The Toronto Fringe Festival 2012 has ended. Some numbers to share with you out of sheer pride. I should start by telling you that there were 12 fewer companies in this year’s Fest. Why am I telling you this? Because:
This year we came within 1% of our all time ticket sales record;
Visual Fringe sales were up a stunning 401%;
$450,800 was returned to performing artists;
59,182 tickets were sold; and
More beer was consumed than should be possible.
As you know I am a firm believer in not re-inventing the wheel. Rob Kempson wrote a fabulous blog post on why the Fringe matters to him – favourite part:
We often talk about giving a voice to the voiceless in this community, and then put on plays by professional artists starring professional actors. And that is an important thing for professional artists to do. But giving a voice to the voiceless is truly what the Fringe does. It gives everyone a fair shot to say what they need to say in the way that they need to say it. Many of these shows will have future lives, but many more of them will not. And that’s part of the excitement. You have seven opportunities to catch this little piece of magic, put together by artists who rehearsed in their apartments after they had all come back from their day jobs. Fringe is full of passion for creation, excitement for the arts, and LEARNING. For everyone. Audiences who were hoping to get out of a Fringe experience without learning something will be hard-pressed to do so.
Thanks so much to everyone who participated in any way shape or form – onward to next year and the 25th anniversary of the Toronto Fringe Festival!