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CANCELLED! Stages go dark: 2020 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival cancelled


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Posted on the Fringe Edmonton site on Monday April 13, 2020.

Dear Fringe Family;   It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of the 39th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. 

“Our priority is the health and safety of all Fringers, and the ongoing COVID-19 crisis demands we take extreme measures.”

The decision to cancel is difficult, emotional, but necessary.  As a public gathering place where creativity thrives all year long, we do not make this decision lightly. The realities of the pandemic are changing daily. Currently, there is no clear timeline on when public gathering restrictions, social distancing practices, and self-isolation measures will be lifted. Theatre is a collaborative and social art by nature – it’s incredibly hard for artists to prepare for shows, and for our team to plan for Festival when so much is still unknown. And so, in the interest of protecting the health and safety of our community, we made the decision to do our part and help provide frontline workers every possible chance to contain the pandemic. If we could, we’d give every frontline worker a standing ovation.

We must work together to prioritize public health. We care about our community, and we are committed to doing what is necessary to protect the health of that community so we may ensure it returns stronger than ever.  

We will fringe again, and we look forward to celebrating the 40th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival August 12 – 22, 2021. 

As a charitable organization stewarding an international event with far-reaching impacts, we know this decision will have a ripple effect. We are working with our board, staff, artists, volunteers, sponsors, vendors, and many partners to provide supports as we shift our priorities toward reopening the doors of the ATB Financial Arts Barns as soon as it is safe to do so and championing our creative community. 

Our hearts are with our creative community. Countless cultural sector careers have been put on hold because of the pandemic. Artists, you are at the heart of everything we do. To the performers, playwrights, directors, designerstechnicians, stage managers, producers, and many others who help make theatre magic happen: we stand with you. 

From a March 20, 2020 social media post; Staff meetings look a little different these days. Spreading love and laughter in what has been a difficult week. Especially thinking of our sibling Festivals @OrlandoFringe
& @Tampa_Fringe. We’re all in this together, Framily! With love, the #yegfringe Team. Photo Courtesy/Edmonton Fringe Festival

Our thanks to our volunteers. Your commitment and love of fringing keeps us going. We could not do what we do without you, and we look forward to bringing our Fringe Family together again soon. 

To our funders, sponsors, and donors: thank you for your support, generosity, and understanding as we navigate this truly extraordinary time. We’re all in this together.  

Our vendors, artisans, buskers, and partners help bring our site alive. We can’t wait to bring the bustling joy of Festival back to the heart of Old Strathcona in 2021. Thank you for being an integral part of the Fringe experience  

It’s hard to imagine a summer without our beloved audiences. Audiences make fringing possible. You keep storytelling alive. Thank you. Your seat will be waiting for you as soon as our theatres open again.

The KidsFringe brings in thousands every day during the annual Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, which is now cancelled for 2020

We exist because theatre exists. And theatre will play an important role in healing as we learn to process and understand the impacts of this pandemic.  

We will adapt. We will continue to be home to creativity, risk, craft, and community. And we will open our doors as soon as it is safe for us to gather again. 

Take care of yourselves and each other. 

With love,  

The Edmonton Fringe Team 

To try and help the travelling artists that will be hit very hard in 2020 the Edmonton Fringe has set-up a way to donate;

If you’re able and moved to give today, this week, or even in the future, please know your financial support will help us help artists as we grow through this difficult time. All donations will receive a charitable tax receipt (and our unending love and gratitude!) Click on the photo

Click on the photo to go to the Fringe performers donate page. Photo Courtesy/Marc J Chalifoux/Edmonton Fringe Festival



Alberta production Pipe Nation seeking to tap musical talent for soundtrack

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Here are the details.

January 13, 2021

Edmonton-AB, CANADA-One of the largest independently funded tv-series in Canada, Pipe Nation, is seeking talented musicians to round out its soundtrack as the pilot episode nears completion.

The director, Raoul Bhatt, and executive producer, Dan Svedberg, are seeking submissions from Canadian and American artists to collaborate on the show’s soundtrack.

The dramatic series is told through the experiences of a single mother working in the male-dominated, oil and energy industry. The pilot was filmed in August and September of 2020 in the picturesque mountains of Canada and the Edmonton area. 18 scenes and 180 takes were captured in Sundre, Alberta, which was transformed into the fictitious town of Hardwell. A great deal of effort has been put into this pilot including a $300,000 built for the show pipeline, a medical helicopter, and a long list of heavy equipment worth $180 million.

The scenes are now in editing, where the crucial process of pairing beautiful scenes with dramatic music is underway. Several genres of music including, rock, blues, country, electronic dance music, and classical will be used in the series. The show’s soundtrack will be released on Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify and Google Play Music in the coming months. Director, Raoul Bhatt and his team have been in post-production for the last three months​. ​The pilot tv-series is expected to be complete by February 2021.

Musicians, labels, bands looking to collaborate or submit their work, please contact Executive Producer & Sound Designer, Daniel Svedberg, and Director, [email protected]

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The Gift You Don’t Even Know You Didn’t Need…

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A Jesse Roads & Friends Merry Christmas
– the gift you don’t even know you didn’t need…

“Probably not the worst Christmas special…
– Jesse Roads

Well friends I am beyond excited to share with you the gift you don’t even know you didn’t need… I had the idea to do some sort of a Christmas special for quite some time now. I felt like it was more important than ever this year. With such a lack of joy and camaraderie among the masses (especially within the arts community due to cancellation after cancellation wreaking havoc on all of our mental health) it was clear that I could, at the very least hit my Rolodex and reach out to some of my buds.

Unlike many of my peers and fellow performers, I have been blessed with a production team and the ability to create some amazing content throughout this crazy wild global pandemic, from songs to streams and the start of a movie, so much has come from this. I feel a sense of responsibility to not let that go to waste and to do everything I can to grow as an artist while contributing to society’s wellbeing somehow. Well it’s Christmas! Why not get at it and spread a little festive cheer for the season. I love Christmas, always have.

Turns out some of my buds love it too! I am so very thankful to the performers that were able to jump on board with this project. All of which did so out of the kindness of their own hearts. I even managed to somehow get Clayton Bellamy of the Road Hammers to say yes! From the likes of Randi Boulton to Curtis Labelle and Devin Cooper the special is stacked!

The show is free of charge to watch and enjoy. All we ask is that you spread a little kindness wherever and however you can. Thats it. Be kind with purpose, on purpose. Click below for the show, don’t forget to like and subscribe!


Jack Semple BB King Tribute concert showcases one of Canada’s finest guitarists

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