Your popularity has never been so imminent. You can buy your Frequent Fringer Card now and be the best date in town! You and a guest can use the card—or you alone if you like to keep your options open—for four, 10, or 30 regular Festival performances. You receive amazing value and 100% of your Frequent Fringer Card price goes to Fringe artists! And this year, we’re happy to say that Frequent Fringer Card holders can book their shows in advance. If you purchase a Frequent Fringer card, you will be invited to a special booking party on August 7 where you can swap favourite shows, meet other Fringe fanatics, and Fringe artists may even be in attendance trying to get you to go to their show! Now that’s a party where you’re guaranteed to score!
Frequent Fringer Cards are on sale now at these smashing prices:
$40 Frequent Fringer 4: Good for 4 performances
$90 Frequent Fringer 10: Good for 10 performances
$270 Frequent Fringer 30: To celebrate the Fringe’s 30th anniversary only 30 of these exclusive cards will be sold! It’s good for 30 performances, plus you get a 30th Anniversary Fringe t-shirt!
Frequent Fringer cards are valid for one or two people (no more than two punches per performance). Cards are limited to regular Festival performances and not valid at special events. A limited number of Frequent Fringer cards are available. Cards are non-transferable and tickets may be booked in advance or at the door. Memberships are required and must be purchased separately. Purchase your Card now.
We don’t want you to miss out on hot shows. While the Festival offers a whole grab bag of awesomeness, maybe it feels a little scary to stick your hand in and trust the magic of chance. Maybe you don’t know what to choose, so you stay at home in your stretchy pants and watch Netflix instead. This is a crying shame. The thing is, we understand. Because our Festival is programmed by lottery, we may miss out on hot shows too. Shows that receive smoking success in other cities. Or even shows that were so popular in previous Festivals that we want to bring them back. So we pick them and we show them. And we call it Pick Plus and Fringe Presents. We balance the magic of chance with our free will so that you can cast off your stretchy pants, bust out of your house, and enjoy theatre that we picked just for you.
These four shows have been selected for Pick Plus and will run at Performance Works September 17-21 alongside the 2014 Public Market Pick of the Fringe: Peter n’ Chris and The Mystery of The Murder Motel, Basic Training, 6 Guitars, and God is a Scottish Drag Queen II: An All New Testament.
Pick Plus tickets are $25 each or buy tickets to three or more Pick Plus shows and get more than 30% off-–it’s like getting a show for FREE! These limited performances will fill up fast, so jump on it!
Peter n’ Chris and The Mystery of The Murder Motel
Thursday, September 17 at 9:00pm
Two funny guys perform this harrowing tale of murder—and running, lots of slow motion running. You might say it’s like a Scooby Doo episode with all the creeping around and people popping out of places (you might). And who doesn’t love watching two hilarious guys acting scared? Their latest show, Peter n’ Chris and the Kinda OK Corral (which is also part of the Festival) was recently selected for the 2014 Fringe Must (See) List by CBC Canada Writes, which makes these guys a big deal.
Friday, September 19 at 7:00pm
Written, created, and performed by Kahlil Ashanti.
The trajectory for Kahlil Ashanti’s powerful personal play has been amazing. Early on, the show premiered in Vancouver and has since toured around the world, been performed on Broadway, and inspired a television series. His brilliant comedic impersonations of misfit members of the US Air Force are deepened by the context of his painful past. In Kahlil’s TedxTalk, he talks about how an acting class with Jeffrey Tambor (George Bluth in Arrested Development) pushed him to tell this amazing, true story.
Saturday, September 20 at 7:00pm
Written and performed by Chase Padgett.
Speaking of picks, Chase Padgett’s musical, acting, and improvisational skill strike an impressive chord. While the characterization of his six guitarists plays out in hilarious caricature, it’s his ability to humanize and hearten other humans that gives this show its lasting refrain. It reverberated at last year’s Festival when it sold out during the Public Market Pick of the Fringe. Audiences love this performer’s ability to tune and transpose with theatrical rhythm. Meet the musicians in the arrangement in this video.
God is a Scottish Drag Queen II: An All New Testament
Sunday, September 21 at 7pm & 9pm
God as a dismayed comedian—totally believable, right? Award-winning comedian Mike Delamont channels his amusing disbelief through a grumpy, sarcastic Scottish woman known as God. As you are tucked in the pocket of God’s floral power suit, you are gratified by her perspective of the modern world. Read praise for Delamont as he’s set to perform at Just for Laughs in Montreal later this month. This show is another pick by CBC’s 2014 Fringe Must (See) List.
