sound off is proud to be an inclusive ENVIRONMENT for both deaf and hearing Festival attendees.
All performances and SOUND OFF events are accessible for both Deaf and hearing audiences.
Most shows are presented in American Sign Language (ASL), with ASL interpretation or ASL to English interpretation where necessary. ASL interpretation will provided for SOUND OFF's events, such as workshops, staged readings, along with the Theatresports: SOUND OFF Edition improv shows.
We make inclusion a priority for this festival. Interpreters will be stationed throughout the festival at places such as the box office, concessions, and front of house to help all patrons enjoy their evening to the fullest.
SOUND OFF is part of the larger Chinook Series festival and many of these shows offer ASL interpreting. For a list of ASL performances and ASL interpreted events, please see our Chinook Series page.
In addition to SOUND OFF's shows and events, the Chinook Series Salon Discussions, which take place each day from February 8th through 18th, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM, in the ATB Financial Arts Barns lobby will all feature ASL interpretation.
All venues are barrier free for people who use mobility aids (walkers, wheelchairs, etc). However, there is limited wheelchair spaces for some performances, and calling ahead is recommended. Please contact Fringe Theatre Adventures to confirm (780-409-1910).
NEW FOR 2018! Hearing loops installed in all ATB Arts Barns Theatres
Thanks to generous sponsorship by Telus for SOUND OFF, along with support from Fringe Theatre Adventures, hearing loops were purchased and installed within the Studio Theatre, the Westbury Theatre and the Backstage Theatre at the ATB Financial Arts Barns.
All shows part of the Chinook Series, as well as SOUND OFF, will take advantage of these. In addition, once these events are over, the hearing loops will remain at the Arts Barns for all shows in those spaces for the future.
To use the hearing loops, set your hearing aid to the "t-coil" or "t-switch" setting to allow audio of the performance to be sent directly to your device.
No hearing aid but having trouble hearing the performance? Audio listening systems can be borrowed from the Arts Barns box office!
For more information: https://www.fringetheatre.ca/current-season/season-accessibility/