Staff Picks of Fringe: Canadian Edition!
Need a little help navigating the Fringe this year? This is the fourth in our series of themed Fringe programming picks by our summer staff. This time, we’ve got a Fringe Binge: Canadian Edition! with selections from Rose Hopkins, our Associate Festival Producer.
Whether you’re throwing on all your red and white today, or are feeling a little less than enthused about ‘Canada 150’, we’ve rounded up a countdown of the Fringe shows that celebrate what it means to be Canadian, eh!
We’re starting off our Canadian countdown out East with, Swingin’ in St. John’s, the perfect pick if you’re looking for a Martimes vibe with a 60s twist. A little further West brings us to Coal From Hades: The Story of Les Mouches Fantastique, the story of the first queer magazine in North America, published in 1938. And finally, we hear the former Premiere of Saskatchewan’s story, In This Corner: Eight Rounds with Tommy Douglas, who was voted The Greatest Canadian in 2004.
All of these shows remind us of the rich and varied history of Canada across the country. But, Canada wouldn’t be what it is without the complex and diverse culture that it is now. So, let’s turn our attention to a few shows that are true embodiments of Canada today.
First of is Someone Between, an autobiographical piece created and performed by Chantria Tram that investigates her own Canadian-Cambodian identity. Next is We Are Not The Others a collaborative creation workshopped by McMaster’s Social Work program that looks at the real-life stories of women immigrants to Canada. And finally, how can we celebrate Canada without focusing on the very city we call home with Tales from the Hamilton 7, a storytelling group with anecdotes all about the steel city itself.
These six shows will fill up your binge pass, but if you’re looking for something a little extra, check out Your Own Sons written by Hamilton’s own Stephen Near, which takes on the political landscape of our country with a story about a Canadian man who has left to join ISIS.
As always, you can see all six shows, and save money with a Fringe Binge Pass – that’s six shows for only $48!
Rose Hopkins is an actor, creator, and producer who is thrilled to be joining the Fringe team as this years Associate Festival Producer. She is the founder of Hamilton’s Mooncalf Theatre, the recipient of the 2016 City of Hamilton Arts Award for Emerging Theatre Artist. When she’s not creating theatre or playing with excel spreadsheets, you can find Rose cuddling her puppy, Charro, or looking for retro furniture on Ottawa Street.