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

A BYOV (Bring Your Own Venue) is a venue or location not included in the list of Fringe Theatre managed venues. If you were not drawn in the 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 BYOVs. If you are an artist looking to find a home for your Fringe show, this is a great place to start. Remember, we encourage you to get creative! If you don’t see a venue on the list below that will work for you, feel free to contact other locations in the Edmonton area.

Please note:
  • Fringe Theatre 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;
  • Fringe Theatre 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;
  • BYOVs 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? Talk to our programming department at programming@fringetheatre.ca — they’re around to help you.

2018 BYOV applications are now open. Apply here. Deadline to apply is Monday, March 12, 2018 at 5pm (MST).

Whyte Avenue

Blues on Whyte – 10329 Whyte Ave
  • 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
  • Contact: Beth Dart (bdart@catchthekeys.ca)
  • Seating Capacity: 60 seats
  • Rental Rate: $1200/10 shows
  • 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
  • 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 2018)
  • 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. (FULL for 2018)
  • Booking Coordinator – Concrete Theatre: Mackenzie Reurink (mreurink@hotmail.com)
  • Administrator – Alberta Opera: Bevin Dooley: 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.
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Licensed
  • How Many Companies Fit In The Venue: 6-7, with limited storage space.
The Grindstone – 10019 81 Ave
  • Contact: Byron Martin 780-907-2975, bmartin@grindstonetheatre.ca
  • Seating: 75
  • Rental rate: $100/show
  • Equipment: Light hang, basic washes and spots, stage (10ft deep, 19 ft wide), PA system, sound and light boards.
  • Wheelchair access: Yes
  • Licensed: yes
  • How Many Companies Fit In The Venue: 6-7 companies @ 8 shows each.
The Billiard Club – 10505 Whyte Ave (FULL for 2018, please contact for more information)
  • Contact: Sierra: sierra@skyslimit.ca or 780-298-9903
  • Seating Capacity: Approx. 60
  • Rental Rate: Free of Charge
  • Equipment: Sound System, Microphone, Speakers: Contact venue for more information.
  • Wheelchair Access: No
  • Licensed Venue: Yes – No Minors Allowed
  • How Many Companies Fit In Venue: Usually only one show as venue cannot accommodate shows after 4pm on weekdays and 3pm on weekends

The Almanac – 10351 82 Ave

  • Contact: Josh (Josh@solsticefood.com)
  • Seating Capacity:70
  • Rental Rate: $1 per head
  • Equipment: mics, projector, speakers, screen
  • Wheelchair Access:yes
  • Licensed Venue:yes
  • How Many Companies Fit In Venue: 5 (3 spots spoken for)

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)
La Cite Francophone – Suzanne Thibaudeau Auditorium – 8627 Rue Marie-Anne-Gaboury (91 St) (FULL for 2017 but contact Jon Paterson for more information)
  • Contact: Sydney Hayduk (sydneyhayduk@hotmail.com) or Jon Paterson (jonnyp@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

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

  • Contact: Sydney Hayduk (syddhayduk@hotmail.com) or Jon Paterson (jonnyp72@gmail.com)
  • Seating Capacity: 230
  • Rental Rate: $2000
  • Equipment: Fully Equipped (contact Producer for more information)
  • Wheelchair Access: Yes
  • Licensed Venue: No
  • How Many Companies Fit in Venue: 8

Downtown

Normand Bistro – 10177 99 Street (Inside the Citadel Theatre)

  • Contact: Normand Campbell, normandc1@hotmail.com; Marianne Quach, quach@gmail.com
  • Seating Capacity: 100-125 for comfortable seating in the bistro.
  • Rental Rate: Free of Charge
  • Equipment: Please contact venue
  • Wheelchair Access: Yes
  • Licensed Venue: Yes –Minors Allowed
  • How Many Companies Fit In Venue: Please contact venue

Francis Winspear Centre for Music – Studio – 9720 102 Avenue

  • Contact: Diana de Sousa, Client Services Manager, ddesousa@winspearcentre.com, 780-401-2522
  • Seating Capacity: maximum 200 people; capacity will depend on performance space requirements, so may be reduced from 200
  • Rental Rate: $600 for a four-hour performance time block – this includes the Studio for up to 4 hours (setup, show and take down to occur during this time), setup of up to 200 chairs, theatre style, staff for your event (a Supervisor, Usher and Security), dimmable ceiling lighting
  • If required, an additional rehearsal time block of up to four hours can be booked, to occur immediately prior to the performance time block; added cost is $160 (does not include any staff)
  • License agreement and deposit are required to confirm the venue; must be received a minimum of 14 days prior to performance date.
  • Equipment – additional costs apply:
    • Bar – cash bar – $276 (for maximum 3 hour duration)
    • Stage risers – 3 x 4’x8’ risers – $225 – additional costs apply for setup/takedown if no other scheduled events
    • Video projector and 10’ screen – $260 – hanging 10’ screen located at middle of long wall (Studio is a rectangular room)
    • Audio system and technician – $520 – includes up to 4 mics (wired or wireless – max 2 lav/earset) and music input, plus technician for a four hour call; if required, additional four hours of technician time can be booked for rehearsal immediately prior to performance time block– added cost is $186.
  • Wheelchair Access: Yes – wheelchair access is thru Stage Door (staffed 24/7 by Security)
  • Licensed Venue: (are minors allowed?) – Yes;
  • How Many Companies Fit In Venue: Please contact for more information.

Other Previously Used Venues

  • Varscona Hotel – 8208 106 St. NW
  • Wee Book Inn – 10310 Whyte Ave
  • Knox Evangelical Free Church – 8403 104 St