Vancouver Fringe Festival

August 2015


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  • For Body And Light Presents: Bear Dreams

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  • The Traveller

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  • Chris & Travis

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  • Camel Camel

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  • High Life

    Buy tickets Husky Guy ProductionsPart of the Vancouver Fringe
  • Dances with Spoons

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  • Rhonda Badonda: ... Pain in Her Brain

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  • The Wild Dog Waits On The Concrete Path

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Part Festival, All Party at Fringe

August 17, 2015

Join Us for an Amazing Opening Night Party!

The Fringe likes to celebrate. We celebrate theatre, music, and more, and this is epitomized on this year’s Program Guide cover and our tag line, “Celebrate Different.” Another way we celebrate is at Opening Night—a chance to support the Fringe and have a party—which is on September 8 this year and we want you to be there!

Kate Braidwood of Wonderheads with one of her masks.

Kate Braidwood of Wonderheads with one of her masks.

Hang out with current Fringe artists and alumni during the pre-show reception, which features appetizers from our new sponsor Emelle’s, including ginger sesame slaw in cool cucumber cups, pastry puffs stuffed with oven dried tomatoes, chèvre, and basil, and more summery selections. Returning to Opening Night this year, Dockside Restaurant will bring their Legendary Chili Squid, and The Keg Granville Island will have sliders and shrimp cocktails, which disappeared off trays and into people’s stomachs last year. There will also be various tastings from Big Rock Brewery, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, and The Liberty Distillery!

My City Photos will have a wedge wall set up for photos as well as photographing the event—look for photos on Facebook after the event and tag yourself!

And as with many Fringe events, Olla Urban Flower Project will be providing botanical creations. Last year, we had beautiful living terrariums at the Box Office and the freshest garlands around Performance Works on Granville Island.

After the reception, stay for performances by WonderheadsTanga, and Tonye Aganaba!

This is the Fringe’s biggest fundraiser event of the year! It’s how you directly help make the Festival happen, support Fringe artists—and you get a $50 tax receipt for every ticket! Want do donate another way? Here’s how.

Fringe Raised Physical Theatre at Opening Night

Wonderheads are Pixar in theatrical form—made for both adults and children, audiences have described performances as watching live cartoons. That’s why we’re so excited that Wonderheads are part of the Fringe’s Opening Night on September 8! The company consists of co-heads Kate Braidwood and Andrew Phoenix and associate head Emily Windler (Gary Has a Date). They perform in oversized, full-face masks, a form that recalls European larval mask traditions that rarely appear on North American stages.

Kate spends 40 to 70 hours crafting each mask out of papier-mâché. The CBC called the masks “exquisitely rendered,” while the The Province lauded Wonderheads’ almost entirely nonverbal style as original and moving. “Masks trigger the imagination in a way regular theatre can’t,” Kate says. “They give the audience immediate permission to enter really imaginative territory.”

Based in Portland, Oregon, the company has toured across North America and become a Fringe favourite in Canada. Kate, who is Canadian, told Oregon Live that performing Fringe Festivals has been essential to become a touring theatre company, as it’s increased their recognition and many Canadian theatre presenters have invited them to perform throughout the year.

Get your tickets to see Wonderheads share never-before-seen short pieces and create physical theatre with other Fringe Artists at the Fringe Opening Night, including Yanomi Shoshinz (Kiss Around Pass Around & Miss Hiccup), Trent Baumann (Birdmann), and Chris Ross and Travis Bernhardt (Chris & Travis)! (Plus, tickets to Wonderheads include entry to the Dance Party with Tanga and Tonye Aganaba!)

Afro-Latin meets R&B at Opening Night Dance Party!

Tanga and Tonye Aganaba will open the Fringe as part of the Opening Night Dance Party on September 8 at Performance Works on Granville Island.

Tanga and Tonye

Tanga (above) and Tonye Aganaba (below) perform at Opening Night!

Heady and ecstatic world fusion group Tanga joins the Fringe after popular appearances at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Vancouver Folk Music Festival this year. BC Musician Magazine calls their album, Havanaelectro, “a powerful recording that deftly incorporates Latin funk, hip-hop, Latin jazz, electro, salsa, and a variety of Afro-Cuban influences.” Recorded at a makeshift apartment studio in Havana, Cuba, front man and trumpeter, Malcolm Aiken and his crew set up recording gear, threw mattresses against the windows to muffle the sound of the busy streets below, and got to work. The result is world class music worthy of a Fringe dance party.

Tonye Aganaba returns after two years of bringing down the house at the Fringe Bar. She recently signed with 604 Records and is a familiar face at one of the coolest live music venues in the city, Guilt & Company, where she manages and performs regularly. Tonye is dedicated to expanding the presence of R&B, Funk, Soul, and Jazz in Vancouver beyond the Jazz Fest that initially drew her to the city. She recently told Vancouver 24Hours: “I feel like Vancouver’s live scene is going through a sort of renaissance right now.”

