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The Fringe Festival is July 2-13, 2014

Want to be in the Fringe?

Click here to apply for the General Fringe Lottery


Click here to apply for the Culturally Diverse Artist Project (CDAP) Lottery


Click here to apply for the Site Specific Category



What is the Fringe Festival?

Start by watching this video.

If you’ve got a story to tell, we want to hear it.

Enter the Toronto Fringe lottery and next July you could be producing a show in Toronto’s biggest theatre festival, happening July 1 – 12, 2015.

The Toronto Fringe believes that if you have a story to tell (and who doesn’t?) you deserve a place to tell it. We’re not in the business of judging your art; we’re in the business of providing you a platform to tell the stories that matter to you. Bring us your original works, your new-fangled ideas, your half baked plans and your willingness to take risks. This is your chance to challenge yourself and challenge those around you. For modest participation fee, we provide you with a venue, front of house and box office staff, technical assistance, promotion, and much more – and 100% of your ticket revenue is returned to you!

The Toronto Fringe is a member of the Canadian Association of Fringe® Festivals (CAFF) and, as such, our summer festival operates under the three guiding principles of CAFF:

  • Participants are selected on a non-juried basis, through a lottery or first-come/first-served
  • 100% of the ticket revenue is returned to the artist
  • We never intervene with the artistic content of any show

Why apply for the 2015 Fringe?

It’s a low financial risk: with a reasonable participation fee (approximately $750) we will cover many of your producing costs like your venue and technicians. Self-producing an indie show outside the Fringe can cost up to $10,000 – $30,000, but many Fringe shows successfully execute a budget in the $2,000-$5,000 range.

It’s a community: it’s the best place in the city to connect with other like-minded artists and arts lovers. We will plan parties and events for you to help you connect with the people you want to meet.

It’s a platform: you get to use our stages to take artistic risks, push boundaries and experiment. Want to stare at the audience for an hour!? We don’t care! This is your chance to tell your story, your way. And we will not interfere.

When to apply for Fringe?

Applications open: September 18, 2014 Click here to apply
Applications close: November 3, 2014

We then announce the festival participants at The Lottery Party, which always takes place at the end of November – all are welcome!