Do something beyond endlessly mulling wine this holiday season! Come to A Very Merry Fringemas—a spectacular evening of spirited brouhaha featuring some of your favourite Fringe performers on Friday, December 11!
Join host Jayson McDonald (Magic Unicorn Island, Giant Invisible Robot) as he and his gang of Merry Misfits smash their various creative aesthetics together! It’s a no-holds-barred cabaret of seasonal shenanigans! Sketch, song, story, maybe a little dance, maybe a little pantomime, all rolled up into a delightful Yule Log that you can eat with your hands.
Featuring TJ Dawe (Marathon, Medicine), Andrew Bailey (The Adversary, Me, The Queen, and a Coconut), Sydney Hayduk (Village Ax), Jeff Leard (Sperm Wars), Jim Sands (Dating for Dumbheads), Megan Phillips (People Suck, Strapless Comedy), and more performers jumping into our one-horse open sleigh by the minute!
Eat, drink, and be merry! Be soaked in holiday entertainment! Get a photo with Father Fringemas!
Get on board while you can…tickets are limited!
When: Friday, December 11, doors at 7:15pm, show at 8:00pm
Where: Studio 1398, 1398 Cartwright St. on Granville Island
Tickets: $20 for regular seats or
$50 for VIP seats or VIP tables of 4 for $175
(VIP seats and tables include wine, table service, drink tickets, and appetizers)
Must be 19+
Mainstage Application Period Closing Soon!
Did you know that Vancouver Fringe Festival shows in the Mainstage category are chosen by lottery? It’s true! Applications are drawn from a hat and this is your chance to produce a show for the 2016 Festival! Apply by November 24 at 4:00pm PST. The application process and form can be found here. The lottery will be held at the Big Rock Urban Brewery on December 2, starting at 8:00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Similar to 2015’s DAREU! and 2011-2014’s Onsite Program, Generation Hot is a mentorship program led by The Only Animal and associate artists. Young artists will be mentored through the creation of a short piece that will be showcased at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Generation Hot will focus on theatrical action related to climate change. Artists around the world are responding to the most urgent issues of our times, using creativity to go beyond the shock headlines and the paralysis of anxiety to look for the possibilities inside crisis. Only 10 lead artists will be accepted into this category on a first come, first served basis. Applications open on December 9 at 10:00am PST. Read about the program and its requirements here.
The Dramatic Works Series
Sponsored by the Lochmaddy Foundation, this is a Mainstage venue completely dedicated to published dramatic works. In the Dramatic Works category, artists must use a previously produced script classified as a drama with two or more actors. New this year: applicants may apply for one day only on December 9, with a lottery to take place on December 10. Visit our website for more details.
Bring Your Own Venue (BYOVs) and Site-Specific Categories
BYOV and Site-Specific artists have to do a little more leg work and be more independent than artists in other categories. If you have a site-specific show in mind, connect with artist[at]vancouverfringe.com with your show idea and location. Spots are limited. BYOV artists will be able to apply to pre-approved BYOV venues (such as Havana and the Firehall) starting mid-December. Check our website for updates and details.
Be among the first to know which artists will be part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival! We will be drawing names out of a hat to select next year’s Mainstage Artists on Wednesday, December 2 at the Big Rock Urban Brewery.
We’ll play Fringe Bingo as we draw shows out of a hat where you’ll be required to give each other high fives, eat gummie worms, pretend to be Elvis, and other shenanigans. There may even be prizes!
Where: Big Rock Urban Brewery, 310 West 4th Avenue
When: Wednesday, December 2 starting at 8:00pm
Cost: The Lottery Party is free
Dress: Whatever you like—with a hat!
Who are Nos Disparus? Those who are no longer with us, except in spirit and by the impact of what they gave us.
On November 1, just a few hours before the Latin American Dia de los Muertos, some of the biggest contributors to the Fringe community gathered to contemplate some supporters who have passed on. For a third straight year at Los Cuervos Taqueria y Cantina, Fringe Executive Director, David Jordan led us all in a celebration of the past, present, and future of the Fringe.
First we heard about three significant Fringe community members who have left us lonelier for their absence, but richer for their presence:
Roy was the perennial volunteer and was widely recognizable greeting revelers at the Fringe Bar in his red jacket and flashing tie pin! In his 80s when he left us, Roy often told us that the Fringe was one of the top communities he enjoyed supporting—not least of which because when he was amongst other Fringers he never felt old! The Festival simply couldn’t operate as it does without its nearly 600 volunteers, and, in many ways, Roy embodied that volunteer spirit that defies age to enjoy and add to the Fringe energy. That spirit lives on in part thanks to him!
