SOUND OFF: A DEAF THEATRE FESTIVAL
February 12th to 16th, 2020

SOUND OFF, in collaboration with Edmonton’s Chinook Series, is proud to announce the 4th annual SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival.

SOUND OFF is Canada’s national festival dedicated to the Deaf performing arts. SOUND OFF brings Deaf artists from across the country to share their talents and stories and the beauty of American Sign Language on stage. The next edition of the festival will run from February 12th to 16th, 2020 at the ATB Financial Arts Barns in the heart of Edmonton’s historic Old Strathcona neighborhood.

Also occurring alongside SOUND OFF, the Chinook Series Festival is a collaboratively curated performance experience, bringing artists and communities together to share and celebrate through live art. Many performances at the Chinook Series will be ASL/English accessible.

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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.

Our 3rd annual festival took place February 13th and 17th, 2019 and featured five mainstage performances including Deafies’ Unique Time from Toronto, Dave Clarke’s Songs My Mother Never Sung Me by Edmonton’s Concrete Theatre, Adeline, Carol and Friends by Deaf Spirit Theatre from Kingston, the first group from the Maritimes featuring Tales From The East Coast from Halifax and return of Deaf Crows Collective from Regina with their new play Apple Time.

The festival also presented our third annual collaboration with Edmonton’s improv company Rapid Fire Theatre, Theatresports: SOUND OFF Edition, which featured two teams, both with an equal amount of hearing and Deaf performers, going head-to-head in theatre combat.

come Feel the heat

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! Our third edition was our biggest festival yet! With five mainstage shows, an improv night, salon discussions, staged readings, talkbacks, and workshops, there was 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 have a portion of their tickets as Offer-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.

Unparalleled Theatre experience

Come join us as we crank up the intensity during SOUND OFF's five-day extravaganza as North America’s only ongoing Deaf theatre festival. Come experience a unique theatre showcase unlike any other offering performances that are rich, dynamic and evocative for all audiences!

Are you ready for it?  Let's go!


SOUND OFF is sponsored with special funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, and Duncan Craig.