2021 Fringe Lottery

Victoria Fringe Lottery Update

We are currently planning for the 2021 Victoria Fringe, which will be focused on local BC artists, and wanted to provide an update on artist applications. Normally the Victoria Fringe local early bird lottery would take place in early December and the main lottery in January. But of course, this is not a normal year. When we cancelled the 2020 Fringe, many companies in the festival chose to defer participation to next year. As a result, we won’t be holding a Victoria Fringe lottery for 2021. Likewise, the 2020 Fringe Indigenous Artist Program lottery spot has been deferred to 2021, so this program will also not be accepting applications for 2021. At this stage, we are also not accepting Fringe Site Specific Applications for 2021. As conditions are constantly evolving and subject to change, we will share any updates via the Intrepid Theatre artist e-news and will post them on this page. You can sign up here for the artist e-news and read below for details on past festivals.

Feel free to contact Fringe Producer Sammie Gough (sammie@intrepidtheatre.com or 250 383 2663)

About Victoria Fringe

Victoria is home to one of the oldest Fringes in Canada. In past years, we have accepted about 45-50 indoor shows in this 7-8 venue, 2-3 site-specific show festival, all within an 11 day event in downtown Victoria (located on the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island, 2.5 hours from Vancouver, or 2.5 hours from Seattle, by ferry.) The 2019 Fringe attracted about 23,000 audience members and $136,000 was paid out to participating artists.

Read more below for FAQ on past years for Victoria Fringe and artist experience.

What is the Fringe? The Fringe is un-juried and uncensored international theatre festival. Participating companies/artists bring their fully-produced shows to the festival, and receive 100% of their box office revenue. Ticket prices are affordable so the festival is accessible to the widest possible audience.

What to Expect

We Provide

    •  A friendly, professionally run, well-attended festival event in beautiful downtown Victoria
      •    6 scheduled performances (or 5 if you are arriving late from overlapping festivals)
      •    A fully outfitted venue (average 100 seats)
      •    One professional technician and one Front of House Manager.
      •    Box office volunteers, at-door and advance ticket service (there is a fee for advance tickets)
      •    Up to 3 hours technical rehearsal
      •    A 60 word listing/graphic in the Fringe Program Guide and website
      •    Blanket Festival Promotion
      •    Local media contact list and online artist resources available to you all year
      •    100% Box office receipts (top price $11)
      •    Local billeting services for a nominal fee ($25 per person) for company members

You Provide

        • A fully produced show, ready to be seen by an audience.
          •    An email address and contact person we can reach on a regular basis.
          •    Tech and promotional material ON TIME when we request it.
          •    A set ticket price of $9 and/or $11 ($11 is the ceiling).
          •    All your food, travel, work permits (if required), production, royalty, union fees, and artist fee expenses.
          •    Your own show-specific promotional materials (posters, flyers) which YOU distribute.
          •   Specialty technical equipment that extends beyond the basic Fringe venue set up. (ie. projectors, monitors, lapel mics, pianos, keyboards, fog machines…)

You are responsible for all aspects of production – casting, rehearsals, design, direction, promotion, budgeting. We provide blanket promotion, space, tech, and support for you to share your work, and opportunities to connect with audiences and other festival artists socially.

NOTE, conditions for Site-Specific Applications vary slightly, please see the application below for full details. 

Site Specific Applications

Victoria Fringe considers a limited number of applications for non-traditional, Site Specific Venues which, subject to eligibility, are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Site Specific Venues do not enter the main lottery and eligibility is based on the following criteria:

    • • site specificity
    • • audience safety
    • • accessibility
    • • permission to use the site
    • • proof of insurance
    • • feasibility of self producing requirements

To propose a Site Specific Venue, you will need to fill out an application form and pay a $30 application fee. You will then meet with us to discuss your proposal. If accepted, you pay a $315 participation fee.

The Fringe Indigenous Artist Program

The Fringe Indigenous Artist Program is a program that provides a bursary, access and mentorship for local artists who self-identify as Indigenous, and wish to produce work as part of the Victoria Fringe. This program does not have an application fee, and successful applicants will be provided with a bursary for the full $620 participation fee. 

>> View Full program details and application link 

How to Apply

It’s easy to apply to the Victoria Fringe lottery. You will require a credit card or paypal account at the time of application, to pay the $30 non-refundable lottery fee. You can apply any time between the release of the applications and the deadline of January 13, 2020 at 5 pm PST. You should receive an automatic confirmation of the receipt of your application. If not, check your spam or “promotions” (gmail) inbox.

VICTORIA (CRD) COMPANIES ONLY: Earlybird Lottery Draw is held on Dec 9, 2019 and the deadline for Earlybird applications is Dec 6, 2019.

Application Fee

If you want to apply to the Fringe, the total application fee should you be drawn in the lottery is $650.00 CAD, GST included. $30 of this fee is a non-refundable processing fee that all companies pay to apply to the lottery. The remaining $620 participant’s fee is only payable once you are drawn in the lottery, or if you are on the waiting list and accept a spot later if one opens up. You do not need to pay the full Fringe Fee upfront to apply to the lottery or to remain on the waiting list.

