Download your 2021 Artist Handbook Here!

CLICK HERE to get your Artist Handbook!

This handbook has everything you need to know about participating in this year’s virtual festival. From registration and marketing to tickets and producing, from what we need from you to when we need it, and everything else in between – we’ve got you covered!

The PDF is approximately 50 MB.

Questions? Send us a message at saultfringe@gmail.com!

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Connect with the Fringe North team, chat with other artists participating in this year’s activities, share your Fringe experiences and festival tips, and more!

Important Information About 2021 Activities

Festival registration operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. This year, three streams of applications are available. 

50% of slots will be held for local artists. 25% of slots will be held for BIPOC artists and artists of a diverse background. 25% of slots will be first-come, first-serve, and will include national artists, international artists, and artists in the aforementioned categories once those streams have been filled. 

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, primary preference will be given to local and regional artists within Northern Ontario.

Once spots are filled, no further applications will be accepted. 

This year’s festival will be digital. We will be accepting pre-recorded content and hosted workshops/artist talks only. Pre-recorded content will be screened prior to the festival and may be rejected if visual and audio quality is not up to festival standards. Submissions will NEVER be rejected based on artistic content. Submissions can be any length. 

There will be no application fees this year. If accepted for a spot in the festival, participation fees will also be waived. This means artists can participate in the festival this year for free! Furthermore, thanks to generous grant funding, all submitted shows will receive a guaranteed income of $200 CAD. This means that artists will get paid to participate regardless of ticket sales. 100% of proceeds from any ticket sales will go directly to the artists involved in that show. 

Please note that digital content submitted that is over 30 minutes in length will be considered its own show. Shorter content will be paired with content submitted by other artists to create curated multi-artist shows. The proceeds from multi-artist shows will be divided equally between the number of submissions that have been paired together.

How will artists be selected?

In alignment with the guiding principles of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals, artists will be selected on a non-juried basis, through a first-come, first-serve process on the basis of the following:

  • The audience must have the option to pay a ticket price, 100% of which goes directly to the artists.
  • Artistic freedom of participants is unrestrained – festival producers have no control over the content of each performance.
  • Easily accessible opportunities for all artists and audiences to participate in the festival will be provided.
  • Festivals will promote and model inclusivity, diversity and multiculturalism, and will endeavor to incorporate them into all aspects of our organizations.

If you are accepted into the festival, you will be included in all Fringe publicity: our program, on our website, and in any event publicity through traditional media and social media platforms. Artists and companies will be expected to provide promotional information on time or risk being inaccurately represented in festival promotional materials.

Tickets and Revenue

Participating artists and companies receive 100% of their ticket price. Fringe North will set a maximum ticket price. Artists may charge less, but not more than the maximum ticket price. 

More information on tickets and revenue for the 2021 virtual festival to come.

Schedule and Show Lengths

Please be advised that you do not have final say in how many times your show will be offered. The number of livestream release showings that your performance will be included in will be confirmed after all applications have been gathered. We can guarantee a minimum of four livestream release showings.

Submissions can be of any length, though it is suggested to remain between 1 and 90 minutes. Once submitted, you may not add to your running time.

Fringe North will accept only one application per person and only one application per company.

Applications and Primary Contact

Fringe correspondence will only be sent to the primary contact. Only the primary contact is authorized to submit or make changes to company information.

As a primary contact, it is your responsibility to:

  • Share information with the rest of the company
  • Stay up to date on Festival information
  • Ensure timely submissions of all requested materials
  • Acquire all applicable permits and the payment of all applicable taxes and fees relating to your production at the Fringe North International Theatre Festival

Copy and Production Rights

Fringe North International Theatre Festival will not knowingly produce a show without the permission of its originator(s). You are obliged to obtain written permission from the playwright/author/originator and pay any fees required for the production rights. As well, you are expected to obtain the necessary releases or pay appropriate fees to any professional associations to which you belong. Failure to do so could result in disqualification without refund or written notice.

Fringe North International Theatre Festival reserves the right to remove any company from participation in the Fringe Festival should the company members or an individual member engage in illegal activity, behave unprofessionally, or otherwise place the Fringe North International Theatre Festival itself at risk.

Fringe North International Theatre Festival reserves the right to cancel performances and activities at any time due to restrictions related to COVID-19 or if festival management feels it is unsafe to proceed. Fringe North International Theatre Festival will strive to provide artists with regular updates on the status of the festival and any changes related to COVID-19.

Fringe North International Theatre Festival reserves the right to reject applications where a spot is not guaranteed (i.e. non-local artists). Fringe North International Theatre Festival also reserves the right to reject any submitted digital content should any element be of unsuitable digital quality (audio, video, etc.). Submissions will not be rejected or censored based on content.

Force Majeur

While the Fringe North International Theatre Festival will schedule a guaranteed four (4) livestream release showings for each company, if performances are delayed or interrupted by an act of God, fire, flood, war, public disaster, strikes or labour difficulties, governmental enactment, regulation, or order, or any other cause beyond the control of the Fringe North International Theatre Festival, the Fringe North International Theatre Festival shall not be liable for any lost revenues or performance times.



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