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.

2017 BYOV applications are now closed.

BYOV applications were open from Monday, January 30, 2017 to Monday, March 20, 2017. 

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 (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.
  • Booking Coordinator – Concrete Theatre: Patrick Beagan: bookings@concretetheatre.ca
  • 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.
  • 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)
The Billiard Club – 10505 Whyte Ave
  • 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

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: 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)