Canada’s fastest growing comedy festival, Alterna Savings Crackup, provides a variety of comedy shows and activities to bring smiles and warm hearts during Winterlude in Canada’s capital.

This year’s festival will take place from February 7th to 18th, 2017 and marks 13 years of supporting local mental health initiatives.
There will be a variety of paid and free programming throughout the week including:

  • A new attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for the most snowmen built in one hour,
  • family friendly outdoor activities in the Glebe, as well as,
  • nightly comedy shows in various locations around the city at the Arena at TD Place, Algonquin Commons Theatre, Shenkman Arts Centre and Rideau Carleton Raceway.
Building snowmen

Some of the biggest names in Canadian comedy are coming to town - Ron James, Jeremy Hotz, Mary Walsh, Jonny Harris, Big Daddy Tazz, and more! In addition, they are also paying a special tribute to John Candy by presenting his family with our Comedy Legend Award and a Crackup Comedy Gala hosted by Sophie Grégoire Trudeauand Mary Walsh as part of our celebration of Canada’s 150th.

To view the full line-up or to purchase your tickets, visit