Posts tagged ‘Toronto Fringe’

August 16, 2013

Out of Town Clients Doing Cool Stuff

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Not all my clients, or their projects take place in the downtown core.

I met Maya and David at the Toronto Fringe, and I had so much fun working with Steady State Theatre on Eighteen Twitching Cheerleaders, the piece they’ve brought to the Edmonton Fringe. The circle of Fringe continues!

Delighted this interview happened (and it meant I got to see the postcards)!

Happy Fringing, Steady State!

 

Connected a few weeks ago with Vanessa Baylen who was looking for a bit of PR help on her Spies of Barrie project happening Sept. 14 & 21 in downtown Barrie.

 Your mission, if you choose to accept it: solve as many of the 30 puzzles hidden around downtown Barrie as you can within 60 minutes. You and your fellow spies will meet at the start venue (a secret location provided only to ticket holders) where you must complete your first task: locate the spy kit! Spy kits include a map with the puzzle locations, instructions of what to do once you arrive at them, as well as the location of the final meeting place.
Similar to The Amazing Race or MIT’s Puzzle Hunt, Spies of Barrie is an interactive puzzle game designed to challenge the minds of its players and celebrate local businesses and artists!
Good luck, Vanessa!

 

 

 

July 16, 2013

Fringe Roundup

I couldn’t say it better myself – straight from the Fringe Newsletter.  I hope all the Fringers are asleep. Much deserved.

The 2013 Toronto Fringe: Our 25th Year of Unforgettable Theatre Comes to a Close

Last night, the 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival wrapped up a truly unforgettable 25th anniversary. Audiences came out in droves, with the first four days of the festival being the highest grossing in Fringe history. The record breaking ticket sales led to nearly 200 sold-out performances, with 57,182 tickets sold and $433,027 returned to artists.

The Toronto Fringe is proud to announce it has now returned over $6 million to artists since its inaugural festival in 1989!

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Triumphs and Torrential Downpours

On Monday, record rainfall and flash floods caused a number of our venues to lose power, and a total of 22 shows were canceled over two days. The community rallied around our artists, and many audience members generously donated the price of the canceled tickets back to the companies. Even with a few toppled tents, patrons came out to support the Visual Fringe and over $10,000 was earned by artisans, painters and creators in the Fringe Club. You made our Fringe Club busier than ever – thank you for keeping the Fringe spirit alive during a difficult couple of days.

This year’s Toronto Fringe also featured celebratory programming for its 25 year anniversary, including an Underground Dance Party at Honest Ed’s, a 25 Second Video Contest, a 25 Hour Playwriting Contest, and a special 25th Anniversary Alumni Party at the Tranzac Club. On July 10th, the Toronto Fringe proudly announced the winners of the annual Patron’s Pick, featuring some of the most sought-after tickets of the summer, including Polly Polly, Stealing Sam, 2 for Tea, and The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!

After 25 years of unforgettable theatre, the Toronto Fringe is stronger than ever. With this momentous festival behind us, we will look to the future of Fringe: ongoing programming and amazing subsidized rental rates in the Creation Lab; accessible and supportive artist outreach programs like the New Play Contest; the 2014 Next Stage Theatre Festival (line-up announced in the fall); and – of course – the 2014 Fringe Festival Lottery. May the odds be ever in your favour!

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How Did We Do? – The 2013 Audience Survey

Want to help the Fringe become even more accessible, surprising and FUN next year? Please take 2 minutes to fill out the following Audience Survey. Your responses will help us write our grants, apply for sponsorship dollars and more – so we can keep returning 100% of ticket sales back to our Fringe artists!

Click here to fill out the survey!

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Best of Fringe at the Toronto Centre for the Arts

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Didn’t get enough Fringe? The Best of Fringe at Toronto Centre for the Arts will be running from July 17, 2013 – July 31, 2013 and is a perfect opportunity to see the shows you missed at Fringe.

This year’s shows are:

Adopt This!
Death Married My Daughter
It’s Always You: The Musical
Polly Polly
Stealing Sam
Stop Kiss
Tales Of Whoa!
The Truth about Comets

More info and tickets: http://www.tocentre.com/studio/bof2013

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Thank You!

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As always, thank you to YOU. Our volunteers, our staff, our audience members, our artists and our community members. This is your festival – and you should be very proud!

Stay in touch, apply to the lottery and keep the Fringe spirit alive!

Happy 25th everyone!

 

June 4, 2013

Dora Nominees and Fundraisers and Plays

SMADpromoRegentDora Mavor Moore press conference yesterday to announce the nominees! so very pleased to see so many clients represented – Proud, Whipping Man, 4.48 Psychosis, Laws of Motion, Dumbwaiter, DeChardin Project – congratulations!

Click here to download the list of nominees.

Spent the evening at a cocktail reception for the Toronto Arts Foundation Awards finalists – I nominated one of my favourite companies, Expect Theatre and am so pleased they’re in the final round.

Saw this article on Blog TO the other day and I am extremely impressed – GREAT concept for a  hospital fundraiser!

