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 17, 2012
The Toronto Fringe Festival 2012 has ended. Some numbers to share with you out of sheer pride. I should start by telling you that there were 12 fewer companies in this year’s Fest. Why am I telling you this? Because:
This year we came within 1% of our all time ticket sales record;
Visual Fringe sales were up a stunning 401%;
$450,800 was returned to performing artists;
59,182 tickets were sold; and
More beer was consumed than should be possible.
As you know I am a firm believer in not re-inventing the wheel. Rob Kempson wrote a fabulous blog post on why the Fringe matters to him – favourite part:
We often talk about giving a voice to the voiceless in this community, and then put on plays by professional artists starring professional actors. And that is an important thing for professional artists to do. But giving a voice to the voiceless is truly what the Fringe does. It gives everyone a fair shot to say what they need to say in the way that they need to say it. Many of these shows will have future lives, but many more of them will not. And that’s part of the excitement. You have seven opportunities to catch this little piece of magic, put together by artists who rehearsed in their apartments after they had all come back from their day jobs. Fringe is full of passion for creation, excitement for the arts, and LEARNING. For everyone. Audiences who were hoping to get out of a Fringe experience without learning something will be hard-pressed to do so.
Read the whole post.
Thanks so much to everyone who participated in any way shape or form – onward to next year and the 25th anniversary of the Toronto Fringe Festival!