Choreographer Helen Simard annnounced as Fringe Festival Spokesperson / Amy Blackmore ARISTA Award Finalist


Amy Blackmore | Helen Simard

#Fringebuzz Announcements:
Choreographer Helen Simard is Spokesperson &
Executive and Artistic Director Amy Blackmore is a 
finalist for the ARISTA Awards

Montreal, Quebec, April 10, 2019 – MainLine Theatre and the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival are thrilled to launch a double announcement of Choreographer Helen Simard as the official 2019 festival spokesperson and of Amy Blackmore being a finalist for the Young Cultural Entrepreneur of Quebec as a part of the ARISTA Awards to be awarded by the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal on May 28, 2019 at Marché Bonsecours. 

Helen Simard is a Montreal-based choreographer, dramaturge, and interpreter. She began her career working with Solid State Breakdance from 2000 to 2011, participating in the creation of nine dance pieces presented across Canada and in Europe. Since 2011, she has been incorporating aesthetic elements of rock concerts into her choreography, creating a number of critically-acclaimed interdisciplinary works: On the Subject of Compassion (2011)NO FUN (2014)IDIOT (2017), Can You Hear Me? (2017), Dance Side of the Moon (Fringe 2018), and and REQUIEM POP (Agora de la danse2019). Helen has a BFA in dance from Concordia University, and an MA from the University of Quebec at Montreal. A strong believer in nurturing strong artistic communities, Helen is the President of the board of directors MainLine Theatre.

Amy Blackmore is the Executive and Artistic Director of MainLine Theatre and the St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival. Known for her versatility, Amy has spearheaded many innovative projects over the years. Amy’s recent collaborations include the visioning of the Fringe World Congress in Montreal in 2016. This was the first time the Fringe World Congress took place outside of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. The success of the Congress garnered MainLine Theatre a nomination for the prestigious Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montreal. This event inspired Amy to then move on to chair the QDF Congress: Shaping the Future of English Theatre in Quebec, which took place in February 2018 at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts. A former English Language Arts Network board member, Amy recently became Past-President of the Quebec Drama Federation. She continues to contribute to the community through her work as a jury member for municipal, provincial and federal granting agencies.

Amy Blackmore at the 2018 Fringe-for-All (Photo: Camila Fitzgibbon)

The 29th edition of the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival will feature a lineup of more than 700 performances of theatre, dance, music, comedy and more from May 27-June 16, 2019. Lineup to be announced at the press conference on May 7. More details coming soon. Visit for updates.

The St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival could not be possible without the support of: McAuslan Breweries, Cole Foundation, la Ville de Montréal, le Conseil des Arts de Montréal, Patrimoine canadien and le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

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