▪ Meet Our Associate Producer▪ Coming Soon to The Westdale▪ Hamilton Fringe Annual General Meeting - Location Announced▪ ALERT Applications▪ Call

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Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the Fringe Festival team, Franny McCabe-Bennett!

Franny is a producer, actor, comedian and playwright with an extensive background in arts administration, focusing on anti-oppression and accessibility. Franny steps into the role of Associate Producer after previously working in a variety of roles with Factory Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, The Toronto Fringe, The Next Stage Festival, Young People's Theatre, SOULOTheatre, and Soulpepper. She has toured her award-winning solo shows across Canada and internationally. As a proud member of the queer community, Franny looks forward to connecting with the queer artists and stories of Hamilton.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the Hamilton Fringe as the Associate Producer," says Franny, "As an artist who was lucky enough to present three shows in as many summers at the Hamilton Fringe Festival, I immediately recognized that this festival and this company are unique. There is a rare alchemy of celebration and professionalism present here that can't be faked or duplicated. I can't wait to bring my own experiences as an independent theatre artist and producer to this exciting, forward-looking and welcoming company and community."

Keep an eye out for an upcoming blog post from Franny to learn more!


The Hamilton Fringe welcomes The Westdale as a new venue for the 2019 festival.

The Westdale reopened its doors in February 2019 after an extensive renovation and will be joining the Fringe family of venues this summer. Our newest venue brings the Hamilton Fringe further west than previous years. Artists and audiences alike can look forward to enjoying this accessible, 340-seat venue in the heart of Westdale's burgeoning cultural hub.


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The AGM for the Hamilton Fringe will take place on Wednesday May 8, 2019 at 7pm at Redchurch Cafe and Gallery (68 King St E).

Join us to hear about our last year of operations and some exciting plans we have for the coming months! There will be Fringe news, some light refreshments, and great art on the walls courtesy of the Assembly Gallery. Current members in good standing will have voting rights. Everyone is welcome.


Do you want to be a part of the next generation of artist leaders in Hamilton?

We are looking for participants for the next ALERT Program!

Selected participants work with theatre artists and mentors to develop their artistic and producing skills, attend a diverse range of cutting-edge performances throughout the region, and help to produce Frost Bites, our site-specific winter performance festival.

• Aspiring artistic leaders who are energized by the possibilities in Hamilton and want to gain the skills to bring their work to life
• Emerging artists, 19 years and over with less than 5 years professional experience
• Preference will be given to local, new generation artists (19-30 years)

For more information about the program, click here.

DEADLINE: May 15, 2019

Applications can also be completed over the phone. Please call 289-698-2234

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The Hamilton Fringe is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to help us at the 2019 Hamilton Fringe Festival!

Earn high school volunteer hours, free access to Fringe shows, and experience Hamilton's thriving arts scene by helping out with:

Box Office
Admin Support
Reception Desk
Marketing Crew
Set Up/Tear Down
Festival Ambassador
Fringe Club Stage Manager

Volunteers are a crucial part of making the festival successful. If you are interested in contributing, please fill out our volunteer application form here.


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

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