There is magic in storytelling. And, we want everyone to share in that magic.

We strive to make the Fringe Festival welcoming and accessible for everyone. To assist patrons with accessibility concerns we partnered with CRIPSiE (the Collaborative Radically Integrated Performers Society in Edmonton) and the Sustainable, Political, Accessible Communities of Edmonton Project to provide an overview of our venues.

Below is accessibility information for the Festival site and each venue. Please note that many of the venues hosting Fringe shows are operated by third parties. We do our best to ensure the accuracy of information. If you have any updates or questions please contact us at communications@fringetheatre.ca

Wheelchair Accessibility

Patrons requiring a wheelchair stall ticket to a show must secure their ticket at the box office in person or by phone. General admission tickets purchased online do not guarantee wheelchair stall availability.

Disabled Adult Transit Service (DATS) Drop Off

The DATS drop off is located on the east side of 103 ST just north of Whyte Ave. This area is designated. More information about DATS is provided by the City of Edmonton here.

Accessibility Specifications

ATB Financial Arts Barns

The ATB Financial Arts Barns is operated by Fringe Theatre, and is home to three venues: Westbury Theatre, Backstage Theatre, and the Studio Theatre.

Our staff are available to assist you. If you need help or require extra time getting to your seat just ask any team member for assistance.

Audio or Visual Assistance for Patrons

For recommendations for shows suitable for visually and hearing impaired patrons please contact us at communications@fringetheatre.ca

The ATB Financial Arts Barns is wheelchair accessible for all public spaces. This includes the lobby, box office, gendered washrooms, rehearsal spaces, and theatres.

  • Box office and entrance to the theatre is located outside and on the north side of the ATB Financial Arts Barns.
  • If coming from the west side of the building there are rail tracks on the path to the theatre. There is also a small lip in the concrete in front of the venue. Both should be approached with care.
  • Main entrance to the theatre is accessible, with a 32” width clearance.
  • Reserved accessible seating is available in the front of the risers, or in some configurations at 29” high cabaret tables.
  • Washrooms are accessible and have clearance for a 32”w x 32”h chair.
  • Gendered washroom signs have braille.
  • The theatre is air conditioned.
  • The theatre entrance is accessible with a 32” width clearance.
  • Gendered washrooms are accessible and have clearance for 32”w x 32”h chair.
  • The theatre is air conditioned.
  • This venue is equipped with a hearing assist system. T Coil hearing assistance system (for use with some hearing aids) will be activated for all performances in this venue. As well, there will be a few headsets for those whose hearing aids are not compatible available at the theatre, on a first come, first serve basis. To access the system, please ask your Front of House volunteers who will notify the technicians
  • Box office and theatre are located through the main entrance of the ATB Financial Arts Barns.
  • Area around ATB Financial Arts Barns is quite flat.
  • No stairs or ramps to get into the building or the theatre.
  • Doors into ATB Financial Arts Barns are a 34” width.
  • Entrance to Westbury Theatre is a 32” width.
  • Accessible seating is available on either side of the front row.
  • Gendered washrooms are available down the hall of the main lobby on the northeast side of the theatre.
  • Washrooms are accessible and have clearance for a 32”w x 32”h chair.
  • The theatre is air conditioned.
  • This venue is wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible, gender neutral washroom available on main floor
  • Hall has a ramp (roped off with signage “Ramp for wheelchair and disabled only” to prevent audiences from lining up and blocking ramp – removed before doors open by Front of House Staff for those with mobility needs)
  • Moveable seating on floor level for accessible seating
  • Box Office immediately to the right of venue, accessible from sidewalk
  • Path to entrance from the Festival site is quite difficult. There are no curb cuts on the block that this venue is on.
  • Direction from the main Fringe Site: take sidewalk on Gateway Boulevard from Fringe site north to 86 Avenue pedestrian crossing. Curb cuts available. Cross street and continue east on 86 avenue from Gateway Boulevard to Tommy Banks Way (102 Street). Enter park via paved path, and follow past hockey rink until you reach the school. Path is uneven and sometimes steep near the school. It is recommended to take the curb cut in front of the north entrance of King Edward Elementary School, and move along the street to the entrance of the Academy at King Edward.
  • Accessible entrance: main entrance with ramp. Door is 27 ½”; wheel base measurement is 33”.
  • There is an alternate entrance for patrons who are not able to access the venue via the front ramp. This entrance brings patrons through the backstage area and has a doorway transition of 3 1/4”. We request that patrons identify their requirements to a FOH volunteer and allow an additional 2 minutes to enter the venue if using this alternate entrance
  • Accessible seating: front of theatre
  • No accessible washrooms
  • Air conditioned: No
  • This venue is not wheelchair accessible
  • There are 7 indoor stairs (7 ½ inch per stair) to access venue
  • No washrooms in venue – public portapotties available (including accessible ones)
  • Air conditioned: No
  • Directions from main Fringe Site: take sidewalk on Gateway Boulevard from Fringe site North to 86 Avenue pedestrian crossing. Curb cuts available. Cross street and continue east on 86 Avenue from Gateway Boulevard to Tommy Banks Way (102 Street). Enter park via paved path, and follow past hockey rink until you reach the school. Path is uneven and sometimes steep near the school. Entrance on North side of the building
  • Once in venue, moveable seating on floor level for accessible seating
  • No stairs or curbs on path to venue from Festival site
  • Patron will need to cross railway tracks if coming from behind ATB Financial Arts Barns
  • Accessible entrance: main entrance with 32” clearance
  • Accessible seating: center of front row
  • Gendered washrooms are accessible
  • Women’s washroom requires patron to turn a corner measuring 44” x 4 ft.
  • Air conditioned: Yes
  • This venue (on the second floor of the building) is wheelchair accessible via an elevator
  • No washrooms in venue – public portapotties available (including accessible ones)
  • Box office immediately to the left of venue, accessible from sidewalk
  • Overhead signage for venue reads “The Edmonton Telephone Historical Information Center”
  • Moveable seating on floor level for accessible seating
  • Air conditioned: No
  • No stairs or curbs to venue from Festival site
  • Accessible entrance: main entrance with 36” clearance
  • Accessible seating: front row
  • Gendered washrooms have stalls to accommodate 32” x 32” chair; however, washrooms themselves are quite tight. Accessible stall is reachable only by a 22” pathway
  • Air conditioned: No
  • This venue is equipped with a hearing assist system. T Coil hearing assistance system (for use with some hearing aids) will be activated for all performances in this venue. As well, there will be a few headsets for those whose hearing aids are not compatible available at the theatre, on a first come, first serve basis. To access the system, please ask your Front of House volunteers who will notify the technicians
  • No stairs or curbs on path to venue from Festival site
  • Accessible entrance: main entrance with small lip of 1” and ¾” at main entrance
  • Accessible seating: on aisles at back of theatre
  • Gendered washrooms are accessible. Stalls require patrons to back in
  • Washroom signs have braille
  • Air conditioned: No