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Basic Needs: Love, Volunteers, Food, & Beer

June 17, 2015

Need to Feel Needed? We Need You to Volunteer!

Doesn't it feel good to be needed? We need you to volunteer! Photo by Clayton Wong.

Doesn’t it feel good to be needed? We need you to volunteer! Photo by Clayton Wong.

Volunteering for the Fringe is a great way to meet new people, get work experience, practice your English language skills, and see a hell of a lot of free theatre—and get that warm feeling you get from being needed.

That’s a lot of respectable reasons to sign up to help the Fringe. Last year we asked you to sign up through Better Impact, a volunteer software system, and we’re using it again. Apply now or update your profile from last year. Please make sure to fill out your profile completely, including your basics and qualifications. We’ll email when shifts are available and you can sign up directly.

Check out all the volunteer positions we have, ranging from selling tickets and pouring drinks to counting money and being part of our production crew. If feeling warm isn’t enough, volunteers also receive a t-shirt, snacks in the Volunteer Centre, an invite to the Volunteer Appreciation Party (where there are exclusive performances from Fringe artists), and the coveted Volunteer Rush Pass, which lets you into any show that’s not already sold out! (A special shout out to Shear Comfort for supporting our volunteer program!)

Want to volunteer even more and learn skills for a career in volunteer management, human resources, arts administration, and event planning? We’re accepting applications for Volunteer Team Leaders.

We can’t wait to have you on the team!

Thank You Fringe Lovers!

This year’s Spring for the Fringe campaign has begun fantastically!

The Wonderheads, who credit the Fringe and Fringe Lovers with helping launch their theatre careers, are back at the 2015 Fringe with The Middle of Everywhere.

The Wonderheads, who credit the Fringe and Fringe Lovers with helping launch their theatre careers, are back at the 2015 Fringe with The Middle of Everywhere.

Kate Braidwood, Katia Tynan, Angie Descalzi, and the Fringe volunteers shared the impacts that Fringe Lovers have.

Then YOU victoriously rose to the Fringe Match Makers‘ challenge to double last year’s matching success and raise $10,000 in new, increased, and monthly donations! Thank you Fringe Lovers and Fringe Match Makers—you took it to a new level, directly impacting this coming Festival and those that are yet to come!

Thanks to everyone who has donated! So far, this is shaping up to be the biggest Spring for the Fringe ever!… And that means a fantastic Festival will follow.

To those who haven’t had a chance, yet, you can donate now because the Festival fast approaches and because this is your Festival! Year after year, Fringe Lovers like you make it happen. One Festival at a time, you change our world for the better!

There’s still time for those of you who haven’t donated or renewed your investment to support the 2015 Festival and beyond. Join (or re-join) the ranks of the Fringe Lovers because it’s your Festival and you make it happen! Be a hero to the world and to the ongoing Fringe Festival adventure!

P.S. Missed the Match Maker challenge? Donate through Canada Helps before July 1, and you’ll enter the Fringe into a contest to win a $10,000 donation!

Welcome Big Rock!

We’re thrilled to announce that Big Rock Brewery has expanded into Vancouver and they are the new sponsor for the Fringe Bar! The Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar will host live local musicians and DJs every night of the Festival and be the place to mingle with your fellow Fringers before, after, and between shows.

Big Rock's Brewmaster, Jody, talking about his inspiration for Hollow Tree, a Pacific Northwest style red ale.

Big Rock’s Brewmaster, Jody, talking about his inspiration for Hollow Tree, a Pacific Northwest style red ale.

Big Rock has been brewing beer in Canada for 30 years and they’re excited to be brewing in Vancouver with fresh ingredients from nearby sources. In addition to the usual favourites, they’ll be making beer exclusive to their Vancouver location with the help of Brewmaster Jody Hammell. First up on Jody’s agenda was Hollow Tree, a Pacific Northwest style red ale. Watch this video of Jody talking about his inspiration for this beer with a citrusy/flowery aroma and a bit of a hop bite. Next up is a Citra IPA.

Big Rock Urban Brewery opened their craft brewery, retail store, and tasting Lounge and the Big Rock Urban Eatery (which will host live music every night) on 4th Street and Alberta back in April. They love Vancouver and are excited to support the arts and music communities. Not only are the supporting the Fringe, but they’re the official beer sponsor for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and the Whistler Film Festival. Plus, you can grab one of their beers at Vancouver Canadians games at Nat Bailey Stadium too.

Welcome to Vancouver Big Rock! And welcome to the Fringe!

Off the Tracks Espresso Bar & Bistro

Research for this article included having lunch at Off the Tracks. Delicious!

Research for this article included having lunch at Off the Tracks. Delicious!

