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An Update from Fringe North International Theatre Festival

April 27th, 2021

Like so many organizations this past year, Fringe North has been making many changes to adapt to a constantly shifting world. We have also been going through some major internal shifts, including saying goodbye to past president Peter Rowe, long-time treasurer Connie Langille-Rowe, and secretary Jami Van Haaften. They have each played integral roles in getting Fringe North to where it stands today, and we are grateful for their commitment to our team during their time with us. Thank you.

Fringe North is starting a new chapter in 2021, and we are committed to working through this time of transition and change as a board and as a community. We are so excited to welcome back Tova Arbus as our interim president and Artistic Producer, and we are eager to overcome the challenges of the past, reconnect with the community that has welcomed us year after year, and move forward to refresh the vision of Fringe North and its possibilities. 

That said, we thank you for your patience as we continue to develop our plans for this year, which may look a lot different than previous festival years! Stay tuned to our website and social media platforms (@FringeSault) for updates. More to come soon!

Our Statement on Equality

July 11th, 2020

As many of you know, Fringe North 2020 has been cancelled. We are currently regrouping to strengthen our leadership and our board of directors so that when we come back in 2021, we are better able to serve our community and the diversity therein

Though part of that capacity building will mean being better able to manage social media, there are a few things that we need to acknowledge. The past months have been a time of seismic change and it didn’t feel right to let this period pass without acknowledging the Black Lives Matter movement. Make no mistake, Fringe North wholeheartedly supports the Black community in the fight for systemic change and for dismantling institutionalized anti-Black racism.

 June was Pride month and National Indigenous Education month. Our relationship with the local BIPOC communities, as well as our LGBT+ community, is central to what we do at Fringe North. We acknowledge that we have not done enough in the past and this is our public commitment to doing better in the future. We will use this regrouping time to reach out, and to listen — to ensure that in future, our festival is not just accessible, but overwhelmingly welcoming.

 Please keep up to date with us via our website at We are excited to grow and improve. We know that theatre is a space of resistance and reclamation, as well as a balm to help us on our healing journeys. We truly believe that, when we are able to be together again, Fringe North can be a humble part of this shared journey.


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Fringe North acknowledges and gives thanks to the Anishinaabe of Bawaating for their generosity, diligence, and patience in sharing, caring for, and carrying on the original teachings of Creation, the truest intentions of the Treaties, honouring the land, the spirits, and the collective dreams of our ancestors since time immemorial.

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