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WANT TO BE IN THE 2020 TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL?
Please note: Applications for the Lottery and Site-Specifics are now open! Please scroll down to learn more about the application process. You will find the links to apply via our artist portal, Eventotron, below.
There are multiple ways to apply to be in the 2020 Toronto Fringe Festival:
1. Main Lottery
2. Culturally Diverse Artists Project Lottery
3. Accessible Lottery
4. Site-Specific Category
October 9, 2019: Application information released
October 16, 2019: 2020 Fringe Festival Lottery & Site-Specific Category applications open
November 10, 2019: Applications for the 2020 Fringe Festival Lottery close. (Site-Specific applications are first-come, first-served)
December 3, 2019: The 2020 Fringe Festival Lottery Party
July 1-12, 2020: The 2020 Toronto Fringe Festival
WHAT IS THE FRINGE MAIN LOTTERY?
The Toronto Fringe is a non-juried festival, and holds a lottery to program the festival by selecting shows at random in a draw. This draw takes place in the late autumn. In line with all other Fringe Festivals in Canada, The Toronto Fringe does not evaluate the artistic merit of applicants, or the viability of the work – all applicants have the same chance of earning a show slot as the rest of their category. The Toronto Fringe offers multiple Main Lottery categories to apply to, based on the permanent residence of the applicant and duration of show, age demographic of audience, or targeted performance genre. (Examples: Ontario 60 Minutes, Teen Category, KidsFest. More info below.)
WHY DO WE PROGRAM THE FESTIVAL VIA LOTTERY?
Because we, along with all other Canadian Fringe Festivals, believe that every voice has an equal right to be heard. It’s not about who you know or how much you know. Your project holds just as much weight in the Fringe Lottery as anyone else’s. The power of the Fringe Movement is that there are no gatekeepers. It’s a platform for everyone to learn about and experiment with the arts.
WHAT ARE SITE-SPECIFICS?
If your project takes place in a non-traditional venue, you must apply to our Site-Specific Category (sometimes called bring-your-own-venue) with details about where you want your show to take place and why your venue is the right fit for your show. Site-Specific applications are assessed on a first-come, first-served basis. More details below.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
It only costs $29 to apply to the Main Lottery categories and Site-Specific Category. If drawn, participation fees range from $551-$760, depending on what you have applied to. (Details below.) Application and participation fees are waived for those applying to the Culturally Diverse Artist Project and the Accessible Lottery.