Fringe Binge, an evening of music and an art exhibition at the Palace Theater


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Think of it as Fringe-lite, with a musical twist.

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On Monday, the Palace Theater Arts Commons will launch the Fringe Bash musical celebration and some theatrical proposals for Fringe Binge as well as the opening of a visual Fringe for the artists.

There’s even a comedy night in the mix. Everything is presented at the Palace Theater, with the fine arts in its Salle Procunier opening Tuesday and continuing through October 2.

“This is our first production since the start of the pandemic, so it’s very exciting,” said Kelli Gough, chairman of the board.

“We’ve worked so hard to make this happen, it’s exciting to see it come to fruition.”

A grand opening will take place Monday at 7 p.m. at the theater with local dignitaries on site for a small reception.

Admission is free to the Visual Fringe which features works by 10 artists from London and the region: Marla Botterill, Naila Rahim, Jason Stanford, Luke Dickey, Jude Da Costa, Sebastian Joseph, Alex Armstrong, Michael Yates, Meryem Berrada and Robin McLeod.

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Musical acts at Fringe Bash, Wednesday through Saturday, include The Skydiggers, starring Andy Maize and Josh Finalyson Wednesday, an all-female comedy show starring Kaamila Shirdon, Laura Leibow and Stacey Prieur Thursday, the Dorchester singer-songwriter. Brent Jones Friday and Miranda Mulholland of the Great Lakes Swimmers with guest Joe Phillips to close the week on Saturday.

All music shows start at 8 p.m. Visit the palacetheatre.ca website for more information on tickets (which can only be purchased online), prices and performers for Fringe Bash and Fringe Binge.

Fringe Binge includes three shows, which take place each evening from September 29 to October 2 in one of three time slots: 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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– Comedy 107 by Fridge Door Live Theater Co., about a rare find in the woods that “wreaks havoc and brings two distant cousins ​​together and apart.” The show, directed by Len Cuthbert, stars Eden Reshef, Haley Kriz and Tammy Vink.

– Too Much Information Improvised, a comedy, presented by Dog Martin with Steph Haller and Paddy MacDonald. After a brief romantic entanglement, “Paddy and Steph still try to unbox their messy past and conclude” by exploring their story in an audience-driven production through true storytelling and improvisation.

– London rock band The Hedge Hoppers present If You Want Me To Stay, alt rock / post punk music from their debut album with musicians Calvin Kelly, Graham Kelly, Laura Vanhoucke and Adam Wiraszka.

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COVID-19 protocols will be in place, so the public will need to show proof of vaccination, wear masks and social distancing. The 300-seat theater can accommodate around 100 spectators per show.

London-based theater producer and director John Pacheco helped organize the two-week entertainment, noting that the Fringe Binge companies were selected by lottery.

“It will certainly be two eclectic weeks,” he said. “They are all very unique artists. It will be a lot of fun, with lots of laughs and a wide musical range for everyone to enjoy. None of the musical artists have ever played at the Palace, so they are all delighted to come. And with Fringe Binge shows, you never know what to expect.

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