Mike was the Chair of the Vancouver Island University Theatre Department and one of the founders of the Nanaimo Fringe Festival. He died suddenly this past August, having created a prolific local theatre legacy—Chelsee Damen, a Nanaimo Fringe producer, told David that, “just about everyone I know in the local theatre community has worked with or been taught by Mike.”
Well-known for his legendary TV show, The Polka Dot Door, Denis also performed on virtually every Canadian theatre stage, becoming a towering influence in Canadian theatre. His autobiographical solo show Denis Anyone? began at the Vancouver Fringe before going on to be an Arts Club Theatre production and winning a Jessie Award. Beloved by audiences and colleagues alike, Denis was a stalwart supporter of independent theatre. He mentored many emerging artists, including Berend McKenzie, also directing his show nggrfg, which enjoyed great success on the Fringe circuit (including here in Vancouver).
Roy, Mike, and Denis left us, but they left us better off for their presence and work—their legacy. In that spirit of making a difference that survives your own time amongst us, David toasted these Fringers and challenged us all to consider what their legacy might look like and how they might leave behind a better, stronger Fringe community. He asked us, “How might you contribute to a Fringe Forever?”
PrintPrint.ca has been printing Fringe posters, passes, Membership Cards, and more for years, but we’re still learning about each other! Salim Lakhani, PrintPrint.ca’s owner told us a little more about the business that helps the Fringe and Fringe artists get noticed.
Salim also wanted us to tell you about a deal he’s offering to Fringe fans and artists! Get $25 off digital printing when you order $50 or more of print materials. All you have to do is mention the Fringe when placing your order. Visit PrintPrint.ca for a list of everything they print from flyers and posters to business cards and wrist bands!
Tell us a bit about your business.
We are a Downtown Eastside business located at the gates to Chinatown where it is still rough and edgy—kind of like us. We do more than you can imagine or than I can list here. But we do everything from flyers and postcards, business cards, to window displays and installations across Canada. If you’ve been to the Whistler Snowboard Competition or the Monster Energy Motocross, or even just a local night club or a trade show, you are sure to have seen our work… Oh and if you went to the Fringe.
How long has it been around? How did it come to be?
We have been around since 2000. We are a Vancouver based business started because of the need for better printers and customer service for the small guy. Before starting PrintPrint, I was a rave promoter and I needed my print material much faster then I was getting it. So as any good entrepreneur I found a way to do it myself.
What is something people may not know about it that they should?
We pride ourselves on being a family business. Our employees have been with us for a long time and we all understand the need to get the job done.
Is there a certain culture that it promotes?
Arts, entertainment, and music is where we made our mark. We are strong supporters of the industry and the industry has given back in a big way.
We want Fringers to know a bit about why your business is involved in the Fringe. So, why Fringe?
We are involved with the Fringe because it helps young and aspiring artists get recognized. It is all about promoting the arts and given that that’s our roots, it only makes sense.
The Drowning Girls
Surfacing from the bathtubs they were drowned in, three breathless brides gather evidence against their womanizing, murderous husband by reliving the shocking events leading up to their deaths.
The Music of Junk!
2014 Fringe show Junk! is back for another musical adventure of original music performed on original instruments built from recycled junk!
Hip.Bang! presents LIGHT & GRIND
The white pants wearing duo and Fringe alumni, Hip.Bang! and guests present all new sketches for one night only!
Peter n’ Chris and the Kinda OK Corral
Chris may live in Toronto, but the boys can’t be kept apart for long! Catch the impish pair as they mock and embrace the Western genre in what the Georgia Straight calls “a giddy good time.”
Peter n’ Chris and the Kinda OK Corral is part of Theatre Wire! You can purchase a three or six show pass that includes them as well as 52 Pick-up, One-Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody, and loads of other great shows! Visit TheatreWire.com for a full list of offerings and sign up for the Theatre Wire newsletter for an insider’s perspective on Vancouver’s independent theatre scene!
Are you a theatre artist? Want to have your dream of producing a Fringe Festival show come true? You can! Applications for the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival Mainstage category are now open!
Artists in the Mainstage category are chosen on a lottery basis. You do not need to submit a script or outline or anything other than your contact information and application fee. If you get into the Festival, you’ll be required to fill in a form to help us select the most appropriate venue, as well as to submit your show description, photo, etc. But at this juncture, we just need the basics.
Mainstage artists are placed in a venue supplied by the Fringe, including a technician and basic sound and lighting. Shows can be 10-75 minutes in length. The Fringe also provides:
• A show schedule of 6 performances
• A listing in the Festival Program Guide and inclusion in Festival publicity
• Advance and at-door box office
• Front-of-house services through volunteer teams
• Access to the local media list and publicity information (once your press kit is supplied)
• 100% of the base ticket price box office revenue generated by the performing company
• Third party liability insurance
The sub-categories within the Mainstage category have changed slightly. This year there’ll be more spots in the Provincial category, the USA has joined the National category to create a North American category, and while there are fewer International spots, they will allow for greater opportunities for artists who travel overseas to come to the Fringe.
