If Summer fit in a Nutshell

Oops. It happened again. We got so busy we forgot to post!

Catch the Keys celebrated an extremely busy summer full of artistic development, adventure and new opportunity!

We kicked our fair-weather fun off with a return to Edmonton’s rockingest festival this side of summer as we tackled our sixth consecutive Nextfest! Our own Beth curated three late night performance parties, taking the Nextfest Nite Clubs to surprising new levels. Megan curated two nights of NuMusic that saw Edmonton’s best and brightest composers, musicians and sound and noise artists take over Bohemia and the Artery. Check out our Facebook page for full-action pics of the excitement!

Catch the Keys was proud to present the Kitchen Sink Project at Common Ground Arts Society‘s second annual Found Festival! The talented Morgan Smith and Mary Hulbert took true stories inspired by the kitchen sink and performed them in a real kitchen.


Post Found Fest, Beth took off on a three month, eight city national Fringe adventure that took her from Toronto to Victoria. Over the course of her 85 days on the road, she had nine openings and eight tech rehearsals in six festivals. Phew! Beth was proud to work with Good Women Dance Collective and Small Matters Productions as they represented Edmonton across Canada.

Catch the Keys was proud to collaborate with Rapid Fire Theatre and Fringe Theatre Adventures to bring you the Late Night Cabaret at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival. Our late night antics saw an all-star line up of Fringe favourites tackle hard-hitting questions and take on impossible dares. Beth was the LNC co-producer and stage manager, and managed to knock it out of the park while stage managing two other shows in the fest!

Megan returned to her annual post as a Fringe Theatre Reviewer with Vue Weekly. The local indie rag heroically reviews all 200 and some shows in the opening weekend of the festival (Megan did her part by reviewing 15 of those shows).

Megan also hosted not one but two Fringe Forums. As part of the Theatre Alberta Fundraiser, Megan hosted a panel discussion with esteemed panelists Brian Dooley, Thomas Scott and Helen Chimirri-Russel about championing the arts and fostering a culture of meaningful dialogue and decisive action among patrons, funders, community and business leaders, politicians, and artists. Listen to the CJSR broadcast here.

As part of Theatre Edmonton Project‘s ongoing meetups, Megan also hosted an artist forum on how to put together a successful Fringe tour. Fringe veterans Bob Brader, Chase Padgett and Jeff Leard share their opinions on what it takes to tour.

And here we are, watching the leaves turn as September draws to end and the regular season starts back up. Catch the Keys has some incredibly exciting projects on the horizon, and can’t wait to share them with you!

A very special thanks to the incredible artists, presenters, colleagues and audience who keep us going! Here’s to year seven!