About

Fringe North International Theatre Festival

Dates – August 13-23, 2020

Local and international theatre companies return to Sault Ste. Marie this August. 100% of the box office goes to artists with maximum fringe theatre ticket price set at $12 for 2020. Performers can charge less but not more.

Fringe North is a member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) and World Congress of Fringe Festivals.

All Fringe festivals share a set of common guidelines with the aim of providing an easily accessible opportunity for all audiences and all artists to participate.

These guidelines include:

·         Participants will be selected on a non-juried basis, through a first-come, first served proces

·         The audience must have the option to pay a ticket price, 100% of which goes directly to the artists

·         Fringe North festival producers have no control over the artistic content of each performance.  The artistic freedom of the participants is unrestrained.

·         Fringe North will provide an easily accessible opportunity for all audiences and all artists to participate in Fringe Festival


The Fringe theatre movement started in 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland, still home to the world’s largest fringe festival. The first Canadian fringe festival was founded in Edmonton in 1982. Since then the movement has spread across the continent and the 
Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals currently boasts 30 member festivals across Canada and the United States. We are also a member of the World Congress of Fringe Festivals which boats 250 Fringes world-wide.

About Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Ste. Marie is a city of about 80,000 people, located in Northern Ontario. We are at the hub of the Great Lakes on the St. Marys River, which connects Lake Superior to Lake Huron. Some popular tourist attractions include  the Agawa Canyon Tour Train and the  Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.  Share our history through visits to The Sault Ste. Marie Museum, the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site, Whitefish Island National Historic Site and the St. Marys River Heritage Waterway. Enjoy our Hub Trail, a 22 km non-motorized trail.