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L to R: Lindsay Bellaire, Phillip Psutka in "Rough Magic" a new show by Theatre Arcturus. Photo courtesy of Theatre Arcturus.

Fringe Festival organizers let out the 2017 lineup

By Greggory Clark on May 11, 2017

L to R: Martin Dockery and Vanessa Quesnelle in "Love is a Battlefield" at the 2016 Ottawa Fringe Festival. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

L to R: Martin Dockery and Vanessa Quesnelle in “Love is a Battlefield” at the 2016 Ottawa Fringe Festival. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

New shows by AL Connors, Vanessa Quesnelle, Theatre Arcturus, Keith Brown, Aplombusrhombus and Dicky Dicky are among the 50+ listings published less than one month before opening weekend of the Fringe Festival.

Nobody curates the Ottawa Fringe Festival. In lieu of preference, Ottawa’s largest theatre festival is programmed by a completely random lottery. Many of the shows announced today have all been created (or are being developed) by independent artists who, by way of chance, saw their names pulled from a hat. Others squeaked into the program with a Bring Your Own Venue submission (BYOV).

Organizers revealed the 2017 lineup online this week and promise print programs will be distributed after May 17.

Between the December lottery event and June festival is when many of these new works were conceived. Though some shows have been touring the Fringe circuit for years, picking up 5-star reviews and Best of Fest awards along the way.

Go here to see the full show listings and schedule for all of the 2017 Ottawa Fringe Festival shows.

Watch this space: Between now and the June 7 Preview Night, our theatre reviewers and guest contributors will make show their picks.


Ottawa-Fringe-Fest-2017-Mapweb-V5The 21st Ottawa Fringe Festival runs from June 7–18, 2017 at multiple downtown venues including Arts Court Theatre, La Nouvelle Scène and the University of Ottawa. 4-show packs cost $48 and are available online until June 8. Door Passes cost $55–189 (5–2o shows). Single tickets cost $12 at the door and $14 online

All box office revenue goes to the artists. N.B. The one-time purchase of a $3 Fringe Pin is required to buy tickets. That $3 goes toward supporting the Festival. Visit www.ottawafringe.com for box office info.

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