We’re in search of an emerging choreographer to create a new work for Dancefest @ Nextfest 2017.

Who can apply?
Dancefest is geared towards emerging choreographers and movement artists under the age of 30 who are pursuing a professional career in dance.

Who will you be working with?
You, the choreographer, will be working with a group of 15 to 25 dancers from Victoria School for the Arts to create a new movement piece.

Artistic mentorship and guidance will be available to you from the Good Women Collective Artists – our attendance at all of your rehearsals will be expected.

What’s the creative process involved?
Rehearsals will run every Monday afternoon from 3:30-5:30pm
Beginning March 6, 2017 and continuing up until the Festival, which runs from June 1-11,2017.
*There will be no rehearsals on April 17 or May 23

You’ll need to be available for consultation on light design, tech and dress rehearsal
(exact dates TBA, likely between May 27-May 31, 2017)

Where will you rehearse?
Studio space will be provided at Victoria School for the Arts.

What kind of funding is there?
You, the choreographer will be guaranteed a minimum honorarium of $400 for the creation and presentation of your work in Nextfest.

However, we would encourage and support your application for funds through the Edmonton Community Foundation’s Young Edmonton Grants program. This grant can provide a young Edmonton creator (13-24yrs) with funds up to $3000 for a project such as new choreography.

Good Women Collective Artists will be available to provide guidance in writing this application, should you require it. Applications for this grant are due by February 15, 2017.

How do you apply?
To apply as a choreographer for Dancefest at Nextfest 2017, please send the following information to info@goodwomen.ca:

  • Statement of interest
    Why you would like to create new work to be mentored and presented at Nextfest
  • Artistic Statement/Description of Work
    We would like to know about your choreographic style and what concepts you intend to explore in your piece
  • Link to online video documentation
    This can include ideas for this new work, or documentation of a previous work.
    Please send a video link—do not send a hard copy.
  • Choreographer’s CV

When is the deadline to apply?
February 1, 2017 at 11:59pm (MT)
Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

When will final decisions be made on a successful choreographer?
You will be contacted by February 10, 2017

What if I have questions?
Please contact us at: info@goodwomen.ca

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Nextfest is now accepting visual art submissions for the 2016 edition, taking place June 2-12! Nextfest is an opportunity for emerging visual artists who are creating new work. This year’s festival has 3 exciting opportunities: in-door exhibition, out-door exhibition, and mural mentorship. Contributing artists will be paid artist fees and receive festival passes to all of Nextfest’s events and performances. Be a part of this dynamic festival!

Please submit to the mural mentorship and the exhibitions separately.


This year the festival is offering a unique opportunity to show art work either in-doors or out-doors. The site of the old Roxy theatre has been filled in and this will be becoming our ‘Art Park’. We will be activating the space with mural and sculpture works. Feel free to dream big with proposals to this space, but remember that the works must be able to withstand the elements. We are taking submissions from individuals and teams.

For the in-door space the curator would prefer to see a body of work, but please feel free to submit a variety of work as well. Both spaces have the potential for installation works and dynamic works that change throughout of the festival.

Application deadline: April 20

Submission guidelines (please include all):
1) 8-12 JPG images of work with image list: title, dimensions, and medium
2) Artist statement
3) Short bio and/or CV

E-mail submissions or questions to:
Steven Teeuwsen / Nextfest Visual Arts Curator: visualarts@nextfest.ca


For the past two years NextFest has run a mural mentorship program. An established mural artist works with a student artist to create the concept and complete execution of a mural on 124 Street. The applicant to this project must be currently enrolled in a post secondary institution. The student artist will be paid an honorarium for their work. The student artist must be available from May 20-31 for the execution of the mural painting.

Application deadline: April 20

Submission guidelines (please include all):
1) 8-12 JPG images of past work with image list: title, dimensions, and medium
2) Short bio and/or CV

E-mail submissions or questions to:
Steven Teeuwsen / Nextfest Visual Arts Curator: visualarts@nextfest.ca

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They’re fierce, they’re creative, they’re passionate, they’re talented and they have Math 20 in the morning.

Nextfest presents our celebration of high school artists, a festival within a festival we’ve lovingly dubbed NEXTNextfest. This multi-medium showcase of Edmonton and area artists provides a platform for teen artists under the age of 18 who are serious about creating careers in theatre, music, dance, poetry and visual art. These secondary school artists are encouraged to boldly present their work…and show the twenty-somethings how it’s done!

Call for submissions now open!

