By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca
Last year about this time, we were still reeling from the woulda/coulda been’s — and the heartbreak that the 39th annual Fringe was cancelled. That was a first. And so was the telethon that The Fringe That Never Was held on Fringe TV, propelled by festival director Murray Utas’s question: “can you imagine Edmonton without the Fringe?”
We can’t, in truth. Fringers stepped up. The Fringe is back, safely small but live!, for a 2021 edition with a celebratory name: Together We Fringe. And there’s a second annual Fringe Telethon, Friday, to ensure its future.
Live on Fringe TV from the Westbury Theatre, 2 to 6 p.m., it includes an array of live performances, DJ Red Cloud, and an excerpt from the Fringe show The Man Who Fell To Pieces for another. Interviews with such Fringe artists as the creators of CHANZO are on the afternoon’s program too. And the full show lineup, some 60 of them live, will be revealed on fringe theatre.ca, so you can study up and plot your Fringe before the tickets go on sale Aug. 4 at noon. The Telethon hosts are a lively trio: Utas, Megan Dart, and Josh Languedoc.
EPCOR, and its invaluable Heart + Soul Fund, will match the first $25,000 in donations, dollar for dollar. Phone lines are open 2 to 10 p.m. (780-448-9000).