Announcing ASL interpreted performances and events for the Chinook Series


SOUND OFF is pleased to partner with Azimuth TheatreEdmonton Fringe TheatreWorkshop West Playwrights’ Theatre and Black Arts Matter to provide a wide range of accessible events for all visitors to the Chinook Series.

During the Chinook Series festival from February 8th to 18th, all SOUND OFF shows and events and Black Arts Matter (BAM) performances will feature ASL interpreting.  Interpretation will also be provided all Salon series discussions that take place every day in the Arts Barns lobby at 5:30 PM.

In addition to these events, other workshops and performances offered during the Chinook series will provide ASL interpretation.

For a full listing of these events, please see

SOUND OFF: Open Call for Submissions

SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival

Attention Deaf performing artists!

SOUND OFF, Canada’s national festival dedicated to the Deaf performing arts is announcing an open call for submissions.

In collaboration with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre and Fringe Theatre Adventures, SOUND OFF will take place between February 14th and 18th, 2018, in Edmonton, Alberta at the ATB Financial Arts Barns in the heart of Old Strathcona. Last year’s integral festival featured 29 performing artists, 4 mainstage shows, 2 staged readings, Salon series discussions, workshops and talk-backs.

We are currently accepting proposals from individual artists or groups who would be interested in performing for this festival. To submit your proposal, please email with the following information:

  • Title and description of the performance
  • Number of actors involved
  • Short biography for all performers
  • Description of performance history (new work? previously performed?)
  • Approximate running time (shows between 45 and 60 minutes are preferred)

A limited number of spots are available. Deadline is September 8th, 2017. Funding for travel and accommodation is available for participants.

Canada finally has a performance series dedicated to the work of deaf artists

CBC News

Theatre is, traditionally, deeply entwined with the act of listening, as evidenced by the word audience — literally a group of people who hear something together. But Edmonton's SOUND OFF Festival is aiming to challenge that conceit. The brainchild of playwright Chris Dodd, the upstart event is Canada's first performance series dedicated exclusively to the work of deaf artists.

Countries Shaped Like Stars to have ASL interpreted performances


We are pleased to announce that the Chinook Series performance "Countries Shaped Like Stars" will have three ASL interpreted performances.

These will be:

February 15th, 7 pm
February 17th, 10 pm
February 19th, 2 pm

The story of Gwendolyn Magnificent and Bartholomew Spectacular starts with demanding dragon fruits and ends with heartache whispered into the ears of birds and constellations. With spoons, water glasses, whirly-winds and a mandolin, they create the sounds and images of a landscape forever altered by regret. Part storytelling, part concert, this is a tale of love heard best through a tin can telephone. A sell out hit at the 2013 Edmonton Fringe.

For further information and for tickets, please see:

Regina group hopes to head to first-ever deaf theatre festival

CBC News

A trip to Edmonton might not mean much to most, but for the "Deaf Crows" it's the trip of a life time.

"Deaf Crows" is a one-act group in Regina that's hoping to go to Edmonton for the first-ever deaf theatre festival in Canada, Sound Off. They've received their invite and now all that's left to do is raise the money to get there.