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Aviary 2022

'Lets Find Out!' Live Podcast @ The Aviary!

Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, Sarah Delano, Marilyn Dumont Tickets $20 at the door

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Aviary 2022

'Strange Dreams' Papermoon Collage Art Show

Papermoon Collage Art Show Tickets $10 advance$15 at the door

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Aviary 2022

AHI - Prospect Tour w. Milow

AHI Milow $18 in advance$25 at the door

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Aviary 2022

Aversions w. Doreen & Dual Nature @ The Aviary!

Aversions (Vancouver) Dual Nature Doreen Tickets $15 at the door

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Also at the Barns in 2022

Barvinok

After generations of conflict, a new crisis opens old wounds. “[Barvinok] is a quietly remarkable event… tightly written, beautifully designed, and skillfully performed” – Moody on Theatre, Toronto Hania’s Baba has a secret. A secret she’s bringing with her to her grave. Since moving into the long-term care centre Hania’s grandmother has been restless. She’s agitated. Something from her past is haunting her. She desperately asks Hania to return to their Ukrainian homeland and seek out a missing piece of their family history. Hania’s search brings her to the edge of the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine.  Through internet-enabled networks, Hania is connected to Pavlo and Misha, two late-20s war veterans who agree to help her navigate the wartorn countryside from Slovyansk, to Pisky, along the front line and into dangerous territory. It is when Hania finally finds her long lost family that she makes a startling discovery, and must confront the truth about her Baba’s past. Set in 2017, just 3 years after the Russian invasion in 2014, Barvinok weaves traditional polyphonic Ukrainian folk music and dramatic storytelling to tell a personal story of war and intergenerational trauma. It offers a rare window into the human stories of resilience behind the unimaginable experience of war, both past and present. “[Barvinok] packs a punch.” – Amy Strizic, My Entertainment World “Makuch, Lundeen and MacKenzie have done a remarkable job of creating a theatrical experience that ties together a heritage journey with thoughtful commentary” – Karen Fricker, Toronto Star The play is inspired by the experiences of the playwright’s grandparents who fled Ukraine during WWII, and true accounts of people interviewed in conflict zones in Eastern Ukraine. In October 2017, Pyretic Productions traveled to Ukraine and ventured within just 5km of what was then the frontline, where they interviewed dozens of people affected by the ongoing war. Pyretic returned in October 2018 to further develop and workshop the play with Kyiv-based local theatre company Wild Theatre and presented a sold-out staged reading at the infamous Les Kurbas Theatre. Showtimes Wednesday, September 21 - 7:30pm (Preview)Thursday, September 22 - 7:30pm (Opening)Friday, September 23 - 7:30pmSaturday, September 24 - 1:30pmSaturday, September 24 - 7:30pmSunday, September 25 - 1:30pm Tickets are Pay-What-You-Will. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated in support of Ukraine.  Creative Team Written by Lianna MakuchDirected by Patrick LundeenDramaturgy by Matthew MacKenzieProduction Design by Stephanie BahniukMusic Direction by Larissa PohoreskiChoreography by Amber BorotsikSound & Video Design by Nicholas MayneStage Management by Lore GreenAssistant Stage Management by Elizabeth PageRehearsal Stage Management by Kiidra DuhaltProduction Management/Technical Direction by Trent CrosbyAssociate Producer Brett Dahl Cast Hania/Kateryna - Lianna MakuchPavlo - Gabriel RichardsonMisha - Maxwell LebeufYelena - Kristen PadayasKatya - Alexandra DawkinsNatasha - Tanya PacholokUnderstudy (Yelena, Katya, Natasha) - Bella King There will be a Post-Show Talk Back after the performance on Friday, September 23rd. If you require a wheelchair ticket for this event, please email us at boxoffice@fringetheatre.ca.

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Edmonton Comedy Festival 2022

Best of the Fest

Like its name suggests, these are the best performers appearing at this year’s Edmonton Comedy Festival all wrangled onto one stage for one unforgettably hilarious show. Headlined by one of North America’s top headliners: America’s Got Talent finalist and six-time Tonight Show guest, John Wing, with host Andrew Ivimey from Toronto. This show also features two of our other venue headliners in Lisa Alvarado and Rory Gardiner, as well as two of the funniest comedians to ever come out of Toronto: Andrew Oporto and Angela Thurston. This is our 2022 “must see” show.

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Aviary 2022

Blessed (Vancouver) Stuck (Chicago) Stem Champ (Edmonton)

Blessed - Vancouver Stuck - Chicago Stem Champ - Edmonton $15 advance$20 door

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Aviary 2022

Hummus & Harmony by Sōgen Kitchen!

Hummus & Harmony Nico Tobias Band Stem Champ Dylan Greenhough $20 in advance$25 at the door

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Aviary 2022

Jesse Roper @ The Aviary!

