Hamilton Fringe

A 12-day unjuried theatre festival that happens every summer in downtown Hamilton

Frost Bites

A site-specific winter performance festival

The sixth edition of Frost Bites will take place from February 11 to February 14, 2021.

Applications Now Open

Frost Bites 2021 invites artists to get creative with interactive and digital experiences beyond the screen.

This year, Frost Bites will be accepting applications from artists, companies, or collectives interested in creating pieces that enhance the audience experience and promote a sense of connectivity and community in Hamilton and beyond. We will accept proposals for small scale, live, site-specific work, roving performances, digital experiences that engage audiences in innovative ways, and digital experiences that promote connectivity between audience members and their community (locally or beyond).

In a time when so many community members are struggling with isolation, the Festival will be looking for proposals that encourage connection and community building. Our ideal is to move audiences away from passive interaction with a static screen. Frost Bites will accept proposals that include innovative uses of technology or that engage live audiences in unique (and safe) performance-based experiences. Four companies will be selected to participate.

Applications can also be completed over the phone—please call
289-698-2234. Deadline to apply: November 4, 2020.

Artists interested in applying to Frost Bites 2021 are strongly encouraged to register for Beyond Livestream: Approaches to Digital Performance with Adrienne Wong (Oct 21st) and Site-Specific Work for Extraordinary Times with Kim Collier (Oct 28th).

If you are accepted into the Festival: 

  • FROST BITES will provide your company with a flat fee of $1200;
  • FROST BITES will provide required house management, ticketing, essential volunteers, limited technical support; and
  • you will be included in all FROST BITES marketing, including the digital program, social media, on hamiltonfringe.ca, and event publicity.

If accepted, your company agrees to:

  • provide your own equipment and primary tech support;
  • rehearse in your own time; and
  • meet all scheduled deadlines, including having a performance-ready piece by the date indicated in the detailed letter of agreement (provided to selected participating companies at a later date).

Apply To Frost Bites 2021


FROST BITES is Hamilton’s only site-specific, winter performance 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 are ongoing and repeated multiple times each evening throughout the festival.


Frost Bites 2020

Seven local artists groups will create and perform short performance ‘bites’ inspired
by the Hamilton Harbour and unique spaces inside the
Hamilton Waterfront Trust Centre.

Jade Forest Productions’ Jessica Marshall. Photo by Kaz Ehara/Verity Creative Inc.

The 2020 Participating companies:

  • Be(e) Right Back & MIXED Theatre Hamilton, a co-production helmed by Hamilton theatre veteran Bryan Boodhoo and ALERT graduate Luis Arrojo
  • Chasing Shadows Productions, with 2019 Hamilton Fringe Audience Choice Award Winners Will Gillespie and Susan Robinson (“Swingin’ in St John’s”, “Diamond in the Rough”)
  • Hamilton-based DeVision, a primarily feminist collective of diverse artists, exploring intersectionality in feminism (racially, gender diversity) including former Frost Bites artists Claudia Spadafora and Jamie Milay Kasiama
  • Flint & Steel Productions, led by previous Hamilton Fringe artist and local ALERT alumna Annalee Flint
  • Jade Forest Productions led by emerging theatre artist Jessica Marshall, based in Cayuga ON (formerly Blending Reality Productions)
  • Toronto-based Okay Grace Productions, returning Hamilton Fringe artist and Canadian Comedy Award nominee Grace Smith
  • Open Heart, a returning Frost Bites company led by established designer/director Kelly Wolf

Live music will be performed nightly at 8:30pm by Rod Nettagog (http://bit.ly/RodNettagogSpotify) together with a special dance performance on Feb 1st only by Kyra Jean Green of Kyra Jean Green and Trip The Light Fantastic.

Click on the image to see the full 2020 schedule.

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.

Click for more info on the ALERT program.

The 2019-20 ALERT participants are Nathalie Cortes, Olivia Hopen, Matthew Lazaris-Bruner, Micaela Morales, Rachel Offer, and Ryan Percival.