February 14th to 18th, 2018

The Chinook Series, in partnership with Azimuth Theatre, Edmonton Fringe Theatre and Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre is proud to present SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival.

Running February 14th-18th, 2018, SOUND OFF is Canada’s national festival dedicated to the Deaf performing arts.  SOUND OFF will take place at the ATB Financial Arts Barns in Old Strathcona as part of the Edmonton’s only cutting edge winter festival, the Chinook Series Festival.  The Chinook Series showcases some of the most acclaimed contemporary art from theatre and dance to movement art and music.

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A bold new undertaking

SOUND OFF is dedicated to making theatre accessible for both Deaf and hearing audiences and celebrating the stories and talents of Deaf performers from across the country, as well as the beauty of American Sign Language.

This year's festival will feature four primary performances, 100 Decibels from Winnipeg, Deaf That! from Toronto, Three Dynamic Deaf Women Show from Kingston and special guest Maximime from Vancouver.

Also featuring the return of the special collaboration with Edmonton's Rapid Fire Theatre, where Deaf and hearing teams go head-to-head in a hilarious battle of the senses!

Come in from the cold

Trailblazing!  As Canada's national Deaf theatre festival, SOUND OFF builds upon the rich legacy of Deaf performers and Deaf performing groups in Canada. SOUND OFF brings together Deaf performers from across the country for a festival dedicated to the Deaf performing arts.

Even Bolder!  This year SOUND OFF turns up the heat! More plays, more workshops, more salons and more of everything you enjoy. With four mainstage shows over five days, two Theatresports nights, along with play readings, salon discussions and workshops, there's something for everyone!

Accessible! All performances and SOUND OFF events are accessible for both Deaf and hearing audiences.  Most shows are in American Sign Language (ASL) and all shows will have interpretation for both languages where necessary. In addition, ASL/English Interpreters are available throughout the festival to provide communication services for all patrons with their visit.

Affordable! SOUND OFF is dedicated towards making theatre affordable for all audiences. In addition to free events throughout the festival, all mainstage shows are Pay-What-You-Will – where patrons can contribute what they feel the show is worth, or pay what they are able. These tickets are available in person at least two hours prior to the start of each performance – first come, first serve – at the ATB Financial Arts Barns Box Office.

SiZzling theatre at your fingertips

Hold on as we crank up the intensity over SOUND OFF's five-day extravaganza, offering an unparalleled theatre experience for Edmonton audiences.  We'll be warming you up with a theatre showcase that is dynamic, energetic, and evocative!  

Are you ready for it?  Let's go!


SOUND OFF is sponsored with special funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton Community Foundation, Telus, Canadian Heritage, Duncan Craig and NICA Consolidated.