FringeMTL welcomes audiences for 154 in-person performances from June 10-20, 2021

MainLine Theatre prepares to welcome eager audiences to the first in-person FringeMTL performances since 2019 as a part of the 30th anniversary of the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival. With shows from June 10-20, the festival boasts 154 shows in 5 venues and a very special walking tour with Plateau Astro. Online on-demand programming continues through June 20. 

“This will be the most memorable FringeMTL of all time,” shares Amy Blackmore, Executive and Artistic Director.

“We’re thrilled to reconnect artists with their audience, a tradition we’ve carried for over 30 years. We’re calling it radical hospitality — we want to help bring folks back to the theatre in making it a positive experience for all patrons.” 

Amy Blackmore

The festival is jam-packed with local art by over 250 artists including 154 performances by 30 companies, 23 Encore digital shorts, 8 The Fringebuzz Lab podcast episodes, 5 Transformation Series artist panels panels featuring gu1ests from across the country and one hashtag to follow online: #fringebuzz! There is something for everyone at our hybrid festival of in-person shows at five venues and on-demand performances available on the new FringeTV web channel.

Discover the night sky with Plateau-Astro! Due to sanitary restrictions there is no FringePark this year, but FringeMTL still invites you to step outside. Enjoy this hour-long tour of the night sky from Jeanne-Mance Park, you’ll learn to use a telescope, enjoy free astronomy apps, and how to appreciate the sky this summer. Your host is Trevor from Plateau Astro, your fun and friendly neighbourhood urban astronomer. Very limited tickets with 10 patrons maximum. Ages 12+. Weather dependent. 

Get your tickets now! We’ve surpassed $20k in sales! With reduced capacities at venues, some performances are already selling out! These productions already have sold out performances: Choral Poetry Project, Le Fil d’Ariane, Le Grand Doctor St-Eloy, WHERE IS ANTON by Kiki Dranias, Ma Vie en Tindergraphie, Seul.e.s ensemble: club edition, 1897 rue du Déclin, GlenMary KateMoss, Chip Show: L’enquête croustillante and Generations. 

Become a Friend of the Fringe. We’ve officially launched the 30x30x30 Campaign. Without the Fringe Park revenues, we’re in need of some extra help paying the bills this year! 100% of the ticket price is returned to festival artists, so we ask that you help FringeMTL raise $30,000 by becoming a Friend of the Fringe between June 1-30. 

Listen to the Fringebuzz Lab. Try a podcast out! The first 4 episodes are now available on iTunes and Spotify.

#FringeMTL: Les Prix Frankies, la Course en drags, etc. is available as of June 8 and #FringeMTL: The Founders, The Frankie Awards, etc. as of June 10. This podcast would not be possible without our programming partner artsUNITE. 

Get your festival pass now! Limited quantities of 3-show, 6-show, 10-show and Carte Blanche passes are available at! Passholders will enjoy special perks such as exclusive access to Encore content on demand at FringeTV including 23 dance and magic shorts from This Is Not a Fringe Festival and Bouge d’ici. Available until June 20. 

Share your memories with us! Feeling nostalgic already? Use the hashtag #FringeMTL to share your memories of 30 years of FringeMTL with us! We want to see everything from old flyers, tickets and posters to photos of audience lineups, fringe volunteers and beer tent shenanigans. And don’t forget to wear your old t-shirts! 

MANDATE: FringeMTL is guided by five unique principles centred around diversity, community and artistic freedom. 

  • No curation! Artists are chosen by lottery or first applied, first accepted or another equitable method. 
  • No censorship! Artists have the freedom to present anything they want.
  • Accessibility to artists and audiences! The Fringe provides an easily accessible opportunity for all audiences and all artists to participate by keeping prices low and reducing barriers. 
  • Artists keep their money! 100% of the ticket price is paid to the artists you see on stage.
  • The Fringe is committed to promoting and modelling inclusivity, diversity and multiculturalism, and will endeavour to incorporate them into all aspects of our organization. 


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