OFF FRINGE 2018 Information

OFF Programming 2018
St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival 

We encourage everyone to take part in the 28th St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival, happening May 28th – June 17th 2018. You will find here full details on participating as an OFF company. Applications to our OFF Programming are due by Friday, February 9th at 6PM (Eastern). Stay tuned for the online form! 

 

DATES AND DEADLINES

OFF Info Session: 7PM January 30th, 2018 at MainLine Theatre, 3997 boul. Saint-Laurent. RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/kkmgrr6V9HvVpw2e2
OFF Applications due: February 9th, 2018
OFF Dropout Deadline: February 23rd, 2018
Festival Dates: May 28 – June 17, 2018
OFF Show Dates: May 30 – June 17, 2018

 

How the OFF FRINGE works

Accepting Companies. Priority for acceptance of OFF Companies is based on a first-come first-accepted basis, depending on the feasibility of your project, up to the discretion of the festival’s Executive and Artistic Director. We hope to be able to accept all companies wanting to present an OFF Show, but as OFF shows require a particular kind of care, we limit it to the amount of extra venues we believe we can handle. Applying does not mean your show will be accepted. Please be in touch with us at artistes@montrealfringe.ca if you are considering applying.

Your Company. To ensure equitable access to the festival, the FRINGE will only accept one show per company. If you send more than one OFF application, only one will be accepted. You may not change the name of your company after we receive the application form. It is strictly forbidden to sell or give away your slot to another company.

What the FRINGE does for OFF Companies:
– We provide Advance Box Office services;
– We include your venue in our Insurance Policy;
– We list your show in the FRINGE Program, Master Schedule & Website;
– We provide access to our Media List and Press Package;
– We invite you to attend our Publicity Workshops;
– You will be invited to perform in the FRINGE-for-All press preview show and other promotional opportunities.

What you do:
– You apply and pay an application fee based on the capacity of one of your performances;
– You find and pay for your own venue, equipment and technician. (The FRINGE must approve your venue for safety and insurance reasons);
– You rehearse your show;
– You publicize your show (we give you workshops and media lists to help you);
– You set your own ticket prices (up to a maximum of $10.00) and you keep 100% of that (we add service charges);
– You provide your own floats and Front of House staff (who we will train before the festival);
– You decide your own schedule and how many shows you want to perform between May 30 and June 17. Please note that shows may start at 12 noon at the earliest, and end by 12:30 midnight at the latest (10PM on June 17th, night of the Frankie Awards!).

 

TWO KINDS OF SHOWS Site Specific and BYOV

A Site Specific show is one that cannot be done in one of our regular venues. In the past these shows have taken place in a pool hall, as two characters played a game of pool, or a parking lot, or in a kitchen or living room. They are non-traditional shows in non-traditional spaces.

A BYOV show takes place in a traditional venue that you rent yourself. It would be a good idea to team up with another company or companies to share a venue. A venue can be whatever you want it to be, but your capacity will need to be confirmed in conference with our Executive and Artistic Director.First and foremost, location, location, location. In order to maintain a neighbourhood festival atmosphere we ask that all the venues be within walking distance of the FRINGE Park located at the corner of Saint-Laurent blvd. and Rachel St.

 

FAQ

Where should I look for a venue?

The perimeter is generally Sherbrooke Street along the South, Berri Street along the East, Parc to the West and Fairmount to the North. This is a fertile breeding ground for cafés, bars, lofts, empty storefronts and art galleries. Many of the have varying degrees of lighting, sound, and stage equipment already available.

So, I’m just supposed to walk into a bar or gallery and ask if I can do my show there as part of the FRINGE?

Absolutely! You could be surprised about how receptive people are to the arts in Montreal. If they decline, just take it in stride and hit up the next place! 

What kind of deal should I be working out with them?

This varies. Some bars are happy enough to let you perform for free before 10PM. You keep the door; they keep the bar. Some places will insist you only do Pay-what-you-can, others may want a split of the door. YOU are responsible for whatever deal you make with them. MAKE SURE YOU GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING!! We will need a copy of the contract. Remember, if something feels too good to be true, it probably is. If something feels fishy, follow your instincts. Most bar owners and landlords are business people… business people are not known for their altruism. Make sure you protect yourself. If you want to run something by the FRINGE for a second opinion before you sign anything, feel free.

