Hamilton Fringe Festival

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

Frost Bites Festival

A site-specific winter performance festival

Applications to Frost Bites 2020 are now closed.

The fifth anniversary of Frost Bites will take place from January 30- February 2, 2020.


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 only 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! Each year we choose an exciting Hamilton location to create theatre in!

FROST BITES offers 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 perform multiple performances per evening throughout the festival.

No performance is longer than 20 minutes.

Who is putting all of this together?

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 2018-19 ALERT Participants are Beekaa Abraham, Khaleel Gandhi, Rebekka Marianne, Victoria Hudson-Muir, Luis Arrojo, Anthony Raymond Yu, Aaron Joel Craig, and Dylan Vandemaele.

CLICK here for more information on the ALERT Program. 

Frost Bites 2019

The fourth annual FROST BITES ran from February 14-17, 2019.

In February 2019, 8 local artists groups created short performance “bites” inspired by
two historic churches in the downtown core: St Paul’s Presbyterian and New Vision United.

Audiences gathered at New Vision United Church (24 Main St W)
before leaving on a series of walking tours to experience the festival.

QT Collective’s Jamie Milay & Claudia Spadafora. Photo by George Qua-Enoo.


The 2019 Participating companies:

  • Broken Soil Theatre, led by Hamilton’s Michael Kras, winner of the 2017 Voaden Prize for playwrighting
  • Apocryphal Productions from Newmarket, ON
  • Megan English Dance, whose core artists have created new dance works at the Hamilton Fringe Festival, McMaster Health Sciences and the Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • Squirrel Suit Productions led by storyteller and Fringe ALERT graduate Carlyn Rhamey
  • Hoffworks Productions, with returning Frost Bites artists Peter Riddihough and Marilo Nunez
  • Harmonic Shadow Circus fromNiagara Falls
  • QT Collective led byMcMaster graduates Claudia Spadafora and Jamie Milay Kasiama
  • Transgendant, a new company in Hamilton with a focus on education, autism awareness, and LGBTQ2+ issues

Broken Soil Theatre’s Stephen Ingram and Michael Kras. Photo by George Qua-Enoo.