Posts tagged ‘Fringe Club’

July 6, 2013

#TOFringe – July 6 – Day Four

Sold out show for It’s Always You yesterday – get your tickets folks!

I met a super lovely couple from Richmond. VA yesterday while in line for a show, and they were over the moon delighted with all things Fringe. They’d always wanted to come to Toronto, they realized they had enough airmiles to do so, and decided to come to Fringe for a few days. And were LOVING it. So nice to chat with them, and I hope they had a safe flight home.

Normally I don’t post on Saturdays but Fringe waits for no one and there’s far too much amazing stuff going on including an UNDERGROUND DANCE PARTY!

What’s Going On

Capture July 6

What I’m Seeing




was hanging around the Fringe Club/Visual Fringe yesterday post tent talk, and realized the av sideshow was about to begin. A reminder to all that alley plays are ridiculously convenient and RIGHT THERE so you probably should check out at least one.


Fun fact: Number of my programs I’ve given to people who don’t have a program yet? NINE.

June 28, 2013

Introducing: The 2013 Fringe Club!

Straight from the e-newsletter yesterday. Seriously, for those who ask, “it’s just all plays, isn’t it?
no. no it is not. – we’ll see you there!


In celebration of our 25th anniversary, we have given our Fringe Club a sassy new look this summer! Back at our home-base behind Honest Ed’s flagship marquee for a 4th year in a row, the 2013 Fringe Club will be more accessible, lively and fun than ever.

1) No line ups – we have increased our bar capacity!
2) Hot and zesty new food vendors, from Fidel Gastro to ESÉ.
3) Buskers to enliven every nook and cranny of the alley.
4) Remember the sound-baffling-wall-truck from Fringe 2012? It’s SO gone this year.
5) Fringe Club programming is staying open later – ‘til 12:30am.

6) Did we mention NO LINE-UPS?!

1) Delicious McAuslan brews.
2) 16 Visual Fringe artists and 6 AlleyPlays.
3) A hoppin’ late-night patio and bar.
4) Friends, Fringe Family, your favourite volunteers and of course, you!

Read on for more exciting new additions to the Fringe Club!


SmartPhone Scavenger Hunt @ The Fringe Club

Part of our 25th anniversary programming, this scavenger hunt will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced before! Created especially for Fringe 2013 by our ex-board president Randy Sabourin (creator of The Go Game) this scavenger will pit team against team in a raucous race to the finish line.

All teams will follow clues and instructions sent to their smartphones. (Each team will need to have at least one smartphone.) Teams will be asked to race around the Annex and interact with actors, local businesses and classic Fringe locations. Videos will be made. Vintage Fringe trivia will be abundant. Victory could be yours.

The Scavenger Hunt is on Saturday July 6th from 3pm-5pm, and will be followed by a hilarious awards ceremony where we will share photos and videos and pick a winner. Did we mention there are amazing prizes? First Place: $350, Second Place: $100, Third Place: $50.

To sign up a group, please read more here.


New This Year: Fringe After Dark @ The Fringe Club

snakes and lattes
doc wuthergloom
truth or dare
beer and yoga

Join us every weeknight at 9pm for a sometimes titillating, frequently ridiculous, late-night series called Fringe After Dark. All events are free and will take place at the Tent Talk tent at the south end of the Fringe Club (near Lennox Ave.). Some highlights:

Thurs July 4 (9pm): Board Game Night
Board game gurus from Snakes and Lattes will lend us the hippest and hottest board games of 2013 and teach one and all how to finally win at “Settlers of Catan.” No registration required.

Fri July 5 (9pm): Adult Craft Night
Local burlesque performers will pose for a life drawing class facilitated by a local indie artist. BONUS: we will have supplies and instructions on how to make scandalous lingerie out of pipe cleaners. Oh yes.

Mon July 8 (9pm): Yoga with Beer
At long last (right?) – a yoga class where you can drink beer. A local yoga instructor will lead a free, 1 hour yoga class at the Fringe Club where beer drinking is not only welcomed, it’s encouraged.

Tues July 9 (9pm): Truth or Dare
Feeling candid? Like to live dangerously? Come on down for an old fashioned game of Truth or Dare (with a Fringe twist of course!) There will be prizes for silliness and bravery.

Wed July 10 (9pm): Awards Ceremony
Join us at the Fringe Club for late-night drinks and the announcement of Patron’s Pick, Best of Fringe Uptown, the Tosho Cutting-Edge Award, and the 25 Hour Play Contest. Could it be you…?

