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FRINGE BAR

Photo Courtesy of Jane Levene

Welcome to the Phillips Fringe Bar, the Festival’s social hub, located at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island. This is the best place to meet fellow Festivalgoers and artists from across the country and around the world. We’re excited to be working with Good Night Out, a global network of organizers and trainers passionate about making nights out safer for all.

For the 11 days of the Festival, the Fringe Bar is also Vancouver’s hottest music venue, featuring amazing local bands and artists each night. Best of all, there’s no cover charge! No Fringe experience is complete without a trip to the Phillips Fringe Bar.

The Fringe Bar is open from 6:00pm till late, Monday to Friday and from 1:00pm till late on Saturdays and Sundays during the Festival, September 6-16, 2018.

People must be 19 years of age or older to purchase alcohol at the Fringe Bar, but all ages are welcome.

 

Thursday, September 6


8:00pm
Leisure Club
leisureclub.band

True to their name, Leisure Club are committed to relaxed vibes and good times. Coincidentally, so is the Fringe Bar! Their infectious pop grooves are the perfect way to kick off the 2018 Festival.
9:00pm
Ponytails
ponytailsband.com

The buzzy Vancouver band brings their psychtinged, retro rock for their Fringe Festival debut. Electric, engaging, and perfectly off-kilter.
10:00pm
Harvey Merritt DJ Set

Ponytails frontman Harvey Merritt keeps the party going as we celebrate the first of many late nights at the Fringe Bar.

Friday, September 7


Presented with Light Organ Records
8:00pm
Charlie Kerr (of Hotel Mira)
lightorganrecords.com/matt-sams-brother

Blasts of sheer rock ‘n’ roll energy backed up by the sharp hooks and memorable melodies of one of Vancouver’s most exciting new voices. Charlie Kerr’s star continues to rise and his musical universe continues to expand.
9:00pm
Johnny Payne

Do you remember rock and roll radio? The harmonies, the hooks, the choruses? Johnny Payne does. Co-frontman of shaggy-pop auteurs The Shilohs steps into the limelight to deliver his unique, impeccably rendered pop rock.
10:00pm
Body Party
eastvanbodyparty.com

If you wanna party, shake your body! Bella and Jess have been DJing throughout BC for years individually, but when the two stepped on stage together in 2014, it was love at first mix. Now, after years of trading track for track at all your favourite queer parties in East Van, they have developed a rep for delivering all the hype, all the time.

Saturday, September 8


Presented with Tiny Kingdom
8:00pm
Michael & the Slumberland Band
slumberlandband.bandcamp.com

In the music room of his 100-year-old West End apartment, surrounded by a collection of xylophones, broken chord organs, and ancient hand drums, Michael creates post-apocalyptic soundscapes with lyrics drawn from nightmares, influenced by equal parts horror, fantasy, and science. Come hear one of the most distinct voices on the scene backed up by some of its finest players.
9:00pm
FRANKIIE
frankiietheband.com

Globe-trotting dream-rockers bring their soulful melodies and intricate harmonies for a night of enchantment.
10:00pm
DJ Jody G
jodyglenham.bandcamp.com

Jody Glenham is a west coast based musician and DJ. She is part of an all-female DJ collective who host Shut It Thursdays, weekly at the American. Her haze-pop project, Jody Glenham and The Dreamers is a Vancouver favourite, and we are stoked to have her spinning at the Fringe!

Sunday, September 9

8:00pm
Harlequin Gold
instagram.com/harlequingold

Sisters Avery and Elle O’Brien have been singing together since they were young. Their innate gift for harmonizing is matched by their knack for writing catchy, perfectly-crafted pop.
9:00pm
The Sumner Brothers
thesumnerbrothers.com

Siblings Bob and Brian make music that is impossible to predict, aggressively pushing musical boundaries in all directions. Their music has been described as a bewildering variety of genres—altcountry, folk, rock, grunge, garage. Whatever you choose to call them, it is an honour to host them on our stage. Unmissable!

Monday, September 10


6-8:00pm
Board Night at the Bar

Meet and greet the Fringe’s Board of Directors! Everyone’s invited—if you sit on, have sat on, want to sit on the board of a theatre company or arts organization, or just want to meet the folks behind the Fringe, you’re invited! We’ll have drinks, snacks, door prizes, and great conversation!
8-10:00pm
1st Annual Fringe Festival Ceilidh w/ Alison Moen and Kilbirnie Station

After five years of success with our Fringe Square Dance, we thought we’d mix things up and try a different social dance this year: an Irish Ceilidh. As always, the dances will be called as we go and backed up by a live band. No experience necessary, all dances will be taught on the spot. Come in groups, in pairs, or by yourself. Good times guaranteed!

