Welcome

Welcome to the St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival!

With 800+ performances by 500+ artists from across the globe, fringing is a festive adventure full of surprises. Over 60,000 festival-goers celebrate diversity, accessibility and artistic freedom with us annually.

Fringing for the first time? I recommend you purchase a 3-show pass. Pick a sure bet, a recommended performance and a show at random! Don’t forget, Canadian FRINGEs are open-access and uncensored events with affordable ticket prices for all. And artists keep 100% of their box office!

Make it a true Plateau Mont-Royal experience by taking in a free show at our FRINGE Park (p.16-17), popping into a #FringeMenu (p.11) business along Saint-Laurent Blvd. (a.k.a. “The Main”) and by wrapping up your evening at a FRINGE-After-Dark late-night event (p.14-15). Oh wait, there’s more… grab bagels or poutine on your way home!

Now time to take it all in… 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, WORKSHOPPING, TRUE STORIES, NEW WORK, OLD WORK, BILINGUAL WORK AND MORE!

Let’s FRINGE hard this year!

Amy “The 50-Ft. Woman” Blackmore
Executive and Artistic Director
St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival



On behalf of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) welcome to the Fringe!

We exist as an organization to unite, support, empower and strengthen our member festivals in order to cultivate and foster independent artistic exploration for artists and audiences across North America.

We hope you enjoy this Fringe and that you are inspired to visit other Fringe Festivals in order to explore this incredible movement with as much passion as the artists offer you and the same curiosity that brought you here. Congratulations on being an adventurer and thank you for being a supporter of the arts.

Lucy Eveleigh
CAFF President


As Minister of Canadian Heritage, I would like to wish you all a wonderful St-Ambroise Montréal FRINGE Festival Festival. This fantastic celebration invites audience to enjoy an original artistic experience. Visitors will once again have the opportunity to discover creative and innovative artists whose work deserves to be shared.

Many thanks to all the organizers, creators and volunteers who made the 28th edition of this event possible. Enjoy the festival!

The Honourable Mélanie Joly


A veritable mélange of styles, cultures and artistic disciplines, FRINGE celebrates its 28th edition this year. Making a point of allowing artists to express themselves freely, this festival constitutes a privileged gateway to the creative genius of artists from Montréal and elsewhere! I hope to see you there!

Have a great festival!

Hélène Laverdière
MP for Laurier-Sainte-Marie New Democratic Party


By supporting the mission of MainLine Theatre, organizer of the St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec is proud to help keep this wide-ranging programming accessible and open to future generations as well as artistic expression from a diversity of backgrounds. Thanks to the ambiance it creates, the festival facilitates theatre, music, dance and visual arts discoveries, and has served to springboard many an artist’s career.

Enjoy the festival!

Anne-Marie Jean
President and Chief Executive Officer
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec


For nearly 30 years, the St-Ambroise Montréal FRINGE Festival has been a place of convergence and experimentation for Francophone, Anglophone and Allophone citizens alike, who come together in a community spirit. I commend the work of the creators, artists and cultural promoters who have so intricately woven this community, which cements the artistic vitality of the cultural metropolis that is Montréal.

I would like to invite Montréalers to discover the raw talent of up-and-coming artists, and the experience of well-established artists as well.

Have a great festival!

Valérie Plante
Mayor of Montréal


For 28 years, the St-Ambroise FRINGE Festival has been contributing, year after year, to the richness and cultural development of Plateau-Mont-Royal. As the borough mayor, I’m happy to have the opportunity once again to welcome this event that is actively involved in the artistic vitality of our neighbourhoods, that enlivens our public spaces and that celebrates diversity. It’s therefore on behalf of myself and on behalf of all elected officials of the borough that I wish you all an excellent fest and a happy start to the summer!

Luc Ferrandez
Borough Mayor – Le Plateau-Mont-Royal


I love the FRINGE whole-heartedly and for many reasons. This is one of the last performance spaces where all creators are welcome, whether they be obscure strangers, those accustomed to the fringes or the stars of the moment. This is a space of true freedom for artists, but also for audiences who are able to see a diverse range of stage performances at affordable prices. Everything coexists in organized chaos making it the most friendly, accessible and exciting performance arts festival! Artists and festival-goers, for this 28th edition of the St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival, let us step out of our comfort zone and have a blast… once again!

Here we go!

Véronick Raymond
Spokesperson 2018