North Bay’s On the Edge Fringe Festival is back, and for its ninth year organizers have put together a five-day event featuring 12 unique shows performing daily. Each show is at the Capitol Centre in downtown North Bay at 150 Main Street East, and Tuesday night’s opening was a busy one for sure, with some of the shows selling out.
The festival doesn’t wrap up until Saturday evening, so there is still lots of opportunity to get your fringe on. There are shows for all tastes, including comedy, improvisation, drama, and musicals. “Whether you are looking to laugh, cry, or sit on the edge of your seat,” organizers said, “On the Edge Fringe guarantees there is something for everyone to enjoy.”
Some of the offerings include A Nuclear Fallout by the Fringe Summer Students, Theatre is Dead by Paradox Repertory Company, and a new comedy show called “Banjoker” by Tony Molesworth. There are many more shows, and many of the artists performing are coming from out of town, so be sure to visit the festival’s website to see the entire lineup and schedule.
To add to the festival, organizers have transformed the Capitol Centre’s Martini Lounge into “an eclectic ‘Fringe-tini Lounge,’ where patrons can discuss their favourite performances while enjoying a hot or cold beverage before catching the next act.”
Organizers also promise “a whole bushel” of other Fringe events throughout the fest, including Fringe-Trivia Night, a Friday Night Warehouse Party, “multiple Duality Arts events,” the annual On the Edge Fringe Awards ceremony, and a closing night party as well.
Tickets range from $10 to $15 for each show, and for $120 you can purchase a pass for all shows. Tickets can be purchased at the Capitol Centre box office or at the door of each performance. All funds go to the performing artists.
For the full schedule, visit the festival’s website at www.fringenorth.com or follow On the Edge Fringe on social media.
David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of BayToday, a publication of Village Media. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.