Posts tagged ‘Next Stage Theatre Festival’

November 13, 2012

Next Stage Festival!

Today as you hopefully know is Friends of the Arts Day At The City and we’re meeting with over half of Toronto City Council to talk about arts and culture. Full release here.

ALSO…it’s coming….from the Toronto Fringe…

You may know the Toronto Fringe as a raucous, fun-loving indie theatre festival that takes place every July. BUT! We also curate a vibrant festival called the Next Stage Theatre Festivalevery January at Factory Theatre.Next Stage is where we take the edgiest shows from the festival circuit, the most innovative up-and-coming emerging artists and most vivacious local companies and throw them together for 12 days of the best indie theatre in the country. You should come! Whether you’re a theatre veteran or a first-timer, Next Stage is a fun post-holiday outing for one and all.

What else?

! gift vouchers, so Next Stage tickets are great for stocking stuffer
! a heated beer tent in the courtyard of Factory Theatre
! no ticket over $15
! catch the latest indie sensation before it catches fire and say “I was there when…”

To buy tickets, starting November 19th, call the box office at 416-966-1062 or visit the website.

April 17, 2012

In Which We Present: Things Fringe

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 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.



Our new Outreach Coordinator, Pip. Lemurs not guaranteed to appear.

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.

Extended info here, application here, Facebook Page here. There – you`re good to go.


Last but oh so certainly NOT least, I present:

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.

These are but THREE THINGS. May I humbly suggest you check out the website for more opportunities, including volunteering.

March 30, 2012

Federal and Provincial Budgets – What do they mean for the arts?


In my inbox from the Toronto Arts Foundation.


Federal and Provincial Budgets – What do they mean for the arts?
Artists and arts organizations will be relieved to learn that the federal and provincial governments have both protected the arts councils from cuts to their granting programs.  The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation will not sustain budget cuts despite broad based reductions in other areas.
The full impact of the government budgets will be determined over the next few months.  It is clear that reduced investment in the culture sector will have a ripple effect   Major items are listed below:

2012 Federal Budget Arts Highlights:

There will be no cuts to the Canada Council for the Arts.

The CBC has been cut by 10% ($115 million) over three years.

The Department of Canadian Heritage’s operating base of $2.8 billion has been cut by 6.9%.

In addition to the Canada Council, the National Gallery and national museums will not face budget cuts.

Telefilm’s budget is being cut by $10.6 million and the National Film Board is being cut by $6.7 million.

2012 Provincial Budget Arts Highlights:

There will be no cuts to the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Ontario Media Development Corporation.

Luminato’s funding from the Ontario government will be cut by $1.5 million for 2012-13 and $2 million for 2013-14

The operating budgets of Ontario’s Cultural Agencies including the AGO, ROM and McMichael Canadian Arts Collection will be cut by 1% for 2012-13 and an additional 1% for 2013-14 and thereafter.

Cultural industry Tax Credits will be maintained.

For additional information contact: Susan Wright 416-392-6802 x 211



March 1, 2012

Job Posting: Executive Director, The Toronto Fringe

The Toronto Fringe Board of Directors announces their search for a new Executive Director. After five years of dedicated service, current Executive Director Gideon Arthurs will be moving to Tarragon Theatre as their General Manager. Under Gideon’s leadership, the Fringe Festival has quickly become one of the leading independent arts organizations in Toronto, and the Fringe is looking for the best and brightest to continue to nurture and develop the incredible strength of the Fringe movement.

Entering its 25th season next year, the Toronto Fringe is at a vital moment in its history as it completes a transformation from a single event producer to a year-round organization dedicated to facilitating access to creative opportunities for artists, youth and audiences. The successful candidate will be a leader in the arts community with vision, creativity, and a lot of energy. He or she will also need to have a complex understanding of the arts ecology and its various communities.

The Fringe’s flagship event, the Toronto Fringe Festival, presents 150 productions at 30 venues across Toronto over 12 days in July. The festival welcomes 90,000+ visitors and includes an expanded Fringe Club at Honest Ed’s, various workshops, contests and parties. The Toronto Fringe’s winter festival, the Next Stage Theatre Festival, presents up to 10 productions by artists ready to move beyond the summer festival model. Next Stage audiences have grown more than 135% over the past four years to over 7,200 patrons every January. In addition to the festivals, the home of the Toronto Fringe, called the Fringe Creation Lab, is a new facility that includes administration offices as well as two studios available to independent artists at highly subsidized rates. The organization is run by four full time staff, 115-120 contract staff and 600+ volunteers.

