Toronto Fringe Festival- All You need to Know


The stage is set and the city is ready to launch the 2017 edition of Toronto Fringe Festival. A one of its kind event in the city, Toronto Fringe will kick off on the 5th of July and continue till 16th July. Promising 10 days of fun and entertainment, the festival will have a lot on offer. Take a look.

Fringe Background

Originally started in 1989 by a group of theatre artists, Toronto Fringe has transformed itself to one of its kind theatre festivals in Canada. A perfect arts extravaganza, the Fringe is known for featuring several theatre performances both by famous and upcoming artists from different schools and genres. Serving as a platform for budding artists and an improvising stage for the established lot, Fringe Festival has worked as a career guide for many artists across Canada.

More about Fringe

Launched as a platform for aspiring artists and performers, Toronto Fringe presently hosts over 150 shows across more than 30 venues in the country. Popularly regarded as a ‘theatre festival’, the Fringe is known for hosting several music, dance, visual arts, comedy and other events. Site-specific performances and musicals are among the top highlighted events at the festival. Events and shows at the festival focus on people of all age groups. Fringe Kids, Visual Fringe and shed shows are the popular segments of the festival.

Shows at Fringe

The 2017 edition of Toronto Fringe is all set to host a series of theatre shows and comedy periodicals. Popular shows debuted at the Fringe in the past include The Drowsy Chaperone, Kim’s Convenience, ‘da Kink in My Hair, Mump and Smoot and My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding. Shows such as Bright Lights, Cam Baby and Life After have been very well received by the audiences. Musicals and comedy solo shows targeted to different age groups are a major attraction at the Fringe.

New Play Contest

Open to all playwrights and scriptwriters who are permanent residents of Canada, Open Play Contest is one of the talked about activities at the Toronto Fringe. As a procedure of the festival, each of the participants submits their original piece of work to the festival community. If your submission fits the criteria, you get a free spot at the Toronto Fringe and many other promotional opportunities.


Toronto Fringe is an ideal opportunity for the ones looking to explore the city along with its list of events and festivities. For those willing to be a part of the show, try volunteering at the festival. Scattered over 34 venues across the country, Toronto Fringe is an ideal place to have a one-on-one interaction with the guests.