The 20th anniversary edition of the Ottawa Fringe Festival is underway and to help you navigate, here are some quick tips.
With over fifty shows and 300 performances in 12 venues there’s a lot going on, and here are my Top 5 picks.
Where is the beer tent?
The first thing you may notice is that the beer tent/Fringe hub has moved. This is because the old location is now a construction site.
But don’t worry, it’s nearby on the lawn in front of Tabaret Hall on the campus of Ottawa University.
Right next to 4 Fringe venues, it’s a great place to meet up with friends before or after a show to plan your own viewing schedule. And I must say that the location is actually really nice. It’s leafy and grassy and green in a way that the parking lot location of the old beer tent wasn’t. Also handy that it’s not right beside the major throughway of Waller Street.
Other ch-ch-changes over the years
Pick up a Fringe Pin
Since 100% of ticket sales go directly to performers, the $3 Fringe pin is one way that the Fringe Festival raises money to keep going. You’ll need a pin to buy a ticket, but you’ll only need one pin. Unless you lose it of course.
Get your tickets
You can buy tickets
- online, until midnight the day before the show
- at a box office, until one hour before a show
- at the door, within one hour of showtime
Box office info (with details about passes, pins, ½ price shows and more)
Thank a volunteer
Along with the staff, the Fringe Festival wouldn’t really be possible without the dedicated team of people volunteering their time to make it happen. So, thank you to all the volunteersJ
Best of Fest
The Festival’s best-selling shows (in each venue) will stage an encore performance at the end of the Festival. So if you weren’t able to get into a show because it was always selling out, this is your last chance.
Tweet your thoughts
Since this is the 20th anniversary, the Fringe Team have set up a museum of Fringe artifacts. The museum in in Gallery 1 of the Arts Court (2 Daly) and is o pen June 7-18, 5-10pm on weekdays, and 2-10pm on weekends. One thing you’ll notice is that the old OFF the Record is being produced as a special 20th anniversary edition. This was a daily that theatre goes could submit reviews to.
My own (digital) contribution to the museum would be this, the cover of the 1999 program, which was my first Fringe.
And this OFF the Record from 2006
And, finally, this, the cover of the old Ottawa X-Press from June 2006.
Other Fringe Tips
Check out the Fringe Website for other tips, and have fun!
Brendan McNally has written and produced 4 Fringe shows, as well as acting in a number of other shows, volunteering at the Fringe, been a puppet wrangler and billet for traveling Fringe performaers, and is a regular contributor to OttawaTonite.com