Experiment with the Arts at the Toronto Fringe Festival

The Toronto Fringe Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer. Since 1989, it has grown to be Ontario’s largest theatre festival with 160 shows at 44 venues around Toronto’s downtown core. Running for twelve days every July, it is a festival where everyone can access, discover, and experiment with the arts.

This festival provides a starting point for many writers, directors, and performers. Some of Canada’s most successful theatre productions premiered at the Toronto Fringe, including ’Da Kink in My Hair, The Drowsy Chaperone, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (the first production from the creators of Come From Away), and Kim’s Convenience (now a hit CBC TV show).

Shows in the festival are selected by lottery — anyone with an idea is welcome to apply, and those drawn get to produce their show the way they want. You never know what you might discover! Since 100% of the net box office revenue goes back to those in the festival, the Toronto Fringe has returned over $6,000,000 to artists over its 30 years.

Many of Toronto’s favourite indie companies are featured in the festival this summer, including Dora award-winning clowns Morro and Jasp and acclaimed playwright/director Steven Gallagher. Want to bring the kids in your life to the festival? Check out KidsFest, eight shows for young audiences and a free, outdoor clubhouse. For full programming and to purchase tickets visit fringetoronto.com or call 416-966-1062.