The 30th annual Toronto Fringe Festival is in full swing! Ontario’s largest theatre festival is showcasing 160 plays at 45 venues – not mention free events at PostScript, the Fringe patio at Scadding Court.
30 years of Fringe in Toronto
Even though the Fringe has grown a lot in the last 20 years, it keeps its grassroots, indie spirit alive by giving everyone a chance to put on their show. The Fringe lineup is chosen by a lottery back in February, which allows established performers and up-and-comers the same chance to get their work on stage. Toronto Fringe believes that everyone should be able to see live theatre so Fringe tickets are only $12 to make this festival accessible and great for the whole family.
Fun for the whole family
Run by Toronto Fringe, KidsFest is a theatre festival for the youngest thespians and thespians-to-be. They start the programming early in the day, keep tickets at $5 per child, and allow babes-in-arms in for free. The KidsFest Club is right next door, on the grassy lawn of the George Ignatieff Theatre. The club is a safe and welcoming playspace for kids of all ages and their families. Entrance by donation.
Click here for a full list of the Fringe line up at venues all over down town Toronto.
PostScript is Toronto’s biggest patio
This year, Toronto’s best kept summer secret is PostScript: the Fringe patio! The Fringe has taken over the hockey rink at Bathurst and Dundas for 12 days of free events, live music, art, local food vendors and a licenced bar. This all-ages patio is a great place to bring the whole family.
This weekend there’s a free music festival running from July 12-15. Each day showcases different artists and each line up is curated by a different local group. On July 14th from 4:00pm – 7:00pm is Teen Fringe. Performers from this year’s Teen Fringe program show off what they’ve been working on all festival. This is a great show for young and old. Then, at 10:00pm the patio is hosting a 1989 Prom Party in honor of the festival’s 30th anniversary. This will be complete with awards such as “Best dressed” and “Most Fringe Spirit.” Come enjoy the free live entertainment and pick up a schedule to see the very best of Toronto Fringe Festival 2018.
We love this city and Fringe is an amazing experience that shouldn’t be missed. Support local artists and enjoy a drink on the patio. Fringe only happens once a year, check out the shows and let us know which one was your favourite!
Scadding Court Community Centre hockey rink
707 Dundas Street West (Bathurst & Dundas, entrance on Bathurst)
July 4 to 15, 2018
NO ENTRY FEES, ALL AGES WELCOME