Organizers of the Hamilton Fringe Festival have announced the venue and the acts for their fourth annual site-specific winter festival, Frost Bites. The event will be taking place in two churches in downtown Hamilton. From February 14th thru February 17th, a diverse group of artists will be taking over St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church on James St. S. and New Vision United on Main St., creating bite-sized site-specific performances.
St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church on James St. S. is a Victorian Gothic Revival historic site built between 1854-57. The 180 foot stone spire is the only one of its kind in Ontario, housing eleven bells, elegant stained glass windows, and four manual 3000+ pipe Casavant organ.
Hamiltonians may be familiar with New Visions’ Music Hall, which has seen musical acts like Joel Plaskett, Terra Lightfoot, and many others.
This year’s participating artists for Frost Bites include:
▪ Hamilton-based Broken Soil Theatre, led by Michael Kras, winner of the 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
▪ Storyteller and former Fringe ALERT member Carlyn Rhamey with Squirrel Suit Productions
▪ Hoffworks, with returning Frost Bites artists Peter Riddihough and Marilo Nunez
▪ Niagara Falls-based Harmonic Shadow Circus
▪ McMaster graduates Claudia Spadafora and Jamie Milay Kasiama with QT Collective
▪ Transgendant, a new company in Hamilton with a focus on education, autism awareness, and LGBTQ2+ issues