10 cities, 8 artists, 1 tour: A documentary about life on the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit.
In the summer of 2014, an intrepid team of documentarians set off to chronicle the adventures of artists touring the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit. After 10 cities, over 18,000 kilometres, countless hours of interviews and more coffee than your doctor would advise, they collected a treasure trove of the stories behind the stories and the scenes behind the scenes.
The result - On the Fringe, a feature-length documentary that takes you on a fun and poignant road trip through this undeniable force in the world theatre scene.
What is fringe?
Fringe, under the auspices of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF), is a non-curated festival in which artists are selected by lottery. There are no restrictions imposed on performing discipline and no censoring of the work being submitted. Anything is acceptable, which creates a broad spectrum of programming that can include traditional theatre, dance, poetry, stand-up comedy, music and multi-media projects.
The first Canadian Fringe was established in Edmonton in 1982. Inspired by the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the success and growth of Edmonton’s adapted formula soon led to the creation of festivals across North America. Though some might still consider Fringe as an underground experience, the Canadian circuit is now widely recognized as one of the best touring circuits in the world for local and international artists.