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Theatre Festival Around Broadway

July 29 – August 7, 2021

Engaging the Community Through Art

Celebrate the arts at a 10 day community festival in the heart of the Broadway District of Saskatoon. From learning what the Fringe is all about to how to make the most of your experience—this page is where you’ll find all you need to know!

In 2021 the outdoor portions of the Saskatoon Fringe will take place just off Broadway Ave. in three Mini-Sites:

  • The Winery by the Refinery – on Dufferin Ave.
  • Street Beach – on 11th Street E, and
  • The Kinsmen Fringe Family Fun Zone – in W. E. Graham Park

 

3 In-Person Venues. Digital Performances. 10 Days.

After COVID-19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 Saskatoon Fringe Festival, 25th Street Theatre is excited to be moving forward with the 2021 Saskatoon Fringe Festival!  We are planning a scalable event that will enable us to contract or expand our offerings based on the public health guidelines in the lead up to and during the Festival. We are committed to connecting artists to audiences in a way that ensures the safety of our artists, our patrons, our volunteers, and our staff.

This year, the Saskatoon Fringe Festival will play host to 15 in-person theatre groups with the slots allocated to Saskatchewan artists and national artists and digital submissions open for international artists. The selection process is a lottery system. The artist call opens in February.

Want to Fringe with us?!

Get the Most out of the Fringe Festival!

HOW TO FRINGE

Take a Chance

We have 15 different in-person and 21 digital plays this year! That’s 36 unique experiences in 126 performances available for you to discover. And that’s not including buskers, musicians, and other street performers. Don’t forget about your artisan and food vendors. 

This summer, we encourage you to step out of the familiar and take a chance! Try a new food. Randomly select a play and go see it. Allow yourself to wander, explore, and discover something brand new! Leave your regular life at the entrance and become an adventurer for the day. You never know, the spirit of the Fringe is contagious—you just might find a new passion or hobby, a delicious cuisine, or make new friends.

Talk to Fringers

Fellow Fringers are your best resource when you’re not sure what to see, where to eat, or what to do next. Socialize with staff, volunteers, artisans, and even performers to chat and share the highlights of your Fringe-ing adventures. The welcoming and vibrant atmosphere of the festival makes it even easier to strike up a conversation with a friendly face.

Psssst…here’s a hot Fringe tip: since the Bike Valets meet so many people during the festival, they always have great recommendations for shows!

Join the Conversation

Step 1: Follow us on social media! Facebook,  Instagram, and Twitter 

We’ll be posting about everything Fringe leading up to the festival.

Step 2: Use our hashtag #SaskatoonFringe and #FringeForever to post pictures, videos, and thoughts about your Fringe-ing experience and join in the conversation yourself(ie)!

Step 3: Search our hashtag to see what other Fringers are saying and doing. Get inspired. Get Ready. Get Fringe-ing!

Support Fringe Artists

Saw an amazing show? Tell the world about it! Spread the word on social media, tell all your friends, go to our website and write a review, and help inspire your fellow Fringers in the process!

Fill the hat: If you enjoy a street performance, remember to tip the artists! Unlike our ticketed performances, street performers rely on your donations to keep entertaining and making art!

Offer to host a visiting artist by visiting our Get Involved page.

Fringe Respectfully

Each performance involves countless hours of writing, rehearsing, costuming, directing, and perfecting—not to mention the very many years artists spend mastering their craft.

Arrive early: Latecomers will not be permitted into performance.

Buzz off: Mute ringers, beepers, buzzers, and tweeters.

Be in the moment: Do not take photos or videos of performances. Refrain from texting or talking during the show. Turn your phone off and enjoy!

PlAN YOUR TRIP

Getting to the Festival

Bus: Be green and take a bus to the festival. Route 6 and 13 serve the Broadway area. Check the City of Saskatoon website for more information.

Bike: Bike to the festival and park with ease! The Bike Valet (in W. E. Graham Park) will store and secure your bike so you can enjoy the day and pick up your bike when you’re done.

Car: If you need to drive, consider carpooling! Not only will you help the environment, but you’ll reduce parking costs and crowding around the festival. Remember that there are residential parking restrictions put in place for a two-block radius around the festival, with residents in that radius being given parking passes. These passes are given out to the households by the city – not by us.

