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 Announcing the 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival. July 21 - 31, 2021. Announcing: The 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival
After considering an outdoor festival for Summer 2021, the Toronto Fringe has decided to move forward with a digital festival to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Now called The Digital Toronto Fringe Festival, dates have been shifted from June 30 – July 11 to July 21 – 31, 2021. During the festival, Fringe companies will present pre-recorded video, audio, and written pieces for audiences to enjoy as part the Fringe On-Demand series. Audiences will access content on with the purchase of an affordable and accessible membership pass. An additional Fringe Primetime series will offer audiences a chance to experience the thrill of a live and interactive Fringe show online.

This year will not be a stop-gap. The Digital Fringe will be a celebration of the Fringe Movement, with the only difference being its location: online. The Digital Fringe will connect to the worldwide Fringe community and widen the networks of indie artists in Toronto, offer practical solutions for access measures and involvement of Deaf and disabled artists, and implement recommendations from an ongoing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Audit. The Digital Fringe will prove that the Fringe spirit can live anywhere – whether you log in from your cozy apartment or from a blanket on the beach. Fringe lives everywhere, and this community won’t let a pandemic get in the way of uncensored self-expression. The Fringe lives on.

Read the full press release here. 
Now Open: 2021 Digital Play Contests
We are so excited to be able to offer artists the chance to have some fun, practice their craft, and win some prize money this spring.

The winners of each of these contests will be offered a performance slot in the Fringe Primetime series of the 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival, as well as production and financial support. Details on each contest below, and more details about Fringe Primetime coming soon.

New this year, Fringe has waived the $35 application fees to all the contests below. Applicants may decide to select a donation level when applying. Funds collected will be used to administer the programs. Now Open: Digital New Play Contest. Applications Close March 19. Sponsored by the Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation

Do you have an idea for how to make a digital space come to life? Can you imagine a way to use a digital platform (Zoom, etc.) to bring people together for a live theatrical experience? At a time when so many of us feel isolated, this prize calls for applications that bring people together and push the boundaries of what’s possible online.

Your script should be unique, original, and well-suited to the online environment. You should address how this piece will be performed digitally, live, in real time, on a digital platform of your choice.

This contest for playwrights guarantees the winner a free spot in the Fringe Primetime series of the 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival, as well as prize money of $2000. Applications are now open and close at noon on March 19, 2021. Click here to learn more and apply. Now Open: Digital Adams Prize for Musical Theatre. Applications close March 19. Sponsored by the Pat and Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts

Singing and Zoom – they don’t always go well together. But what if they could? What if you’re the person to solve this riddle? We want to hear from aspiring the Lin Manuel Mirandas in our community and pose the challenge: can a musical thrive on a digital platform?

We encourage artists to submit scripts for musicals that can be performed live, online. You may use the application form to tell us more about how you would pull this off and you may propose the online platform that works best for you. However, we will also consider innovative proposals for pre-recorded pieces.

This contest for composers/playwrights guarantees the winner a free spot in the Fringe Primetime series of the 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival, as well as prize money of $3000. Applications are now open and close at noon on March 19, 2021. Click here to learn more and apply.
  Now Open: Digital 24 Hour Playwriting Contest. Applications close March 19. Supported in memory of Penny Arthurs

This contest challenges new and experienced writers to create a script in 24 hours while incorporating four secret elements that will be announced shortly before the contest begins. New this year, we will accept submissions from small groups or collectives, so sign up with your creative BFFs and start to hatch your plans! It’s a great way to (digitally) connect with the friends you haven’t seen much of this year.

The winning script will be offered a live, digital staged reading as part of the Fringe Primetime series during the 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival, as well as prize money of $500. If your script is selected, Fringe will also hire and compensate the creative team needed to perform your script (actors, directors, etc.).

Applications are now open and close at noon on March 19, 2021. The 24 hour writing period starts at 5:00pm on Saturday, March 20 and finishes at 5:00pm on Sunday, March 21. Click here to learn more and apply.  New Play Contest and Adams Prize Sponsors: Aubrey and Marla Dan Foundation logo and Pat and Tony Adams Freedom Fund logo.  Coming soon: The 2021 Digital Fringe Lottery. Stay tuned! Coming Soon: The 2021 Digital Lottery
Want to be part of the 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival?All artists who were selected to be a part of the 2020 festival have been offered the chance to opt-in to the 2021 Digital Fringe Festival. Some have accepted a slot, while others have decided to defer to a planned in-person 2022 festival. The remaining slots are available to new applications, and a Digital Lottery will be held this spring to fill them.

Like any CAFF lottery, anyone and everyone is encouraged to apply. More details will be released soon regarding festival requirements and how to apply. Artists may bookmark this page if interested. Access at Fringe:

As part of our Accessibility Manifesto, Toronto Fringe is committed to making our communications more accessible and inclusive for all. Images above are tagged with alt text for those who need it. We endeavor to provide ASL vlogs whenever possible. All our videos are accompanied by closed captions. If you have any comments or feedback, we would love to hear from you. Contact Susan at

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