On April 17th, 2013 in the Arts Court Studio magic happened.
Literally. Multiple amazing acts came together to put on an incredible night to
raise money for both Dead Unicorn Ink and Grimprov. The night was a total
success. Dead Unicorn Ink gave those who attended a little sneak peak of their
teaser video for this year's Ottawa Fringe Festival. This followed by a
hilarious performance by Grimprov. The audience had a little too much fun with
their ability to shout “More grit!” or “Less grit!” at any moment during the
performance, with Grimprov graciously bending the storylines to the audience's
Ben Lavallee amazed with his magical
abilities, charming a lucky lady throughout the night with floating flowers and
supporting her as she stood on shards of glass. That's romantic right? A huge
thank you goes to all the bands that performed that night as well. Phil
Castiglione from Robots! Everywhere!! - a one man band, started off the musical
part of the evening. Phil really got the crowd going with his relatable songs
about life, dating, and the city of Ottawa. With the threat of having to end his
set a song early due to a broken guitar string, with some quick thinking, Phil
swiped a blue ukelele nearby and finished a rousing rendition of the patriotic
song Ottawa My Heart Explodes, making the crowd go crazy.
Next was the always themed band Yes
Please and Thank You. This band never disappoints because they constantly
reinvent themselves – kind of like Madonna. In the past they've dressed as
mimes, another adorned only in short shorts, but for us they went western. They
had everyone up on their feet as the audience blew bubbles and tossed balloons.
The final band of the night was none other than Three Phase. This close knit
band raged a la Queens of the Stone Age style. Just try not to crush hard on the
drummer Emily Shea.
In between sets we had raffle prizes up
for grabs including generous donations such as a Bridgehead basket, Haunted Walk
tickets, and Fringe Festival passes. Grimprov and Dead Unicorn Ink would like to
send a HUGE thank you to all the volunteers, the bands, the bartenders, and
every single person who came out to support us. Your funds go directly to
funding our next shows, keeping our website alive, technical equipment, and
actors wages. We couldn't do what we love without you all. Thank you. We're more
motivated than ever to give you the best damn show you've see all year.
Band webpages/Facebook fan pages
Yes Please and Thank You