Montreal’s 28th annual Fringe Festival kicks off May 28th with three weeks of exciting programming including 800+ performances by 500+ artists from around the globe. Each year, thousands of festival-goers celebrate artistic freedom by welcoming seasoned and new performers to indie stages around the city. Affordable and multidisciplinary, fringe shows are an opportunity to partake in uncensored expressions of Canadian arts and culture including theatre, dance, music, improv, comedy, drag, burlesque, storytelling, and more.

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The festival combines the smooth performances of seasoned artists with the raw talent of up-and-comers and draws together anglophone and francophone artists in a truly bilingual festival. Partnerships with local businesses provide the Fringe Menu—a network of pitstops where hungry festival-goers can find tasty specials provided by local restaurants.

The Fringe A-Z guide can be found on the festival’s website with a listing of all the main programming, while Fringe Park on Saint-Laurent Boulevard at Rue Rachel will offer numerous free shows including live music and drag. For late night shows, the After Dark programming features movie screenings, pinball karaoke, after parties, and more. Find all the info you need on the website, or grab a copy of the fringe festival program publication from a local newsstand. Tickets and passes are on sale now.

Where: Local venues around the city

When: May 28 – June 17

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