Previous events

Coming Out in Faith Monologues

McKillop United Church, 2329 15 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB

"The Coming Out in Faith Monologues is a collection of performances based on the real lived experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals from the Lethbridge area and their stories of how their faith and queer identities intersect and exist together.

Please join us for our 3rd annual performance in the McKillop United Church sanctuary. Refreshments will be provided. Event is free, no tickets needed. Rush seating.

Wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if you have difficulty getting to the venue, we will seek to connect you with a ride!

Thank you to OUTreach Southern Alberta and McKillop United Church for sponsoring the event!"

FUNdrive 2019: Musical Monarchy

The Pixie Pub, 402 2nd Ave S, Lethbridge, AB

"KXU 88.3 FM presents the MUSICAL MONARCHY!

Featuring performances by: Shaela Miller Biloxi Parish Chief Mountain Tut Vespa & the Ghosts

Doors at 8pm, Music at 9pm $10 Cover at the Door The Pixie Pub - 402 2nd Ave S, Lethbridge AB (Level 2, accessible through the stairwell or elevator)

Come on down to ye olde Pixie Pub and enjoy an evening full of covers relating to music industry royalty! Rumor has it that there might be some exciting Radio Realm magic unveiled at this here event...

This event is intended to be safe for all! There is zero tolerance for oppressive behaviour and/or language of any kind. Please treat others with kindness and respect. We would also like to acknowledge that this event is taking place on the Traditional Territories of the Niitsitapi, Tsuut’ina, Stoney Nakoda and Métis peoples."

CKXU Presents: Love N' Cupcakes

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Lethbridge Public Library, 810 5 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB

"CKXU 88.3 FM and the Lethbridge Public Library are proud to present LOVE N' CUPCAKES!

Come on down to the Lethbridge Public Library on March 16 from 11am - 4pm to enjoy tasty locally made goods, browse through a specially curated selection of vendors, and enjoy some stellar musical talent by nêhiyawak, Jom Comyn, Outlaws of Ravenhurst, Phouka, Jess Tollestrup - Musician, Willy Big Bull

FUNdrive 2019: Legends of the Radio Realm 03.15.19 to 03.22.19"

Poetry Workshops! (for all ages!)

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Amigos Cantina, 806 Dufferin Ave, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

"Kay Kassirer and Jess Tollestrup are professional spoken word artists here to help you make great poems and art! All ages welcome! 2:00 pm Kay Kassirer will help you explore gender and sexuality through your spoken word art! 3:15 pm Jess Tollestrup will help you mix music and words into something new and exciting! By donation - $10 per workshop or $15 for both, suggested donation Cash at the door

Exploring Gender&Sexuality through Spoken Word Poetry Delve into your identity as we write about our experiences with gender and sexuality. Kay Kassirer will lead us through writing exercises to help us better understand ourselves and others. Come prepared to hear some personal stories, and share your own if you’d like. All skill levels welcome. Just bring a pen/paper and your lovely selves.

Think Outside the Music Box There is a very thin veil between spoken word poetry and music. Sometimes they are indistinguishable. This workshop will explore incorporating sound as accompaniment and companion to poetry, as well as breaking down what can be called a ’song'. No musical experience necessary."

Word Up!Regina Word Up Poetry Slam ft Kay Kassirer and Jess Tollestrup

Creative City Centre, 1843 Hamilton St., Regina, Saskatchewan

"Regina Word Up - Poetry Slam December 14, 2018 Doors 7:30pm Show 8pm $10+gst (PWYC) All Ages 19+ cash bar with valid government I.D. (Sign up to perform at the door and don't pay!)

Please note that the Creative City Centre is up two long flights of stairs. Unfortunately we do not have an elevator or chair lift "

A La Mode / Jess Tollestrup / Ugly Cry Club

Owl Acoustic Lounge, 411 3 Ave S, Lethbridge, AB

A La Mode Winnipeg À La Mode is a twee-psych/dreampop band. Whimsical, vulnerable lyrics are psyched out with transcendental harmonic movement. They sound like the knick knack collection you inherited from Grand-maman.