NEXTNextfest is seeking highschool artists in the following disciplines (click the link to download the application form). Deadline to apply is February 1, 2016. Questions? Contact Highschool Curator Ellen Chorley at ellenchorley@hotmail.com.





Visual Art

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We are incredibly proud to announce Justina Smith’s series “The Roxy” will be this year’s festival image.

A note from fest director Steve Pirot:

‘We chose Justina Smith’s paintings to represent Nextfest 2015 because they are beautiful. Moreover, it is our 20th anniversary, so these images of The Roxy’s iconic signage gives us an opportunity to honour our past. Usually the Nextfest festival image is a face so these images of a building may seem to be a deviation at first, but, then there is the realization that The Roxy was more than just the home of Nextfest, it was Nextfest’s true face.’ ~ Steve Pirot

Check out more of Justina’s work here.

Nextfest Image - Roxy - Justina Smith Nextfest Image 3 - Roxy - Justina Smith Nextfest Image for Podcast - Roxy - Justina Smith

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Somewhere on a patio in Edmonton, Theatre Network is rubbing its temples, and lamenting over a frosty locally-brewed craft cider: “Where has the time gone? They just grow up so fast!”

Nextfest, Theatre Network’s exuberant emerging artist festival celebrating the creative voice of the next generation, turns 20 this year. In celebration of two decades of original encounters in Edmonton-made art, Nextfest mines from the vaults two works originally produced in the early years of the festival, directed anew by two rising theatre artists, featuring an all-star cast of local emerging performers.

Nextfest 20th Anniversary Showcase
May 7 – 17, 2015
Preview May 5 & 6
The Mercury Theatre  (previously the Living Room Playhouse)
11315 106 Avenue
Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm | Sunday at 2pm
Tickets available at Tix on the Square
Both shows performed in repertory

Originally produced at Nextfest in 1998, No One Showed Up to the Anarchist Rally by Rosemary Rowe is the story of three unlikely college roommates. Unwashed dishes, rotting food, pajamas, and tea. The apartment has never looked or smelt worse. Veronica was dumped, Anna won’t leave the bathroom, and Celia is planning the event of a lifetime. No One Showed up to the Anarchist Rally is a poeticized comedic investigation into the undergraduate angst we all go through about our own sexual, artistic, and political expression.

In Leah-Simone Bowen’s Code Word: Time – first produced at Nextfest in 2001 – a maintenance man distracted by his aspirations to become a filmmaker leaves three strangers trapped in an elevator. This poignantly dark comedy on new media is perhaps even more relevant in today’s fast-paced world of online social connectedness.

No One Showed Up to the Anarchist Rally
by Rosemary Rowe | directed by Andrew Ritchie | featuring Paula Humby, Marina Mair-Sanchez & Lianna Makuch | costume and light design by Cheyenne Sykes | set design by Kevin Green | sound design by Andrew Ritchie | stage managed by Kate Quinn-Feehan

Code Word: Time 
by Leah Simone Bowen | directed by Beth Dart | featuring Bonnie Ings, Cliff Kelly, Graham Mothersill and Ben Gorodetsky | costume and light design by Cheyenne Sykes | set design by Kevin Green | video design by Matt Schuurman | stage managed by Mona Jiang

Stay tuned for more details on Nextfest 2015, taking over Edmonton June 4 – 14 in various venues in and around downtown.

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The fine folks over at the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton must really love the emerging arts! They’re offering 2-for-1 tickets to the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts to all Nextfest artists and alum. That’s just crazy! Tickets start as low as $21.

C’mon out and support this year’s nominees, and enjoy a killer performance lineup featuring DJ CreeAsian, The Wet Secrets, Joe Nolan, Mary Pinkoski and SO MANY MORE!

Just fill out this form and return it to the PACE offices to cash in on this sweet deal.

Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts
Monday, April 20, 2015 at 7pm
Winspear Centre

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NuMusic at Nextfest proudly presents brave new works by emerging composers, musicians, sound artists, and anyone interested in exploring the world of new music and sound art. For the sake of this festival, “emerging” refers to artists under the age of 30 who are not professionally represented.

NuMusic at Nextfest is now accepting submissions for the 2015 Nextfest Emerging Arts Festival. This year’s edition of NuMusic will revolve around the theme “Inside Out,” encouraging works which make use of indoor and/or outdoor spaces.

All works and proposals must be submitted by Friday, May 1, 2015. We are interested in works at various stages of development within the following categories:

Composed works*
– Works for solo instrument & chamber ensemble, with or without electronics. (Ensemble must be provided by composer, OR pending submission requests, a house ensemble may be formed)
– Acousmatic & live electronics.

