For the first time in our 39 history, we didn’t see you this past summer, fringer. Our hearts are still a little tender – summer in Edmonton looked very different this year, but we know our decision helped our community stay safe and healthy.
This year’s Fringe Festival cancellation meant we couldn’t gather in celebration of live theatre the same way we have for the last 39 years. This is a devastating $3Million loss to our organization.
Without the Festival, we cannot do what we do best: connect artists with audiences through live performance. Connecting artists and audiences is our purpose and passion. We are working hard to discover new ways to keep you connected and ensure theatre continues to thrive.
When you support Fringe Theatre, you help us help artists so they can continue doing what they do best: create, perform, share the power of story, and wow you.
Just ask long-time local actor, director, dramaturg, and theatre enthusiast Michelle Todd. Her Edmonton Fringe story weaves in an out of the very rehearsal studios, stages, and back hallways of Fringe’s bricks-and-mortar home, a building that serves as a community hub of creative activity. For Michelle, Fringe is so much more than an event, so much more than a physical space.
“Fringe is more than a building,” says Michelle. “Not only did I cut my teeth prior to the renovations in the rehearsal and performance spaces here, but after the renovations, my father-in-law also worked here; my kid’s first birthday party was here; many friends have been married here; my mother-in-law performed here; my partner performed here. This is a hub for me. So very many wonderful things have happened here for me.”
Learn how a little lightning, perogies, and an old bus barn kickstarted a career…
We need your help if we’re going to make a comeback, fringer. We need your help now so we can all get back to fringing to our fullest in 2021.
When you give, stories come alive on our stages again. When you give, buskers fill our streets with jaw-dropping acts. When you give, the heart of Old Strathcona is transformed into a home for art, togetherness, and celebration at the largest Fringe Festival in North America.
We are asking every Fringer to donate the amount you normally spend on your Fringe experience in support of our recovery and our future.
Our goal is to raise $1Million.
You heard right. $1Million. Sounds wild, right? But, if 100,000 fringers donate just $10, we will fringe on. Last year alone, fringers purchased 147,000 tickets to Fringe shows (that’s $1.72Million in ticket sales!). We know Edmonton loves to fringe, and gosh darnit, we want to fringe with you forever.
Will you make a gift now so we can all Fringe forever?
So far, more than 2,000 fringers have stepped up to help. Check out our Donor Wall or track our fundraising progress here:
There are so many ways you can help…
Donate your yearly Fringe budget: the same amount you’d usually spend on tickets, the Festival Program Guide, and green onion cakes.
Or! Buy one $13 ticket to a show you’ll never see and a $7 beer you’ll never drink so we can Fringe Forever.
30% of every dollar raised will go toward the Edmonton Fringe Artist Endowment. This new fund will provide support for Fringe theatre artists and arts workers for years to come. When we reach our goal, we will invest more than $300,000 in artists and arts workers including technicians, stage managers, and designers.
It takes an extraordinary number of people in many different, often unseen but crucial roles, to make theatre magic happen. Cultural workers here at home and across the world lost work due to the pandemic. We need to support these artists directly and sustainably. The annual earnings from this endowment will ensure we can provide more support in times of need, for Fringe artists in future crisis.
70% of every dollar raised will ensure Edmonton Fringe can maintain day-to-day operations and come back better than ever next year. It will help us continue to develop scrappy, alternative content to keep you entertained in this unusual time. It will help us open the doors of the ATB Financial Arts Barns to our community faster. It will get you back in a front row seat, eagerly anticipating the dim of the lights and rise of the curtain. It will help us get back to doing what we do best: planning the Edmonton Fringe Festival and being a home to art all year long. Your gift will help us return to the Festival experience you know and love.
Every gift will help us Fringe Forever.
Become a Monthly Donor
Your commitment to give a little each month helps us dream big (and accomplish big!). Even $10 a month is an AMAZING help! As a monthly donor, you’ll receive exciting perks like:
- exclusive invites & insider scoops;
- one free ticket voucher;
- a $5 gift card to the Fringe Theatre Souvenir Shop by Echo Promotions; and
- your Charitable tax receipt
$Your Personal Fringe Budget
Show tickets + Festival Program Guide + green onion cakes + cold drinks + new summer outfit…please do the math (or check your personal 2019 Fringe spreadsheet if you’ve got one!) to discover how your “ordinary” personal Fringe budget will make an extraordinary difference. Plus, you’ll receive a charitable tax receipt for the full amount of your gift.
$7 - Buy the Fringe a Beer
Show your support for Fringe, artists, and community by raising one imaginary ice–cold frothy Festival bevy at a time. Plus, you’ll receive a charitable tax receipt for the full amount of your gift.
$13 - Buy a Ticket to a Show you’ll Never See
The hottest ticket in town is a ticket to the Fringe that Never Was…get yours before we sell out! Just kidding, these imaginary tickets are unlimited and so is your impact on the future of the Fringe! But seriously, donating now is an investment in the future of Fringe! Plus, you’ll receive a big, shiny tax receipt for the full amount of your gift.
Donate your Bottles & Cans
Drink up so we can fringe on! We’ve partnered with SkipTheDepot, a door-to-door bottle collection service that makes refundable recycling and fundraising easier than finding a seat on a sunny day in our South Big Rock Beer Tent.
- Download the app and book a pickup;
- Place your bags outside;
- Donate your refund to us; and
- Receive a charitable tax receipt directly from Fringe Theatre!
Dream big? Give big!
Don’t just dream it…be it! Why not sell out a Fringe show or an entire run? Our incredible artists and audiences conquer this staggering feat every year. But since these are shows no one will ever see, your epic philanthropic gift will make you a legendary angel who will go down in Fringe history!
- $1,200 sells out 76 tickets to one show that will never happen in Fringe’s smallest venue;
- $5,000 buys 315 tickets to one performance at the Westbury Theatre that no one will ever see;
- $7,300 sells out an entire imaginary show run at Studio Theatre in the ATB Financial Arts Barns; or
- $30,250 sells out the biggest venue at the Edmonton Fringe for 6 shows that will never happen!
You will receive a charitable tax receipt, special recognition (like rare behind-the-scenes invitations or the chance to host your very own Fringe-inspired special event), plus our eternal gratitude. Questions? Please contact us at email@example.com.
We are also happy to accept donations by mail: Fringe Theatre, ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 84 Ave, Edmonton AB, T6E 2G9
Thank you. We love you. We can’t wait to fringe with you again.
Questions? Thoughts? Don’t be shy. We want to hear from you! Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you. We love you. We can’t wait to fringe with you again.
Fringe Theatre Adventures Society is a registered charity. Charitable Registration No: 11885 3506 RR0001