Fringe North International Theatre Festival 2017

    Fringe North International Theatre Festival

    Fringe North International Theatre Festival is excited to announce the official entries to the Sault’s very first Fringe festival. Taking place in the downtown area, Fringe North 2017 will feature multiple stage and street performances (welcome back buskers!), indoor and outdoor venues, and free children’s activities.

    The festival runs from August 10th – 20th

    A $3 Fringe button helps fund the not-for-profit, volunteer-driven festival and is required to see the shows and access at Bondar Pavilion main stage, where there will be buskers, musicians, food and a beer tent. It’s a Fringe With Benefits, because button-buyers will enjoy perks, discounts or coupons from many downtown businesses. Buttons are available at Jade Wellness, Madonna Optical, Shabby Motley Handcraft, Pharmasave West End, Mane Street Salon and the Fringe office at the Downtown Association, 496 Queen St. E.

    Show Tickets – $5.00 – $12.00, prices are capped at $12 but most are less than that — through, or, for cash only, at 496 Queen St. E. or at the door. Buy in advance and you won’t miss out.

    This year’s festival features both local and national submissions including HeARTbeat Theatre, a children’s theatre company from Calgary.

    “HeARTbeat Theatre is so excited to bring ‘The Secret of Castle Alphabet’ to Fringe North’s first ever Festival!” said HeARTbeat member Melissa Dorsey.  “A fantastic team of people is setting this up to be a huge success and we can’t wait to see kids and families come out to enjoy the festivities! See you there!”


    KIDS FRINGE offers performances by Fringe artists, buskers, and local arts organizations, workshops, and hands-on-art activities. KIDS FRINGE is free to all participants.

    KID FRINGERS can watch kid-friendly theatre, music, and dance performances, participate in workshops and art activities, dance, sing, create, learn or just play dress-up with theatrical costumes — all for FREE, thanks to sponsors.

    Also Fringe-ing this summer are Alazz Entertainment (Interlochen Academy, MI), which includes Sault native Alexandria McCauley.
    “We are thrilled to be a part of Fringe North and surrounded by this vast amount of talented artists. As a group of young actors, we are passionate about our work and are ready to entertain and learn form our audiences and fellow artists.”

    Playwright Sarah Gartshore (Sudbury, ON) will challenge stereotypes and perceptions with her company, Remembering Aimee. And rounding out the roster are several entries from Sault Ste. Marie, including TicTacToc – a bilingual children’s music group (Denise Lacroix, Colette Chiarello, Francesco Greco), Whoknows Theatre (Robert Cooper, Tim Murphy), Indiependant (Andrew Naphan), Theatre in Motion (dir. Wendy Hamilton, Sandra Forsell), Sault Youth Theatre (dir. Loretta Durat), and the Stage One Alumni (dir. Randi Mraud).

    In the works is ‘Canada 150, Unravelled’, a stage featuring up to 16 performances by individual artists and groups who have stories, talents, music, etc., to share. Details to follow on the Fringe North website and Facebook page.

    Performances will be in the downtown area; venues include the Sault Ste. Marie Museum, the Bushplane Museum, the Ermatinger Heritage Discovery Centre, and the Holiday Inn Express, all within a walkable distance from the main Fringe grounds at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion.

    Fringe festivals worldwide share a set of common guidelines providing an easily accessible opportunity for audiences and artists to participate. Anyone who wants to can submit a show, and festivals place no limits on content. With 100% of box office proceeds going to the artists, Fringes rely on sponsorships and donations to survive. Within these guidelines, Fringes are shaped by their host communities, which means that the Sault’s Fringe North will be unique to all other Fringes. 2017 is an extra special summer, because the World Fringe movement is turning 70 years old this year! The inaugural World Fringe Day was celebrated globally on July 11, and officially declared in Sault Ste. Marie by Mayor Provenzano himself – what a fantastic way to kick off Sault Ste. Marie’s Summer of Fringe!

    This community festival belongs to all, and we hope to see everyone getting involved with Fringe North. Come Fringe with us by buying tickets, becoming a sponsor, or volunteering! Performers and artists, there are still some opportunities for you as well!

    For more information on how you can get involved with Fringe North visit our website at or email us at