July 21, 2013
and the heat has broken and we can all breathe again. Good.
A reminder that Best of Fringe is happening up at Toronto Centre for the Arts – it’s a great lineup and I’m especially proud that It’s Always You is part of it – three shows only so best to get your tickets!
This week –
Why Folks are Liking Us and What We’re Using Social Media-wise
When Junk E-mail Isn’t, or New Friends at Taipei National University of the Arts
A couple of summer reads to recommend – The Poisoner’s Handbook, which is a little like CSI for the Jazz Age, and Pain, Parties, Work a great book that chronicles the month that Sylvia Plath spent as a guest editor for Mademoiselle magazine.
From a business perspective, I’ve been reading Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers which I think is fantastic. (Of course she does, you say, we know how she feels about meetings.) I’m spending a lot of August focusing on my business and I am fortunate enough to have a great deal of experiences, ideas and essentially case studies to look at over the past year. I’m curious to know what, in arts and culture, are our sacred cows (paper press kits come to mind) and how they can be – burgerized. I’ll be bugging some of you at some point for your thoughts.
Not today though – it’s a beautiful summer day. Go enjoy!
July 16, 2013
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!
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!
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!
Best of Fringe at the Toronto Centre for the Arts
Photo credit: Brian Batista Bettencourt
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:
Death Married My Daughter
It’s Always You: The Musical
Tales Of Whoa!
The Truth about Comets
More info and tickets: http://www.tocentre.com/studio/bof2013
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!
March 24, 2013
Show five of five in a row opened this week – head up to the Toronto Centre for the Arts because The Whipping Man is now open!
Last week – a lot of travelling outside of my downtown core – North York, East York and via phone to Port Hope. A lot of teaching as well with the CDAM folks at Ryerson and the media students at Sir Oliver Mowat High School. A great week.
What Should You Write About? good article for bloggers new and seasoned.
You Should Nominate Someone! And Two Days of Guest Speaking Dora Ancillary Award Nominations due April 1 and I head to Sir Oliver Mowat
More Guest Speaking, On Flexibility and The Whipping Man Opens Tonight! The two post referenced here on flexibility are still making me think.
Job Opps, Job Descriptions and Things on your Timeline Cahoots is hiring!
Speaking of Cahoots, off to a design meeting today for Sister Mary’s a Dyke, and had a great meeting Friday with One Little Goat about The Charge of the Expormidable Moose. Looking forward to both these shows.
Have a great week!
October 11, 2011
Hope everyone had a glorious long weekend, whether you Thanksgivingèd or just enjoyed the sunshine. Quick post today as class starts in ten minutes.
Couple articles today, one from the Star, one from the Globe
Arts Task For Looking For Input
The Plot Thickens….
We`ll know what`s going to happen by November 30th – or rather, the task force`s report is due November 30th.
ETA: There’s a new page here at Sue Edworthy Arts Planning. Grants+Things will point you in the right direction for funding sources and specific grants I can help you with. Let’s talk.