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The WTF Festival is a multi-day festival featuring some of the biggest names in Canadian entertainment performing in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario over the weekend of June 7-9th, 2018.

The WTF Festival has been developed by Tourism Sault Ste. Marie to create an annual event to attract tourists to our community while giving us “Saultites” a chance to enjoy some of the great attractions in our own back yard.

The WTF Festival is anchored by a headline show at the Essar Centre with comedy legend Russell Peters taking the stage.  Prior to show, we will be hosting an annual awards presentation of the Dave Broadfoot Award for Canadian Comedic Genius and the Roger Abbot Award for up and coming Canadian comedy talent.  Two very deserving winners will be honoured at this event in a Gala style luncheon.  The following morning,  we will provide a totally unique experience complete with live interactive theatre for riders aboard the Murder on The Agawa Express.  This murder mystery train will wind through the Northern Ontario landscapes in a hilarious  “who dunnit murder mystery”.  The all-star weekend cast will culminate the weekend of belly laughs with the WTF Variety Show at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.

If you are coming from out of town, be sure to check out the weekend packages where you can build your own weekend experience complete with ticket bundles and hotel stays.

Meet the folks behind the curtains who are working hard to make this event a success.


Tim Progosh

Executive Producer

Tim Progosh created and executed the Canadian Comedy Awards and Festival for 17 years held in three different provinces and 5 different cities. That Festival grew from a one-night awards show to a five day Festival producing over 30 shows. He raised more than 7 million dollars from broadcasters, sponsors and public funders and produced Gemini nominated radio and television specials to support the Festival. With a 30-year history in Canadian Entertainment as a performer and producer his contacts in the world of comedy are solid and international, Tim has completed the Rotman School of Business course on Not for Profits and has  served 2 terms on the Festivals and Events Ontario Board of Directors.

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Timothy Murphy

OnSite Producer/Sponsorship Director

Timothy Murphy is an internationally acclaimed entertainer whose professional career has spanned 3 decades across five countries including Canada, the USA, Mexico, St. Maarten and Puerto Rico as an actor, singer, comedian, ventriloquist, celebrity impersonator, choreographer and director. Mr. Murphy was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, studied theatre at York University and was a full scholarship recipient of the Musical Theatre Program at the prestigious Banff School of Fine Arts. As a professional director he has taken the helm of more than 24 big-budget musicals, comedic operas and large scale industrials, and for 6 years Timothy was the Artistic Director of Algoma Public Health’s Youth Engagement Theatre program. Mr. Murphy was an award winner in the du Maurier Search for Stars National Talent Competition, and in 2012 he was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of his cultural contributions to the City of Sault Ste. Marie.


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