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Roots on Whyte, 8135 – 102 St., Edmonton, AB

When the Edmonton Fringe Box Office goes live, I'll change the above link. In the meantime, it's the Event Calendar at Roots on Whyte, if you'd like to see my (along with Paul Strickland and Al Lafrance's) showtimes at a glance. In case "calendar-brain" works for you like it does for me – plus: Paul Strickland and Al Lafrance. Read on.

Monologue, memoir, a feast of words; and a deep-hearted treat for bookworms or for anyone who's ever lost someone or something they loved.

BOOKMARKS Showtimes (Roots on Whyte / 208-8135 102 St.):

Fri Aug 16 / 8:15 – 9:15 pm Sat Aug 17 / 4:15 – 5:15 pm Sun Aug 18 / 3:15 – 4:15 pm Tues Aug 20 / 4:45 – 5:45 pm Wed Aug 21 / 8:15 – 9:15 pm Thurs Aug 22 / 6:30 – 7:30 pm Fri Aug 23 / 6:45 – 7:45 pm Sat Aug 24 / 2:30 – 3:30 pm Sun Aug 25 / 4:15 – 5:15 pm

From the Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg Fringe 2023:

Toronto singer-songwriter Corin Raymond returns to the fringe with another stellar one-man show, again revolving around his love of reading. A decade ago his solo spoken-word show, Bookworm, delved into stories read to him by his father as a child; Bookmarks explores the many books he’s loved, loaned out, lost and (sometimes) found again while on the road.

The 60-plus-minute monologue is broken up into five- or six-minute stories — almost like an album, or chapters of a book — with Raymond fondly (and sometimes funnily) reminiscing about books that have helped him through difficult times, including coping with the loss of his mothers (to understand why it’s plural, you’ll have to see the show).

Raymond’s got a beautiful, poetic delivery and dynamic stage presence that works brilliantly with his reminiscences — it all pulls at the heartstrings in a big way. ★★★★ 1/2

— Ben Sigurdson