Can the FRINGE give us equipment?

Unfortunately not – OFF companies are responsible for their own venue and equipment. We might however be able to help you locate what you are looking for. Just email artistes@montrealfringe.ca. 

How much should I expect to make?

In recent years, OFF shows have done increasingly well, but they can still be a hard sell. Doing an OFF show means extra work and extra risk because you’ll be finding, renting, equipping and staffing your venue at your own expense and then promoting your show to make back the extra costs. We recommend teaming up with other companies in your venue!

How do ticket sales work?

The FRINGE will print your tickets and take care of your Advance sales. Tickets will be available by phone, online, or at the Central Box Office up to two hours before your show. The FRINGE will NOT sell tickets at the door of your venue. This means you are responsible for your own door sales (finding your own venue manager). You will have to provide a person (who we will train) to sell tickets at the door starting one hour before your show. This is another good reason to team up with other OFF companies, your partners can sell tickets for your show; you can sell tickets to their show. 

What are the advantages to doing an OFF show?

You get to make your own schedule with performances from May 30 – June 17 2018, which may start at 12 noon at the earliest, and end by 12:30 midnight at the latest (10PM on June 17th, night of the Frankie Awards!). Our regular shows get six performances at a variety of times. An OFF Company could potentially perform every night at 8PM, or every night at 8PM and 10PM! 

If I applied to the A-Z Lottery and made it to the waitlist, does my $55 administration fee carry over?

Absolutely! If you have already paid the $55 fee to be a part of the A-Z Programming and wish to apply to OFF Fringe, you will not have to pay the $55 fee a second time.

 

PAYMENT + APPLICATION Please read carefully

In order for your application to be complete, we require:

  • Filling in the application form (Form TBA) ;
  • Payment of your $ 55 Admin Fee ;
  • A copy of your contract with your venue (to be sent to artistes@montrealfringe.ca).

Once we have all of these, we require:

  • Payment of your Application Fee (sliding scale based on your venue capacity, see below) via PayPal. You have 48 hours to complete payment upon reception of the PayPal invoice. 

Payment Method
We generally take payments through PayPal. PayPal accounts connect with your bank and allow you to select various methods of payments, but it is also possible to pay with a credit card without a PayPal account. If you require any assistance or need to discuss alternative methods, please contact artistes@montrealfringe.ca.

Administration Fee
This fee is non refundable and is required in order to complete your application. We require a payment of $47.84 + taxes ($55) via PayPal – the link will show up after your form is submitted. 

Application Fee
This fee is based on the capacity of your venue (how many patrons can be seated per performance). Upon reception of this form, we will send you an invoice via PayPal, to be paid in the following 48 hours.

The fees are as follows:
1 – 24 patrons – $430.53 + taxes ($495)
25 – 49 patrons – $447.92 + taxes ($515)
50 – 74 patrons – $495.76 + taxes ($570)
75+ patrons – $556.64 + taxes ($640)

Additional Fees / Penalties
In order to ensure smoother functioning of OFF Venues at the festival, the FRINGE reserves the right to charge your company additional fees which may be deducted from your box office revenues. The following infractions will incur a penalty (first infraction $25, each subsequent infraction $200):

  • Failure to send your box office volunteers/staff for training by FRINGE Festival staff;
  • Failure to provide adequate box office services to the public;
  • Failure to pick up your box office package 90 min prior to show time and return it to headquarters within 45 minutes of your final performance of the day. 

Refunds
– If you’re accepted and withdraw before February 23rd, 2018, you get your money back (minus the non-refundable Administration Fee)
– If you’re accepted and withdraw after February 23rd, 2018, the entire fee is non-refundable.

