May 27 to June 16, 2019: Daily, noon to 3 a.m.
Free activities and Fees for activities
The St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival is the city’s summer block party of theatre, dance, music, comedy, circus and more. With over 800 performances, local and international artists take over the Plateau-Mont-Royal to celebrate years of boundless creativity.
2019 highlights include:
- More than 500 artists performing in 20-plus venues, including several “Off Fringe” ones.
- The famous Fringe-For-All sneak-peek preview night takes place at Club Soda (1225 Saint-Laurent Boulevard) on May 27. All local companies will take the stage for two-minute teasers of their show. Admission is free.
- Fringe Park, at the corner of Saint-Laurent Boulevard and Rachel Street, is where patrons and artists gather to see live performances and share tips about shows. It’s free and open to the public from June 6 to 16. The can’t-miss Fringe Park kick-off concert and party, on June 6, will be headlined by Montréal ska legends The Kingpins.
- The very popular and hilarious Drag Races (which sees drag queens and kings competing for… bragging rights) take place in the Fringe Park on June 15. They will be hosted by Montréal drag royalty Mado Lamotte.
- The nightly 13th Hour variety show (featuring hits of the Fringe) and dance party at MainLine Theatre (3997 Saint Laurent Boulevard) has two exciting new hosts this year: rising comedy and podcast stars Tranna Wintour and Thomas Leblanc. Shows are free.
- Always a blast, the Québec Provincial Air Guitar Championships take place on June 14, in the Fringe Park. They will close with a live performance featuring real guitars by pop rockers The Tina Trons.
- The Fringe remains one of the most affordable entertainment options in town: ticket prices are capped at $12 this year and 100% of that ticket price is returned to the artists onstage.
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