Join us for the 23rd Toronto Fringe Fes­ti­val, this city’s largest the­atre fes­ti­val over 12 days of artis­tic an­ar­chy, fea­tur­ing 145 pro­duc­tions at 27 spa­ces across the west end.

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Fringes are a unique Cana­dian cul­tural phe­nom­e­non, with fes­ti­vals hap­pen­ing across this coun­try ev­ery sum­mer. There are three rules to be­ing a Fringe: all par­tic­i­pants have to be cho­sen at ran­dom (in our case, we hold a lot­tery), all sales are re­turned to our artists (we’ve re­turned more than $5,000,000 since 1989) and we never in­ter­fere with the art on our stages (never).

I’m con­vinced that this year’s pro­duc­tions are some of the most ex­cit­ing we’ve ever hosted... there has been an ex­cess of in­ter­est­ing cre­ative ideas and tal­ented voices se­lected in this year’s lot­tery. Our Fringe artists are ask­ing im­por­tant ques­tions about ev­ery­thing from Rob Ford to Ra­dioac­tive Drag Queens, ex­per­i­ment­ing with new forms of the­atre from ex­treme marathon pro­duc­tions to in­ter­ac­tive games, in unique spa­ces like al­ley­ways and un­der­ground park­ing lots, and o fer­ing up their ex­u­ber­ant brand of art. Our fes­ti­val slo­gan this year is By The Peo­ple, For The Peo­ple, a claim that Fringes across Canada can proudly make. This is pop­ulist and popular art at its best, and we hope you’ll join us in Toronto’s most raw and most ex­cit­ing cel­e­bra­tion of per­for­mance and art.

More than just a fes­ti­val, the Fringe is an event. This year, we’re con­tin­u­ing to ex­pand our amaz­ing Fringe Club at Hon­est Ed’s. We’ve launched the brand new Visual Fringe just o f Bloor Street, where 9 in­cred­i­ble artists will cre­ate liv­ing, breath­ing art hap­pen­ings ev­ery evening. With the Art Wank Stage and the Petit Wank, we’re o fer­ing a free plat­form for any­one in the world to book for 30 min­utes to say and do what­ever they want. Ev­ery night be­tween 10 and 11pm, there’s a free late night show at the Fringe Club stage. And as usual, we’re host­ing the best 12 day party of the year over the course of the fes­ti­val at the McAus­lan Beer Tent.

See you at the Fringe! Gideon Arthurs Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Toronto Fringe The­atre Fes­ti­val

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