Posted on May 26th, 2010 by .

Montréal has many summer festivals. We are internationally renown for the Jazz Fest and Just For Laughs, and we enjoy welcoming the world.

The Fringe Fest, however, exists on the opposite end of the festival spectrum. After 20 years of fun and debauchery, the locally raised, theatre festival still maintains its beloved place in the hearts of Montréalers.

We are keen the four principals of the Fringe:

  1. No Artistic Direction. Artists are selected by lottery.
  2. No Censorship. Artists have complete freedom to present ANYTHING.
  3. Accessibility to artists. Anyone can apply to the lottery.
  4. Accessibility to audience. Ticket prices are kept low and 100% of the ticket price is returned to the artists you see on stage.

For a good time, make sure you wander down Boulevard Saint Laurent during the weekends of June 10 – 13 and 17 – 20. The street is closed to traffic, creating a fiesta of bargain shopping, street performers, delicious food vendors and people watching.



Hawt Summer Slowdance Night! – If the pace of the Fringe Fest is starting to compromise your radness, then perhaps you need to take it down a notch. June 4 / 9:30pm.

Drag Races – The most popular event in fringe history has drag queens battling to the death. Okay, nobody actually dies. But dignity might be sacrificed. June 19 / 4pm.

Cabaret erotico – retro – chic! – A tantalizing event from Blue Light Burlesque, the leader of the Montréal burlesque movement. Expect pasties, skin and Montréal flirtation. June 16 / 8pm.

Pancake Breakfast – Free pancakes and coffee. Need we say more? June 12 / 12 pm.

PIKNIC @ Fringe – The weekly outdoor dance party normally held on St. Helene Island will be making an appearance in the heart of the Fringe action at Parc des Amériques. June 12 / 3pm.



St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival
Montreal’s summer block party of theatre, dance, comedy, and music.
June 1 – 20
Check the website for all event options.


Where to Stay: If you’re on a budget, check out the “Residences and Youth Hostels” option of the Tourisme Montréal Accommodations page.

Where to Eat: In the heart of the Saint Laurent street action, Euro Deli serves up classic Italian fare at reasonable prices.

What else to Do: If you are a fringe lover, there is a good chance that you’ll love Tam Tams. It’s a weekly drumming festival that envelopes Mount Royal Park on Sunday afternoons.


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