122017

December 2017

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31

Twitter: VancouverFringe

Slider by IWEBIX

  • News

  • BE A FRINGE LOVER

    BE A FRINGE LOVER

  • Donate Today!

    Donate Today!

  • Accessibility

 
All Shows
Genre
  • Blindside

    Buy tickets Stéphanie Morin-RobertAfter her recent American, Canadian, and European tour, one-eyed multiple...

Hair-Raising Memories & Fringe Ghosts Haunt the Halls

October 25, 2017

Line ups went down the street! What did you love about the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival? Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Line ups went down the street! What did you love about the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival? Photo by Bruce McPherson.


2017 Festival Highlights!

It’s been 49 days since we opened the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival to eager audiences—not that we’re counting—and by the looks of it we didn’t disappoint! Check out some of the highlights from the Festival:

This year we expanded the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar lineup to include 28 acts! Queer as Funk performed on Day Two of the Fringe and filled the Bar to max capacity, with a lineup extending out the door and down the sidewalk. It was a first in Fringe history! Also a first this year was the all ages Fringe Bar complete with child friendly magic shows by Travis Berhnardt and free performances from The Birdmann!

And of course, the Festival itself received rave reviews. Vancouver Fringe Alumni Brian Cochrane said, “I never see as many as I’d like, but I always come out the other end wanting to create, and for that I’m grateful.” One volunteer said, “Just meeting and talking to people from all different walks of life is what I enjoy the most. I appreciate the inclusiveness and acceptance of everyone. That we can all be ourselves at face value is important to me.”

Want to see more highlights of the Fringe? Head on over to our Facebook page where we’ve posted photos from the Festival! Or visit us on Twitter and Instagram to see what we’re up to now!

They’re Back from the Dead with a Halloween Fringe Cabaret!

Phantom Signals MC'ed our Fringe Cabaret in September. See them again on October 31! Photo by Jane Levene.

Phantom Signals MC’ed our Fringe Cabaret in September. See them again on October 31! Photo by Jane Levene.

We left something in Studio 1398 during the Vancouver Fringe Festival but we haven’t dared enter since—the incident. Reports say it’s haunted—restless spirits of Fringers passed, roaming the halls luring in passers-by with promises of clever social commentary and possible nudity. But who is bold enough to cross the threshold into their dark realm? Infernally funny hosts Phantom Signal may be able to tell you. Or your favourite acts from the Fringe: Shirley Gnome, Andy Cañete, and Megan Phillips. But they’ve all mysteriously disappeared. Only Fringe Alumni Jeff Leard can tell us what to expect from October 31’s Fringe Cabaret: Back from the Dead!

Vancouver Fringe: What is the Fringe Cabaret?

Jeff Leard: The Fringe Cabaret is an unfiltered show where performers across different disciplines from different backgrounds are encouraged to come and play, perform new material, and collaborate with fellow artists. What makes it different from other shows is the Fringe spirit that it adheres to, anything goes!

VF: What can we expect to see at the Fringe Cabaret on October 31?

JL: Audiences can expect to see improv, sketch, storytelling, music courtesy of Vancouver’s very own Shirley Gnome, and of course our hosts, Phantom Signal, will be performing a live comedy-horror radio broadcast throughout the show.

VF: Why are you excited about the Cabaret—especially since it is on Halloween?

JL: Why are we excited about the Cabaret? Because it’s the best! It’s amazing what happens when such a talented group of artists work together to make an evening like this happen. Everybody always puts in a ton of work to come up with some really great material. And Halloween will be especially fun because it’s pretty much a holiday made for weird artists, who are so often drawn towards the macabre about as much as they are toward crazy costumes and free candy.

VF: Do you have any spooky performance stories to share?

JL: The blackbox theatre in my university was said to be haunted by a student who had died while he was driving to school a number of years ago. I didn’t really ever think that much of it until all the lights went out during a rehearsal when there was no one else in the room. Most theatre people have a story or two about ghosts in their theatres—audiences might just get a few of their own if they come to the show!

Convinced? We know we are. Make sure to get your tickets on our website. We’ll see you there, Tuesday, October 31 at 8:00pm. We may be the last people you’ll ever see!

Make Made Merch a Reality!

Our Fringe Merchandise is soft, warm, and locally sourced. Just like us!

Our Fringe Merchandise is soft, warm, and locally sourced. Just like us!

