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Fringe Festival Venue Shut Down by City

July 19, 2012 8:17 PM | Entertainment

Entertainment at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

The City of Winnipeg has shut down a Fringe Festival venue, potentially cancelling six shows.

Aqua Books, which recently moved to 123 Princess Street from its previous Fort Street location, does not have its final occupancy permit. The city shut the venue down Thursday.

Up to 60 shows by six companies are in need of a new performing home. The bookstore/performing venue was one of the WInnipeg Fringe Festival’s BYOV (Bring Your Own Venue) spots.

“This is an unfortunate circumstance for the six performing companies affected,” said publicist Teri Stevens in an e-mail to media. “The Winnipeg Fringe is currently working with them to find another space so they can continue to do their shows. Today’s 5 p.m. show was moved to The King’s Head, but unfortunately, the other three shows this evening had to be cancelled.

“We are in the process of finalizing details for an alternate space and expect to have more info (Friday) morning, so we will keep you posted.”

— Staff