ArtSpirit Festival 2016



November 17 to 20

All events at Holy Trinity Anglican Church 

10037 84 Ave. NW, Edmonton

780-433-5530 or[at]

All events are pay-what-you-can, unless otherwise indicated. 


Thursday, Nov. 17: A visual arts reception with poetic interpretation of Dan Bagan’s landscapes by poets Gerald St. Maur, Wendy Joy, and Laurel Sproule. Plus a literary book launch of Art Lessons by Katherine Koller. Upper Hall, 6:30-9PM


Friday, Nov. 18: Senior’s Treacle Tea, with demonstration Tango Dancing. Upper Hall, 2-4PM. Tickets are required for this event, however they are FREE! Please pick up a ticket on Sunday, or contact the church office to reserve.


Friday, Nov. 18: HTAC playwright David Belke’s play Who Goes There?, a script that ponders the presence of God in real lives. Sanctuary, 7:30-9PM

Who Goes There? is a commissioned script based on interviews with returned war vets, street youth, elementary-aged children, and seniors. Revealing their own understanding of the presence of God at pivotal moments, this script explores a multitude of experiences of birth, marriage, and death in a way both poignant and comical. A workshop production, we are looking for audience feedback in order to produce this show at Fringe 2017!

THE STORY: When a combat soldier (Matt Boisvert) is admitted to a hospital for a routine check-up he unexpectedly encounters another patient (Kristen Finlay) who has been seeking stories from others about their actual experiences of birth and death. The soldier is drawn into the  seeker’s intriguing project, but he soon discovers there is more to the her quest than meets the eye. And in the midst of sudden tragedy the interviews provide an unforeseen insight into something deeper than mere words.

Who Goes There? is written by David Belke based on a concept by Margaret MacPherson. The presentations are directed by Tracy Carroll with performances by Matt Boisvert, Kristen Finlay, Mary-Ellen Perley, Michelle Robb and Morgan Yamata.


Saturday, Nov. 19: Second afternoon performance of Who Goes There?, audience feedback welcomed! Sanctuary, 2:30-4PM


Saturday, Nov. 19: Shorts: Packing Powerful Punches, a mini film fest with screenwriter’s talk back after the screenings. Upper Hall, 7-10PM

The films being screened are:

Negativipeg by Matthew Rankin

il carro, il carro arrugginito, e il mucchio di spazzatura (the wago, the rusty cart and the junk pile) by Lindsay McIntyre

God’s Acre by Kelton Stepanowich

Lifetimes of Snow by Dylan Howard

Carpet Diem by Trevor Anderson

Lift by Katrina Beatty

Autumn by Eva Colmers

This event is produced in conjunction with The Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA).


Saturday, Nov. 19: i Coristi Chamber Choir concert, Dr. Rob Curtis, conductor, presents Landscapes. Sanctuary, 7:30PM. Tickets $20/$15.


Sunday, Nov. 20: Scripted reading of Crazy Train by David Haas. Upper Hall, 2PM.

Join us as we experience this riveting drama of truth and deception as an investigation of a case of an assaulted child mires in supposition, denial and illusion.


Sunday, Nov. 20: Script Salon Melange, a series of nine short plays read by seasoned actors. Upper Hall, 7:30PM. Plays performed by Kendra Connor, Andrea House, Corben Kushneryk, and Reed Malcolm with special appearance by playwright/performer Blaine Newton.

The featured plays are:

DUST by Holly Turner
FOOD IS LOVE by Katherine Koller
FRESH HELL by Conni Massing
POWDER by Nicole Moeller
PREDICTION by Collin Doyle
PURE OXYGEN by Heather Morrow
THE UNKINDEST CUT by Blaine Newton

This festival is made possible in part by the generous support of the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton.