Fringe North International Theatre Festival

Dates – August 8 – 18, 2019

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 2019. 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

In collaboration with the Arts Council of Algoma, #upthearts returns with Free Kids Fringe and many free activities for audiences and participants of all ages including, art and costume play, street performers and buskers, dream catchers and storytelling, live music and art exhibits, Art in the Parkin’ Lot, Youth Graffiti contest, Art Crawl, all taking place Downtown SSM and on the Waterfront. Fringe Theatre and #upthearts Festival Program coming out this June.

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.

Fringe North is a not-for-profit festival, and because all the ticket proceeds go to pay our artists, we are always looking for supportive community partners and sponsors to ensure we continue Fringing for years to come!

Thanks to our 2018 performers . . .