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September 18, 2014

The Pick is on Now!

Call it the Festival cool down. Call yourself lucky for getting a second chance to see hot Fringe shows. Call it what you like—the Public Market Pick of the Fringe is on now! If you didn’t get to see these shows during the Festival (or couldn’t get tickets because they were sold out) this is your opportunity. In addition to these five great shows, there’s Pick Plus, the hand-picked shows we think you’ll love. Help us say so long to another great Festival by joining us at Performance Works tonight through Sunday.

But act fast, good people! Last night’s Peter n’ Chris double header was sold out! And Saturday’s Pick Plus show, 6 Guitars, is sold out as well. We recommend getting your tickets in advance and we kindly remind you that ticket prices are the same, whether purchased in advance or at the door.

…didn’t see that coming
Thursday, September 18 at 7pm
Fringe alumni and television and film actor, Beverley Elliot, shares personal stories of her journey from gay bars to red carpets.  A show for anyone trying to stumble through life with humour and a little grace.

“A terrific show by an amazingly generous performer. Icing on this cake is her gorgeous voice.” —Jo Ledingham, the Vancouver Courier

 

Caws & Effect
Thursday, September 18 at 9pm
Mind of a Snail expands on their shadow puppetry repertoire to include mask and original music in this tale told from a crow’s point of view.

“The 45-minute show is dense with ‘wow’ moments. You won’t want to blink for fear of missing one.” —CBC

 

Dirty Old Woman
Friday, September 19 at 9pm
Winner of the 2014 Cultchivating the Fringe Award, this star-studded show explores a May-December romance between Nina, an older woman (Susinn McFarlen) and a much younger man (Robert Salvador) with Emmelia Gordon and Alison Kelly as Nina’s shocked daughter and best friend, respectively.

“This is rich territory for McFarlen who not only has great comedic chops but an air of wry wisdom about her…Hot as the sex we’re led to believe Nina is having are the tickets for this show.” —Jo Ledingham, the Vancouver Courier

No Tweed Too Tight: Another Grant Canyon Mystery
Saturday, September 20 at 9pm
Fringe favourite, Ryan Gladstone, is very, very drunk insurance investigator, Grant Canyon, who still manages to get his man—and a few femme fatales as well.

“Gladstone is gloriously gung-ho, in total command of the stage … and a whole lot of fun to watch.” —Winnipeg Free Press

 

Roller Derby Saved My Soul
Sunday, September 21 at 5pm
A shy comic book geek finds herself through one of the fastest growing, female dominated sports out there: roller derby—which is under consideration for the 2020 Olympic Games.

“Kenny is a charming performer, easily morphing from mousy to mouthy as her characters require. … Roller Derby is fun.” —Colin Thomas, the Georgia Straight

Butt Kapinski at The Cultch

Deanna Fleysher, writer and performer of Butt Kapinski, is also the director of the 2009 Fringe hit, Red Bastard (written and performed by Eric Davis).

Deanna Fleysher, writer and performer of Butt Kapinski, is also the director of the 2009 Fringe hit, Red Bastard (written and performed by Eric Davis).

Around the corner comes the dark and delicious Butt Kapinski. You may remember this comedic, film noir tribute from last year’s Festival and as the 2013 winner of the Cultchivating the Fringe Award. Butt Kapinski runs September 30-October 11, 2014 at The Cultch’s VanCity Culture Lab.

Once again, audiences will be pulled into the wicked murder mystery as the show’s writer and performer, Deanna Fleysher, deftly works the room with her incredible improvisational skills. As Jo Ledingham of the Vancouver Courier described, “It’s called eating out of her hand and we were in there gobbling it up.”

Deanna is also offering the workshop BEYOND NAKED: A Naked Comedy Lab for Experienced Physical Comedians while she’s in town. “Naked Comedy” evokes the practice of clown and buffoon and helps performers develop unique relationships with their audience. The intensive runs October 2-3 and 6-7 and each participant will craft 5-10 minutes of performable material and cultivate ideas for longer pieces. Find out more on the Facebook group. You may also contact fleyshie[at]gmail[dot]com.

