June 2018


Twitter: VancouverFringe


Photo Courtesy of Jane Levene

Welcome to the Fringe Bar, the Festival’s social hub. Located at Ocean Art Works, in front of Ocean Concrete and next to the Creekhouse on Granville Island, this is the best place to meet fellow Festival-goers and artists from across the country and around the world. For the 11 days of the Festival, the Fringe Bar is also Vancouver’s hottest music venue. No Fringe experience is complete without a trip to the Fringe Bar. Come say hi!

If you would like to partner with us at the Fringe Bar (sponsorship’s can include snacks, wine, beer, and hard liquor), inquire about bringing your food truck to feed hungry Bar-goers, or are interested in performing, please contact us at [email protected]

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

The Matinee performing at the Fringe Bar in 2017. Photo courtesy of Bruce McPherson.

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

The 2018 Line-Up will be announced soon! Sign up for our newsletter, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram to keep up to date!

In the meantime, check out the line-up from 2017!

Thursday, September 7

Presented with Tiny Kingdom

Savannah Leigh Wellman is the unstoppable force behind SAVVIE. She lives and breathes music, working tirelessly on and off stage to build up Vancouver’s music scene. Expect expertly crafted melodies and big, head-nodding choruses.
Wooden Horsemen

Fringe favourites return to make sure the Festival starts out on the right foot. This hard-hitting, seven-piece band seamlessly fuses elements of raw blues, soul, and rock while incorporating a Latin and African inspired rhythmic approach.
DJ Maximum Klause

All vinyl, all night, with DJ Maximum Klause. Soul, funk, Afrobeat, synth, jazz, ‘90s hip hop, and more!

Friday, September 8

Queer as Funk

Queer as Funk have become Vancouver musical royalty. Every year, they pack the Commodore Ballroom for their legendary Pride party and we are thrilled to have them gracing our stage for two sets of explosive, high-energy funk!
Body Party

If you wanna party, shake your body! Bella and ManyBothans 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 9

Jen Hodge All Stars

Our city’s most authentic early jazz band, led by one of its most dynamic performers. Playing all the hits from the 1910s, ‘20s and ‘30s!
Evening performances presented with Light Organ Records
Brian O’Brien

Throughout his musical career, Brian O’Brien has explored many different genres of music, all of which have served him well in creating his own unique sound: an amalgamation of the darker side of North American folk, classic R&B, and his own Irish roots.
The Matinée

After more than a decade on the road together, this band of long time friends have emerged as one of the great powerhouses of Canadian roots rock. With the release of their electrifying sophomore record, Dancing on Your Grave, it is clear that the best is yet to come.
Tecate Bros.

Three brothers bonded by their love of hot tracks… and cold beer.

Sunday, September 10

Malcolm Aiken & New Futures

Vancouver trumpeter Malcolm Aiken’s ever-evolving project showcases his virtuosity as he explores ambient textures and downtempo grooves. A perfect match for an afternoon in the heart of our city.
Evening performances presented with BeatRoute Magazine

Devours is the electronic pop project from Vancouver-based musician Jeff Cancade. Poignant, confessional, and brimming with big, beautiful beats, Cancade’s music and energetic live shows have been making waves on the local scene.
Art d’Ecco
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Deftly mixing ‘70s glam, Motown, krautrock, and spaghetti western soundtracks, Art d’Ecco is known as one of Vancouver’s most original, and most sought-after, musical alchemists.
The Jamie and Sarah Experience Project

The Jamie and Sarah Experience Project are a dynamic duo of film and theatre creators, DJs, and great role models. Girls just wanna have fun, ya know?

