Some Fringers are particular planners and some are spontaneous savages. How do you choose what to see at the Festival? Do you use a special pen to circle your top picks? Do you open a page at random and choose whatever pulls your yes-strings? Whatever your method, the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All will entertain you and help you make tough choices. With 91 shows in this year’s Festival, it’s pretty much impossible to see them all (but we’d adore it if you tried).
Artists will make a pitch or perform a scene from their show to convince you that it’s not to be missed. Our host, David C. Jones, will keep things swift. The bar will be open and things will be nice and loose as we forgo typical theatre conventions like intermission and pretending to be serious.
We’ll also announce the winners of the car2go award! Ten Fringe artists have been shortlisted and car2go Vancouver members are now voting on the winning artist, who receives prestige, 200 minutes of drive time and marketing support from car2go. Become a car2go Vancouver member for free and receive 30 minutes of free drive time when you use promo code FRINGE0030 on the car2go Vancouver website. Then you’ll be able to vote too, which gives you a chance to win free stuff like a Kick Ass Pass (all access pass for 2) and 200 minutes of free driving! Find out more information about the car2go contest here.
The Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All is on Thursday, September 4 at 10 pm. Held at Performance Works, tickets are $10. Tickets are available online or at the door. (if it doesn’t sell out first!) Reserve your tickets today.
In our last newsletter, we told you all about why our Opening Night is going to be an awesome party. Remember, your ticket provides you with drinks, appetizers, mingling with Fringe artists, the Vancouver premier of TJ Dawe’s Marathon, an after party with Seattle bluegrass rock band, The Cave Singers, and a $50 tax receipt. Come on! What an amazing way to support the Fringe! Tickets for the while night are $100 and they’re selling fast. (Or you can attend The Cave Singers portion of the evening only for just $20.)
The event is also an opportunity to hang out with Fringe artists, past and present. Included in the group of artists coming to celebrate our 30th birthday bash are two Fringe virtuosos who both have shows in this year’s Festival.
Spoken word master, Jem Rolls, will be partying with us on September 2. Jem is celebrating a landmark of his own; our Festival marks his 100th Fringe! Jem has been a Fringe artist since 2001, making a living “solely by shouting,” and bringing his powerful and punchy performance poetry to Canadian audiences each summer. Jem returns to Vancouver for this year’s Festival with his newest piece of personal verse, Jem Rolls Attacks the Silence.
Another Fringe favourite is sharing a momentous occasion with us on Opening Night and beyond. Every single year, Jacques Lalonde performs in the Festival and this year his new show, Stroke of Luck, tells the true story of a stroke that left him feeling fortunate. Even though the stroke resulted in Jacques cancelling his show last year, he still played the role of volunteer! With his sense of humour still fully functional, Jacques’ new show premiered at the Orpheum Annex last week.
Jem, Jacques, and more Fringe alumni, including the Fringe’s founder, Joanna Maratta, will be chatting up guests during the reception! Come and chat them up and celebrate 30 years of Fringing in Vancouver! Buy your tickets here.
You know things are getting real when our physical Box Office opens. Well here it comes, the herald of the Festival. A mere three days away, on September 1 at noon, the Fringe Box Office will open in a tent next to 1398 Cartwright Street (beside the Waterfront Theatre). Here you can purchase tickets and Memberships in person. If you have questions about tickets, it’s all explained here.
If you’ve purchased tickets to this show, Fringe Box Office staff will connect with you to arrange a refund or exchange.
We’ve consulted our waitlist and we have a new show added!
The Show Must Go On
Like many young actors, Jeff Leard spent two years in a touring children’s theatre company, playing Rumpelstiltskin. Leard interweaves hilarious and touching on-stage misadventures with off-stage tales from the road that range from an encroaching circle of pee, overbearing principals, as well as sharing time with a drug pedaling motorcycle gang.
Dockside Restaurant is back with appies for Opening Night. Appetizers will include a whole array of canapés (including their legendary Chili Squid), desserts, and cheese board platters. We’re grateful to have such a delicious sponsor year after year.
Tell us what your organization/business is or does.
Dockside provides tourists and locals alike with fantastic casual fine dining in an unforgettable setting.
How long has your organization sponsored the Fringe?
Nine years, give or take. We love promoting Fringe events to our guests because it’s an amazing addition to the Granville Island experience!
Tell us why your organization supports the Fringe and/or the arts.
We take pride in our support of the local Granville Island community, of which the Fringe is a big part. We also happen to have a soft-spot for theatre, and frequently donate and contribute to various events and opening nights. Vancouver just wouldn’t be the same without some quirky artistic entertainment.
What do you like about the Fringe?
We like how unique and out-there some of the shows can be. The Fringe doesn’t try to play to a specific demographic, and certainly doesn’t censor its artists’ material. They look to provide the best shows they can, whether it’s musical, solo performance, more traditional theatre, be it mildly offensive or wildly hilarious. They also go out of their way to provide opportunities for up-and-coming artists to break into a tough industry, which makes for a lot of original shows you won’t see anywhere else.
If your organization and the Fringe were people, what would they do on an afternoon together? And why?
Dinner and a show? What the heck else would a restaurant and an arts festival do on a date? You tell that lecherous Fringe that it’s not getting past second base on a first date though…
Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, the following show has been cancelled by the artist:
Be With Me
If you purchased tickets to this show, Fringe Box Office staff will connect with you to arrange a refund or exchange.
We are currently connecting with wait-listed artists to find replacements and will update you as soon as shows are confirmed.