Montreal Fringe Fest in MTL is now in its 23rd year and when I was offered a pass to the entire 20-day Fest obviously I graciously accepted and went earlier tonight to Cafe Campus to pick up my pass. From Off-Broadway, to Burlesque, to Music, to Comedy, to Improv, Fringe Fest hosts shows throughout these 20 days allowing artists of all kinds to present themselves with absolutely no restriction on the content they wish to present. To the point that all artists participating are chosen by lottery – no favoritism.
After I picked up my pass, I went upstairs to the Cafe Campus where I witnessed the FRINGE-for-All, where the artists each have 2 minutes to convince you that their show is the one to see. In front of a packed audience, 80 different artists each presented, for 2 short minutes, their material to give you an idea of what’s in store. I unfortunately could not stay for the entire thing, but I sampled a good 40+ acts.
Here are the ones I think are really worth seeing. I hope you find something you like, and for the rest Them Blue Midnights will be covering and reviewing as much material as possible. (Including, mostly, the portion of Fringe that collaborates with Pop Montreal to bring local bands into the spotlight. I can’t wait.)
Listen, I’m doing this quickly because of my personal time restrictions, and I wish I could expand more on these, but given I’ve just sampled 40 different artists, I figured I’d present to you what looked cool, and present you with a brief description followed by Fringe’s official link so you can get more info yourself if you’re interested. Them Blue Midnights welcomes you to the interactive portion of the post.
The Voice Of Wisdom (Theatre, Drama) : http://www.montrealfringe.ca/en/show/voice-wisdom
Smut Slam (Where Storytelling And Erotica Collide. Real people talking about their real one night stands in real detail)http://www.montrealfringe.ca/en/show/smut-slam-where-storytelling-and-erotica-collide
Racial Roulette (Theatre, Comedy) http://www.montrealfringe.ca/en/show/racial-roulette
Le Mur Du Son (Danse, Theatre – Looks very experimental and very original, this one looks fantastic) http://www.montrealfringe.ca/en/show/racial-roulette
The Little Beau Peep Show (Burlesque. I was sold, this looks not only sexy as a good Burlesque show should, but kept me grinning) http://www.montrealfringe.ca/en/show/little-beau-peep-show
Have Fun! (Theatre, drama about the mass murders in America, such as Columbine. Heavy subject that looks expertly acted and written, and very original) http://www.montrealfringe.ca/en/show/little-beau-peep-show
Terminal C (Theatre, What happens when strangers are forced together indefinitely – how long until the mask comes off? This was the one that really struck with me.) http://www.montrealfringe.ca/en/show/terminal-c
La Cravate Bleue (Theatre, Musical Comedy. How to try to live your life as an artist and balnce it with your regular life. In the 2 min presentation, the main character was singing while distributing condoms. What is not to love?) http://www.montrealfringe.ca/en/show/la-cravate-bleue
Grindhouse (Watch George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead” (1985), with Montreal Improv All-stars, Montreal’s own Bloodshot Bill (featured and previously interviewed by Them Blue Midnights as the signficant other of King Khan’s Tandoori Knights project), and zombie artists on-site! http://www.montrealfringe.ca/en/show/grindhouse-crew-presents-george-romeros-1985-day-dead
Holy Tranity – A Dirty Love Song To The Gay 80s (Need I say more) http://www.montrealfringe.ca/en/show/holy-tranity-dirty-love-song-gay-80s
Now That I Have Your Attention (Dan Bingham, comedian extraordinaire) http://www.montrealfringe.ca/en/show/now-i-have-your-attention
ALL MUSIC RELATED SHOWS, AND YES THIS IS VAGUE, BUT BANDS WERE NO PART OF THE SAMPLING SO IT’S NOT MY FAULT, OK, I’M NOT FORCING YOU TO CLICK OR ANYTHING. I LOVE YOU. : http://www.montrealfringe.ca/en/spectacles-par-genre?genre%5B%5D=6
Cherry On Top! (a capella music, I fell in love with 3 women tonight apparently) http://www.montrealfringe.ca/en/show/cherry-top
So here you have my own picks! I’ll be there, and present at many others. I’m aware this means Them Blue Midnights is stepping out of its music-related comfort zones, but hey, this is a website about shows in Montreal right? SEE YA AT THE SHOWS.