Hours of Operation

 The Outdoor Festival runs 6:00pm until 10:00pm every week night and 12:00pm until 10:00pm every weekend, including the holiday Monday.

Festival Grounds

This year, the outdoor portion of the Festival takes place in three Mini-Sites:

  • The Winery by the Refinery – on Dufferin Ave.
  • Street Beach – on 11th Street E., and
  • The Kinsmen Fringe Family Fun Zone – in W. E. Graham Park

Each of these Mini-Sites includes 3 food trucks, artisan vendors, Community Corner, carnival games, Artists at Work, accessabke washrooms, and much, much more!

Our in-person theatre venues are:

  • The Refinery – 609 Dufferin Ave
  • The Broadway Theatre – 715 Broadway Ave
  • The Outdoor Stage – W. E. Graham Park

The Big Steel Box Office is located at the corner of 11th Street E and Broadway Ave.

For more information, see the 2021 Program here! (COMING SOON!)

Portable Toilets

Portable toilets are available in each mini-site: in W. E. Graham Park, the parking lot of The Refinery/Emmanuel Church, and on the end of 11th St. E near Broadway Ave.

Accessible Toilets: Wheelchair accessible toilets will be abailable at each of the locations listed above!

Accessibility and Venues

Broadway Theatre: 715 Broadway Avenue:

  • A/C
  • Wheelchair Access

The Refinery: (just off the corner of) Dufferin and 12th Street

  • A/C

W. E. Graham Park

  • Wheelchair Access

Doors open 5 minutes in advance. Latecomers will be permitted at the discretion of the artists.

Photography or recording of any kind is strictly prohibited.

Parking

Accessible parking: The South side of 12th Street between Broadway and Dufferin Avenue has been designated as Accessible Parking. This is not the side in front of the houses. If there is no accessible parking available, please call Fringe Central and we will help to arrange a parking spot for you. The number is: 306-664-2239.

OUTDOOR PROGRAMMING

Outdoor Site Overview

This summer, the Saskatoon Fringe is spread across 3 Mini-Sites:

  • The Winery by the Refinery (on Dufferin Ave., in front of the Refinery Arts & Spirit Center)
    • Featuring the Winery: a 19+ drink lounge 
  • Street Beach (on 11th St. E., in front of the Cosmopolitan Senior Center)
    • Featuring The (Sand) Bar: a 19+ drink lounge
  • The Kinsmen Fringe Family Fun Zone (in W. E. Graham Park., at the 12th St. E. park entrance)
    • Featuring the return of the Collaboration Station!

Fringe Kids Got Talent

Join us Saturdays at noon in the Kinsmen Fringe Family Fun Zone for Fringe Kids Got Talent!

Got a little one who’s got a skill? Come show off on our Kinsmen Stage. Celebrate local youth and showcase the amazing talent and diversity of Saskatoon’s youngest artists.

Age 16 and under. No registration required – sign up starts 15 minutes before the event. 

Collaboration Station

Presented daily throughout the festival, The Collaboration Station is a FREE, drop-in, puppet making station for kids ages 5 to 12. Theatre artists Angela Christie and Danielle Spilchen will introduce aspiring artists to different types of puppetry – shadow, hand, marionette, and rod.  Choose a type or invent your own then get inspired by ways of moving through the 4 elements: water, wind, earth and fire. Will your puppet jump, wiggle, crawl, flap, skate, swim or fly? Come every day and try something new! Each day ends with a Puppet Parade on our Kinsmen Stage for the whole family to watch and enjoy.

Drop by our Collaboration Station in the Kinsmen Fringe Family Fun Zone between 6:00 pm – 8:00pm on weekdays, or 2:00 pm – 6:00pm on weekends. 

Art Bikes

25th Street Theatre is delighted to present the Art Bikes Project in partnership with Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op, Bridge City Bicycle Co-op, and ChokeCherry Studios.

To raise awareness about environmentalism and alternate modes of transport, we hired local artists to up-cycle old bikes into incredible, new, works of art. Head down to Broadway Avenue and see if you can find all three installations! 

Scan the QR code on each piece to learn more about the artist and our complimentary bike valet.

This project is proudly supported by The Broadway BID and The City of Saskatoon.

To find out more, click here!

Community Art Workshops

Weekend afternoons at the Fringe, come learn a new theatre skill, taught by some of Saskatoon’s finest theatre professionals.

