#OttFringe Shows of the Decade!

by Amanda Logan

December 16, 2019

As we near the end of the decade, and reflect on the Best Movies or Top Songs of the 2010s, it made me think about the past ten years of the Ottawa Fringe.  

Prior to working for the Fringe, I was a Fringe-fanatic.  I loved to binge as many shows as possible, then hit the beer tent to talk about the good, the bad and the weird.  If you could have injected Fringe into me, I would have taken that option. 2014 was my first experience at the festival, and thinking about all the incredible shows I missed before discovering it hurts.  So, I decided to take a look back. That’s right, I scoured through all media to find out what shows people talked about the most over the past ten years of #OttFringe! (A great use of staff time.)

Let’s start with 2013’s man-eating-couch in Dead Unicorn Ink’s Chesterfield – a show that put DUI’s puppetry on the map.  Other highlights from the beginning of the decade were Crush Improv’s Spotlight On (2010), MayCan’s Happiness (2013), and, of course, the iconic Roller Derby Saved My Soul by Fringe veteran Nancy Kenny (2011).

Photo credit: Richard GiLmore

As we hit the middle of the 2010s, Twitter quickly became the place to chat Fringe. In 2014 audiences buzzed about Concrete Drops’ Moonlight After Midnight, SNAFU’s Kitt & Jane, and Ray Besharah and Dave Brown’s Dicky Dicky.  2015 brought us hits like Inescapable, The Elephant Girls and I Think My Boyfriend Should Have An Accent.  Aplombusrhombus’ Cardinal also left its mark, being the most covered show of 2016.

In the last few years, emerging Ottawa artists stole the spotlight with productions of Lungs (2018), I Am The Most Unfeeling Doctor In The World (2019), Rhythm & Burgundy: The Comeback Tour (2017) and Lauren & Amanda Do It (2017, yes this is my own show, no shame, plug plug plug!!!). 

Now… the Most Memorable #OttFringe Shows of the Decade (aka the most talked about on medias).  In third is Dynamite Lunchbox Entertainment’s Josephine, a burlesque cabaret dream play; in second is another appearance from Aplombusrhombus with Ethel; and in first is none other than Smith & Somers’ HOOTENANNY! 

Photo Credit: Susie Shapiro Photography

OK – numbers aside, let’s get some opinions in here!  We reached out to reviewers who have been around for the past ten years of Fringe, and here are their Top 5 Picks of the Decade!

Patrick Langston’s (ArtsFile) Picks Barb Popel’s (apt613) Picks Brian Carroll’s (apt613) Picks
High Tea: Another British Comedy (2017)

The Elephant Girls (2015)

God is a Scottish Drag Queen (2019)

7 (x1) Samurai  (2010)

Assassinating Thomson (2013)

Fool Muun Komming! etc etc (2018)

The Inventor of All Things (2015)

Moonlight After Midnight (2014)

Paco V. Put to Sleep (2014)

Weird:  The Witches of Macbeth (2015)

The Inventor of All Things (2015)

Lungs (2018)

Movin’ Melvin Brown (2017)

Othello (2014)

Paco V. Put to Sleep (2014)

Thanks for reading, make sure to add your personal picks below!  This theatre nerd is looking forward to another ten years of #OttFringe.  See you in 2020!

– Amanda Logan

2020 Lottery Results!

by Amanda Logan

December 3, 2019

YOUTH

COMPANY LOCALE
The Not So Amateurs, Amateurs Cornwall Division Cornwall, ON
Ottawa School of Theatre Ottawa, ON
WAITLIST
1. Cynthia Sugars Ottawa, ON

90 MINUTE

COMPANY LOCALE
big word performance (CAFF Lottery Winner) Finchampstead, UK
Manolis Antoniou Montreal, QC
WAITLIST
PushPin Productions Ottawa, ON
Chrysalis Theatre Company  New York, NY
Whippoorwill Ottawa, ON
jeffwrightstoryteller.com Ottawa, ON

