About Tomatoes Tried To Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life

In a captivating blend of music, humour, and heartfelt storytelling, the much-acclaimed
show “Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life” is heading back on tour for the
6th year. This extraordinary performance, which has captivated audiences worldwide,
following a series of sold-out shows and prestigious accolades, including being named the
Pick of the Fringe and selling out the run at the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
At the heart of this unique show is Keith Alessi’s remarkable life journey. Once a high-
flying CEO in Canada, Alessi’s world was turned upside down by a life-threatening cancer
diagnosis. This pivotal moment led him to embrace his long-suppressed passion for playing
the banjo, a decision that not only offered him a therapeutic outlet but also a new purpose
in life. 
He ultimately found physical and emotional healing in a circle of musicians, and this shows
tells that story. His journey, which unfolds on stage, is a powerful testament to the healing
virtues of the arts and the resilience of the human spirit.
“Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life” is not only a show; it’s a mission-
driven endeavour. Alessi has dedicated his performances to supporting various charitable
causes, with a focus on cancer, community, music, and theatre organizations. To date, the
show has impressively raised over $640,000 through donations, including 100% of all
artist fees.
The show’s international journey has been nothing short of phenomenal. After its initial
debut, what was intended to be a one-time performance at a fringe festival evolved into a
series of international tours, captivating audiences across Canada, the United States, and
the United Kingdom. Its success is a reflection of its universal appeal and the profound
impact of Alessi’s story of survival and transformation.
Audiences can expect a heartwarming experience filled with humour, captivating banjo
music, and a story that celebrates the indomitable human spirit. This is a show that
promises not just entertainment but an inspiring journey of hope and perseverance. Don’t
miss the opportunity to witness this extraordinary tale of survival and the transformative
power of following one’s passions.

Genre: Theatre

Age Range: PG-13