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Apply to the 2015 Ottawa Fringe Festival

by Patrick Gauthier

September 30, 2014

Please read the application guidelines below and follow the link at the bottom of the page.

The application takes less than five minutes to fill out – it’s that easy! Have questions? Feel free to contact the Festival Director. He’s sitting by his computer, waiting for your email.

OTTAWA FRINGE FESTIVAL
(June 18–28, 2015)

APPLICATION GUIDELINES FOR LOTTERY

The 19th annual Ottawa Fringe Festival will run June 18–28, 2015. 50+ productions presenting 300+ performances makes the Fringe Ottawa’s largest and longest-running theatre festival, returning more than $1.3 million to artists since 1997.

A proud member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals, the Ottawa Fringe has no curator, is completely uncensored, and highly accessible for artists and audiences alike – 100% of box office revenue is returned to participating artists.

When we say no curator and completely uncensored: your only constraints pertain to legality and the health/safety of all involved (including artists, staff, volunteers and audiences). The Festival reserves the right to enforce necessary safety measures and that’s about it.

CONTACT
Patrick Gauthier, Festival Director
director@ottawafringe.com
613.232.6162 x101
2 Daly Avenue, Suite 100
Ottawa ON, K1N 6E2

APPLYING TO THE OTTAWA FRINGE FESTIVAL 

ACCEPTANCE POLICY

Applications are entered into a lottery. Your name being drawn comes with six scheduled performances in one of the Festival’s official venues. In January, the Festival puts out a second call for applications–this time for artists who would like to “Bring Your Own Venue”. More on BYOVs further down the page.

In the lottery:

  • 50% of the spots are reserved for Local artists (residing within Ottawa-Gatineau)
  • 30% for National artists (outside Ottawa-Gatineau, but within Canada)
  • 20% for International artists (applying from outside Canada)
  • 2 spots are reserved for Youth companies* 

*To be eligible for the Youth category, the majority of your company members must be young performers, which we define as age 18 and under. Youth category participants are scheduled two performances.

N.B. After being drawn from the lottery one cannot transfer/sell one’s spot.


APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications can be completed online at www.ottawafringe.comYou may not submit more than one application to the Ottawa Fringe. Please keep a copy of your application form. For safety.

Deadline: Monday, December 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm EST.
Lottery: save the date for a party at Arts Court, Tuesday, December 9.

Application fee: $25, which must be paid at the time of application in order to be processed.


LOTTERY: Tuesday, December 9 at Arts Court

If in Ottawa, join artists, staff and volunteers for a drink and the draw. Save the date: December 9. In any case, lottery results will be posted to ottawafringe.com within 24 hours.

  • Successful applicants will have their payment processed Wednesday, December 10.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list, with their priority determined by geography (local, national, international) and the order in which names were drawn.
  • All applicants will be notified via email of their acceptance or waiting list status no later than one week following the lottery.

FEES, WAITLIST, AND WITHDRAWAL POLICY

LOTTERY AND REGISTRATION FEES

Application and Registration Fees can be paid by credit card, cheque, or cold hard cash. Payment must be received by the December 1 deadline or your name will not be included in the lottery.

N.B. If you are paying by cheque, include two: one for the $25 application fee, and one for the registration fee.

Each application must include a $25 application fee. This will be processed upon receipt of your application. 

Your application must also include your registration fee. Unlike the application fee, the registration fee will only be processed if/when you win the application lottery.

  • 60-minute category: $560 plus HST ($632.80 total)
  • 90-minute category: $750 plus HST ($847.50 total)
  • Youth category: $185 plus HST ($209.05 total)

Please note: 90-minute spots will be released after the 2015 CAFF Touring Lottery (pending availability).

CATEGORIES

  • 60-minute category: 60 minutes or less
  • 90-minute category: 75 to 90 minutes
  • Youth category: 60 minutes or less

N.B. After the lottery, it is not possible to change categories. Refunds will not be issued for 90-minute shows that end up 60 minutes or less, and 60-minute shows absolutely cannot exceed their allotted time.


WAITLIST POLICY

  • Should the lottery be unkind to you, your company will be added to the waitlist, with your spot on the list determined by geography (local, national, international) and the order in which names were drawn. I know we said that already, but it bears repeating.
  • Companies can remove themselves from the waitlist at any time by contacting the Festival Director


WITHDRAWING FROM THE FESTIVAL

Do so by contacting the Festival Director in writing (email preferred, but send a postcard if you’d like).