OPEN DOORS

COMPANY LOCALE
Christopher Depaz Ottawa, ON
Joshua Mayo Ottawa, ON
Ludmylla Reis Ottawa, ON
WAITLIST
1. Robin Breiche Ottawa, ON
2. Cassie Cao Ottawa, ON
3. Heleen Ali Ottawa, ON

INTERNATIONAL

COMPANY LOCALE
big word performance (CAFF Lottery Winner) Finchampstead, UK
Paco Erhard (CAFF Lottery Winner) Kiel, Schleswig, Germany
ZeekTech Productions (CAFF Lottery Winner) North Hollywood, USA
A Little Bit Off (CAFF Lottery Winner) Portland, USA
Racing Sloth Productions Cherry Hill, NJ, USA
Andrew Steiner New Rochelle, NY, USA
Tonya Jone Miller Vancouver, WA, USA
Katie Nixon Erie, PA, USA
WAITLIST
1.Teater KEF Bunkeflostrand, Sweden
2. Concrete Drops Theatre Brooklyn, NY
3. Salvador Dinosaur Victoria, Australia
4. K.I.A. Productions London, UK
5. Jim Loucks Venice, CA, USA
6. Hardly Working Promotions Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA
7. Dandy Darkly Los Angeles, CA, USA
8. Hawaii Public Theatre AieaHI, USA

NATIONAL

COMPANY LOCALE
Alice Nelson (CAFF Lottery Winner) Windsor, ON
Boulouki Theatre Montreal, QC
Alex Dallas Productions Toronto, ON
Mind of a Snail Puppet Co. Vancouver, BC
Margin Release Edmonton, AB
Al Lafrance Vancouver, BC
Theatre Praxis London, ON
Okay Grace Productions Toronto, ON
Alastair Knowles Vancouver, BC
No Fixed Address Productions Toronto, ON
Joylyn Secunda CoquitlamBC
Singles Awareness Productions SurreyBC
WAITLIST
1. Page1 Theatre Kitchener, ON
2. Parry Riposte Productions Toronto, ON
3. RTC Toronto, ON
4. Dance Fachin Toronto, ON
5. HappySad Theatre RichmondBC
6. Chromedome Productions Toronto, ON
7. New King Productions Toronto, ON
8. Cursed Productions Swift Current, SK

LOCAL

COMPANY LOCALE
A Likely Story Ottawa, ON
Glen Foster “That Canadian Guy” Ottawa, ON
The Jenn Hayward Show Ottawa, ON
Lame-ish Ottawa, ON
Michael Lifshitz Ottawa, ON
8thGeneration Storytelling Ottawa, ON
Ten Eyes Productions Ottawa, ON
Jambro Productions Ottawa, ON
Bespoken Ottawa, ON
Karuna Vellino Ottawa, ON
Moose Lake Ottawa, ON
Speeding Brain Productions Ottawa, ON
The Precariat Ottawa, ON
Yang Chen Ottawa, ON
Allisoneb Ottawa, ON
Leaping Mammal Collective Ottawa, ON
Sistescene Ottawa, ON
Black Sheep Theatre Ottawa, ON
WAITLIST
1. Lost Baggage Musical Theatre Ottawa, ON
2. Strange Visitations Ottawa, ON
3. Plumbago Productions Ottawa, ON
4. Tuba Czar Productions Ottawa, ON
5. Lucid Theatre Ottawa, ON
6. Thornbush Theatre Ottawa, ON
7. Dangerous Dames Theatre Ottawa, ON
8. FutureFems Ottawa, ON
9. Crowning Monkey Ottawa, ON
10. John Patterson Ottawa, ON
11. Kat Wong Ottawa, ON
12. Force of Stature Productions Ottawa, ON

