Providing Accessible Opportunities
Although our festival this year may be virtual, we strive to provide accessible viewership to all. Fringe North would like to welcome everyone to our event, and deliver further resources to assist the viewer’s experience. We understand, that as a viewer there can be limitations that can affect your experience like;
- Not having the proper tools to aid in auditory/visual needs
- Struggling to manage the online world
- Lacking strong Internet connection
A Letter From the EDI Team
As Fringe North’s inaugural Equity, Diversity, Inclusion team, we’ve been doing research and
thinking a lot about how essential the EDI piece is to a festival like ours. We’re building a foundation to create meaningful festival policies backed up by staff and volunteer training, and community feedback and collaboration.
We base our work in the following statements:
- We do not want to cause harm. We do not want to perpetuate oppression.
- We realize theatre and the arts can be a conduit for change. We recognize our privilege to have the platform of a festival and therefore our responsibility to use our platform for good.
- We want to be accountable to our communities, artists, audiences, and team.
- We want to support diverse artists and diverse works. We especially wish to support and amplify the voices of BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+, low-income, disabled, young and other marginalized people because we know these folks are more often unheard and left out.
- We want to create safe(r) space for everyone; with an emphasis on BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+, low-income, disabled, young and other marginalized people because we know there are less safe spaces for these folks. We believe everyone deserves to feel safe and accepted.
- We want to respect our place on Indigenous land and be aware of the damage caused by historical and present day colonial violence. We want to listen to and learn from Indigenous people.
- We believe in Human Rights and accept people of all ethnicities, genders, sexualities, and religions.
- We want to respect the stories being shared on our platform, and recognize the importance of our no-censorship policy for artists. We want our artists’ voices to be shared without limitation.
We understand this is challenging work that we may not always get right. We hope that you will be able to join us for this year’s festival and provide us with feedback on anything we could be doing better.
In collaboration and solidarity,
Nicole Dyble (they/them)
How we can help
Our team has worked diligently to ensure that our festival complies with AODA guidelines. All of our shows in this year’s festival include automated captions. Any viewer restrictions on shows can easily be found in our festival pamphlet. In addition, we have provided a list of shows that are “Accessible Friendly”. These shows can be viewed easily, where technical issues that may arise from automated captioning have minimal to no effect on the viewer’s experience.
Accessible Friendly Shows
- The Wanderer’s Guide
- Green Package
- Blue Package
- Yellow Package
- Tango In the Dark
- Algoma Through the Bird’s Eye
- Claire Mitchell
- In the Dark
- Moments in Algoma
- So that’s what Austrailians Call Humour
Along with our list of easily viewed shows, we have provided transcripts to add as a secondary visual aid to 25% of our shows. We have picked a selection of shows to ensure that at LEAST three shows include these services in our opening night, morning and evening blocks of the schedule. These shows include a range of different genres, viewer restrictions and durations to suit your needs.
- Theories with Alex
- Old Man on Younge
- Behind Closed Doors
- A Toast to Prohibition
- The Vinyl Problem
- Run like Hell
- A Deep Dive into My Mom’s Facebook Page
- Able to Disabled
- The ADHD Project
Lastly, if you are in a location that does not have a strong access to internet connection, we are hosting watch parties at various locations in Sault Ste Marie. We will be accepting donations for artists.
- Wednesday August 18th 5:30-10:00p.m.
- Outspoken Brewing (350 Queen Street E, SSM)
- Thursday August 19th, 5:30-10:00p.m.
- The Klub Community Wellness Centre (1-642 Queen St. East Paul Mall)
- Friday August 20th, 5:30-10:00p.m.
- Maker North (55 Church St) *Bring your own chair
- Saturday August 21st, 5:30-10:00p.m.
- Sault Ste Marie Museum (690 Queen St. E, SSM) *includes free admission to museum
We want to ensure that we meet your needs. Our Festival values are important to us, and we welcome any suggestions on how we can make our show more accessible to you! If you have questions or concerns feel free to contact us at email@example.com or message us on social media (@fringesault)