Keith Alessi smiles at the camera and holds a banjo

Come watch a heartwarming award-winning show, told through humour and music—sure to be an uplifting experience!

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February 11, 20238:00pm - 9:30pm Add to calendar


Main Stage: 13750 88 Ave, Surrey, BC V3W 3L1

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Written and Performed by Keith Alessi. 

Keith Alessi shares his exceptional true story of leaving the corporate world behind to follow his true passion—playing the banjo! When faced with a cancer battle, his lifelong dream becomes the key to saving his life.

Told through authentic storytelling, heartfelt humour and music, Tomatoes Tried To Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life is an uplifting story of challenge, triumph, and the power of positivity. This intimate evening is one sure to leave you feeling empowered, inspired, and ready to dust off your own long forgotten dreams collecting dust in the closet.

About Keith Alessi

Before taking to the stage, Keith was well known as a successful public company CEO and college professor. He has led companies in both Canada and the United States.

Encouraged by others to tell his personal story of challenges and triumph, Keith wrote Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me, but Banjoes Saved My Life and has performed in fringe festivals across Canada, the US, and the UK since July 2018.  

A dual Canadian/US citizen, Keith splits his time between Vancouver and Virginia. He is a certified public accountant and received his MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In his free time, he pursues his passions of flying and banjos!


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