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Fringe lineups at Theatre Aquarius. Photo by Jeff Tessier.

It was the biggest year yet at the Hamilton Fringe!

The 15th Hamilton Fringe Festival saw record-breaking numbers, including more than 12,000 tickets sold and over $108,000 returned to artists. This represents a nearly 20% growth over our most successful year!

This year also marked the launch of our outdoor Fringe Club in Gore Park which offered a wide range of events, from drag shows to industry talks, from buskers to yoga classes, all of it taking place outside of Redchurch Cafe + Gallery on our new licensed patio or on the green space in Gore Park. The 2018 festival brought a whole lot of excitement to downtown Hamilton in July!

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Yoga with Robyn Lamaar in Gore Park. Photo by: Jeff Tessier

Thank you so much to all of the staff, volunteers, sponsors, artists, and audiences who made this festival such a roaring success. We can't wait to build on this energy as we begin planning for Fringe 2019!

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Crowds on our closing night at the Fringe Club. Photo by: Jeff Tessier


We celebrated the end of Fringe 2018 with a late-night party at the Fringe Club in Gore Park on the final Sunday of the festival and congratulated all the participating companies on a fantastic run. Hats off to our award winners this year:

Best of Venue, Player's Guild: PointeTango's Para Dos

Best of Venue, Mills Hardware: The Women's Company of Regina's Love, Loss and What I Wore

Best of Venue, The Zoetic: B!TCH ISLAND: THE MUSICAL!

Best of Venue, Theatre Aquarius: Theatre Arcturus's Weird

Best of BYOV: Drinking Well's The Emergency Monologues

Best of Galleries: Feel Free Collective's Hermana Time

Best of Site-Specific: A Shoddy Magician in a Parking Lot

Critics Choice: B!TCH ISLAND: THE MUSICAL! and Open Heart's Through The Woods

Audience Choice and Best of Fringe: B!TCH ISLAND: THE MUSICAL!

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Photo by: Jeff Tessier

"When you’re a neophyte Fringer and a relative Hamilton newbie, you decide that in order to take advantage of all the Hamilton Fringe Festival Has to Offer, you should Get Involved."

Reflect on your own Fringe experience with this most recent blog post from Annie Rosenberg.

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Did you love the 15th Hamilton Fringe Festival? We have a whole lot more coming in the 2018-2019 season and we need your help to make it happen. Donate to the Fringe and help us reach new heights!

Any donation of $25.00 or more will receive a tax receipt, and can go towards your charitable donation tax claims.


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