You may have noticed a change in Granville Island’s Railspur District. AGRO Café is now Off the Tracks Espresso Bar & Bistro! And while it has a new logo they’re still committed to quality coffee and sourcing their menu items from local farmers and companies. Did you know their bread come from A Bread Affair, located just steps away, next to the Public Market? Did you know they make their own jam and condiments? Plus they have plenty of vegan and gluten-free menu items too!

Off the Tracks and the green space across from them will be home to the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar where local musicians and DJs will perform every night of the Fringe. We’re super excited to dance with you and Fringe artists on the cobblestones outside Off the Tracks in September! Although Off the Tracks will be closed at 7:00pm each night when we take over their space for the Bar, it’s good to know that there’s a spot on the Island for all day breakfast and their own happy hour from 2:00pm till closing daily—and their Caesars are a totally appropriate pairing for organic eggs.

Save the Date: AGM on July 29!

The First Vancouver Theatrespace Society, producers of the Fringe Festival, will be holding and Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, July 29 at 6:30pm. If you purchased and activated a Membership at the 2014 Fringe Festival, then you are a Member and eligible to attend and vote during the AGM. We’ll send another notice in our July newsletter announcing the location and any other pertinent details, but in the meantime, please save the date!

The Theatre Scene

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

There'll be plenty of dancing in the streets during the Jazz Festival!

There’ll be plenty of dancing in the streets during the Jazz Festival!

Vancouver International Jazz Fest
June 18 – July 1
Various
Happy 30th to the Jazz Festival! There is so much to see including Grammy winners Erykah Badu, The Roots, Buddy Guy, and Pink Martini. Not to mention all the amazing free shows around town,including those during the Downtown Jazz Weekend at the Art Gallery/Robson Square, the David Lam Park Jazz Weekend and Canada Day on Granville Island!

Drunk Heritage: A Canada Day Party
July 1
Progress Lab
Do you smell burnt toast? Sum Theatre, Itsazoo Productions, and Hardline Productions are teaming up to celebrate Canada Day in the best way possible: by performing Canadian Heritage Minutes, followed by an all Canadian music dance party.

Dancing On The Edge
July 2-11
Various
Bringing dance in all shapes and forms to audiences, the Dancing on the Edge Festival lives up to its name with “Edge 3” a double bill featuring a little Fringe on July 7 and 9. Billy Marchenski, who was in Greenland in the 2014 Fringe, will perform Jay Hirabayashi’s Oxygen and Nathaniel Justiniano, one grotesque bouffon from 2013’s You Killed Hamlet joins Karen Jamieson for the expanded version of their Brief Encounters Fringe showcase called Trickster.

Double Down
Sundays till July 19
Havana
We love it when people draw things randomly from hats, and at these nights, improv duos will be paired on the spot via hat draw to compete!

Thanks to You, the Fringe Season May Now Begin

May 29, 2015

Spring For the Fringe!!

Don’t forget to double the power of your Fringe Love with the Fringe Match Makers!

Thanks to everyone who's donated so far! Make sure to donate by June 6 because your donation will be matched!

Thanks to everyone who’s donated so far! Make sure to donate by June 6 because your donation will be matched!

C’mon Fringers! There’s only a few days left to increase your gift from last year, convert to monthly support, or become a new Fringe Lover donor because you’ll see your gift doubled!

Yes, we’re all busy. But this opportunity is about to go away and you can still take advantage of it!

The Fringe Match Makers have gone out on a limb for you and the Fringe. Let’s reward them for their commitment. Let’s make them proud of their deep Fringe Love!

We’re almost 70% of the way to reaching the Match Makers goal of $10,000 in new, increased, or new monthly gifts!! We only have until June 6. Take us all the way there!

To those who already made matchable donations: Thanks! You are super Fringe Lovers and you’re making a bigger difference than ever before! To the rest of you: Donate now because there’s no better time to help make this year’s Festival the biggest and best ever!

Thank you, Fringers!

Donate Now

Let the Fringes Begin!

Every year performing artists pack up their props, scripts, and flyers and head out across Canada and the US on Fringe Festival tours. While some artists perform at just one Festival, others pack their summer nights with Festival stops in multiple cities. The Orlando Fringe has just wrapped up and the Montreal Fringe opens today!

Looking at Orlando and Montreal’s line ups, you can see plenty of familiar artists, like Peter n’ Chris, Mike Delamont (God is a Scottish Drag Queen), and Chase Padgett (6 Guitars). Some of them are starting a tour that will eventually end in Vancouver this September. Stay tuned to our Facebook Page and Twitter Feed where we’ll be sharing reviews of touring Fringe shows so you can start prepping your must-see Fringe show list now!

