Twenty-one years in, it’s been a huge success: the Ottawa Fringe has grown from a scrappy volunteer-run outfit to one of the most successful arts organizations in the region, producing Ottawa’s largest annual theatre festival and the winter undercurrents: theatre below the mainstream fest; supporting new work by local artists through creation grants and the under development program; mentoring Ottawa’s emerging and new generation artists; and managing the Arts Court Theatre spaces 365 days a year.

A donation doesn’t just support the Fringe – it supports the hundreds of playwrights, directors, actors, designers, stage managers, technicians, students, and volunteers who participate in our programs each year; it supports our mission of keeping art accessible to all, regardless of age, experience, or income; and it supports your community, ensuring Ottawa remains a vibrant cultural centre and helping keep local artists local.

And as a registered charity (no. 897771721RR0001), not only will your donation earn you our unending gratitude and the knowledge you’re supporting something special, but you’ll get a tax receipt to boot!

Since 1997 we have put more than $2 million into the pockets of independent artists, an impressive amount, without a doubt. Your generous donation will help us push that number even higher.


One time or monthly donations can be made online any time of the year. Tax receipts for amounts $10 and higher are issued automatically.

Check out our current donors below.

And, this one’s super easy … when buying tickets online there’s an option to top-up your purchase with a gift. Donations $10 and higher receive a tax receipt in the mail.

become a member


Individuals, groups and businesses can become Ottawa Fringe members annually for $15-35. Members join a circle of producers and creators with year-round access to special resources and a Fringe pin.

Volunteer for the Fringe


Get in touch if you can lend a hand in any way.

Ottawa Fringe runs a venue 365 days of the year and produces a winter festival, too.



On closing night, five of the Festival’s top-selling shows will give encore  performances. These are Fringe fundraisers with proceeds split 50-50 between the artists and the Festival.

united waY campaign

Government of Canada employees (maybe that’s you?) can designate Ottawa Fringe as their chosen charity. On the gift form is a field labeled ‘other Canadian registered charities’, where you put our name and charitable registration #897771721RR0001.


Every donor is issued:

First Kiss

Recognition online and a tax receipt for the amount.

Fringe Fling

As with First Kiss, plus recognition in print program.


As with Fringe Fling, plus:
-Your print program and Fringe Pin in the mail
-Cinq à Sept Ottawa Fringe opening night reception with staff members and artists at our new festival bar

Going Steady

A tax receipt for the full amount, or:
As with Sweethearts, plus:
-Two Fringe Encore tickets
-Reserved seating at preview night
-Tax receipt for the full amount less $30*

Bosom Buddies

A tax receipt for the full amount, or:
As Going Steady, plus:
-Two opening night undercurrents festival tickets
-Exclusive access to under development content
-Tax receipt for full amount less $100*

A tax receipt for the full amount, or:
As with Bosom Buddies, plus:
-One undercurrents festival pass
-A Dominion City Brewing Company tour with Ottawa Fringe staff
-Tax receipt for the full amount less $175*

Our One True Love
The highest honour bestowed on our top donor each year. It could be you.

* As per Canada Revenue Agency rules, tax receipts generally cannot include the value of memberships, tickets, passes, or merch.


The Ottawa Fringe Festival is a charitable non-profit with a mandate to provide a stage for the performing arts that is as accessible to artists as it is for audiences. We rely on grants, members and donors to support this endeavour. A festival with no curator and where 100% of ticket sales go directly to the artists.

We are deeply grateful to the following individuals for their contributions.
 (last updated July 7, 2017)