Play some theatre games, create your own costume, make music, learn improv – there’s a workshop for everyone. Workshops take place in W. E. Graham Park and are free – no registration required!

Hosts

The Fringe Festival is excited to have some extra special guests this year as our community comes out to host the Fringe for the day! 

We have teamed up with some brilliant local businesses to help us celebrate the return of the Fringe and create an extraordinary event for you to enjoy. Check out our Outdoor Programming Schedule in the Program (here!) to see when you can come join in the fun with your favourite organizations at our Winery by the Refinery and Street Beach sites.

Outdoor Performing Artists

This summer, the Saskatoon Fringe is proud to present fabulous performing artists at our three mini-sites! These performers include:

  • Amanda Panda (Edmonton, AB) – Hula Hoops & Juggling
  • Angus Vincent (Yorkton, SK) – Music
  • Aurora Bella (Saskatoon, SK) – Indie Folk Rock
  • Chelsea Martin (Kindersley, SK) – Ukulele & Guitar
  • Chris without the Hat (Winnipeg, MB) – Comedy, Magic, Juggling
  • Painted Elephant (Saskatoon, SK) – Theatre & Storytelling
  • Ellen Froese (Saskatoon, SK) – Folk/Folk Rock
  • Ground Yoga (Saskatoon, SK) – Yoga Classes
  • Kala Priya (Lloydminster, AB) – Indian Classical Dance
  • Kate Ryan (Saskatoon, SK) – Circus & Hula Hoops
  • Kristel Harder (Saskatoon, SK) – Theatre & Cabaret
  • Nicole Schroeder (Saskatoon, SK) Aerial & Aerial Silks
  • Nightswitch (Saskatoon, SK) – Indie Blues Rock
  • Peace (Saskatoon, SK) – Spoken Word & Lyrical Poetry
  • R.A.L.P.H.  (Minneapolis, MN) – Theatre & Live Sound
  • Riel and Co. (Saskatoon, SK) – Violin
  • SPINJA/Salty Circus (Saskatoon, SK) – Circus & Flow Arts
  • The Grass Dance (Saskatoon, SK) – Indigenous Dance
  • The Remainders (Yorkton, SK) – Jazz Trio
  • The Snow Circus (Calgary, AB) – Theatre & Circus
  • Tonight it’s Poetry  (Saskatoon, SK) – Spoken Word
  • Vinny Ve Hiss (Saskatoon, SK) – Guitar & Songs
  • Wayne Redeagle (Saskatoon, SK) – Drum Song

A full schedule of when and where these fantastic folks are performing can be found in the program (here!) or as a quick bite here!

Artists @ Work

Ever wondered – how do they do that?!  

Drop by any of our Artist @ Work spaces to see local artists “doing their thing” – whether that’s pottery, screenprinting, performance, sculpture, sound art, or poetry. Throughout the Festival, artists will be working on various projects for you to witness and admire (from a safe distance) throughout the Fringe Festival site. Come see local artists, artisans & makers of our community as they build their next creation.

Artists @ Work feature work by ArtEclectic, “COSMOS”, DaSilva Art, Emilie Neudorf, Heike Fink, Kreative Mum, Kara Perpelitz, Kate Boyer, Monika Kinner, Oblong & Oboe, Paper Wildlife Conservancy, tanakeiart, Weibe Works, WonderCity Collective & more! 

The schedule can be found here!

Artists in Residence

Artist in Residence Kelsey Ford has partnered with a number of Saskatoon community organizations (and Fringe patrons!) to create upwards of 3000 macramé leaves that will be hung in large tree installations throughout the Fringe sites. Every leaf is hand-dyed cotton cord and will be assembled before and during the Fringe. The many leaves will create the Community Tree installation, reminding us that we are all individual pieces of something bigger than ourselves in a space we all share. 

Artist in Residence Andrei Fehergyhazi will partner with Saskatoon community organizations to incorporate Augmented Reality into the Fringe Festival using the app BellabotAR. The goal of these two projects is to reunite the community after the Covid-19 isolations over the past year and a half. 

You can catch Kelsey and Andrei in W. E. Graham park during the Festival and join them by making leaves of your own and adding to the Community Tree installation. 

