Apply to Hamilton Fringe

Check back in October for applications to the 2023 Hamilton Fringe Festival!

(2022 applications are now CLOSED)

See below for details about applying to the 2023 Hamilton Fringe Festival.

The 2023 Hamilton Fringe Festival is currently accepting applications for the following initiatives:

Main Lottery
FringeXchange: BIPGM Artist, Disability Justice Artist
Family Fringe
Fringe Mini Bar Series
Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV)

Stay tuned for information about Fringe All-Access, Visual Fringe, and Shorts Showcase.

Hamilton Fringe is a member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF). That means instead of being selected by a jury (or programmed by an artistic director), shows at the Hamilton Fringe are selected via lottery draw, or on a first-come-first-served basis. This ‘unjuried’ process creates a more level playing field for performance makers, where newcomers and established creators alike have the same chance to be included in the festival.

Together with other CAFF festivals, Hamilton Fringe has taken measures in recent years to strengthen this spirit of equal access. We recognize that festival stages in Canada and the United States have historically been dominated by artists of European/colonial descent, and we seek to support a broader cultural representation of our community in Fringe Festival spaces. As a response to cultural inequity across our stages, and to better reflect the cultural makeup of our region, 25% of every lottery category each year is reserved for BIPGM-led companies (Indigenous artists, Black artists, and artists who are People of the Global Majority).

Key Dates

November 2, 2022
Applications open for the 2023 Hamilton Fringe Festival Lotteries and Bring-Your-Own-Venue series (BYOV applications are first-come, first-served until all spots filled or deadline date).

December 14, 2022 (11:59PM ET)
Applications for the 2023 Fringe Festival Lottery close and application fees due.

December 19, 2022
2023 Hamilton Fringe Festival Lottery Party takes place in-person and online (live venue to be confirmed). Results are posted on hftco.ca and social media platforms (@hamfringeHFTco) within 24 hours, artists contacted via email or by phone within 24 hours, participation fees due IMMEDIATELY for successfully drawn companies.

January 16, 2023
Family Fringe Early Publicity Essentials/Group Booking Form due.

March 3, 2023 (11:59PM ET)
Deadline for BYOV applications, or when all slots are filled, whichever comes first. Final due date for Application Fees You must contact the Hamilton Fringe Festival Director Christopher Stanton (christopher@hftco.ca) BEFORE submitting a BYOV application.

March 8, 2023
Participation Fees will be processed for all participating BYOV companies, or upon confirmation of acceptance, whichever comes first.

March/April 2023 (TBC)
BYOV box office/front of house check-ins.

March 15, 2023
Tech Questionnaire due (non-BYOV).

March 15, 2023
BYOV schedules shared with Hamilton Fringe Festival for approval.

April 2023 (TBC)
BYOV Tech Information Form due.

April/May 2023 (TBC)
Publicity Questionnaire due.

Early May 2023 (TBC)
Box Office/Program Listing Form due.

April/May/June 2023 (multiple dates)
Festival prep seminars (publicity, box office, tech, etc).

July 19-30, 2023
2023 Hamilton Fringe Festival, shows begin on July 20, 2023.

Main Lottery categories include Ontario 60-Minute (including Hamilton 60-Minute), National 60-Minute, International 60-Minute, and General 90-Minute. These categories represent our flagship performance series. Shows presented in these categories are presented in live theatre venues equipped with theatrical lighting and sound equipment and an audience capacity no less than 50. (NB: If public health guidelines in place at the time of the Hamilton Fringe Festival dictate that fewer than 50 people are permitted in any venue associated with these categories, the Hamilton Fringe Festival will reduce the application fees of affected companies on a pro-rata basis.)

The Hamilton 60-Minute Lottery is designed to encourage local companies to participate in the festival, with a small number of slots in the main lottery reserved especially for them. All companies not selected in the Hamilton 60-Minute draw are automatically entered into the Ontario 60-Minute draw.

