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Brewing Up the Festival

June 1, 2018

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge!

Help the Fringe take off! Photo of 2017's Rocketman and Beano by Bruce McPherson.

Help the Fringe take off! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Thinking about donating to the Fringe? Now’s the time!

For as little as $3, you can help the Fringe during this year’s Great Canadian Giving Challenge, a national contest that benefits registered Canadian charities. Donate between now and June 30, 2018 at 11:59:59pm Pacific Daylight Time through our page at GivingChallenge or CanadaHelps. Every dollar you donate automatically enters the Fringe into a draw to win $10,000 courtesy of GIV3 Foundation!

But that’s not all–if you donate $25 or more, your name will be highlighted in the Fringe Program Guide and on donor recognition boards at the Festival!

And while the Fringe is still a few months away, it’s important to know that donations are invaluable to making sure the Fringe continues to fulfill the vision of “Theatre for Everyone” year after year. Your support directly affects hundreds of artists that create and perform in the Festival, as well as the thousands of patrons who see their shows. Every dollar counts–especially since every dollar you give can help us win $10,000!

A New Beer Partner & Returning Partners Support the Fringe

Party with us at the Phillips Fringe Bar!

Party with us at the Phillips Fringe Bar!

We’re excited to welcome Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. as our newest Partner! They are ardent supporters of the arts, partnering with various festivals across BC—and they’re no strangers to the Fringe—they have been supporting the Victoria Fringe Festival for 10 years! Phillips describes themselves as “a group of beer-loving adventurers, dedicated to exploring every corner of the craft beer frontier” and we are thrilled that Phillips is joining us as our exclusive beer sponsor!

We are also happy to welcome back Partners who added a lot of pizazz to last year’s Festival: our Presenting Partners, the Georgia Straight and TD Financial; Blenz Coffee, where you’ll be picking up your Program Guide soon; Dockside Restaurant and The Keg, who fed us mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres on Opening Night; PrintPrint.ca and Thunderbolt Sign, who helped us with signage and passes; Road 13 Vineyards, who kept the drinks flowing; Hardbite Chips, who provided delicious snacks for our volunteers and for purchase at the Fringe Bar; and Boston Pizza, who turned our Volunteer Appreciation Party into a pizza party!

Stand by for more announcements about this year’s Partners in upcoming newsletters!

Fringe-ifying the Jessie Awards

Congratulations to all our Jessie-nominated Fringers! Clockwise from left: Six Fine Lines, The After After Party, and Multiple Organism.

Congratulations to all our Jessie-nominated Fringers! Clockwise from left: Six Fine Lines, The After After Party, and Multiple Organism.

Since 1982, the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards have celebrated the best of Vancouver theatre. Named after Jessie Richardson, who spent more than four decades contributing to the growth and vitality of the Vancouver theatre community, this year’s nominations were announced on May 27. We’re proud to see so many familiar Fringe names among them!

Notable Fringe-related nominations include Katey Hoffman and Cheyenne Mabberley of The After After Party, who were nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble. In 2016, The After After Party won multiple Fringe Awards, including the Cultchivating the Fringe Award, the Critics’ Choice Award, and the Public Market Pick of the Fringe.

Two shows from the 2017 Festival have been nominated for the Critic’s Choice Innovation Award: Multiple Organism from Mind of a Snail and Level-Headed Friends ProductionsSix Fine Lines. Six Fine Lines is described as “part-gameshow, part-memoir, part-house party” and was a favourite amongst critics during the Festival. Multiple Organism won the Artistic Risk Award, the Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award, the Cultchivating the Fringe Award, and the Public Market Pick of the Fringe Award in 2017—and they just won the Edgy as Fuck Fabby Award at the Orlando Fringe Festival.

Alley Theatre, who you may recall from 2014’s Little One, which was part of the inaugural Dramatic Works Series, was nominated for The Ridiculous Darkness in the Significant Artistic Achievement Award category for outstanding work involving and engaging distinct communities from the Lower Mainland for cross community outreach connection and performance—as well as being nominated for a Critic’s Choice Innovation Award in partnership with Neworld Theatre.

Fringe regulars Tara Travis and Ryan Gladstone also got nods for their work in Monster Theatre’s Who Killed Gertrude Crump? Tara Travis is nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress, and for Significant Artistic Achievement with Dusty Hagerüd. Ryan Gladstone is in the running for Outstanding Direction, as well as for Outstanding Artistic Creation alongside Bruce Horak for The Canada Show.

There are a few more familiar Fringe names nominated too, which is no surprise as the Fringe is a launching pad for so many theatre artists!

Congratulations to all the nominees! To see the full list of nominees, check out the Jessie’s website. You can also buy your tickets for the Awards Ceremony, which will take place at the BMO Mainstage in Vanier Park on July 16.

The Theatre Scene

Just a taste of what Vancouver has to offer in the way of Theatre!

Victim Impact
June 8-17
The Cultch
Theatre Conspiracy is taking Victim Impact to the stage! This Fraudcast untangles the largest Ponzi scheme in BC history, were over 200 people were ripped off in the scam involving over $110 million.

Fringe alumna Ren Kennedy is directing I Am Not a Girl. Photo by Joel Fraser.

Fringe alumna Ren Kennedy is directing I Am Not a Girl. Photo by Joel Fraser.

Slime
June 15-24
Russian Hall
Join the Fringe’s Generation Hot program mentors, The Only Animal for Slime’s world premiere! Co-produced by the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, audiences join 100 animals, seven young translators, scientists, and suits at the 3rd Annual SLIME Conference, where everyone faces the threat of the insatiable creature, SLIME.

