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Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Fringe Festival.

Fringe Review: W-YRD

By Livia Belcea on June 19, 2021

W-YRD
Created by Caleb Redslob
Produced by Virtual Venue Theatricals (Dayton, USA)

80m | PG | Comedy | Musical

Childhood best friends and musical duo Abel and Ollie work at W-YRD, a local indie radio station. When Mackenzie, the new intern arrives, their friendship, along with the radio station’s fate, takes a new turn.

W-YRD’s plot is not original, and I was skeptical about how a musical with a cast of seven performers, each in a different location, could be pulled off in a virtual format, but this show is a success and a must-see!

Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Fringe Festival.

I was skeptical about how a musical with a cast of seven performers… could be pulled off in a virtual format, but this show is a success and a must-see!

W-YRD is a true musical–from the upbeat, catchy songs to the way the characters are each introduced by name and role, to the story’s arch and resolution. But its predictable elements are precisely what make W-YRD so enjoyable, like a favourite movie you want to watch again and again.

The production value is very good and was instrumental in tying the performance together. The song lyrics are great, the characters are distinct, the mood is energetic, and the messages conveyed are relatable, heartwarming, and wholesome.

The icing on the cake is that you can listen to the W-YRD digital album or purchase it on Bandcamp and be ready to sing along when W-YRD is performed again, hopefully in front of a live audience.


W-YRD is screening at the Ottawa Fringe Festival until June 27, 2021. Tickets are pick-your-price from $12.50 to $47.50 (100% of which goes to the artists) plus a $2.50 surcharge. Visit ottawafringe.com for streaming information and the complete festival lineup. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe. Shows are on-demand, however the festival’s ticketing platform can take up to 12 hours to email the streaming link. So although there’s no risk of online shows selling out, your best bet is to buy tickets early!