January 7, 2014
straight from the Toronto Fringe newletter to you! See you in the (HEATED!) beer tent!
Next Stage Theatre Festival Opens Tomorrow!
Killer Business getting ready in the wings (Photo by Liz Gareri)
Release the Stars: The Ballad of Randy and Evi Quaid (Photo by Marco Timpano)
Tablework with cast and crew of Rifles
Jack Your Body in rehearsal
12 DAYS OF THE BEST INDIE THEATRE IN CANADA.
The final props are being assembled. Costume pieces are being touched up. Musical numbers are being finalized. Pulses are beating and the energy is high – NSTF artists are ready to bring you some unforgettable indie theatre!
The Next Stage Theatre Festival
Presented by Toronto Fringe
January 8 – 19th at Factory Theatre
Tickets $10 (Antechamber) and $15 (Studio/Main)
Read about all shows here
Showcasing some of the most polished, professional and dynamic theatre we have ever offered, NSTF 2014 is going to chase your post-holiday blues away. Where else do you get to mix and match a viewing schedule with Broadway performers, Governor General’s Award-winning playwrights, existential polar bears, urban street dance and more?!
3 STEPS TO MAXIMIZE YOUR FEST:
1. Connect with us
Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to catch all the updates, insider tips and festival details.
2. Value Passes
If you’re on a tight budget or intend to see more than 4 shows, consider buying a NSTF Value Pass for savings of up to $32. Read more here.
3. The January is the New July Party
On January 11th at the heated McAuslan Beer Tent, join us for free dessert and craft beer samples courtesy of our festival sponsor, McAuslan Brewery. The party starts at 8pm and goes until 11pm, so you can pair your evening’s theatregoing with delicious treats!
Coming from out of town? Book at the Yorkville Holiday Inn with our special promo code: FRI. Click here to book.
NSTF Selfless Selfie Campaign
Selfless Selfie for Fringe: performer Keith Cole
Selfless Selfie for Fringe: local artist Jaymz Bee
New Year’s Resolution: BE MORE SELFLESS
New Year’s Resolution: SUPPORT THE ARTS
New Year’s Resolution: TAKE MORE SELFIES…?
Start your 2014 on a Selfless note by donating to your favourite indie theatre festival on your smartphone.
It’s super easy. Here’s what you do:
▪ Text fringe10 or fringe20 to 20222 to donate $10 or $20
▪ Use your phone to take a picture of yourself and send your selfie to email@example.com
▪ We will share your hilariously silly photo on our social media and thank you profusely for donating!
(Your generous donation will be added to your next phone bill.)
Thank you for donating to The Fringe!
April 2, 2013
April Fool’s Day. Where no news source could be taken seriously, no matter what they said. I don’t mind some April Fool’s jokes – Passe Muraille’s early Season Announcement was great. And some filled people with hope for a split second, (like the new bike lane infrastructure) only to have it dashed.
Great piece from Mission Paradox – Every day is April Fools.
And an article in the G&M Marketing tomfoolery: 9 memorable April Fools’ pranks from the ad world.
Something struck me in this article about one of the pranks: “The company’s vice-president of brand marketing told the Today Show that they “just wanted to have fun.” Customers who try to buy the product on the site are told that they are sold out and asked for their e-mail address; the company has hinted that more news on the promotion is to come, likely with some type of discount offer to those who gave their information.”
For some reason that bugs me. You’re trying to gain addresses, friends and followers by – tricking people?
I saw another post on Facebook with a supposed contest, and you could only participate if you followed then on Twitter and/or Facebook.
I don’t know why it’s bugging me, but it does. It might be that I try to consistently flip social media to real life situations – I don’t know what I’d do about someone who “wanted” to be my friend, later owned up to tricking me into it, and then – still wanted to be friends? Didn’t expect I’d end the friendship? Didn’t expect I’d mention this to other people? Didn’t expect I’d never want to be friends again?
Anyway. it’s my bug and there’s not more to be said about it for at least a year, right? Right.
#civildebates last night at the Theatre Centre – good crowd, good arguments for and against last night’s resolution, and you can search it on Twitter with #civildebates since they live tweeted it.
And Legoland is opening tonight at Passe Muraille and I’m very much looking forward to seeing it. Lots happening this week and it’s only Tuesday.
February 6, 2013
More of a PSA than anything else today so let’s get started.
In the interest of my own list-making self and a bit of promo for my clients I’ve created a new page called Current Clients – they are the production based ones with basic info about each of them. It’s a very satisfying list on many levels.
If you make a donation to the Toronto Public Library Foundation, they’ll send out a Valentine for you.
Praxis Theatre spent some time at the Next Stage Festival, seeking input on their upcoming Civil Debates series. After receiving over 100 suggestions for debate topics as well as a slew of suggestions for debaters through their interactive installation at The Next Stage Festival, Praxis Theatre and The Theatre Centre have distilled three resolutions to be tackled at the first three Civil Debates.
Admission: PWYC Doors at 7pm; debates at 7.30pm
The Theatre Centre Pop-Up, 1095 Queen St. W.
March 7, 2013 1: Creative Cities
Be it resolved that the Creative Cities theories serve to reinforce dominant class structures.
April 4, 2013 2: Arts Boards
Be it resolved that Boards of Directors have the right and responsibility to overrule the Artistic Direction of a theatre company.
May 2, 2013 3: Idle No More
Be it resolved that the issues that created the Idle No More movement require extreme methods to achieve change.
Interesting list of places online (and IRL) that science and art collide.
And finally MAAAARRRRRRCH BREAAAAAAAAAK! YEAH! (TM Milhouse VanHouten)Crow’s Theatre is doing a March Break Camp. It looks awesome. So do the instructors. Details to be found here. You know they have a new home, right?