Just like Pick Plus, Fringe Presents is our way of welcoming new Fringers and offering devoted Fringers hot, year-round programming. We’re excited to bring you One-Man Star Wars™ Trilogy written and performed by Charles Ross, directed by TJ Dawe and running February 17-19, 2015 at Performance Works. This show has traveled the world and has explored all sorts of frontiers like off-Broadway, London’s West End, Dubai’s resorts, and Lucasfilm’s own Star Wars conventions.
We’ve all seen the movies more than once, but this performer takes an obsession to another dimension. Sure, he has an epic ability to play all the characters, sing the music, fly the ships, and fight the battles in just 60 minutes. But Charles Ross is completely possessed by the material and it’s astounding to see a story inhabit a man’s body so intensely. And of course Star Wars fans will love the detailed and obscure references picked just for them. Tickets are $25 and are on sale now. We’ll announce the rest of Fringe Presents in October.
From the first steps of a draft to a full-fledged standing ovation, the Fringe and Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC) love to nurture brand new plays. Together with PTC, we’re calling for applications for the third year of the Fringe New Play Prize. BC writers and producing teams may submit a script (or draft) and production plan for a chance to win dramaturgical support from PTC and a free guaranteed spot in the Mainstage Category at the 2015 Fringe.
The winner of this year’s Prize, Tara Travis, has been working with PTC’s Kathleen Flaherty on her Fringe play The Unfortunate Ruth. Tara says, “We here at Sticky Fingers Productions can’t wait to bring this baby to life on the Waterfront Theatre stage in September!” More details about submission and an application form are available at the Playwrights Theatre Centre website. Apply by September 30 and who knows, maybe your name will be announced at the Fringe Festival Lottery Party in early December!
At our recent AGM, we were treated to artfully-arranged snacks, a musical performance from the artists behind The Chariot Cities, the presentation of the 2013 Volunteer Awards, and a look at our financial picture. In 2013 we increased our individual donations by 50% and awesome local organizations gave us more free stuff than ever to help us fuel our growing machine. Our board members have been developing their expertise to help the Fringe do cool stuff like year-round programming. Aside from more visible initiatives like the Fringe Presents, this past year meant new things like supporting Chase Padgett of 6 Guitars in his attendance at Pacific Contact, the BC Touring Council’s booking conference. We’re even working on launching a subscription series in Spring 2015 for independent theatre, so stay tuned for news on how you can see even more great theatre.
Our AGM was also an opportunity to show great displays of appreciation for the people that make the Fringe possible. While we greatly appreciate all 600+ volunteers who lend their energy, hearts, and time to the Festival, sometimes there are stellar stand outs. Volunteer Coordinator, Angie Descalzi bestowed Volunteer Awards to Rod Neuman, Althea Kaye, Odete Pinho, and Monika Whitney for their exceptional contribution to last year’s Festival. As David Jordan reflected on the big year of 2013, he delivered this Fringey gratitude: “We’re a grassroots organization so thanks for being the roots in our grass.” That includes you, dear Fringer!
What is that phrase? You only live once? Yep, we’re inviting you to apply as a volunteer for this year’s Festival and we’re still seeking billet hosts for Fringe artists. We’d love to be on your bucket list.
We’re also feeling cozy about our new sponsor, Shear Comfort. Famous for their sheepskin vehicle seat covers, Shear Comfort is helping us provide a comfy volunteer centre so that our volunteers feel more supported than ever.
At the recent Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, we had great fun celebrating theatre in Vancouver. We cheered (just a little) harder for Jessie winners and Fringe alumni Emmelia Gordon (The Progressive Polygamists), Peter Carlone of Peter n’ Chris, Chelsea Haberlin of ITSAZOO Productions (Stay Away From My Boat @$$hole), The Only Animal (Fringe Onsite mentors), and Scott Bellis (Fringe Dramatic Works mentor). For a full list of this year’s Jessie winners, hit up Jessies.ca.
And hey, guess what? For the first time since 1994, Fringe shows will be given a chance to be recognized at the Jessie Awards in 2014/2015. Thanks to the persistence of Executive Director, David Jordan, and the work of the intrepid theatre community members that make up the Jessie’s board, Fringe shows that meet Jessie’s guidelines will be eligible for the small theatre category awards. We love that many artists cut their teeth at the Fringe and it’s great to see the strength and staying power of Fringe alumni as they are acknowledged by other devoted cultural workers in the industry. For all of us at the Fringe, it feels pretty special to play a role in our city’s dynamic theatre scene.
Remember all the dance parties and new friends at the St. Ambroise Fringe Bar? A big part of those good times is thanks to McAuslan Brewing. Learn more about the official Fringe beer brewers in our sponsor spotlight.
1. In one sentence, tell us what your organization/business is or does.
McAuslan Brewing was one of the pioneers of the Canadian Craft Brewing scene and is still one of the most respected brewers of world class beers in Canada.
