Calls for Artists: Fringe

covid-19 has changed our operations again this year...

But we wanted to keep these pages up to assist you in your future planning. Please note that some of the information below refers to in-person festivals only, which we will not be presenting in 2021.

Are you an indie artist?

In January, as part of the Next Stage Community Booster, we hosted a conference called: Should I Stay or Should I Go? A Micro-Conference for the Indie Arts Sector. Dozens of indie artists joined our online conversation to discuss the past, present, and future of the indie arts sector. Here is a report detailing the findings. The event was hosted by Toronto Fringe in partnership with Ryerson’s Creative Innovation Studio at FCAD.


Digital Options for 2021:

Why Produce Your Show at Fringe in the future?

Fringe covers part of the cost of producing a show, which can otherwise be $10,000+ if self-producing. Together, we can help lower the costs for everyone involved.

A participant pays approximately $760 for their slot in the mainstage Fringe Festival (Site-Specific fees vary). For this fee, you receive a performance venue with technical staff*, box office staff, front of house staff; also ticket sales service, venue insurance, and a share of our festival marketing. Participants are expected to cover artist fees, royalty fees, set/costume costs, show-specific marketing, and other production costs. 

*Venue and tech labour are not included for the Site-Specific Category.

It’s Better Together

This shared producing model allows your dollar to stretch further, because we are pooling our resources and working together. As always, you take home 100% of the ticket revenue and Fringe takes a small surcharge on each ticket.

When you produce a show at Fringe, you're joining a community – this isn’t simply a co-production agreement. Being part of the Fringe community means access to a step-by-step Producing 101 pathway, greater reach for your show due to our province-wide marketing campaigns, and hands-on support from our fabulous team.

Are you a visual learner?
Click here for a one-page Infographic that explains the Fringe's shared producing model.

There are many ways to join the Fringe movement

Select one of the tiles below and start exploring the programs we will be bringing back once Public Health measures allow.

Key Dates in a Typical Festival Year

Early October: Application information released

Mid-October: Fringe Festival Lottery & Site-Specific Category applications open

Early November: Applications for the Fringe Festival Lottery close. (Site-Specific applications are first-come, first-served)

Early December: The Fringe Festival Lottery Party

First 2 weeks of July: The Toronto Fringe Festival