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Access at undercurrents

ATTENTION!

Arts Court Elevator B is currently under construction. To get to the undercurrents Box Office/Theatre enter through the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG), the address is 10 Daly Avenue. Take the elevator to Floor 3, exit to your left and go straight down the hall.


ON THIS PAGE

  • What is the undercurrents Festival?
  • Access Mission Statement
  • Access Coordinator
  • Our Land Acknowledgement
  • Pre Show Announcement
  • Ticket Information
  • Access Policies 
  • Sensory Backpacks
  • Venue Access Guide / Transportation
  • Accessible Washrooms / Chill Out Spaces
  • Access-friendly Performance List

What is undercurrents theatre festival?

Produced by Ottawa Fringe, our winter festival showcases the best original, contemporary theatre created by local, national and international artists.

Festival founders, The Great Canadian Theatre Company, originally hosted from 2011–2014.  Now, undercurrents takes place in Ottawa’s downtown core at Arts Court. Since 2011, undercurrents has hosted 16 world premieres and presented 6 productions as part of their under development program.


MISSION STATEMENT

Hello, and welcome to the undercurrents: theatre below the mainstream festival!

We are working diligently to address Access Points at our festival. When we first started out, “accessible” meant “affordable”. We’ve got that part covered: we keep our ticket prices low and offer Pay-What-You-Choose to make the event as inviting as possible for our audiences.

23 years later, “accessibility” has grown to be more in. We are committed to showcasing diverse voices and body types on our stages. Further, we’ve ensured all our venues are physically accessible and now we’re focusing on creating a festival that is truly accessible for all needs. How? We are working with an Access Points Advisory Committee made up of consultants living and working within the Ottawa DisArts community. Their commitment is essential to our work towards integrating artists and patrons from all walks of life.

But real talk: we’re new at this. We’re still learning. And we’re probably going to make some mistakes. That’s okay. We want to get better, and feedback from the community is only going to make our festival better. Is there something you think we could be doing? Something we should absolutely not be doing? Let us know by reaching out to us through email: brittany@ottawafringe.com.

ACCESS COORDINATOR

If you have questions or suggestions regarding accessibility protocols while you’re at the festival, look for Brit Johnston (she/her/elle). She is the Associate Festival Director and co-curator of undercurrents. She is originally from Serpent River First Nation in Northern Ontario. She is 5’2, with medium length dark brown hair, and almost black eyes.
Conversation starter: Talk about cats – Brit really loves her cat.


OUR LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Ottawa Fringe acknowledges the privilege to be operating and performing on the unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg. We recognize the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island who had been thriving on this land for centuries. We also recognize Canada’s history of colonization and the ongoing violence against Indigenous peoples and their culture. As guests on this land, we promise to walk gently and with respect. 

To the past, present and future caretakers of Turtle Island, Chi-Miigwetch.


PRE-SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT

All shows will have a pre show speech given by festival staff.
A plain text version of the pre-show speech will be available soon… stay tuned!


TICKETS

There are two options for purchasing undercurrents Tickets:

  1. Advance Tickets Online (undercurrentsfestival.ca/schedule) or by phone (613-232-6162 x 205).
  2. Advance Tickets can be purchased in-person by visiting the Festival Box Office, located in Arts Court (2 Daly Avenue). Take elevator B to floor 2, exit the elevator and the Box Office is straight ahead.

* If you have accessibility questions or requests we recommend coming to (or calling) the Festival Box Office in advance.


ACCESS POLICIES: SOME IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

  • Late-Comers & Re-entryMake sure to plan your trip so you have enough time to get to the venue and buy your ticket before the show’s start time. You are welcome to leave a performance at any time but the Late Comer and Re-entry allowance varies depending on the show. See below for show specific. 

    SHOW

    LATE-COMERS?

    RE-ENTRY?

    Crippled   Info coming soon   Info coming soon
    Heartlines   Yes, within the first 30 minutes of the performance.   Yes, within the first 30 minutes of the performance.
    AWKWARD HUG   Yes, anytime within the first 5 minutes. After then, only during transitions.   Yes, anytime within the first 5 minutes. After then, only during transitions.
    Cardinal   No   No
    Kitt & Jane   Yes   Yes
    Unbridled Futurism   Yes, once opening video finishes.   Yes
    Beth-Anne   No   No
    Honey Dew Me   No   No
    Home Sweet…Something   Yes, within the first 10 minutes of the performance.   No
  • Guide Dogs

Guide dogs are welcome in all our venues.