Depending on your date of withdrawal, companies may receive a full or partial refund of their registration fee. Companies withdrawing

  • on or before January 5, 2015 will receive a 100% refund of their registration fee (minus a $30 processing fee)
  • after January 6 and before February 23, 2015 will receive a 50% refund of their registration fee (minus a $30 processing fee)
  • after February 24, 2015 will forfeit 100% of their registration fee

Non-Sufficient Funds: if your payment is returned NSF, you will have seven days to submit new payment PLUS a $30 processing fee PER failed payment.  After seven days, the applicant will be removed from the lottery or from participation in the Festival.

GENERAL FESTIVAL INFORMATION

VENUE ASSIGNMENTS AND SCHEDULING

Successful applications will be assigned to an official venue. The venue is shared with seven to nine more productions. Venues are assigned with diligent consideration to your technical requirements, though we cannot make any guarantees based on your requests. We promise to do our best to place you in the best venue possible for your show.

Festival scheduling: 

  • Performances will take place between June 18–28, 2015. Availability is required up to three days before your opening performance for a technical rehearsal.
  • Curtain times will vary from day to day and by venue. Generally, shows are scheduled between 5:30 – 11:00 pm Monday to Friday, and noon – 11:00 pm on weekends.
  • Each company will receive a mix of matinee, early evening, “prime time”, and late-night performances.
  • Time slots will be assigned to best accommodate each group, with the final decision solely at the discretion of the Festival Director.

Please note: Artists participating in multiple shows assume the risk that schedules may overlap. The Fringe makes NO guarantees the schedule will be able to accommodate conflicts.

N.B. The opening weekend of the Ottawa Fringe Festival overlaps with the final weekend of the Montreal Fringe in 2015. Simply give us a heads up if you plan on applying to both festivals.


FESTIVAL / PARTICIPANT COMMUNICATION

  • Applicants will be informed by email no later than one week following the lottery. We’ll share results at ottawafringe.com within 24 hours.
  • Email is the primary form of communication with artists. Primary Contacts will receive regular email updates from the Festival. Please read these emails promptly and thoroughly, as they contain all info re: Festival policies, deadlines, events, opportunities, and the like.


BOX OFFICE AND TICKETING

Artists set their own ticket prices, with a minimum and maximum determined by the Festival.

Artists receive 100% of their listed ticket price with the exception of discounted 5- and 10-show passes, for which they will receive a relative percentage of the pass price.


TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Tech requirements should be kept simple, as some Festival venues can only be equipped with only lights and sound.

Each company will receive a three-hour technical rehearsal in their assigned venue. Technical rehearsals will take place June 15–18, 2015.

Be aware that daytime technical rehearsals will be scheduled for most companies. If you know you have daytime conflicts during the tech rehearsal dates, please notify the Festival Director as soon as possible.

N.B. Artists participating in the Montreal Fringe will be assigned a tech date which accommodates their Montreal schedule.

 

BYOVs – BRING YOUR OWN VENUES

Any artist is welcome to BYOV at the Ottawa Fringe Festival. Some who are too far down the waiting list choose this route, while others opt to BYOV with a site-specific performance in mind.

In 2014, 18 of the Festival’s 60 productions were BYOVs. These 18 shows added nine venues to the Festival’s five. As with those participating via the lottery, the Festival provides box office services to BYOVs at no extra cost. However, you’ll be required to bring your own technician, too–only if the show requires a technician, of course.

BYOV applications will be made available in the new year. Watch this space for more information or subscribe to the newsletter for a heads up.

Contact the Festival Director with any questions re: BYOVs.

READY TO APPLY?

That’s all! Now you have all the information you need to know before you apply. Your next step is to head on over to our online application, which takes less than five minutes to complete. 

You’ll receive a confirmation email shortly after. If you don’t receive this email within 24 hours of applying, check your junkyspam folder. If not there, be in touch and we’ll sort things out.

Best of luck in the lottery!

PANEL: Solo View

by Greggory Clark

September 10, 2014

WHAT

Solo View: A panel discussion on the art of solo performance co-presented by Ottawa StoryTellers and TACTICS.

WHO

PIERRE BRAULT, Artistic Director of Sleeping Dog Theatre
TOM LIPS, Storyteller and President of Ottawa StoryTellers
LIZ MARTIN, Ottawa StoryTellers/(un)told series
CHRIS RALPH, Artistic Director and co-founder of The Acting Co. and Plosive Productions.
CAROL SINCLAIR, Co-Artistic Director of Obviously a Theatre Company
BRONWYN STEINBERG, Artistic Director, Counterpoint Players and TACTICS

Moderated by PATRICK GAUTHIER, Ottawa Fringe Festival and undercurrents festival.

WHEN

Thursday, September 11 at 6pm
Arts Court Studio
2 Daly Avenue

TICKETS

RSVP here. Admission to the Solo View panel discussion is free or by donation.

