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The Fringe Festival is July 5 – 16th, 2017

Fringe Festival

Applications are now open for:
– the 2017 Fringe Lottery
– the New Play Contest
– the Paul O’Sullivan Prize for Musical Theatre
– the Culturally Diverse Artist Project
– the site-specific category

Please click the links above to find out more!

About the Toronto Fringe:
The Toronto Fringe is part of the “Fringe movement” – a worldwide network of indie theatre festivals. As the name suggests, the movement is about celebrating under-represented voices and those on the margins of the performing arts world. It’s a festival where anyone can put on any show, without having to pass through a jury – where theatre students can mount their first production outside of school, where emerging artists can get their big break, and where established artists can test out new work. It’s a festival where audiences come for the adventure and the community as much as for the plays themselves.

The Toronto Fringe is proud to be a member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF). Like all CAFF festivals we follow three golden rules:

  1. All shows at the Fringe must be chosen at random by lottery, or on a first come/first served basis. Last year the Toronto Fringe received almost 700 applications to our lottery!
  2. 100% of the ticket price is returned to artists. Last year, CAFF festivals returned more than five million dollars to performing arts companies!
  3. We will never intervene in the artistic content of participating productions. These are your stories, this is your art.

Fast facts about the Fringe:

    • The Toronto Fringe was founded in 1989.
    • We feature 150+ shows in 30+ venues – with a total of more than 1,100 performances.
    • Even though we’re a theatre festival, the Fringe is more than just theatre! We also have dance, visual art, buskers, site-specific performances, and more…
    • The maximum ticket price is $12
    • We have an incredible FringeKids Venue, where kids pay only $5/show
    • The Fringe Club, our outdoor festival headquarters, has tons of free programming!
    • Several big shows premiered at the Toronto Fringe: The Drowsy Chaperone, Kim’s Convenience, ‘da Kink in My Hair, Mump and SmootMy Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, and most recently: Bright Lights, Cam Baby and Life After.

Photos above courtesy of Brendan Albert.