LOTTERY RESULTS – 2018 St-Ambroise FRINGE de Montréal

Last update: Jan. 26, 2018

ACCEPTED CANADIAN COMPANIES 

  • Art é Fakt
  • Bick/Antzis
  • Cory Thibert
  • Devon More Music
  • HappySad Theatre
  • Human Body Project
  • Izak Productions
  • Peachy Keen Productions
  • Rabbit & Turtle Projects
  • Scantily Glad Theatre
  • Sex T-Rex
  • Stephanie Morin-Robert
  • Yassou Malaka

WAITING LIST – CAN
1 – Danielle Doiron
2 – Tra la la
3 – Well-Dressed Robot Productions
4 – Équivoc’
5 – Mancini
6 – Ben Price Magic
7 – Adrian Cronk Co.
8 – Awe! Theatre
9 – Pasic Productions
10 – Rabbit in a Hat Productions
11 – AL Productions
12 – SNAFU
13 – Lucky Cadaver Theatre Company
14 – Bad Reputation Productions
15 – Margin Release
16 – Not Oasis Productions
17 – Iris Gardet-Hadengue
18 – gypsyWASPproductions
19 – Newman Mentalism
20 – TORTUE TRIPTYCH
21 – Aplombusrhombus
22 – Third Wheel
23 – Hip.Bang!
24 – Alastair Knowles
25 – Ally Baharoon
26 – Ashley Whitehead
27 – Dramatic Hat Productions
28 – Squeaky Wheel
29 – Helen Knight
30 – One Night Collective
31 – Gillian English
32 – Keith Brown
33 – Big Wide Mouthed Frog
34 – DataGeek
35 – Guayoyo Creative Collective
36 – Piecework Productions
37 – DATING MYSELF
38 – Drawing Board Productions
39 – sideshowcomic
40 – Big Cat Facial Cream
41 – Bessie-Jean Productions
42 – Piss & Vinegar Collective
43 – Infinite Innuendo Productions
44 – The Boy Who Swallowed a Bullet Collective
45 – Fifth Wall
46 – Jimmy Hogg
47 – Stranger Folk
48 – Deflying Feets
49 – Kitt & Jane

ACCEPTED INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES

  • 1919
  • 2Hoots Productions
  • A Little Bit Off
  • big word performance poetry
  • Charles Adrian as Ms Samantha Mann
  • Coralie Lali Lala
  • DK Reinemer
  • Michael Burgos
  • Red Bastard
  • Sophia Walker Productions
  • The Shylock Project
  • Wish Experience
  • World Laughs

WAITING LIST  – INT
1 – Jake Simonds
2 – Blue House Productions
3 – Movin Melvin Brown
4 – Lee Archer
5 – Unruffled Theater
6 – Big Empty Barn Productions
7 – Saye Theatre
8 – Pat O’Brien
9 – Jikan Theatre Company
10 – Third Act Productions
11 – HOAX
12 – Foundation for New American Art
13 – Houston Robertson
14 – Penguintown Media
15 – Mercury Daniels
16 – Elias Faingersh
17 – Tim Motley
18 – Breaking the Cycle Films LLC
19 – Pixel Productions
20 – Lisa Pedace
21 – West Can Folk Performing Company
22 – murray meyer
23 – Jim Loucks
24 – The Invisible Theater of Minneapolis

ACCEPTED QUEBEC FRANCOPHONE COMPANIES

  • À cheval sur le Prince Hip
  • Ac Productions
  • canicules
  • Conseil de guerre et lanternes
  • Deux gars sul sofa
  • En un tour de main
  • Évelyne Laniel
  • Joël Hamel Hogue
  • Lâche pas
  • Le Théâtre des petits paradigmes poreux
  • Les productions de la Clé rouge
  • Possiblement Théâtre
  • Productions DPFG
  • Productions Héméra
  • Qui Dit Vain
  • Stefan Stefan
  • TCM
  • Théâtre au Féminin Pluriel
  • Théâtre de l’Ataxie Belliqueuse
  • Théâtre des assoiffées
  • Théâtre des laides
  • Théâtre Globe Bulle Rouge
  • Théâtre Lune et l’Autre
  • Théâtre Omnivore
  • Théâtre Sans Nombre
  • Théâtre sous la main
  • Troupe de La Bulle

