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