In the meantime, find out more about the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals and the Fringe Festivals taking over North America all summer long.

Mingle with Fringe Artists & Be Part of a Show

Last year's Artist Mingler had a great turn out and many connections were made. Be sure to attend this year's on June 23!

Last year’s Artist Mingler had a great turn out and many connections were made. Be sure to attend this year’s on June 23!

Are you a Fringe artist in search of artists to add to your Fringe team? Are you an artist longing to be a part of a Fringe show? The Artist Mix & Mingle event on June 23 will give everyone a chance to forge new connections and build fabulous Fringe teams. All theatre artists are welcome, including, but not limited to:

  • Stage Managers
  • Actors
  • Publicists
  • Directors
  • Lighting, set, costume designers, etc

Please RSVP with your name to Jess Amy Shead by June 19.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 23, 6:30-9:00pm
WHERE: CBC Studio 700, 700 Hamilton St.
WHAT: A friendly, relaxed environment to mix, mingle, and connect with potential team members, involving get-to-know-you games, a pitch session, and an informal meet and greet.

The Team is Growing!

We have grown once again, and this time, it’s not just for the Festival! As you may know, the First Vancouver Theatrespace Society, which produces the Fringe Festival, is working on year-round projects—including the soon to be launched Theatre Wire. That’s why we’ve brought Angie Descalzi on as a year-round staff member!

Angie Descalzi is back, now as a year-round staff member! Photo by My City Photos.

Angie Descalzi is back, now as a year-round staff member! Photo by My City Photos.

Angie was our Volunteer Coordinator in 2014 and she’ll be taking on those duties again this year. But she’ll also be supporting Theatre Wire by being the liaison for the independent theatre artists who will be part of the Theatre Wire season and she’ll manage front of house operations for those shows.

On top of being last year’s Volunteer Coordinator, Angie has worked with the Fringe over the years as a Volunteer Team Leader (twice!), Assistant to the Executive Director, and Marketing Assistant. We’re so happy to have Angie back in the office year-round! And she’s looking forward to having you as a volunteer—applications will open in June.

Think you’ve got what it takes to work for us? We’re currently accepting applications for Box Office Manager, Junior Designer, Communications Coordinator, and Volunteer Team Leaders. Visit our website for future job and volunteer postings.

Don't let your previously loved phone languish in a drawer! Give it to us!

Don’t let your previously loved phone languish in a drawer! Give it to us!

The Fringe Needs Your Phones!

Have a used mobile that’s sadly sitting in your drawer, alone and unloved? We’re going for function over fashion, and we’ll make your phone feel needed again.

We’re looking for working cell phones (smart phones preferred, but not necessary) that are either unlocked or locked to Rogers for temporary use to keep our Box Office and Volunteer Centre humming along smoothly. You can drop them by our office at 1398 Cartwright Street on Granville Island any time between Monday-Friday, 9-5.

The Theatre Scene

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

 

Pippa Mackie's Deer Harper is part of Shift Theatre's 1-Act Festival.

Pippa Mackie’s Deer Harper is part of Shift Theatre’s 1-Act Festival.

Music Waste & Comedy Waste
June 2-7
Various Venues
Check out Vancouver’s up and coming musicians in the indiest of settings. And of course, check out the Comedy Waste events, including Blanket Fort Storytime with Fringe friend Riel Hahn, Fringe alumni (and part of the 2015 Festival) Hip.Bang! at dangerdanger, and more!

In Tune 2015
June 12-21
Various Venues
The only event of its kind in Canada, In Tune is a biennial event co-produced by Touchstone Theatre and the Arts Club Theatre Company for developing and showcasing new Canadian Musicals. Events include a creative mixture of shows, masterclasses, panel discussions, showcases, and workshops happening around Granville Island, including a showcase performance of Love Bomb from Fringe alumni, Shameless Hussy Productions.

SHIFT 1-Act Festival 8
June 17-20
The Cultch Lab
This mini-Festival showcases four one-act plays, including Deer Harper, written by Fringe alumnae, Pippa Mackie (The Progressive Polygamists, Industry: The Food Must Go Out), and this year’s Fringe New Play Prize winner, Pedro Chamale, with Mis Papás.

Theatre Wire is Coming!

Not only will Theatre Wire keep you informed, but it’ll keep you entertained too! Local funny lady Sara Bynoe will interview local artists who’ll dish on audition horror stories, the Georgia Straight’s theatre critic, Colin Thomas, will offer playwriting advice, there’ll be Vancouver theatre history, and more! And you can even buy tickets through Theatre Wire! The website is nearly ready, but in the meantime, sign up to receive bi-weekly emails.


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