Chun Chang & Ciena
Dr. David Danic
Elizabeth Margeson
Neil Walsh
Wilma Di Gaetano
Josh McJannett &
Dominion City Brewing Co.
John Kirkwood
Jay Baltz & Rachel Eugster
Kate Stuparyk
Vivian Lee & Gordon Pinchbeck
Alexander G.M. Smith
Andrew Arcand*
Anne Reitbauer*
Brenda Vellino
Chuck McEwen
Cynthia Sanoy
David Elden
Deanna Vecchiarelli
Janet Campbell
Kirk Shannon
Maria-Helena Pacelli*
Marisa Victor*
Melisa Gruber
Patrick Gauthier
Susan Macgregor
Victoria Steele
Anonymous x 2
Avi Caplan
Balazs Muhl
Feliks Welfeld
Heather Marie Connors
Ken King
Laura Hall
Leslie Carmichael
Marilyn Meikle
Marion Power
Mark Glassford
Nick Aplin
Rowena Hall
Scarlett Schryburt
SABL Cartoon Creations
Andrea Purcell
Benny Fong
Elena Krahotin
Maritie Lord
Peter Padbury
Ryan Mccosham
Skeleton Key Theatre
Steven Riding
Stefani Di Gaetano
Thomas Delsey
Yvonne Coutts-Martignago
Anonymous x 5
Alison Clark Milito
Andrea Thomas
Andrew Arcand
Andrzej Banas
Annabel Chung
Anne Ward
Ariane Larouche
Ashley Cabecinha
Barbara Popel & Brian Carroll
Bernhard Olberg
Bill Dickey
Brenda Vellino
Brent Mclean
Britton Brown
Bryn Ferris
Carol Smale
Carol Steinberg
Carole Norton
Caroline Coltman
Caroline Lamothe
Carolyn Andrews
Catriona Galt
Christopher Beharry
Claude Myre Bisaillon
Claudia Rosianu
Cory Haggart
Diane Kampen
Dianne Cox
Danielle Savoie
David Pare
Dawn Xavier-Franklin
Debbie Reinhart
Debbie McClelland
Diane Kampen
Dianne Cox
Diego Hernandez
Dr Alex S Weinberger
Dylan Barnabe
Elizabeth Dayler
Ellen Manchee
Emily Glossop
Erik Foisy
Erin O’connor
Ernest Neuheimer
Hanna Waluzyniec
Helen Kriemadis
Hieu Nguyen
Ian Gabriel
Immanuel Lanzaderas
Jacqui Schofield
Jannet Lea
Jarrah Hodge
Jeanne Langford
Jennifer Harju
Jenny Anderson
Jill Delaney
Joan Gibson
John Stopa
John Savage
Jon Dickey
Judy Reid
Julia Martin
Karen Yundt
Kari Stachon
Kathleen Fagan
Kier Cutler
Kira Doxtator
Kyle Ahluwalia
Larry Morden
Linda Dang
Liz Hache
Liza Garneau
Lorna Tener
Lynda Joyce
Lynda Winn
Maddie Morrin
Marc Seguin
Margot Legere
Maria Vaughan
(In honour of) Marisa Victor
Mark Lagace
Marla Desat
Marnie Thorp
Martha Jacobs
Mary Wiggin
Michel Kazan
Micheline Aucoin
Mitchell Charness
Mohamed Zakzouk
Monique Leger
Natalie Maclellan
Nicole Bedford
Nicole Titus
Nigel Pequette
Ottawa Ontario Real Estate
Ottawa Property Listings
Paola De Rose
Patrycja Maksalon
Peeranut Visetsuth
Pete Mcrae
Peter Berkeley
Peter Kvas
Peter Victor
Peter Webber
Philippe-Olivier Giroux
Pierre Simpson
Piotr Filipski
Rebecca Campbell
Reena Belford-Schilder
Rene Faucher
Robin Collins
Rosalind Conway
Ross Mcghie
Roy Ballantine
Sara Spring
Sarah Mackinnon
Sarolta Csete
Shannon Leak
Shirley Westeinde
Shreyas Batra
Simon Muhl
Stan Barkun
Stefan Mckenna
Steven Welchner
The Wilson Team
Thomas Delsey
Trish Lucy
Victoria Martin
Warren Waters
William Beddoe

*indicates our valued monthly donors


Our super kind in-kind donors! These special folks have made very useful donations. All sorts of stuff, raffle prizes, creative services, catering a meal for volunteers… You’d think love and money is enough to run the Ottawa Fringe Festival but sometimes we just need STUFF. Many of these donors have been so kind as to billet a touring artist.

Alexander G. M. Smith
Amelia Buchanan & Fabien Ancelin
Andrew Arcand & Eric Goodwin
Anna Robotham & Alana Beddoe
Azarin Sohrabkhani
Barb Popel & Brian Carroll
Bridget Grounds & Charlie Brady
Catriona Leger
Charles Black & Timah Black-Geisterfer
Colin Lachance
Dave Dawson
Dean Verger & Ruth Stewart-Verger
Deborah Cowley
Jamine Ackert
Kathleen Moxley & Sam Kester
Patrice & Ted Forbes
Paula Kelsall & Ralph Blaine
Rebecca Laviolette
Tabitha Macdonald
Tania Levy
Sarah McFarlane
Vivian Lee
A Company of Fools
Arts Court
Booster Juice
Brew Donkey
Canada Scene
Courtyard Restaurant
David’s Tea
Dominion City Brewing Co.
Downtown Rideau BIA
Escape Manor
Fresh Meat: DIY Theatre Fest
Giant Tiger

Holtz Spa
Kaffé 1870
Mamma Grazzi’s Kitchen
NAC English Theatre
National Art Gallery
Odyssey Theatre
Ottawa Explosion
Ottawa Little Theatre
PranaShanti Yoga Centre
Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre
Rinaldo Hair and Spa
Smoke’s Poutinerie
Squish Candy

St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival
The Albion Rooms

The Fish Market Restaurant
The Gladstone
The Hintonburg Public House
Wakefield Mill Hotel and Spa
Storm Internet
undercurrents Festival
VIA Rail
Wheelhouse Cycle
Zak’s Diner