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The Toronto Fringe Next Stage Festival
Hosted by The Toronto Fringe
The Next Stage Theatre Festival is the premiere winter theatre event in the city. Produced by the Toronto Fringe, Next Stage is a platform for past Fringe artists to take groundbreaking work to the next level – and a gathering place for discerning culture lovers in the city.
While some of the shows have appeared at previous Fringe Festivals, most are new works by established Fringe artists who have demonstrated the passion and tenacity to take their work to the next stage.
125 Bathurst Street
January 3-14, 2018
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Next Stage Preview: NSTF Artists take it to the “Next Stage” in 2018
We had the pleasure of connecting with this year’s NSTF artists to discuss their work, the importance of the festival, and we asked them to reflect on their hopes/goals/mantras for themselves as artists and for the Toronto arts community for 2018. Read more here.
SummerWorks Performance Festival
Hosted by SummerWorks
SummerWorks is Canada’s largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music, live art and interdisciplinary forms. This year’s 11-day Festival features 52 unique projects, as well their SLIP series of artist workshops, a collection of new performance experiments in the SummerWorks Lab, and nightly parties.
August 3-13, 2017
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2017 SummerWorks Interviews:
Talking Connection, Reality and Structure with Rebecca Applebaum, Director of REALITY THEATRE at SummerWorks
We sat down with Director Rebecca Applebaum to chat about Connection, Reality and Exploring Structure in her latest directing project REALITY THEATRE at SummerWorks. Read the interview here.
“Universalism vs Pluralversalism and Exploring Voice” In Conversation with Jivesh Parasram & Tom Arthur Davis on THE ONLY GOOD INDIAN at SummerWorks
We sat down with Jiv Parasram and Tom Arthur Davis to discuss the major narratives and ideas explored in their current piece The Only Good Indian at the SummerWorks Performance Festival: identity, occupation and personal history. Read the interview here.
“A Vaudeville of Ionesco meets 30 Rock” In Conversation with David Bernstein on creating “surrealist hoedown” NASHVILLE STORIES at SummerWorks
We spoke with David Bernstein about Garth Brooks’ professional transition into Chris Gains, creating “surrealist hoedown” NASHVILLE STORIES, on stage now at SummerWorks, and about being afraid of bored, polite digestion. Read the interview here.
In Conversation with Kevin Matthew Wong, Co-Creator of THE CHEMICAL VALLEY PROJECT at SummerWorks
We spoke with Kevin Matthew Wong, co-creator of THE CHEMICAL VALLEY PROJECT on stage now at SummerWorks, about the Sarnia Chemical Valley, exploring projection, liveness and miniature object puppetry, and how he doesn’t want his work to end when the show is over. Read the interview here.
A Chat with Jason Maghanoy, Playwright of THE NAILS at the 2017 SummerWorks Performance Festival
We spoke with playwright Jason Maghanoy about the themes he’s exploring in his latest play The Nails at SummerWorks and how real life sometimes doesn’t feel real. Read the interview here.
“It’s Mad Max meets The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” Performers Amanda Cordner, Christina Bryson & Director Claire Burns on DIVINE at SummerWorks
We sat down with actors Christina Bryson, Amanda Cordner and director Claire Burns to chat about The Storefront Theatre’s sudden closing, Burns’ approach to marrying activism with theatre, and the strength of community in their all-female cast of Divine, on stage now as part of the 2017 SummerWorks Performance Festival. Read the interview here.
Artist Profile: Chris Ross-Ewart, Sound Designer & Composer
We spoke to sound designer and composer Chris Ross-Ewert about his upcoming SummerWorks show Explosions for the 21st Century. Read the artist profile here.
The Toronto Fringe Festival
Hosted by The Toronto Fringe
Inspired by the worldwide fringe movement, Toronto Fringe was founded by a cluster of local indie artists in 1989 to offer the “fringes” of the performing arts community a platform to create art at a grassroots level. It’s theatre by the people, for the people.
