Montreal Fringe Festival

(St. Ambroise, 1991)


There is nothing I’ve felt in the arts that has inspired the same buzz in me and my surroundings as the Montreal Fringe has. My first experience producing, directing, and performing independently in Montreal was due to the Montreal Fringe, and I was only a teenager at the time. The festival has been the catalyst for the careers of many Montreal artists. I’ve made countless friendships and bonds, as well as drinking buddies and pretend-rivals. My eyes have been enraptured by spectacular performances, my mind has been prodded by pieces that ask greater questions, my belly full of laughter at original comedies, and my heart filled with camaraderie and love for the stage and its inhabitants. Due to its location, participants, and audience members, the Fringe feels quintessentially Montreal, and as a native anglophone Montrealer, every other fringe festival I’ve been to has just felt […] wrong. This year's lack of a physical festival muted some of the Montreal magic that is inherently tied to this festival, and has left a gaping, Montreal-shaped hole in my heart.

Fan favourite
Rahul Gandhi

Now a feature length documentary

What We Choose To Remember

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What We Choose to Remember features a cast of more than 30 characters, whose families arrived in successive waves of immigration. The oldest families arrived during the period of ‘two solitudes’ when Montreal’s population was more than 50% English. They share firsthand accounts decades of political upheaval. The most recent immigrants arrived believing linguistic conflicts were ancient history. 

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Our story takes place on the Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Tiotià:ke (known as Montréal) has existed as a meeting place of many First Nation peoples, including but not limited to the Abenaki , Anishinaabeg (Algonquin), and the Huron-Wendat. We extend our deepest respect to the elders of these nations and to all Indigenous peoples who carry the history of this island’s land and waters. We also call upon all levels of government to adopt and implement the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation commission.

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