Fringe North International Theatre Festival! EVERYDAY There’s Something Happening! August 8th -18th

    2019 Fringe North Festival
    Poster courtesy of the Fringe North International Theatre Festival
    August 8, 2019 all day
    Various Locations Around Town
    617 Queen St E
    Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 2A6
    Various Prices.

    2019 Fringe North Festival
    ~Aug. 8th – 18th ~



    Once again the Fringe North International Theatre Festival will bring free music concerts, graffiti contest, Art Crawl, Art Battle, the annual Arts Council “Art in the Parkin’ Lot”, and a Free Kids Fringe with Buskers, street performers, dream-catchers, drumming and storytelling, costume play, and free art and music activities for all ages!

    DID YOU KNOW… The first fringe took place in 1947 in Edinburgh. There were a number of performing artists who were not official participants of the Edinburgh International Festival (whose participants are invited by its General Director) decided to produce their own
    work in empty stores and church basements. NOW… 
    Over the past 30 years there are now more than 200 festivals celebrating “World Fringe Day” worldwide, including August’s third annual Fringe North in the Sault.

    1. Amazing performances.
    2. Creative, talented people.
    3. Professional.
    4. Energizing.
    5. On time.

    1. Boring.
    2. Ordinary.
    3. Expensive.
    4. Routine.
    5. Late.

    A extraordinary community of fringes come together to celebrate what we stand for: open access where no one is denied entry and artistic content is not censored

    It’s the largest platform on earth for creative freedom!

    Performers and troupes from as far afield as California will take to Fringe North’s downtown stages, presenting challenging, unorthodox and highly entertaining plays and performances.

    In its third summer, Fringe North has attracted an array of inventive and sometimes award-winning professional productions from Buenos Aires, San Diego, Buffalo, Quebec and New York, Toronto and the Sault.

    Fringers will find comedy, drama, musical comedy, adults-only musical comedy. There’s a reflection on Anne of Green Gables in her 60s and the untold story of Mozart’s sister, an acclaimed keyboard virtuoso and composer, in both French and English- even bingo.

    Among the high-caliber performers are award-winning Canadian actor/writer/producer/improviser/comedian Tim Progosh, the “First Lady of BINGO” Joey Bucheker, the acclaimed Intrepid Theatre Company of San Diego and “Slow Dancing with Mediocre Boys” by Grace Smith.

    Locally, Sault – raised Maja Bannerman collaborates with Sault musical mainstay Rusty McCarthy “Through Anne’s Eyes” where audiences are encouraged to dress up as characters in Anne of Green Gables.

    Fringe shows typically are inexpensive and small-scale, running from 45 to 90 minutes.

    Ticket prices are capped by Fringe North at $12.
     Artist can charge less, but not more, than $12

    The festival is a great opportunity for local performers to make money from their art. Fringe productions cost little to stage, artists receive 100 per cent of the gate and shows are chosen by lottery or first-come-first-served, with no censoring of content by festival producers. All box office proceeds go directly to the artists. Audiences at fringes worldwide are encouraged to “tip the fringe” to support the festival.

    New events include…

    Fringe Preview Night – August 8th 5:00 – 11:00pm

    Outdoor Stage at Queenstown Commons during Downtown Days Aug 8th, 5pm to 11pm, hosted by Tim Murphy, and made possible by the Downtown Association, Rob Rock, Mike Lacroix, and Case Music. Local and international performers from the United Kingdom, San Diego, New York, and Toronto, will perform short pieces of their show.

    Come and be amazed by the talent coming to SSM.