Since then, the Toronto Fringe Festival has become the largest theatre festival in Ontario, showcasing 150+ productions every July at 30+ venues around downtown Toronto. But throughout its three decades of growth, Fringe has kept the indie, grassroots spirit alive. Fringe keeps ticket prices lower than any other arts festival in the city, at $12, because we believe everyone should be able to afford to see theatre.
July 5-16, 2017
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It’s the most WONDERFUL TIME of the year! Happy Opening to the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival! Every year, we are constantly inspired by the core values of The Toronto Fringe Festival:
- It’s about creating art at a grassroots level.
- It’s “theatre by the people, for the people“.
- It’s about taking risks and exploring something new.
So, we asked this year’s Boss Fringe Artist Babes: How are you FIERCELY representing these values? How are you #FiercelyFringe?
After an overwhelming response, we’re thrilled to share our first #FiercelyFringe preview with you, listed in no particular order, and in two parts (because we can only get our scroll on for so long…)
We hope this gives you a more personal look at these shows and the artists behind them as you plan your viewing schedule over the next two weeks.
See you at the Fringe Club #FiercelyFringe friends!
An Honest Goodbye
With The Toronto Fringe moving home-bases this year from the Honest Ed’s alley and parking lot to the Scadding Court Community Centre, their annual costume parade which celebrates the opening of each festival, provided the perfect opportunity for reflection.
It is our pleasure to share An Honest Goodbye by Jared Bishop, a meditation on The Fringe’s shifting location as an opportunity for growth and connection to community, and how dressing up, being silly and coming together to share joy and excitement to launch the festival can provide a therapeutic outlet for personal and communal healing and an openness to transition.
2017 Toronto Fringe Interviews:
Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons
We spoke with James Graham, who plays Oliver in Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons about working with director Harveen Sandhu, how language shapes relationships, and the importance of silence. Read the interview here.
Jay & Shilo’s Sibling Revelry
It was such a pleasure to catch up with power-duo Anthony Bastianon and Denise Oucharek about their latest collaboration on Jay & Shilo’s Sibling Revelry at this year’s Fringe Kids Fest at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival. We spoke about the excitement of trying something new with the Fringe Kids Fest, the strength of working together as partners, when they get the chance, and the mantras they are currently living by in their careers. Read the interview here.
We spoke with storyteller Sam Mullins about the people who helped his show WEAKSAUCE come together, how he’s turned his stage anxiety into a useful tool for performing, and why this was the perfect show to revisit in his life right now. Read more here.
We spoke with writer/director/co-producer Kay Brattan, Las Vegas Burlesque Hall of Fame performer St. Stella, and performer Sebastian Marziali/El Toro about their burlesque adaptation of Lysistrata. Read the interview here.
Welcome to the Bunker!
We spoke with Clare Blackwood, co-writer/performer of Welcome to the Bunker! at the 2017 Toronto Fringe. We chatted about why she chose to go for the post-apocalyptic zombie genre, what she would bring to the bunker if/when the zombie apocalypse happens, and what audiences should prepare for when they enter The Bunker this Fringe. Read the interview here.
Read our interview with Lindsay Bellaire and Phillip Psutka about their rigorous process of creation and training and why Rough Magic is a perfect story to explore right now here.
Bendy Sign Tavern
Read our interview with Sex T-Rex’s Kaitlin Morrow, Seann Murray and their “Human Piano Player” Elliot Loran about their new site-specific show, Bendy Sign Tavern at the Toronto Fringe. We spoke about puppets, the service industry and supporting each other at The Toronto Fringe. Read the interview here.
The Diddlin’ Bibbles Live in Concert!
We spoke with hilarious duo Matt Shaw and Lesley Robertson aka Jessop & Rosemary of The Diddlin’ Bibbles Live in Concert at The Toronto Fringe about the risk in creating your own work, sharing your most private self and why The Toronto Fringe is such a great place to learn. Read the interview here.
