2018 Lottery Application

Are you ready to experience the unexpected, and perform ON THE EDGE? You’d better be, because we are only accepting applications for our 2018 festival lottery from now until March 30, 2018. To put your name in the hat (this year it’s literally a hat) then read the information below and fill out the form (Yay! Forms!).

To be eligible to participate in the lottery, you must submit the completed and signed 2018 Lottery Application form along with a $25 non-refundable lottery fee by the deadline date. Applications and lottery fees may be dropped off at the Capitol Centre (150 Main St. E, North Bay, ON) Monday through Friday from 10 am – 5 pm or Saturdays from 12 pm – 4 pm, or sent by mail to the address listed at the bottom of the page. Application forms and lottery fees may also be submitted by email to

Lottery Application Form (.pdf 231 KB)

The lottery will be held in April at a public event in the Capitol Centre’s Martini Lounge. At the event, our fringe team members will take turns drawing names (from the hat) until we have filled all 12 of our venue slots. The remaining names will then be drawn to form a waiting list in case some of the lottery winners are unable to participate in the festival. The lottery winners will be contacted following the lottery to confirm their participation, and the results will be posted on our website and social media.

The winners of the 12 venue slots will be contacted shortly after the lottery to confirm their participation in this year’s festival, which runs from August 14th- August 18th, 2018. Should any winner be unable to participate, their spot will be offered to the next lottery applicant on the waiting list. To participate in the festival, all venue slot holders will be required to pay a participation fee of $250 by June 30, 2018 to help cover the costs of technicians, promotions, and coordination for the festival. Participants may withdraw in writing from the festival at any time up until July 14, 2018 to receive a full refund of their participation fee. The maximum slot length for each performance is 90 min (including set up and take down). Festival participants are solely responsible for the creation and presentation of their work, and have full creative control over their performance (in accordance with all applicable laws). The festival will not censure artists, however, performances with explicit, mature or sensitive material are asked inform the festival so that information can be included in our promotional materials. The festival will provide a minimum of 1 technician per venue, as well as basic audio/visual equipment. Participants will be required to bring/obtain any additional equipment or materials necessary for their presentation.

All venue slot events are ticketed, with ticket prices set by the performers and ranging in price from $10 to $15. Audience members without valid tickets will not be admitted to the performances. The festival handles all ticketing both at the door and through the Capitol Centre Box Office, and retains a $2 handling fee to cover ticketing costs (additional fees apply for tickets purchased online through the Capitol Centre’s website). All the rest of the money from ticket sales goes directly to the performer(s). For example, if your show sells 200 tickets at $10/ticket the festival keeps $400 and you take home $1600. Not bad for a week’s work. In addition to single tickets, the ON THE EDGE fringe festival reserves the right to distribute festival passes to our volunteers, media representatives, and major festival supporters giving access to all festival shows and events.

All participants will be required to submit information about their performance including the title and length of their show, the names of their performers and production team, a brief synopsis of what their performance is about, and an image. This information will be used to promote the performance online through the festival’s website and social media, in any advertising (print and online), through local media outlets (newspapers, television, and radio) and flyer/poster distribution, and in the festival programme.

For more information about the 2018 ON THE EDGE Fringe festival, please check out our website or contact our Artistic Director, ­Kelsey Ruhl by email at

Happy fringing!