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January 7, 2014

Next Stage Theatre Festival Opens Tomorrow!

straight from the Toronto Fringe newletter to you! See you in the (HEATED!) beer tent!

Next Stage Theatre Festival Opens Tomorrow!

Duff MacDonald, Ryan Rogerson and Christina Gordon backstage

Killer Business getting ready in the wings (Photo by Liz Gareri)

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Release the Stars: The Ballad of Randy and Evi Quaid (Photo by Marco Timpano)

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Tablework with cast and crew of Rifles

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Jack Your Body in rehearsal

12 DAYS OF THE BEST INDIE THEATRE IN CANADA.
Starting tomorrow.

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?!

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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!

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Coming from out of town? Book at the Yorkville Holiday Inn with our special promo code: FRI. Click here to book.

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NSTF Selfless Selfie Campaign

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Selfless Selfie for Fringe: performer Keith Cole

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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 selfie@fringetoronto.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!

November 26, 2013

Fringe Lottery Results, a place to make art, a different way to look at art

Fringe lottery party last night at the Tranzac and a rockin’ time was had by all – definitely yelling,  cheering, singing, cake and of course – the LOTTERY WINNERS! Results will be posted on the Fringe website by noon the 26th (that’s today! Maybe it’s right now!) Congrats to all. Up next – Next Stage of course – expect to hear more about this!

I always like hearing about more space for art, and here you go – from the newest member of the Artscape family.
Flex Studios is a new membership-based service that offers artists pay-as-you-go access to creative workspace at Artscape Youngplace. Members can book space quickly and easily online-24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Flex Studios opens for member use on November 30 after the official opening of Artscape Youngplace on November 19. Be there when the bell rings!

CaptureI think this is kind of cool – not in a “match the sofa” way, but another way of searching art.
The Addictive New Museum Website That Lets You Browse by Color
The part I thought was especially neat was the project this project was based on – the site of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in that at first glimpse each item appears in close-up rather than in its entirety, an approach that encourages people to start with details to discover works of art and design, rather than zooming in after the fact.

Mostly I like the fact that you start out nose-close. That’s frowned upon in museums. Believe me. Speaking of museums, the winter class schedule is out for the AGO!

 

November 25, 2013

It’s the 2014 Fringe Lottery Party – live from the Tranzac!

from fringetoronto.com

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE 

This year, the Toronto Fringe is putting a little pizzazz in the Lottery Party. The nail-biting event that can make or break your summer is moving to a bar that is steeped in vintage Fringe history.

THE LOCATION: The Tranzac Club will play host to the evening’s festivities. Instead of waiting at home to hear your fate, be in the middle of all the action as numbers are called, careers are made and hearts are broken. Drown your sorrows or toast to your exciting summer with your peers. Be there for the cheers, the tears and the community.

THE EVENT: Hosted by Second City’s Jan Caruana, the evening will move along at a break-neck speed. And since you won’t be confined to your seats this year, you can feel free to mingle, grab a drink or even step into the Tiki Room if your category isn’t being called. And if you’re one of the unlucky ones, there will be CONSOLATION CAKE for all the companies who didn’t get drawn. Because we still love you.

IF YOU DO GET IN? You get to start marketing your show right away. If your number is called, you will be whisked away for a brief interview and photoshoot. You will be featured on the Fringe website and social media the next day.

Just the details:

Fringe Lottery Party
Monday November 25, 2013 at 7pm (doors at 6pm)
The Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave Click here for map.
Hosted by Jan Caruana
No admission fee, cash bar, free cake
Live Tweeting by Sue Edworthy
New Play Contest winners will also be announced

Why do we do it this way? Why leave it all to chance?
Because we believe that every story has a right to be told. Because we believe that everyone should be offered access to the creative opportunities at Fringe. No matter who you are – or who you know.

October 29, 2013

an Arts Shared Platform Survey and cdap is back

The Metcalf Foundation has engaged db 3rd Sector Consultancy to study the feasibility of creating a shared platform for the arts and explore the greater potential for the arts community to share high quality administrative services. read more

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CDAP: Deadline November 4, 2013

PROJECT GOAL: To encourage participation by culturally diverse* artists in the Toronto Fringe Festival as a creative opportunity they may traditionally feel excluded from.

The Toronto Fringe is committed to offering creative opportunities to artists and arts lovers.  With the generous and invaluable support from TD Bank, we are able to launch our final year of a three year project to encourage greater participation in the Fringe Festival by artists who self-identify as culturally diverse by removing some of the traditional barriers to participation, including financial concerns, awareness of the Fringe, artistic support and a sense of being excluded from mainstream events.

Fringe Festival participants are chosen by lottery and are required to self-produce their work.  Festival organizers can never interfere with the work on stage and 100% of box office revenue is returned to the artists.  This has meant that the Fringe Festival has become the most accessible arts opportunity for emerging and otherwise unsupported artists to tell their stories.  Nonetheless, after researching the participation trends we see at the Festival each year we feel that artists who self-identify as culturally diverse are not applying to the Festival in the same capacity. CDAP is an attempt to begin a dialogue with this community of artists and encourage them to access the opportunities the Fringe makes available. read more

September 4, 2013

A Day of Arts PSAs

Sorry I’m  late, I had a meeting.

Today’s all about PSAs since school has started and here we are. Cool stuff, upcoming stuff, art stuffs. Let’s begin, shall we?

