Toronto’s Fringe Fest Kicks Off

Annual event is shaping up to be one of the best festivals to date.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Running from July 4-15, the yearly Toronto Fringe Festival, which will celebrate its 24th birthday this year, is getting tons of publicity surrounding numerous shows that will be presented as part of this year's highly-anticipated line-up.

More than 25 venues across the city will host performances as part of the event, bringing in as many as 90,000 people, both locally and from elsewhere, who are anxious to take in one (or a few) of the 150 shows. The Fringe Fest is the city's largest theatre festival.

As Global News reported, Toronto's famed Honest Ed's will also play host to the Fringe Club where festival-goers can enjoy a beverage in a fully licensed pop-up patio. Tickets for performances are $6 for children and maximum $11 for adults. One-hundred per cent of ticket sales are returned to the artists, and last year, Fringe organizers returned over $410,000 back to its performers. Notable past Fringe shows that took place at Ed's include The Drowsy Chaperone, Kim’s Convenience and ‘da Kink in My Hair.

The Toronto Fringe provides creative opportunities for artists and audiences by producing two important festivals – the Toronto Fringe Festival and the Next Stage Theatre Festival – and by running outreach activities that benefit youth, artists and the theatre community at large. Their home, the Fringe Creation Lab at the Centre for Social Innovation Annex, welcomes independent artists year round, encouraging their creative work by offering them affordable space to make art, congregate and innovate.