Jesse Roper w. guests Tickets $25 at the door

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Edmonton Comedy Festival 2022

Late Night Date Night

The Late Night Date Night is our most popular tradition and this year it’s headlined by our most popular comedian: L.A.’s Monique Marvez. Hosted by the hilarious Andrew Oporto from Toronto, this show also features San Diego’s Lamont Ferguson, Calgary’s Sunee Dhaliwal, Toronto’s Craig Fay and Edmonton’s own Will Hannigan. Other than Monique, none of these comedians have ever appeared at the Edmonton Comedy Festival before. Go to dinner wherever you like and then make your way over to The Arts Barns for drinks and one unforgettable show.

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Aviary 2022

Mad John @ The Aviary: A Taste of Honey

Grase Presents: Mad John & Co + Monks Gone Mad & Monks On Call Tickets $20 at the door

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Also at the Barns in 2022

Nerd Nite 67: The Pumpkin Spice Must Flow

Hey nerds. It's time to congregate over stimulating presentations and scintillating drink ... in public. The world wide phenomenon that is Nerd Nite is back and we've partnered with the Fringe Theatre! Each event features three approximately 20 minute presentations covering anything nerdy; drinking encouraged. "It's like discovery channel with beer." Check out edmonton.nerdnite.com for details on our speakers!

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Aviary 2022

Pigeon Breeders & Ghost Cars Album Release!

Pigeon Breeders Ghost Cars Kelly Ruth Low Earth Orbit Tickets $15 at the door

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Aviary 2022

Preoccupations & Cindy Lee @ The Aviary!

Preoccupations Cindy Lee Tickets $32 at the door

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Aviary 2022

Punitive Damage w. Mortality Rate, False Body & Sealed Fate!

Punitive Damage Mortality Rate False Body Sealed Fate Tickets $15 Advance$20 at the door.

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Play the Fool 2022

Something in the Water

Masks are required for this show and the Play the Fool Festival. If booking group tickets, or if ticket price is a barrier to access, please contact us.   Please Note:  Friday Sept 23nd @ 9:15 pm: Ages 18A performanceSunday Sept 25th @ 3:30 pm: Ages 10+ general audience performance   Written & performed by S.E. Grummett Directed by Deanna Fleysher & Mind of a Snail Puppet Co. Stage Managed by Sam Kruger A comedic deep pe into identity, gender and what it means to be normal. When Grumms transforms into a sea monster with squid genitals (think Creature from the Black Lagoon meets The Muppets), they must hide their identity and try to pass as a “normal, human woman”. You’ll be spellbound by stunning video projections, slapstick and satire; all stirred up together with Grummett’s glowing and playful performance. A perfect balance of absurdist physical comedy and vulnerable self-exploration, the show weaves a touching story of acceptance that anyone can relate to. Inspired by performer/creator, S.E. Grummett’s experience coming out as transgender, SOMETHING IN THE WATER is a celebration of the “not normal”. WINNER: Best Theatre, Adelaide Fringe 2021. SOLD OUT SEASON: Adelaide Fringe 2021. OFFICIAL SELECTION: Spotlight Canada, Edinburgh Fringe, 2021 'If you like your theatre madcap, thoughtful and combined with what's-coming-next intrigue, don't miss out' (The Advertiser). https://www.scantilygladtheatre.com/ S.E. Grummett (they/them) - Performer/Creator Grumms is a queer, transgender theatre artist from Treaty 6 Territory. After graduating from acting school and becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of opportunities for queer and trans folks, Grumms began Scantily Glad Theatre, an 2SLGBTIQ+ theatre company that works to promote queer artists and stories through comedy, clown and physical theatre. So, they began making and performing their own work. For them, self-creation was, and continues to be, a way out. Over the past 5 years, Grumms has created a body of original queer work and toured it to festivals and stages around the world. They are the co-creator of “SCUM: a manifesto”, “Pack Animals” and “Creepy Boys”. Their solo-show, “Something in the Water", won Best Theatre at the Adelaide Fringe and was recently selected by the High Commission of Canada for Spotlight Canada 2021 at the Edinburgh Fringe. Outside of self-creation, Grumms also works as a performer, puppeteer & video artist. Sam Kruger (he/him) - Stage Manager Sam Kruger (he/him) is a performer and theatre maker in Saskatoon, SK. His solo shows Fool Muun Komming! and Bat Brains or (let’s explore mental illness with vampires) have toured throughout North America winning various awards (Pick of the Fringe - Edmonton Fringe, Just For Laughs: Best Comedy Award - Montreal Fringe, among others) and widespread critical acclaim. He holds a BA from the University of Minnesota and is a graduate of the  cole Philippe Gaulier in Etampes, France. Sam Kruger has worked as a stage manager for Pulsive Party (Vancouver, BC), and is a sound designer/engineer. Earlier this year, Sam and Grumms made their in-person premiere of their duo clown show, Creepy Boys at the Twin Cities Horror Festival in Minneapolis, MN. Deanna Fleysher (she/her) - Director/Dramaturg Deanna is a comedy artist, teacher and director devoted to interactive comedic experiences. She created Foreplay, an erotic improv comedy show that ran for a year at the People’s Improv Theater in NY and was featured at the Chicago Improv Festival. She created, produced and starred in Kill Me Loudly: A Clown Noir and The Kapinski Private Eye Academy at the NY Clown Theatre Festival. She created the Naked Comedy Lab, a workshop for training in interactive comedy and hilarious vulnerability. She is the director and co-writer of Red Bastard, the internationally-acclaimed bouffon show. Currently, she tours her award-winning solo show Butt Kapinski (as seen at Hutch Festival in Vancouver) and teaches Naked Comedy labs in Los Angeles and around North America. Mind of a Snail - Collaborators Mind of a Snail is a shadow puppetry duo currently based out of Vancouver BC. Since 2003, Chloe Ziner and Jessica Gabriel have been developing a multilayered style of visual storytelling using overhead projectors as their main light source. Their performances play at the intersection of puppetry, visual arts, clowning & music. As artistic collaborators, they are interested in exploring beyond the boundaries of traditional theatre, and creating magical immersive experiences for their audiences. Mind of a Snail’s shadow theatre is like an early animation created live before your eyes. Mind of a Snail’s latest show, “Multiple Organism” won the Critic’s Choice Award, Artistic Risk Award, Cultchivating the Fringe Award and Pick of the Fringe at Vancouver Fringe in 2017, the Edgy as F--- award (for artistic risk) at Orlando Fringe in 2018, as well as Best English Production and Patron’s Pick at Montreal Fringe in 2019. “Multiple Organism” also won Critic’s Choice Innovation Award at the 2018 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.   The Play the Fool Festival is supported by the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Aviary 2022

