Future Voices

Welcome to Future Voices: a showcase for youth, a platform for discussion, a peek into the future of our Fringe community. In the months to come, we hope to use this page to highlight exceptional moments in our youth programing, post articles and content from youth themselves, reflections on Fringe's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work, and more.

If you have an idea for a post, please contact Community Engagement Senior Coordinator Yuddha Maharaj at community@fringetoronto.com to discuss. 


A Reflection on the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation 

From our new Community Engagement Senior Coordinator, Yuddha Maharaj:

Thursday, September 30th, 2021, marked the first day of the federal statutory “holiday” of National Truth and Reconciliation to commemorate and honor the survivors of the Residential School System here in what is currently known as Canada. As it was the first year of National Truth and Reconciliation, events took place across the city to commemorate the day, as well as provided Canadians the opportunity to observe and reflect on reconciliation and support Indigenous communities.

Some of the events that took place are as followed:

A sacred fire and pipe ceremony was held by Michael Garron Hospital at the Bear’s Den All Nations Traditional Medicine Sweat Lodge, where those in the community shared space to reflect upon the residential schools, missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and to become aware of the shared responsibilities to Truth and Reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities.

Native Arts Society held a pop up at Allan Gardens for the sale of orange t-shirts, which was screen printed by hand. The group of individuals were comprised of intergenerational survivors of residential schools, whom have been making these t-shirts for years.

1492 Landback Lane, which is an organization consisting of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory Land defenders, hosted a Jam Unity concert at Dufferin Grove. The concert featured performances by Indigenous artists, such as a fourth generation residential school survivor, Layla Black.

Looking forward, it is important for us as settlers on this land to commit to continuously learning of the genocide and trauma Indigenous peoples have experienced, as well as the current injustices taking place in their day to day lives. It is not sufficient to only observe and commemorate the lived and living experiences of Indigenous communities on a single day, rather make it a practice to work on restoring justice, continually work and learn on how to uphold Indigenous sovereignty, as well as move past truth and reconciliation, beyond September 30th.

Click here to view some of the resources our staff shared in preparation for this day.

Graphic displaying the shape of a type writer with the words "New Young Reviewers; Emerging Performance Reviewer Program" next to it. The bottom corner reads "Generously supported by the John Kaplan Legacy Fund"

The New Young Reviewers Program (previously, Teenjur Young Critics), supported by the Jon Kaplan Legacy Fund, is a workshop series and writing group for emerging theatre and performance reviewers Canada-wide, ages 15 and up.

Throughout the festival, the cohort of writers, led by Signy Lynch and Stephanie Fung, have been watching and reviewing shows at the Digital Fringe. We are so excited to share some of their writing with you here.

More articles coming soon!


The word TENT surrounded by the headshots of the participants

Introducing the 2021 TENT participants!

TENT (Theatre Entrepreneurs’ Network and Training) was created in 2014 by Toronto Fringe to address a growing need in theatre training. The theatre climate demands that artists possess the skills and contacts to self-produce if they wish to build a sustainable career, but no training programs existed to address this specific need for emerging artists. 

Since its inception, TENT has served over 140 emerging artists by providing free, intensive training in the skills vital to making their work a reality (such as managing budgets, marketing, fundraising, and grant-writing), and by connecting them with some of Canada’s leading “artrepreneurs.”

The pandemic has caused many young people to enter the arts industry at its least stable, with many new artists and smaller theatres struggling to make it through the past year. That is why it is important, now more than ever, that we are supporting these future artists in making their dreams obtainable.

Meet our TENT program director

Meet our Talented TENT Cohort