Tuesday, 12 June 2012




Friday, 18 May 2012

Lower Ossington Theatre: Call for Artists

An exciting opportunity for Indie Companies! 

 The Lower Ossington Theatre is seeking submissions of new works by emerging artists for co-production opportunities this summer. The Lower Ossington Theatre is launching the Studio Theatre, and is looking for project proposals

The LOT is encouraging all types of submissions, from all performing arts genres. If you are interested, please send the following via email to 
- A project proposal 
- An excerpt or sample of your piece 
- A list of artists involved 

Friday, 11 May 2012

Dear Creation Lab Renter –

After almost one year of offering beautiful, affordable, accessible space to you, we’re asking you to pay it forward and invest in the future of the Creation Lab! Help keep the Lab alive and well for another year. Support your fellow artists by donating $5 or $10 to the Creation Lab and ensuring that this fantastic community resource will flourish for many years to come. (And don’t forget to mark in your calendars – all subsidy levels re-load for bookings after September 1, 2012.)

The Toronto Fringe: An Indiegogo Campaign Worth YOUR Investment

The Toronto Fringe believes that supporting the work of artists in any way we can is essential to the health and longevity of the performing arts in our city, and across the country. We believe that NOW is the time for bold action to continue to nurture and support our arts community. That’s why we founded the Fringe Creation Lab - where $5 can buy an hour of creation time for an artist – including YOU!

As someone who rents the Creation Lab, you know how vitally important it is to get artists out of their Living Rooms and into a studio to dream up creations, run workshops, rehearse, and hold meetings. By supporting the Creation Lab, you are supporting creativity, innovation, and the grassroots organizations that make our city so vibrant.

We have a brand new Indiegogo Campaign to raise $4500 before the end of this summer’s festival. And thanks to TD Bank, who has agreed to match your donations until July 15th, every dollar you donate will have twice the impact, so no matter what you donate, it will be doubled. Take action and support the Creation Lab Campaign NOW. Follow this link to the Indiegogo site:

If you would like a tax receipt for your donation, you can donate directly through our website at by clicking “Donate” in the upper right hand corner.

And Don’t Forget: Applications to the Next Stage Theatre Festival are Open NOW
The Toronto fringe is now accepting applications to the 2013 Next Stage Festival - Toronto’s hottest Winter Performing Arts festival. Don’t be left out in the cold, be the next hottest ticket in the city. To apply, click here:

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

The Toronto Fringe is Recruiting 100 Young Theatre Entrepreneurs

--You are between the ages of 17 and 24 and you’re ready to take the theatre world by storm
--You are ready to burst your theatre-conservatory-drama-club-summer-arts-camp-theatre bubble
--You think that it takes more than ‘just acting’ to make it as a theatre artist
--You aren’t a’re a doer, a leader, a mover and a shaker

Jump into the real world this summer and join The 100: a 12 day immersive theatre entrepreneur bootcamp at the Fringe Festival.

When you join The 100, you get behind-the-scenes access and a free VIP pass to Toronto’s largest theatre festival. You get on the ground immersion while you produce street theatre and guerrilla marketing that you will have creative control over. You will be launched into the middle of the action and given hands-on experience working alongside Fringe staff and networking with top indie theatre artists and mentors from the ‘biz’.

The 100 is the next generation of theatre makers –and we want to hear your voices at the Toronto Fringe. Show the theatre community your ideas, your gusto, and your hustle! The 100 is the future of the Toronto theatre scene. Be a part of it!

Email for more info and apply ONLINE HERE.

Monday, 16 April 2012

LLOC #5: Anna Atkinson

Please take a moment and check out our most recent Little Lunchtime Office Concert featuring Anna Atkinson.  It's a remarkable moment: the transformation of a work space into an art space.  But where better than in the administrative-heart of the Toronto Fringe?

Our next concert will be on Friday April 27th at 12:30.  You are welcome to attend! The band(s) will be announced shortly...

Friday, 30 March 2012

Time in Space Subsidy Update!


Good news!  Did you hear?  The Creation Lab has already offered 3,500 hours of subsidized creation space to small arts collectives, non-profits, ad-hoc theatre companies and more! 

Our goal: to make it to 5,000 hours before the studios temporarily close in June/July!!!

Some companies that have booked the Lab recently:

Morro and Jasp
Caravan Farm Theatre
Theatre Lab
Soup Can Theatre
Even Webber & Frank Cox-O'Connell
The Amy Project
Acting Up Stage

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

In the Creation Lab: Website in a Day (aka WordPress for Beginners)

Avery Swartz, web-designer for the Toronto Fringe, will be hosting a not-to-be-missed WordPress workshop in the Creation Lab.  If you have an indie company you'll want to be there. 

Saturday April 28,2012
10am – 4pm
Fringe Creation Lab: 720 Bathurst Street, Toronto
$129.00 per person
delicious catered lunch included

Learn how to build a website using WordPress – the popular blog and website publishing platform.  Whether you’re trying to set up a simple website for your small business, a personal blog, or perhaps you use WordPress at work and would like to learn more, this workshop is for you. You’ll learn how to install, customize, and maintain WordPress on your own website.
We will cover:
  • the difference between and hosting WordPress on your site
  • how to install WordPress
  • selecting and installing a WordPress theme
  • building webpages and your site’s menu bar
  • adding a blog to your website
  • plugins and widgets – how to customize WordPress
  • a few lines of code that are handy to know
Bring your laptop, your enthusiasm, and appetite (delicious catered lunch is included!), and by the end of the day, you’ll have built your own website from start to finish.
The workshop is limited to a small group, so there will be lots of time for questions and one-on-one support.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

In Development at the Creation Lab: THE DRIFTS LIVE

THE DRIFTS LIVE is a theatricalization of excerpts from the literary novel, The Drifts (Coach House Books, 2010). In the initial stages of exploration/development, we will be leaning out into various venues to work the material over the next year or so. First up, The Hollywood Fringe (June, 2012) #driftslive

4. June 8, 9; 14-16 2012 @hollywoodfringe #hff12

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Community Survey

Since October, we have been offering a monthly "Open Jam" in the Creation Lab.  During these Open Jams, we open the space for free to actors, writers, creators -- and virtually anyone in our community who has a creative project.  

Although many community members have commented on how neat the idea is, the last few Open Jams have been underpopulated.  People mention things like: "I really wanted to come, but I had to work" or "I was planning on coming but I thought I wouldn't know anyone." 

As we move forward with this program, we want to make sure it is serving our community in the best, most practical way.  By filling out this survey, you will help us identify how best to shape this program. Thank you in advance!

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

In the Creation Lab: Pilates for Creatives

Does Pilates scare you? It scares me too. I've tought and practiced it for years, and now teach gentle classes that encourage students to hone in on their core support while finding ease and fluidity through alignment. The goal being that you can go about your day with a greater sense of awareness and ease in your body. This is great and it works well for people dealing with phyiscal limitations, but as a dancer I crave creativity and I want to move through the space with my whole body!  Enter Pilates for Creatives.

This innovative class series will invite you to see your body from a new perspective, learn something new about your anatomy, and inspire you to move. Using imagery, and improvisational techniques to arrive into our body and awareness, this class will combine traditional Pilates Mat exercises with tools that get us off the mat and moving through the room.  
No Mat Required! 

$80 for the Series, sliding scale drop-in $12 - 15

Contact Laura Hicks at 647 886 1561 or for more information.

This class is always open to drop ins! Beginners welcome.

Neville's Nook. Fridays 5:15 - 6:30. Starting March 16th.  Last class on Friday May 4th