Harpe Experience) and since then S.H.E has been an opening act for Tom Cochrane & Red Ryder, Barenaked Ladies, Blue Rodeo, CCR Revisited, Dwight Yoakam, and Tanya Tucker. S.H.E is a high energy five-piece rock band who was nominated at the Edmonton Music Awards in 2017 for Indigenous Recording of the Year for their song, “Rezz Rock.” Stephanie has played the Indspire Awards on Global TV, is a winner of the 2017 Esquao Award for the Arts, and was asked to write a song for The World Indigenous Games 2017, in which she performed as well as show managed the event that hosted 15 countries. In 2008, Stephanie recorded her first CD with the help of three-time Juno Award winner Bill Bourne, with her first single hitting number one on the Top 30 National Countdown on NCI FM. She was also a part of a CD compilation, COLORS OF MY LIFE, dedicated to missing and murdered aboriginal women that gained attention across Canada and at the Native American Music Awards in New York City. It was a subject that was deeply connected to her because of the murder of her mother, Ruby Anne McDonald, in 1999. She started speaking on a national level on REDx Talks, The National, and CBC.