Winnipeg Fringe Festival breaks attendance records

Winnipeg Fringe Festival sets new attendance record

Good weather, impressive list of performers helped draw crowds

Winnipeg Fringe Festival-goers take in a lunch-hour performance by local band Sc Mira at The Cube in Old Market Square July 23. The fest broke previous attendance records, with over 104,000 people taking in shows. (Sara Calnek)

Droves of theatre-lovers took in this year’s 12-day Winnipeg Fringe Festival, toppling previous attendance records.

This year’s indoor shows put 104,859 people in the seats, surpassing 2013’s 101,488.

Ninety-five thousand of this year's attendees went to the Fringe’s outdoor events.

A total of 195 shows sold out, helping the festival generate $761,522 in revenue in 2014.

"It’s tremendously exciting for us to experience another record breaking year at the Fringe," said Chuck McEwen, Winnipeg Fringe Festival executive producer, in a press release. "The calibre of the performers and their productions were exceptional, and it’s their artistic talent that continues to help in growing the festival year after year."

Cooperative weather during the past two weeks may have helped drive a record number of people into seats and out to Old Market Square to listen to a variety of local musical acts, said McEwen.

"It's a combination of some phenomenal performers being part of the festival this year, great audiences from the Winnipeg community — of course that love theatre and the Fringe — and almost perfect fringing weather this year," McEwen told CBC News.

McEwen said plans have already started for Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2015.