Songs and Stories with Amanda Penner, Emmet Michael, and Jessica Heine

Songs and Stories with Amanda Penner, Emmet Michael, and Jessica Heine Tickets $20 at the door

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Aviary 2022

Sunglaciers & Call Off The Gods @ The Aviary!

Sunglaciers (Calgary) Call Off The Gods (Edmonton) Tickets $20 at the door

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Aviary 2022

The North Sound & Gunner & Smith

The North Sound Gunner & Smith Electric Religious $20 advance$25 door

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Aviary 2022

The Rockenrolleum Fundrive Show!

The Sharp Sharp Knives The Good Sons The Knot Know Howz Kroovy Rookers Tickets $20 at the door

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Play the Fool 2022

The Rookie Cabaret

Masks are required for this show and the Play the Fool Festival. If booking group tickets, or if ticket price is a barrier to access, please contact us. A raucous and hilarious way to wrap-up your weekend.  This festival favourite has returned after a two year hiatus! Play the Fool’s Rookie Mentorship Program showcase features emerging clowns, physical comedy artists, and experienced performers experimenting in a new style. It’s a performer-creation program, artists work with festival director Christine Lesiak to take their idea from concept to stage.  Help us keep this program going ADOPT-A-ROOKIE today! 2022 Rookie Mentorship Program participants: Lee Boyes Lauren Brady Yassine El Fassi El Fihri & Patrick Lynn Kijo Gatama with Dean Stockdale T Gill Sophie Healey with Zachary Strom Terry Knickle The Play the Fool Festival is supported by the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Play the Fool 2022