Jess Tollestrup Lethbridge Jess is a musician and spoken word poet based between Vancouver and Lethbridge

Ugly Cry Club Lethbridge Experimental electro-pop

All shows at the Owl are by donation Be kind to each other FLIP events we will not tolerate: Homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism, misogyny, racism, islamophobia, ageism, or discrimination of any kind Physical violence or acts of aggression, bullying or intimidation of any kind towards anyone in this space Hate speech Non Consensual physical contact of any kind Vandalism or destruction of property Please respect the space and everyone in it

Breaking the Binary, Readings by Non-Binary Writers

Bodacious, 333 Chesterfield Ave, North Vancouver, BC

" Join the Bodacious Writer's Series for a very special evening featuring writers from across the gender spectrum. This evening of readings by trans, two-spirit and non-binary writers will feature storytelling, poetry, and performance art by a group of talented writers. Featuring readings by Griffin Tedeschini, Jess Tolestrup, Frankie McGee, Q, Jaye Simpson, Molly Billows, and others. Admission by donation (suggested donation $5.00), wine and non-alcoholic beverages are available for sale. Special thanks to our amazing Bodacious volunteers, to The North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Grants, and to Presentation House Theatre for helping us make Bodacious happen. Accessibility info: We will now be in the main theatre space - for wheelchair access please se the box office, they will guide people to the accessible theatre entrance. There will not be ASL interpretation at the event. "

Improv X Music aka Impro Allegro

Cafe Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia

" The Fictionals Comedy Co. present award-winning improv comedy every Tuesday night at Cafe Deux Soleils. Next up: Improv X Music aka Impro Allegro featuring special guest musician Jess Tollestrup!

Jess Tollestrup is a travelling musician and poet currently based out of Vancouver. They had a busy and successful 2017, including the release of their debut EP “The Pluto Year” and chapbook “Metafesto”, receiving a scholarship for the Hornby Island Blues Workshop, touring from Victoria to Peterborough, and performing poetry on a national and international stage.

We’re teaming up with Jess for a variety of musical games and improv formats on January 23, and you’re invited to join the fun at Cafe Deux Soleils!

Hot Improv Tuesdays Cafe Deux Soleils - 2096 Commercial Dr. Tickets: $7 at the door, $5 with valid student ID

Doors: 7:30 pm Show: 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm High Fives: 9:30 pm to 10:00 pm

1st Tuesday: Pop-Up Comedy Jam 2nd Tuesday: Vancouver Improv Fight Club 3rd Tuesday: R/Improv & Ask Me Anything 4th Tuesday: Improv X 5th Tuesday: Improv Double Play

Also catch us at The Rio Theatre with Improv Against Humanity:

And download your free copy of Cards Against Vancouver here:

"The Fictionals definitely keep the audience captivated." - Vancouver Is Awesome

"Seriously laugh out loud." - Daily Hive Vancouver

"One of Vancouver's best improv troupes." - Georgia Straight, Best of Vancouver 2016, 2017

"One of Vancouver's best comedy groups." - Westender, Best of the City 2015, 2016, 2017

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UBC Poetry Slam

Benny's Cafe, 2505 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC

"Born in September 2009, UBC Slam Poetry was the brainchild of two crazy poets who thought it'd be great to bring spoken word to the campus of UBC. In the years since, our small community has grown. With biweekly shows and writing workshops, UBC Slam Poetry has flourished and has been able to represent at national festivals. Representing UBC Slam Poetry at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam in 2011 was Francis Arevalo, followed by Mike Johnston in 2012, Sebastien Wen in 2013, Mariah Lynne Dear in 2014, Jaime Silverthorn in 2016, and Savannah Pulfer in 2017.

What is a poetry slam, you ask? We're going to let Wikipedia tell you, because we're lazy poets.

"A poetry slam is a competition at which poets read or recite original work. These performances are then judged on a numeric scale by previously selected members of the audience."

Thanks, Wikipedia. Come hang out with us."


Thunderprov at Edmonton International Fringe Festival

9910 Theatre, 9910 67 Ave, Edmonton, AB

""Sorry, Not Sorry Productions brings its flagship improv show to the Edmonton Fringe! With your suggestions, our ensemble cast of talented improvisers will create a story before your eyes, with non-sequiturs that branch off like bolts of comedy lightning. You'll laugh, then cry of laughter, then cry because it's over!

Tickets: $10 Adult $8 Student/Senior

Cold drinks, treats and free parking for every show.""