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.
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