Give it up for the Nextfest ShowcaseS!

Curated and created by emerging artists, Nextfest 2022’s showcase line up is here and ready to wow you.

Join us for our Poetry, Comedy, iHuman, Burlesque, and Drag showcases.

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curated by Nisha Patel
featuring Matthew James Weigel,  Kathryn 君妍 Gwun-Yeen Lennon, and Nisha Patel, with special guest Ru

What? Poetry Showcase

When? Sunday, June 5 at 8:30 pm 

Where? Lorne Cardinal Theatre in the Roxy Theatre 

In Well-Versed, poets explore the ways in which they embody themselves, how their lives are lived in their bodies and outside of them, and what it means to ask what a ‘good’ or ‘well’ body is, and what it isn’t, in the world today. 

This showcase features a live music performance by Ru.

Ru is a singer-songwriter out of Canada who looks for inspiration from every aspect of life to bring soulful tones to the stories of her own life and the ones of those around her. Ru’s music takes on inspiration from Indie, Neo-soul, Folk-Pop, and R&B music to give her the sound that she has today. 





created and performed by Cindy Rivers, with special guest JusJordan

What? Comedy Showcase/Music Performance

When? Wednesday, June 8 at 9:00 pm 

Where? Lorne Cardinal Theatre in the Roxy Theatre 






Comedian Cindy Rivers delivers accidentally educational standup comedy, using her quick wit and skillful writing to engage any audience with truth and laughs.  

This showcase features a live music performance by JusJrdn.

JusJrdn is an Edmonton-based, hip-hop artist with ambition like no one else. His lyrics and performances are full of emotion and energy, leaving the crowds inspired and vibrating on another level.


iHuman Studios presents


What? Multidisciplinary Showcase 

When? Thursday, June 9 at 9:00 pm 

Where? Lorne Cardinal Theatre in the Roxy Theatre 

iHuman Studios has been focused on providing creative opportunities for young folk in Edmonton since 1997 and has been partnering with Nextfest for over 20 years.

iHuman’s 2022 crop of artists includes a mixed bag of rappers, singers, and spoken word poets, including Jayme The Beast, Amplify1, Javien, Pr$cy The Takeover, Ambyshun, and a performance of a new album by Theadora.   



iskotêw iskêwak presents


curated by Ayla Modeste
featuring Ayla Modeste, Skylene Gladue, and Ger Carriere

What? Burlesque Showcase

When? Friday, June 10 at 9:00 pm

What? Nancy Power Theatre in the Roxy Theatre 

18+ event. Electrik is a showcase of the magnetic energy; that permeates all iskwewak. Through burlesque dancing, singing, and story-telling they recreate ancestral stories with vivacious curiosity and power.

Each iskwê within iskotew iskwewak dominates their own reclamation journey while nurturing their inner-sensualist. These legendary stories impact the way we deconstruct and decolonize sexuality for the generations to come.




Party Queens presents 


curated by Gemma Nye
featuring Just Dana Cree, Hunny Moon, Jizz Elle, Onika Xtravaganza, Natrasha Can, and Monster Truck

What? Drag Showcase

When? Saturday, June 11 at 9:00 pm

Where? Nancy Power Theatre in the Roxy Theatre 

18+ event. Don’t turn the lights on – it’s Dollhouse After Dark! Edmonton’s hottest emerging drag artists are dishing all the hot goss in this trashy late-night talk show.

Saucy scandals, kooky conspiracies, and tantalizing tales await as we sit down with six rising drag stars to look behind the curtain at their most shocking inside stories! Secure your wigs because between the tell-all interviews and sickening drag performances.

You’ll be on the edge of your seat! Don’t miss this ONE NIGHT ONLY special event.