2017 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
BYOV (Bring Your Own Venue) Options

 
 

BYOV applications open Monday, January 30, 2017 and close Monday, March 20, 2017 at 5pm MST. Please stay tuned to our website for application information! 

Are you a Fringe Artist looking for a BYOV? Here, let us help!

What is a BYOV, you ask? A BYOV is a venue or location not included in the list of Fringe Theatre Adventures (FTA) managed lottery venues. If you were not drawn in the 2017 Fringe lottery, or if your performance is better suited for an unconventional space, a BYOV might be the right fit for you. 

Below is a list of regularly used BYOV's. If you are an artist looking to find a home for your 2017 Fringe show, this is a great place to start. 

Of course, we encourage you to get creative. Don't see a venue on the list below that suits your needs? Feel free to contact other locations and businesses in the Edmonton area. 

Please note: 

  • FTA does not represent or have an affiliation with the venues listed below. This list is simply meant as a resource for artists interested in producing in a BYOV;
  • The list below is by no means complete - we will update it as often as possible, but feel free to research potential locations on your own; 
  • FTA suggests the average rental fee be set at $10/seat, however this varies from venue to venue. Please contact the venue directly for more information;
  • The capacities listed below are from previous festivals, and are subject to change. Please contact the venue directly for more information; 
  • BYOV's come with financial risk, and additional work that is the responsibility of the producing company. Please consider your options carefully!; and
  • Are you a first time BYOV-er in need of a little guidance? Contact the fine folks in our programming department at programming@fringetheatre.ca for help! 
 
 

Whyte Avenue

Blues on Whyte - 10329 Whyte Ave

  • Contact: Venue contact information: (780) 439-3981
    Venue Producer: Ali Yusuf: yusuf.ali.a87@gmail.com or 780-686-7861
  • Seating Capacity: 120
  • Rental Rate: Contact for more information
  • Equipment: Sound Board, stage, lights, no storage
  • Wheelchair Access: Yes
  • Licensed Venue: Yes – No Minors Allowed
  • How Many Companies Fit In Venue: Usually only one show as the venue has nightly live shows after 8:30pm

El Cortez Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar - 8230 Gateway Blvd (FULL for 2017)

  • Contact: Thomas Scott
    thomas@elcortezcantina.com
  • Seating Capacity: 60 seats 
  • Rental Rate: $1400/10 shows between 4pm/9pm
  • Equipment: Theatre lighting/sound, small back stage/storage, venue technician, full FOH support 
  • Wheelchair Access: No
  • Licensed Venue: Yes, No Minors Allowed
  • How Many Companies Fit In Venue: 4 (one hour shows)

Old Strathcona Public Library - 8331 104 St (FULL for 2017 but contact for more information)

  • Contact: David Cheoros
    780-668-2440 or cheoros@hotmail.com
  • Seating Capacity: 92
  • Rental Rate: $140 per performance
  • Equipment: Technician, FOH staff member, lighting wash, basic sound system, front projection
  • Wheelchair Access: Yes
  • Licensed Venue: No
  • How Many Companies Fit In Venue: 8

Roots On Whyte Community Building - #305 8135 102 St. (FULL for 2017)

  • Contact: Alix Bean
  • Seating Capacity: 96

Sugar Swing Dance Club - 10019 80 Ave NW (Two Venues—Main Floor and Upstairs)

  • Contact: Elyse Szabo
    elyse@sugarswing.com
  • Seating Capacity: 150 roughly for each theatre
  • Rental Rate: $115 Rental Fee Upstairs per show, $135 Rental Fee Main Floor per show
  • Equipment: Lighting: four (4) LED Front-Mounted Washes, four (4) LED Top-Mounted Washes, one (1) Spotlight, and Lighting Controller - Desktop software controlled with QLC+
    Audio: Four powered speakers per floor
  • Wheelchair Access: For Main Floor Only
  • Licensed Venue: No
  • How Many Companies Fit In Venue: Up to 16 productions accepted

The Playhouse – 10033 80 Ave. 

  • Contact: Patrick Beagan, Booking Coordinator – Concrete Theatre bookings@concretetheatre.ca
    Bevin Dooley, Administrator – Alberta Opera admin@albertaopera.com 
  • Seating Capacity: Approx. 55 in a Proscenium-style set up
  • Rental Rate: $1200/production for 8-10 performances
  • Equipment Available: Air Conditioned, Licensed, Raked seating, theatrical lighting and sound, 1 professional technician- Stage Manager to be provided by each production, the space will also have a venue manager.
  • How Many Companies Fit In The Venue: 6-7, with limited storage space.

Varscona Hotel – Rutherford Room - 8208 106 St. NW

  • Contact: Brian Wissink
    briantwissink@hotmail.com
  • Seating Capacity: 110
  • Rental Rate: $1500
  • Equipment: Lighting and Sound included
  • Wheelchair Access: Yes
  • Licensed Venue: Yes, Under 18 Permitted
  • How Many Companies Fit In Venue: 3 companies (10 performances)

University Area

Garneau Theatre - 8712 109 St. NW

  • Contact: David Cheoros
    780-668-2440 or director@metrocinema.org
  • Seating Capacity: 500
  • Rental Rate: $300/performance
  • Equipment: Technician, FOH staff member, lighting wash and specials, sound system with mics and playback, cinema quality projection
  • Wheelchair Access: No
  • Licensed Venue: Yes, Under 18 Permitted
  • How Many Companies Fit In Venue: 8-10

French Quarter

La Cite Francophone – L’UniTheatre - 8627 Rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91 St) (FULL for 2017 but contact for more information)

  • Contact: poiemaproductions@gmail.com
  • Seating Capacity: 196
  • Rental Rate: Contact for more information
  • Equipment: Full Theatre Set-Up. See http://www.lunitheatre.ca/theatre-rental/ for more information.
  • Wheelchair Access: Yes
  • Licensed Venue: Yes, Under 18 Permitted
  • How Many Companies Fit In Venue: 6 

La Cite Francophone – Suzanne Thibaudeau Auditorium - 8627 Rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91 St) (FULL for 2017 but contact Jon Paterson for more information)

  • Contact: Jon Paterson
    jonnyp72@gmail.com
  • Seating Capacity: 180
  • Rental Rate: $2000
  • Equipment: Fully Equipped (Contact Producer for more information)
  • Wheelchair Access: Yes
  • Licensed Venue: Yes, Under 18 Permitted
  • How Many Companies Fit In Venue: 8

Rutherford School - 8620 Rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91 St) (FULL for 2017 but contact Jon Paterson for more information)

  • Contact: Jon Paterson
    jonnyp72@gmail.com
  • Seating Capacity: 180
  • Rental Rate: $2000 
  • Equipment: Fully Equipped (Contact Producer for more information)
  • Wheelchair Access: Yes
  • Licensed Venue: No
  • How Many Companies Fit In Venue: 8 

Other Previously Used Venues

The Billiard Club - 10505 Whyte Ave

Blues on Whyte - 10329 Whyte Ave

Varscona Hotel – 8208 106 St. NW

Wee Book Inn - 10310 Whyte Ave

Holy Trinity Anglican Church - 10037 84 Ave

Knox Evangelical Free Church - 8403 104 St

Auditorium at Campus Saint Jean - 1-08 McMahon: 8406, Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury (91 St)