Read about the application process and apply now. Applications are open till November 24, 2015 at 4:00pm PST. The lottery will be held at the Big Rock Urban Brewery on December 2, starting at 8:00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Stay tuned to our newsletter for artist information on how to apply to the Fringe’s other show categories: Bring Your Own Venue (BYOV), the Onsite Program, the Dramatic Works Series, and Site-Specific.
Peter n’ Chris are here December 3-5 in Peter n’ Chris and the Kinda OK Corral, the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Pick of the Fringe winning show! You have to see the comedy duo’s take on the Western genre—from Brokeback Mountain references to a greedy oil baron cliché to a Fleetwood Mac cover!
Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson have been together since meeting at the University of Victoria—at least we presume they met there after reading the absurd origin story on their website where they describe breathing out of their vaginas as part of their theatre classes.
Their bromance bloomed since school and the Fringe heartthrobs have won numerous accolades for their hilarity, including Canadian Comedy Awards and Pick of the Fringe wins at pretty much every Fringe Festival.
Peter n’ Chris and the Kinda OK Corral is back in Vancouver as part of the inaugural year of the Fringe’s new year-round project, Theatre Wire. You can see this show and check out the other shows that are part of the Theatre Wire series (including other Fringe greats, Tara Travis in The Unfortunate Ruth and James and Jamesy in High Tea) and get a deal when you purchase a three or six show pass. Three show passes are only $58—that’s less than $20 per show!
After a successful inaugural year, Advance Theatre: New Works by Women will be back as part of the Fringe in 2016! In partnership with Ruby Slippers Theatre and Equity in Theatre, the Fringe will showcase dramatic readings of five new plays by Canadian women playwrights.
In 2015, audiences filled the theatre to see stories ranging from a town’s reaction to a proposed pipeline in Kitimat, to a personal story of dealing with Early Onset Alzheimer’s in Forget About Tomorrow, to a play about Canada’s missing and murdered women in 27 Voices. The Georgia Straight featured the series and interviewed Diane Brown of Ruby Slippers Theatre, the instigator behind the series.
Are you a woman playwright? Apply to have your play be part of the 2016 Advance Series! Read the submission guidelines here and apply by February 15, 2016!
Some of you may remember Roy Sumpter and his red blazer working the door of the Fringe Bar. Over the years Roy often worked security at the Fringe, greeting guests and flirting with the ladies. He was proud of his role as volunteer and helped out with many organizations.
Roy passed away on September 27, 2015 and we wanted to say thanks for all his help. The Fringe’s Executive Director, David Jordan said, “I will always remember Roy’s warm smile, red jacket, and flashing tie pin. He would always call me on my cell phone and check-in regarding his intention to volunteer. He told me that he loved the Festival because he liked being around young people and because he himself felt young at heart. He often told me Fringe was one of his favourite organizations and I’m glad we were part of Roy’s life.”
Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Nov. 20
No Tweed Too Tight: A Grant Canyon Mystery: Nov. 20
Nashville Hurricane: Nov. 21
The ACT Arts Centre Studio Theatre
The upcoming ALT Fest is stacked with Fringe favourites! Tara Travis returns as all six of Henry VIII’s wives as they battle for the privilege of eternity with the king in Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII. Ryan Gladstone is back as the perpetually inebriated insurance investigator Grant Canyon in his 2014 Pick of the Fringe hit, No Tweed Too Tight: A Grant Canyon Mystery. Chase Padgett’s Nashville Hurricane chronicles the rise, demise, and resurrection of the best damn guitar player you’ve ever heard of. Plus there are other performances that are part of ALT Fest too!
What’s a mother to do when her under-employed actress daughter is set to wed an under-employed theatre artist? See for yourself in Dressing For a Wedding.
Oct. 30 – Nov. 08
Four dog owners find community at their local park, but romance and competition eventually lead to antagonism and violence, and tensions erupt between humans and canines. Double cast, with each performer playing dog and owner, Off-Leash offers a darkly funny yet relatable look at modern life in the city.
Dressing For A Wedding
Nov. 12 – 29
This dark comedy tells the tale of an overwrought mother desperately trying to run her daughter’s wedding while keeping family secrets under lock and key. Acclaimed Vancouver playwright Aaron Bushkowsky has created a funny, heartfelt theatrical memory play featuring the best and the worst from all wedding rehearsals including “meaningful” songs, and “deep” readings of Shakespeare.