Wel­come to the 25th An­niver­sary of the Toronto Fringe Fes­ti­val!

NOW Magazine - Fringe - - Front page - Kelly Straughan Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor

In the sum­mer of ’89, the Toronto Fringe was born. It fol­lowed in the foot­steps of suc­cess­ful Cana­dian fringes in Ed­mon­ton, Van­cou­ver, Vic­to­ria and Win­nipeg. The Toronto Fringe of­fered au­di­ences a blend of con­ven­tional and un­con­ven­tional plays that were truly a feast for the ar­tis­ti­cally cu­ri­ous. Like its Western pre­de­ces­sors, the Toronto Fringe was ac­ces­si­ble, af­ford­able and en­cour­aged artists to cre­ate their work with­out artis­tic re­stric­tions.

Over the years, we have grown into Toronto’s largest the­atre fes­ti­val, wel­com­ing over 90,000 pa­trons an­nu­ally. Since 1989, we have re­turned over $5,000,000 to more than 2,500 the­atre pro­duc­tions. We have grown from a lit­tle in­die fes­ti­val that could, to a cul­tural main­stay in the Toronto land­scape.

For our 25th, we’ve given the Fringe Club a facelift, adding buskers, bands, food trucks and ven­dors, as well as a sassy new look. Our Fringe Club is the per­fect place to kick back with a cold drink and min­gle. On July 3rd, join us at the Fringe Club for our open­ing cer­e­monies, in­clud­ing our an­nual poster sprint as well as a free out­door con­cert by Hooded Fang.

We also have two very spe­cial 25th An­niver­sary par­ties! The Un­der­ground Dance Party in­vites you to the 2nd floor of the Hon­est Ed’s park­ing garage to party like it’s 1989, and our Alumni Party at the Tran­zac Club in­vites you to take a trip down mem­ory lane at our old stomp­ing grounds. As al­ways, our the­atre venues are jam-packed with eclec­tic shows, and this year you can step out­side the black box to see 20 site­spe­cific plays. We have also ex­panded our very popular Tent Talk se­ries that in­vites the com­mu­nity to share in lively dis­cus­sions on is­sues that shape our in­dus­try. Our fes­ti­val has some­thing for ev­ery­one, and we hope you will join us in cel­e­bra­tion of 25 years.

See you at the Fringe!

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