▪ Family Friendly Fringe Options!▪ On the Blog: Gentrification and Artists in Hamilton▪ Catch Us at The Farmer's Market!▪ Super Volunteer Linda Gil


"What if life were more like theatre? Wouldn't life be grand?” Neil Patrick Harris

Looking for something fun to do in the city this summer? Why not invite some theatre into your life? The Hamilton Fringe Festival has six family-friendly shows in this year's line-up. Now you can treat yourselves and your kids under 12 to a live theatre experience for much less than it costs to go to a movie, a theme park, or a zoo.

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Kids can have fun at the 2017 Hamilton Fringe Festival!

The Blue Bird

The Secret of Castle Alphabet

El Diablo of the Cards 2.0

Heart Strings: The Musical

Sawyer Bullock: Magician Ordinaire

Requiem Aeternam

Adult tickets are only $10 at the door ($5 Backer’s Button required) and Kids under 12 get in for $5. That’s only $40 for a family of two adults and two children!


The Kick-Off is Only 2 Weeks Away!

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.

The Kick-off After-Party follows at 10:00 p.m. at the 2017 Fringe Club: Serve Ping Pong, 107 King St. E.


Our blog is a place for us to talk about upcoming events and things going on in our community. Today we're taking on a very important topic with an article from actor, playwright and founder of hammer theatre, Sky Gilbert.

"Innocent artists are often the very first players in the gentrification game. They upgrade the neighbourhood without capitalist intent. But when I do art in Hamilton not about gentrification, I worry about becoming part of the problem."

Hamilton Farmers Market

Saturdays July 8th and 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!

Linda Gilbert

Linda Gilbert is a worldly volunteer. She is travelling to several different Fringe Festivals across North America and she will be making her stop at our own festival this July! After visiting the Vancouver Fringe Festival, she fell in love with the artists and atmosphere, and decided to take the “gap year” she never took after graduating from university.

Linda booked a cheap flight to Orlando, Florida, and signed up as a volunteer for the Orlando Fringe Festival, and then did a stint at the Portland Fringe Festival. Now at home for a break, Gilbert’s next stop is Hamilton and she is looking forward to what the Hamilton Fringe has to offer. “Every Fringe has a flavour,” Gilbert said, “I’ve never been and I’m excited to find out what it’s like there.”

After Hamilton, Linda heads for Calgary, Indianapolis, Victoria and then home to Vancouver. On the list for 2018: Tampa, San Diego, London (Ontario), Toronto, Winnipeg and Edmonton.

“The Fringe has opened up my mind to its creative side and shown me anything is possible. The staff, volunteers, and artists are real people who are warm, caring, and supportive. Everyone interacts with a love of theatre as their bond.”

We will welcome Linda Gilbert to Hamilton on July 19 at the 2017 Kick-Off. Why not join us?


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