Monday, September 11

Presented with Light Organ Records
Sarah Jane Scouten

Sarah Jane Scouten has a voice that cuts straight to the core—and she sure knows how to use it! With the release of When the Bloom Falls From the Rose, she has established herself as one of the most gifted and confident songwriters on the Canadian roots music scene. Old time, country, bluegrass… whichever direction she steers, she brings her own distinct sensibility to the tradition.
5th Annual Fringe Square Dance Featuring Paul Silveria & The Wooly Bears

Interspersed between sets of music by Sarah Jane Scouten, we are thrilled to welcome back Paul Silveria, who’ll be calling square dances all night long, with live music supplied by Vancouver’s own Wooly Bears. No experience necessary, all dances will be taught on the spot. Come kick up some dust with us!

Tuesday, September 12

Live Band Karaoke with eleven09

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 13

Presented with Red Cat Records

Impassioned, heart-laid-bare songwriting collides with lush orchestration and alt-country twang. A band full of Vancouver live music vets pushing themselves, and each other, into parts unknown.
Ashley Shadow

With a musical CV stretching back to the early 2000s that includes some of Vancouver’s most celebrated bands, it is no surprise that Ashley Shadow’s debut full-length arrives as a fully realized statement from an artist in her prime. Come be transported by one of our city’s most powerful, and most haunting, voices.
DJ Penny Tentiary

Dave Gowans (AKA DJ Penny Tentiary) and the staff at Red Cat know a thing or two about music. They’ll be pulling their favourite party-starters from their personal vinyl collections to spin for your listening pleasure.

Thursday, September 14

Malcolm Jack

A gifted songwriter and musician, Malcolm is constantly pushing both the form and the content of his work. Touching on concepts of myth, offline living, ecology, and alienation, his music is always a compelling listen. It also rocks!
Bend Sinister plays the Forrest Gump Soundtrack

Rock and roll veterans Bend Sinister never settle for the status quo. True to the spirit of the Fringe, they have decided to push themselves and perform something a little different for this engagement: the soundtrack to the classic film Forrest Gump… in its entirety. One night only! Only at the Fringe Bar!
Common People DJs

Week two at the Fringe Bar will feature resident DJs Adam Fink and Bryan Sea, AKA 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 15

Camaro 67

Camaro 67 brings together classic Afrobeat influences and modern Afrofunk/groove sounds to produce a propulsive, high-energy, made-in-Vancouver heavy funk experience. This explosive 10-piece instrumental group debuted in the fall of 2015 and have been lighting up dance floors across the province ever since.

Friday night at the Fringe Bar with a hard-hitting 6-piece world music band with deep roots in the music of Nicaragua, Mozambique, and Colombia. What could be better? See you on the dance floor!
Common People DJs

70s night!
DJs Adam Fink and Bryan Sea, AKA Common People DJs help us celebrate 70 years of Fringe by throwing a ‘70s theme party. It’s be 70 years since the first Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland and now there are now more than 200 Fringes worldwide! Could there be a better way to celebrate the world of Fringe than to disco all night long?

Saturday, September 16

Viper Central

Original tunes played at barn burning tempos by a roster of Vancouver’s finest string players. A bluegrass band that isn’t afraid to stray away from tradition or to challenge convention.
Sam Tudor

Sam Tudor makes friends everywhere he goes, and he is going a lot of places! He’s working hard, criss-crossing the country, winning people over with his infectious chamber-folk. About to release his new album, Quotidian Dream, you can expect to hear a lot more about Sam Tudor in the coming years.
Rae Spoon

Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, author, and label-head, Rae Spoon is a leader on the Canadian music scene. Their voice is singular, but always evolving; bold, but vulnerable. We are honoured to have Rae gracing our stage on the penultimate night of the Festival.
Common People DJs

Resident DJs Adam Fink and Bryan Sea, AKA Common People DJs are back at it, playing everything from R&B, Britpop, house, indie, and retro.

Sunday, September 17

Tim Sars Trio

Jazz, funk, klezmer, Balkan, swing… at the centre of this tornado sits Tim Sars, a dedicated musician, community builder, and band leader. Come get swept away!
Common People DJs

DJs Adam Fink and Bryan Sea, AKA Common People DJs. finish off their Fringe Bar residency in an epic 7-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.