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Fringe Tickets & Programs Now Available!

Tickets! Tickets! Tickets!

Avoid the lines! You can buy your Fringe tickets online now! Photo by Mike Vlasman.

Avoid the lines! You can buy your Fringe tickets online now! Photo by Mike Vlasman.

Ready, set, Fringe! Tickets for the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival are now on sale. Go to our website and get a ticket for only $15. And if you want to save even more, select performances are available for half-price!

Want to see a lot of Fringe shows? We’ve got you covered. You can get a Frequent Fringer Card good for four, 10, or 30 performances at a discounted price. Our Frequent Fringer Cards are limited and always sell out, so get yours now!

Don’t forget your Membership, which you’ll need to attend shows at the Festival. You can purchase one for $7 in advance online or at the venues. Membership fees help cover the cost of the Festival, since 100% of the base ticket price goes directly to the artists!

Get your tickets now. See you in September!

Need a little help deciding which shows are for you? Try out the new Fringe-O-Matic! Tell Fringe-O-Matic how much you want to see each show (or just your favourites), update your availability in your Google Calendar, and Fringe-O-Matic will create a Festival schedule just for you! Just don’t forget to buy your tickets when you’re done!

Program Guides have been Launched!
(and we had an AGM too)

Photos from the Program Guide Launch Party! Photos by Bruce McPherson and Cody Leung.

Photos from the Program Guide Launch Party! Photos by Bruce McPherson and Cody Leung.

Did you miss our Program Guide Launch Party on July 30? That’s okay, we’ve got you covered with a rundown of what happened at the Backstage Lounge. Our emcee and Executive Director, Laura Efron, kicked it off by introducing the Program Guide to the world! She invited Debby Reis, our Communications Director, Rosemarie Gresham, our Lead Designer, and Chris Ross, our 2018 Program Guide cover artist to the stage. You may recognize Chris, aka Christache, from 2017’s Chris & Travis. Chris developed and illustrated this year’s “Play!” theme with the bingo card cover. Laura also acknowledged Debby’s 10th year of working with the Fringe! Everyone then played Fringe Fact Finder, which allowed guests to take a closer look at the Program and see what the Fringe has in store for September.

In the spirit of old-school Fringe, we played Drag Bingo with the amazing Jaylene Tyme! She hosted multiple rounds of bingo and gave away gift bags with prizes from our sponsors and Fringe Artists! Thanks to the Georgia Straight, Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., Road 13 Vineyards, foodora, Sober Guys, Georgian Bay Spirit Co., and The Keg! And thanks to the artists behind the shows Wastelands, Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life, MIND MAGIC, and Hysteria!

If you want to see for yourself how much fun we had, check out Rompost TV’s segment on our Launch Party! They were on site, interviewing Fringe staff and artists from the shows Bonnie and Clyde, Miyoshi: An RCMP Investigation, Box of Freedom, The Camping Guy, and Baba Yaga and the Black Flower.

Prior to the Launch Party, the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society held its Annual General Meeting. Executive Director Laura Efron reported on the past year of change on both staff and board levels, including her own transition into the Executive Director role in December 2017, and the introduction of three new year-round staff: Managing Director Samantha Kannegieter, Sponsorship Manager Chelsey Stuyt, and Communications and Outreach Coordinator Karla Comanda. She also acknowledged Chelsee Damen’s work at the Fringe as the Interim Executive Director and Managing Director roles during this period.

Andrew Westman stepped down from his role as the President of the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society and will be continuing his work with the Fringe as Past President, while Sharon Sutherland will transition from being the Society’s Vice President to President. Bob Wang also stepped down from his role as Treasurer, with Phillip Djwa taking over his duties.

The Fringe is taking steps to move forward with ShapeShift Arts’ various recommendations in the Diversity Audit, including forming an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, hiring an Outreach Coordinator, and hiring an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Manager (we’re still looking for one!). After much thought and consultation, Membership fees will increase to $7, the first increase in 11 years, and ticket prices to $15, which will result in increased payouts to artists who keep 100% of the base ticket price. The Fringe Bar will be sponsored by Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. this year—meanwhile Good Night Out will be helping the Fringe develop safe space policies.

Those who partied and played with us, and those who followed our live tweets know what an awesome time it was! Now, go get your Program Guide, and we’ll see you in September!

Blenz (Coffee) Friends Forever

Find a Program Guide at a Blenz Coffee near you! Photo by Mike Vlasman.

Find a Program Guide at a Blenz Coffee near you! Photo by Mike Vlasman.

If you want to get a copy of our 2018 Program Guide but not sure where to grab it, look no further than Blenz Coffee! They’ve been a great friend to us for many years, and they serve as the main distribution point for the Program Guide.

Did you know that Blenz Coffee started in Vancouver? And right at the heart of the downtown, no less, at Robson and Bute! Sit down with one of their iced tea lemonades and read the Program Guide from cover to cover in one of their Vancouver locations. As arts lovers, they also support other festivals like the Vancouver International Dance Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival, and we’re happy to be in great company.

Get your Program Guide at select Blenz Coffee locations or other Fringe-friendly businesses near you! Click here for a map of all Program Guide distribution points.

 

Getting to Know Phillips Beer

Phillips Brewing's founder, Matt Phillips.

Phillips Brewing’s founder, Matt Phillips.

This year, Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. will be the Fringe’s exclusive beer Partner! The Fringe and Phillips’ founder Matt Phillips share the same creative, risk-taking spirit—which makes it no surprise that Phillips Beer and the Fringe have teamed up! Phillips has grown from its humble beginnings in Matt’s windowless apartment in 2001. They have a soda company, a distillery, and a malting facility, which allows them to “work with local farmers, cut down on environmental emissions, better control quality, and increase the creativity of [their] recipes!”

And speaking of creativity, that’s one thing we love about Phillips Beer—they have a great knack for naming things! With “full-time” beers like Electric Unicorn, 6IX, and Bottle Rocket, there’s a drink for everybody to get excited about in this year’s Phillips Fringe Bar. They even have seasonal beers that you don’t want to miss out on—Solaris? Tiger Shark? Levidrome? Sign us up!

Another thing we love about Phillips Beer is their commitment to the environment and the community. They’ve won awards for their sustainability initiatives in recycling, waste reduction, and reducing carbon emissions, the latter of which they’ve reduced by more than 30% by analyzing their beer’s lifecycle! And as we previously mentioned, they support various festivals across BC, partnering with music and theatre-focused events like Rifflandia, Pacific Baroque Festival, Victoria Fringe, and now, the Vancouver Fringe. Come party with us at the Phillips Fringe Bar!

Developing Poly Queer Love Ballad

With just less than a month to go before the Fringe, what are New Play Prize winners Sara Vickruck and Anaïs West up to these days? Check out their video interview with Playwrights Theatre Centre, where they talk about working with dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel, developing their award-winning genre-bending slam poetry musical Poly Queer Love Ballad, collaborating and working with the community, integrating poetry and sound, and more! They even give a sneak preview of what audiences can expect this September.

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