29th St­-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival launches with record advance sales to date

FRINGE Executive and Artistic Director Amy Blackmore and Spokesperson Helen Simard at the 2019 Fringe-for-All at Club Soda (Photo Credit: Joseph Ste-Marie)

May 31st, 2019, Montreal, Quebec – The 29th St­-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival kicked off on Monday night to a jam­-packed room of FRINGE fans at Club Soda. Over 60 companies representing theatre, dance, music, comedy and more presented two­-minute teasers. If word-of-mouth is king at the festival, it’s #FringeBuzz that’s the queen with social media exploding on Monday night about this year’s lineup. Tickets are selling at record rates as Montreal embraces the Spirit of the Fringe!

Coming up this weekend at the fest, Fringe After Dark programming: 
FRINGEMTL 2030: Scenario Planning for a Climate-Ready Festival taking place on Saturday afternoon, June 1 at MainLine Theatre (3997 St-Laurent) from 2 pm – 4:30 pm. Members of the Fringe community are invited to register in advance to sign up. Executive and Artistic Director Amy Blackmore will be the event’s provocateur, hoping to inspire participants to collaborate on a future vision of the festival that is eco-friendly, inclusive, and climate change-adapted. 

Also not to be missed this weekend: Sherwin’s Curated Cat Video Show, Crowd KaraokeConfabulation Presents: SummertimeLife Lessons Live Comedy Talk Show: Fringe Edition!Lancement de la Galerie FRINGE.

FRINGE A­-Z & OFF FRINGE / Bring Your Own Venue performances opening this week are MagnificenceAntonin Artaud’s SPURT OF BLOODTomorrowAquaphonie! and The Man Behind the Curtain. 

Curious about shows from the rest of Canada and beyond? Mark your calendar now, the International Fringe-for-All takes place on June 5 at 8 pm at Petit Campus. Out-­of-town artists are invited to present two­-minute performances that highlight their shows. Everyone is welcome, and it’s free.

The FRINGE Park, festival hub where artists, volunteers and patrons alike gather, will be open from June 6. Join us at Parc des Amériques (Rachel / St-Laurent) at 8pm on opening night for a concert by Montreal ska legends The Kingpins!

FRINGE HISTORY – 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. More than 800 performances featuring over 500 artists take place from May 27 – June 16 in over 20 intimate venues across the Plateau­-Mont-Royal.

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