a video about the toronto fringe
Inspired by the worldwide fringe movement, Toronto Fringe was founded by a cluster of local indie artists in 1989 to offer the “fringes” of the performing arts community a platform to create art at a grassroots level. It’s theatre by the people, for the people.
Since then, the Toronto Fringe Festival has become the largest theatre festival in Ontario, showcasing 150+ productions every July at 30+ venues around downtown Toronto. But throughout its three decades of growth, Fringe has kept the indie, grassroots spirit alive. Fringe keeps ticket prices lower than any other arts festival in the city, at $12, because we believe everyone should be able to afford to see theatre.
Want to apply to the 2018 Fringe Festival?
We accept applications to our lottery every October. Check back here in the fall for application instructions. More info about our year-round artist applications here.
It's hands-down the most exciting 12 days of summer.Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine
Why is Fringe different?
In line with all other Fringe Festivals in Canada, the Toronto Fringe Festival believes:
- Performing artists in Canada should be supported - that’s why we return 100% of the net box office revenue to Fringe artists.
- Every voice has a right to be heard - that’s why we program the festival not by a jury of professionals, but by drawing names from a lottery each fall.
- Theatre should be surprising, risky, unconventional, fun and never boring - that’s why we don't interfere in the art on our stages.