June 2018


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Fringe Awards Night

Celebrating the Best of the Fest!

Sunday, September 16, at 9:30pm at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright Street)

We’re once again happy to support the Performing Arts Lodges! Your cash donation to PAL Vancouver gets you into the Fringe Awards Night.

The 2018 Fringe Awards will celebrate the best of 11 days of theatre! From our volunteer faves to who took the most risk. Stay tuned for more info, and until then, see below for 2017’s winners!

Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC) is now accepting submissions for the for the 2018 edition of the Prize. PTC supplies dramaturgy and more for the winning script while the Fringe supplies a guaranteed Mainstage spot in the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival.

The 2017 Public Market Pick of the Fringe Awards

The hottest selling shows return September 20-24 for hold-overs at Performance Works!

Click here for more info on the Public Market Pick of the Fringe shows.

Swordplay: A Play of Swords
An Arrangement of Shoes
Cry-Baby: The Musical
Bombay Black by Anosh Irani
Multiple Organism
Chris & Travis

Cultchivating the Fringe Award

From the Fringe to The Cultch, the “Cultchivating the Fringe Award” is given to a show that demonstrates unique potential and rewards it with a run at The Cultch.

Mind of a Snail for Multiple Organism

The Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award

The Georgia Straight’s theatre critics will nominate five outstanding shows, and award one with this coveted prize! 

Multiple Organism

Runners Up:
Ain’t True and Uncle False
Bombay Black by Anosh Irani
Hyena Subpoena
Six Fine Lines

Joanna Maratta Award

In honour of the Vancouver Fringe Festival’s founder, this award goes to an artist who best exhibits the original founding spirit of the Fringe.

Isabelle Kirouac and Nayana Fielkov for Habitats

BC Touring Council Award

The winner of this award receives mentorship, marketing support, and the chance to showcase their work at Pacific Contact, BC Touring Council’s annual trade show and booking conference for the performing arts.

Sex-T-Rex with Swordplay: A Play of Swords

Mollie Bradley Award

Selected by jury, this cash award supports either the winner of the Joanna Maratta Award or the BC Touring Council Award by providing financial help for travel, marketing, and other professional development of one or both award winners. This award is given in honour of Fringe Board member, Jim Sibley’s mother-in-law Mollie.

Isabelle Kirouac and Nayana Fielkov for Habitats

The Fringe New Play Prize

Chosen by Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC), the 2018 winners are Anais West and Sara Vickruck for their show Poly Queer Love Ballad. The Prize includes a free Mainstage spot at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe, the design and execution of a development process for the play with PTC’s Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel, and a free spot in PTC’s how-to-produce-theatre seminar series, Block P.

Stay tuned for more info on how to submit your project for the 2019 Fringe!

Artistic Risk Award

Selected by jury and financially supported by the Fringe’s Board of Directors, this award is given to an artist or group of artists for risk-taking in Fringe theatre.

Mind of a Snail for Multiple Organism

Runners Up:
Slumber Here
Katharine Ferns Is In Stitches

Volunteer Choice Award

Our hundreds of Volunteers choose their favourite show of the Fest!


Cat Kidd for Hyena Subpoena
Paul Strickland for Ain’t True and Uncle False

Spirit of the Fringe Award

This year the SOFA Award is given in honour of our departing Executive Director David Jordan. It will be awarded to the artist, company, or show that best exhibits David’s spirit of tenacity, leadership, and calm under pressure. Oh, and the ability to have a good time while ensuring it all comes together!

Slumber Here

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