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Don't count out Edmonton's Fringe Fest

Missing Fringe? You don't have to. Watch online for the next 11 days. Photo: supplied.

Running online from August 13 to 23, 2020, 'The Fringe That Never Was' is a digital celebration of art, community, and togetherness (even when apart). Fringers from near and far are invited to settle in for 11-days of fringe shows, interviews, parties and more featuring favourite Fringe artists and new faces too.

The week-and-a-half run coincides with this year’s Tears, Beers and Tickets You'll Never Use fundraiser, all aiding the effort to raise $1 million for the Edmonton International Fringe Festival. From money raised, 30 per cent will go to a newly established artist endowment fund to support artists in need for years to come, and 70 per cent will be directed towards Fringe operations to build Festival 2021.

“Our organization is expected to take a devastating $3 million loss this year because of the cancellation of the Festival, due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Fringe artistic director Murray Utas. “This directly affects the tireless behind-the-scenes work of staff, and the 1,600 out-of-work artists dependent on ticket sales that annually generate over $1 million.” 

To date, the Fringe has received nearly $125,000 in donations, or about 12 per cent of its goal.

What to watch and when? Programming for 'The Fringe That Never Was' is free and can be accessed online through Fringe TV. Fringers are still being asked to support by donating a beer they’ll never drink ($7) or donating a ticket to a show they’ll never see ($10). Supporters can donate online at

The Fringe That Never Was will kick off with opening ceremonies online Thursday, August 13 at 6:00 p.m. To view a full listing of events over the 11-day run visit