A Cocksure Lads Guide to the Toronto Fringe

Cocksure Guide to Toronto FringeHere at Cocksure Headquarters, we’ve been pouring over the Toronto Fringe Festival schedule and have been thrilled to see so many familiar names! Indeed, names that should be familiar to ANY fan of The Cocksure Lads Movie.

The Toronto Fringe Festival started in 1989 and has grown to the point where this year’s line-up consists of over 60 comedy shows14 dance and physical theatre shows30 dramas, 13 musicals, 20 national and 12 international companies. 

This is your chance to see some new productions, stand-up comedy, and emerging artists with not a single show costing more than $12. You really can’t beat it.

In order to help you have the most Cocksure Fringe experience possible, we’ve put together a little guide of not-to-miss shows by some of our Cocksure Family. Click on the show title for details on performances and tickets.

Get out there and see good stuff! Happy Fringing!


Emily Andrews / Chelsea Leaman / Willard Gillard – Dew Lily
Everyday Oppressions
A quirky, dark, and yet comedic performance similar to the tradition of Pina Bausch’s dance-theatre, exploring the unrelenting effects of discrimination in humanity due to intolerance of social nonconformity. Everyday Oppressions examines trends of prejudice through various stylistic movement such as alternative ballet and contemporary dance.
 Shows: July 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11.

Luke Marty
Hamlet….A Puppet Epic!
Plots! Schemes! Puppets! There’s something awesome in the state of Denmark! FringeKids favourite Shakey-Shake and Friends return with their most ambitious play yet: Hamlet! Comic hijinks abound as Shakes and the gang tell the tale of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy in the lighthearted tradition of the Muppets.
 Shows: July 1, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12.

Ed Hillier
Two sisters trying to work things out under unusual circumstances. But this might just be the end of their relationship. #HangerTO
. Shows: July 1, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12.

Twelfe Night, or What You Will

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit. The epic 90 minute remount. #TwelfeNightTO Shows: July 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12.

(Yes, he worked on two of them. He is a Cocksure Lad, after all.)

Sophia Fabiilli 
The Philanderess
Meet Charlotte. She has a PhD in feminist philosophy, just asked her lawyer boyfriend to be her life partner, and authors a wildly famous blog about sleeping with men on the side. She has it all!
Until one of her lovers – and his entire family – crash her engagement party.
An outrageous, sexy, fast-paced farce inspired by G.B. Shaw’s ‘The Philanderer’! Shows: July 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12.

Laura Tremblay

Everyone Loves Marineland
Fired from Seaworld, fame hungry Nathaniel sets his sights on a fledgling marine park looking to rebrand. He gets more than he bargained for in Krystal, a gung-ho social justice warrior, Dick and Bart, the warring sons of the illusive owner, and Sloane, a money hungry PR executive intent on hiding what lies in Marineland’s highly chlorinated closet.
 Shows: July 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12.

Brandon James Sim
Bright and sunny Florida. Go there for a vacation to get away from it all; but never meet the locals. Eric Bogosian, winner of three OBIE awards, explores the clash of cultures when a screenwriter from LA gets involved with the wrong Floridians in this dark comedy. Shows: July 1, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12.

Marc Hallworth
Shootin’ The Shed with Marc Hallworth
“Shootin’ The Shed with Marc Hallworth” is a 15-20 minute stand-up show where the audience gets to pick the jokes! Marc Hallworth moved to Toronto to do the Humber College “Comedy: Writing & Performance” program, and has performed at Yuk Yuk’s, the Rivoli, the NXNE and YYComedy Festivals, and was a semi-finalist in the 2013 Toronto Comedy Brawl.
 Shows: July 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12.


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