The (204) with the Fringe on top.

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Wab won’t be around this weekend; he is missing and believed to be wandering the garbage-strewn grounds of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Kidding, kidding. But seriously, he’s not going to be around this upcoming episode. That’s because theatre junkie Joff Schmidt is bringing the Winnipeg Fringe Festival to the radio. Inaccurate historical facts, love in the beer tent and animal crackers are all part of this week’s Fringe (204).

Learn the local history they DIDN'T teach you in high school, as Joff takes a historic - and questionably factual - tour of the Exchange District with actors from "Gingers' Walk." Fringe veterans Graham Ashmore (The Darling Family) and Trish Cooper (The Comment Card, Homely Woman #2) play a brother and sister team, Johnny and Mary Frances who are expert tour guides.

Plus an in-studio comedic performance from Winnipeg improv group Outside Joke. They'll pull out the big guns with an improvised scene inspired by Joff's love of animal crackers. Catch their improvised "anti-musical" "Outside Joke Makes It Up To You."

And, the story of how one man came to the Fringe from New York, and left with a family. NYC's Ryan Paulson was doing a show here in 2005 when his then-wife-to-be Winnipegger Suzanne Beaubien was in the audience. Apparently, his raw talent (and dimples, we hear) were enough to propel her to track him down in the beer tent. Check out Ryan's play this year "Ryan Paulson: I'm Uncomfortable."

Plus, music from artists you can catch on the free Fringe stage at Old Market Square: The Magnificent 7s, Quinzy, The Mission Light and Kim Reimer.

Listen to:
The (204) with Wabanakwut Kinew
Saturdays 5-6 p.m. on CBC Radio 1

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