Following the successful iteration of its 2021 Festival in February, the Hamilton Fringe Festival announced that it would be reviving its digital site-specific Frost Bites festival for additional viewing from March 11-14.

Frost Bites originally ran from from February 11 – 14, offering participatory and interactive experiences focused on building a sense of community and connectivity at a time in the provincial lockdown when audiences were required to remain physically apart. Five artistic companies were challenged to present a series of inspirational experiences that included innovative uses of technology and engage audiences in unique ways. Offerings in the Festival included self-led outdoor recreational experiences across Hamilton and interactive digital performances that you can enjoy from home.

All five of the original performances from last month’s festival will be returning for the March edition. New for March is an added contingency from Tuesday Choir. The ensemble’s February offering was a walking tour of Gage Park; however, freezing temperatures and snowstorms during the festival timeperiod prevented participation from many (this writer included). Tuesday Choir has responded, maintaining their original work for the March reboot; but also offering a pre-recorded audio and visual edition that can be enjoyed from home.

Other returning offerings include the highly inventive and “must have experience” of the festival, Bathtub Spaceship, by local ensemble Femmepire; one-on-one immersive experience Escape, based on text conversations by Future Leisure; an exploration of communication and surroundings by the Blue Light Collective (who also produces Frost Bites) in missed CONNECTIONS; and Through the Pages, an auditory and visual journey by Passing Through Theatre that presents a history of the Hamilton library system.

Audience members who attended last month’s festival and are looking to revisit their favourite works are able to do so with a special discount. The Fringe Festival is offering a 15% discount to returning audience members on their first full-price ticket when purchasing online.

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