2. How long has your organization sponsored the Fringe?
We were the original sponsor of the St Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival and have sponsored many Fringe Festivals across Canada including the Vancouver Fringe Festival for the past five years.
3. How are you supporting the Fringe this year?
One beer at a time!
4. Tell us why your organization supports the Fringe and/or the arts.
Our founders Peter McAuslan and Ellen Bounsall have always been huge supporters of the arts, it is a passion of theirs. To be a part of something as grassroots as the Fringe is very exciting and rewarding.
5. If your organization and the Fringe were people, what would they do on an afternoon together?
I’m pretty sure we would get together and enjoy a few tasty brews–responsibly of course!
6. What other charities does your organization support?
We support many different charities across Canada. From Fringe Festivals and other artists to more traditional charities like the Canadian Cancer Society, Women’s Shelters, youth services etc. There are far too many to mention.
Recently there has been a lot of speculation about Granville Island being taken over by Port Metro Vancouver, the City of Vancouver, or possibly staying under the management of the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). For those of you who don’t know, Granville Island is federal land and has been managed by CMHC since the 1970s, when it began the process of becoming the place we know and love today.
The Fringe has an excellent relationship with CMHC—their Cultural Partnership Program was one of the reasons the Fringe came to Granville Island in 2000 and why we have stayed. We receive an annual sponsorship through the Program as well as a lot of invaluable in kind support such as tent and equipment rentals, parking spaces, and space for performances, primarily through our site-specific theatre program, Onsite. Being able to access many theatre venues in one place has helped us build our Festival’s atmosphere. You can see a few shows in one night and go to the St. Ambroise Fringe Bar all without using your car. That’s a unique part of who we are and it is facilitated by the layout and mandate of Granville Island.
Granville Island was ahead of its day when it was originally conceived of as a cultural destination. Its mission is “to provide a self-sustaining environment that fosters diverse cultural, educational, and commercial enterprises while maintaining the Island’s historical character.”
Regardless of which organization ends up managing the Island, we’re eager to see their investment in Granville Island’s buildings, cultural tenants, and events—while continuing to reflect Granville Island’s original mission—and the redevelopment of the Emily Carr Campus will be its first test.
We’re optimistic that business sense will be used to build Granville Island as an attraction—not a tacky tourist trap—a place where locals and tourists can enjoy local foods, artistic experiences, and see a booming artisanal community at work.
The Fringe hopes that Port Metro Vancouver, the City of Vancouver, CMHC, or whatever entity takes over the Island’s management will see the opportunity to collaborate fully with the many current and future tenants of Granville Island as a place that all Vancouverites cherish as an oddball oasis of industry, produce, and culture.
30 years of Fringing in Vancouver will commence at the newly revamped Opening Night Fundraiser on September 2! This year you’re invited to mingle with Fringe artist alumni during the VIP reception, see one of the Fringe’s most well known artists, TJ Dawe, in the Vancouver premier of Marathon, and party the night away with Seattle based bluegrass rockers, The Cave Singers, at this special Fringe birthday party.
Tickets for Opening Night are on sale now! For $100, you can experience the whole evening:
• Pre-show reception with hors d’oeuvres, treats, and beverages courtesy of Fringe Sponsors, Dockside Restaurant, the Keg, Camino, McAuslan Brewing, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, and The Liberty Distillery—and hang out with Fringe artists from the 2014 Festival and alumni artists too!
• See the latest show from “Fringe God” TJ Dawe, Marathon, his 14th one-man show as writer and performer, about running track and field to please his high-school-principal-dad—and failing miserably.
• And, since this is a fundraiser for the Fringe, you’ll even get a tax receipt for $50!
Or just come to the concert portion of the evening for $20!
“The best nights at the Festival are those where you get to see an amazing theatre performance with your friends, and then go to the Fringe Bar to see a great band,” Fringe Executive Director David Jordan explains. “We want to celebrate those great nights of Fringing by reflecting them at Opening Night on a bigger scale.”
So come out and celebrate this Fringe birthday and kick off the Festival’s 30th year! Click here to purchase your tickets today.
89 shows and 700+ performances in 11 days is a lot! Plus, with the St. Ambroise Fringe Bar, special events like our Opening Night, and all the other action at the Festival, we need your help to make it all run smoothly!
Not only is volunteering for the Fringe a super fun experience where you can meet lots of cool people (lots of friendships and romances have started at the Fringe!), but it’s also a great way to get work experience or practice your English language skills. Best of all, you get a Volunteer Rush Pass so you can see as many Fringe shows as you want! (Not to mention a t-shirt, snacks while you’re on shift, and an invite to an exclusive party.)
Check out all the volunteer positions we have, ranging from selling tickets and pouring drinks to counting money or being part of our production crew.
