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The Fringe Festival is June 29-July 10, 2016

Want to be in the Fringe 2016?

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

Enter the Toronto Fringe lottery and you could be producing a show in Toronto’s biggest theatre festival, happening every July in downtown Toronto.

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 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: Sept 17, 2015
Applications close: Nov 2, 2015
Lottery party: TBA

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