From the creative team behind the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival’s decade long sell-out smash hit, The Late Night Cabaret, comes Fringe Revue: a brand new digital variety show. Part late night talk show, part live concert, part social commentary, part fun and games, Fringe Revue blends music, theatre, comedy, storytelling, and spoken word, all on a brave new digital platform.
Episode 1 aired on Saturday, June 13 at 8pm
Episode 1: Hosts & Guests
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Blinov is a Canadian Comedy Award-nominated writer, editor and performer. He has been improvising with Rapid Fire Theatre since 2006, and has taught and performed comedy in places like Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg, Seattle, Atlanta, and Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Amber Borotsik is an Edmonton based creator, performer and educator keenly interested in the intersection between improvisation, contemporary dance and theatre practices.
Amber has performed in both theatre and dance across Canada, the United States and in Japan; and has received three Sterling Awards (Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role – Little One, Choreography/Fight Direction and Independent Production – Scythe) as well as the TELUS Courage to Innovate award at the Mayor’s Evening for the Arts. In the fall of 2017 Amber travelled to Studio 303 in Montreal and Neighbourhood Dance Works in St. John’s Newfoundland where she had a blast remixing the work of other choreographers as a part of the CanDance/Studio 303/Mile Zero Dance/NDW REMIX Exchange. Last May traveled back to Montreal to take part in Centre de Création O Vertigo’s Emerging En- counters International Exchange Project and to present a solo version of her newest work No Guesses Found as a part of En marge du Festival TransAmériques. Amber was to be performing in ONE at Factory Theatre in Toronto then heading to St. John’s to work on an adaptation of Oderin by poet Agnes Walsh but now she is getting really into online dance classes instead.
Chris Dodd is an Edmonton based Deaf performing artist, playwright, accessibility advocate and Governor General Innovation Award finalist. He is the founder and artistic director of Canada’s national theatre festival dedicated to the Deaf performing arts, SOUND OFF. He is an artistic associate with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre and is one of their Playwrights in Development. His solo work, “Deafy“, will be published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2021. Other acting credits include “Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat” with Saskatoon’s Sum Theatre, “Gravity” with Edmonton’s Theatre Yes and “Ultrasound” at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille. Chris holds a degree from the University of Alberta’s Drama program. He was recently the recipient of the Guy Laliberté Prize for innovation and creative leadership by the Canada Council of the Arts.
Jesse has been an active member of the Edmonton theatre community since graduating from The U of A, (BFA acting) in 2001 and has performed for many theatre companies across Canada including: The Citadel Theatre, Theatre Network, Northern Light Theatre, The Free Will Shakespeare Company, Workshop West Theatre, Firefly Theatre, Teatro La Quindicina, Shadow Theatre, High Performance Rodeo, Theatre Calgary, The Fluid Festival, Concrete Theatre, Globe Theatre, and The National Arts Centre. Jesse has co- created and produced 4 full length dance\theatre productions that have toured across Canada, the US, Japan and Hong Kong. He has been a multiple nominee and the recipient of 3 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes awards for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Independent Production.
Tymisha "Tush" Harris
What to say about Tymisha Harris…aka Tush…no really. She is a Texas born, Florida shaped, Tour de force. A dancer, a singer and an actress, that has been in entertainment for over twenty years, Tush is an asset to any production. From her beginning, working as asst. choreographer to N*SYNC, theme park grinding in many states, overseas touring with theater troupe, PILOBOLUS, and the recent addition of her one-woman show, JOSEPHINE. Through these achievements, this gal has taken the world by storm. Tush is ready to learn, share, impact and grow with the world. You should come along for the ride! OneLove!
Jason Kodie is an award winning musician who has been an integral member in a wealth of projects and bands . Based in Edmonton, he has performed at the Olympics, Place des Arts, The Smithsonian, with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and a range of venues from house concerts to premier venues throughout Western Canada. With accordion as his primary instrument, he is equally versatile as a pianist and arranger.
As a soundscape designer, he has composed for over 30 productions, and was a recent nominee for best sound design at the 2017 Elizabeth Sterling Hayes awards.