The Fringe warmed your heart during the Festival but now we can warm the rest of your body. Because for the first time in Fringe history, we have Fringe branded merchandise that you can buy! That’s right. Thanks to our friends at Make Vancouver, we’re on baseball caps, t-shirts, and hoodies. So you can wear us from your head to your toes! And for a limited time, we’re giving you 20% off the full Fringe Fest Collection with our discount code FRINGE17. So pop over to the Make Vancouver website and fill up your cart with Fringe goodies.

And it’s all because of our generous sponsor Make Vancouver! They’ve been a fixture on Granville Island for over 25 years with custom t-shirts and one-of-a-kind products. But they’ve been a large part of the Fringe this year not only as a Fringe Merch supplier but also as a venue location for the Fringe show Embryonic! So thank you Make for supporting the Fringe and our artists!

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Thank you to all of our sponsors! You are an important part of our Fringe Family. Photo by Philip Dovey.

Thank you to all of our sponsors! You are an important part of our Fringe Family. Photo by Philip Dovey.

The Fringe has come and gone but not without a lot of work from artists, staff, and volunteers, and not without a lot of support from donors and sponsors! But how do our sponsors make our goal of “Theatre for Everyone” a reality?

Our sponsors are with us even before the Festival starts, supporting us with marketing and publicity. Like the Georgia Straight, Roundhouse Radio, The Status Bureau, BeatRoute Magazineand, of course, all those Blenz Coffee locations that distribute Program Guides. These sponsors make sure you know what’s going on with the Fringe!

Even the ground the Festival operates on is thanks to our sponsors. CHMC Granville Island is not only the Vancouver Fringe Festival’s home base during the Festival (and all other 355 days of the year) but they are also the home of the Festival Hub, the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar, and 10 performance venues!

And the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar? It wouldn’t be possible without our Signature Partner Big Rock Brewery and support from Creative BC. On Opening Night we had delicious hors d’oeuvres from Dockside Restaurant, the Keg, and La Taqueria which was nicely complemented by cocktails from Sons of Vancouver. If you managed to get inside this crowded venue during the Festival you might have enjoyed some of our drinks from sponsors Road 13 Vineyards, XFour Vodka, Urban Distilleries, and Rise Kombucha, or some tasty treats from Hardbite Chips. The photographic evidence is all here—on our Facebook page (don’t forget to tag yourself)!

Buy a Raffle Ticket while you were there? You could have won a Costa Rica Quest for Two from G Adventures, a Whistler Package for Two from Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa and Nita Lake Lodge, or a Float House Subscription. Or maybe you were smart and bought early tickets in our Early Bird Draw for prizes from the Granville Island Hotel and Fresh Prep. Did you know all of these prizes were donated to the Fringe to raise funds for the Festival. Pretty great, isn’t it?

Don’t forget everything in between! With PrintPrint.ca and Thunderbolt Sign helping us with all of the signage, passes, and printed materials, and Cube It helping us with all of our storage needs, there were a lot of small businesses keeping our Festival going.

And a warm welcome to TD Bank Group who have partnered with us to promote diversity, mentorship, and cultural harmony within the Metro Vancouver community. In the coming years, their contribution will help us sustain the Diversity Program!

And then there were the Volunteers! They helped fuel our Festival but who helped fuel them? ShearComfort kept our Volunteer Program going all Festival long. And for fuel, we had Terra Breads, Cupcakes, and Kind Snacks keeping our over 500 Volunteers ready for action. For those that made it to the Volunteer Appreciation Party we had Boston Pizza and Earnest Ice Cream—yum!

So a big thank you to all of our Sponsors—important members of our Fringe Family—for supporting us and the Festival!

Her Name Was Mary performed at this year's Vancouver Fringe Festival! Have your own show next year with us. Photo by Michael Levy.

Her Name Was Mary performed at this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival! Have your own show next year with us. Photo by Michael Levy.


How to Be a 2018 Fringe Artist!

The 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival may have just finished but we’re already thinking about 2018. So get your pencils ready because we’re about to drop some important dates for your 2018 Fringe Festival applications.

Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women. The Vancouver Fringe in partnership with Ruby Slippers Theatre and Playwrights Guild of Canada is looking for five new plays by diverse Canadian women playwrights. If accepted, your new play will be showcased with a dramatic reading during the Vancouver Fringe Festival in 2018. Submissions are due February 15, 2018 and details can be found here!