Heartbreak…sry </3

Atelier Denu
Phybee
Permissible Theatre
Break Free Entertainment
KosoWhat Productions
Passmore Productions
Theatre Underground
Tiny Tentacles
David Brennan
Christina Muehlberger Comedy
Crush Improv
Shit Hot Shit Show
Woods-derness Scouts
Theatre Kraken
Rogues Gallery
Forerunner Productions
Johnny Boy Productions
Philia+Phobia Collective 
3rd House Theatre
Pierre Brault
Robotic Birds
Third Wall Theatre
T Time Productions
Dead Unicorn Ink
Evolution Theatre
Monica Bradford-Lea and Nicholas Leno 
Creative Canada
Other <ed > Productions
Plan B Productions
Franco Pang
Improv Embassy
Tim C. Murphy
Bridging Borders
Passe Partout Theatre
Two Kind Boys
Little Bear
Rainy Heart Productions
Black Box Theatre
Skulduggery
Three Popes Theatre Company
The Elephant Show Presents
Brewing up Laughs
Floral Theatre
Dramatic Effect Productions 
Daystop Productions
Angel in the Rafters Theatre
Lighthouse Theater
Painted Snail Productions
AL Connors
Two Handsome Geniuses
Cuil Creations
Amélie D
Heather Bruce
Brooke Trealout
Fabien Laurent
Dawn Xavier-Franklin 
Anto Chan
Robert Parungao
Ayan Tani
Manuel Torres
John Vo
Alea de Castro
May Abu-Shaban
Jo-Anne Bryan
Maria Sabaye Moghaddam
Rose-Ingrid Benjamin
Nomfanelo Moloi
Mariama Tani
Nick Gray-Grant
Mélodie Higgs
Emily Seguin
Priyanka Gopalkista
Randy Schmucker
La vie en Rosen
Reverie Theatre
Quivering Dendrites
Mistress T
ObjectifyFruit
SaMel Tanz 
Ill at Will
Newman Mentalism
LastName FirstName Productions
Bubblegum Theatre
Liam Lum
bike circus
TiBert le voyageur
Speak What We Feel Theatre
Mike Delamont
Drawing Board Productions
Aaron Malkin
MST Entertainment Inc.
Walk&Talk Theatre Company
Jimmy Hogg
Thea Fitz-James
Chris Gibbs
Tinkerspace Theatre
By the Book Productions
Keith Brown
Nightjan Productions
RPJ
Still Your Friend
theatre Six
Spec Theatre
S.E. Grummett
Scantily Glad Theatre
Standing Room Only Theatre
(Sex) Cult
Human Body Project
Théâtre Les Compromis 
SNAFU
Yonge Professionals
Lorie Ganley
Head in the Clouds Creations
Vagabond Productions
Eliot Entertainment
Beau Theatre Co.
PointeTango
Cardinal Theatre
Punk Rock Productions
Aberrant Theatre
Short Sleeve Productions
Pond Side Collective
Mike Delamont Productions
JamesRankin Porductions
Helen Simard
Oh Yeah No Kidding
Squirrel Suit Productions
Monster Theatre
Squirrels At War
Alex Dallas Productions
Melanie Gall Presents
Invisible Inc.
Kylie Thompson Dance
Unit 5 Theatre Collective
Pirvish Productions
The Utilidors
Archetype Productions
CTM Entertainment
ShimKo Entertainment
Just in a Bowl Productions
Stephanie Morin-Robert Performance Society
Edith 47 Productions
PUSH Physical Theatre
Mark Shyzer
Ribbitrepublic 
2hoots
Solo Theater Company
Slade Wolfe Enterprises Ltd
Beastly Productions
THE OTHER VOICE
Many Moons Productions
Lil Theatre Company
DK Reinemer
Stickyback Theatre
Tyler West 
Martin Dockery
Daniel Tobias
Showmen Productions
Stories Alive
Tudor Productions
Stories Alive
Tudor Productions
Kurt Fitzpatrick
Piti Theatre Company
Raido Productions
Unos Compas que hacen Teatro
Kazu Kusano
Hancock Fabrications
Bikini Katie Productions
Kathleen Denny Presents
Le Why Not Productions
Ewerton Martins
Deadline for Nominations: Ongoing until December 13, 2019
Positions Available: Treasurer

 

The Ottawa Fringe Festival is seeking nominations to our volunteer board of directors for the position of Treasurer. 