How Shows are Selected

Fringe Applications are selected in five ways

            1. CAFF LOTTERY  – We accept up to 10 companies through the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals Touring Lottery – for artists who want to do a tour of 5 or more CAFF festivals. (click here to learn more).
            2. EARLYBIRD LOCAL LOTTERY – 10 spots are reserved for Victoria-resident shows only (within the Capital Regional District), usually drawn at an early-bird lottery party.  If you don’t get an earlybird slot, your application will go into the main lottery in January.
            3. MAIN LOTTERY – Spots are drawn randomly from a hat, and accepted into regional quotas: Local (BC) 50%, Other North America (35%), Overseas (15%). When the quotas are full, we continue to draw applications for regional waiting lists. Our waiting list reflects the quotas (ie. If an overseas company drops out, it will be replaced with another overseas company.)
            4. FRINGE INDIGENOUS ARTIST PROGRAM APPLICATIONS See instructions in above section. 
            5. SITE SPECIFIC APPLICATIONS – Limited number of applications accepted. See instructions in above section. 

Past Deadlines & Dates for 2019/20

            • APPLICATION RELEASE DATE: Oct 22, 2019
            • EARLYBIRD (Local only) APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday Dec 6, 2019 at 5 pm
            • EARLYBIRD LOTTERY DRAW & PARTY (Victoria-based companies only): Monday Dec 9, 2019, 7 pm at  Intrepid Theatre
            • REGULAR APPLICATION DEADLINE (all applicants): Sunday January 13, 2020 at 5 pm Pacific Time
            • Fringe IAP DEADLINE: January 13, 2020
            • LOTTERY: Tuesday, January 15, 2020, Noon at Intrepid Theatre
            • FRINGE FEE DEADLINE FOR LOTTERY WINNERS: January 24, 2020
            • DROPOUT DEADLINE (for full refund): May 15, 2020
            • 2020 FESTIVAL DATES: August 26 – September 6, 2020

Safe(r) Spaces, Regulations & Responsibilities

Intrepid Theatre and the Victoria Fringe Festival are committed to creating a healthy, respectful, inclusive, safe environment for all individuals involved in our festivals in any capacity. We build and promote a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all individuals are equal in dignity and rights, and have the responsibility to treat others as such. For full details on our Discrimination and Harassment Policy and Procedure, click here. 

All participating companies agree to adhere to the laws of British Columbia, Canada and the policies, procedures and safety restrictions of the Victoria Fringe Festival. The Victoria Fringe reserves the right to cancel any or all performances of any performing company not adhering to these regulations. The Victoria Fringe organizers can, at their discretion, cancel confirmed applications should circumstances arise which in their opinion would interfere with the mounting of the production or the festival as a whole.


How many applications do you get? In 2019 we got 199 applications for 35 spots.

What are my chances of getting in off the waiting list? It’s impossible to say. Some years there is a lot of movement on the list, and some years very few companies drop out. The longer you can hang in there, the more your chances improve.

Will you deposit my application fee if I’m not drawn in the lottery?  Everyone who enters the lottery pays a non-refundable $30 fee. We don’t ask you to pay the full Fringe participant’s fee of $620 unless  you are drawn in the lottery on January 15 – then you’ll have until January 22 to submit your Fringe Fee to stay in the festival.

If I get a spot in the festival and decide to drop out, do I get my money back? If you notify us in writing by mid May, you get 100% of the Fringe Fee back if you decide to drop out. Thereafter, your entire application fee is non-refundable. You cannot sell or transfer your spot at any time.

I don’t live in Canada – is there anything I need to know? You don’t require a work permit to do a Fringe Festival here, but non-residents of Canada are subject to a 15% Federal tax on earnings in Canada. You can apply for a waiver that may exempt you from all or part of this tax. We’ll send you more information if you are accepted into the festival. All travel documents are your responsibility.

What’s the deal with BYOVs in Victoria? 
Unlike some other Fringes, Victoria doesn’t have “Bring your Own Venues”.  We will consider applications for non-traditional, Site Specific Venues, where the site is integral to the performance (the site is “the set” and the piece could not be performed in a traditional theatre venue.)  You don’t need to enter the lottery for a Site Specific Venue, but you do need fill out an application form and pitch your proposal to us.  

When do Victoria Companies start lining up for the Earlybird slots? They don’t! We have discontinued the first-come, first-served lineup in favour of a local earlybird lottery and party. See above for deadlines and details.

How much money will I make at the Victoria Fringe? As an independent producer in a competitive marketplace, you are responsible for producing and promoting your show to the best of your ability. If you have a great show and are great at promoting it, you’ll do well. There is no meaningful “average” box office revenue because it varies widely, but a recent range was $8,200/$460. Do the best show you can, tell people about it, and you can reasonably expect something between those two numbers!

I’ve been drawn in the Edmonton Fringe and Victoria Fringe lottery, how does that work with the years when there is an overlap? You’ll be given 5 show slots instead of 6 and MUST arrive in Victoria by Monday August 26 for your tech. This means you cannot drive from Edmonton and get here in time, so book a flight. Make sure you tell us in your first artist form if you are doing both festivals. Note, there is not a $50 rebate if you do both festivals and miss one performance.

Questions? We are here to help. email or call us at 250-383-2663.


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