The Fringe that Never Was
5:45pm – 9pm MDT nightly until August 22

The Fringe that Never Was is a digital celebration of art, community, and togetherness (even when we’re apart). Join us 11-days of digital Fringe shows, interviews, parties and more featuring some of your fave Fringe artists! It’ll look and feel a whole lot different without the Festival, but gosh darnit, ain’t nothing gonna keep a good Fringe down.

Read below for show descriptions and download the schedule here. All events take place in MDT (Mountain Daylight Time – Edmonton, AB Time Zone)

All Fringe that Never Was events are FREE, but if you’re inspired and able to give, we encourage you to please consider donating to our Tears, Beers, and Tickets You’ll Never Use fundraiser!

Fringe Spot

in partnership with CKUA
Monday through Friday from August 10 to 21
at 5:45pm MDT nightly on CKUA (94.9FM)

Thanks to generous support from our fine broadcast friends at CKUA, we bring you Fringe Spot: a nightly 10-minute radio spotlight featuring artists, their work, and their hilarious, entertaining, and heartwarming Fringe stories.

Opening Ceremonies

Thursday, August 13 at 6:00pm MDT on FringeTV

Festivals across the Fringe circuit have had to cancel due to the pandemic. Join us as we gather with Fringes near and far to honour the Festivals that Never Were, and share in a little collective Fringe joy.

Virtual Wine Tent

August 13 – 15 & August 18 – 22 at 8:30pm MDT on FringeTV 

We’re bringing the sultry vibes of our Wine Tent Music Series right to wherever you are! Pull out the lawn chairs, uncork a bottle of your favourite vino, kick back, and tune into FringeTV. We’re featuring a different local musician every night of the Fringe that Never Was. 

Featuring Secret Creek, Amplify1, Wares, RedCloud, Caley Thomas, Lyra Brown, Arlo Maverick & Audrey Ochoa.

Fringe Livestream

August 13 at 7:00pm MDT featuring Todd Houseman & Lady Vanessa on FringeTV
August 20 at 7:00pm MDT featuring Mind of a Snail on FringeTV 

Born from the ashes of cancelled Fringe Festivals across North America, Fringe Livestream is a lottery-drawn showcase of live uncensored, unjuried performance performed by a multitude of talented artists.  

Meet the Artist

Aug 14, 15, 19, 20 at 6:00pm MDT on FringeTV 

If you’re a seasoned fringe, you know the best part of the Festival experience is getting to know the artists and following their careerJoin us as we chat with artists (some familiar, some new!) about their creative practice, how COVID has impacted their career and communities, and what they have coming up next!

Featuring Billy Kidd, Tod Houseman, Farren Timoteo & Michelle Todd

Irreconcilable Spaces of Cultural Identity: An IBPoC Fringe Artist Conversation

Irreconcilable Spaces of Cultural Identity: An IBPoC Fringe Artist Conversation
Tuesday, August 18 at 6:00pm MDT on FringeTV 

A gathering of Indigenous and PoC artists and storytellers from across Turtle Island, including Josh Languedoc, Todd Houseman, Lady Vanessa Cardona, Jake Cardinal, Monica Ogden, and more. 

Fringe Revue Episode 3

Saturday, August 15 at 7:00pm MDT on FringeTV 

From the creative team behind our decade long sell-out smash hit, The Late Night Cabaret, comes Fringe Revue: a brand-new digital variety show. Part late night talk show, part live concert, part social commentary, part fun and games, Fringe Revue blends music, theatre, comedy, storytelling, and spoken word, all on a brave new digital platform. Episode 3 features familiar Fringe faves from around the world – tune in from the comfort of wherever you are! 

Friday Night Fire Show

Friday, August 21 at 7:00pm MDT on FringeTV 

Hold onto your jaws ‘cause they’re about to drop! We deliver the mind-blowing, heart-stopping wow-factor of our Friday Night Fire Show right to your screen. Featuring local, national, and international street performers whose talent is…(you guessed it!)…fire! 

Late Night Cabaret

Saturday, August 22 at 7:00pm MDT on FringeTV 

What’s Fringe without the Late Night Cabaret? We hold onto that last call magic with a digital version of everyone’s favourite midnight tradition. Featuring all your favourite hosts, guests, and shenanigans.  

Collapsing Future Cabaret

August 21 & 22 at 6:00pm MDT on FringeTV 

A wildly diverse, intercontinental cabaret mashup. Dumb-sketch, finger puppetry, monologue, smart sketch, song, poetry, shadow puppetry and, errr, cooking. A large group of artists, dispersed and locked-down on four continents, combine talents to recreate the fun of Fringe cabarets online. This is old skool Fringe: for the love, for the wild, for the new. 

No Show

August 14 at 7:00pm MDT
August 18 at 7:30pm MDT
August 19
 at 7:00pm MDT
on FringeTV 

What’s a Fringe Festival without THEATRE? Edmonton Fringe fan favourites adapt their shows for an online audience. 


The Unrepentant Necrophile
by The 
August 14 & 19 at 7pm MDT
Created and performed by Katie Hartman, Nick Ryan & Nathan Gebhard 
In collaboration with Mark Benzel
A mortician falls in love with a man as she prepares his corpse for burial. She has three days until the funeral…but three days just isn’t enough. A punk rock musical inspired by true events. 

Rocko and Nakota: Tales from the Land  
by Josh Languedoc 
August 18 at 7:30pm MDT
Meet Nakota. A young boy who is sick in the hospital and trying to write the greatest story ever. One day, Grandpa Rocko comes over for a visit. Next thing Nakota knows, he is whisked away into a world of stories that are right below his feet. Within the land. This show explores the interplay between stories of the present against the long-forgotten stories of the past.