  • Lottery Application Fee:
    • Non-refundable fee of $25 for all applicants*
  • Participation Fee (due if your company is successfully drawn in the lottery):
    • All 60-Minute categories: $650
    • General 90-Minute category: $750

 

For further details please see these sample agreements:

2022 Ontario 60-Minute Sample Agreement 
2022 Hamilton 60-Minute Sample Agreement 
2022 National 60-Minute Sample Agreement 
2022 International 60-Minute Sample Agreement 
2022 General 90-Minute Sample Agreement 

Produced in partnership with the Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO), the Disability Justice Lottery category is designed to serve an artist who identifies as Deaf, hard of hearing, sick, living with a mental illness/mental disorder/mad, and/or living with a disability.

Hamilton Fringe Festival endeavours to address the financial, attitudinal, informational, and environmental barriers in the application, selection, planning, practice, and performance processes.

The Disability Justice Artist category includes:

  • FREE 60-minute performance slot at the 2023 Hamilton Fringe Festival ($25 Application Fee and $650 Participation Fee waived)
    $1,000 cash bursary to assist with production costs
  • Personalized accessibility plan (including venue and production accommodations
  • Tailored professional and/or artistic mentorship
  • Regular meetings with the Festival Director
  • Production and administrative guidance from Hamilton Fringe Festival core staff
  • Primary contact receives free entry into all ALERT education program workshop

 

In order to increase your chances of taking part in the 2023 Hamilton Fringe Festival, applicants in the FringeXChange program – Disability Justice Artist category may OPTIONALLY choose to also apply in the Hamilton 60-Minute category. If you choose to ALSO enter the Hamilton 60-Minute category, you will be required to pay the $25 application fee and IF you are selected in that lottery, the $650 participation fee associated with that category.

To be eligible the primary contact for the production must self-identify as Deaf, hard of hearing, sick, living with a mental illness/mental disorder/mad, and/or living with a disability and reside in Hamilton, Ontario.

For further details please see the sample agreement:
2023 FringeXchange Disability Justice Artist Sample Agreement

If you need any help completing the application, additional support is available by phone at 289-698-2234, email at christopher@hftco.ca, or in-person by appointment at 41 King William St., Suite 206, Hamilton between 10:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday.

Produced in partnership with Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion, the FringeXchange BIPGM Artist Lottery is designed to serve an artist who is Black, Indigenous, or and/or a Person of the Global Majority.

The BIPGM Artist category includes:

  • FREE 60-minute performance slot at the 2023 Hamilton Fringe Festival ($25 Application Fee and $650 Participation Fee waived)
  • $1,000 cash bursary to assist with production costs
  • Tailored professional and/or artistic mentorship
  • Regular meetings with the Festival Director
  • Production and administrative guidance from Hamilton Fringe Festival core staff
  • Primary contact receives free entry into all ALERT education program workshop

 

In order to increase your chances of taking part in the 2023 Hamilton Fringe Festival, applicants in the FringeXChange program – BIPGM Artist category may OPTIONALLY choose to also apply in the Hamilton 60-Minute category. If you choose to ALSO enter the Hamilton 60-Minute category, you will be required to pay the $25 application fee and IF you are selected in that lottery, the $650 participation fee associated with that category.

To be eligible the primary contact for the production must identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or an artist who is a Person of the Global Majority.

For further details please see the sample agreement:
2023 FringeXchange BIPGM Artist Sample Agreement

If you need any help completing the application, additional support is available by phone at 289-698-2234, email at christopher@hftco.ca, or in-person by appointment at 41 King William St., Suite 206, Hamilton between 10:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday.

Family Fringe Lottery

Do you have a family-friendly show between 40 and 60 minutes? Throw your hat in the ring for the 2023 Family Fringe! Companies drawn in this lottery get seven (7) performances with times ranging between 9:30am and 5:00pm weekdays and weekends. The primary audience for Family Fringe shows is 12 and under. (Children’s tickets are $5—this should be taken into account when budgeting for your production.) The festival organizes group bookings for Family Fringe shows with local daycares and summer programs.

