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The Fringe Festival is July 5 – 16th, 2017

Awards, Best of the Fringe & Patron’s Picks

Patron’s Picks

The Patron’s Picks are festival hits! They have an additional show on Sunday July 10, 2016.

Best of Fringe 2016

The Best of Fringe takes place in the Studio Theatre at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Ten 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.

Best of FringeKids presented by Solar Stage

This year’s winners are Twelfth Night… A Puppet Epic! and Pirates Don’t Babysit!
Solar Stage will host a special weekend featuring these two new Canadian shows for kids July 16-17, 2016.

The Cutting-Edge Award

Supported by Tosho Knife Arts, the Cutting-Edge Award is an audience-nominated award at the Toronto Fringe Festival.
The 2016 winner is Weird the Witches of Macbeth by Theatre Arcturus

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: July 10, 2016.
2016 Winner: The Keeper of the Words by Natalie Axon

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.

Outstanding New Comedy Award

New this year, the Second City is proud to sponsor the Outstanding New Comedy Award. Winners are chosen from Fringe 2016 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