(un)Told

Stay afterwards for the first night of Ottawa Storytellers (un)told series, beginning at 8pm. The night’s theme is “Soul Preservation”. Admission is regularly $10 but only $5 at the door with a Fringe Pin in hand. Performing are,

EMILY PEARLMAN takes us on a bus ride to a dark destination
KYLE CUNNINGHAM stares into the cold eyes of a man-eating beast
JACQUI DU TOIT charts a spiritual course from village to urban jungle
RACHEL ELLIOTT (almost) gets swept away by a raging river

(un)told is a new series which sprouted from monthly events at local pubs, where storytellers are invited to share a five-minute story somehow related to a nightly theme. This fall, (un)told will host three evenings at Arts Court. Visit artscourt.ca for more details.

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$5 OFF: Occupy Me

by Greggory Clark

August 5, 2014

Welcome to the yoga class you can’t afford to miss. Your teacher, Sarah Lotus Blossom, is the embodiment of Zen on speed–she can’t quite let go and breathe. Join her for a transforming practice, where she grapples with joining the Occupy Movement, seeking Nirvana in India, and helping you find your own breath.

Occupy Me is an innovative form of performance: participatory yoga theatre which incorporates the spectators as well as the performer in a play that is also a yoga class. So pull up a yoga mat or a chair and enjoy an epic performance. Written by Bronwyn Steinberg and Sarah Waisvisz, directed by Laura Astwood.

Read more…

OCCUPY ME
@ RAMA LOTUS YOGA CENTRE

$15 WITH A FRINGE PIN
FRIDAY AUGUST 8 AT 8PM


$5 OFF AT THE DOOR

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$10: Landline

by Greggory Clark

August 5, 2014

This is a new kind of theatre. Part radio play, part walking tour, you are the audience but you are also the actor. And your scene partner is doing exactly what you are doing–a thousand kilometres away.
Read more…

LANDLINE
@ ARTS COURT

 

$10 WITH A FRINGE PIN
THURSDAY AUGUST 21–SUNDAY 24


PLEASE RESERVE SEATS ONLINE
 
& SHOW YOUR PIN AT THE DOOR.

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$10: We Glow

by Greggory Clark

July 8, 2014

A standout at the 2013 Ottawa Fringe Festival, We Glow is on for two nights only before heading west to the Winnipeg and Edmonton Fringe Festivals. On Thursday, July 10 show your Fringe Pin for a $10 Fringe price at the door (general admission $15).

Winners of the Outstanding New Creation and Outstanding Male Performance Prix Rideau Awards (2013) plus Outstanding Production and Outstanding Duo awards at the Ottawa Fringe (2013).

WE GLOW
@ TABARET HALL

IN THE SENATE CHAMBERS (ROOM 083)

$10 WITH A FRINGE PIN
THURSDAY, JULY 10 AT 7PM


PLEASE RESERVE SEATS ONLINE
 
& SHOW YOUR PIN WHEN PAYING AT THE DOOR. JULY 10 PERFORMANCE ONLY.

Welcome to the board room, where temperatures are soaring, and the audience are the board members stoking the fires. We have come to ask for our jobs back. Cause we deserve them… please?

When two highly successful A-types hit their ceiling at work, they make a business agreement to marry and have kids–finishing off the dictates of the ubiquitous life script. They hit a snag, however, when the couple is unable to conceive.

Will a vacation to the far-flung reaches of Christmas Island allow for a reboot?

A satire that is too close to home.

Written and performed by Brad Long & Emily Pearlman
Directed by Kevin Orr
Stage managed and designed by Sean Green


Check back often, find the Festival on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to the Ottawa Fringe newsletter for deals like this (and more) all year-round.

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PWYC: The Financier

by Greggory Clark

July 8, 2014

Celebrate Odyssey Theatre’s 28th season of Theatre Under the Stars with Joanne Miller’s The Financier, an original adaptation of Alain-René Lesage’s Turcaret.

THE FINANCIER
@ STRATHCONA PARK

PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS AT 3PM
JULY 24–August 24, 2014

This comedic fiasco is about Turcaret, a loan shark and a tax collector, whose sly dealings have come full circle on him. A menagerie of cash-hungry swindlers prey on each other, exposing slaves to passion, excess, and artifice. Only the most single-minded, the most cunning and the most charming will survive.

Laurie Steven will direct the world premier of Miller’s adaptation. Joined by an award-winning choreographer, Pierre-Paul Savoie, Steven will create an innovative production which mixes baroque and contemporary styles of theatre.

Performances will take place in the beautiful Strathcona Park on the banks of the Rideau River.

Pay-What-You-Can matinees are on weekends at 3PM.


Check back often, find the Festival on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to the Ottawa Fringe newsletter for deals like this (and more) all year-round.

