Montreal, May 9, 2018 – MainLine Theatre is pleased to announce the lineup of this year’s St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival, May 28 to June 17. The festival takes over the city with over 700 performances by more than 500 artists in 22 intimate venues this June. Join us as we celebrate Quebec, Canadian and international artists converging in the Plateau Mont-Royal for a multidisciplinary festival of theatre, music, dance, visual arts and more!
UNIQUE FRINGE PRINCIPLES
- No artistic direction. Artists are chosen by lottery or first-applied, first-accepted.
- No censorship. Artists are uncensored and have complete freedom to present anything.
- Accessibility to artists. Anyone can apply to the lottery.
- Affordability to audiences. Ticket prices are capped at $10 and 100% of that ticket price is returned to the artists you see on stage.
“Montreal has embraced the spirit of the Fringe for 28 years now,” says Executive & Artistic Director Amy Blackmore. “We’re looking forward to making this year a monstrous success! We welcome everyone to join us as we celebrate our values of diversity, community and artistic freedom. Fringing is more than an artistic activity, it’s an international movement and, for me, a way of life.”
“The St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival is an essential component of the arts ecosystem in Montreal, and not only in the Anglophone sphere. Many young theatre school graduates use this space as an opportunity to share their first professional show. They come back to master directing or playwriting. To keep their practice alive. It is a precious place to make progress in one’s craft in front of diverse audiences! Countless established creatives once produced their work at the FRINGE, where many emerging artists had their breakthrough. The FRINGE is a rare space of artistic freedom, and thus contributes to how dynamic the creation of dance and theatre is in the city.” – Véronick Raymond, Spokesperson 2018
Montreal’s biggest bilingual indie arts party is jam-packed with three programs:
- FRINGE After Dark (May 28 – June 17)
- FRINGE A-Z (May 30 – June 17)
- FRINGE Park (June 7-17)
FRINGE audiences are encouraged to be adventurous, see a show and write their own reviews. Word-of-mouth is king at the festival, as most artists are premiering new works. Follow the conversation using the hashtag #fringebuzz to uncover this year’s mega hits.
Loyal fans and new Fringers are invited to attend the famous launch and preview night, the Fringe-For-All, on May 28th. All local companies will take the stage for two minutes teasers of their upcoming productions! New this year, the special launch is taking place at the beautiful Club Soda (1225 Saint-Laurent).
The first FRINGE Festival was the Edinburgh Festival FRINGE, established in 1947 by a group of eight theatre companies prevented from participating in that year’s Edinburgh Festival. This inspired the creation of Canada’s first FRINGE Festival, the Edmonton FRINGE Festival in 1982. A decade later in 1991, the St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival was founded on McGill Campus by Kris Kieren and Nick Morra. Over the years, the festival has grown to become an essential cultural variety pack kicking off Montreal’s famed summer festival season.
To check out the full lineup and buy tickets, visit www.montrealfringe.ca