Cool peo­ple from out of town

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One of the best things about Fringe time is how Toronto gets a wel­come in­fu­sion of style and unironic en­thu­si­asm from out-of-town­ers.

This year’s vis­i­tors in­clude ul­tra-chatty Brit Jem Rolls (pic­tured), who brings his word­play-filled Jem Rolls At­tacks The Si­lence (from July 4 at the George Ig­nati­eff); New Yorker John Grady, whose Fear Fac­tor: Ca­nine Edi­tion (from July 5 at the George Ig­nati­eff), about his Ber­nese Moun­tain Dog, Abby, has won awards at pre­vi­ous fests; and the tal­ented dudes from Van­cou­ver’s Mon­ster The­atre, writer/per­former Bruce Ho­rak and di­rec­tor Ryan Glad­stone, who ex­am­ine the mys­tery be­hind the death of painter Tom Thom­son in As­sas­si­nat­ing Thom­son (from July 5 at St. Vladimir’s).

Ot­tawa writer Tim C. Murphy draws on his ex­pe­ri­ences in a po­lit­i­cal hot spot in Kuwaiti Moon­shine (from July 4 at Robert Gill), and Zeb L. West, a pup­peteer from Austin, Texas, mashes up the tales of Don Quixote and Moby Dick in In­no­cent When You Dream (from July 5 at Robert Gill).

If you see any of them at the beer tent, buy them a cold one – or at least go see their show.

No 22

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