Maddie’s Karaoke Birthday Party
Read our interview with Barbara Johnston and Byron Laviolette about collaborating together, the excitement of trying something new in the Fringe, and how we all need a little more fun in our lives with Maddie’s Karaoke Birthday Party here.
10 Creative Ways to Dispose of Your Cremains
Read our interview with Storyteller Jillian Welsh on her show NO PLACE in the 2017 Toronto Fringe here.
Bad Baby Presents: Rules Control The Fun
Read our interview with Janelle Hanna chatting about her show “Bad Baby Presents: Rules Control The Fun” at the 2017 Toronto Fringe here.
Summer Theatre Trips
The Next Stage Theatre Festival
Hosted by The Toronto Fringe
10 Years of Next Stage! The Toronto Fringe started NSTF 10 years ago to give Fringe artists an opportunity to take their work to the next level. Since 2008, the festival has grown into the premier showcase of Fringe talent in our country. And thanks to their heated Steam Whistle Tent, you can grab a drink and meet friends before or after your show, making January the new July!
Jan. 4-15, 2017
Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street, Toronto.
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Our Festival Favourites
We couldn’t think of a better way to start 2017 on a high note than with a jam-packed festival of new theatre, dance, music, storytelling and improv; watching artists take their work to the ‘next stage’; and, of course, some good beer tent times re-connecting to old friends and meeting new ones!
We wanted to share some of In the Greenroom’s Festival Favourites, with the hopes of inspiring you as you begin your final NSTF scheduling. We’ve chosen something different, something new, something bloody and something true… maybe.
In the Greenroom Artist Interviews:
“Two Truths and a Lie… Oh, and a Can of Spam” – In Conversation with Storyteller Graham Isador
We had the joy of sitting down with Graham Isador, one of the creators and storytellers of Two Truths and a Lie, on now as part of the Next Stage Theatre Festival. We spoke about the fundamentals of the show, the Storytelling community in Toronto, and how sometimes what we really need is just a feel-good performance where we can sit back and laugh.
“It’s Funny. It’s Feminist. It’s a Sexy Thriller, Horror Musical!” – In Conversation with Anika Johnson & Barbara Johnston on their flagship show Blood Ties at NSTF
It’s a complete joy to connect with Anika Johnson and Barbara Johnston of Johnson & Johnston, the power duo boss ladies behind Blood Ties at the Next Stage Theatre Festival. We spoke about where the inspiration for their horror musical came from, why they keep coming back to their flagship show after 10 years, and why the Next Stage Festival is like a big community party.
“Exploring Archetypes, Storytelling & Country Music that isn’t about Football” – In Conversation with Matthew Gorman, writer of WESTERN, a play with music at NSTF
We spoke with Matthew Gorman, writer of Western, a play with music, at the Next Stage Festival, to discuss exploring the Western genre in the theatre, using music as a driving force in storytelling and the excitement of watching the NSTF grow over the years.
“To Clap or To Boo… What would The Claque do?” – In Conversation with Mark Brownell & Victor Pokinko on CLIQUE CLAQUE
We got to sit down with playwright Mark Brownell and actor Victor Pokinko of Clique Claque, premiering at The Next Stage Festival. We talked about who and what the “Claque” are, the potential timelessness of period pieces, and the importance of the festival model as a way of producing theatre.
“It’s the scariest performance I do. But it’s also why I love this job.” – A Chat with Kristian Bruun on SONGBUSTER – an improvised musical
We had the joy of chatting with Kristian Bruun, one of the artists performing and creating nightly Songbuster – an improvised musical on now at the Next Stage Theatre Festival. He spoke about the need to put on more musical improv in the city, how they prepare for a performance that is always changing, and how this is both the scariest kind of performance and why he loves his job.
Most Photos featured by Tanja Tiziana.