Montreal Fringe Festival Preview
The corner of Rachel and St Laurent will be the place to be over the next 10 days as the 22nd St Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival comes into full swing. Sure, the Fringe is about theatre, but it's really about discovery; about seeing local French and English performers, as well as international acts, performing in a variety of artistic disciplines. With over 90 different shows happening, it's a great opportunity to discover something new and original. Here's a few tips for navigating the fest:
Fringe Park: the corner of St Laurent and Rachel is the beating heart of the festival. Sit back, have a drink (usually with some of the Fringe performers) and check out free shows. Events kick off on June 14th with a launch performance featuring Irreverend James and the Critical Mass Choir at 9:30pm.
The park will also host the 12th annual Drag Race (on Saturday June 16th), which features professional Drag Queens competing against Fringe all-stars in a crazy obstacle course (hosted by Mado Lamotte) and there will be events throughout the week, including an Indyish Monthly Mess, Pop Montreal's Fringe Pop and Piknic Electronik's Piknic@Fringe.
The Out of Towner Fringe: Check out acts from outside Montreal give a 1 minute preview of their upcoming shows over at the Cabaret Mile End (5240 Parc Ave) on Thursday June 14th at 11:30pm. Check out the likes of Japan's My Exploding Family and Australia's A Complete History of Zack Adams.
Gotta Dance: For those with a little more rhythm than the undead, there's plenty of dance shows to make you move. Check out experimental Eeny, Meeny, Miny, bellydancing Ethereal Tribal, breakdancing theatre Bodyslam and more.
13th hour late night adventure: The Fringe is known for late night parties. Before calling it quits for the night, check out the 13th Hour at the Cabaret Mile End, a late night talk show hosted by new hosts Kiki Razzle, Cat Lemiaow and Philip Fairbanks. They interview actors and recap the Fringe's highlights. before starting off dance parties that can go all night long.