  • Wheelchair & Scooter Parking

All venues have reserved space for parking. Please come early or call in advance to make requests. Volunteers are prepared to assist with parking requests.

  • Attendants/ Personal Support Workers/ Respite Workers

Attendants are welcome and we offer complimentary tickets. In order to reserve tickets together please arrange in advance with boxoffice@ottawafringe.com, or call: 613-232-6162.

  • Scent Free

We have recently instituted a scent-free environment for our staff and visitors. Please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes, and other scented products during your festival visit.


SENSORY BACKPACKS

What is a Sensory Backpack? These are small kits with a few tools to assist children and adults with sensory processing difficulties; tools can be used to calm and/or stimulate the senses. 

Box Office has three (3) backpacks available to borrow free of charge, to help make your festival experience as enjoyable as possible. 

Please bring a piece of personal identification with you. Backpacks are first come first serve.

What You will Find in the Backpack:

  • Fidget toy
  • Soft toy
  • Ear defenders
  • Water bottle

VENUES ACCESS GUIDE

The Ottawa Fringe grounds are all conveniently located a 1 kilometre radius of Arts Court and the Rideau Centre. The Festival is located close to the Transitway and several local OC Transpo stops. For a general festival map click here: https://ottawafringe.com/venues/.

Transportation

Need assistance planning your trip to Arts Court and the surrounding Fringe grounds? 

OC Transpo Travel planner: www.octranspo.com/ottawa-destinations/arts_court

For Para Transpo, request to be dropped off at 10 Daly Avenue. Click here for more information: http://www.octranspo.com/en/para-transpo/booking/

Festival Box Office

To get to the main festival box office, we recommend entering through the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG), located at 10 Daly Avenue. 

To enter the OAG, press the automatic door open button on the right side and again on the right side for the second double door. The doors will open towards you. 

Enter the OAG, the elevator is behind the stairs. Go past the Welcome Desk on the left hand side, then turn left, and the elevator is to the immediate right. You are on floor Zero or Lobby level. Press the button on the left to cue the elevator to open. Enter and press floor 3 (top button). Exit the elevator and turn left. Follow the hallway and go through the double white doors, you are now entering Arts Court. On the right is the main box office.


CHILL OUT SPACES

This year we don’t have a designated quiet space (this is something we are working on for next year), but there are spaces in Arts Court and the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) that you can go to “Chill Out” and take a breather from the hustle and bustle of Fringe. 

  • Arts Court Black Box Studio. Located on the 2nd floor of Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue Take elevator B, press the button for the top floor. Exit the elevator and immediately turn right. Enter the studio through the double doors on your left. The doors open towards you. There are couches, tables, and chairs in the room.
  • Jackson Cafe. Located in the Lobby of the OAG, 10 Daly Avenue. There is a small cafe offering coffee, tea and other beverages; as well as sandwiches and snacks.
  • Sky Lounge. Located on the 3rd floor of the OAG, 10 Daly Avenue. Take the elevator to the top floor. Exit the elevator and turn right. There are white couches in the hall.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCE LISTING

Visually Accessible
Patrons who are Deaf or hearing impaired can follow the show through through visual storytelling. Verbal and sound cues are not imperative to understanding the performance.

CARDINAL
An Aplombusrhombus Production
55 minutes, Rated PG

WEDNESDAY, February 12 at 7:00pm
FRIDAY, February 14 at 9:00pm
SATURDAY, February 15 at 3:00pm

ASL Events
The following events are being offered with American Sign Language Interpretation; services providers will be announced soon. 

CRIPPLED
Presented by Power Productions
85 minutes, Rated Mature

SATURDAY, February 8 at 1:00pm

AWKWARD HUG
An O Albatross Production
70 minutes | 14+

SUNDAY, February 9 at 3:00pm

Described Performance and/or Storytelling
Patrons who are blind or have low-vision may be able to enjoy the show through their auditory sense. Patrons will understand what is happening onstage by listening to the performers voices and sound cues, they do not need visual cues to follow the action or meaning of the performance.

AWKWARD HUG
An O Albatross Production
70 minutes, Rated Ages 14+

FRIDAY, February 7 at 7:00pm
SATURDAY, February 8 at 7:00pm
SUNDAY, February 9 at 3:00pm

HEARTLINES
a Calalou / RAFT Theatre Projects Production
85 minutes, Rated Mature

THURSDAY, February 6 at 7:00pm
SATURDAY, February 8 at 9:00pm
SUNDAY, February 9 at 1:00pm