DEATH MARRIED MY DAUGHTER, THREADS, POLLY POLLY and More Win Patron's Pick at 2013 Toronto Fringe Awards


The 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival celebrated its annual Awards Ceremony on July 10. Starting at 9pm in the Fringe Club (in the parking lot behind Honest Ed's), educative director Kelly Straughan announced several awards, including the much anticipated Patrons' Pick.

Patron's Pick

The Patron's Pick is calculated based on each company's first four performances and is based on a combination of ticket sales, media reception and overall buzz. There is one winner selected from each of our twelve main venues, and they all receive an additional performance slot on the final day of the festival.

All Patrons' Pick performances take place on the final day of the Toronto Fringe Festival, July 14th, 2013:

Death Married My Daughter

Tarragon Mainspace at 9:15pm

The Retirement Plan

St. Vladimir's Theatre at 6:45pm

Alex's Nussbaum's Handbook to the Future: A Brave New Worrier

Tarragon Extraspace at 9:15PM

Stealing Sam

Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse at 9:15pm


Tarragon Theatre Solo Room at 7:30pm


Robert Gill Theatre at 6:45pm

2 for Tea

Randolph Theatre 9:15pm

The Oak Room

Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace at 6:45pm

I Hired a Contract Killer

Annex Theatre at 9:45pm

Polly Polly

Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace at 7:30pm

jem rolls Attacks the Silence

George Ignatieff Theatre at 9:15pm

The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!

Factory Theatre Mainspace at 9:15pm

The 25 Hour Playwriting Contest

The winner of the 25 Hour Playwriting Contest is If It's Not Too Much Trouble, by Trevor Poelman. Poelman has been awarded the grand prize of $500, as well as a staged reading of If It's Not Too Much Trouble, which will be directed by Jennifer Brewin, Artistic Director of Theatre Columbus. The free public reading will take place at the Tarragon Theatre's Solo Room at on July 14th at 9:15PM.

This year, fifty-five playwrights completed plays for the 25 Hour Playwriting Contest, working with four mandatory themes: silver, 25 candles, a kerfuffle and a moment of song.

Omniscient Ward by Tia McGregor was awarded the second place and $300, and Infinite Spirit by Britta Johnson was award third place and $150.

The 25 Second Video Contest

We challenged you to capture or celebrate the Toronto Fringe in 25 seconds! The winning video is Live Life to the Fringest! by Laura Salvas, who will receive a $250 prize. Watch the winning video below!

Second place goes to Glenys Robinson of Tiny House Productions, third place goes to Bekky O'Neil, and an honourable mention goes to Rosanna Saracino of Art and Lies Productions. The contest was judged by Gideon Arthurs, General Manager of Tarragon Theatre and former Executive Director of the Toronto Fringe.

To watch all the entries, visit

The Tosho Cutting-Edge Award supported by Tosho Knife Arts

The winner of the 2013 audience choice award, the Tosho Cutting-Edge Art Award, is SQUAT: A Super Secret Back-Alley Musical from Watch the Elbow. The artists will receive a premium knife donated by Tosho Knife Arts, as well as an unlimited pass to the 2013 Summerworks Theatre Festival.

One lucky audience member who cast a vote for this award will win a draw for a knife from Tosho Knife Arts, as well as a VIP Pass to the 2014 Next Stage Theatre Festival.

Best of Fringe, presented by the Toronto Centre for the Arts

The 4th annual Best of Fringe lineup will include: Adopt This!; Death Married My Daughter; It's Always You: The Musical; Polly Polly; Stealing Sam; Stop Kiss; Tales Of Whoa!; and The Truth About Comets.

Best of Fringe runs from July 17-31, 2013 at the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts. The full schedule will be posted on and tickets go on sale on July 11th at 11am. Tickets can be purchased online, or in person at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario.

The Toronto Fringe Festival runs to July 14, 2013. Show venues: Various Locations. The Fringe Club is located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed's (southwest corner of Bloor and Bathurst). The Fringe Club is the festival headquarters, with a box office, beer tent, great food, and free programming. Performance schedule: Daily between 11:00am and midnight. Ticket Prices: Adults: $11 in advance, $10 at the door. FringeKids! tickets are $5 for children 12 years and under. Purchase tickets: By phone at 416.966.1062; Online at; In person at the venue starting one hour before show-time; At the main box office in the Fringe Club, from noon-10pm. All shows start on time. Latecomers will not be admitted.

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