Buy tickets now to see Tanga and Tonye, check out the Facebook event, and invite your friends! Or see the Wonderheads too and get entry into the Tanga and Tonye Aganaba show too!

Free Music and Performances at the Fringe Bar

Every night of the Fringe is a party with free live music, performances, and DJs on the Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Stage at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar! This music festival within a theatre festival showcases some of Vancouver’s best emerging talent with established musicians and entertainers.

The Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar is located in the Railspur District on Granville Island!

The Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar is located in the Railspur District on Granville Island!

The 11 days begin with Adrian Teacher, who Exclaim Magazine says, “dances between folk, psych and pop influences without loosing his own distinct sound.” See his latest incarnation, Adrian Teacher & the Subs, September 10. Colin Cowan & the Elastic Stars’ new psych-pop project is on stage September 11. JP Maurice, a member of the top 12 in the 2015 Peak Performance Project, performs September 12. Supermoon‘s “summery melodies kissed with dreamy reverb” (the Georgia Straight) fill the night on September 17.

There will also be performances from Savvie, who Beatroute Magazine says is “charged with swelling riffs and splashy percussion,” seven-piece blues juggernaut Wooden Horsemen, and rock ‘n’ roll cover ensemble Kingsgate Chorus.

The Fringe Bar will host the inaugural performance of Phantom Signal, an homage to old radio programs from Fringe greats, Andrew Bailey (The Adversary, Limbo), Jayson McDonald (Giant Invisible Robot, Magic Unicorn Island), and Tara Travis (Til Death: the Six Wives of Henry VIII), on September 15. That same night Travis Bernhardt (Unpossible!) invites artists to perform in a style they know very little about in The Discomfort Zone.

DJs round out the nights and get people dancing to electro-pop, world rhythms, hip-hop, ‘80s top 40, and more. The full schedule can be found at and in our program guide, available at select Blenz Coffee locations and other Fringe friendly businesses. Let us know you will be there on the Facebook event!


Tickets on Sale and Program Guides Land!

August 5, 2015

We have Tickets, People!

Get your Fringe tickets online now and avoid the lineup at the Box Office during the Festival! Photo by Michael Sider.

Get your Fringe tickets online now and avoid the lineup at the Box Office during the Festival! Photo by Michael Sider.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival!

You can grab your single Fringe tickets for $14. Half-Price tickets will be offered to select shows (look for the Half-Price symbol in the Program Guide). Frequent Fringer Cards offer a great value and limited quantities are available for four, 10, or 30 performances. Tickets and Frequent Fringer Cards can be purchased online now. And don’t forget, everyone attending the Fringe needs to show a 2015 Membership, which is also available online now.

Show descriptions can be found on our website and in our program guide, available at select Blenz Coffee locations, the Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver Farmers Markets, and other Fringe friendly businesses. Check out this map for a location near you.

Program Guides Now Available!

Volunteer Robert Wilmot is off delivering Program Guides!

Volunteer Robert Wilmot is off delivering Program Guides!

The 2015 Program Guide is out! It was lovingly assembled by a team of dedicated people from the Fringe and our partners. We worked with St. Bernadine Communications on the cover, which becomes the face of the Festival. Here’s what Andrew Samuel of St. Bernadine had to say about the how it came together:

“Our goal with the cover design was to communicate that the Vancouver Fringe Festival is part festival and all party. There are no bounds to the artists or the shows that appear—bringing together different artists and audience members—making the uniquely Fringe experience.

“This concept was distilled into the cover line ‘Celebrate Different.’ We thought about what that meant and how we could articulate that idea quickly and iconically. Who are two polar opposite characters and what would they look like if they came together to celebrate? Historically and comedically, the wolf and the sheep articulated this difference.

Madison Tuff, an illustrator based in Vancouver, was chosen. The characters needed to have a strong personality and an animated quality, but also needed to go beyond simply being a light-hearted cartoon. Her highly detailed style brought life to the characters and a tone that gave the finished piece a comedic quality. This added an interesting dimension to the character dynamic and this also helped to better represent the edgy-ness of the Festival.”

We know you will find it beautiful and entertaining—get yours now!

AGM Report: Telex is Dead. Theatre Wire is Born.

The First Vancouver Theatrespace Society (FVTS), producers of the Vancouver Fringe Festival, held an Annual General Meeting on July 29 at Big Rock Urban Brewery. Anyone who purchased and activated a Membership at the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival was eligible to attend and vote.

The Fringe's Finance Manager, Kathy Costello, with a framed

The Fringe’s Finance Manager, Kathy Costello, with a framed “furry folder.” The furry folder was once an artist’s press kit, but Kathy used it for years to hold cheques that needed to be signed.