Thurs July 11 (8pm – note time difference): Alumni Party – OFFSITE!
Tonight we move our After Dark Series to the Tranzac for a trip down memory lane. Come celebrate 25 years of the Toronto Fringe Festival with music, stories, trivia and awards! All are welcome. No door charge.

Fri July 12 (9pm): Ghost Story Competition, hosted by Eric Woolfe
Doctor Pretorius Wuthergloom of Doc Wuthergloom’s Haunted Medicine Show and his gang of ghouls will be waiting to take you into the dark world of the supernatural. Come with a story or come to listen. There will be awesome prizes.

More info here.


FREE Concerts @ The Fringe Club

nick imageNick Teehan
larra imageLarra Skye
rehan imageRehan Dalal
abdominal imageAbdominal and the Obliques

Every weekend at 7pm Fringe will invite a local indie artist to serenade and entertain the crowd. From sassy contemporary Motown to soothing acoustic folk, there’s something for every musical taste. All concerts are free and all-ages. Here’s the awesome and diverse line-up:

Sat July 6 (7pm): Nick Teehan
Part crooner, vaudevillian barker, warrior poet and hopeless romantic, Nick Teehan’s tuneful arrangements and haunting lyrics have entertained Toronto audiences for years.

Sun July 7 (7pm): Larra Skye
Larra Skye creates a synthesis of pop, rock and folk, anchored by her strong songwriting and winsome voice. A Toronto songstress that CBC Radio-Canada calls “full of character and nuance… charming.”

Sat July 13 (7pm): Rehan Dalal
Rehan Dalal’s music is influenced by the early 60′s soul sounds of Sam Cooke, the Motown era magic of Stevie Wonder and the modern flavors of Raphael Saadiq. There will be dancing.

Sun July 14 (7pm): Abdominal and the Obliques
Abdominal will perform his unique acoustic blues/hip-hop filled with hilarious lyrics, sampled beats, bluesy guitar licks and percussion. Co-presented by the Koffler Centre of the Arts.

Opening Day Concert: Hooded Fang!

Hooded Fang 1 (Sara Amroussi-Gilissen)

Local indie pop-rockers Hooded Fang will take the stage in the Fringe Club at 5pm on Wednesday July 3rd for an opening day extravaganza!

This Polaris Prize-nominated band has just released its third studio album to much acclaim and will be heading to the Fringe Club after a successful North American tour. Let’s welcome them home – Fringe style!

More info on Hooded Fang:
On CBC Music


Industry Networking @ The Fringe Club

Back by popular demand, one of our Tent Talks this summer will be called A Smorgasbord of People You Should Know. This will be a reverse pitch-session where artistic directors, cultural programmers and executive directors will be asked to pitch their organization to YOU – the indie artist and audience member.

We’re still working on populating our fantastic panel of industry experts, but here’s a sneak peak:

Bob White (Stratford Festival), Rob Kempson (Theatre Passe Muraille), Tara Beagan (Native Earth Performing Arts), Monica Esteves (Crow’s Theatre), Nigel Shawn Williams (Factory Theatre), Andrea Romaldi (Tarragon Theatre), Phil Akin (Obsidian Theatre), Nancy Webster (Young People’s Theatre), Andrew Lamb (Roseneath Theatre), Michael Rubenfeld (SummerWorks), Laura Nanni (Rhubarb Festival), Alison Wong (b-current).

Friday July 12 (5pm)
A Smorgasbord of People You Should Know.
Hosted by Matt Baram of National Theatre of the World.
Followed by an informal mix & mingle from 6-7pm.

More Tent Talk listings here.


As Always…

Fringe has 122 amazing shows at our favourite classic main venues.

Fringe has 20 site specific shows at unexpected locations around the city.

Fringe has 8 FringeKids shows at the Palmerston Library Theatre.

Fringe has 16 Visual Fringe exhibits and 6 AlleyPlays woven throughout the Fringe Club.

Fringe has 100 emerging artists that will be networking up a storm.

Fringe has 1,000 youth who are granted free Fringe tickets, through partnerships with community organizations.

Fringe has 400+ dedicated volunteers, 45 FOH Managers, 30 Venue Technicians and 23 sensational office staff members.

Fringe has 1,100 artists!

And, of course, we have YOU! So thank you for keeping the movement alive and see you at the Fringe Club!


Thank you to the following organizations for their support



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