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2016 Hamilton Fringe Festival, Form Contemporary Dance. Photo Dave Pijuan-Nomura.

Plan Your 2017 Fringe Experience Early!

What does buying your Fringe tickets early mean for you? It means you get first dibs on the hottest shows at the festival!

50% of tickets are available for sale online in advance and this year you can purchase these up until 3 hours before show time. Avoid the lineups and confirm your July Fringe schedule in June!

What does buying tickets mean for the artists in our festival? It means a little bit of help for their bottom line. As you know, 100% of our box office sales go directly to the artists who participate in our festival. By buying tickets you play a direct part in supporting the art. Don't delay- buy your tickets today!

We offer Festival Passes which give you a bit of a discount when purchasing tickets. A 10-Pass costs you $75, making each ticket $7.50! That's 25% in savings! The festival runs from July 20-July 30 and will take place in 10 venues in downtown Hamilton. Support local and national artists!

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Hamilton Fringe Executive Director accepting her award, 2017 Hamilton Arts Awards.

Executive Director Claire Calnan Wins 2017 Hamilton Arts Innovation Award!

On June 8, the Hamilton Fringe Festival’s Executive Director, Claire Calnan, took home the Hamilton Arts Award’s honour for Arts Innovation.

For over four years, Claire has worked to elevate the Hamilton Fringe as a cultural event in this city and to build additional opportunities for artists to develop and showcase their work locally. We are so happy to see her recognized and to see the Fringe showcased as an integral Hamilton arts organization.

With over 50 productions in 10 venues over 11 days, this year’s Hamilton Fringe is the biggest ever!

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Let the 2017 KICK OFF: The Tradition Rendition Be Your Guide!!

Having trouble choosing from the 50 productions in this year’s festival? Why not purchase a ticket to the 2017 Hamilton Fringe Kick-Off?

Hosted by Martha Chavez, the kick-off will feature short, 1.5-minute previews by as many as 35 of the performing companies. It will be a fun way to celebrate the festival and take some of the guess-work 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).


Our 2017 Hamilton Fringe artists need you- especially the ones from out of town!

Do you have a spare room that you would like to share with a 2017 Fringe artist? Hosting an artist in your home is a fun and interactive way to be a part of the Hamilton Fringe. Get to know an out-of-towner and show them some Hamilton hospitality while they are here!

We'll give you a complimentary Fringe Binge Pass (that's 6 shows) & Backer Button for your kindness. Click on the button below to fill out a Billet Host application. The artists thank you!

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Want to be an integral part of the festival this summer? Apply to be a Venue Captain and have the best summer of your life!

For ten epic days in July, the Hamilton Fringe Festival will welcome artists and audiences of every kind from across the country and around the world. It is an exciting time to be in the city, meeting and greeting new people and watching the Festival unfold. That’s why volunteers return again and again to the Fringe experience. You can apply to be a Venue Captain - or sign up for one of the many volunteer roles!
If you want to enjoy the Fringe up close, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@hamiltonfringe.ca


Brydon Eastman- Box Office Manager

Thanks to Canada Summer Jobs and the Ontario Summer Experience Program we have 4 new staff members joining us this summer!

Help us welcome the Hamilton Fringe Festival summer students: Brydon Eastman, just finished a Master’s degree in Mathematics at McMaster and is looking forward to starting a Ph.D. in Mathematical Oncology in the fall.

Born and raised in Hamilton he has attended the festival multiple times and is excited to experience the festival this summer from the other side of things

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Avery Qurashi- Ass't Box Office Manager

Avery Qurash is a 3rd year Arts and Science student at McMaster University who has grown up in Dundas and Hamilton.

She has a keen interests in theatre and the Hamilton community and she is delighted to be working with Fringe volunteers, patrons, artists, and staff for the second summer in a row!

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Natalie Stravens- Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

Natalie Stravens, our Volunteer and
outreach coordinator also comes to us from McMaster University. She is a media arts and film student who has wowed us with her awesome design and people skills.

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Kristina Kuhnert- Assy Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

Kristina Kuhnert is the Assistant Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator. Kristin is excited to be part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival team and is looking forward to meeting and working with you all!

She is a recent Theatre graduate of McMaster University. She will be going to Brock University in September for their Teachers Education program, She will be eating as much watermelon as possible this summer (it's her favourite!).

Help us in welcoming these awesome individuals to the Hamilton Fringe Festival team!


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

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