Triple Bill 2

Masks are required for this show and the Play the Fool Festival. If booking group tickets, or if ticket price is a barrier to access, please contact us. Rat Academy 18 mins | All-ages Red-nose clown Created & performed by Dayna Lea Hoffmann and Katie Yoner Collaborator Joseph McManus Fingers is the last rat in Edmonton. Or so he thinks, until one day he finds a curious and innocent baby rat named Shrimp. Eager to preserve his Edmonton rat legacy and finally have a friend, Fingers creates the Rat Academy to teach Shrimp how to survive as a cold, hard, street rat. Katie Yoner (she/her) is an actor, improviser, writer, and singer based in Treaty 6 Territory and within the Métis homelands and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4, traditionally known as Amiskwaciy Waskahikan (Edmonton). She is currently completing her third year of the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta and in her spare time she loves to perform stand-up comedy and juggle. Recently, she completed a clown course with Michael Kennard which culminated in a solo performance, and prior to this she studied mask with Jan Henderson and clown with Jaqueline Russell at the University of Calgary. Her most recent credits are Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (University of Alberta), Exploding Uncertainty (University of Alberta), Win the Warrior (Edmonton Fringe) and Two Pin Idiot (Edmonton Fringe). Dayna Lea Hoffmann is a mixed-race multidisciplinary artist and actor from the Unceded Coast Salish Territories colloquially known as Surrey, BC. She has a strong passion for creation, collaborative work, film, and clown and hopes to share these passions with audiences across Canada. For the last two years, she has been living in Treaty No. 6 Territory (Edmonton) honing her skills of clown, acting, dance and juggling while attending the University of Alberta's BFA Acting Program. She additionally holds a diploma in Theatre from Douglas College, is a former performer, student and teacher of the Vancouver Circus School, and an alumni of Canada’s National Voice Intensive. Outside of traditional theatre, Dayna is an experienced physical theatre artist with a strong focus on circus, dance and clown. She has worked with many of Canada’s leading practitioners such as David MacMurray Smith, Jan Henderson, Michael Kennard, and Lin Snelling. She is also a student of Maître D'armes JP Fournier and has been trained in rapier and dagger, sabre, and unarmed combat. She has been experimenting with translating clown to an online medium, creating six original short clown films that can be found on her youtube channel. She has participated in Play the Fool’s short film contest for two years and was nominated for an award in 2021. Dayna is also a 2021 recipient of the Roger S Smith undergraduate research award and created a research-performance documentary examining gender and clown entitled Why Aren't Women Funny. The Character Cabaret  Created & performed by Christel Bartelse From the Creator of Fringe hits "ONEymoon" "Chaotica" and "All Kidding Aside", actor/performer/clown- Christel Bartelse brings you a theatrical showcase of characters, some human, some not. A hilarious & quirky solo show adventure! What the Critics are saying: “Bartelse has an easygoing charm that always makes her watchable” – The Charlebois Post ​“Rare originality and theatrical zest” – Edmonton Journal “Some performers just have it . . . Christel Bartelse is one of those performers.” – Raise The Hammer ”Christel Bartelse is filled with pure energy and has no trouble engaging the audience.” – Hamilton Today “True show business pizzazz” – NOW magazine “She’s a brave performer, and isn’t afraid to get into awkward positions, or to tell us the gory details of what giving birth really entails.” – Mooney On Theatre ​“Overflowing with charisma….impeccable comedy timing… (a) manically gifted actor” – Terminal City Weekly “Bartelse is a bit Julie Andrews gone wild “- Montreal Gazette “Tina Fey, Jane Lynch, and Amy Sedaris…Bartelse would not look out of place next to these” – Laurence Brown, King of Indiana ​“Bartelse, who starred in last year’s Fringe hit, Circle, confirms her status as one of the most talented performers to visit London” – London Free Press “A skilled physical comedian, she really knows how to use her body to generate laughs” – Theatromania- NYC Christel Bartelse is a multi-faceted artist based in Toronto. She got her start in comedy with the physical comedy duo, The Burnt Marshmallows (Canadian Comedy Award Nominees). She went on to create and write six award winning Solo Shows (Chaotica, ONEymoon, Significant Me, All KIDding Aside, The Surprise and Encore!) and have toured them all across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.  She is the Co-Producer & Co-Host of the Toronto Storytelling Show "But That's Another Story" and is also the co-producer & co-host of the Variety Cabaret “Chris and Christel’s Collection”.  She discovered theatrical clowning at the age of 20 and honed her skills with some of the top instructors, Mike Kennard, John Turner (Mump and Smoot), Sue Morrison, Philippe Gaulier, Francine Cote, Andy Massingham, Caroline Dream.  She's been teaching for the past 15 years, leading a variety of workshops in improv, clown, physical comedy, solo creation and is a proud faculty member of Humber College, The Toronto Film School, George Brown College. She also is the co-founder of Comedy Coop. The first online comedy school for women.  The Olympics Piece Created & choreographed by Anastasia Maywood Performed by Janita Frantsi, Maren Vickers, Zoette Dixon-Dyrvik Every current summer and winter Olympic sport in 14 minutes. Anastasia Maywood (Choreographer) has worked as an independent choreographer, dancer and producer based on Treaty 6 territory in Amiskwacîwâskahikan. She holds a BA Honors (Drama) from University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB) and an MFA in Choreography from York University (Toronto, ON). She was the recipient of the 2015 Good Women Dance Collective’s New Dance Award. Anastasia has presented her work in Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto and has performed for a variety of choreographers and theatre companies. In 2021, her physical dance/clown film, Ballet Class: At Home Edition, was officially selected for the Play the Fool International Short Film Festival and her newest work, The Olympics Piece, was performed in Dance Motif 2022. She is continuing to explore her interest in combining dance, clown and physical comedy. Janita Frantsi (performer/dancer) is a contemporary dance artist originally from Finland and now based on Treaty 6 territory in Amiskwacîwâskahikan. During her time in Edmonton, Janita has worked as a dancer, choreographer, and instructor with several organizations such as Mile Zero Dance, KO Dance Projects, Edmonton Opera, University of Alberta, and Concordia University of Edmonton. She has also created works for the Nextfest Arts Festival, SkirtsAFire Festival, Orchesis Dance Motif, Madrigal Singers, TEDxUAlberta, and various other events at the University of Alberta. Janita has a Master of Arts degree in Dance from the University of Alberta and is grateful to have received grants and scholarships from the Good Women Dance Collective, Government of Alberta, Orchesis Dance Performance Group, and Healthy Dancer Canada to continue exploring her artistic practices. Zoette Dixon-Dyrvik (performer/dancer) is a second year university student, and has always loved performing. She started dancing at age three and the art form quickly became part of her life. She joined the Edmonton Contemporary Dancers company for two years, as well as the Rhythm Motives tap company. She received testing in Royal Academy of Ballet, Cecchetti, and Tap. Being on stage has always brought her happiness, and shei is so grateful to be performing. Maren Vickers (performer/dancer) has studied a broad range of dance styles throughout her life including modern, contemporary, ballet, and flamenco. She danced with the Edmonton Contemporary Dancers for 4 years, while also learning the RAD and Cecchetti syllabi. She aspires to continue dancing and learning new styles throughout her years at the University of Alberta. The Play the Fool Festival is supported by the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Aviary 2022

Zachary Red EP Release Party @ The Aviary!

