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Itinerant Tinker is an artist collective that was established in 2014 by founding artists Adriana Bogaard and Jen Viens.

Their inaugural production, 'The Passage', premiered to a British Columbia audience in the summer of 2015.

1897- The world is seized with Gold Rush fever, and everyone is looking for a way to cash in. For the many adventurers seeking a quick route to reach the Yukon, the promise of the All-Canadian Trail from Edmonton seems a sure thing. However, as many travellers soon find out, the trail is not the simple and pleasant route that it has been purported to be…

The Passage is a one-woman show based on the true story of Nelly Garner, the first woman to attempt the Edmonton trail. Full of optimism and vigour, Garner set out with her party in the summer of 1897. The journey quickly became a test of her bravery and ambition - and her will to survive.

Winner of the Special Merit award in the 2015 Theatre BC Playwriting Competition and Best Solo Production at the 2016 Montreal Fringe, The Passage is a thoughtful examination of a fascinating period in Canadian history, and a rumination on the great risks involved in seeking great fortune. Using storytelling, projection, and movement, The Passage takes the audience on a voyage deep into Canada's North. Accomplished performer Jen Viens brings her extensive experience on stage and screen to her performance as Nelly Garner. The production team includes Adriana Bogaard (writer/director), Gillian Nasser (costume/set designer), and Steven Smits (sound designer), all recent graduates of the National Theatre School of Canada. Osheen Harruthoonyan (projection designer) is an experimental photographer whose work has been featured on Bravo! Arts Channel, Space Channel’s InnerSPACE, and numerous national and international publications.

Showcase Artist: Pacific Contact 2017

Home Base: Quebec


Itinerant Tinker
Jen Viens

Montreal, QC


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