Edmonton Fringe is big. There are also 180 or so indoor shows. And the indoor shows are only a small part of it--apparently 75% of the people who come down to the festival site never even see an indoor show. For them there are six busking pitches, with world class street performers working all day long. There are also food stalls galore, carnival rides, a dance party tent... it's ridiculous.
The indoor show went well. Good attendance, especially considering it was my first time there. And got a good review from Vue Weekly.
(Before that, a brief visit to Saskatoon where I did not bring my indoor show, but worked the street. Saskatoon was lovely, and though the festival is small, it was worth it to see some old friends and visit a beautiful place.)
This year's Winnipeg Fringe was, I think, a success. The show was well reviewed (Free Press, CBC, Uptown), and attendance was way up from last year, including two sellouts.
I didn't manage to see many shows, but there were some great ones that I did manage to catch. Steve Larkin's N.O.N.C.E. springs to mind right away, as does RC Weslowski's underrated The Wet Dream Catcher. Guess I like the poets.
The best part, though, is hanging around with the other Fringe performers around the site. It's addictive and I didn't get much sleep.