We're performing five hold-over shows after our successful Fringe Festival run that will benefit our hold-over venue, the Holy Trinity Anglican Church and their causes, at-risk youths and music programs. We expect to raise between $10,000 and $12,000 through the show's net gate sales. The additional shows will feature extended content as well as an artist talkback after each performance.


Wednesday, Aug 28 @ 7pm

Thursday, Aug 29 @ 7pm

Friday, Aug 30 @ 7pm

Saturday, Aug 31 @ 2pm

Saturday, Aug 31 @ 7pm

Venue: Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 84 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

Festival awards Tomatoes

Global News - Edmonton: 5 Stars


"...Keith is no virtuoso on the four-stringer, but he plays with heart and his story is the stuff that the Fringe is made of...Rapidly becoming a Fringe hit, five out of five, get your tickets while you can!"

Winnipeg Free Press 2019: 5 Stars


"Using a mixture of humour (yes, there are banjo jokes), observations, self-reflection and music, Alessi’s inspirational and compelling tale will pluck at your heartstrings, clawhammer style."

Fringe Review - Regina - 2019: 4 Stars


"He performs with a genuine passion – the man sure loves his banjos! The message of the show is positive and inspiring, and is delivered in a compelling manner."


Now: Edmonton, AB

We're thrilled and humbled to return to the Edmonton Fringe Festival 2019 After the awe-inspiring reception we've been honored to experience at the Fringe Festivals we've toured this summer, it's a privilege to come back to Edmonton for more shows!


August 15-25 - Backstage Theatre, Venue 2, 10330 84 Ave. Edmonton

Thursday August 15 @ 8:00pm

Saturday August 17 @ 12:00pm

Sunday August 18 @ 2:00pm

Tuesday August 20 @ 3:45pm

Friday August 23 @ 7:30pm

Saturday August 24 @ 1:45pm

Sunday August 25 @ 6:00pm


Wednesday August 28 @ 7:00pm

Thursday August 29 @ 7:00pm

Friday August 30 @ 7:00pm

Saturday August 31 @ 2:00pm

Saturday August 31 @ 7:00pm

Venue: Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037 84 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB

AFTER THAT: Vancouver, BC

See us perform at the Vancouver Fringe Festival at the Carousel Theatre  on Granville Island this September where we wrap up the Fringe Festival season. Get the details HERE!

Tomatoes on TV!

Keith was on CTV last month in Regina to talk about the show and festival!

RIFF 2019 - Team Fringe - CTV July 11

IT'S DAY 2Hey Look William Hales & Keith Alessi (Tomatoes Tried To Kill Me) were on CTV Morning Live - Regina today!--------------------------------Regina Fringe - July 10-145 Venues - 21 Shows - EVERY DAYTickets https://regina_fringe.eventbrite.caon-line $12 (plus fees)At-the-door $14 (Cash Only)--------------------------------Other Events during Festival WeekJuly 13 - Kid's Fringe - 10:00 - 2:00 - Museum (indoors/outdoors)--------------------------------#yqr #reginafringe2019 #regina, Saskatchewan Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Tourism Saskatchewan Tourism Regina Tourism Moose Jaw SaskExpress Regina Farmers' Market Cooperative Regina Downtown BID CTV Regina

Posted by Regina International Fringe Theatre Festival on Thursday, July 11, 2019


The Reviews Are In!

Check out what the critics are saying about the show!


Winnipeg Free Press: "Alessi has an easygoing style with an honest vulnerability."

Full Review Here!

Vancouver Presents: “Fringe review: Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life is an intimate and affecting show.”

The Paper ( New York City

"An honest telling of one man’s journey.  Alessi’s performance manages to be warm, tear-jerking, and humorous all at once – a gem in New York City’s off-off-Broadway scene."

Full Review Here!

Theatre Is Easy (New York City): "Keith Alessi's Italian-Canadian corporate-to-banjo story is thoroughly entertaining."

"Alessi's story is straightforward, vulnerable, heartwarming, and full of traditional “old time” music of the Southern United States."

Full Review Here! (Vancouver):Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me, But Banjos Saved My Life is a show in the true spirit of Fringe. The performance will put a smile on your face, leaving you glad and happy.”

Vancouver Presents: Fringe review: “Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life is an intimate and affecting show”

#FringeDuJour: 20 shows not to miss at this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival

Katie’s Picks: “If the name isn’t enough to grab your attention, maybe you will be happy to hear that this show is for all ages. And the tomatoes are evil.”