The Lottery and Site-Specifics

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Want to be in the 2020 Toronto Fringe Festival? 

Please note: Applications for the Lottery are now closed. Site-Specific applications are still open.

Key Dates

October 9, 2019: Application information released 

October 16, 2019: 2020 Fringe Festival Lottery & Site-Specific Category applications open

November 10, 2019: Applications for the 2020 Fringe Festival Lottery close. (Site-Specific applications are first-come, first-served)

December 3, 2019: The 2020 Fringe Festival Lottery Party

July 1-12, 2020: The 2020 Toronto Fringe Festival 


What is the Fringe Main Lottery?

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 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. The Toronto Fringe offers multiple Main Lottery categories to apply to, based on the permanent residence of the applicant and duration of show, age demographic of audience, or targeted performance genre. (Examples: Ontario 60 Minutes, Teen Category, KidsFest. More info below.)

Why do we program the festival via lottery?

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. 

What are Site-Specifics?

If your project takes place in a non-traditional venue, you must apply to our Site-Specific Category (sometimes called bring-your-own-venue) with details about where you want your show to take place and why your venue is the right fit for your show. Site-Specific applications are assessed on a first-come, first-served basis. More details below. 

What is the Teen Category?

New last year, the Teen Category was created to increase representation of teens and teen-centred stories on stage. The show you apply with must feature work specifically for and/or by youth between ages 13-18 years and there is no geographical limitation for the main admin contact or company members. More details on all categories here.

What is the Senior Category?

Also new last year, the Senior Category was created to increase representation of seniors on stage and behind-the-scenes. The main admin contact must be 60+ years old, or the show must feature work specifically created by adults that are 60+ years old. At least 50% of the company (i.e. cast, creative team, key producing roles) must be 60+ years old. There is no geographical limitation for the main admin contact or company members. More details on all categories here.

How Much Does it Cost?

It only costs $29 to apply to the Main Lottery categories and Site-Specific Category. If drawn, participation fees range from $551-$760, depending on what you have applied to. (Details below.) Application and participation fees are waived for those applying to the Culturally Diverse Artist Project and the Accessible Lottery. 

 


AND NOW FOR THE DETAILS!

Please find category information, terms & conditions, and an overview of the Lottery and Site-Specifics in the PDF link below.

How to Be Part of Fringe 2020.pdf

ACCESS

ASL videos about how to apply to the Lottery and Site-Specifics below.

If you require assistance or accommodation in this process, please contact Accessibility Manager Susan Wolf at access@fringetoronto.com

ASL video regarding how to apply to the 2020 Fringe Festival

ASL video about how to apply to Fringe 2020.

 


Application information. Please note, applications to the lottery are now closed. 

ALL APPLICANTS

1. Go to eventotron.com and click on "Festivals" in the top left corner. You will be prompted to register for an account, or sign into your existing account if you already have one.

2. Once you are registered and logged in to Eventotron, you will see a listing of festivals. You can narrow the list by selecting Canada from the dropdown list, or scroll down to find TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL 2020. Click on "Apply" in the 2020
Toronto Fringe Festival section to open the application.

3. You are now at the Toronto Fringe 2020 All Categories Application form. Choose "Create a new event" where you will enter a title for your project then click NEXT. You can input “TBC your company name” if you do not have a title. Please do not create duplicate events with the same name.

4. The application form will now be opened fully and your name will appear as “Main Admin Contact.” To update this information, click the blue head icon to the right of the text box.

5. You will now you will be asked to submit a “Secondary Admin Contact.” Click the text box, enter the contact’s email address, then click “Add Contact.” Input your secondary contact’s First and Last Name, as well as their phone number. The Secondary Contact may not be changed once your application is submitted. Please double check this info before clicking “Save.” To update this information, click the blue head icon to the right of the text box.

6. You will now be asked to submit a “Company Name,” which will be credited as the Producing Company in the Fringe Program and printed materials. This name cannot be changed once your application is submitted.