As the highest leadership body of the organization and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the board is responsible for:

  • Determining the mission and purposes of the organization
  • Strategic and organizational planning
  • Ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management
  • Fundraising and resource development
  • Selecting and evaluating the performance of the Managing Director
  • Assessing its own performance as the governing body of the Ottawa Fringe Festival

Responsibilities of a board member

  • Know the organization’s mission, policies, programs, and needs
  • Read and understand the organization’s financial statements
  • Leverage connections, networks, and resources to achieve the Ottawa Fringe Festival’s mission
  • Prepare for, attend, and conscientiously participate in board meetings
  • Participate fully in one or more committees

Responsibilities of the Treasurer

The Treasurer shall ensure that the Producer records full and accurate accounts of all assets, liabilities, receipts and disbursements of the Corporation in proper books of account and shall ensure the deposit of monies or other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the Corporation in a chartered bank, trust company or credit union. 

The Treasurer shall disburse the funds of the Corporation under the direction of the Board of Directors at the regular meetings thereof or whenever required. The Treasurer shall provide an account of all transactions and of the financial position of the Corporation in conformity with the Corporations Act of Ontario, and shall perform such other duties as may be determined by the Board of Directors.

Ideal candidate

The ideal candidate would be a CPA and have experience in one or more of the following areas: arts and culture, nonprofit governance, diversity and inclusion, communications, human resources, financial oversight, law, or fundraising.

As a member of the board of the Ottawa Fringe Festival, you will gain leadership and networking experience with a nonprofit board. In particular, there are opportunities to gain experience in finance, human resources, fundraising, communications and strategic planning.

About the Ottawa Fringe Festival

The Ottawa Fringe Festival provides all performing artists, both emerging and established, with the opportunity to produce their work – regardless of content, form or style – within an environment that is as affordable and accessible as possible to the members of the community. The Ottawa Fringe Festival’s mission is to empower audiences and to encourage artists to take risks, pursue their visions and develop their skills.

The organization produces two festivals: the Ottawa Fringe Festival and the undercurrents festival. Since 2013, Ottawa Fringe has also been managing Arts Court Theatre and other studio and rehearsal spaces in the historic building.

Process

Nominated candidates will be presented at our Annual General Meeting in January. Board members are elected for two-year terms. Meetings are usually in the evenings at Arts Court (2 Daly Ave) and are conducted in English.

The Ottawa Fringe Festival is committed to ensuring that the composition of its board reflects, as much as possible, the diversity of the community that we serve. We have set a goal to increase the diversity of our board and the representation of people with disabilities.

The Ottawa Fringe Festival is also committed to providing a safe and inclusive space for our festival’s audiences, volunteers, artists, and staff. Read our full anti-harassment policy.

If you are interested, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected].

Box Office Attendant

Hourly rate: $16.00
Application acceptance is continuous (no deadline)

 

Our team is growing! Arts Court Theatre and the Ottawa Fringe Festival are in search for box office
attendants (casual work 10-30 hours a month). If you are a lover of arts and culture, enjoy catching a
theatre, dance or music performance or perhaps are looking to meet new people in a creative
environment this may be the perfect fit. Assisting with patrons’ question and needs, interacting with
production staff, and processing ticket sales- you will be the face of Arts Court Theatre and Ottawa
Fringe Festival.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Provide a high-level of front-line customer service including greeting and engaging customers, and
providing show or event information
• Process ticketing sales for shows or events held at Arts Court Theatre box office
• Orient patrons around the Arts Court and Ottawa Art Gallery building
• Balance and verify daily revenue, complete shift report, and deposit
• Maintain a safe and tidy work space
• Report all concerns, accidents and incidents to immediate supervisor and take appropriate action
• Maintain an understanding of programming occurring at Arts Court Theatre
• Understand, adhere to, and enforce Corporate Policies &amp; Procedures, Emergency Procedures and
Health and Safety Standards for all participants and staff
• Attend meetings/training as required
• Performs other duties as assigned

Selection Criteria

• Completion of Grade 11 education
• Intermediate computer skills (Word/Excel/Outlook)
• Experience with cash handling is a major asset
• Fluency in English and conversational French
• Exceptional customer service and communication skills

If this opportunity matches your interest and experience, please send you Cover Letter and CV to:
Claudia Gutierrez at [email protected]
Reporting to the Patron & Client Services Manager, you will provide professional front-line customer
service support, responding to inquiries, program information and services that result in a positive
experience.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

One of the most popular Fringe acts of all-time is making their way to Ottawa for one night only!

