The Lottery and Site-Specifics
Want to be in the Toronto Fringe Festival?
Please note: Applications for the Lottery and Site-Specifics are now closed for 2020. We have left this information up so that you can plan for future festivals.
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
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.
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 email@example.com
ASL video regarding how to apply to the 2020 Fringe Festival
ASL video about how to apply to Fringe 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.