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. 9, 2018

ACCEPTED CANADIAN COMPANIES 

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

WAITING LIST – CAN
1 – Yassou Malaka
2 – Danielle Doiron
3 – Tra la la
4 – Well-Dressed Robot Productions
5 – Équivoc’
6 – Mancini
7 – Ben Price Magic
8 – Adrian Cronk Co.
9 – Awe! Theatre
10 – Pasic Productions
11 – Rabbit in a Hat Productions
12 – AL Productions
13 – SNAFU
14 – Lucky Cadaver Theatre Company
15 – Bad Reputation Productions
16 – Margin Release
17 – Not Oasis Productions
18 – Iris Gardet-Hadengue
19 – gypsyWASPproductions
20 – Newman Mentalism
21 – TORTUE TRIPTYCH
22 – Aplombusrhombus
23 – Third Wheel
24 – Hip.Bang!
25 – Alastair Knowles
26 – Ally Baharoon
27 – Ashley Whitehead
28 – Dramatic Hat Productions
29 – Squeaky Wheel
30 – Helen Knight
31 – One Night Collective
32 – Gillian English
33 – Keith Brown
34 – Big Wide Mouthed Frog
35 – DataGeek
36 – Guayoyo Creative Collective
37 – Piecework Productions
38 – DATING MYSELF
39 – Drawing Board Productions
40 – sideshowcomic
41 – Big Cat Facial Cream
42 – Bessie-Jean Productions
43 – Piss & Vinegar Collective
44 – Infinite Innuendo Productions
45 – The Boy Who Swallowed a Bullet Collective
46 – Fifth Wall
47 – Jimmy Hogg
48 – Stranger Folk
49 – Deflying Feets
50 – 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
  • Joël Hamel Hogue
  • Lâche pas
  • Le Théâtre des petits paradigmes poreux
  • Les productions de la Clé rouge
  • Miroir Miroir
  • Opéra Outside the Box
  • Possiblement Théâtre
  • POURQUOI PAS !
  • Productions DPFG
  • Productions Héméra
  • Qui Dit Vain
  • Stefan Stefan
  • TCM
  • Théâtre au Féminin Pluriel
  • Théâtre de l’Ataxie Belliqueuse
  • Théâtre des assoiffées
  • Théâtre Globe Bulle Rouge
  • Théâtre Lune et l’Autre
  • Théâtre Omnivore
  • Théâtre sous la main
  • Troupe de La Bulle

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

ACCEPTED QUEBEC ANGLOPHONE COMPANIES 

  • AAATarot
  • Acherontia productions
  • ACT!
  • Ah Geez Productions
  • Canis Tempus
  • CoolCrazyCats Productions
  • Cynical Dog Productions
  • 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
  • Ülfet Sevdi
  • Velveteen & Valueless
  • West Enders
  • WIG IN A BOX
  • Wrong Trousers Productions

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