I Am Not a Girl
June 21-26
The Cultch
I Am Not a Girl follows the story of Erica as she becomes Eric, and the various physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual challenges of transitioning. Written by Fringe donor William Hubbard and 2016 alumna Ren Kennedy (from Mrs. Barbour’s Daughters, who is also directing this show), I Am Not a Girl is Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard Production Society’s first stage production.

Something Old, Something New

May 18, 2018

Fringe Season Begins!

This year, five shows will begin their Fringe circuit in Orlando and end in Vancouver! Clockwise, from top left: Forget Me Not: The Alzheimer’s Whodunnit., Red Bastard: Lie With Me, Magical Mystery Detour, Banned in the USA, and Al Lafrance: I Think I’m Dead.

This year, five shows will begin their Fringe circuit in Orlando and end in Vancouver! Clockwise, from top left: Forget Me Not: The Alzheimer’s Whodunnit, Red Bastard: Lie With Me, Magical Mystery Detour, Banned in the USA, and Al Lafrance: I Think I’m Dead.

The Fringe is here! Well, not yet in Vancouver, but with the Orlando Fringe well underway, this means that Fringe season is upon us. From Charlottetown to Nanaimo, there is no shortage of Fringe Festivals across the continent. Many of these festivals belong to the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals, which also includes American festivals. Every year, many Fringe artists tour the circuit, performing in multiple cities in the U.S. and Canada. From Orlando, five shows will be making their way through various festivals before coming to Vancouver this September: Al Lafrance: I Think I’m Dead, Magical Mystery Detour, Banned in the USA, Red Bastard: Lie With Me, and Forget Me Not: The Alzheimer’s Whodunnit.

Travelling this summer? Maybe you’re close to a Fringe! Check out the list of all the Fringes here.

And whether you get to check out a Fringe while on holiday or not, you can read reviews of Fringe shows making their way through North America. Vancouver is one of the last Fringes on the circuit, so we’ll be sharing reviews of shows coming to Vancouver through our Facebook page and on our Twitter feed! Happy Fringing!

There’s No I in Team, But There Might Be A You

Jimmy welcomes our new staff! From left to right: Karla, Jess, Rosemarie, and Nina.

Jimmy welcomes our new staff! From left to right: Karla, Jess, Rosemarie, and Nina.

Our team is blooming with new Fringers! We’re happy to welcome new and familiar faces: Karla Comanda, Nina Dosdall, Rosemarie Gresham, and Jess Amy Shead! Plus, we’re still hiring.

If you love volunteers and want to kick-off your Vancouver Fringe experience this summer, apply to be a Volunteer Team Leader! These high-level volunteers assist in recruiting, scheduling, training, and supervising over 500 Festival volunteers. To apply, email your resume and cover letter by Friday, June 29.

Karla is the newest addition to our team as our Communications and Outreach Coordinator. She comes to us from Ricepaper Magazine, where she’s their Fiction Editor. She is also a poet, translator, and playwright—her play Medium was part of the 2017 Brave New Play Rites Festival. She looks forward to seeing the groundbreaking works coming to this year’s Festival and meeting the artists behind the fantastic shows!

Nina returns as our Assistant Volunteer Coordinator after holding the position in 2016 and volunteering last year. When she’s not in the office, she channels her energies into creative projects such as collaborating for a show dealing with issues about anxiety. She also performed in an immersive show called A Game of You, with approximately 200 performances for one individual at a time! She is excited to see new and old faces, adding, “I’m always excited to see the many volunteers who come out—it makes for a wicked party.”

Rosemarie was our Lead Designer in 2015 and since her last stint with the Fringe, she’s worked as a User Experience Designer at SAP and was the Designer and Communications Assistant at the Mackin House Museum in Coquitlam. She’s enthusiastic about discovering new shows at this year’s Fringe!

You may recognize Jess Amy Shead, returning for the fifth time as our Artist Services Coordinator. Jess is thrilled about the new staff: “I’m excited to switch things up and for a new start. Who knows what this new group of people can make happen?” You can catch her at this year’s rEvolver Festival, where she’ll be performing The Somewhere Cedar in a closet!

The Theatre Scene

Just a taste of what Vancouver has to offer in the way of Theatre!

rEvolver Festival
May 23-June 3
The Cultch
Upintheair Theatre’s annual theatre festival is just around the corner! Check out the groundbreaking show Geologic Formations, which responds to the contemporary rise of fascism by pushing the boundaries of Disability/Crip-theatre. If you want to see familiar faces, check out Fringe alumni shows 12 Minute Madness and Distractingly Sexy, which were part of the 2017 Fringe. Or see our long-time Artist Services Coordinator Jess Amy Shead’s free show The Somewhere Cedar, where she’ll be performing in a closet! And if you missed Kitt & Jane: An Interactive Survival Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future at the 2013 Fringe, now’s your chance. Use the promo code SALMON to get 20% off your tickets to their opening night, May 30! There are lots of shows at rEvolver! See the whole lineup here.

Yvette Dudley-Neuman's Titillations is the centrepiece for this year's SHIFT Festival 11. Photo by Kathryn Mussallem.

Yvette Dudley-Neuman’s Titillations is the centrepiece for this year’s SHIFT Festival 11. Photo by Kathryn Mussallem.

SHIFT Festival 11
May 31-June 2
CBC Studio 700
SHIFT Festival 11 puts the spotlight on 2016 Fringe alumna Yvette Dudley-Neuman’s Titillations, a provocative and profound exposé on the female breast. Performed from a powerful female perspective, this body-positive show about boobs is accompanied by a festival workshop, panel discussion, festival marketplace, and more. Featuring the musical stylings of the all-female live band The Land of Deborah and musical arrangements by Peter Abando, Titillations also features 2018 Fringe artist Sara Vickruck and former Fringe Box Office Manager Emily Henney.