Since 2013, Jason has been the Musical Director of ‘Ze Punterz’ for the ‘Late Nite Cabaret’ at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.
Since 2011, has has been the lead musical curator for the Flying Canoe Volant festival held at la Cité francophone in Edmonton.
Jason is a member of Captain Tractor, Le Fuzz, and can be heard along with a myriad of musicians including John Guliak, Marco Claveria, and the McGowan Family Band.
Josh Languedoc is an Anishinaabe playwright, theatre creator, and educator currently living in amiskwaciy waskahikan (Edmonton). For the past 2 years, Josh has been touring his acclaimed solo show Rocko and Nakota: Tales From the Land across Canada. Josh is also developing several other plays with various theatre companies: The Eyes of Spirits (Dreamspeakers; Workshop West Playwrights Theatre), CIVIL BLOOD: A Treaty Story (Thou Art Here Theatre), Feast (Tiny Bear Jaws), and IN-COR-RI-GI-BLE: The Legend of Thundervoice (Blyth Festival). As an educator, Josh teaches playwriting and theatre creation through the Citadel Theatre, Artstrek, Edmonton Public Schools, and Workshop West’s #WriteOfPassage teen playwriting program. Josh is currently a masters candidate at the University of Alberta’s MFA Theatre Practices program, with a research and practitioning focus on Indigenous playwriting, storytelling, and devised theatre creation.
This wack-ado dandy has been performing with Rapid Fire Theatre for over 10 years now and has traveled all over North America performing sketch and improv. He is the host/co-creator of a freaky little nature show called Frick, I Love Nature, which is currently in development with their second season. You can enjoy the first season on youtube and Telus Optik, for all you Optik-heads out there. He enjoys foods on sticks and groovin’ to the smooth stylings of Norah Jones. Shout out to all my NoJo’s in the Dojo of easy listening. #comeawaywithme #lonestar
Shima Aisha Robinson
Shima Aisha Robinson is an amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (Edmonton) born poet and spoken word artist who embodies, with every poem, the ancient meaning of her chosen pen name. Dwennimmen is the name of an ancient African Adinkra symbol, which means strength, humility, learning and wisdom. It is no surprise, then, that this veteran of the Alberta poetry community uses a searing intellect and dynamic precision-of-language to create poetry which ushers her readers and listeners toward greater understanding and poignant reflection. For Dwennimmen, poetry has long been a compass, a salve, an anchor and guiding light. She uses the potential and force of poetry to uncover the full range of her cerebral, linguistic and spiritual fortitude. This is why her every poem and performance testifies to an emerging power and wisdom, an authentic, deeply human potency which she hopes to pass on to listeners and poetry-lovers around the world.
Matt Schuurman is a performer with the ensemble at Rapid Fire Theatre. He’s also the current Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre! He’s a proud father to a cool kid and a proud partner to a cool community champion. Sometimes he rides a motorcycle.
Kelly Turner (she/her) is an improvisor with Rapid Fire Theatre, a writer and performer for Dang Dumb, and teaches improv with Grindstone and Rapid Fire Theatre. She jokes about her daddy issues and hates ghosts and ouija boards, which makes her a major buzz-kill at highschool parties.
Edmonton based, Winnipeg bred Lindsey Walker searches for beauty in the darkness in her Edmonton Music Award Album of the Year nominated this desolate bliss. (2017). Apocalyptic, cinematic and achingly sincere, this atmospheric roots-rock album draws upon the sonic inspiration of Led Zeppelin, Jeff Buckley and Alabama Shakes.
Lindsey Walker was shortlisted for the 2019 Edmonton Music Prize, nominated for Female Artist of the Year at the Edmonton Music Awards (2018), and was voted Best of Edmonton Solo Artist by Vue Weekly (2017). On releasing this desolate bliss. she earned distinction as a Canadian Songwriting Competition semi-finalist with the eerie track “St. Petersburg”. The simmering “Window” also drew notice by winning an EMA for Indie Rock Recording of the Year (2018).
Find her wandering in the night hunting all that dares to glimmer.