Torontoist's 2012 Toronto Fringe Preview
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Torontoist‘s 2012 Toronto Fringe Preview

The 2012 Toronto Fringe Festival opens today. Here are Torontoist's must-see shows.

Photo courtesy of the Toronto Fringe Festival.

The 2012 Toronto Fringe Festival is upon us!

Over 130 shows, 26 venues, and (probably) countless kegs of beer are being prepped as we speak, all for our enjoyment. So let’s take advantage, shall we?

As always, Torontoist has a few thoughts on what shows to catch. You’ll find links to those recommendations below.

But of course, half the fun is going in blind and seeing a play, dance, stand-up, or visual art installation on a whim. And trust us, the offerings this year are full of potential. The festival is stacked with great emerging performers, and even some who have travelled the world over. It’ll be very, very hard to go wrong.

Take your pick of three preview guides, each on a different theme:

Something Different



And here are a few other tips for new Fringers:

  • Grab a program. You can find them in various locations in the GFA (Greater Fringe Area).
  • Set your watch to CBC time and pay attention to it. No latecomers are admitted to Fringe shows.
  • Follow along on Twitter at @Toronto_Fringe or #FringeTO.
  • Hang out at the Fringe Club, located in the parking lot behind Honest Ed’s. You’ll find happy faces, sunshine or shade (depending on your preference), good conversation, beer, food, open mics, and a great lineup of daily Tent Talks. It’s also where you can find the Visual Fringe and AlleyPlays (new this year).
  • Check in with Torontoist daily throughout the festival for our reviews and updates.

And have a happy Fringe Festival. It’s the most wonderful/odd/quirky/touching/who-knows-what-else time of the year!