Thank you to our AMAZING Volunteers

Thank you to the Volunteers of 2014! Photo by Michael Sider.

Thank you to the Volunteers of 2014! Photo by Michael Sider.

We love our Volunteers! At the Volunteer Appreciation Party we were glad to display our gratitude and celebrate the Fringe. Without the 600 generous and gifted humans who donate their time each year, our Festival simply could not happen. Our small team of staff members is repeatedly impressed by the diverse group of dedicated people who volunteer. In addition to taking on important roles such as ushers, ticket takers, drivers, bartenders, and raffle ticket sellers, our volunteers also rescue us in moments of tension that inevitably occur in any festival of this scale. If we think of the Fringe as an organism, our volunteers are truly the fresh oxygen that keeps us going.

Thanks also to our partner, Shear Comfort, for their support of this year’s Volunteer Program!

More Fringe Holdovers

Stroke of Luck and The Shakuhachi Quest are being held over at Havana! This September 25 through 27, you’ll have another chance to catch these great Fringe shows! The Shakuhachi Quest is on at 7pm, followed by Stroke of Luck at 9:30pm. Tickets are $12 or see both shows for $20. Fringe Volunteers even get half-price! Tickets are available at the door or you may contact jcsands[at]shaw[dot]ca. See the Facebook event for the details.

Jacques Lalonde shares the value of reaching out to friends and staying positive as he conquers his brain in Stroke of Luck. Photo by Wendy D.

Jacques Lalonde shares the value of reaching out to friends and staying positive as he conquers his brain in Stroke of Luck. Photo by Wendy D.

Announcing Pick of the Fringe!

September 15, 2014

We Saw It All and It Was GREAT!

At Saturday's Raphael Nonsenso's Cabaret of Bullshit, Martin Dockery and Ryan Gladstone really respected each other's work. Photo by Michael Sider.

At Saturday’s Raphael Nonsenso’s Cabaret of Bullshit, Martin Dockery and Ryan Gladstone really respected each other’s work. Photo by Michael Sider.

This year’s Festival had it all: a diverse selection of consistently good work, a great group of people making it happen, and our milestone 30th birthday of unjuried, uncensored theatre. Many agreed that what made this Festival significant was the high number of consistently solid shows. Although standout smash hits are exciting, a Festival bursting at the seams with impressive shows makes for a remarkably mellifluous experience.

The people gathered, they shared, and we created a great centrifugal force of love. There was even a toilet paper zombie dance party (at Saturday’s Raphael Nonsenso’s Cabaret of Bullshit). Artists bravely dared to bare their work (and souls!), volunteers shared their time and enthusiasm (and rescued us in key moments), sponsors and donors supported us throughout, and we, the staff, we survived it all… and we’re coming back for more during the Pick and Pick Plus, starting this Wednesday and running though Sunday, Sept. 21!

Announcing the 2014 Public Market Pick of the Fringe!

Ta da (we know why you’re really reading this newsletter)! You have another chance to catch some of those shows that people were buzzing about. These six productions have been selected because they were the hottest selling shows. The Public Market Pick of the Fringe runs this week, September 17-21. Here are the winners:

Peter n’ Chris and the Kinda OK Corral
Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm
2013 Canadian Comedy Award Winners and CBC Canada Writes Fringe “Must See,” Peter n’ Chris have been pleasing Fringe audiences for years and the Kinda OK Corral is no exception. (Psst…catch the Peter n’ Chris Fanclub Double Header this Wednesday with shows at 7pm and 9pm!)

“Because Peter and Chris are unafraid, it feels like they’re flying. And we get to fly along, which is a gift.” —Colin Thomas, the Georgia Straight

Get your tickets to Peter n’ Chris and the Kinda OK Corral

…didn’t see that coming
Thursday, September 18 at 7pm
Fringe alumni and television and film actor, Beverly Elliot shares personal stories of her journey from gay bars to red carpets.

“A terrific show by an amazingly generous performer. Icing on this cake is her gorgeous voice.” —Jo Ledingham, the Vancouver Courier

Get your tickets to …didn’t see that coming

Caws & Effect
Thursday, September 18 at 9pm
Mind of a Snail expands on their shadow puppetry repertoire to include puppetry, mask, and original music in this tale told from a crow’s point of view.

