Fringe Festival Fosters Community of Local Writers and Artists

If it hasn’t been said out loud before, then I’m going to make the claim now: nowhere in North America has any institution or festival created as many new playwrights as the Edmonton Fringe Festival.

It was over three decades ago that I first led a gaggle of drag queens to the Edmonton Fringe. What I didn’t realize then was that I was taking the first steps on a journey that would completely change the direction of my life.

It all became very real as two taxis full of drag queens unfolded themselves onto the sidewalk in front of the Edmonton Journal building for our photo shoot. It got even more real as I floated down Whyte Avenue in a mermaid tail as part of my first Fringe parade.

We didn’t have a clue what we were doing. And yet, people showed up. They clapped. They lined up for tickets to see something they had never had a chance to see before.

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