Anyone who knows me at ALL knows of my love and support for the Toronto Fringe Festival. I have attended for years, I have held my own in the tent, overseen lotteries, worked on productions, and am Vice President of the Board of Directors. It has gone from an awesome two-weeks-in-July festival to two-weeks-in-July/two-weeks-in-January to an organization that is brimming with art and activity year round. Its staff goes from five to five hundred in the blink of an eye. You might not know about everything happening over there.
May I present Things Fringe for today’s blog post, which will also be replicated as a PSA in the What’s On section.
Things Fringe lately:
THE LOL CAMPAIGN!
The Lots Of Little Campaign – our crowd sourced campaign to raise $5000 through bits and pieces of donations… your $5 makes a big difference, your $10 means even more. As Lots Of Little Donors, you receive a special LOL Button to wear proudly at this summer’s festival (to get you off the hook from tipping at the door!) and will have your name listed on our website. Donations over $10 receive a charitable tax receipt. Here’s a video to watch! Now go check the change jar.
THE ONE HUNDRED!
The Toronto Fringe is Recruiting 100 Young Theatre Entrepreneurs. Are you ready for it?
–You are between the ages of 17 and 24 and you’re ready to take the theatre world by storm
–You are ready to burst your theatre-conservatory-drama-club-summer-arts-camp-theatre bubble
–You think that it takes more than ‘just acting’ to make it as a theatre artist
–You aren’t a follower…you’re a doer, a leader, a mover and a shaker
Jump into the real world this summer and join
The 100: a 12 day immersive theatre entrepreneur bootcamp at the Fringe Festival.
Last but oh so certainly NOT least, I present:
THE CREATION LAB!
The Creation Lab is the 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 in the Annex. (Just steps away from Bathurst Station.) 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. There was a great article in BlogTO a while back if you’d care to read. Now go book some space.