7. Answer whether you have applied to the Toronto Fringe before, or whether you have participated in any other CAFF (Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals) festival.

Note: If you want to apply to the site-specific category and any lottery, you need to complete two separate applications. If you want to apply to the main lottery and either the CDAP or Accessible lottery, you can submit one application.

SITE-SPECIFIC CATEGORY

Here is a PDF version of all the Site-Specific terms & conditions, as well as a preview of all the questions asked on the application form. 

Here are Definitions and Standards for Site-Specific Venue Applications

8. Follow steps 1 through 7 above. If you are only applying to the Site-Specific category, click "NO" to entering the Main Lottery, “NO” to entering the Accessible Lottery, and “NO” to entering the CDAP Lottery. Click "YES" to entering the Site-Specific category.

9. Answer all of the questions, paying attention to the help text within the form for exact instructions. You will need to upload images of your venue. If you run into any issues, or have any questions, please call Michael at 416-966-1062 or email general@fringetoronto.com.

10. PAYMENT: To pay the application fee by credit card, select “credit card” on the question “How will you pay the site-specific application fee of $29?”, and then select the type of credit card. If a payment window does not appear, it means you have not completed all of the mandatory fields (indicated by a RED question). Please ensure all questions are answered to prompt the payment window. To pay the application fee by cheque, make it out to The Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival and send it to us at 100 Broadview Avenue, Suite 322, Toronto, ON. M4M 3H3. We will begin to process a complete application once it is successfully submitted, and act in good faith that the application fee has been sent. If the application is approved, and a slot is offered with a participant fee, the application fee and participant fee need to be paid in full to confirm the slot.

11. Submit your application only once your application is complete. Your application will auto-save as you answer each question. To return to a saved application, sign into Eventotron and choose the “My event is already in Eventotron” option, then look up the title of your site-specific show.

12. If your company requires any accessibility accommodations in order to submit your site-specific application, please contact Susan Wolf, Accessibility Manager, access@fringetoronto.com or 416-966-1062 ext. 227, and we will do our best to assist you.

MAIN LOTTERY

8.  Follow steps 1 through 7 above.

9. If you are only applying to the Main Lottery, click "YES" to entering the Main Lottery. Click “NO” to entering the Accessible Lottery, “NO” to entering the CDAP Lottery, and “NO” to entering the Site-Specific Category. You can apply to more than one lottery (Main, CDAP, Accessible) by clicking “YES” where appropriate, if you are eligible.

10. Select the Main Lottery category you are applying to from the drop down list. Answer any of the supplementary questions that correspond to the category selected, paying attention to the help text within the form for exact instructions. If you run into any issues, or have any questions, please call Michael at 416-966-1062 or email general@fringetoronto.com.

11. Your application will auto-save as you answer each question. To return to a saved application, sign into Eventotron and choose the “My event is already in Eventotron” option, then look up the title of your Main Lottery show.

12. PAYMENT: To pay the application fee by credit card, select “credit card” on the question “How will you pay the application fee of $29?”, and then select the type of credit card. If a payment window does not appear, it means you have not completed all of the mandatory fields (indicated by a RED question). Please ensure all questions are answered to prompt the payment window. To pay the application fee by cheque, make it out to The Fringe of Toronto Theatre Festival and send it to us at 100 Broadview Avenue, Suite 322, Toronto, ON. M4M 3H3. This payment needs to arrive by November 29, 2019 or else you will not be eligible to be entered into the lottery.

13. If your company requires any accessibility accommodations in order to submit your application to the main lottery, please contact Susan Wolf, Accessibility Manager, access@fringetoronto.com or 416-966-1062 ext. 227, and we will do our best to assist you.

ACCESSIBLE LOTTERY

8.  Follow steps 1 through 7 above.

9. If you are only applying to the Accessible Lottery, click "NO" to entering the Main Lottery, “YES” to entering the Accessible Lottery, “NO” to entering the CDAP Lottery, and “NO” to entering the Site-Specific category. You can apply to more than one lottery (Main, CDAP, Accessible) by clicking “YES” where appropriate, if you are eligible.

