On The Horizon - September 1

Goodbye, David! Hello, Josh!

Hello September!

I hope you’re planning to be good to us. We’d love some nice warm autumn days, if you don’t mind. Beautiful colours and the chance to be outside sure do ease the anxiety.

Regardless of what the weather brings, Horizon Stage is gearing up for our 35th Season. Can you believe it? 35 years is a lot of artists and audiences. We’re really excited to welcome everyone to our space and we’re especially thrilled to open the season with two very strong acts. Ian Tyson on September 22 has been sold out since less than a week after he went on sale (thank you very much) and Derina Harvey on September 29 has only 35 seats available. That’s our wonderful “Theatre” news so far.

We also have some “office” news to share. You’re going to see a new face around the City Hall Ticket Centre, and the box office at the Theatre. Some of you may already know that David, our Ticket Centre Administrator, recently welcomed a baby into his family. Well, now he’s excited to be taking parental leave to spend some intensive time at home with little Finn. David will be off until mid-February. In the meantime, we are happy to welcome Josh Edison to the team.

Josh is a recent graduate of MacEwan University’s Arts and Cultural Management Program, which is near and dear to our hearts. Fun fact: over the years Lawrie Seligman, Kerri Gibson Loranger, Kathleen Bell, David Schuster, and I have all graduated from this fantastic program. It has changed a lot over the years, but as you can tell by the impressive number of employees on the list, it’s a great way to prepare yourself for a career in arts management.

But I digress.

Josh has spent this week learning the ins and outs of the job, trying to catch all the little details we’ve been throwing at him. He has done remarkably well, and we’re confident the next six months will be smooth as silk. Well, as smooth as it can be around here – our refrain is “nothing so constant as change” so we just hope he can catch as quickly as the world can throw curveballs at him.

Josh is a self-described “washed-up karaoke star”. I think we’re going to at some point challenge him on that and ask him to sing for us. He has a background in Musical Theatre and performing, but he tells me he’s an administrator who enjoys performing, rather than a performer who dabbles in administration. He has many artistic friends he is hoping he will be able to help with new skills, because it truly is one thing to be a fantastically talented musician, but quite another to know how to market yourself and manage the bookings.  Also, he’s fanatical about potatoes. I knew I liked him… don’t be surprised if you show up one day and Josh and I are enjoying a mashed potato feast. And no, we’re not going to share. But we’ll smile at you!

If you’re in City Hall, stop by and say hi to Josh – he’s excited to meet you all and sell you some hot tickets for shows this year. As always, you can call us at 780-962-8995 or visit horizonstage.com if you prefer, but in any case, we hope to see you soon.

 - Brandi Wurtz, Theatre Manager


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