The Toronto Fringe Festival was founded by local indie artists in 1989 to offer the “fringes” of the performing arts community a platform to create art at a grassroots level. The festival broke records last year selling 68 000 tickets and showcasing over 150 productions at more than 30 venues around downtown Toronto, yet still manages to keep its indie, grassroots spirit alive.

Shortly after announcing the cancellation of Toronto’s Fringe Festival for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we received the good news that “the show will go on” after all. COVID-19 has thrown many curveballs at us this year, but the indie film festival, which has always championed taking risks and innovation has decided to take the show online.

This July, it is launching the Fringe Collective, a profit-share, opt-in, collaborative, DIY digital platform that runs from July 1 to 12, the dates the regular Fringe was to have run. The Fringe Collective is a digital experience featuring over 50 companies who were scheduled to present work at the 2020 Toronto Fringe Festival. The collective will include pre-recorded video, audio, written, and interactive content and will be as unique and creative as Fringe artists themselves.

Acts will be hosted on a private page on fringetoronto.com and you will be able to access content via a tip-what-you-can method (with a suggested tip of $13 per act – the price of a typical Fringe ticket). All listings will be available in a digital Fringe Collective Program Guide PDF.

The ultimate movie night with the best fried chicken in Toronto

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