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2014 Awards

by Greggory Clark

June 29, 2014

Congratulations to the following performers and companies, who after deliberation by the Ottawa Fringe Festival’s panel of guest judges, have been recognized for their exceptional productions and performances.

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION Fucking Carl
Theatre 4.669
OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE Lizzie Tollemanche and David Ladderman
Mr & Mrs Jones
You Rung? Productions
OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE Mark Shyzer
Great Battles in History
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL WORK Moonlight After Midnight
Concrete Drops
CRITICS’ PICK
Presented by the
Capital Critics’ Circle
Women Who Shout at the Stars
Goombay Productions
CRITICS’ PICK
(HONOURABLE MENTION)
Presented by the
Capital Critics’ Circle
Moonlight After Midnight
Concrete Drops
CRITICS’ PICK
(HONOURABLE MENTION)
Presented by the
Capital Critics’ Circle
Portable #3: Not Just Another French Class
SDT Productions
JUDGES’ CHOICE Kitt & Jane: An Interactive Survival Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future
SNAFU
STEVE SAUVÉ SPIRIT OF THE FRINGE AWARD Rory Ledbetter
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Manuela Cadavid and Gracia Torres Basanta

 

Metro Best of Fest

Sunday June 29th, the Festival’s top selling shows stage a round of encore performances. One company will represent each official venue. Based solely on box office sales, the Metro Best of Fest award is decided by Festival patrons.

These shows serve as a fundraiser for the Ottawa Fringe, with proceeds split 50-50 between artists and the Festival.

The Surprise by Martin Dockery ODD Box 19:30
Portable #3: Not Just Another French Class by SDT Productions Arts Court Library 20:00
Chase & Stacey present: Joyride by Stacey Hallal & Chase Padgett Arts Court Theatre 20:30
The Poe Show by Vanity Project Productions Studio Léonard-Beaulne 21:00
Burnt at the Steak by Carolann Valentino Academic Hall 21:30

Presented by

Metro
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Tweet a review, win a pizza

by Hayley Robateau

June 29, 2014

TWEET A REVIEW, WIN A PIZZA FROM ZAZAZA
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Thanks to the lovely folks at ZaZaZa Pizza (now with locations in New Edinburgh, The Glebe and Hintonburg!) we’ll once again hold the Ottawa Fringe Festival’s Tweet a Review, Win a Pizza contest. How to enter? Simple. You tweet a review, you could win a pizza. Here’s what to do:

  1. See a show (any show)
  2. Share your thoughts in <140 characters
  3. Well, more like <130 characters once you’ve included the #ottfringe hashtag
  4. But seriously, use the hashtag or we may miss your tweet
  5. Every day from June 19–29, reviews will be randomly selected to win a pizza
  6. We’ll share the winning tweets on the Ottawa Fringe blog, will notify the winners and let you know where to pick up your free pizza vouchers.

You can enter as many times as you like, on as many days you’d like, but probably won’t win as often as you like.

TODAY’S WINNERS

Claim your prizes at the Arts Court box office (elevator B, second floor). When collecting your pizza vouchers, you’ll be required to show ID or send a tweet from your account as verification.

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Sunday, June 29

by Hayley Robateau

June 29, 2014

Okay guys, this is it. The last day of the 2014 Ottawa Fringe Festival. We probably broke the record for most puppet shows in a festival, or coolest benches to sit around trees on. We’ll look back on this Fringe and think, wow, if there’s ever an apocalypse, I am so ready. We’ve learned a lot this year; mainly: Never Own Anything You Have to Paint or Feed,  there are No Second Chancesand you Can’t Argue With Pussy I think we’re set for life now.

WHAT’S HOT

These are the shows that are still selling like hot cakes, even though the Festival is in its final hours:

IN THE COURTYARD

Tonight, we burn down the Courtyard! After the Metro Best of Fest shows have performed their encores, join us all in the beer garden at the corner of Waller & Daly for an awards ceremony and a final send off of our Courtyard space. Next year will be different with all the development, so let’s send ‘er out with a memorable night.

HAYLEY’S HUNCHES:

  •  Jem Rolls One Man Traffic Jam by Big Word Performance Poetry. What a whirlwind! Jem paints pictures with words, and it’s marvellous.
  • Who Killed Gertrude Crump? by Ryan Gladstone Productions. Puppets tend to make me uncomfortable. These ones were no exception, but it only added to the eerie murder mystery that Tara Travis so expertly maneuvered.
  • Wunderjammer by Punchbag Playhouse. Go for the dirty jokes and laughs, stay for the dirty jokes and laughs AND the cool black lights.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

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Crissi Cochrane melting the hearts of Festival-goers on Thursday evening.