Launch of the 2nd Grindstone Comedy Festival in Edmonton with all-Canadian programming – Edmonton
For Edmontonians looking to laugh and get a taste of some of Canada’s best comedy, this week is shaping up to be bright.
The second Grindstone Comedy Festival kicked off in the Ritchie neighborhood at the band’s small independent theater just south of Whyte Avenue.
“We have booked full Canadian programming,” said Kathleen McGee, festival director. “We don’t bring a big name headliner from America… we have our own Canadian stars. It’s really exciting. “
The Grindstone Theater kicked off the festival last summer amid the pandemic, inspired by other independent festivals in Canada like the Oddblock Festival in Winnipeg.
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Last year’s Grindstone Festival was held with some restrictions such as audience limits and masking, but the second installment of the event will see a return to normal as cases in Alberta remain relatively low.
“We feel very lucky and excited to be back,” said Byron Martin, artistic director of the Grindstone Theater.
“It’s what we like to do, it’s our job. We are so excited to have the theater full again.
The Grindstone Theater opened in 2018 after the improv group behind it ran a crowdfunding campaign.
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This year’s lineup features Canadian comedy names like Jon Dore (The Jon Dore TV show, Baroness von Sketch Show), Chris Locke (Baroness von Sketch Show), Adrienne Fish, Andrea Jin and Ryan Williams.
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Edmonton comedians and improvisers will also be featured alongside guest artists.
“What is happening so much is that Canadians have to go to the United States to be famous or to be recognized,” McGee said. “We want to recognize these actors here. We want you to know their names.
“We want you to find your new favorite actor (at the festival), and he will be Canadian. “
The theater also built a new outdoor stage to expand the festival.
The event kicked off on Wednesday and will run through Sunday July 25. Tickets are available online.
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