Montreal Fringe Festival:
Frankie Awards highlights

Festival honours the best of its participants

By Byron Toben

June 27,  2024

The 2024 St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival ended on June 16 with the presentation of the Frankie Awards. These awards are named after Frank Hopkins, an early supporter of the festival, who passed away on November 11, 2015, the 93rd anniversary of his birth.

This coincidence puts him in the company of two famous theatre persons who also passed away on their birth anniversary – actress Ingrid Bergman and playwright William Shakespeare.
Various local theatre companies judge the Awards. A full list of the nominees can be found on the Fringe website.

Below, I list the various winners by their judge and award:

Stories from the Brink
Storytelling Award

Montréal Clown Festival
A Truck Stop Diner. In the Middle of Nowhere. On the Night Shift.
Outstanding Clown Show

MTL Fringe Frankie Awards

MainLine Theatre
L’eau dans les yeux
MainLine Creativity Award

Segal Centre for Performing Arts
Edgar in the Red Room
Outstanding English Production

Festival des arts de ruelle de Montréal (FAR)
What It Means
The FARmidable Character

Bouge d’ici
By Our Side – An Entertaining Transplant Story
Outstanding choreography

Vue sur la Relève and Patro Villeray
Sans merci
Most Promising Emerging French Show

Playwrights Guild of Canada
Love the Sinner
Most promising English text

In addition to these productions, the Fringe itself granted its annual Spirit of the Fringe to Blair Moro.

Feature image: courtesy of the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival

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Byron Toben, a past president of The Montreal Press Club, has been’s theatre reviewer since July 2015. Previously, he wrote for since-terminated websites Rover Arts and Charlebois Post, print weekly The Downtowner, and print monthly The Senior Times. He also is an expert consultant on U.S. work permits for Canadians.

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