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Fringe Festival: June 1-20, 2010

Posted by Paloma / June 1, 2010

Shavirez, gypsy of the sea

June in Montreal is synonymous with many things, among them, the St. Ambroise Fringe Festival. Now in its twentieth incarnation, the Fringe is packing in an extra week of music, theatre and bizarre combinations of the two as part of its Fringe After Dark series. The fest runs from today to June 20, launching with the Strip Spelling Bee tonight at Mainline Theatre.

Figuring out your Fringe calendar is serious business. You can stick to Fringe veterans like Uncalled For Improv and spoken word regular Jem Rolls, or give yourself over to newcomers on the alternative arts circuit like comedienne Robby Hoffman. If you find yourself overwhelmed by choice, hit up the Parc des Ameriques site at St. Laurent and Rachel for the beer tent and the box office. There you can read up on Fringe reviews and with luck, run into a performer or two. If you stick around until evening, you can catch live music there too. Once again, the Fringe has teamed up with Pop Montreal to bring you Fringe Pop, a showcase of free outdoor concerts by the likes of Mixylodian, the Hoof and the Heel, Silly Kissers and Beaver.

If you'd rather stick to indoor fare, you can catch a burlesque whodunit with one of Montreal's certifiably hottest women (Miss Sugarpuss Must Die!), knife-wielding gypsies (Shavirez, Gypsy of the Sea), a history lesson on Irish Montreal (Griffintown) or ruminations on the impending apocalypse (Meteor). Whatever you're in the mood for, there's plenty of Fringe fare to choose from.

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