Frequently Asked Questions for Artists
We know applying for the Fringe Festival can seem complicated. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions and a Glossary of common terms that may help.
Glossary of common Fringe Terms
Main Admin Contact (also called Participant) = The individual who applies to the festival and ultimately accepts a slot. They are considered the producer and will be the person that the festival communicates with directly.
Application Fee = The fee a participant pays to apply to the festival in any category.
Participation Fee = If drawn in the Main Venue Lottery or accepted into the Unconventional Venue Category, the fee the participant pays to accept the slot in the festival. Fee ranges between $500-$800 CAD.
Main Venue Category Lottery = The lottery in which all slots at main performance venues are drawn.
Unconventional Venue Category = The Toronto Fringe Unconventional Venue Category is an expansion of the formerly named Site Specific Category, to acknowledge the alternative forms of performance art that seek the Fringe platform to reach audiences. This category is for companies who wish to produce a show that cannot be presented in a conventional theatre venue, and is inclusive of digital/virtual/non-physical events, as well as any accessible space within the City of Toronto. Applicants apply with a venue, the Festival does not enter any direct agreement with the venue.
Slots in this category are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, separate from the Main Venue Category lottery. Participant fees are scaled according to the max potential ticket capacity the production will offer over the 12 days of the festival.
To learn more about the Unconventional Venue Category, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Eventotron is the Festival Management platform that Toronto Fringe uses to manage applications, information collected from participants, and resources we share with participants in the festival.
From the sign in page, click on “forgotten or missing password” to receive a new password link to your email. If you continue to have trouble, contact email@example.com.
Yes, the secondary contact is not limited to only being your secondary contact. Please note, this is someone who should be reachable and able to give information about the application/event should the Festival be unable to reach the Main Admin Contact with critical information for any reason.
No, you can only apply to only ONE category in the Main Lottery.
Yes, your application will be saved. To ensure the autosave function is working, always be sure to click out of the answer field (anywhere else on the page that is not a button) and you should see the border of the answer box turn grey again. To come back to an application that you have started, go back to where you clicked Apply to Toronto Fringe and select “My event is already in Eventotron” to select your show title from the drop down.
We always recommend keeping a backup copy of your application answers in a separate document (Word doc or similar format) in case you need to refer to them at any later point.
You can change your show title if you are drawn in the lottery and offered a slot. You cannot at any point change the main admin contact, the secondary contact, or the company name. Please note temporary titles such as “TBC”, “Untitled”, “NA” will not be accepted, so do put in a title for now.
You must have a company name to apply to the festival, and this name cannot change at any time thereafter. If you do not have a company already, you will need to create a name for your collective when you apply.
If the credit card payment fields and submit button do not appear after you’ve selected a PWYC amount, it means there is a required question on the application that has not been answered. Be sure to answer all questions that appear in RED. This includes checking off that you have read and agree to the terms of the applicant agreement.
If the submit button does not appear after you’ve selected “pay by cheque”, it means there is a required question on the application that has not been answered. Be sure to answer all questions that appear in RED. This includes checking off that you have read and agree to the terms of the applicant agreement.
Please contact our Associate Producer Suzanne Wilkie, who will be happy to assist you if you require an alternative format of the application, or if you have questions still after reviewing the 2023 Application Guide. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 416-966-1062 ext 228
Toronto Fringe commits to reserving at least 50% of available slots in each category for applicants who are Indigenous, Black or People of Colour (IBPOC). The two-phase lottery draw is a measure we are implementing to strengthen equity, diversity and inclusion at the Festival.
When we hold the 2022 Lottery, each category's draw will have two phases:
PHASE ONE: Applicants who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Colour will be entered into the draw exclusively for the first 50% of all available slots in the category.
PHASE TWO: Once at least 50% of total slots are filled by IBPOC applicants, or if no more IBPOC applicants remain to draw from (whichever occurs first), the remaining slots will be drawn from all applicants in the category.
The Main Admin Contact is considered the individual applying who must identify as IBPOC for the application to be included in the first drawing phase. We strongly encourage that applicants who select this also commit to at least half or more of their creative and performance team identifying as IBPOC as well.
New this year, main venue slots will be pre-allocated to one of three venue size tiers. This is to ensure our festival is the right size for the shows that are drawn, and each show will be placed in a venue that is the correct size it requires. The tiers are broken down into Small, Medium, and Large venues – you can find more details about the tiers here. Assignment to a specific venue within your tier will happen at a later date.
Yes, through our Unconventional Venue Category’s Non-Physical stream. All slots in the festival are for live, real-time productions. There will not be any on-demand streaming options in the 2023 Fringe. Submit your idea in the Pre-Approval period between November 1-25, 2022 to learn if it is suitable for the 2023 Fringe.
You can do that through the Unconventional Venue Category. We encourage interested applicants to submit a proposal to the Pre-Approval submission form, which will be available until November 25, 2022, to learn if the venue and production are suitable for the 2023 Fringe.
The festival parameters are subject to change based on bylaw and recommendation changes from our provincial or municipal governments about gatherings and live events.