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Winnipeg Fringe Festival Smashing Attendance Records

July 22, 2015 6:55 AM | Entertainment

Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival

Crowds gather in Old Market Square to take in performances at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival on July 18, 2015. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

Ross Vegas

Australian performer Ross Vegas puts on a show in Old Market Square. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

This year’s Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival is continuing to break attendance records.

Organizers say they had a record-breaking opening weekend, despite threats of some unfavourable weather.

Sixty-seven sellout performances and 41,811 tickets were told. That’s up from about 40,000 tickets sold in the first five days in 2014.

At the Fringe this week:

• Free, noon-hour concert series at Old Market Square continues with performances by the Dirty Catfish Brass Band, The Honey Sliders and Slow Leaves.

• Children of all ages can enjoy the festival from noon until 6 p.m. at Kids Fringe, located next to the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute in Old Market Square.

• Grab a drink in the Okanagan Beer Spring Tent or Liquor Mart Patio and listen to featured bands nightly starting at 10 p.m., which include Yes We Mystic, the JD Edwards Band, A Waste Odyssey, the Dirty Catfish Brass Band and DJ Mama Cutsworth.

• The Manitoba Association of Playwrights will present The Harry S. Rintoul Memorial Award on the Outdoor Stage on the last night of the festival. The award is presented for the best new Manitoban play.

The Fringe Festival runs until July 26.

— Staff