For more information about the position, inquiries can be made by telephone to 416-966-1062.
Submission Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5pm
Start Date: late May/early June, 2012

For more information, please follow the link:

January 16, 2012

Library Day!

It’s a library day today – we haven’t talked reading much lately so here we go.

Holiday reading included The Night Circus (read and already loaned to a friend); The Sisters Brothers (which I feel is going to be good) Just My Type: A Book About Fonts (which was amazing and you should read it right now) and The Memory Palace (which I liked, but wanted to be a bit more, given that I already knew about the idea of a memory palace and use it to remember things. It’s good for your brain).

The Table Comes First  – oh my lord, you need to read this book if you cook, read recipes, go to dinner you name it. I’ve already quoted it twice in this blog because it feels like it applies to everything. And made food from it – there are no recipes of the half a teaspoon variety, only the basics food, do something to the food, do one last thing to the food and there you go.

What kind of holiday reading did you get done?

Am off to the library today – I have five overdue books and to quote the  website, this  User has FINES (owing and/or accruing) so I’d best go straighten out my library reputation. BTW fines have gone up as of January 3rd:

Adult materials $0.40 per item, per day

Teen & child materials $0.20 per item, per day

Best Bets $1.00 per item, per day

Adult DVDs $1.00 per item, per day

Teen & child DVDs $0.50 per item, per day

Fines will be charged based on the type of material you borrow – adult, teen or child – not on cardholder’s age category. No getting your six year old toborrow Valley of the Dolls for you.

Something else they’re doing (from the National Post):

Library aims to attract the hip, bookish under-40 set.

Last Monday, the city’s budget committee voted to slash $7-million from the Toronto Public Library’s budget. Although the decision must first be approved by council, there was immediate concern that the largest library system in Canada, with over 19 million visitors in 2011, will have to shorten hours of operations at certain branches, cancel programs, and cut the number of new books added to its collection.
Next Thursday, they’ll try and get some of that money back. Read more…


All right – moving forward into the day – I also need to stop by the Parkdale Village BIA which is beautifully located across the street from my library. I’m doing a social media workshop in February  for their members as part of Social Media Week 2012. If you are a member of the BIA, contact them for the deets, or follow them on FB or Twitter.

Happy Monday! Go read something!


PS Next Stage sales went up a whopping 22.5% this year, bringing in $78,552.40 at the box office – congratulations to all the amazing artists, staff, volunteers and audiences involved! 132% increase overall since Year One sure ain’t bad for a 5th anniversary celebration! – via Adam Kirkham. Well done people – now THAT’S how you do a festival!



January 12, 2012

Bits and Pieces of Art and Enterprise

It’s that first full week back and everyone is jumping in head or feet first and so it’s been busy. Add in the Next Stage festival and you’ve got yourself day and night busyness.

Last weekend for the afore-mentioned festival, things selling out all over the place so I recommend you find out what still has tickets and get one in advance  – then pre show go chill in the (heated) beer tent,  listen to some music, meet some folks and chat and then head in to see a play – Mooney on Theatre and NOW have reviewed them all should you require some guidance.

I’m looking forward to seeing Golden Dragon tonight at Tarragon.

I looked at my calendar and realized I will hear a yea or nay on two exciting projects by tomorrow. Friday the 13th indeed.

A reminder that if you’re thinking about any of the following – it is the new year, after all –  we should chat.

  • marketing plans for next season or your next project;
  • boosting your social media impact, and creating a proper social media policy;
  • organizational development;
  • making the most of your communications efforts.

Another reminder if you think the cupboard is bare and it’s not in the budget to hire, upcoming deadlines include:

Compass Grant deadline March 1 for more info.
Flying Squad deadline April 1 for more info.

And a story in the Star today that made me smile.

January 8, 2012

Sunday Roundup – January 8

First Roundup of the new year and it occurred to me that some articles didn`t make the round-up due to holidays etc so I’ll include them in here.

Next Stage Theatre Festival – we have promo video! – go check out the promos. Then go check out a show. Next Stage is THE place to be in January, don’t miss out.