Community Corner

Community Corner presented by Sasktel and DirectWest

Visit our Community Corners each day to find another local service provider ready to have fun and share their knowledge. Let’s shine a spotlight on all of the wonderful work happening in the city and create a platform for those vital services! Maybe you will discover a new organization you hadn’t heard of, find the resources or support you were hoping for, or simply build exciting new relationships.
All festival long, Community Corner will be home to a wealth of local heroes including:

  • Lighthouse Saskatoon
  • The Okihtcitawak Patrol Group
  • Black Lives Matter YXE
  • READ Saskatoon
  • Listen to Dis
  • Prairie Harm Reduction
  • The Saskatoon Sexual Assault and Information Centre
  • The Elizabeth Fry Society
  • and many more!

FAQs

When and where is Preview Night?

Preview Night will be held on Wednesday, July 28th at the Outdoor Stage in W. E. Graham Park at 7:30 pm.

Tickets available here!

Where is the Box Office located?

Our Big Steel Box Office is located at the corner of 11th St. E and Broadway Ave, next to Victoria School.

What are your hours of operation?

Outdoor Festival

What are the Outdoor Festival hours?
Weekdays: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Weekends (including the holiday Monday): 12:00pm – 10:00pm

Theatre Festival

The hours of operation for the theatre festival differs according to the schedule for that day. Typical show times are 6:00pm to 10:00pm on weekdays and 2:00pm to 10:00pm on the weekend days.

Where can we park?
  • From 8th Street to 14th Street and Lansdowne Avenue to Victoria Avenue are restricted to people with area parking passes (these passes are given out to the households by the city – not by us).
  • ACCESSIBLE PARKING: More information will be available closer to the festival, but please know we do our best to ensure accessable parking is made available.
  • We recommend using downtown parking after 6pm and either walking up the bridge, taking the bus, or riding your bike.
How do people buy tickets and where do we get our tickets?

In-person:

Tickets are available in-person at our Big Steel Box Office on the corner of 11th Street E. and Broadway Ave. nearest Victoria School.

Online:

Purchase ahead of time tickets at: https://25thstreettheatre.thundertix.com/.

You will receive a confirmation email with your tickets attached. You can print them or bring them on your phone.

If you do not receive your confirmation email within 30 minutes check your junk or spam folder. If not there, call us at 306-664-2239 or email Jensine at jensine.emeline@25thstreettheatre.org.
You can also come to the Box Office between the hours of 4 pm – 9 pm.

Tickets are non-refundable. 

Where are the venues?
  • Broadway Theatre: 715 Broadway Avenue
  • The Refinery: (just off the corner of) Dufferin and 12th Street
  • W. E. Graham Park
Which street performers are performing?

Our street performers will be performing at set stages within each mini-site.

The schedule for street performances is available in the 2021 Program, here! (COMING SOON!)

Where are the bathrooms?
  • Portable toilets will be available in one location per mini site: in W. E. Graham Park, between the Refinery and Emmanuel Church, and at the corner of 11th Street E and Broadway Ave.
  • Accessible Toilets: Wheelchair accessible toilets will be available in the set of portable toilets mentioned above. 
  • Please note that admittance into the mini-site is required to access the washrooms.
Does the festival have a secure area for bicycles?
  • We will have a secure location for bicycles to park throughout the hours of the festival on the North side of W. E. Graham park at the Bike Valet.
Does the festival have security?
  • Yes, there are security officers present on the festival site.
Does the festival need volunteers? How do I sign up?
  • One of the main reasons our festival is so successful is due to our loyal and hard-working volunteers. We are always looking for new volunteers to join our festival. To sign up, you can go to the Get Involved page on our website. If you have any questions regarding volunteering with the festival, please contact our team at info@25thstreettheatre.org
What benefits do volunteers receive?
  • All volunteers receive one theatre ticket voucher, per shift worked, redeemable for a show of their choosing.
  • All volunteers qualify to attend the Volunteer Free Shows that are put on by the actors.
  • All volunteers may attend the Volunteer Appreciation Party that is held the week after the festival.
Where is the closest grocery store?
  • There is an Extra Foods on the West side of Broadway on the corner of Broadway and 10th.  
  • Steep Hill Food Co-op is on the West side of Broadway at 730 Broadway (10th and Broadway).  Almost all the items are organic.  
  • There is an Asian Market on the corner of Clarence Avenue and 12th Street.

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