May 2023

2023 One-On-One Mentorship Program – Apply Today

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2023 One-on-one Mentorships Program

Nextfest is all about uplifting emerging artists across a wide variety of disciplines. One of the ways we do this is through our One-on-One Mentorship Program, returning for 2023! This program aims to connect emerging artists with established professional artists connecting either in-person or online! 


This is a free opportunity that will involve one-on-one chats with arts industry professionals. This is a space where you can ask questions and gain the knowledge you need to take your art or career in the arts to new heights. 

Ever wanted to pick someone’s brain about their pursuit of an artistic discipline? Longing for some guidance in a specific arts-based area? Have a dream mentor you have always wanted to talk to? 

Now is your chance to be paired with a mentor for an hour-long one-on-one session where you can ask them everything you ever wanted to know, and chat about your hopes and dreams as an artist! 

There is no experience required, only a desire to learn and connect. Anything from playwriting to solo musicianship to indie filmmaking – we want to match you with someone who can answer your questions and inspire you to take your work to the next level! 


You can sign up right now (link below), while the majority of mentorship sessions will take place during Nextfest from June 1st to June 11th, 2023. 

Depending on availability, the mentorship sessions may happen slightly outside of these dates. It will be up to you and your mentor to schedule your session. 


Once connected, it is up to you and your mentor to decide where you would like to meet! If you would like to meet in-person, there are a number of fantastic locations on 124 Street.

Alternatively, you may set up a phone call or virtual call! 


Because we can! One of The Nextfest Arts Company’s main mandates is providing mentorship and opportunities for artists to grow in their craft. Learn more about Nextfest.

We have connections with Nextfest Alumni and arts industry professionals beyond, and you have the dreams. Let’s make it happen!


If you are interested in this type of mentorship and networking, apply using this Google form! Sign up early as spots are limited and not guaranteed! 

The deadline to apply is May 26th, 2023.


We have a limited budget to pay the established professional artists to provide mentorship and are unsure of how many applicants we will receive. Therefore, the applicant evaluation process will only be instituted if the number of applicants exceeds the number of mentors we are able to pay. 

If we do need to follow through on evaluation, we will select artists based on their demonstrated need for support while supporting artists from a variety of disciplines and communities. Additionally, priority will be given to folks who haven’t had the opportunity to participate in the One-on-One Mentorship Program before. 

Have any questions? Reach out to workshops@nextfest.ca.



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