Members voted on amending a variety of bylaws mostly concerned with wording and updating (we can’t use telegram or telex anymore—modern times!). Executive Director David Jordan gave his report with particular sentiment as it is a decade since he took over the role. He also took a moment to recognize Finance Manager Kathy Costello, who started two months after him. On the other end of the spectrum, he welcomed the organization’s newest year-round staff member, Audience Services Manager Angie Descalzi, who will be working on Theatre Wire as well as managing the Fringe’s 600 or so volunteers.

Doug Beaton stepped down from the FVTS Board of Directors to pursue engineering with a focus audio architecture. A Board Member since 2013, long time devoted volunteer, and major gift donor at the Soul Mate level, he’s well-known at the Fringe for his impassioned curtain speeches—especially when it was his Day at the Fringe. Fringers honoured him at the AGM by reading personal haikus about him.

Enjoy some of the haikus:

Waves of sound borne by bridges
Carry us from past to future
Ever on the fringe of delight
-Ray Schacter

Doug is going
He always makes clear
Love for Fringe
-Jim Sibley

On Stage. In the Lights.
Engaging patrons with joy
Doug presents: the Fringe.
-Nancy More

Totally the best
Fringe for a day curtain speech
Yup, you got it, Doug
-Robyn Kurtz

Energetic orator
Doug Beaton’s Fringe love
Enthusiasm inspires
-Jane Westheuser

One of the most exciting initiatives of the past year was the launch of Theatre Wire, which was acknowledged several times throughout the AGM, both in terms of its positive reflection in the Financial Statements and what it means for year-round programming as part of the Fringe.

Thank you to our new sponsor, Big Rock, for hosting us at their new brewery and eatery! The bright open space with a glass wall looking into the brewery and views of the mountains was a refreshing change from a standard meeting room. We can also get behind a menu inspired by beer and made from locally-sourced ingredients!

Program Guide Launch Party at Big Rock!

Program Guide Fairy and Assistant Volunteer Coordinator Katt Campbell handing out Programs at the launch party! Photo by Alex Sirbu.

Program Guide Fairy and Assistant Volunteer Coordinator Katt Campbell handing out Programs at the launch party! Photo by Alex Sirbu.

Fringe Pollinators and other VIPs gathered after the AGM at Big Rock Urban Brewery to launch the 2015 Program Guide.

The Pollinators are an essential group of Fringers made up of larger or long-term donors, high-level volunteers, sponsors, and other people who go above and beyond for the Fringe. They bring their resources and connections to the Festival. The Pollinators get together every few months to make the Festival the best it can be. They also get special invites to events like the Program Guide Launch Party.

Executive Director David Jordan played MC and led a party game we called “Look through the Program Guide and Find Stuff.” It goes exactly as the name suggests. Giveaway items for the game were provided by our generous sponsors, including Big Rock, Liberty Distillery, car2go, G Adventures, St. Bernadine, Motorino, and Blenz Coffee. Attendees studied the Program Guide and answered the questions, such as “Name a food truck that will be in the Micon Parking Lot as part of the Fringe Food Truck Feast,” “Find a show title with an ampersand in it,” and “How many cowboy hats are in the Program Guide?”

Everyone who attended the launch party took home a guide—get your own at a select Blenz Coffee locations or at other places around the city!

Partner Profiles: Blenz Coffee

Showing off our lovely partners!

Blenz Coffee's iced matcha latte and our Program Guide!

Blenz Coffee’s iced matcha latte and our Program Guide!

Blenz Coffee has been with the Fringe for over six years, but we’re still learning about each other! They partner with us to distribute the Program Guide at select Blenz locations around the city. We caught up with them after this year’s guide landed. In this Partner Profile, they tell us about their trademarked beverage and remind us that latte art is an art form like any other!

Fringe: Tell us a bit about your business.
Blenz: We are BC’s largest local coffee shop franchise retailing premium coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and other innovative beverages.

F: What is something people may not know about it that they should?
B: Our matcha is organic green tea that is ground into fine powder. Most people also don’t know that Blenz trademarked the name “matcha latte” and Blenz was the first coffee shop to introduce matcha lattes to Vancouver!

F: Is there a certain culture that Blenz Coffee promotes?
B: We promote a community culture and support local initiatives and events as much as we can. It is also very important for us to give back to our community and we support the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the Canadian Red Cross, the Vancouver International Dance Festival, and many others.

F: Four words that would best describe your business are:
B: Authentic. Local. Unconventional. Community.

F: We want Fringers to know a bit about why your business is involved in the Fringe. So, why Fringe?
B: Latte art is a big part of what we do as a specialty coffee brand so supporting the arts community is a perfect fit for our brand. Plus, we love the Fringe—it’s a great way for our community to have fun, meet cool people, and get inspired!

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