Fringe’s 2019 Lineup Released

Montreal, May 7, 2019 – MainLine Theatre is pleased to announce the lineup of this year’s St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival, May 27 to June 16. The festival takes over the city with over 800 performances by more than 500 artists in more than 20 intimate venues this June. Join 60 000 patrons 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!

OUR UNIQUE FRINGE PRINCIPLES – diversity, community and artistic freedom

  • 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 $12 and 100% of that ticket price is returned to the artists you see on stage.

Festivals will promote and model inclusivity, diversity, and multiculturalism, and will endeavor to incorporate them into all aspects of our organizations.

“Nothing screams summer more than the launch of the programming for the St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival,” says Executive & Artistic Director Amy Blackmore. “Montreal has embraced the ‘Spirit of the FRINGE’ for 29 years now, and it’s been amazing to watch the wide circle of Fringers grow year after year. If you’re Fringing for the first time, I recommend you purchase a 3-show pass. Pick a hit, a recommended performance and a show at random! Fringing is more than an artistic activity, it’s an international movement and, for me personally, a way of life.”
“The Fringe is a unique platform that allows artists and audiences to take risks, experiment, and play together,” says Helen Simard, critically acclaimed choreographer, and 2019 festival spokesperson. I’m honored to be a part of this vibrant artistic community and can’t wait to discover this year’s shows!”

Montreal’s biggest bilingual indie arts party is jam-packed with three programs:

  • FRINGE After Dark (May 27 – June 16)
  • FRINGE A-Z (June 6 -16), OFF FRINGE A-Z (May 29 – June 15)
  • FRINGE Park (June 6-16)
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.
We invite all loyal fans and new Fringers to join us at 7 pm on May 27 at Club Soda (1225 Saint-Laurent) for our famous launch and preview night, the Fringe-For-All.
All local companies will take the stage for two minutes teasers of their upcoming productions!

Here’s a little 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.

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

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