Fringe North is a proud member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF), whose mission is to unite, support, empower and strengthen member festivals in order to cultivate and foster independent artistic exploration for artists and audiences across North America.
Fringe North is also a proud member of the World Congress of Fringe Festivals, which is set up to serve the global Fringe community, including festival staff, venues, performers & artists, agents, audiences, suppliers, media, sponsors & supporters, and wider industry professionals.
The Fringe theatre movement started in 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland – they’re still home to the world’s largest fringe festival! The first Canadian Fringe was held in Edmonton in 1982. Since then, the movement has spread across the continent – the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals currently boasts 30 member festivals across Canada and the United States, and the World Congress of Fringe Festivals boasts 250 festivals worldwide.
Fringe North began in 2016 and has since grown to be a staple in the Sault’s summer entertainment scene! Our mission is to provide easily accessible opportunities for all artists and all audiences to participate in. 100% of our box office sales go to participating artists with a maximum ticket price of $12, so performances are affordable and easily accessible. We are a proud member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals and the World Congress of Fringe Festivals.
After being forced to cancel last year’s festival due to COVID-19, we are so excited to be back and planning for this year’s activities!
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.
Sault Ste. Marie is a city located in Northern Ontario with a population of about 80 000 people. We are at the hub of the Great Lakes on the St. Mary’s River, which connects Lake Superior to Lake Huron, and are home to the Agawa Canyon Tour Train, the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, 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. Mary’s River Heritage Waterway, among many other attractions.
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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.