▪ Karam Kitchen to Cater 2017 Kick-Off: The Tradition Rendition▪ Where Would We Be Without Our Donors?▪ Have Your Binge Pass? Fringe Staff Help You


Rawa'a Aloliwi, Dalal Al Zoubi and Manahel Al Shareef at the Generous Kitchen

"Welcoming refugees. Empowering women. Crafting delicacies. #KaramKitchen"

We are very excited to announce that Karam Kitchen, "a social enterprise that employs Syrian newcomer women as chefs" is our caterer for our Kick Off after party.

Hosted by Martha Chavez, the Kick-Off will feature short, 90 second previews by as many as 40 of the performing companies. It will be a fun way to celebrate the festival and take some of the guess-work out of planning your Fringe experience.

The Official Kick-off begins at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday July 19 at the Lincoln Alexander Centre – 160 King St. E.
Tickets for the Kick-off are limited and available for $8 in advance (online charges apply) or Pay-What-You-Can at the door ($10 suggested donation).

The after party will be happening at Serve Ping Pong, 115 King St. E.


Our Donors Help Sustain The Arts in Hamilton- Donor Feature: John Maynard

We asked one of our most loyal supporters, John Maynard, why he feels supporting the Hamilton Fringe is important to him. This is what he had to say:

HF: Hi John, thanks again for agreeing to do this. We thought it would be great to feature a part of the Fringe that not many people think about- the donors and the support we receive from people like you who help to sustain the organization throughout the year. Can you tell our readers how you first heard about the Hamilton Fringe?

JM: I work in Toronto, but live in the Grimsby area. I studied at McMaster over thirty years ago and have always felt a kinship to Hamilton. I was at an art crawl a couple of years ago and someone gave me a postcard for a show at the Fringe. My wife and I decided to check out the festival and we have been making it a part of our summer ever since.

HF: That's great! So, handing out those little postcards at events does make a difference! What inspired you to become a donor and what keeps you supporting us?

JM: Well, it's basically what you do. The shows, the enthusiastic volunteers- I actually wish I had more time to volunteer myself. So I try to support in any way I can. It feels good to support Hamilton in this way.

Thanks so much John, for helping us to achieve what we love to do!


Our Summer Staff Have Created Fringe Binge Picks Based on Themes They Love! This Week Natalie Stravens, Our Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator Shares Her Rom-Com Picks!

Click here for Natalie's curated list of Rom-Com Fringe Shows you can catch with a Fringe Binge Pass!

Passes are available in the following denominations:
10 Pass- $75 for 10 tickets that can be used by one or two people at a time.
Fringe Binge Pass- $48 for 6 tickets that can be used by 1 or 2 people at a time.
Gallery Mini Pass-$18 for 3 tickets to the Gallery Series.

So many chances to save! Single tickets are available as well! And remember to purchase your Backer Button, a one time $5 fee. Everyone needs one to Fringe!

Hamilton Farmers Market

Every Saturday From Now Until July 15th!

Hamilton Fringe shows that feature live music will be set up at the Hamilton Farmer's Market on Saturdays – July 8th and July 15th – between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Catch a preview of the Musical Theatre shows and purchase tickets from your phone!


Come and Find Us This Saturday!

We're going to be at the Barton Street Festival this Saturday June 24, 2017
from 11am - 5pm
Free Family Festival Full of Fun
Barton St E (between Wentworth St N and Birch Ave)

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So Many Artists Coming to Hamilton Fringe From Afar...But Where Do We House Them?

We are in need of billets for our out-of-town artists. We have artists coming from as far away as New Zealand, Vancouver, Saskatchewan, and Ottawa and we need your help to give them a place to sleep while they are in our city. Help welcome these international artists to Hamilton!
(as a bonus we give all of our hosts a Backer Button & a Binge Pass!)


The Hamilton Fringe Festival would not be possible without the support of our government and community partners.

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