Toronto Fringe Festival

About Fringe

The 35th Toronto Fringe Festival will be July 5 to 16, 2023 with a VERY SPECIAL Launch Party on July 4!

Programming & Ticket Sales launch JUNE 14, 2023, stay tuned. 

Congratulations to the 2023 Contest Winners. The Adams Prize for Musical Theatre winner is Dancer by Jim Betts & Marek Norman, and The 2023 New Play Contest Winner is Maggie Chun's First Love and Last Wedding by Helen Ho. Special thanks to The Pat and Tony Adams Freedom Fund, and The Aubrey and Marla Dan Charitable Foundation for supporting these contests and artists. 

The New Play Contest Selection Committee was comprised of: Yousef Kadoura, Gloria Mok, and Elena Reyes. The Adams Prize for Musical Theatre Selection Committee was comprised of: Kieran MacMillan, Justin Miller, and Victoria Wang. Thank you to all these artists for taking great time and consideration with all the applications. 



The Toronto Fringe Festival is run by the Toronto Fringe - a grassroots, charitable organization that also runs the Next Stage Theatre Festival coming October 2023, and various year-round programs that benefit youth, emerging artists, BIPOC artists, artists with disabilities, and the performing arts community at large. Embedded in Fringe’s operations are the values of Access, Accountability, Creativity, Exploration, and Support.

Toronto Fringe is a creative match-maker, connecting artists with audiences, and empowering everyone to unleash their artist within. Toronto Fringe creates vital opportunities for both emerging and established artists to produce their work with complete artistic freedom, while making productions as affordable and accessible as possible.


The Toronto Fringe is a non-juried festival, and holds a lottery to program the festival by selecting shows at random in a draw. This draw typically takes place in the late autumn. In line with all other Fringe Festivals in Canada, The Toronto Fringe does not evaluate the artistic merit of applicants, or the viability of the work – all applicants have the same chance of earning a show slot as the rest of their category.


Because we, along with all other Canadian Fringe Festivals, believe that every voice has an equal right to be heard. It's not about who you know or how much you know. Your project holds just as much weight in the Fringe Lottery as anyone else's. The power of the Fringe Movement is that there are no gatekeepers. It's a platform for everyone to learn about and experiment with the arts.


ACCESS - in every sense of the word
ACCOUNTABILITY - we work with integrity and respect
CREATIVITY - freedom of expression permeates everything we do
EXPLORATION - we let curiosity be our guide
SUPPORT – empowering you to take a chance

Why is Fringe different?

In line with all other Fringe Festivals in Canada, the Toronto Fringe Festival believes:

  1. Performing artists in Canada should be supported - that’s why we return 100% of the net box office revenue to Fringe artists.
  2. 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.
  3. Theatre should be surprising, risky, unconventional, fun and never boring - that’s why we don't interfere in the art on our stages.