SEPTEMBER 16 | 8PM | CLUB SAW

Very limited seating available.  Click here to purchase your tickets.

Otto & Astrid’s Canadian One Night Stand will be one of the most irreverent and hilarious gigs you are ever likely to see.  A lipstick-smeared, tantrum-loving, sonic collision between B52s, The Pixies, Kraftwerk and early Ramones with ridiculously infectious songs, Otto & Astrid are truly one of a kind.

★★★★★ “All you need to know is this: they’re hilarious.” – CBC
★★★★★ “Otto & Astrid take rock to a new level with this wild cabaret” – Herald Sun, Australia
★★★★★ “The perfect musical comedy act–it should not be missed.” – Broadway Baby UK

A statement from the Ottawa Fringe Festival

by Ottawa Fringe

July 8, 2019

Dear friends and patrons,

At the Ottawa Fringe Festival, we strive to create a space that is safe, and builds a sense of
community for the artists, volunteers, audience and staff.

First, we want to thank you for helping make the 2019 Ottawa Fringe the most successful ever,
both in terms of ticket sales and artist payout. We’re very proud of the way the festival has
grown over the past few years, and we’re looking forward to an even better year in 2020.

In keeping with the spirit of Fringe, we also need to address a serious issue that arose during the
festival that compromised the safety and security of the Fringe community. On the final weekend
of the festival, there were reports of a drug being put into two individuals’ drinks at the Festival
tent. When these issues were brought to our attention, we reported them to the Ottawa Police.

While we haven’t commented publicly on these incidents, we want you to know we are taking
them very seriously. To this end, we sincerely apologize if our handling of the issue to date has
caused any mistrust and disappointment in the community. We understand that it may take some
time to earn back your trust. We are reviewing our policies and carefully considering our
incident response going forward.

We also want to thank the members of the Fringe community for raising their concerns and
bringing these issues to our attention. We pride ourselves on making the Fringe a safe and
inclusive space for everyone, and are committed to doing better going forward to keep our
community safe and to do our best to prevent future incidents.

We would ask that you continue to hold us accountable. We welcome complaints and
constructive feedback at: [email protected]

We are already looking forward to undercurrents and Fringe 2020. We hope we continue to see
you there.

Sincerely,
The Ottawa Fringe board and staff

Audience Survey

by Amanda Logan

June 27, 2019

Breaking more than 14,000 ticket sales – we had the highest attended festival in Ottawa Fringe history!

Here are some other fun numbers about our festival;

  • The average house went up 6%, bringing it to 41.6 patrons at each show.
  • Advanced ticket sales are up 2.4%, including Fourplay Passes increasing in popularity!
  • And the best attended shows were;
    1. Fuckboys the Musical
    2. God is a Scottish Drag Queen
    3. Quantum Calamity
    4. I Am The Most Unfeeling Doctor In The World
    5. Entangled

 

We want Ottawa Fringe Festival to continue to grow and learn, so we are asking you to fill out and Audience Feedback Survey.

It will take about 10 minutes of your time, and help us begin to plan for next year.

Click here to take the survey.

Thank you for your time!

Another Fringe for the Books!

by Spencer Kahler

June 26, 2019

Fringes come and Fringes go, but one truth remains constant; Ottawa Fringe patrons are the best patrons! With your help we once again broke box office records for the third year in a row with unprecedented high attendance. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the 54 independently produced shows at this year’s festival. Thank you also to the artists who allowed us to facilitate the sharing of their creations.

We hope you enjoyed your Fringe experience, whether you were performing, volunteering, attending performances, or drinking a beer in the Courtyard while being entertained by our additional free programming.

