Ottawa Fringe Festival
june 14-24 ottawafringe.com Ottawa Fringe is the city’s largest theatre festival, presenting 60 shows from across Canada and the world. “No matter what you like, you’ll find it at the Fringe,” says Festival Director Patrick Gauthier. “Every year we present a wide variety of styles such as comedy, music, improv, clown, storytelling, dance, and puppetry. And the best part? We return 100 per cent of ticket sales back to the performers.” This year’s shows include
Josephine, A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play, a one-woman show about the 1920s singer, actor, dancer, and civil rights activist Josephine Baker, and Interstellar Elder about a “badass geriatric astronaut” trying to save humanity from a global, fatal farming mistake. Local award-winners present plays like MAL (a one woman comedy circus) that charts Rachelle Elie’s career as a clown, and The Last Spartan, where Pierre Brault embodies a 2,400-year-old warrior tasked to defend art’s importance to society. Things are better on the fringe. Tickets start at $12.