    • Amanda Davis – Excelsior @ 6:05 pm & 7:40 pm
    • Joey Bucheker – Betsy Carmichael’s Bingo Palace @ 6:10 pm & 7:45 pm
    • Oliver Weatherly -Stick or Wizard? @ 6:15 pm & 7:50 pm
    • Maja Bannerman – Through Anne’s Eyes @ 6:20 pm
    • Sofi Lambert -The Other Mozart/ L’autre Mozart @ 6:30 pm & 8:00 pm
    • video clip* Grace Smith- Slow Dancing with Mediocre Boys @ 6:40 pm & 8:10 pm
    • Tim Progosh – What a Long Strange Trip @ 6:45 pm & 8:15 pm
    • Donovan Jackson – Once You’ve Found It @ 6:50 pm & 8:20 pm
    • Leete Stetson and Becka Jay – (S)ex Cult: A Musical (S)explosion @ 7:00 pm & 8:25 pm
    • Max Warren @ 7:05 pm & 8:30

    #upthearts, Multi-Arts Festival

    Aug 8-11, 2019
    9am –5pm

    Outdoor Stage at Queenstown Commons (Queen St Downtown)

    Aug 14-18, 2019
    9am –5pm

    Bondar Pavilion

    Downtown will come alive with live theatre performances, buskers, the annual Art Crawl, youth and adult graffiti contests, live music, dancers, drummers, spoken word artists, musicians, dancers, cultural performances by local and international artists and free admission concerts and art activities for all ages, presented by the Arts Council of Algoma and Fringe North International Theatre Festival. Click for Artist & Performer Registration

    Street performer GRUP, a hugely popular Toronto clown back for his third Fringe North appearance at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion

    Juggler Max Warren brings his Light in Motion show to his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie.

    Theatre Performances August 9th – 18th

    Locations: Central United Church (Stage 1 main, Stage 2 middle, McDougall Hall)
    Sault Ste. Marie Museum – Seats 40

    Through Anne’s Eyes
    What A Long Strange Trip
    Once you’ve found it
    Betsy Carmichael’s BINGO Palace
    The Other Mozart
    Stick or Wizard
    (S)ex Cult: A Musical (S)explosion
    The Other Mozart
    Slow Dancing with Mediocre Boys
    The Thousandth Night
    Moments of Algoma Ermatinger-Clergue NHS

    Fringe loves kids and kids love Fringe 

    Saturday August 10 – Sunday August 11 – 11am – 5pm
    Saturday August 17 – Sunday August 18 – 11am-5pm

    This year’s Free Kids Fringe at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion is packed with events  including performances, workshops, hands-on art activities, storytelling, music, dreamcatchers, costume play, arts and crafts and the occasional busker to provide creative entertainment for kids of all ages.

    GIANT cardboard box fort for kids ~ August 17th between 11am – 5pm
    Youth Odena returns to the Bondar Tent on Saturday August 17th between 11am – 5pm, with its hugely popular GIANT cardboard box fort for kids to decorate and play in.

    Story Time with Grup the Clown at the library!
    Friday, August 16, 2019, from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

    On Friday, August 16, 2019, from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m., children of all ages are invited to the James L. McIntyre Centennial Library (50 East St.) for a magical, music-filled story time with Grup! No registration is required.

    Mad Hatter Tea Party with Grup the Clown ~ Saturday August 17 at 1 p.m
    Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site. Tickets $8.00

    Community Picnic ~ Sunday August 18 at 12pm to 4pm
    Meet us at the Pavilion, bring your own lunch and break bread with your neighbours.

    ♦ Art In The Park n’ Lot Festival
    August 8th – 18th
    9am –5pm
    Roberta Bondar Pavillion

    Click for Registration Form

    Art in The Park N’ Lot is an annual event held by the Arts Council of Algoma. This year Artists will be setting up and selling their work at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion.

    “We are grateful to MP Terry Sheehan, who has been a friend and supporter of Fringe North since his days on City Council. Fringe North thanks the City of Sault Ste. Marie for goods in kind support three years running” said Jami van Haaften, Board Secretary. “Fringes around the world are urban festivals, located in downtown cores. Fringe North is most grateful for the support by the Downtown Association of Sault Ste. Marie (DTA), and most notably Josh Ingram.

    “What’s not to love about local theatre and arts in Sault Ste. Marie?” asks Josh Ingram, General Manager of the DTA. “We’re so excited that this year Fringe will be back in the Downtown core providing artistic content to children and adults alike, with all ticket costs going back to artists. Viva la Fringe + Arts Council.”

    Fringe North headquarters is in the Arts Council Offices, 369 Queen St. E. 705-297-9387 or 705-975-5135

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