For information on performance opportunities at the Fringe please read the details below.
The Outdoor Stage (aka the Cube) is located in Old Market Square Park, in Winnipeg's historic Exchange District and is the centre of the Fringe Festival site which also includes our info tent, food court, beer tent, merchant vendors and our Kids Fringe area. The seating area of the park is grass with additional seating surrounding the park and can accommodate up to 1,000 people. Programming is scheduled on the Outdoor Stage daily from noon - midnight.
The stage has general lighting, a sound system and backline for the musical acts. Bands and musical acts perform on the stage which is raised and covered. The festival adds a stage extension onto the mainstage allowing street performers to get closer to the audience. Street performers can also perform on the grass in the middle of the park if they wish to perform in an "in the round" environment. Street performers receive 45-50 minute performance slots on the Outdoor Stage and will be scheduled in a variety of time slots throughout the day during the festival. Bands and musical acts receive a 45-60 minute slot as well as an adequate amount of set-up and strike time.
The Winnipeg Fringe is seeking all types of entertainers to perform on our mainstage, as well as animate other areas of our outdoor site at Old Market Square.
Street Performers & Entertainers
The Fringe will try to select a variety of performance styles for the Outdoor Stage. Performers will be selected based on the demo and promotional materials submitted with their application, with consideration given to the overall balance of the outdoor programming and previous experience with the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. There may also be opportunities to perform beyond the Outdoor Stage.
Bands & Musical Acts
The Festival programs a variety of musical acts, from full bands to solo/duet acts to DJs to perform a wide range of musical styles on our mainstage. Musical acts will be programmed throughout the day and there will be a limited number of prime time evening slots available. The Fringe will select a variety of musical acts for the outdoor stage from the applicants and does not use a first-come/first-entered application system.
Please Note: All performances on the outdoor stage and street performer circles must be general audience / family friendly, and suitable for all audiences, at all times.
Kids Fringe Activities Area
The festival programs a free kids' activities area on the outdoor site from noon to 3pm on weekdays and noon to 6pm on weekends and features a variety of entertainers, workshops, crafts and activities. Artists interested in performing in KidsFringe can fill out the street performer application form.
The Winnipeg Fringe Festival will only accept applications online. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the festival office at (204) 943-7464 to make special arrangements.
Please note that this is an application process. Not all applicants will necessarily be accepted into the Fringe Festival.
All applicants must provide online demos and support materials in order for their application to be considered.
The Fringe Festival does not charge an application fee for outdoor performers but we do reserve the right to cancel any or all future performances by that performer should they fail to perform at a scheduled time.
The Fringe will contact all applicants informing them of their application status. All international companies are responsible for acquiring their own work permits and visas.
The Fringe will provide a letter of invitation to the companies accepted into the festival, but this does not guarantee entry into Canada.
All outdoor performers are encouraged to "pass the hat" to generate revenue. Performers retain 100% of the revenue collected. The outdoor stage is marketed as "Outdoor Stage - Admission: Pass the Hat", and the Fringe continually informs and educates our audiences that this is the sole source of income for outdoor performers.
All companies/performers are responsible for remitting all fees and taxes to the appropriate agencies. Performers or companies who want to know more about taxes or are from outside of Canada are directed to contact the Fringe for more information.
The Fringe Festival will try to find a billet for those street performers who will require accommodations. If you require a billet, please indicate this on your application form. If you request a billet, you will be required to complete a billeting information form.
The Fringe can't guarantee a billet placement and encourages performers to arrange their own accommodations. A list of affordable accommodations in Winnipeg will be available.