Tuesday, September 11

8-10:00pm
Live Band Karaoke hosted by Sami Ghawi & The Apartment
fusionpresents.com/Sing_With_The_Band.html

Alright Vancouver, time to show us what you got! The Fringe has hired you a backing band. They know all your favourite songs and are ready to count you in. All you have to do is step up to the mic and prove to us that you are the Rock God you’ve always secretly believed yourself to be. Are you ready?

Wednesday, September 12


8:00pm
Desiree Dawson
desireedawsonmusic.com

Desiree Dawson hasn’t stopped spreading love through her music since she captured the nation’s attention in 2016 when she won the CBC Searchlight Competition. Come and be transported by one of Vancouver’s most assured, passionate voices.
9:00pm
ESCHOIR
eschoir.tumblr.com

An impassioned rock choir at the centre of Vancouver’s active community choir scene. Led by director Ian Bryce, ESCHOIR bring you covers from all over the musical spectrum: from Neutral Milk Hotel to Celine Dion and back again.
10:00pm
Common People DJs
facebook.com/commonpeopleyvr

Week two at the Fringe Bar will feature our resident party experts: Common People DJs. Playing everything from R&B, Britpop, house, indie, and retro, these gentlemen helm some of Vancouver’s greatest club nights and we are thrilled to have them at the Fringe Bar all week.

Thursday, September 13

6-8:00pm
On the Table
onthetablebc.com

The Vancouver Fringe is hosting an On the Table event! This is a free event where those new to Fringe theatre and Fringe fans alike are invited to come together to discuss: What’s more important to arts and culture; traditional theatre or new voices? And what does the decline of print media and criticism mean for local theatre?
8:00pm
Kimmortal
kimmortal.com

Kim Villagante, also known as Kimmortal, is a queer filipin@ diasporic first generation settler based on unceded, unsurrendered Coast Salish Territories. Primarily known as an emcee and singer-songwriter, Kimmortal takes a multi-faceted approach to music by incorporating song, poetry, visual art, and dance.
9:00pm
Dawn Pemberton
dawnpemberton.ca

We are beyond thrilled to have this local legend grace our stage. Vibrant, genuine, and soulful, Dawn Pemberton crafts her music with a sense of adventure, quirkiness, and serious groove and shapes it into her own unique and dynamic package. Tight, expressive, and bold, Dawn will hit you where it counts, funk you up, and make you say “Go ‘head!”
10:00pm
Common People DJs
facebook.com/commonpeopleyvr

Week two at the Fringe Bar will feature our resident party experts: Common People DJs. Playing everything from R&B, Britpop, house, indie, and retro, these gentlemen helm some of Vancouver’s greatest club nights and we are thrilled to have them at the Fringe Bar all week.

Friday, September 14

8:00pm
Kitty and the Rooster
kittyandtherooster.com

Ridiculous rock and roll from East Van guitar wizard Noah Walker and hard-hitting percussionist Jodie Ponto. Get ready to have some fun!
9:00pm
Parlour Panther
parlourpanthermusic.com

Parlour Panther makes gorgeous gritty rock with three-way soulful vocals and dark and dirty guitar riffs. Their songs are sometimes passionate, sometimes furious, exploring Queer love, empowerment, truth, and triumph.
10:00pm
Common People DJs
facebook.com/commonpeopleyvr

Second Annual ‘70s night!
Our week two residents Common People DJs help us kick off the final weekend of Fringe by throwing a ‘70s theme party. Are you ready to catch the fever?!

Saturday, September 15


Presented with Vancouver World Music Festival
8:00 and 9:00pm
Tambura Rasa
tamburarasa.com

It is an honour to be partnering with the Vancouver World Music Festival to bring you an evening of music from one of BC’s most dynamic globalistas. Tambura Rasa is a buoyant cultural cross-pollination that fuses contemporary grooves and traditional rhythms into one energetic musical brand of their own. The act weaves a tapestry of sound and dance from the Balkans, Spain, Turkey, the Middle East, and beyond.
10:00pm
Common People DJs
facebook.com/commonpeopleyvr

Week two at the Fringe Bar will feature our resident party experts: Common People DJs. Playing everything from R&B, Britpop, house, indie, and retro, these gentlemen helm some of Vancouver’s greatest club nights and we are thrilled to have them at the Fringe Bar all week.

Sunday, September 16

7:00pm-2:00am
Common People DJs
facebook.com/commonpeopleyvr

DJs Adam Fink, Bazz Mathe, and Bryan Sea, AKA Common People DJs, finish off their Fringe Bar residency in an epic seven-hour set on the final night of the Fringe! Playing everything from R&B, Britpop, house, indie, and retro, these gentlemen helm some of Vancouver’s greatest club nights and we are thrilled to have them at the Fringe Bar all week.