Accessible PuSh

Backstage in Biscuit Land, Photo: James Lyndsay
Backstage in Biscuit Land, Photo: James Lyndsay

At the core of the PuSh Festival’s values are engagement, inclusivity and accessibility, providing transformative performing arts experiences to as many audiences as possible. We seek to break down the barriers—whether physical, social, financial or otherwise—to experiencing live performing arts.

To take part in any of our accessibility programs, for ticket bookings, or if you have suggestions that could help improve inclusivity at the PuSh Festival, please contact Accessible PuSh Coordinator Anika Vervecken via email at access@pushfestival.ca, or by telephone on 604.605.8284 ext 204.

We strive to meet access requests, and continue to develop the Accessible PuSh program.


VocalEye Live Description

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The PuSh Festival offers VocalEye described performances for those with low vision and blindness, at reduced ticket prices.

Specially trained PuSh volunteers are available to assist blind and visually impaired patrons get to venues and attend shows. Sighted guides can meet patrons at nearby public transit stops and guide them to and from the theatre. If you require a guide, please make your request 72 hours in advance.

VocalEye Live Description performance:

Concord Floral, January 29, 2017, 2:00PM

Other shows appropriate/accessible (but not live described) for the blind and those with low vision:

By Heart: Does not require audio description; an introduction will be provided upon request; touch tour available for groups

Every Brilliant Thing: Does not require audio description; an introduction will be provided upon request

Human Library: one-on-one conversation with “human book”; sighted guides available upon request

Town Choir: music/theatre show; sighted guides available upon request

Point Blank Poets: spoken word show

dirtsong: music show; an introduction will be provided upon request

Lido Pimienta: music show

Ticket bookings & sighted guide requests:

Email access@pushfestival.ca
Or call 604.605.8284 ext 204


American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation

The PuSh Festival offers ASL interpretation for specific performances for the Deaf and hard of hearing.

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Relaxed Performances

Relaxed performances mean they have been adapted to welcome people who might benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment, including—but not limited to—people on the autism spectrum, with sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement on the part of the audience, and adaptations are made to light and sound effects. These performances are open to everyone: many other people, whether they have an accessibility requirement or not, may choose to attend because the inclusive environment suits them.

Relaxed performances:

Backstage in Biscuit Land, January 30–February 1 (all performances)

A visual story for Backstage in Biscuit Land, which provides information about how to access the venue and a detailed description of the show’s plot points, is available for download for patrons who prefer or require visual support aids.

Ticket bookings:

Email access@pushfestival.ca
Or call 604.605.8284 ext 204


Companion Tickets

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Complimentary companion seating is available for people assisting those with disabilities requiring assistance to attend a show. This must be arranged no less than 72 hours in advance of the show, based on availability.

PuSh is part of the Access 2 Program. Patrons who need the help of an attendant are not required to have an Access 2 card but it is recommended.

Book companion tickets:

Email access@pushfestival.ca
Or call 604.605.8284 ext 204


Community & Indigenous Ticketing

The PuSh Festival offers complimentary tickets to attend select shows for populations served by social service organizations, who may not otherwise be able to attend.

Please indicate your desired performance(s) when you complete our online request form. We strive to meet community requests where possible.

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Venue Accessibility

We are committed to providing as much and as accurate information as possible about each venue. As such accessibility audits of the Festival venues have been conducted, following templates provided by the Radical Access Mapping Project (RAMP).

Please consult the accessibility audits online to find out more about each venue.

For more info:

Email access@pushfestival.ca
Or call 604.605.8284 ext 204


Gender Inclusivity

Inclusivity is one of our core values and that also extends to creating a gender-inclusive environment. We provide training to our volunteers and have a gender inclusive washroom policy for all our venues and events.

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