Experimental take on various genres*
– Experimental Jazz, Pop, Rock and Dance music.

– Acoustic, electronic or mixed improvised performances.

Sound Art
– Sound Installations, Interdisciplinary works & Music Tech demonstrations

– If you have something that is not in the categories above, let us know!

Regarding Outdoor Works: Tech support for works which make use of outdoor space may be provided pending on the quantity and nature of the overall submissions. Otherwise, resources must be provided by the artist.

*Submitted works must not exceed ten minutes in duration.

Application Requirements:
– A brief written explanation of the work
– An overview of the requirements of the work (particularly for instal- lation works and/or technically heavy performance pieces)
– Biography (maximum 150 words)
– Scores and/or recordings where applicable
– Any applicable auxiliary materials such as youtube/vimeo/sound- cloud etc. links

Contact information
Submissions may be sent electronically to numusic.nextfest@gmail.com or hard copies may be mailed to:

Raimundo Gonzalez – NuMusic @ Nextfest Curator
7611 110 Street
Edmonton AB T6G 1G2

Questions? Comments? Please contact Rai at numusic.nextfest@gmail.com

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RIP, Roxy. Image care of Global Edmonton.

RIP, Roxy. Image care of Global Edmonton.

The Nextfest Arts Company is deeply saddened by the loss of the Roxy Theatre. As our home for the past 20 years, The Roxy nurtured thousands of emerging Edmonton artists through the first steps of their creative careers, and was home to countless colourful and meaningful memories.

The iconic Roxy Theatre is sorely missed, but will live on in the hearts of all the artists, technicians, administrators, volunteers and audience who helped build Nextfest into Edmonton’s most unique celebration of original encounters in theatre, dance, music, visual art, film and multidisciplinary collaborations.

Thankfully, the spirit of a community and its art are not confined to one building. While the loss of the Roxy Theatre presents a significant challenge for Nextfest’s 2015 programming, our festival will not be stopped!

The heart of Nextfest is its strong community, and we will rally to help Theatre Network rebuild from the ashes. We will continue to celebrate Edmonton’s vibrant emerging arts community by finding creative ways to host our more than 600 artists in our 20th year of Nextfest this coming June, 2015.

Our curatorial and administrative team are already hard at work brainstorming solutions. We thank everyone for the incredible outpouring of support during this difficult time. With your help, Nextfest 2015 will be the best fest yet. Please keep an eye on nextfest.ca and @NextfestArtsCo for details!

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They’re fierce, they’re creative, they’re passionate, they’re talented, and they have Math 20 in the morning…

Nextfest is proud to present our celebration of High School artists that we’ve dubbed “NEXTNextfest,” a multi-medium showcase of Edmonton and area artists all under the age of 18.

NEXTNextfest provides a platform for teen artists who are serious about creating careers in theatre, music, dance and visual art. Under the umbrella of the Enbridge Mentorship Program, secondary school artists are encouraged to boldly present their work…and show the twenty-somethings how it’s done!

Applications for NEXTNextfest 2015 are now open. We are accepting submissions in four categories. Please click the links below to view the application form.

NEXTNextfest Dance Performance Call for Submissions

NEXTNextfest Music Performance Call for Submissions

NEXTNextfest Theatre Production Call for Submissions

NEXTNextfest Visual Art Display Call for Submissions

DEADLINE: March 1, 2015

Questions? Email Ellen at ellenchorley@hotmail.com. We look forward to receiving your submission!

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Drumroll, please!

Your 12 competing poets for the inaugural Take Back the Mic Slam are:

Scott Brooks
Brandon Case
Colin Matty
Morgan Smith
Skye Hyndman
Liam Coady
Medgine Mathurin
Patrick Swan
Nasra Adem

Congratulations, poets!

Your revolution starts now. Your revolution is the what-if, the could-be, the should-be, the will-be. Your revolution is politics, semantics and artistics. Gather up the critics, the cynics, the mystics, the mavericks, the beatnicks: this is your manifesto, so manifest your destiny.

Rise up, and take back the mic.

Nextfest, Breath In Poetry and Catch the Keys Productions present:

Take Back the Mic
The Nextfest Slam
Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 9pm
as part of the Rise Up! Nextfest Nite Club
Artery Edmonton (9535 Jasper Avenue)

Twelve emerging poets compete in a three-round elimination for a $500 top prize.

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