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Media passes and the Edmonton Fringe

Media passes and the Edmonton Fringe

Should a written review be attached to every media comp at the Edmonton Fringe? The Globe and Mail just ran a very interesting story about a controversy that started at Edmonton’s Fringe Festival and continued into the Vancouver Fringe. It concerns media passes, specifically whether […]

S01E02 Talking The Color Purple with Jesse Lipscombe

S01E02 Talking The Color Purple with Jesse Lipscombe

The Color Purple is opening soon at the Citadel Theatre and I spoke to Jesse Lipscombe to get the inside story about the production. Lipscombe is an Edmonton actor, singer, producer and activist who founded the #MakeItAwkward anti-racism campaign in 2016. I also spoke about […]

S01E01 Azimuth and the Importance of Arts in Edmonton

S01E01 Azimuth and the Importance of Arts in Edmonton

This week, Mel interviews Azimuth Theatre co-artistic producers, Vanessa Sabourin and Kristi Hansen, about Azimuth’s upcoming 2019-20 theatre season. We discuss their upcoming panel discussion and the season to come. Along the way, we talk about the role that art plays in society, whether consuming […]

S01E00: Welcome to Ghost Light!

S01E00: Welcome to Ghost Light!

Welcome to the very first episode of Ghost Light! I talk briefly about why I started the show, what a ghost light actually is, and the upcoming shows this September in Edmonton: Kaleido Family Arts Festival, Play the Fool Festival, Azimuth’s season launch panel discussion, […]

Ghost Light Podcast: voices of #yegtheatre

Ghost Light Podcast: voices of #yegtheatre

I’m excited to announce the launch of my new podcast about Edmonton theatre, Ghost Light! This will be a weekly podcast featuring guest interviews with the performers and creative teams behind upcoming local theatre productions. The show will also offer my reviews of recent productions […]

Coming soon to a blog near you: Edmonton theatre coverage!

Coming soon to a blog near you: Edmonton theatre coverage!

I’m excited to announce that I’m going to start covering local theatre again! After this year’s Fringe, I realized that I really missed writing about Edmonton’s excellent theatre scene. I left Vue in 2016 and kept up my annual Fringe reviewing, but aside from a […]

Mel on I Don’t Get It podcast

Mel on I Don’t Get It podcast

If you’re looking for a great debrief on the recently concluded Edmonton Fringe, head over to the I Don’t Get It podcast. I joined a panel of my fellow Beer Tent Reviewers for a lively conversation about this year’s Fringe picks, reflections on reviews and […]

Beer Tent Reviews at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe: Q & A with co-founder Andrew Paul

Beer Tent Reviews at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe: Q & A with co-founder Andrew Paul

Rushing in to fill the void left by the departure of alt-weeklies, the Beer Tent Reviews (BTR) zine just landed at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe. The zine is print-only and the reviews are words-only – no star rankings. (My thoughts on this glorious development here.) […]

Food and drink pairings at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe

Food and drink pairings at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe

Finding the best food and drink pairings at the Fringe is a finely honed skill that I’ve developed over the past 12 years of spending way too much time on the Fringe grounds during marathon review sessions. This year I took on a much more […]

Check Me Out: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

Check Me Out: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

At turns funny, clever and heartfelt, Check Me Out delves into a quartet of women’s lives and relationships as they unfold in the alley behind Pennywise Family Grocery. The four characters are vividly different from one another and verge on being caricatures, but Trevor Schmidt’s […]