Speaking of fundraisers, all of you who swore up and down you  would be attending the Fringe Festival fundraiser – it’s NEXT WEEK! In ten days people will be savouring a delicious tasting menu courtesy Fidel Gastro AND learning about what they’re eating, AND drinking sexy one of a kind vodka based cocktails, AND eating cupcakes AND bidding on cool auction prizes AND dancing to DJ Ricky. And if you buy a ticket, you too can be one of those well fed, well informed, well libated prize winning dancing fools. And if not – well….

Dumbwaiter (four Dora noms yesterday!)  has added two shows to their run, so visit their website for details.

And Sister Mary’s a Dyke?! is moving and grooving along and has some amazing ticket deals – take a wander to the Cahoots site for more info and then take a wander over to Aki Stuido to see what all the fuss is about!

 

April 25, 2013

Website changes, Some Participant feedback, the War of 1812

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Lisa and I spent a couple of days updating the website, including a more specific contact form. We’re pleased with it.

There’s also the addition of a page called “Things Fringe” – I get a great deal of info on the Toronto Fringe year-round but especially coming up to January and July  – usually items like lottery announcements, job opps, etc – I normally post them in the blog section but it made sense to me for them to have their own permanent space. We’ll see how it goes.

Got an email about participant feedback in the Funding Opportunities round tables a little while ago:

Thank you for your contribution at the consultations on arts and cultural investment in the City. Together with the Toronto Arts Council, we have now held four public consultations in each part of the City. We’ve also heard from the film and screen-based industry sector, the fashion and design sector, and the museums and heritage sector. We’ve listened to over 300 people give their suggestions on what should be the principles and priorities for new investment, and what kind impact this support will have on themselves, their organizations, their communities and the city a whole. As well, we have had over 800 responses to our online survey. This process has again confirmed what a vibrant, creative, and entrepreneurial community we serve.  The survey will remain open until April 30th, and we encourage you to complete it and circulate it to your networks if you have not done so already.

A draft summary of the findings was attached. Here it is.

Off to the Young Centre tonight to see VideoCab’s The War of 1812 – super excited. It will be interesting to see them outside of where I always see them – the back room of the Cameron House. Stunning reviews so far, both media and people. Will keep you posted!

Photo by Michael Cooper.

 

 

July 5, 2012

Fringe has opened and Social Media as Yearbook

So yesterday was opening day for the Toronto Fringe – previews, posters, sunscreen and word of mouth are flying – it was a baking hot day with really good speeches, a fantastic poster sprint belled by Olivia Chow and the beer tent was in full swing with folks getting their Wednesday on.

photo of Fringe Club by Derrick Chua

If you still haven’t chosen your Fringe shows, best get to it, and see you at the tent!

Fun imagining from Flowtown -Social Media as yearbook. Enjoy! Stay cool, stay hydrated, stay sunscreened, happy Fringe!

October 18, 2011

Tired of Rehearsing in Your Livingroom? Let There Be Space!

and check it out – there it is!

INTRODUCING: THE CREATION LAB!  720 Bathurst St, Suites 401-403

The Creation Lab is the new home of the Toronto Fringe and the indie arts community.  The Lab consists of two studio spaces and the Toronto Fringe admin office, both housed on the 4th floor of the Centre for Social Innovation at in the Annex.  (Just steps away from Bathurst Station.)

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Both studios are available for anyone to rent at anytime to do whatever they want.

The spaces can be rented at various levels of subsidy, on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The studios are already a buzzing arts hub, bookable all hours of the day and night, where artists can focus on their craft and connect with their community without breaking the bank.

So, How is the Creation Lab Different?

The Creation Lab is more than just a studio!  It is an affordable, accessible and transparent creation space where ideas and artists can flourish and cross-pollinate.  For indie artists, budgets are tiny and resources are scarce, so the Fringe is fostering a space that is conducive to the work you do.  Whether that means offering you studio space in the early hours of the morning or introducing you to like-minded artists, they are committed to making the Creation Lab a lively, accessible arts hub.

THE SPACES:

The Creation Lab contains two beautiful studios that can accommodate a wide variety of activities, from rehearsals to board meetings, acting classes to fundraisers.  Both studios are newly renovated, bright and open, with new flooring and secure storage space.  Each studio has a slightly different ambiance, suited for various creative needs.

The Neville Austin Studio (Neville’s Nook) has approximately 1000 square feet of studio space.  It’s an airy and expansive space with a wall of windows that allow natural light to spill in.  Neville’s Nook is perfect for long-term rehearsal processes, movement or physical theatre, open workshop showings, fundraisers, parties, acting, movement, yoga, or vocal classes.

Studio B has approximately 550 square feet of studio space and a more intimate, private feel.  Studio B is perfect for rehearsals with smaller casts, solo shows, table work, company meetings, acting coaching or one-on-one tutoring, writing retreats, choirs, or for use as a break-out space from Neville’s Nook.

 (look at all that light and space. Seriously. A gorgeous place to work. I was by there yesterday and there is a great vibe to it, an amazing feeling.

but wait! There’s more!)

Other Events:  Both studios are fitted with basic lighting and sound equipment, which makes them excellent options as performance venues as well.  Blackout curtains can be provided for rehearsals/performances requiring darkness.

Both studios are also equipped to accommodate community events, board meetings, seminars, office retreats, and training sessions.

So pack up your performers, gather up your board members, and head out of the house – there`s a new space in town!

To book the Creation Lab, or take a tour, contact Claire Wynveen: creation@fringetoronto.com

 

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