Zachary Red: Mixtapes for K - EP Release Party Tickets $20 at the door

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Aviary 2022

'Lets Find Out!' Live Podcast @ The Aviary!

Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, Sarah Delano, Marilyn Dumont Tickets $20 at the door

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Aviary 2022

'Strange Dreams' Papermoon Collage Art Show

Papermoon Collage Art Show Tickets $10 advance$15 at the door

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Aviary 2022

AHI - Prospect Tour w. Milow

AHI Milow $18 in advance$25 at the door

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Aviary 2022

Aversions w. Doreen & Dual Nature @ The Aviary!

Aversions (Vancouver) Dual Nature Doreen Tickets $15 at the door

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Also at the Barns in 2022

Barvinok

After generations of conflict, a new crisis opens old wounds. “[Barvinok] is a quietly remarkable event… tightly written, beautifully designed, and skillfully performed” – Moody on Theatre, Toronto Hania’s Baba has a secret. A secret she’s bringing with her to her grave. Since moving into the long-term care centre Hania’s grandmother has been restless. She’s agitated. Something from her past is haunting her. She desperately asks Hania to return to their Ukrainian homeland and seek out a missing piece of their family history. Hania’s search brings her to the edge of the ongoing war in Eastern Ukraine.  Through internet-enabled networks, Hania is connected to Pavlo and Misha, two late-20s war veterans who agree to help her navigate the wartorn countryside from Slovyansk, to Pisky, along the front line and into dangerous territory. It is when Hania finally finds her long lost family that she makes a startling discovery, and must confront the truth about her Baba’s past. Set in 2017, just 3 years after the Russian invasion in 2014, Barvinok weaves traditional polyphonic Ukrainian folk music and dramatic storytelling to tell a personal story of war and intergenerational trauma. It offers a rare window into the human stories of resilience behind the unimaginable experience of war, both past and present. “[Barvinok] packs a punch.” – Amy Strizic, My Entertainment World “Makuch, Lundeen and MacKenzie have done a remarkable job of creating a theatrical experience that ties together a heritage journey with thoughtful commentary” – Karen Fricker, Toronto Star The play is inspired by the experiences of the playwright’s grandparents who fled Ukraine during WWII, and true accounts of people interviewed in conflict zones in Eastern Ukraine. In October 2017, Pyretic Productions traveled to Ukraine and ventured within just 5km of what was then the frontline, where they interviewed dozens of people affected by the ongoing war. Pyretic returned in October 2018 to further develop and workshop the play with Kyiv-based local theatre company Wild Theatre and presented a sold-out staged reading at the infamous Les Kurbas Theatre. Showtimes Wednesday, September 21 - 7:30pm (Preview)Thursday, September 22 - 7:30pm (Opening)Friday, September 23 - 7:30pmSaturday, September 24 - 1:30pmSaturday, September 24 - 7:30pmSunday, September 25 - 1:30pm Tickets are Pay-What-You-Will. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated in support of Ukraine.  Creative Team Written by Lianna MakuchDirected by Patrick LundeenDramaturgy by Matthew MacKenzieProduction Design by Stephanie BahniukMusic Direction by Larissa PohoreskiChoreography by Amber BorotsikSound & Video Design by Nicholas MayneStage Management by Lore GreenAssistant Stage Management by Elizabeth PageRehearsal Stage Management by Kiidra DuhaltProduction Management/Technical Direction by Trent CrosbyAssociate Producer Brett Dahl Cast Hania/Kateryna - Lianna MakuchPavlo - Gabriel RichardsonMisha - Maxwell LebeufYelena - Kristen PadayasKatya - Alexandra DawkinsNatasha - Tanya PacholokUnderstudy (Yelena, Katya, Natasha) - Bella King There will be a Post-Show Talk Back after the performance on Friday, September 23rd. If you require a wheelchair ticket for this event, please email us at boxoffice@fringetheatre.ca.

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Edmonton Comedy Festival 2022

Best of the Fest

Like its name suggests, these are the best performers appearing at this year’s Edmonton Comedy Festival all wrangled onto one stage for one unforgettably hilarious show. Headlined by one of North America’s top headliners: America’s Got Talent finalist and six-time Tonight Show guest, John Wing, with host Andrew Ivimey from Toronto. This show also features two of our other venue headliners in Lisa Alvarado and Rory Gardiner, as well as two of the funniest comedians to ever come out of Toronto: Andrew Oporto and Angela Thurston. This is our 2022 “must see” show.

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Aviary 2022

Blessed (Vancouver) Stuck (Chicago) Stem Champ (Edmonton)

Blessed - Vancouver Stuck - Chicago Stem Champ - Edmonton $15 advance$20 door

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Aviary 2022

Hummus & Harmony by Sōgen Kitchen!

Hummus & Harmony Nico Tobias Band Stem Champ Dylan Greenhough $20 in advance$25 at the door

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Aviary 2022

Jesse Roper @ The Aviary!