What’s Your Policy on Social Media? – an excellent question.

Top Ten Posts of 2011 and Ones I really Liked – because a list always bears repeating.

SWF Seeks Basic Website – the New Year opened with a bang and this post which broke the record for pre-lunchtime views

Learning Code and 95 Twetheses  – follow-up post about building a website and how Martin Luther was the original Tweeter

Apparently it’s Your Year – interesting article on the artist as entrepreneur

NEWSFLASH:NSTF Ticket Sales – See photo above. I repeat – it’s the place to be in January.

As a bonus posting – Native Earth is looking for a Co-Artistic Associate. Check it out.

All right – off to the tent and three shows today.

January 6, 2012

Aparently it’s Your Year…

Interesting article from on how 2012 will be ther year of the artist-entreprenuer and why. Reductions in costs, increases in techbological ability – apparently it’s a great time to be an artist. Or is it? What does the idea that “anyone can do it” do to the idea of art in general?  Read more…


Equally interesting article from the Times about the joy of being quiet. This struck me – In barely one generation we’ve moved from exulting in the time-saving devices that have so expanded our lives to trying to get away from them — often in order to make more time. The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug. It’s well timed as I saw a play last night called Modern Love in which the main character decries the fact that she has “661 Facebook friends and nobody to go to a movie with IRL”. (I’m paraphrasing). Food for thought. And now I want to read Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows.


And of course Next Stage is up and running at Factory Theatre. Ticket sales are brisk, hot toddies are hot and everyone you want ot know in the know is in the tent in real life. Apparently on Day One three shows sold out hours before opening and two more on Day Two. I’ve booked all my tickets to see all the shows and I can’t wait. So in case you thought, “oh, nobody goes to theatre in January” – I advise you to  get your tickets and your seat in the (heated) beer tent as soon as you can. We do art in the winter. WE ARE CANADIAN.


January 4, 2012

Learning Code and 95 Twetheses

are we all back in our places with bright shining faces? Are we ready to go? No? I quote Bridget Jones’ Diary:

“It seems wrong and unfair that Christmas, with its stressful and unmanageable financial and emotional challenges, should be first forced upon one wholly against one’s will, then rudely snatched away just when one is starting to get into it. Was really beginning to enjoy the feeling that normal service was suspended and it was ok to lie in bed as long as you want, put anything you fancy into your mouth, and drink alcohol whenever it should chance to pass your way, even in the mornings. Now suddenly we are all supposed to snap into self-discipline like lean teenage greyhounds.” – Bridget Jones

ANYWAY, here we are and let’s get to it.

Yesterday’s post SWF Seeks Basic Website hit a before noon all time high in terms of views and comments so not only is it worth relinking up there, but we have an additional link from the super-talented Avery Swartz. Interestingly enough the bulk of comments and shared were from fabulous women, and so it seems wholly appropriate to give you Ladies Learning Code.

A reminder that ticket sales are going strong for the Next Stage Theatre Festival – have you got yours? Not sure what to see? Here’s a PSA of a few promo videos sent my way, as well as a complete listing of all shows onstage for the next two weeks!
I zoomed by Factory  today and the heated beer tent? IS UP. Next Stage opens tomorrow night – hope to see you there!

Oh, you crazy kids with your tweets and your posts and your likes and your virals. We are so old school – 16th century to be precise. Great article in the Economist about social media and how Martin Luther and the Reformation started with  pamphlets as paper tweets. And for those who say “photo or it didn’t happen” – there it is. That’s a 16th century twitpic. You can’t see the caption but it’s probably something like @Luther: hammering it home! #Reformation #95theses

Click on it to read more. Or click on the video within the article to listen to a nice British man reading you the article.  He’s quite soothing. And thanks to Andrew Dollar for telling me about it.

ETA 9:26 a.m.: Broken link for a few minutes there for Ladies Learning Code -all fixed up!

December 28, 2011

Next Stage Theatre Festival – we have promo video!

I’m always happy to see promo videos for theatre – it’s using one type of art to promote another and that makes me happy. it’s like art sauce.

There will be a PSA page devoted to The Next Stage Theatre Festival once I have the bulk of these links but for the moment, I give you:


Loving The Stranger or How to Recognize an Invert

Modern Love

I am also working busily on my top ten posts list and some bonuses as well. Posting those at some other time this week.

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