10. Answer the supplementary questions, paying attention to the help text within the form for exact instructions. If you run into any issues, or have any questions, please call Michael at 416-966-1062 or email general@fringetoronto.com.

11. Your application will auto-save as you answer each question. To return to a saved application, sign into Eventotron and choose the “My event is already in Eventotron” option, then look up the title of your show.

12. There is no fee associated with the Accessible Lottery. Submit your form when all answers are completed. If you are applying to the Main Lottery as well, you will be asked to pay the $29 application fee by credit card or cheque.

13. If your company requires any accessibility accommodations in order to submit your application to the main lottery, please contact Susan Wolf, Accessibility Manager, access@fringetoronto.com or 416-966-1062 ext. 227, and we will do our best to assist you.

CDAP LOTTERY

8. Follow steps 1 through 7 above.

9. If you are only applying to the CDAP Lottery, click "NO" to entering the Main Lottery, “NO” to entering the Accessible Lottery, “YES” to entering the CDAP Lottery, and “NO” to entering the Site-Specific category. You can apply to more than one lottery (Main, CDAP, Accessible) by clicking “YES” where appropriate, if you are eligible.

10. Answer the supplementary questions, paying attention to the help text within the form for exact instructions. If you run into any issues, or have any questions, please call Michael at 416-966-1062 or email general@fringetoronto.com.

11. Your application will auto-save as you answer each question. To return to a saved application, sign into Eventotron and choose the “My event is already in Eventotron” option, then look up the title of your show.

12. There is no fee associated with the CDAP Lottery. Submit your form when all answers are completed. If you are applying to the Main Lottery as well, you will be asked to pay the $29 application fee by credit card or cheque.

13. If your company requires any accessibility accommodations in order to submit your application to the main lottery, please contact Susan Wolf, Accessibility Manager, access@fringetoronto.com or 416-966-1062 ext. 227, and we will do our best to assist you.

you did it! What's Next?

Relax! Celebrate! Wish upon a star! You've applied to the 2020 Toronto Fringe Festival.

If you applied to a Lottery, you will be sent your lottery number(s) at the end of November. If you applied to the Site-Specific Category, we will be in touch with you about your submission and next steps. Make sure you join us at the Lottery Party where we draw all the Lottery winners on December 3 at 7pm EST at the Tranzac Club, or tune in to the Livestream on our Facebook page.


QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LOTTERY?

Start by checking out the FAQs below.

Not sure what category to apply to? Not sure if you qualify for CDAP? We know this is a lot of information, so please do be in touch if you'd like us to break it down for you. Please contact Michael at 416-966-1062 or general@fringetoronto.com

Can my secondary contact be a contact for a different application?

Yes, new for 2020, 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.

Can I apply to more than one lottery?

You can only apply to only ONE category in the Main Lottery, however if you are eligible for either the CDAP Lottery or Accessible Lottery, you can apply to those and the Main Lottery, if you choose. There is a $29 application fee to apply to the Main Lottery.

I selected CREDIT CARD to pay for the application fee, and selected my card type, but I cannot enter my credit card information anywhere and cannot submit my application.

If the credit card payment fields and submit button do not appear after you’ve selected “pay by credit card” and either Visa or Mastercard, 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.

I selected CHEQUE to pay for the application fee, but I cannot submit my application.

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.

Can I begin filling out my application and not submit it right away?

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 back up copy of your site specific application answers in a Word doc or similar format, in case you need to refer to them at any later point.

I’ve used Eventotron before to apply to/participate in a Fringe Festival, but I cannot remember my password.

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 help@eventotron.com

I don’t know what my show will be quite yet, do I need to commit to a title now?

You can change your show title if you are drawn in the lottery and offered a slot! You can not at any point change the main admin contact, the secondary contact, or the company name.

I don’t have a company, or I don’t know what my company’s name will be.

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 can create a name for your collective now.

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