Saturday, 20 June 2015

Toronto Fringe 2015 preview

Here are our (LGBTQ) picks for this year's Toronto Fringe Festival, which runs from July 1 to 12...

Klondyke: Stand Up Straight From The Yukon

The double entendre title of this one is catchy! Known as the Yukon’s Maven of Mirth, comedian Jenny Hamilton has found the funny in life’s calamities. We imagine one would need to develop a sense of humour while growing up gay in the Yukon.

Starry Notions

Toronto cabaret artist Ryan G. Hinds was a recent Artist in Residence at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre. His solo show (with live musical accompaniment) promises to weave intimate storytelling with Grace Jones tangos, CanCon classics, Disney villains and Kander & Ebb. We hope he sings Maybe This Time!

Cootie Catcher

New York writer/performer Lucas Brooks returns to Toronto Fringe after having performed another solo show (VGL 5'4" Top) here two summers ago. In Cootie Catcher, Brooks looks back on his many close encounters of the "sexually transmissible kind". Are condoms provided?

Gavin Crawford: “Friend” “Like” #Me

Award-winning Canadian television star and openly gay comedian, Gavin Crawford (This Hour Has 22 Minutes) brings us all the characters we love - and love to hate - from our lives off and online. This one is sure to be an audience favourite.

You Are Not Alone

In this play, a catholic boarding school student must hide the fact that he is gay for fear of being abandoned by the people in his life. This show began its life at the Paprika Festival, a youth-led performing arts festival that celebrates young artists.

Pretending Things Are A Cock

We had to give this one an honorary mention in our LGBTQ preview. - Australian comedic artist Jon Bennett comes to the Toronto Fringe with his legendary show of over 400 pretend cocks. Sounds like it could be jaw-dropping.

XOXO: The Relationship Show

Two Juliets (Meghan Chalmers & Franny McCabe-Bennett) is a feminist comic theatre company with the goal of making accessible theatre that is fun and funny with a feminist agenda. This show was a hit at last year's Hamilton Fringe Festival and also won the People's Choice award at last year's SpringWorks Festival in Stratford.

To Be Alone With You

This play is an honest portrayal of writer Matthew Eger’s relationship with a lover who committed suicide. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to an LGBTQ youth suicide support organization.

A Tournament of Lies

Alex's friends and lovers, including her girlfriend Emma, gather at her vigil to make sense of her recent death or is it to make sense of their own lives? Halifax playwright Evan Brown delves into the intricacies of grief in this dark comedy.

The Dinner Table

In this site specific show, 12 guests and 2 storytellers per night share 1 home cooked meal and stories of home around a table. Expected among the storytellers is queer playwright Sky Gilbert.

Show times and ticket information for all Toronto Fringe shows available at

1 comment:


    Just wanted to add that Sex T-Rex's action/fantasy swashbuckler parody is, at heart, a romance adventure story between two men with truly excellent beards. While not a typical LGBTQ fringe theatre story, you might be interested in checking it out. Bonus points if you also enjoy classic video games, creative staging, swordfights, and bucketloads of silliness.