The St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival, also known as Fringe Fest, returns on May 27 for three spectacularly entertaining weeks.
The festival has been running locally since 1990 and hosts a variety of shows include fringe theatre, comedy, dance, music, and drag performances.
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Acclaimed by local critics and audience members, the festival hosts more than 60,000 patrons every summer as well as over 500 artists and over 800 performances.
Part of the Fringe Fest’s allure is the way it chooses its shows. Artists are on a first-come-first-serve basis. Once chosen, the artists receive 100% of the ticket sales and are completely uncensored by the venue they’re performing at. The artist themselves, or their group, is responsible for what they perform and how they present it.
At the end of the festival, awards go to the best of the festival, as voted by a jury.
The best part is no theatre play or performance costs more than $12 to watch. Head over to the Fringe Festival website for a full list of dates, times, locales, and performances.
The festival takes place in the Plateau and the Mile-End, with performances scattered throughout various different theatres and stages.
Be sure to check out Fringe For All which kicks off the festival on Monday, May 27. Each act has two minutes on stage to pitch and tease their show in order to garner buzz. Fringe For All is free to attend and takes place from 7 pm – 10 pm at Club Soda.
When: May 27 – June 16
Time: Times vary according to event
Where: The majority of performances happen at Mainline Theatre but are scattered throughout the Plateau and the Mile-End area off Boulevard St-Laurent.
Price: Free to $12, depending on the show