Jesse Roper w. guests Tickets $25 at the door

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Edmonton Comedy Festival 2022

Late Night Date Night

The Late Night Date Night is our most popular tradition and this year it’s headlined by our most popular comedian: L.A.’s Monique Marvez. Hosted by the hilarious Andrew Oporto from Toronto, this show also features San Diego’s Lamont Ferguson, Calgary’s Sunee Dhaliwal, Toronto’s Craig Fay and Edmonton’s own Will Hannigan. Other than Monique, none of these comedians have ever appeared at the Edmonton Comedy Festival before. Go to dinner wherever you like and then make your way over to The Arts Barns for drinks and one unforgettable show.

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Aviary 2022

Mad John @ The Aviary: A Taste of Honey

Grase Presents: Mad John & Co + Monks Gone Mad & Monks On Call Tickets $20 at the door

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Nerd Nite 67: The Pumpkin Spice Must Flow

Hey nerds. It's time to congregate over stimulating presentations and scintillating drink ... in public. The world wide phenomenon that is Nerd Nite is back and we've partnered with the Fringe Theatre! Each event features three approximately 20 minute presentations covering anything nerdy; drinking encouraged. "It's like discovery channel with beer." Check out edmonton.nerdnite.com for details on our speakers!

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Aviary 2022

Pigeon Breeders & Ghost Cars Album Release!

Pigeon Breeders Ghost Cars Kelly Ruth Low Earth Orbit Tickets $15 at the door

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Aviary 2022

Preoccupations & Cindy Lee @ The Aviary!

Preoccupations Cindy Lee Tickets $32 at the door

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Aviary 2022

Punitive Damage w. Mortality Rate, False Body & Sealed Fate!

Punitive Damage Mortality Rate False Body Sealed Fate Tickets $15 Advance$20 at the door.

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Play the Fool 2022

Something in the Water

Masks are required for this show and the Play the Fool Festival. If booking group tickets, or if ticket price is a barrier to access, please contact us.   Please Note:  Friday Sept 23nd @ 9:15 pm: Ages 18A performanceSunday Sept 25th @ 3:30 pm: Ages 10+ general audience performance   Written & performed by S.E. Grummett Directed by Deanna Fleysher & Mind of a Snail Puppet Co. Stage Managed by Sam Kruger A comedic deep pe into identity, gender and what it means to be normal. When Grumms transforms into a sea monster with squid genitals (think Creature from the Black Lagoon meets The Muppets), they must hide their identity and try to pass as a “normal, human woman”. You’ll be spellbound by stunning video projections, slapstick and satire; all stirred up together with Grummett’s glowing and playful performance. A perfect balance of absurdist physical comedy and vulnerable self-exploration, the show weaves a touching story of acceptance that anyone can relate to. Inspired by performer/creator, S.E. Grummett’s experience coming out as transgender, SOMETHING IN THE WATER is a celebration of the “not normal”. WINNER: Best Theatre, Adelaide Fringe 2021. SOLD OUT SEASON: Adelaide Fringe 2021. OFFICIAL SELECTION: Spotlight Canada, Edinburgh Fringe, 2021 'If you like your theatre madcap, thoughtful and combined with what's-coming-next intrigue, don't miss out' (The Advertiser). https://www.scantilygladtheatre.com/ S.E. Grummett (they/them) - Performer/Creator Grumms is a queer, transgender theatre artist from Treaty 6 Territory. After graduating from acting school and becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of opportunities for queer and trans folks, Grumms began Scantily Glad Theatre, an 2SLGBTIQ+ theatre company that works to promote queer artists and stories through comedy, clown and physical theatre. So, they began making and performing their own work. For them, self-creation was, and continues to be, a way out. Over the past 5 years, Grumms has created a body of original queer work and toured it to festivals and stages around the world. They are the co-creator of “SCUM: a manifesto”, “Pack Animals” and “Creepy Boys”. Their solo-show, “Something in the Water", won Best Theatre at the Adelaide Fringe and was recently selected by the High Commission of Canada for Spotlight Canada 2021 at the Edinburgh Fringe. Outside of self-creation, Grumms also works as a performer, puppeteer & video artist. Sam Kruger (he/him) - Stage Manager Sam Kruger (he/him) is a performer and theatre maker in Saskatoon, SK. His solo shows Fool Muun Komming! and Bat Brains or (let’s explore mental illness with vampires) have toured throughout North America winning various awards (Pick of the Fringe - Edmonton Fringe, Just For Laughs: Best Comedy Award - Montreal Fringe, among others) and widespread critical acclaim. He holds a BA from the University of Minnesota and is a graduate of the  cole Philippe Gaulier in Etampes, France. Sam Kruger has worked as a stage manager for Pulsive Party (Vancouver, BC), and is a sound designer/engineer. Earlier this year, Sam and Grumms made their in-person premiere of their duo clown show, Creepy Boys at the Twin Cities Horror Festival in Minneapolis, MN. Deanna Fleysher (she/her) - Director/Dramaturg Deanna is a comedy artist, teacher and director devoted to interactive comedic experiences. She created Foreplay, an erotic improv comedy show that ran for a year at the People’s Improv Theater in NY and was featured at the Chicago Improv Festival. She created, produced and starred in Kill Me Loudly: A Clown Noir and The Kapinski Private Eye Academy at the NY Clown Theatre Festival. She created the Naked Comedy Lab, a workshop for training in interactive comedy and hilarious vulnerability. She is the director and co-writer of Red Bastard, the internationally-acclaimed bouffon show. Currently, she tours her award-winning solo show Butt Kapinski (as seen at Hutch Festival in Vancouver) and teaches Naked Comedy labs in Los Angeles and around North America. Mind of a Snail - Collaborators Mind of a Snail is a shadow puppetry duo currently based out of Vancouver BC. Since 2003, Chloe Ziner and Jessica Gabriel have been developing a multilayered style of visual storytelling using overhead projectors as their main light source. Their performances play at the intersection of puppetry, visual arts, clowning & music. As artistic collaborators, they are interested in exploring beyond the boundaries of traditional theatre, and creating magical immersive experiences for their audiences. Mind of a Snail’s shadow theatre is like an early animation created live before your eyes. Mind of a Snail’s latest show, “Multiple Organism” won the Critic’s Choice Award, Artistic Risk Award, Cultchivating the Fringe Award and Pick of the Fringe at Vancouver Fringe in 2017, the Edgy as F--- award (for artistic risk) at Orlando Fringe in 2018, as well as Best English Production and Patron’s Pick at Montreal Fringe in 2019. “Multiple Organism” also won Critic’s Choice Innovation Award at the 2018 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.   The Play the Fool Festival is supported by the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Aviary 2022

