▪ Announcing the Frost Bites 2018 Line-Up!▪ Come to the Fringe Ball!▪ Fringe tickets are going fast!▪ 2017 Kick-Off is just a week away!▪ On the B

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After an exciting festival earlier this year at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, we're very pleased to announce the line-up for our third annual site-specific winter festival, Frost Bites. This year's participating artists are:

Blending Reality Productions (Taryn Crankshaw and Jessica Marshall)
Flat Earth Global (Luke Brown)
Form Contemporary Dance Theatre (Lisa Emmons)
Ilumina Flamenco (Angela Déiseach and Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko)
Just Look Normal (Rex Emerson)
(not)james (James Knott)
Open Heart (Kelly Wolf and Peter Riddihough)
Red Betty Theatre (Radha Menon with Cliff Cardinal, Jennie Esdale and Sandeep Chahal)


Along with the Frost Bites companies, we are thrilled to welcome a new group of participants to the ALERT program, the Fringe’s education initiative for emerging artistic leaders. Krista Colosimo, Emma Grafham, Michael Kras, Stephanie Hope Lawlor, Jamie Milay, Lily Sutherland and Sunil Puri will be assisting in planning and producing Frost Bites this year. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Mark your calendars: Frost Bites 2018 runs from February 15th to 18th, 2018. And stay tuned for our venue announcement this fall!

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Come party with us at the first ever Fringe Ball at Art Crawl this Friday, July 14th, 2017 at the AGH Annex!

Fringe artists will be in attendance in costume and ready to take photos with you in our theatrical framed window. We'll be working on an installation of Fringe posters throughout the evening - join in! There will be music, the opportunity to buy tickets and passes at a pop-up Fringe Box Office, photo ops, and the bar will be open!

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We are one week away from kicking off the 2017 Hamilton Fringe Festival! This years' festival is offering everything: comedy, drama, musicals, magic, family fun and more. Check out the full show listing and buy your tickets online.


Join us at the Kick-Off: Tradition Rendition at 7:30pm on July 19th at the Lincoln Alexander Centre (160 King Street East).

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, the 2017 Kick-Off will feature short performances by Canadian performers who trace their routes to a variety of countries from around the world. Our host, Martha Chaves will be joined on stage by Hamilton’s own Marcello Puente (a Chilean troubadour), Kojo “Easy” Damptey aka K.E.D. (an award winning singer/songwriter born and raised in Ghana), Sumona Roy (Indian Classical/Modern Dancer & Choreographer), and more. Fringe companies will be offering up 90 second previews of their shows. It's a great way to decide what you want to see at this year's festival!

The Kick-off After-Party follows at 10:00 p.m. at the 2017 Fringe Club: Serve Ping Pong, 107 King St. E. The event catering will be provided by Karam Kitchen, a social enterprise catering company that seeks to empower Syrian newcomers!

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Our blog is a place for us to talk about upcoming events and things going on in our community. Today, designer Kelly Wolf, talks about creating for small spaces and her show in Fringe's Gallery series.

"Two years ago, I attended the Prague Quadrennial, an exhibition of design for theatre performance from around the world. It changed the way I approach my work; my theatre making. I saw designers crossing over into an area of performativity that really inspired me. This was so exciting to me and I could hardly wait to get back home to find opportunities to create new work."


Elizabeth Parker is a sales representative with Judy Marsales Real Estate Ltd. She is a member of our Board of Directors and a long time sponsor of the Hamilton Fringe. We caught up with her to ask her why the Fringe is important to her!

How long have you been a supporter of the Hamilton Fringe?

I believe I have been on the board for 4 or 5 years. I have always been an attendee of the Hamilton and Toronto Fringe Festivals. I love live theatre and live performance.

What attracted you to be a sponsor for the Fringe?

I believe in and enjoy the Fringe Festival very much. I believe arts festivals like the Fringe are a benefit to our community - to community in general. Theatre artists having an opportunity to produce and perform their work in an unjuried selection is an asset. Everyone can have the opportunity. Whether a play offers a time to laugh, a moment to reflect and feel, a cause to contemplate or just a whimsical time to be entertained and inspired - it is all found at the Fringe!

What role do you think the arts play in a healthy community?

The arts inspire. They offer us a different way of seeing; whether they provoke us or simply entertain us with a roaring belly laugh. They can show us alternative ideas. They can help us find ourselves, our interior life. We talk of mindfulness - in the theatre, the phone is off, the focus is on the performance. It is a collective community experience. I believe it can be its own little miracle of healing, change, inspiration, hope.

To learn more about Elizabeth Parker and Judy Marsales, visit www.judymarsales.com

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