Digital Fringe Awards
Some of our favourite partners have jumped on board this year to offer awards to the artists in our festival.
The winners will be announced at Awards Night, part of our Closing Night Party at the virtual Fringe Patio on Saturday, July 31. More details on our POSTSCRIPT Live(stream) page here.
Second City Comedy Award
The Second City Comedy Award will be awarded to a comedy production in the Fringe On-Demand series. Jurors from Second City will select the winner.
The winner will receive:
• Two free regular, full-term classes (online or in-person) with the Toronto Training Centre
• 10 hours of professional development/dramaturgy with the Second City's Creative Director, Carly Heffernan and/or Artistic Director (Education), Julie Dumais Osborne
• 10 hours of free rehearsal space in our future Toronto location
Best Digital Pivot, Presented by TO Live
The Best Digital Pivot Award seeks to recognize the company which presents the best theatrical experience in the digital pre-recorded space. This award is for companies in the Fringe On-Demand and KidsFest On-Demand series. The jury is made up of independent producers selected by TO Live. This award is limited to GTA based companies based on TO Live's mandate to support Toronto-based artists.
First place winner will receive: $1000
Honourable mention will receive: $500
The New Young Reviewers Award
The New Young Reviewers Award will be awarded to a show that best speaks to the participants in Fringe's New Young Reviewers Program. This can include shows that are by or about young people, or about topics that are important to youth.
The winning company will be awarded a cash prize of $250.
David Seguin Memorial Award for Accessibility in the Arts
The Seguin family is proud to sponsor the David Seguin Memorial Award for Accessibility in the Arts, an award that celebrates the work of artists with disabilities. This award is given to Toronto Fringe Festival productions that feature the work of an artist or artists with a disability.
This year, in recognition of the extra challenges faced by creating theatre during a pandemic, the award will be divided among eligible participants, to support the continued work of these artists.
To be eligible for the the award, a production must:
• Be part of the 2021 Toronto Fringe Festival
• Feature the work of an artist with a disability
• Opt-in to be considered for the DSMA
Recognized companies will receive a cash bursary.
Statement from the Seguin Family
"We want this award to celebrate accessibility in the performing arts because we believe that everyone should have the chance to follow their passion.
David was a life-long supporter of the arts and especially live performance. He faced challenges in his life as a result of his Down's Syndrome, but was passionate about music, dance and theatre both as a patron and a performer. His love of the arts brought joy to everyone in his life and we can think of no better way to honour his memory than giving more people the opportunity to share their own creativity.
The David Seguin Memorial Award for Accessibility in the Arts is a celebration of ability in all of its forms. Through encouragement and reward, we hope that more companies and artists will engage with issues of accessibility, and in so doing create a more inclusive world."
Audience Choice Awards
From July 21 to noon on July 31, audience members will be encouraged to submit their votes for their favourite production in each series: Fringe On-Demand, KidsFest On-Demand, and Fringe Primetime.
Each winner will be awarded a cash prize.