Awards, Best of the Fringe & Patron’s 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 the following awards for Fringe Artists.
The Patron’s 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.
The Cutting-Edge Award
Supported by Tosho Knife Arts, the Cutting-Edge Award is an audience-nominated award at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Nominate your favourite production by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Artist Prize is a premium knife donated by Tosho Knife Arts, a VIP pass to Next Stage Theatre Festival 2016. Each time an audience member votes for a play, they are entered into a draw for the Audience Prize: a beautiful knife from Tosho Knife Arts and a VIP pass to Next Stage Theatre Festival 2016.
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 www.tocentre.com for more info.
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. Supported by Playwrights Guild of Canada.
Best of fringeKids! presented by Solar Stage
This year’s winners are Hamlet… A puppet Epic! and The Crazy Space Adventures of Princess Sparkly Butt & The Hot Dog Kid. Solar Stage will host a special weekend with featuring these new Canadian shows for kids in April & May, 2016.
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.
2014 Winner: SLUT, by Erin Thompson, produced by Beer in a Glass Productions.
Announcing the Paul O’Sullivan Prize for Musical Theatre Sponsored by the Pat and Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts
Announcing the new musical contest, officially called the Paul O’Sullivan Prize for Musical Theatre, which pays tribute to the late Paul O’Sullivan who was known and loved in the theatre community.
The contest opens in September 2015 with the winner being announced at the Fringe Lottery Party in November 2015. The prize includes a $3,500 cash prize and a spot in the 2016 Fringe Festival. More information on submission requirements will be posted on the website in August 2015.
Outstanding New Comedy Award
New this year, the Second City is proud to sponsor the Outstanding New Comedy Award. Winners are chosen from Fringe 2015 shows and will receive $1000 and a chance to perform at the John Candy Box Theatre. Tune into both the Fringe and Second City Toronto’s social media feeds on Sunday at noon for the announcement. Connect with @SecondCityTO on both Facebook and Twitter