For further details please see the sample agreement:
2023 Family Fringe Sample Agreement

Fringe Mini Bar Series Lottery

Do you like your theatre short and sweet? Then the Fringe Mini Bar Series is for you! The Fringe Mini Bar Series is “Pub Theatre” presented on small indoor stages at a downtown Hamilton bar. With show times of 20 minutes or less, this is a great opportunity to show off a shorter work in a more intimate space. Each company will be scheduled for no fewer than six (6) performances. Shows in this series should embrace the “less is more” philosophy; you must have NO or LOW technical requirements (lighting, sound, video, etc.)

For further details please see the sample agreement:
Fringe Mini Bar Series Category Sample agreement

Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV) Category
The BYOV (Bring Your Own Venue) category is for companies who want to use a venue or location not included in the list of Fringe main venues. If you were not drawn in the Fringe lottery, or if your performance is better suited for an unconventional space, a BYOV might be the right fit for you!

Applications are due Tuesday, March 3, 2023 or once all slots have been filled, whichever comes first. ALL companies considering a BYOV application MUST contact Hamilton Fringe Festival Director Christopher Stanton BEFORE applying: christopher@hftco.ca.

Please note that although we have eliminated the 2-production-per-venue minimum, we STRONGLY recommend partnering with other companies to share a BYOV venue. Each venue is required to provide a single BYOV Coordinator. If multiple Box Office locations are required at a single venue, each Box Office location will be counted as a separate venue.

For further details please see the sample agreement:
2023 BYOV Category Sample agreement

Rules and Regulations

  • Only ONE application per company is allowed.
  • Companies applying to the FringeXchange slots may CHOOSE to be entered in the Hamilton 60-Minute category ($25 Application Fee applies).
  • Companies applying to the Hamilton 60-Minute category who are not drawn in that lottery are automatically entered in the Ontario 60-Minute category.
  • The Company Name, Primary Contact, and Secondary Contact cannot be changed once submitted.
  • The Primary and Secondary contacts of a company cannot be the Primary and/or Secondary contacts for a second company.
  • If an individual/company submits more than one application, ALL relevant applications will be removed from the lottery. Application fees will be forfeited.
  • If the Primary Contact cannot continue with a production, Hamilton Fringe Festival reserves the right to withdraw that production from the festival.
  • Companies are not allowed to sell or transfer their slot to another company. If we find that they have, both companies will be removed from the festival and will forfeit 100% of their fees.
  • 25% of all categories will be reserved for companies led by artists who are Black, Indigenous, and/or People of the Global Majority (PGM). To enter the lottery for these reserved slots, please indicate that your company is Black/Indigenous/PGM-led when prompted in your application. Eligible companies will be drawn by lottery until all reserved slots are full or until all eligible applicants in that category have been exhausted (whichever comes first). Those companies not chosen in the lottery for the reserved slots are automatically entered in the general lottery for their category. These reserved slots are separate from the “FringeXchange BIPGM Artist” category, which is its own discrete category with additional supports and benefits.

If you have any questions about the FringeXchange Global Majority Artist or the reserved slots for Black/Indigenous/PGM-led companies, please contact Festival Director Christopher Stanton at christopher@hftco.ca BEFORE submitting your application.

Apply Via Eventotron

  • Go to Eventotron.com. If you have applied to the festival before, log in using the same email and password. If you have never applied through Eventotron before, you’ll need to create a profile. Enter your email under ‘New User’ and hit ‘Register.’ You will be sent an email with further instructions.
  • After logging in, click ‘Festivals’ at the top left-hand corner of the screen. Scroll through the list of festivals until you find ‘Hamilton Fringe Festival 2023.’ Click ‘Apply’ to be taken to the 2023 application form.
  • Once you’re at the application form, complete all the information. Please note: questions appearing in RED text are REQUIRED questions. You must answer all required questions, or you will be unable to submit your application.
  • As part of the application process, you will need to electronically sign and submit the agreement for your chosen category. Online applicants who do not submit a signed agreement will NOT be included in the lottery event on December 19, 2022.
  • Application Fees must be received within 10 days of online application submission or Wednesday, December 14, 2022, whichever comes first.

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