And that's a wrap on the Edmonton Fringe! Almost 800 000 people visited this year - in a city of a million - and over 100 000 bought tickets to indoor shows, with over 350 sold out performances. One things is for sure: Edmonton loves theatre.
What stellar eleven days, filled with sunshine, warm nights, street performers, drag queens, patios, beers, magicians, make-shift venues, laughs with friends, green onion cakes, parades, cabaret, costumes, buskers, and many, many chocolate covered bananas. I fringed to the fullest. This fringe helped me reconnect with my hometown. This festival really does bring a special energy to Old Strathcona, celebrating art and weirdness, and attracting people from all over the English speaking world. This year I saw work from Australians, South Africans, the English, and from literally ALL OVER Canada and the U.S. I am feeling really excited that I am here for another at least. I think the key to happiness is making the best of where you are, even if it's not where you want to be. A lot of the time it's all about attitude. Anyway! Here are some photos from my week:
Chantal and Nicole, my vintage vixens vamping up the next act patio.
Nicole looking fly in a two piece she made an hour before meeting me. She's currently working on a 60s inspired collection!
My 60s outfit.
Chelsea! Her show got four stars across the board and was also included in Vue Weekly's "pick of the fringe." It was really good!
A venue where I saw a play. This church is sooo beautiful!
I really love these two articles about the Edmonton Fringe; they really encapsulate the festival and what it means for the city. Oh, Edmonton You Beautiful Swirling Mass of Contradictions and Edmonton's Fringe Defines The City.
In other commentary, the past two weeks have made me realize just how much I need a change of employment. Which is hard for me to admit, because it's a great place to work and I am not a quitter. I actually love the company I work for, I work with great people, and I have good managers. Working for the man has it's perks, friends. I get paid competitively, I have a pension and benefits, paid sick days, and a flexible schedule. There's nothing wrong with where I work that's made me want to quit. It's actually a surprisingly feminist organization, with great diversity training. I've simply outgrown sales/customer service, and especially when it's not relevant to my passions. My heart is no longer there. I've been feeling this way for a while, and being around the fringe made me realize that I need to live for my work. It's good I am going back to school in my field of interest. I really am going to take advantage of every volunteer opportunity and job opening that comes my way over the next one to two years in this program. Already I am getting advice and emails from my advisor, and it's getting me very excited.
Tomorrow I have orientation. Feeling both nervous and excited!!!