Songs and Stories with Amanda Penner, Emmet Michael, and Jessica Heine

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Sunglaciers & Call Off The Gods @ The Aviary!

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The North Sound & Gunner & Smith

The North Sound Gunner & Smith Electric Religious $20 advance$25 door

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The Rockenrolleum Fundrive Show!

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Play the Fool 2022

The Rookie Cabaret

Masks are required for this show and the Play the Fool Festival. If booking group tickets, or if ticket price is a barrier to access, please contact us. A raucous and hilarious way to wrap-up your weekend.  This festival favourite has returned after a two year hiatus! Play the Fool’s Rookie Mentorship Program showcase features emerging clowns, physical comedy artists, and experienced performers experimenting in a new style. It’s a performer-creation program, artists work with festival director Christine Lesiak to take their idea from concept to stage.  Help us keep this program going ADOPT-A-ROOKIE today! 2022 Rookie Mentorship Program participants: Lee Boyes Lauren Brady Yassine El Fassi El Fihri & Patrick Lynn Kijo Gatama with Dean Stockdale T Gill Sophie Healey with Zachary Strom Terry Knickle The Play the Fool Festival is supported by the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Play the Fool 2022

Triple Bill 2

Masks are required for this show and the Play the Fool Festival. If booking group tickets, or if ticket price is a barrier to access, please contact us. Rat Academy 18 mins | All-ages Red-nose clown Created & performed by Dayna Lea Hoffmann and Katie Yoner Collaborator Joseph McManus Fingers is the last rat in Edmonton. Or so he thinks, until one day he finds a curious and innocent baby rat named Shrimp. Eager to preserve his Edmonton rat legacy and finally have a friend, Fingers creates the Rat Academy to teach Shrimp how to survive as a cold, hard, street rat. Katie Yoner (she/her) is an actor, improviser, writer, and singer based in Treaty 6 Territory and within the Métis homelands and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4, traditionally known as Amiskwaciy Waskahikan (Edmonton). She is currently completing her third year of the BFA Acting program at the University of Alberta and in her spare time she loves to perform stand-up comedy and juggle. Recently, she completed a clown course with Michael Kennard which culminated in a solo performance, and prior to this she studied mask with Jan Henderson and clown with Jaqueline Russell at the University of Calgary. Her most recent credits are Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (University of Alberta), Exploding Uncertainty (University of Alberta), Win the Warrior (Edmonton Fringe) and Two Pin Idiot (Edmonton Fringe). Dayna Lea Hoffmann is a mixed-race multidisciplinary artist and actor from the Unceded Coast Salish Territories colloquially known as Surrey, BC. She has a strong passion for creation, collaborative work, film, and clown and hopes to share these passions with audiences across Canada. For the last two years, she has been living in Treaty No. 6 Territory (Edmonton) honing her skills of clown, acting, dance and juggling while attending the University of Alberta's BFA Acting Program. She additionally holds a diploma in Theatre from Douglas College, is a former performer, student and teacher of the Vancouver Circus School, and an alumni of Canada’s National Voice Intensive. Outside of traditional theatre, Dayna is an experienced physical theatre artist with a strong focus on circus, dance and clown. She has worked with many of Canada’s leading practitioners such as David MacMurray Smith, Jan Henderson, Michael Kennard, and Lin Snelling. She is also a student of Maître D'armes JP Fournier and has been trained in rapier and dagger, sabre, and unarmed combat. She has been experimenting with translating clown to an online medium, creating six original short clown films that can be found on her youtube channel. She has participated in Play the Fool’s short film contest for two years and was nominated for an award in 2021. Dayna is also a 2021 recipient of the Roger S Smith undergraduate research award and created a research-performance documentary examining gender and clown entitled Why Aren't Women Funny. The Character Cabaret  Created & performed by Christel Bartelse From the Creator of Fringe hits "ONEymoon" "Chaotica" and "All Kidding Aside", actor/performer/clown- Christel Bartelse brings you a theatrical showcase of characters, some human, some not. A hilarious & quirky solo show adventure! What the Critics are saying: “Bartelse has an easygoing charm that always makes her watchable” – The Charlebois Post ​“Rare originality and theatrical zest” – Edmonton Journal “Some performers just have it . . . Christel Bartelse is one of those performers.” – Raise The Hammer ”Christel Bartelse is filled with pure