Chinook Series

Making theatre accessible for all

SOUND OFF takes place each winter as part of the Chinook Series festival. 

Chinook Series is Edmonton’s international curated arts series and runs February 7th to 17th, 2019. It is a collaboratively curated performance experience, bringing artists and communities together to share and celebrate through live art. 

In keeping with SOUND OFF's dedication to accessibility for all audiences, we collaborate with our producing partners, Azimuth Theatre, Edmonton Fringe Theatre, Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre, Singeria and Black Arts Matter to help make their Chinook performances and events accessible for all attendees. 

Other ASL interpreted performances and events

All performances and events for SOUND OFF are ASL/English accessible where required.

SOUND OFF has made arrangements with our producing partners to provide ASL interpretation for the following performances:

  • Saturday, February 9th

    • Glass Washrooms - 7 PM

  • Sunday, February 10th

    • Glass Washrooms - 8:45 PM

  • Monday, February 11th

    • The System by Althea Cunningham - 7 PM

  • Tuesday, February 12th

    • Slowdance - 10:30 PM

In addition, Kiruthika Rathanaswamiwill (Thursday February 7th at 7:00 pm and Friday February 8th at 7:00 pm) and Room 2048 (Friday February 15th at 7:00 pm and Saturday February 16th at 8:30 pm) will not offer interpretation but will feature Deaf and hard of hearing friendly performances.

For a full list of shows and show descriptions, please see: 

All Salon series discussions as part of the Chinook Series will feature ASL interpretation. These discussions take place everyday during the festival from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM in the Arts Barns lobby.  Admission is free.

For a full listing of Salon events, please see this link:

Lobbyist Performances
Taking place within the Arts Barns Lobby, these free Lobbyist performances are intended to activate and open up the spaces in between performances these works will feature artists such as Ayla Modeste, Tarene Thomas and Barry Bilinsky.

  • Thursday February 7th at 6 PM and 8 PM

  • Friday February 15th at 9:30 PM

  • Saturday February 16th at 8 PM and 10 PM

In addition to SOUND OFF's workshops, a select number of workshops done by our producing partners will feature ASL interpretation. These are:

  • Third Rail Projects Immersive Theater Intensive

    • Saturday, February 9th from 10 AM to 4:45 PM

    • Sunday, February 10th from 10 AM to 4:45 PM

  • The Anitafrika Method with D’bi Young Anitafrika

    • Saturday, February 16th from 9 AM to 5 PM

    • Sunday, February 17th from 9 AM to 1 PM

For more information about the available workshops, please see:

Opening and Closing Ceremonies
There will be two events that will bookend the start and finish of the Chinook Series and both will feature ASL interpretation.

  • Chinook Series Opening Ceremony and Expanse Performance Opening, 6-8 PM, in the Arts Barns lobby

  • Closing Night Celebration at 8:15 PM in the Westbury Theatre