WAITING LIST – QC FR
1 – Philo14
2 – Trembler Davantage II
3 – Théâtre Cétacé
4 – Les deux colons d’Amerique
5 – Petit Pierrot Production
6 – UNDERCLOWN
7 – Latino Burlesque
8 – Théâtre Taïkonaute
9 – Clever Girls
10 – La marmaille
11 – Théâtre des XII coups
12 – FRIM
13 – Zouf! Théâtre
14 – The Beast Productions
15 – Productions Prout Prout
16 – Bouffon de Bellefeuille
17 – Y’en aura d’autres!
18 – La vieille fille
19 – Steake N’ Bag
20 – Didascalistes
21 – Productions Disco Fantastiques
22 – Curieux Machin
23 – Tu pensais qu’c’tait ça que c’tait
24 – Vicky Gélineau
25 – Théâtre du XXIIième Siècle
26 – Les Intimistes
27 – Chlorophylle Propolis
28 – les desaxees
29 – Deal with it
30 – Théâtre Sans Fond
31 – Luigi Buffone
32 – Le Théâtre de la Chambre des enfants
33 – Adam Faucher
34 – Feeling bleue
35 – Les Précieuses Perdues
36 – La Faillite
37 – Les chiqueurs de rêves
38 – Les impromptus
39 – Bare Bone Films Inc.

ACCEPTED QUEBEC ANGLOPHONE COMPANIES 

  • AAATarot
  • Acherontia productions
  • ACT!
  • Ah Geez Productions
  • Canis Tempus
  • CoolCrazyCats Productions
  • Cynical Dog Productions
  • Daughter Product
  • Filion
  • FIMIIDO
  • Good Company
  • Jellyfish
  • Jolly Boy Theatre Company
  • La Tigressa Productions
  • Majora Theatre
  • Maximaliste Productions
  • Overy Productions
  • Pope Joan
  • Project Aliencat
  • Robbie Dillon’s Penis
  • Sort of Productions
  • Tantalus
  • That’s Enough Drama
  • The Other Coast Theatre
  • Trash Wolf
  • Ülfet Sevdi
  • Velveteen & Valueless
  • West Enders
  • Wrong Trousers Productions

WAITING LIST – QC EN
1 – Hatchken
2 – Blowfish Theatre Company
3 – Thunder Blunder
4 – SoMo Theatre
5 – An X Empire Productions
6 – Crazy Cat Lady Productions
7 – Hi, it’s me Dimitri Kyres
8 – Glitter Confetti
9 – “Show Me Yours!”
10 – LaterGater Co.
11 – La Belle Improv
12 – MSTQ
13 – Les Parents Terribles
14 – Hypoallergenic Productions
15 – ACTS TO GRIND THEATRE
16 – Wandering Well Productions
17 – That Weird Puppet Girl
18 – Goddamn Bear
19 – CABAL
20 – Vulpecula Theatre
21 – Hey Ladie
22 – La Fille Du Laitier
23 – Teaghan O’Driscoll
24 – Steal the Void Theatre
25 – 20th Century Knife Fight
26 – Viva Diverse Productions
27 – The General Gao
28 – bodgyal productions
29 – Sassafras
30 – Sus Est Anno Productions
31 – Little Black Rain Cloud Productions
32 – Blunder Blender
33 – Twisted Tree
34 – Burcu Emeç
35 – We Are One
36 – Rising Fatales
37 – Maddening Productions
38 – Very Nice Theatre Company
39 – TMI Productions
40 – The Herding Pack
41 – Now Now Productions
42 – Krisis
43 – Big Art Productions
44 – Gleams Theatre
45 – AcidHawk Theatre
46 – Only Skin Company
47 – The Do Art Company
48 – Thought Experiment Productions
49 – Boodeful
50 – Surplace
51 – Blood & Thunder
52 – Lost & Found Puppet Co.
53 – Purple Divine
54 – You Can’t Understand
55 – PointeTango
56 – Pinnipeds
57 – Medulla Oblongata Productions
58 – Playground Productions
59 – Black Box Productions
60 – In the Wings Promotions
61 – Stendhal X
62 – barlizo productions
63 – Pondering Pisces
64 – Gospel
65 – Canary Productions
66 – Queen Street Productions
67 – Le Groupe Herencias
68 – the orange eyes/les yeux oranges
69 – RIGHT NOW !
70 – Be Happy Productions
71 – No Small Roles Theatre
72 – Doctor Keir Co.
73 – Brave New Productions
74 – We Say So ltd
75 – Becoming Theatre
76 – Questionable Decisions
77 – Quietus Productions
78 – Broaductions
79 – dramedyking
80 – Kerosene Theatre
81 – A.K.A. Flora Lynn
82 – T-4-4 Productions