“The 45-minute show is dense with ‘wow’ moments. You won’t want to blink for fear of missing one.” —CBC

Get your tickets to Caws & Effect

Dirty Old Woman
Friday, September 19 at 9pm
This star-studded show explores a May-December romance between Nina, an older woman (Susinn McFarlen) and a much younger man (Robert Salvador) with Emmelia Gordon and Alison Kelly as Nina’s shocked daughter and best friend, respectively.

“This is rich territory for McFarlen who not only has great comedic chops but an air of wry wisdom about her…Hot as the sex we’re led to believe Nina is having are the tickets for this show.” —Jo Ledingham, the Vancouver Courier

Get your tickets to Dirty Old Woman

No Tweed Too Tight: Another Grant Canyon Mystery
Saturday, September 20 at 9pm
Fringe favourite, Ryan Gladstone, is very, very drunk insurance investigator, Grant Canyon, who still manages to get his man—and a few femme fatales as well.

“Gladstone is gloriously gung-ho, in total command of the stage … and a whole lot of fun to watch.” —Winnipeg Free Press

Get your tickets to No Tweed Too Tight: Another Grant Canyon Mystery

Roller Derby Saved My Soul
Sunday, September 21 at 5pm
A shy comic book geek finds herself through one of the fastest growing, female dominated sports out there: roller derby—which is under consideration for the 2020 Olympic Games.

“Kenny is a charming performer, easily morphing from mousy to mouthy as her characters require. … Roller Derby is fun.” —Colin Thomas, the Georgia Straight

Get your tickets to Roller Derby Saved My Soul

What Happened at Fringe Awards Night

We're so pleased that one of our amazing volunteers won the second prize in our raffle! Xi is the winner of the Motorino XPe electric scooter!

We’re so pleased that one of our amazing volunteers won the second prize in our raffle! Xi is the winner of the Motorino XPe electric scooter!

Each year, we celebrate the Festival on the final Sunday with our Fringe Awards Night. Here we announce the Public Market Pick of the Fringe as well as a series of other awards selected either by jury or voting. Admission is by donation to support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

This year’s event was a big love-in of people feeling good and doing good. We even closed out the night by singing a lullaby to put this year’s Festival to bed. It was sweet. You can check out our Twitter feed for a play by play of what when down. Here are the award winners:

Cultchivating the Fringe Award: Dirty Old Woman
From the Fringe to The Cultch, the “Cultchivating the Fringe Award” pays tribute to the show that is ready for professional presentation and rewards it with a run at The Cultch as part of a future season program.

The Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award: Magic Unicorn Island
Colin Thomas and Kathleen Oliver, the Georgia Straight’s theatre critics, will match themselves to the mighty onslaught of Fringe talent, nominate five of the most outstanding shows, and select a winner!

BC Touring Council Award: No Tweed Too Tight: Another Grant Canyon Mystery
For the artists with the best potential for touring in B.C. The winner gets mentorship, marketing support, and the chance to showcase their work at Pacific Contact, B.C. Touring Council’s annual tradeshow and booking conference for the performing arts.

Artistic Risk Award (NEW): The Greatest Monkey Show on Earth
Vancouver Fringe’s Board of Directors awards this new prize for risk-taking in Fringe theatre to the artist or group of artists who best pushes the boundaries of theatre.

Site-Specific Award: Industry: The Food Must Go Out
For the show that made the best use of a non-traditional or site-specific theatre venue.

Talk of the Fringe Award: Paleoncology
Plank Magazine
 recognizes the show that generates the most online and in person buzz and displays the best marketing savvy. The buzziest Fringe show gets a $500 print credit from PrintPrint.ca. Shane Birley and Allyson McGrane of Plank told us that in the past seven years, volunteer reviewers have reviewed about 722 shows!

Volunteer Choice Award: Magic Unicorn Island
Some of our most dedicated fans have their say!

The SOFA (Spirit of the Fringe Award): Mind Full of Dopamine
This award goes to the artist or artists that Fringe staff and volunteers feel most exemplifies the Fringe attitude.

