Hamilton Fringe

Now in its 18th season, the Hamilton Fringe creates a platform for independent, emerging, and established theatre artists in Hamilton.

Frost Bites

A site-specific winter performance festival

The sixth edition of Frost Bites is back from March 11 to 14, 2021!

Please note: Bathtub Spaceship is not performing in the March reboot.

Tickets Back On Sale Now!




FROST BITES is Hamilton’s only site-specific, winter performance festival. The event features a diverse array of hot local and national 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! In 2021 the festival offers an array of small, physically distanced live performances and playfully interactive digital performances. Join us as we heat up Hamilton during the coldest month of the year!

How does it work?

FROST BITES 2021 offers participatory and interactive experiences that are focused on building a sense of community and connectivity, bringing us together at a time when we must remain physically apart. Five artistic companies present a series of inspirational experiences that include innovative uses of technology and engage audiences in unique ways. Offerings include self-led outdoor recreational experiences across Hamilton and interactive digital performances that you can enjoy from home.

ACCESS NOTES: Every show includes some type of digital element, and most require access to the internet. Two shows are digital experiences requiring different levels of physical mobility. One show is a self-led outdoor experience at a specific location requiring physical mobility, weather appropriate dress, and COVID-19 precautions including: wearing a mask, social distancing of 6 feet or more, and groups of less than five (5). Please see individual show listings for additional accessibility information.

Cerberus Design
Photographer: Niv Shimshon, www.nivshimshonphoto.com

2021 Featured Shows

Femmepire (Hamilton, ON) – Bathtub Spaceship
Future Leisure (Vancouver, BC) – Escape
Blue Light Collective (Hamilton, ON) – missed CONNECTIONS
Passing Through Theatre (Hamilton, ON) – Through the Pages
Tuesday Choir (Hamilton, ON) – Without Mass: From Swale to Dome


Ticketing Details

Tickets are available for purchase online and in advance only––if you prefer to book your tickets over the phone, contact the box office and a staff member will set up an appointment with you. Ticket sales end 30 minutes before the performance begins, except for Escape (ticket sales end at 10pm daily). Service charges apply. No performance is longer than 40 minutes and each show plays multiple times a day. Some shows have very limited capacity. By purchasing a ticket to a FROST BITES event, you agree to adhere to all COVID-19 safety protocols, including any special instructions a performance may have.

Hamilton Fringe recognizes that our audiences may be under more financial stress than usual during the pandemic. With this in mind, FROST BITES is using a Pay-What-You-Can-Afford ticketing model for events:

  • Accessible—$7 + HST (fees waived)
  • Regular—$13 + HST + handling fees
  • Support Frost Bites—$20 + HST + handling fees


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 Fringe, providing an opportunity for young up-and-coming artists to come together to learn, collaborate, and grow.

ALERT is supported by the Edith H. Turner Foundation and incite Foundation for the Arts.

The 2020-21 ALERT participants are Carly Anna Billings, Sophie Hughes, Manisha Maharajh, Mykola Paskaruk, Olivia ‘Margo’ Prunean, and Kit Simmons.