Neil Diamond, bedwetters & mediocre boys: Inside the 2019 Hamilton Fringe Festival

There's something for everyone at the 2019 Hamilton Fringe Festival. Here's a handy guide. The festival runs from July 17th to July 28th.

The Hamilton Fringe Festival runs from July 17th to July 28th

In 2018, the Hamilton Fringe Festival says they sold more than 12,000 tickets and that led to more than $108,000 returned to artists. (Hamilton Fringe)

With more than 400 performances in 12 days inside 12 venues at the 2019 Hamilton Fringe Festival, there's something for everyone.

The festival starts July 17th and promises a collection of musicals, dance performances, comedies, magic shows dramas and more. Tickets cost between $5 and $12 and every penny from ticket costs goes back to the artists. And organizers promise that "There is artistic freedom—no censorship is allowed."

The festival kicks off on July 17, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Alexander Centre.

Click here for the full schedule and check out the videos below featuring some eager Fringe entertainers.

15 Fringe Festival shows you might want to check out

Diamond in the Rough

A heartfelt, feel-good musical featuring 15 new, original songs. Through a twist of fate, Neil Diamond performs, unrecognized, in a local neighbourhood bar in Hamilton. The regulars learn of the impending closure of their beloved hangout. Facing an uncertain future, can they find a place to belong?

Promise & Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen & Penny Ashton

Join Miss Elspeth as she battles literary snobbery, cousin Horatio's digestions and her mother's nerves, armed only with a blushing countenance, excellent ukulele skills & being quite bright, you know… for a girl. Kiwi Penny Ashton tackles all of Austen's characters with song, dance & appalling cross-stitching.

We've Come From Away (Toronto): A Sketch Comedy

Check out award-winning sketch comedy troupe Not Oasis. They'll debut their new show "We've Come From Away (Toronto)" to Hamilton audiences. They won Patron's Pick and NOW Magazine Critic's Pick for their show "Alone in this Together" at Toronto Fringe.

David Brennan Exhumed

David Brennan presents "David Brennan Exhumed" which tells the story of the last midnight in the cemetery for The Gravedigger. The Final Dig. The Last Exhumation. He shares his treasures and tales his tales one last time.

Mercury Man : The Last Performance of Orson Welles

Orson Welles meets his 'Biggest Fan,' reflects on his early career in film, radio and theatre, and everything you have to sacrifice in order to do what you're made for.

Swipe Right For Love: A Musical Improv Show

The Understudies are back for their fourth consecutive Hamilton Fringe with Swipe Right For Love, a musical improv show for anyone familiar with the wonders and blunders of modern dating. Spontaneous scenes and songs will be inspired by your suggestions.

Equity Rules

A young woman's audition takes a dark turn, when the director demands that she strip down for the role. Exploring misogyny, in this the era of #metoo. Written by the Governor General's Award winning playwright of "Three in the Back, Two in the Head."

Slow Dancing With Mediocre Boys

Being a teenager in the early 2000s isn't easy, but Grace has it covered. She has a foolproof formula for finding a boyfriend – if only the boys would cooperate! 

You Want It What Way? A Boy Band Tale

It's a sketch comedy dance show all about boy bands. They dance and sing to all of the hits and perform sketches that poke fun at the absurdity that comes with being in a boy band. 

Back Home

Mr. Forbes promised to spend the last evening with his daughter Keenya before she goes to live with her mother. He forgets and gets home very late, drunk. She watches as He misquotes Shakespeare in a staggering, stuttering ode to love and remembers, his drunken behavior in family court that gets him thrown into jail and eventually losing the custody battle.

The Knitting Pilgrim

The Knitting Pilgrim explores Kirk Dunn's artistic and spiritual journey knitting Stitched Glass, three large tapestries, designed in the style of stained glass windows, about the commonalities and conflicts of the Abrahamic faiths

Black Wool Jacket

Black Wool Jacket spins true tales from a wild nightclub coat check. Meet Nat, bookish PhD student in desperate need of a side job. When the only gig she finds is checking jackets deep in the heart of Toronto's late-night entertainment district, she doesn't expect to last long. But armed with an ear for eavesdropping, she retraces stories that people share, when they think no one is listening or likely to remember in the morning.

Final Log

Stranded on an unknown island, hunted by unseen enemies drawing ever closer, Rufus Courland tells his story. A story of a desperate ship of exiles ferrying a madman and his followers to the farthest reaches of the globe in search of humanities rebirth and encountering inhuman terror in an ode to legendary writer H.P. Lovecraft.


You've heard the jokes about bedwetters, but have you ever listened to the stories? Tamlynn Bryson recounts her sometimes heartbreaking, often hilarious, and completely true story of becoming a woman while still feeling like a child.

HCA Teen Creation Collective: Connection

An ensemble of young artists who have spent two weeks studying devised theatre have created a piece about the rich history of the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts.