COVID-19 Spring Update

Hey fringers – you hanging in there? We know it’s been tough, and we miss you oodles. Maybe reading this makes you think: “Gee whiz, yet another COVID-19 update.” We get it. But we hope you’ll keep reading because we have some fun Fringe updates! 

In the past few months, you have supported Fringe by sipping freshly brewed coffee and noshing on delicious eats at our Fringe Grounds Cafe. You’ve smashed the play button more than 12,000 times on Fringe TV to stream content created by artists from across the country and beyond. You’ve worn your love for Fringe on your sleeve by snapping up exclusive Fringe merch at our Shop. You’ve invested in the future of Fringe by donating.  

The Fringe Grounds Cafe is open for take-out only these days, but our team has been busy building the largest, sunniest patio north of Whyte Avenue. We can’t wait to serve you a cool Big Rock Brew, delicious iced tea, or tasty treat as soon as safely possible. 

We have presented breathtaking performances and memorable experiences online – Lakes and Streams Designing for Digital salon discussion, Nerd Nite Home Edition, a salon in conversation with local Latinx artists, and the 5th annual Chinook Series with our partners Azimuth Theatre and SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival. 

And if you missed any of that, don’t worry! While some livestream performances must fade into the ever-changing digital ether, many of these have been recorded and can be viewed anytime at FringeTV! 

Together, we’ve shown that the spirit of Fringe just can’t and won’t be kept down. 

This August marks 40 years of Fringe. While we don’t know what our 2021 Event will look like just yet, we’re scheming and dreaming behind the scenes to imagine all the ways we can safely celebrate this important Fringe milestone. 

As before and always, safety of all fringers is #1. On May 5, 2021, the Alberta Government created stronger public health measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. These measures include continued restrictions on festivals and events. We are actively collaborating with government agencies, Alberta Health Services, and industry partners to explore how best to support our community as health restrictions continue to evolve. 

If we can go ahead with a summer event, we suspect it’ll more closely resemble the very first Fringe Theatre Event in 1982 than the raucous celebration we’ve all come to know and love. How rad is that?! 

In the meantime, grabbing a made-with-care meal to go, or a freshly brewed Grizzlar coffee from Fringe Grounds Café is an awesome way to continue supporting us. Stay up to date by following them! @fringegroundscafe 

Read on for more information and stay tuned…! 


Help Us Help Artists

Artists are at the heart of everything we do. Countless cultural sector careers are put on hold because of the pandemic. We look forward to collaborating with our creative community here in Edmonton, across Canada, and internationally to help get artists back on their feet and back on the stage. 

We’d like to extend some big ol’ heartfelt Fringe love to all the artists finding inventive ways to create, spread joy, and share moments of connection with audiences near and far. If we’ve learned one thing in the past year (besides how to pin people in Zoom), it’s that we are all in this together! 

If you’re able and moved to give today, this week, or in the future, please know your financial support will help us help artists as we move toward our 40th anniversary and beyond. Gifts of $20 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt (and our unending love and gratitude!). 


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Artist Resources 


Wash those hands, wear those masks, get your shot, and take care of yourselves and each other, Fringers!  

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