The Fringe Turns 30!
Even at the ‘all-growed-up’ age of 30, Montreal’s St-Ambroise Fringe Festival is still as youthfully spontaneous, energetic, and joyful as when it first began and we’re so pumped for its upcoming 30th anniversary. How lucky are we to have such a cool arts organization committed to Importing international artists, showcasing our own city’s unique theatre, dance, clown, comedy, music and puppet communities, and giving emerging and established artists an annual occasion to experiment and play.
We are proud of our long association with this crazy, unpredictable kick-off event to Montreal’s renowned summer festival frenzy. Twenty five years ago, when we debuted the Wildside Festival, initially dubbed Walk on the Wild Side, we frequently included Fringe show remounts, introducing the artists to wider audiences.
In 2005 we made that practice official when we established a Centaur Theatre Frankie Award which gave one outstanding Fringe production a starring slot in the Wildside Festival. Over the years the award has had several incarnations—Off the Main Award, Best of the Fest Award, and most recently Best English Production —but no matter the moniker, the award has always stood for uninhibited, innovative, unique storytelling.
While still in the wake of a global pandemic, the Fringe Festival’s 30th anniversary year will likely be one of the most unique since its inception. We applaud the Fringe’s unwavering commitment to originality, its flexibility and resilience, and all that it’s done to promote the performing arts and provide a platform for artists of all backgrounds and levels of experience to take risks. Don’t miss this milestone edition, taking place from June 1 to 20 – in person and online!
Let’s take a walk down memory lane with some of Centaur’s ‘best of the fest’ shows that walked on the Wildside …
Wildside 13 – 2010
my pregnant brother Centaur’s OFF THE MAIN Award
By Johanna Nutter
Wildside 14 – 2011
Miss Sugerpuss Must Die BEST OF THE FRINGE
By Holly Gauthier-Frankel and Paul Van Dyck
Wildside 15 – 2012
Blink Blink Blink BEST OF THE FRINGE
By Kirsten Rasmussen
Wildside 16 – 2013
A Day in the Life of Miss Hiccup BEST OF THE FRINGE
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Wildside 17 – 2014
Little Orange Man BEST OF THE FRINGE
Kathleen Greenfield and Ingrid Hansen
Wildside 18 -2015
Aiden Flynn Lost His Brother So He Makes Another BEST OF THE FRINGE
Nathane Howe & Morgan Murray
Wildside 19 – 2016
Miss Katelyn’s Grade Threes Prepare For The Inevitable BEST OF THE FRINGE
By Elena Belyea
Wildside 20 – 2017
Self Exile BEST ENGLISH PRODUCTION
Written by, and featuring Nisha Coleman
Wildside 21 – 2018
The Morning After The Life Before BEST ENGLISH PRODUCTION
Written By Ann Blake and Featuring: Ann Blake and Lucia Smyth
Wildside 22 – 2019
Crime After Crime (After Crime) BEST ENGLISH PRODUCTION Nominee
Presented by Sex T-Rex
Featuring Conor Bradbury, Julian Frid, Kaitlin Morrow, Seann Murray
Wildside 23 – 2020
Multiple Organism BEST ENGLISH PRODUCTION
Presented by Vancouver’s Mind of a Snail Puppet Company
Created & Performed by Jessica Gabriel & Chloe Ziner