Hamilton Fringe Festival

An 11-day unjuried theatre festival that happens every summer in downtown Hamilton

Frost Bites Festival

A site-specific winter theatre festival

2017 FROST BITES COMPANIES have been announced!

Make Art Theatre
Mooncalf Theatre
Open Heart
Sage for Stage
Sector N Collective
Teresa Seaton Studio and Gallery
Tough Love Company

February 2-5, 2017

Location: Art Gallery of Hamilton


A) A party?
B) A festival?
C) A site-specific theatre performance?

The correct answer is D) All of the above.

FROST BITES is Hamilton’s first site-specific, winter theatre festival. The event features a diverse array of hot local artists presenting performance ‘bites’ throughout the buildings and grounds of unique found spaces, promising to heat up Hamilton  during the coldest month of the year!

We’re looking for applications from artists, companies, or collectives who are playful, unique, risk-takers. Successful applications will express an innovative vision when approaching site-specific work.

FROST BITES will offer an immersive experience for both audience and performers. Audience members will have the opportunity to choose which shows they’d like to see and when. Performances will be ongoing and companies must commit to multiple performances per day throughout the festival.

There is no minimum performance time but no performance can be longer than 20 minutes.

There must be a live performance element to every proposal.

The festival will consider applications from companies and individuals working in a variety of performance disciplines or inter-arts projects (involving the collaboration of artists from different disciplines).

Deadline: Wednesday June 22nd at 5:00 pm EST.

For full submission guidelines or to apply to the festival click here.


Who is putting all of this together?


Member of the 2015/16 ALERT team

The festival is planned in partnership with members of The ALERT Program: Artistic Leadership and Entrepreneurial Training Program.

ALERT is an education program run by the Hamilton Festival Theatre Company, providing an opportunity for young up-and-coming artists to come together to learn, collaborate, and grow. The 2015/16 team is a diverse group– playwrights, directors, designers, actors, producers – and they have worked hard to make this festival possible!