Love these folks.
Zed.TO Case Study. How to Start a Content Revolution…Design the Future

These folks too.
Storybook Confidential: A Big Benefit for Small Print Toronto

Reminder that Theatre Rusticle has moved from a Facebook group to a brand new page. Go and give it a like.

Registration is open for unConference 2013!

and finally – Because it’s less than 30 degrees with humidex it seems appropriate that the Toronto Fringe has announced a fantastic lineup for the Next Stage Festival 2014 and that the Fringe Lottery Applications will be available Sept 19!

Have a good day all.

August 16, 2013

Out of Town Clients Doing Cool Stuff

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Not all my clients, or their projects take place in the downtown core.

I met Maya and David at the Toronto Fringe, and I had so much fun working with Steady State Theatre on Eighteen Twitching Cheerleaders, the piece they’ve brought to the Edmonton Fringe. The circle of Fringe continues!

Delighted this interview happened (and it meant I got to see the postcards)!

Happy Fringing, Steady State!

 

Connected a few weeks ago with Vanessa Baylen who was looking for a bit of PR help on her Spies of Barrie project happening Sept. 14 & 21 in downtown Barrie.

 Your mission, if you choose to accept it: solve as many of the 30 puzzles hidden around downtown Barrie as you can within 60 minutes. You and your fellow spies will meet at the start venue (a secret location provided only to ticket holders) where you must complete your first task: locate the spy kit! Spy kits include a map with the puzzle locations, instructions of what to do once you arrive at them, as well as the location of the final meeting place.
Similar to The Amazing Race or MIT’s Puzzle Hunt, Spies of Barrie is an interactive puzzle game designed to challenge the minds of its players and celebrate local businesses and artists!
Good luck, Vanessa!

 

 

 

July 16, 2013

Fringe Roundup

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!

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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!

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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!

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Best of Fringe at the Toronto Centre for the Arts

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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:

Adopt This!
Death Married My Daughter
It’s Always You: The Musical
Polly Polly
Stealing Sam
Stop Kiss
Tales Of Whoa!
The Truth about Comets

More info and tickets: http://www.tocentre.com/studio/bof2013

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Thank You!

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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!

 

June 4, 2013

Dora Nominees and Fundraisers and Plays

SMADpromoRegentDora Mavor Moore press conference yesterday to announce the nominees! so very pleased to see so many clients represented – Proud, Whipping Man, 4.48 Psychosis, Laws of Motion, Dumbwaiter, DeChardin Project – congratulations!

Click here to download the list of nominees.

Spent the evening at a cocktail reception for the Toronto Arts Foundation Awards finalists – I nominated one of my favourite companies, Expect Theatre and am so pleased they’re in the final round.

Saw this article on Blog TO the other day and I am extremely impressed – GREAT concept for a  hospital fundraiser!

Speaking of fundraisers, all of you who swore up and down you  would be attending the Fringe Festival fundraiser – it’s NEXT WEEK! In ten days people will be savouring a delicious tasting menu courtesy Fidel Gastro AND learning about what they’re eating, AND drinking sexy one of a kind vodka based cocktails, AND eating cupcakes AND bidding on cool auction prizes AND dancing to DJ Ricky. And if you buy a ticket, you too can be one of those well fed, well informed, well libated prize winning dancing fools. And if not – well….

Dumbwaiter (four Dora noms yesterday!)  has added two shows to their run, so visit their website for details.

And Sister Mary’s a Dyke?! is moving and grooving along and has some amazing ticket deals – take a wander to the Cahoots site for more info and then take a wander over to Aki Stuido to see what all the fuss is about!

 

April 25, 2013

Website changes, Some Participant feedback, the War of 1812

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Lisa and I spent a couple of days updating the website, including a more specific contact form. We’re pleased with it.

There’s also the addition of a page called “Things Fringe” – I get a great deal of info on the Toronto Fringe year-round but especially coming up to January and July  – usually items like lottery announcements, job opps, etc – I normally post them in the blog section but it made sense to me for them to have their own permanent space. We’ll see how it goes.

Got an email about participant feedback in the Funding Opportunities round tables a little while ago:

Thank you for your contribution at the consultations on arts and cultural investment in the City. Together with the Toronto Arts Council, we have now held four public consultations in each part of the City. We’ve also heard from the film and screen-based industry sector, the fashion and design sector, and the museums and heritage sector. We’ve listened to over 300 people give their suggestions on what should be the principles and priorities for new investment, and what kind impact this support will have on themselves, their organizations, their communities and the city a whole. As well, we have had over 800 responses to our online survey. This process has again confirmed what a vibrant, creative, and entrepreneurial community we serve.  The survey will remain open until April 30th, and we encourage you to complete it and circulate it to your networks if you have not done so already.

A draft summary of the findings was attached. Here it is.

Off to the Young Centre tonight to see VideoCab’s The War of 1812 – super excited. It will be interesting to see them outside of where I always see them – the back room of the Cameron House. Stunning reviews so far, both media and people. Will keep you posted!

Photo by Michael Cooper.

 

 

July 5, 2012

Fringe has opened and Social Media as Yearbook

So yesterday was opening day for the Toronto Fringe – previews, posters, sunscreen and word of mouth are flying – it was a baking hot day with really good speeches, a fantastic poster sprint belled by Olivia Chow and the beer tent was in full swing with folks getting their Wednesday on.

photo of Fringe Club by Derrick Chua

If you still haven’t chosen your Fringe shows, best get to it, and see you at the tent!

Fun imagining from Flowtown -Social Media as yearbook. Enjoy! Stay cool, stay hydrated, stay sunscreened, happy Fringe!

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