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Access at undercurrents

On This Page

  • What is the undercurrents Festival?
  • Access Statement
  • Land Acknowledgement
  • Pre Show Announcement
  • Ticket Information
  • Access Policies 
  • Festival Access Guide – How to get here
  • Plain text schedule
  • Accessible Performance Listing

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What is the undercurrents festival?

This is the Ottawa Fringe’s winter festival. This year we are producing it in the spring due to Covid-19 closures during the winter months. This festival showcases original theatre created by local, national and international artists. This year we have a mainstage series, which takes place in the Arts Court Theatre and Club SAW. And we have a Discovery series that features shows that are works-in-progress and are around 45 minutes long. The discovery series, which takes place in the Arts Court Studio is a chance for you to see something an artist is working on and for them to try out their material in front of you.

Access Statement

We have been working to address Access at our festival. When we first started out, “accessible” meant “affordable”. We have that part covered by keeping ticket prices low and offering a Pay-What-You-Choose model to make the event as inviting as possible for our audiences. We believe that everyone has a right to enjoy theatre.

The festival organizers are committed to giving a platform to diverse voices and bodies on our stages. We also are working to ensure you feel welcome in our spaces. How? In 2020 to 2021, we worked with an Ottawa-local Accessibility Coach. This work focused on education for the staff and best practices in marketing, communications, artist liaison, and accessible show presentation tools… among others. Our journey to make our festival more accessible continues with staff attending workshops, and training, as well as welcoming ongoing feedback from audiences, like you.  

But real talk: we’re still learning. And we’re probably going to make some mistakes. We want to get better and feedback from people like you is only going to make our festival better. Is there something you think we could be doing? Something we should stop or change how we are doing?

You can share your feedback with us in two ways:

1. Anonymous feedback form. To submit through our google form click here.

2. Email our Access Coordinator:

Access Coordinator

If you have questions or suggestions regarding accessibility protocols while you’re at the festival, you can contact Drea (she/her). She is the Access Coordinator of the undercurrents festival. You can contact her by email or in person during the festival. She will respond to all questions within 48 hours. 

Drea’s self-description: She is a white woman with two-tone blue rectangular glasses. Usually, she wears her light brown, long curly hair down or up in a ponytail/bun. Often seen wearing a colourful scarf. She will also be wearing a staff Fringe lanyard. 

Conversation starter: You can tell her anything to do with your pet(s) or ask her about her cat!

Land Acknowledgement

Ottawa Fringe recognizes 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.


*Anishinabeg = means “the people” in Ojibway.
*Indigenous people = a group term for the many First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people living and thriving on Turtle Island (also known as North America).

Pre-Show Announcement

All shows will have a pre show speech given by festival staff.

Hello everyone and welcome to undercurrents festival 2022. My name is ___ and I will be your host for this evening, (Give a brief visual description of yourself (ie I have brown hair, a short trimmed salt & pepper beard, and am wearing jeans and a black t-shirt). I also want to introduce our safety contact for the evening, ___, (give brief visual description of safety contact, have them wave if they are in the room). 

Ottawa Fringe recognizes the privilege to be operating and performing on the unceded traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg. 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.

If you don’t know, undercurrents festival presents the best original, contemporary theatre being created by Ottawa performers and visiting artists. We have 8 fantastic shows for you coming up in the next two weeks. Check our program if you grabbed one, or look at it online using the QR codes posted around the building. More information about our shows, late night events, and other ancillary programming can also be found on our website. If you like the show please tell a friend – word of mouth is the best way for people to hear about great events like undercurrents. And with our Pay-What-You-Can-Afford pricing structure we’re hoping to make the festival accessible to everyone – tickets start at just $5. 

[insert individual show pre show speech]

We would like to say a big thank you to our sponsors and funders: 

  • Canadian Heritage
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • City of Ottawa
  • Dominion City

Please keep your mask on at all times unless actively eating or drinking, and kindly turn off your cellphones before the performance begins! 

Thank you for joining us and enjoy the show. 


Pick Your Price

undercurrents tickets are sold on a “Pick Your Price” model at $5, $10, $20, $50, or $75. Tickets purchased at $50 or $75 are eligible for a tax receipt. 

Choose your own price, no questions asked.
HST are included in all prices.  Service fees may apply.

Buy Tickets Online

You can visit the undercurrents show pages to read more about the show. To learn more about the shows please click here. You can also find showtimes and purchase tickets by visiting the festival schedule. To view the schedule click here. 

Box Office Hours

You can purchase your tickets for all the shows online or in person at our Box Office. We are located on the third floor of the Arts Court building, 2 Daly Ave.  

Tues-Fri, April 20-22: 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Saturday, April 23: 1-5 pm & 6-10 pm

Sunday, April 24: 1:30-4:30 pm 

Wednesday, April 27: 5:30-8:30 pm 

Thurs-Friday, April 28 & 29: 5:30-10 pm 

Saturday, April 30: 11:30 am-4pm & 5:30 -10:30 pm


This year, The Persistent Stain will have its own in-person box office at Club SAW, which is located on the first floor at 67 Nicholas St.   

Thursday, April 21 (insert time)

Friday, April 22 8- 11pm

Saturday, April 23, 12-3 pm

Access Assistance

If you would like assistance with purchasing advance tickets before the festival begins, you may email Unfortunately, we don’t have a phone for the box office at this time. If the online booking process is inaccessible you can also email us to reserve your tickets via email. Once confirmed by a staff member that ticket will be reserved for you up to 10 minutes before the show begins. If you haven’t come to pay for your ticket(s) at that time they will be released for others to purchase them.

Later-Comer Policies for the shows: 

Yarns: Allowed at anytime

The Persistent Stain: Admittance after the first song

My Good Friend Jay: After the first 5 minutes 

Vivian Leigh: within the first 10 minutes

Tita Jokes: within the first 15 minutes

Grocery Store: No late-comers

Camp BBF4E: Yes at any point

Access Policies

Attendants/ Personal Support Workers/ Respite Workers
Attendants are welcome to join you and we offer them complimentary tickets. In order to reserve tickets together please arrange in advance with

Attendants/ Personal Support Workers/ Respite Workers
Guide dogs are welcome in all our venues. 

Wheelchair and Scooter Parking
We welcome people who use assistive devices. If they use a wheelchair please make a note and alter the technician in the Theatre or Studio or SAW studio that a seat will need to be removed if the person would like to transfer to a seat. 

We also allow people to park their scooters in the hallway and sit in the seats in the theatre space. 

Volunteers are prepared to assist with parking requests.

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

Show Transcripts
This year we are providing audiences with transcripts for every show presented in the 2022 undercurrents festival, on an as-requested basis. To request a transcript please email

Note: Protecting artistic integrity is of utmost importance, this is shared with you for your personal use only. We kindly ask that you don’t save or share the document. The transcript will be sent to your email as a read-only link. It will be available 24-hours before the performance and will expire 24-hours after the performance date.

Refunds & Reimbursement
If you purchase a ticket to a performance and discover that it is not accessible for you please call or email the box office and we will refund your tickets.

Sensory Backpacks
What is a Sensory Backpack? These are small kits with a few tools to support people with sensory processing needs. These tools can be used to calm and/or stimulate the senses.

Box Office has two (2)  backpacks available to borrow free of charge, to help make your festival experience as enjoyable as possible. You will leave a piece of personal identification with the box office staff and will get it back when you return the backpack. Backpacks are available by first come first served.

What you will find in the backpack:

  • Fidget toy
  • Soft toy
  • Ear defenders

Plain Text Schedule

For a plain text Google Doc version of the festival schedule please click here

Accessible Event Listing


We are working on making our performances more accessible and have categorized shows to the best of our knowledge. If you purchase a ticket to a performance and learn that it is not accessible to you, please email and we will work together to resolve the issue.

Content Notes

Content notes provide more details about what to expect. These notes highlight elements of a performance that audience members might like to know. These can include but are not limited to flashing lights, loud noises, violence, sexual violence, mental health themes etc. Notes will be available on each show’s webpage, as well as at the box office.

ASL Interpreted Performances

These shows provide American Sign Language Interpretation. This means spoken English is interpreted into ASL. These shows will have ASL interpreters on stage during the performance. 

The Persistent Stain- April 22nd – 9 pm 

  • Club SAW | Show information here.

Me, Vivien Leigh and the Roller Rink- TBC 

  • Arts Court Theatre | Show information here.

Storytelling Performance 

This performance doesn’t rely on visual cues to follow the action or meaning of the performance. You can understand this performance through verbal and sound cues. 

  • Camp BFF4E | Arts Court Studio | Show information here.
  • My Good Friend Jay | Arts Court Theatre | Show information here
  • Me, Vivien Leigh and the Roller Rink | Arts Court Theatre| Show information here.

Reduced Capacity Performances

These performances have a maximum 60% of the tickets to these shows available. This allows for more distancing between audiences attending. This is to support those who might feel more comfortable with this additional COVID-19 protocol. To read more about all of our COVID-19 measures please click here.  Shows times for reduced capacity performances: 

  • Friday, April 22, 7 pm | Yarns | Show information here.
  • Saturday, April 23, 1 pm | The Persistent Stain | Show information here.
  • Thursday, April 28, 9 pm | My Good Friend Jay | Show information here
  • Friday, April 29, 7 pm | Me, Vivien Leigh and the Roller Rink | Show information here.
  • Saturday, April 30, 1 pm | Tita Jokes | Show information here.
  • All Discovery Series performances
    • Camp BFF4E | Arts Court Studio | Show information here.
    • Grocery store | Arts Court Studio | Show information here.

Captioned Performances

Something in The Water will have closed captioning available in the Vimeo player. You can turn this feature on/off using the “CC” button in the video player. 

Additionally, the Screening on Sunday, April 24th at 3 pm will have open captions. 

Show information here.