To close out a fantastic Fringe we handed out our jury’s choice awards on Sunday, June 23. A distinguished panel of jurors voted on what they consider to be the best of this year’s festival. Congratulations to all the winners!

ottawa fringe AWARD winners, 2019:

  • Outstanding Overall Production: Night Feed
  • Outstanding Solo Performance: Katie Nixon, 52 Pickup
  • Outstanding Ensemble: Fuckboys the Musical
  • Outstanding New Work: Arnott: a Masterclass in Good Theatring
  • University of Ottawa Emerging Artist Award: Montana Adams, My Good Friend Jay
  • Jury’s Choice Award: Worldly Women
  • Spirit of the Fringe: Polly Esther, Dammit, Jim! I’m a Comedienne, not a Doctor!
  • Volunteers’ Choice Award: Bat Brains (or let’s explore mental illness with vampires)
  • Volunteers of the Year: Alisha Cook and Kelly Hayes Crook

APT613 Coverage

by Amanda Logan

June 10, 2019

CLICK HERE TO READ ALL REVIEWS FROM APT613

 

OR, CLICK BELOW ON A SPECIFIC SHOW.

 

2 Sherlock Holmes Adventures by Kenneth Brown & John D. Huston

2084 by Andrew Alexander

52 Pickup by Katie Nixon

A Modest Attempt by Darcy Smith

A Period Piece by Laura Welchner & Monica Bradford-Lea

ARNOTT: A Masterclass In Good Theatring by Nicholas Aymott

Babel On by Tim C. Murphy

Bat Brains or (let’s explore mental illness with vampires) by Sam Kruger

Beans of Fury by Matt Hertendy

Becoming Magic Mike: An Action Adventure Comedy by DK Reinemer

Beneath The Bikini by Katie Thayer

Beyond The Pale by Sherri Rose

Dammit, Jim! I’m A Comedienne, Not A Doctor! by Polly Esther

Destiny, USA by Laura Anne Harris

Entangled by Jacob Berkowitz

ExDEMONators by Leaping Mammal Collective

Fuckboys The Musical by Savannah Cassidy Pedersen

Get Well Soon by Hamda Elmi

Get Yourself Home Skyler James by Jordan Tannahill

God Is A Scottish Drag Queen by Mike Delamont

GoFundYourself by Black Box Comedy

Happy Birthday, Claire! by Valerie Cardinal

I Am The Most Unfeeling Doctor In The World (An Other True Tales From The Emergency Room) by Melissa Yuan-Innes

I Think I’m Dead by Al Lafrance

Ingenue: Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland and the Golden Age of Hollywood by Melanie Gall

Jimmy? by Cullen McGrail

LIGHTS! CAMERA! ODD JOBS? by Arthur MacKinnon

Ludwig(a) by Adam Linton & Gwyneth Orr

Magnificence by Keir Cutler

My Good Friend Jay by Montana Adams

Night Feed by Sarah Joy Bennett, Ginette Mohr & Shawna Reiter

No More Secrets by Spare Change Theatre

Not: A Bev Oda Memoir by Clara Madrenas

Olive: A Culinary Landscape by Sarah Haley

Pack Animals by Holly M. Brinkman & S.E. Grummett

Perfect Date by Sam Pomerant

Pinter Stew by Harold Pinter & Third Wall

Quantum Calamity by Aerial Antics

Scaredy Cat by Carlyn Rhamey

Skirts in the Forest by Becky McKercher & Sarah Thuswaldner

Stick or Wizard? by Oli Weatherly

Suitcase of Wonders by Ryan Pilling

The Date by Phoebe Webber

The Key to Time Travel by Allison Elizabeth Burns

The Knitting Pilgrim by Kirk Dunn

The Last President of Canada by Doug Rutherford

The Royal Flush by Kate Jaimet

The Shape of a Girl by Joan MacLeod

THE WALK IN THE SNOW: the true story of Lise Meitner by jem rolls

The Win At Life Mega Expo by Faisal Butt, Amish Patel & Morgan O’Shea

Timmy, the Dog, Disappears by Martin Dockery

Tornado Troubles by Rory Gardiner

Who’s Your Mommy? by Rachelle Elie

Worldly Women by Dance Fachin