The 2014 Win It All Raffle
To everyone who bought a raffle ticket, thank you! We raised over $10, 000! A huge thank you to our dedicated volunteers who helped us sell all those tickets.
Grand Prize, Inca Discovery Trip, thanks to G Adventures and The Great Jamaican: Michael Poole, ticket number 31335
2nd Prize, Motorino XPe Electric Scooter: Xi Luo (one of our awesome volunteers!), ticket number 30163
3rd Prize, Motorino CTr Electric Bicycle: Kate Gole (another awesome volunteer!), ticket number 31133
4th Prize, Camino Gift Basket and two 2015 Fringe Kick Ass Passes: Kathleen Olds, ticket number 30231

Remember, We’re Inviting You to Pick Plus

It’s not over yet! Running along side the Public Market Pick of the Fringe is Pick Plus, the four hit shows we’ve selected just for you. These shows were chosen because either the artists or their shows (or both!) have been Fringe favourites and we don’t want you to miss them.

All Pick Plus shows will be presented at Performance Works and tickets are $25 each. Choose three shows for only $50 with the Pick Plus Package—it’s like seeing a show for free! Partial proceeds support the Fringe. Get your tickets now!

Peter n’ Chris and The Mystery of the Murder Motel
September 17 at 9pm
With explosively hilarious chemistry, these two Fringe heartthrobs will bust your gut with ridiculous and thrilling laughter. This story of sleuthing and slow motion running has won a whole bunch of Fringe awards across the country. It’s also the basis for their web series, Hardly Men. (Psst…catch the Peter n’ Chris Fanclub Double Header this Wednesday with shows at 7pm and 9pm!)

Get Pick Plus tickets to Peter n’ Chris and The Mystery of the Murder Motel

Basic Training
September 19 at 7pm
This redemptive story of comedy, breakdance, and theatre depicts 23 unforgettable characters, all delivered through Kahlil Ashanti’s incredible vigour. In addition the thrilling comedic impressions and depictions of life in the US Air Force performance troupe, Tops in Blue, Ashanti also shares his exploration of identity and family.

Get Pick Plus tickets to Basic Training

6 Guitars
September 20 at 7pm
Chase Padgett, half of the duo in this year’s popular, Chase & Stacey’s Joyride, inhabits six musicians and their guitars, each with a different musical style. 6 guitars was the winner of both the 2013 Pick of the Fringe and the Georgia Straight’s Critics’ Choice Award.

Get Pick Plus tickets to 6 Guitars

 


God is a Scottish Drag Queen II: The Second Coming
September 21 at 7pm
Mike Delamont returns as God, dressed as a Scottish woman in an 1980’s floral power suit, ready to skewer everything from circumcision to the Mormons. He has the holy power of winning over any audience member as he invites us to have a bemused laugh at humanity.

Get Pick Plus tickets to God is a Scottish Drag Queen II:The Second Coming

Sponsor Spotlight: Speedpro Imaging

Buzz Boards by Speedpro Imaging help audience members share and select Festival favourites! Photo by Michael Sider.

Buzz Boards by Speedpro Imaging help audience members share and select Festival favourites! Photo by Michael Sider.

Since 2007 Speedpro Imaging has been supporting the Fringe! This loyal sponsor helps the Fringe with very important promotional materials such as transit shelter ads, banners, and our well-loved buzz boards.

In one sentence, tell us what your organization/business is or does.
Speedpro Imaging is Vancouver, BC’s most trusted source for signs, banners, car graphics and wraps, trade show exhibits and displays, special event signage, custom decals and more!

Tell us why your organization supports the Fringe and/or the arts.
We support the Fringe because we enjoy theatre and love that there is a Fringe Festival here in Vancouver. We respect that Fringe also provides artists with a platform to showcase their original work.

What do you like about the Fringe?
We like that at the Fringe Festival, you are able to experience multiple styles of theatre all in one place.

If your organization and the Fringe were people, what would they do on an afternoon together?
We would spend the afternoon promoting and entertaining people all over the city.

Do you have any recommendations for audiences on what to do at the Festival?
Check out as many shows possible because they are all very different and it is a new adventure every time.


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