This year, we’ve changed how you sign up and how shifts will be assigned thanks to our new software, Volunteer Impact (also known as Volunteer2). It is an online program that allows you to sign up for your own shifts and check your schedule–anytime, anywhere! You may already even have an account if you volunteer with other organizations. If not, it’s easy to create one! Do it now!
Artists, much like the rest of us, enjoy the comfort of a place to sleep, a secure place to store well-traveled suitcases, and the option to come and go as needed. And if you like meeting neat people and supporting the Fringe, becoming a billet host can be very, very rewarding. Billet hosts offer a spare bed (or futon, or air mattress, or cot) and bathroom facilities to one or more artists while they are in Vancouver for the festival.
Billet hosts enjoy fun perks like a Fringe Super Pass or 10 ticket vouchers, surprising suitcase-packing techniques, and stories of an artist’s life on the road. Some billet hosts like to socialize with their artists by going out to eat, having a beer at the St. Ambroise Fringe bar, or helping them flyer the lineups—or you could almost totally ignore the juggler in your guest room. This is a unique way to support the Festival and connect to the Fringe community. Thanks to the generosity of gorgeous-hearted people like you, Fringe artists from across the country will be able to participate in the city’s best celebration of “theatre for everyone.” Sign up to be a billet host by filling in this form and sending it back to our Artist Services Coordinator, Jess Amy Shead.
Vancouver, and the Vancouver Fringe, are known as a centre of site-specific theatre creation. Back in 1997, the Fringe hosted Theatre SKAM’s Louis and Dave, staged in a 1978 Plymouth Volare—which was arguably Vancouver’s first site-specific theatre production. Whether site-specific theatre is a reaction to a lack of affordable rehearsal and performance space or if it’s an exciting challenge for theatre makers, or some combination thereof, site-specific theatre has found a home here with productions being mounted regularly.
Since 2011, the Vancouver Fringe has formally included site-specific theatre through the Fringe Onsite Program. Mentored by The Only Animal, artists in the program learn to create site-specific theatre by putting pieces together to be premiered at the Festival.
2014 is no different! Thanks to a generous donation from the RBC Emerging Artists Project, The Only Animal has been mentoring artist since the spring and will continue doing so till the Festival. RBC is proud to support emerging artists through this mentorship program.
This year, the challenge to Onsite Artists is to adapt a pre-existing text to a space—and some shows will venture off Granville Island too! Expect spookiness and absurdity from this year’s artists with references to Frankenstein, Wager, fairy tales, sword fighting, and so much more! Be sure to check them out this September.
A few weeks ago we reached out to you to donate by May 31 to meet our Match Making goal, and you did it! You’ve helped our yearly fundraising cover over a third of all 2014 Mainstage performances… so far!
Help us get all the way and celebrate the 30th Anniversary of your Festival in style!
Thanks to all you new and increased Fringe Lovers and thanks to the amazing Fringe Match Makers for their leadership and commitment to the Festival and Fringe artists!
These wonderful Fringe Super Lovers are:
Leonard Schein & the Schein Foundation
Peter Austin, Property Tax Consultant
Alison Bell & Dean Gingrich
Susan Freedman & Bill Galloway
Ann Harvey & Don Gardiner
Just a quick reminder that our Annual General Meeting is at 7:00pm on Wednesday, June 25 at the Tyee Hall in the False Creek Community Centre. Not only will we review our riveting financial statements, but Volunteer Awards will be handed out, and there’ll be a special performance and Q&A with the creators of the 2014 Fringe show, The Chariot Cities. For more details on what will be discussed at the AGM and who can attend, click here.
We’re asking our sponsors to tell us a little more about themselves and how they support the Fringe! Up first is St. Bernadine Communications, who came on board in 2013 to design our new logo and website:
1. Tell us about the organization.
Saint Bernadine Mission Communications is a Vancouver BC based branding, advertising, and design firm; we’re a hardworking bunch, passionate about doing good work that is strategic and creative, and most importantly, delivers results for our clients and partners in BC and beyond.
2. How are you supporting the Fringe?
We’re crafting an advertising and communications campaign that engages fantastic story telling and brand consistency. We want to grab people’s attention and make them think “I’ve gotta check out the Fringe this year!”
3. Why does your organization supports the arts?
We’ve mentioned story telling earlier, and it’s at the core of what we do. It’s the heart of our culture, and the backbone of the arts. When we look at Fringe, we see amazing people brought together by phenomenal story telling, and we want everything to do with supporting that!
4. What do you like about the Fringe?
The Fringe has an amazing range of off-beat, super talented, quirky, independent, and unexpected performances. It’s a celebration of people, theatre, and explorative story telling. And there’s Jimmy. What’s not to LOVE?!