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The Fringe Festival is July 2-13, 2014

Want to be in the Fringe?

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 1st-July 12th, 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

Again this year, along with the established lottery categories, we are going into our fifth year with the Site Specific Art category.


Why apply for Fringe?

It’s a low financial risk: with a reasonable participation fee, we are covering most of your producing costs like venue and technicians.

It’s a community:  it’s the best place in the city to connect with other like-minded artists and arts lovers.

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!


When to apply for Fringe?

Applications become available every year in mid-September. So check back here then for more details.

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