On behalf of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF), welcome to the Fringe adventure. CAFF is comprised of 33 member festivals across North America with a mission to foster independent artistic exploration for artists and audiences alike. The Fringe truly is a feast for the artistically curious.
This past November CAFF hosted the World Fringe Congress, which gave us a chance to show off our ‘Made in Canada’ Fringing model. Over 53 international festivals participated, and festival organisers marveled at CAFF’s accessible and inclusive model that returns 100% of the ticket price back to artists (minus taxes and fees). This year the Edinburgh Fringe celebrates its 70th anniversary, something worth celebrating among the greater Fringe family.
Thank you for supporting the wild and wonderful Fringe movement. I hope you have a wonderful festival.
The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec is glad to support MainLine Theatre in organizing the St-Ambroise Fringe Festival, an event that contributes to the diversity of Montréal’s culture in theatre, music, dance, and visual arts. With its abounding program, its friendly atmosphere, its openness to change and its accessibility, the festival fosters exchanges and discoveries of artistic expressions from various backgrounds.
Wishing a great festival to all,
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
Celebrating its 27th edition this year, the Fringe is a melting pot of styles, cultures and genres. Its mission being to allow artists to express themselves as freely as possible, it is an invaluable gateway to the creativity of local and foreign artists. Hope to see you there!
Have a great show!
Hélène Laverdière, MP for Laurier-Sainte-Marie
New Democratic Party
The Fringe is like a lively child, misbehaved but adorable, and growing so fast. They’re even starting to grow a little taller than the others, and this year they were granted a well-deserved nomination for a Grand Prix du Conseil des arts, more coveted than the vroom-vroom one celebrated down at the Main! And so another fabulous season is launched, and a new unleashed and uninhibited wave of creativity joyfully surges upon us. Year after year, the dynamism of the Fringe wins us over with incomparably bold shows, both in French and in English: theatre, dance, music, there is something for every taste. If you’re not a fan yet, what are you waiting for?
Borough councillor, Jeanne Mance District
Deputy Mayor, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
Vice-President, Commission sur la culture, le patrimoine et les sports for the City of Montreal
For twenty-seven years the Fringe festival has been sewn into the fabric of Montreal. Montreal is an interesting city; diverse and kick-ass. Just like the Fringe. Art is as it should be during the Fringe… subversive, progressive, irreverent, and diverse. So, maybe the revolution will not be televised, but it just might be happening on a Fringe stage. People, go get yourself into the Fringe and out of the fray.
Paul Cargnello, musician
Welcome to the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival!
Whether you are Fringing for the first time or the 27th time, this festival is jam-packed with over 100 different shows to choose from, over 50 bands to check out and tons of events.
Our @fringemtl principles are:
- We choose artists by lottery or first-come, first-accepted.
- Artists are completely uncensored.
- They keep 100% of their box office revenues.
- Tickets are $10 or less, making them affordable for you to see as many as you want!
THEATRE, DANCE, MUSIC, POETRY, PERFORMANCE ART, PUPPETRY, IMPROV, MIME, MAGIC, COMEDY, CABARET, CIRCUS, SKETCH, DRAG, SHAKESPEARE, CLOWNING, PHYSICAL THEATRE, STAND UP, SPOKEN WORD, MUSICAL THEATRE, BURLESQUE, DRAMA, STORYTELLING, WORK-SHOPPING, TRUE STORIES, NEW WORK, OLD WORK, BILINGUAL WORK & MORE!
This year is extra special as we celebrate 70 years of the international Fringe Movement founded in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1947. Stay tuned for how you can participate in the inaugural World Fringe Day, July 11, 2017.
Amy “Le Monstre” Blackmore
Executive and Artistic Director
St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival