Workshop Series

Build Skills. Spark Discussion. Refine Practices. Get Involved. All online. The Nextfest Arts Company presents the Nextfest Workshop Series.

The platform has changed but the connections have not. We’re bridging the gap between artistic training and the real world of being an artist through the internet.

Workshops will invite dedicated professional mentors and experts from the professional arts communities to teach, lead, and facilitate workshops directed at artistic skill growth, the business of being an artist, and the sustainability of artistic careers.

Participants will be given a common ground for discussion and the unique opportunity to learn from like-minded individuals.

Workshops are free for all emerging artists. Workshops slots can be claimed by signing up below. Sign up soon – all slots are a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited.

For all workshops, registrants will receive a link to the Zoom event via e-mail closer to the date of their session.

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Nextfest Community Check-In

This event occurs on multiple dates:

  • Wednesday, June 10th 10 -11:30 AM MST — Hosted by Patricia Cerra, Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks & Elise Jason
  • Saturday, June 13th 10 -11:30 AM MST — Hosted by Patricia Cerra, Nadien Chu & Helen Belay
  • Sunday, June 14th 10 -11:30 AM MST — Hosted by Patricia Cerra, Kiana Woo & Helen Belay

Grab a mug of your favourite beverage and start your morning with the Nextfest gang! Though we can’t connect on the dance floor this year, it doesn’t mean that connection won’t happen.  Here is your chance to meet other Nextfest artists and learn about their projects, meet folks involved with the festival, or just tell us how your quarantine is going.  Your new best friends are here- guaranteed!

Black Lives Matter – UPDATE

In order to create a safe space for all, especially our artists who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour to connect, debrief, learn about each other’s projects, meet other artists involved with the festival, or just tell us how your quarantine is going, we will now be splitting the community check-ins to two groups: 

  1. Open Check-InHosted by Simone A. Medina Polo and Katie Cutting. This check-in is open to anyone and everyone.
  2. Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour Specific Check-in – Hosted by Patricia Cerra and Others. This check-in is only for people who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour.

Sign up here to join these conversations. Both Zoom links will be sent to you before each check-in, the links will be sent before the sessions.

Note: Attendance is not mandatory for all sessions, but you will be notified about all 4.

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Accessing the Arts 

Saturday, June 6th 12 – 1:30 PM MST with Kelsie Acton, Jessica Watkin, Nanc Price, Simone Medina Polo, and Brittany Leitheiser.

In this workshop, we’ll talk about the many different forms access in the arts can take. We’ll also answer your questions. We won’t cover everything, but hopefully, we’ll leave you with lots to think about.

Sign up for this workshop by filling out this form.

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Taking Care of Business

Sunday, June 7th 12 – 1:30 PM MST with David Cheoros

Building a career in the arts involves navigating the realities of being self-employed. The Edmonton Arts Council is developing a pilot program to help artists cultivate these skills, and to support creatives exploring entrepreneurship. Join the discussion to find out more, and share your thoughts.

Sign up for this workshop by filling out this form.

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ALL GENDER SPEED DATING FOR THE END OF THE WORLD

Monday, June 8th 7 – 9 PM MST with Sarah Culkin

Wet DreamzZz: ONLINE

Physical isolation got you down? Do you miss the thrill of locking eyes with a stranger across the dance floor/Next Act/farmers’ market? Bring on that lucid dreaming connection injection with ALL GENDER SPEED DATING FOR THE END OF THE WORLD hosted by Smut Nite!

Right now community and connection make all the difference, but without the same irl spaces to meet up, we’re all having to get inventive. Participants will enter a video chat, get matched with someone for a quick 4-minute conversation (with optional conversation starters). As the name implies, this event is open to all genders! That means that you might find yourself across the screen from someone you don’t expect – and that’s part of the fun. This is about making connections with other people – you might find a new date, a new friend, someone to exchange yearning letters with, or tips on your sourdough starter that we all know you have.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • You will need a computer, an internet connection, and a little bit of privacy 😉
  • Maximum of 36 participants. All participants m u s t register before the event through this form:
  • Participants are encouraged to dress to impress!
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with the Den Mother at nxtfstdenmother@gmail.com

Further to Nextfest’s Safe(r) Spaces policy linked below, bad behaviour will get you immediately ejected.

SAFE(R) SPACES
The Nextfest Arts Company adheres to Safe(r) Spaces Policies. To read our Code of Conduct and Safe(r) Spaces policy please visit http://nextfest.org/safer-space-and-code-of-conduct-policy/

Sign up for this workshop by filling out this form.

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Filming for Nextfest Using Stuff You Have Around the House

Tuesday, June 9th 3:30 – 5 PM MST with Katie Cutting

Spend an hour with Katie as she teaches the basics of self-filming from home. The workshop is designed to give you the fundamental knowledge to ensure that your video looks and sounds its best. Specific areas of instruction will be: optimal settings for phone or webcam, lighting on a budget, easy audio recording, and video editing basics.

Sign up for this workshop by filling out this form.

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Good Women Dance Collective Class 1

Tuesday, June 9th 10:30-11:30 am MST with Kyra Newton (Good Women Dance Collective)

Juicy Jam
The 1-hour class will be based in contemporary dance with an emphasis on moving energy through the body in a playful way. I will guide you through improvisational exercises to help you feel luscious and awake. We will focus on the undulations of the spine, circulatory movement patterns, and finding our inner groove. I look forward to finding presence through movement with you!

Learn More on the GWDC Website.

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The Tech Side of Podcasting

Wednesday, June 10th 12 pm MST with CBC Edmonton‘s Clare Bonnyman

You may have been listening to a lot of podcasts in the middle of a pandemic- but how can you get your own started? And make it actually sound… good? CBC Edmonton’s Clare Bonnyman will share some tips, tricks and tools to make your own audio experiments sound as professional as possible, even if you’re just hiding in your closet. Join for resources, equipment recommendations, and also good habits as you begin your own podcasting project! 

Sign up for this workshop by filling out this form.

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Good Women Dance Collective Class 2

Thursday, June 11th 10:30-11:30 am MST with Rumi Jeraj (Good Women Dance Collective)

This class will explore rigour through improvisational systems. Part cardio challenge and part improvisation exploration the goal of this class is to push your limits and discover new movement through exhaustion. This practice has been re-imagined for an at-home experience and only requires the curiosity to explore!

Learn More on the GWDC Website.

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Introduction to Grant Writing

Thursday, June 11th 3 – 5 PM MST with Eva Cairns and Mieko Ouchi

Wondering whether you should apply for grants and how to tackle the process of writing grants? In this workshop, you’ll look at how most grant programs and granting processes work, how to evaluate whether or not you should apply,  and how to develop and submit the best application for your project, representing you and your work effectively. Participants from all backgrounds are welcome! No previous experience with grant writing is necessary. 

Sign up for this workshop by filling out this form.

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How to Get a podcast Started

Friday, June 12th 1 pm MST with CBC Edmonton‘s Clare Bonnyman & Tara McCarthy

So you want to start a podcast? Having an idea and getting your pals together is only half the journey. Tara McCarthy, host of CBC Edmonton’s The Loop and CBC Edmonton’s associate producer and tech Clare Bonnyman will share their experiences developing a podcast and how you can take your idea to the mics and rack up subscribers. This is a fantastic workshop for anyone who has ever said “we should do a podcast.” 

Sign up for this workshop by filling out this form.

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Indie Producing

Friday, June 12th 3-5 PM MST with Ellen Chorley

This workshop will guide participants through starting to produce indie art in Edmonton.  Aimed at first time producers or newer producers!

Sign up for this workshop by filling out this form.

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Good Women Dance Collective Class 3

Thursday, June 12th 10:30- 11:30 am MST with Katie Cassady (Good Women Dance Collective)

We will begin with a warm-up focussed on stabilizing and mobilizing the body to facilitate a safe and free feeling to begin dancing from. We will then move through some improvisational explorations. Finally, we will learn a phrase of contemporary movement. Let’s get in tune with our bodies and find some funky fresh moves together!

Learn More on the GWDC Website.

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Words and Movement- Creating Choreography From Our Writing

Saturday, June 13th 2- 5 PM MST with Ainsley Hillyard (Good Women Dance Collective)

In this workshop, we will be creating and generating movement based on our own text and writing. Ainsley will take you through some of the choreographic tools she uses in her practice as a dance and theatre artist, using words and text to help generate choreography and movement.

We will be sharing our work and collaborating with other participants in the workshop. Please bring a notebook and something to write with and wear comfortable clothing you can move in.

Sign up for this workshop by filling out this form.

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How We Did It – A Nextfest 2020 Reflection

Sunday,  June 14th 2:30 – 4 PM MST with the Nextfest Team

Did we do it? How did it go? Wait, don’t tell us… discuss it with us during this Workshop about how we took Nextfest online. 

This was a learning experience and we want to share, grow, and laugh with you all.

Sign up for this workshop by filling out this form.

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Set Etiquette and Protocol

Friday, June 5th 12-3:30 PM MST with Ava Karvonen

This course is a requirement for IATSE Local 210’s film and TV members and permitted workers – and is recommended for newcomers to the film industry.  It is being offered in partnership with IATSE Local 210. Attend this information-packed seminar and learn what to expect when you are called to work on a film set and what you are supposed to do when you arrive on set. This workshop will provide you with vocabulary and details about the chain of command in the film crew. Find out who does what, the behaviour that is expected of you, and what you need to bring to a call. 

This workshop is full! Check back later.

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The Camera Loves You – Self Tapes

Saturday, June 6th 2:30 – 5:30 PM MST with Chantal Perron

Self Tapes are EASY! As long as you:  know all the rules, know everything that makes Casting Directors and Producers turned off, know the difference between audition and on-set, know about sound and light, know stillness and specificity in performance, understand eyelines and what they do for your tape…All those answers and more! Like I said, Self Tapes are EASY!  (and totally fun once you know what you’re doing)  This is a skill with which we must become proficient as actors.  It will be a more used way of Casting for both film and Theatre from now on.

This workshop is full! Check back later. 

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How to Co-Create a Show AND Keep Your Friends

Sunday, June 7th 2:30 – 5 PM MST with Elena Belyea and Tori Morrison

Making shows with friends! That’s the dream, right? But if not done with extreme care and on-going communication, co-creating and/or devising a show with buds can be a great way to do lasting damage to relationships with collaborators. This workshop will offer practical tools on how you and your team can set yourselves up for success, deal with obstacles if (and/or when) they arise, and make sure that everyone feels seen and supported throughout the process! This workshop will be facilitated by Tori and Elena (of Tiny Bear Jaws) who have been working together since 2011, and keep coming back for more. 

This workshop is full! Check back later.