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Ottawa: The Ottawa Fringe Festival opens on June 15

Monday, June 12, 2023

Ottawa Fringe tickets are now on sale – shows running June 15-25

This year 45 shows will sprinkle their work across 6 venues in Downtown Ottawa. Autobiography, physical theatre, comedy, and circus - whether you have a favourite or not, try a different flavour and let your tastebuds discover something new! From Ottawa, to Portland, to Berlin, to Wellington, these incredible artists are bringing ten days of fresh performances for you to enjoy.

Plus, join us for our FREE programming throughout the festival. Check out the Fringe Patio, located at 67 Nicholas in the SAW Courtyard! Featuring karaoke, a silent disco, and a games night, our FREE programming is sure to satisfy your cravings. Grab a drink between shows, or stick around at the end of the night to catch up with artists, staff, and community members.

As always, tickets for each show are $12 plus applicable service fees when purchased online or by card at the Box Office.

5 and 10 Show Passes are also available so there are more ways to save and catch all the shows. Passes can be purchased at the Box Office or over the phone between 1-5pm June 5th-14th. You can also buy passes at the Arts Court Box Office on any day of the festival June 15-25. Passes are not available online for purchase. More information can be found at

Finally, don’t forget to buy your $3 pin which is required for admission to the festival! Big Fringe Fan? Pick up one of our Legacy Pins for $12 to get access to all future festivals!

Fringe Preview Night:

Arts Court Theatre & Studio | 7PM | Wed June 14th

Need help deciding which shows you’re checking out at this year’s Fringe? Join us at Preview Night where performers have two minutes to pitch their show. This event always fills up so get there early! Doors and bar open at 7:00pm. Preview starts at 7:30pm.

Smut Slam:

Club Saw | 10:30PM | Sat June 17th

This exciting storytelling open mic—based on real life, real lust, real sex—is coming back to Ottawa Fringe with the theme of “WILD.” Sex without a map. Full-on feral encounters. Go on. Go there. We want your wildest! At Smut Slam, audience members sign up to tell 5-minute, first-person sex stories. For this edition, Fringe artists are the guest judges, awarding sexy prizes to the top 3 tellers at the end of the night. Creator and host Cameryn Moore has a special bucket for your anonymous questions and confessions, and a door prize from njoy toys that’ll knock your socks off. Remember: Smut Slam is queer-friendly, kink-friendly, fat-friendly, poly-friendly, trans-friendly, sex-worker friendly… we’re just REALLY friendly! This is an 18+ ticketed event.

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