Fringe for Free! Toronto Fringe ticket giveaways for shows playing on Thursday, July 11th

The half-way mark of the 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival! The reviews are in and the crowds will follow. Beat the lineups for this weekend’s performances and see a Fringe show for free on Thursday! As you know from previous years we like to spread the love during Fringe and invite our readers to participate in contests for a pair of FREE Fringe tickets to different shows every day of the festival. So enter a contest and Fringe for Free!  Here are the shows that are we are giving away tickets for on Thursday, July 11th, 2013.

The shows are: 

The Homemaker – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 12:00pm show at The Annex Theatre (Venue 5) please send an email to with the subject line “The Homemaker contest” by 7pm on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013.

SQUAT: A Super-secret Back-Alley Musical – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 8:00pm show in the laneway behind Cinecycle (BYOV) please send an email to with the subject line “SQUAT contest” by 7pm on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013.

The Hystericon – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 5:15pm show at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (Venue 10) please send an email to with the subject line “Hystericon contest” by 7pm on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013.

Alex Nussbaum’s Handbook to the Future – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 5:15pm show at the Tarragon Theatre Extra Space (Venue 2) please send an email to with the subject line “Alex Nussbaum contest” by 7pm on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013.

no permanent answers – To be entered into the draw for a pair of tickets to the 11:00pm show at the Randolph Theatre (Venue 4) please send an email to with the subject line “no permanent answers contest” by 7pm on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013.

See below for details on each show, how the contest works:

The Homemaker

From press release: 

Janet Cardinal is a French-Canadian homemaker from Leoville, Saskatchewan who wants to share her life story as a show! The story of her marriage to her husband and to alcohol is told through cabaret ‘acts’ of poetry, dance, puppetry and song within her kitchen.

This piece plays at the Annex Theatre. Performances: THU JULY 11, 12:00 PM

SQUAT: A Super-secret Back-Alley Musical

From press release: 

The show is “Squat: A Super-Secret Back-Alley Musical.” Suzie, a tough kid from Toronto and her boyfriend, Ben Fife, sang love songs every night in 401A, the city’s most romantic secret hideaway. When Ben was “discovered” and whisked away to Hollywood, Suzie was left behind and disappeared on a heartbroken, alcohol-fueled bender. The show picks up as Suzie returns to find the squat has been taken over by hipster duo Lex Zeppelin and Baritony Danza. Disgusted and determined, she vows to reclaim her venue. Torontophiles can expect plenty of local references to keep them laughing, including a full number about posing as a Toronto hipster sung by a policeman undercover as a “social media expert.”

This piece plays in the laneway behind Cinecycle. Performances: THU JULY 11, 8:00 PM; FRI JULY 12, 8:00 PM; SAT JULY 13, 2:00 PM; SAT JULY 13, 8:00 PM

The Hystericon

From press release: 

Everything you will hear is true: in late 19th century Paris, Augustine, Blanche, and Geneviève are the most famous patients of Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot at the Salpêtrière insane asylum for women. They are his personal lab rats and performance artists, models and test subjects, as he conducts his experiments in “hysteria,” that dark recess of psychiatric medicine.

The Hystericon was inspired by the true life-stories of Augustine, Blanche, and Geneviève, and by the hundreds of black-and-white photographs taken of them by Dr. Charcot and his associates, found in the infamous Iconographie photographique de la Salpêtrière, the asylum’s annual photo album.

This piece plays at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace. Performances: TUE JULY 9, 2:45 PM; THU JULY 11, 5:15 PM; FRI JULY 12, 8:00 PM; SAT JULY 13, 8:45 PM


Alex Nussbaum’s Handbook to the Future

From press release: 

A 50-minute comedic exploration into our dependance on technology and the dark places it could be taking us. Using monologue, sketch, and audio-visual accompaniment, Alex examines his ambivalent relationship with the gadgets that connect us (and disconnect us). Moving from the Y2K scare and the fall of the Tower of Babel to Twitter feeds and Facebook friends. “Alex Nussbaum’s Handbook To The Future” is the guide for anyone who is a little worried about our collective fate.

This piece plays at the Tarragon Theatre Extra Space.  Performances: WED JULY 10, 4:00 PM; THU JULY 11, 5:15 PM; FRI JULY 12, 9:15 PM; SUN JULY 14, 3:30 PM


no permanent answers

From press release: 

Highly physical and with a unique perspective on contemporary dance, no permanent answers invites the audience to witness the entangled events that our lives present us with: seemingly unrelated incidents that have more in common than one would think; brief encounters with lasting impacts; and the conclusion that permanent answers don’t exist.

This piece plays at the Randolph Theatre.  Performances: TUE JULY 9, 9:00 PM; WED JULY 10, 12:00 PM; THU JULY 11, 11:00 PM; SAT JULY 13, 5:45 PM; SUN JULY 14, 12:00 PM


Contest Rules: 
(these will remain the same for each Fringe contest, so take the time to read the list once and you’ll be set)

  • The only acceptable form of entry for the contest is by email, sent to (Mooney on Theatre will never use your email address for anything other than to reply to the specific contest you entered, and we certainly would never sell it or anything like that)
  • Each show counts as its own contest, and each entry must be in a separate email. So, if 5 shows are giving tickets away on a given day, and you want to try for each of them, then you need to send 5 emails.
  • Entrants must be available on the day and time listed in the contest. The tickets are available for that showing only, and cannot be transferred to another date.
  • The winning entrants will be chosen by a random drawing.
  • Winners will be notified by email by 9pm on the day of contest closing and need to confirm their attendance 10am AT THE LATEST the following morning so that their names can be given to the theatre company for tickets to be set aside.
  • Photo I.D. may be required to claim the winning tickets.
  • Tickets must be picked up 60 to 30 minutes before show time at the venue box office. The box office reserves the right to release any tickets not picked up 15 minutes before show time.
  • We ask that all winners provide us with a quick blurb on what they thought of the show, either in the comments section of the press release on Mooney on Theatre, or if it has already been reviewed by Mooney on Theatre in the comments section of that.