energy and has no trouble engaging the audience.” – Hamilton Today “True show business pizzazz” – NOW magazine “She’s a brave performer, and isn’t afraid to get into awkward positions, or to tell us the gory details of what giving birth really entails.” – Mooney On Theatre ​“Overflowing with charisma….impeccable comedy timing… (a) manically gifted actor” – Terminal City Weekly “Bartelse is a bit Julie Andrews gone wild “- Montreal Gazette “Tina Fey, Jane Lynch, and Amy Sedaris…Bartelse would not look out of place next to these” – Laurence Brown, King of Indiana ​“Bartelse, who starred in last year’s Fringe hit, Circle, confirms her status as one of the most talented performers to visit London” – London Free Press “A skilled physical comedian, she really knows how to use her body to generate laughs” – Theatromania- NYC Christel Bartelse is a multi-faceted artist based in Toronto. She got her start in comedy with the physical comedy duo, The Burnt Marshmallows (Canadian Comedy Award Nominees). She went on to create and write six award winning Solo Shows (Chaotica, ONEymoon, Significant Me, All KIDding Aside, The Surprise and Encore!) and have toured them all across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.  She is the Co-Producer & Co-Host of the Toronto Storytelling Show "But That's Another Story" and is also the co-producer & co-host of the Variety Cabaret “Chris and Christel’s Collection”.  She discovered theatrical clowning at the age of 20 and honed her skills with some of the top instructors, Mike Kennard, John Turner (Mump and Smoot), Sue Morrison, Philippe Gaulier, Francine Cote, Andy Massingham, Caroline Dream.  She's been teaching for the past 15 years, leading a variety of workshops in improv, clown, physical comedy, solo creation and is a proud faculty member of Humber College, The Toronto Film School, George Brown College. She also is the co-founder of Comedy Coop. The first online comedy school for women.  The Olympics Piece Created & choreographed by Anastasia Maywood Performed by Janita Frantsi, Maren Vickers, Zoette Dixon-Dyrvik Every current summer and winter Olympic sport in 14 minutes. Anastasia Maywood (Choreographer) has worked as an independent choreographer, dancer and producer based on Treaty 6 territory in Amiskwacîwâskahikan. She holds a BA Honors (Drama) from University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB) and an MFA in Choreography from York University (Toronto, ON). She was the recipient of the 2015 Good Women Dance Collective’s New Dance Award. Anastasia has presented her work in Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto and has performed for a variety of choreographers and theatre companies. In 2021, her physical dance/clown film, Ballet Class: At Home Edition, was officially selected for the Play the Fool International Short Film Festival and her newest work, The Olympics Piece, was performed in Dance Motif 2022. She is continuing to explore her interest in combining dance, clown and physical comedy. Janita Frantsi (performer/dancer) is a contemporary dance artist originally from Finland and now based on Treaty 6 territory in Amiskwacîwâskahikan. During her time in Edmonton, Janita has worked as a dancer, choreographer, and instructor with several organizations such as Mile Zero Dance, KO Dance Projects, Edmonton Opera, University of Alberta, and Concordia University of Edmonton. She has also created works for the Nextfest Arts Festival, SkirtsAFire Festival, Orchesis Dance Motif, Madrigal Singers, TEDxUAlberta, and various other events at the University of Alberta. Janita has a Master of Arts degree in Dance from the University of Alberta and is grateful to have received grants and scholarships from the Good Women Dance Collective, Government of Alberta, Orchesis Dance Performance Group, and Healthy Dancer Canada to continue exploring her artistic practices. Zoette Dixon-Dyrvik (performer/dancer) is a second year university student, and has always loved performing. She started dancing at age three and the art form quickly became part of her life. She joined the Edmonton Contemporary Dancers company for two years, as well as the Rhythm Motives tap company. She received testing in Royal Academy of Ballet, Cecchetti, and Tap. Being on stage has always brought her happiness, and shei is so grateful to be performing. Maren Vickers (performer/dancer) has studied a broad range of dance styles throughout her life including modern, contemporary, ballet, and flamenco. She danced with the Edmonton Contemporary Dancers for 4 years, while also learning the RAD and Cecchetti syllabi. She aspires to continue dancing and learning new styles throughout her years at the University of Alberta. The Play the Fool Festival is supported by the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Zachary Red EP Release Party @ The Aviary!

Zachary Red: Mixtapes for K - EP Release Party Tickets $20 at the door

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