Friday, July 5, 2013

What's in it for families at the Fringe Festival?

In the back alley south of Bloor near Brunswick.
Lots of Fringe benefits 
(Updated July 6, 2014)

The Toronto Fringe Festival 2014 seems to be spread all over the map with 150 performances in oer 25 venues (in 2013, it was 148 shows in 35 venues), which can be confusing for families who are new to this theatre festival. 

Don't worry! All the kids shows (presented in the fringekids! section on their website) are performed in one place: the Palmerston Library located at 560 Palmerston, two blocks west of Bathurst, just north of Bloor West. (PARKING: Municipal parking lot right across from the library.)

Inside Honest Ed's
In 2014, from July 3 to July 13, eight different family shows are offered almost daily, starting at different times between 11 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. In their listing, the Fringe specifies the age recommendation, the length, and the genre. (ADMISSION: $5/kids, $10/adults) Buy online at to save time and ensure you have seats! (Find the listing under Palmerston, select, and scroll down again to click on the specific show you want.)

While you're there
New in 2014, is the FringeKids! Club with a line-up of free outdoor activities and $15 per kid workshops. Note that the Club, located at Huron Street Public School (541 Huron Street) is a 20-minute walk from Palmerston Library.

You might want to check my free excerpt with map from Toronto Urban Strolls 2 (BLOOR WEST Cool Stroll) which covers Bloor West around Palmerston Library, which is located between #15 and #16 on my map, in the middle of Koreatown.

At Hodo Kwaja (656 Bloor W.)
My stroll includes plenty of cool murals, Honest Ed's wacky store (two blocks east of Palmerston), walnut-shaped cakes (at Hodo Kwaja, two blocks west of Palmerston), great coffee... (cause moms are people too).

One block west of Hodo Kwaja, the tinest coffee shop in Toronto, Sam James Coffee bar  (688A Bloor W.)

1 comment:

  1. Yesterday, Sunday, we saw Honest Aesop's Fables by Tarradiddle Productions. Six very good actors delivered a wacky scenario with fun twists, whimsical costumes and props, and lots of cartoon-like physical humour and double meaning greatly enjoyed by the adults. (Hey! Parents are people too!)