TIX on the Square was created by the Edmonton Arts Council in 1999. Originally intended to operate as a rush ticket booth, it has developed into a vital hub connecting local artists and community groups with audiences. TIX supports the arts community with a variety of professional services including box office, media relations support, and social media promotion, all for a nominal fee. TIX also collaborates with Fringe Theatre as a satellite box office for Season shows and productions at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival.
In spring 2011, TIX extended its role to connect audiences with Edmonton's visual and craft artists and began operating a retail space, taking over the operations of The Edmonton City Store. The retail space features a wide range of unique, handcrafted products including pottery, jewelry, photography, fabric arts and more. TIX also showcases books from local authors, music by regional musicians, and historic prints from the City of Edmonton Archives.
In 2016, TIX began a partnership with Fringe Theatre, acting as a satellite box office for Season shows and productions at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. Customers can now purchase and pick up online ticket orders for these performances from TIX!
Hey there, been a while! But what better day to come back than World Theatre Day? Since TIX is so in love with Edmonton theatre, amongst all it's other vibrant arts communities, we'd thought we'd take a look at theatre here in our home town.
First, some background!
World Theatre Day (March 27) was created by UNESCO and the International Theatre Institute (ITI) in 1961 to celebrate the power of theatre, and those who create it and see the value and importance in this art form.
Theatre in Edmonton!
Did you know that Edmonton has more theatre per-capita than New York City? It's no secret that YEG loves their theatre, with at least 15 professional play houses (some with multiples stages) and over 50 professional, semi-professtional, and community theatre companies, there's always a chance to catch something amazing. But of course, we never restrict ourselves to the traditional spaces! In this big little city, you can see theate in churches and community halls, at movie theatres and amphitheaters, and a few places you've never expected to see theatre before. Wondering where you can take a look at all this? You can use TIX's handy directory to browse artists and organizations who have partnered with us, and all the venues they have played at!
But what about the festivals?
Edmonton has almost too many festivals to count, and at least 15 of those festivals celebrate theatre in all it's forms, whether that be improv, new works, Shakespeare, French-Canadian works, or theatre in found spaces. And of course, there is the world-famous Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. Largest in North America, and second largest in the world, this festival brings out over 200 individual productions each year. It's 10 jam-packed days that bring out more of the Edmonton community than any one Oilers game! Oh, and a free pro-tip, you can Fringe all year long with TIX thanks to our satellite box office!
How to celebrate World Theatre Day all month long!
Well, it's easy! Just go see a show! Our online ticketing systems makes it super easy to buy for a number of productions in Edmonton, including these:
City of Angels presented by MacEwan University Theatre, running until March 31
Cleave presented by Tiny Bear Jaws at Fringe Theatre, running March 27 to April 7