During the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, MainLine Theatre’s number one priority is the safety, health and well-being of our artists, patrons, staff and volunteers. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that we must announce our decision to postpone the 30th edition of the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival to June 2021. All festival artists will be offered a choice to request a refund of their festival application fee or to defer their participation and their fee to the June 2021 edition of the festival.
Furthermore, following the directives of health authorities, our MainLine Theatre spaces (3997 St-Laurent) are closed until at least May 31, meaning all performances, rehearsals and workshops are cancelled. We want to encourage our community to make informed decisions about participating in artistic activities amid the evolving COVID-19 situation.
We sincerely feel that as leaders in the Montreal cultural landscape, it is our responsibility to temporarily close our spaces and to postpone the Fringe Festival in order to protect the health and of our artists and patrons. The conditions for in-person art-making and consumption amid this crisis are significantly challenging since many are unable to rehearse, have been laid off from work and are trying to manage shifting priorities.
We recognize the importance of remaining engaged with our community as we all navigate these unprecedented times. From June 1-21, we will be offering audiences alternative programming to the traditional Fringe Festival. Instead, we will offer a series of curated online performances, workshops and activities, featuring a lineup of alumni artists. Programming to be announced shortly.
I am deeply disappointed to have to postpone, but at the same time, I am especially proud of your work to date. Looking through all the program materials, I was getting really excited to present you this year. I am also proud of the preparations our team has made for our 30th anniversary celebrations, which included an overhaul of our box office system, a new Fringe Park layout and several audience development initiatives.
We recognize that we find ourselves in an unprecedented situation, and will be refocusing our efforts in order to ensure that our organization survives through this crisis. We need our Fringe Festival and indie theatre arts hub and we are ready to put up a fight!
Let’s stay strong and connected.
Executive and Artistic Director
MainLine Theatre and the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival