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The Fringe Festival is July 2-13, 2014

Awards, Best of the Fringe & Patrons’ Picks

The Fringe means so many things to so many people, and we’re honoured to have several partners and theatre luminaries supporting the work of our artists through the generous funding of 4 awards for Fringe Artists.

Patrons’ Picks

The Patrons’ Picks are festival hits! Selection is based on a combination of cash ticket sales after the first four shows coupled with media reception and overall ‘buzz’ of the production. The winners are announced at the Fringe Awards Ceremony in the last week of the festival, and each of the plays will receive an additional performance slot on the final day of the festival.

2013 Winners

Death Married My Daughter
The Retirement Plan
Alex’s Nussbaum’s Handbook to the Future: A Brave New Worrier
Stealing Sam
2 for Tea
The Oak Room
I Hired a Contract Killer
Polly Polly
jem rolls Attacks the Silence
The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!

The Cutting-Edge Award

Supported by Tosho Knife Arts, the Cutting-Edge Award is an audience-nominated award at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Productions are nominated by emailThe Artist Prize is a premium knife, donated by Tosho Knife Arts, and an unlimited pass to SummerWorks Theatre Festival. Each time an audience member votes for a play, they also get entered into a draw for the audience prize: a VIP Pass to the Next Stage Festival and a beautiful knife from Tosho Knife Arts. 

Best of Fringe

The Best of Fringe takes place in the Studio Theatre at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Eight of the best Fringe shows are selected by a jury of theatre enthusiasts and independent producers that take media response, attendance, and audience reception into consideration. Visit for more info.

2013 Best of Fringe

Adopt This!
Death Married My Daughter
It’s Always You: The Musical
Polly Polly
Stealing Sam
Stop Kiss
Tales Of Whoa!
The Truth About Comets

24 Hour Playwriting Contest

In just under 24 hours, playwrights are challenged to write a one-act play that incorporates various themes and items provided by the Fringe. The winner has his/her script performed in a staged reading at the Tarragon Theatre on the last day of the festival.

2013 Winners

First Place: Trevor Poelman (If It’s Not Too Much Trouble) ($500)
Second Place: Tia McGregor (Omniscient Ward) ($300)
Third Place: Britta Johnson (Infinite Spirit) ($150)

The Ed Mirvish Award For Entrepreneurship

This $2,500 award, created by David Mirvish in honour of his father, recognizes the entrepreneurship of our independent artists. Mirvish Productions knows the power of the Fringe, having remounted four particularly famous productions over the past 15 years – The Drowsy Chaperone, ‘da Kink in My Hair, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding and The Musical of Musicals: The Musical. The Ed Mirvish Award is awarded to the mainstage Fringe company that sells the highest proportion of its available seats. This award is a celebration of the hard work, innovation and creativity that goes into making a Fringe show a success.

2013 Winner

Congratulations to Fringe 2013′s winner: JESSICA MOSS for her outstanding production of POLLY POLLY! Read the press release here.