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Diving into the Next Fest

In 2016, Bad Bad Bunny won a spot in the Lottery and brought In the Blue of Evening to the Festival. Who will win this year? Applications are now open! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

In 2016, Bad Bad Bunny won a spot in the Lottery and brought In the Blue of Evening to the Festival. Who will win this year? Applications are now open! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Artist Applications Now Open!

Here’s your chance to star in the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival! All you have to do is create a play that’s 75 minutes or less, that can be set up and taken down in 15 minutes, read the emails we send you regarding important dates, deadlines, and opportunities, and work your butt off to create the best show you can! Oh, and win your spot via random draw.

The application fee is $50 and if you get a spot in the Festival the fee is $800 for a 31-75 minute show and $600 for a show under 30 minutes (including the $50 non-refundable application fee). Winners will be announced at the Lottery Party on December 9, starting at 5:30pm at Performance Works.

A Mainstage venue spot refers to shows that are placed in a venue supplied by the Festival, including a technician, basic lighting, and sound. There are approximately eight groups assigned to each venue.

Applications are now open and will close on November 30, 2016. Click here to apply!

For information on the other artist categories, including Bring Your Own Venue, click here.

See, the Fringe does literally draw names out of a hat to select the artists that'll be part of the next Festival. Be there for the draw, Dec. 9! Photo by Rosemarie Gresham.

See, the Fringe does literally draw names out of a hat to select the artists that’ll be part of the next Festival. Be there for the draw, Dec. 9! Photo by Rosemarie Gresham.

Save the Date: Lottery Party on December 9!

Every year the Fringe selects its Mainstage Category artists via random draw at our annual Lottery Party! This year, we’re hosting the party at Performance Works on Granville Island and we’d love for you to come!

The Party will start at 5:30pm on Friday, December 9. Games, drinks, suspense, laughter, music, camaraderie, prizes from Big Rock Urban Brewery—and of course, attending means you’ll be the first to know which artists will be part of the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival! If that sounds like your idea of a good time, you’re correct and should come!

Stick around after the Lottery Party when Peter n’ Chris hit the stage with their holiday spoof, A Peter n’ Chris-tmas Carol.

You can purchase tickets to A Peter n’ Chris-tmas Carol now (and we suggest getting your tickets in advance if you plan on staying), but the Lottery Party is free! See you there! Invite yourself to the Facebook Event to stay up-to-date.

The Georgia Straight: Arts, Culture, and Revolution

The Georgia Straight is Canada’s largest urban weekly newspaper, so it’s no wonder that the Straight is the first place people turn for information on arts and events in Vancouver!

The weekly print issue has been around since 1967 when it began as an anti-establishment focused newspaper that was raided by the Vancouver police and was the first to showcase Greenpeace’s work. Launching www.straight.com in 1996 the Georgia Straight is now the leading source for what’s happening in Vancouver. 2017 will be a landmark year as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary.

The Straight is probably best known for their arts coverage and their popular Best of Vancouver issue where readers vote for their favourite businesses, events, and more. We’re proud to lay claim as Vancouver’s Best Performing Arts Festival, an award the Fringe has won so many times that we’ve been inducted into the Straight’s Hall of Fame!

Want to learn more about the Straight’s revolutionary past? Check out the 1997 documentary The Last Streetfighter: The History of the Georgia Straight, where they talk about how many times the paper was charged with obscenity, including the infamous “Muff Diving Case.”

Colin Thomas recommends seeing Butt Kapinski, saying,

Colin Thomas recommends seeing Butt Kapinski, saying, “This ain’t a review, see? It’s a tip. And, if you know what’s good for ya, you’ll act on it. Fast. … What’s going to happen this time? Who the fuck knows? That’s part of the fun. And don’t worry; you’ll be in good hands.” Photo by Nathaniel Mason.

The Theatre Scene

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

Butt Kapinski: Dick on the Loose
November 3-5
Grant D. Burnyeat Rehearsal Hall at the BMO Theatre Centre
Love film noir? Like getting your mind blown? Butt Kapinski is back with a whole new interactive comedy-mystery for the whole family, provided the whole family is over 18 and totally twisted. Need reason to book a ticket? Click here. Do the critics like it? You bet.

Brain
November 17
Telus Studio Theatre at the Chan Centre
A hilarious, heartbreaking monologue about consciousness, mental illness, and friendship from award-winning novelist, musician and former Canadian poetry slam champ (and 2015 Public Market Pick of the Fringe winner) Brendan McLeod, Brain maps McLeod’s experiences with obsessive compulsive disorder. Check out a preview video here!

Green Lake
November 17-27
Performance Works
Katey Hoffman, one half of the 2016 Public Market Pick of the Fringe winning show, The After After Party, takes a nuanced look at the coming of age of Jane NoName, who falls in love at summer camp and starts to see the truth of the world around her.

Tragedy + Time Served = Comedy
November 25-26
Dusty Flower Pot Cabaret 2050 Scotia St.
Missed it at the 2016 Fringe? Mark Hughes shines a light on his dark and grim past of street life, addiction, and prison through introspective and playful stand-up comedy.

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