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The Fringe Festival is June 29-July 10, 2016

Fringe Festival

The lottery results are now in!  Click here to view

until Fringe 2016, June 29-July 10, 2016!


Want to know more?

  • Our first festival was in 1989.
  • Most festivals 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! There’s also dance, visual art, buskers, site-specific performances, and more…
  • The maximum ticket price is $12 and kids’ tickets are just $5.
  • The Fringe Club, our outdoor festival headquarters, has tons of free programming!
  • Lots of big shows got their start 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, A Musical of Musicals: The Musical. You might just catch the next big hit

2014 Fringe Festival Gallery. Photos by Brian Batista Bettencourt

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.