Mainstage Artists and Bring Your Own Venue / Site-Specific Artists: A specific date has not been set for our lottery applications, but we will let you know as soon as possible. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know!

Dramatic Works Series: We’ve allocated a series just for dramatic works so if you’re one for drama, this may be for you! Stay tuned for more info here.

We’ll update you when we have more details so look out on our website and in our newsletter!

Fringe-ing after the Fringe!

September 21, 2017

The Public Market Pick of the Fringe is on through Sunday

Your Pick of the Fringe winners are excited to see you again this week at Performance Works! Photo by Philip Dovey.

Your Public Market Pick of the Fringe winners are excited to see you again this week at Performance Works! Photo by Philip Dovey.

We had a feeling that you’d be suffering from Fringe Festival withdrawals so we brought back more Fringe just for you. The Fringe is bringing back the shows that critics and audiences raved about all Festival, now through Sunday, September 24. So let’s introduce you to this year’s Public Market Pick of the Fringe!

BC Touring Council Award Winner Swordplay: A Play of Swords  made a spectacular return to the stage last night! Tonight, Radhika Aggarwal will perform her “magnetic solo tour-de-force,” An Arrangement of Shoes at 8:45pm. Not one to be missed, Cry-Baby: The Musical‘s “hilarious, high-energy musical” (the Georgia Straight) will be on Saturday, September 23 at 6:45pm followed by the sold out show, Bombay Black by Anosh Irani on at 9:00pm. Over the weekend see Cultchivating the Fringe Award, Artistic Risk Award, AND the Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award Winning show Multiple Organism on Sunday, September 24 at 6:00pm and crowd favourite Chris & Travis right afterwards at 7:45pm.

See them at Performance Works on Granville Island for just $25 each!

More Fringe Just For You!

Morgan Brayton hosted Awards Night last week. Her show Give it Up is in our Pick Plus series! Photo by Philip Dovey.

Morgan Brayton hosted Awards Night last week. Her show Give it Up is in our Pick Plus series! Photo by Philip Dovey.

If you didn’t get enough of the Fringe during our Festival, then we have good news for you. Our handpicked selection of Fringey shows, Pick Plus, is coming to town and they’re staying until Sunday, September 24! And if you know anything about the Fringe you’ll know that Pick Plus will be just as Fringey and just as fun as ever.

Last night, The Merkin Sisters tore up the stage with their “piss your pants funny show” (Rachel Levine, Montreal Rampage)! Tonight, it’s “weird and wacky” (Daily Xtra) Fringe hit Give It Up at 7:00pm followed by some “intelligent black-comic sex balladry” (Edmonton Journal) with Shirley Gnome: Taking it Up the Notch on Friday, September 22 at 7:00pm. And to round out the week, Peter n’ Chris are bringing their Best Bits in Peter n’ Chris’ Best Bits on Friday, September 22 at 8:45pm!

And you don’t have to go far. All of the Pick Plus shows are at Performance Works at 1218 Cartwright Street on Granville Island. Tickets are just $25 and available online or at the venue starting 45 minutes before show time. And if you purchase your tickets as part of a Theatre Wire Subscription, your tickets will be discounted! Subscription pricing comes into effect when you buy tickets through the Theatre Wire website and purchase tickets to three or more Theatre Wire subscription shows. Pick Plus shows are just four of the 16 shows on offer. Visit TheatreWire.com for more info!

Thank You Volunteers!

A big thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers! Photo by Al Ricard.

A big thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers! Photo by Al Ricard.

The Vancouver Fringe Festival has wrapped up and it’s time to celebrate a few (hundred) people who made the Festival happen in the first place. Our volunteers, of course! We had a stand out group of volunteers this year, many of whom came from the other side of the world to be a part of the Festival, including France, China, Germany, and South Africa!

Our Volunteer Coordinator Assistant, Andrea Cowan says, “Our fantastic group of volunteers fuel the Festival with their hard work, enthusiasm, and love of the Fringe. And we love and appreciate every single one of them!” The Fringe thanks them too—thank you Volunteers for making the Festival such a success!

We would also like to thank our sponsors who support the Volunteer Centre, the Volunteer Appreciation Party, and our Volunteers: ShearComfort, Boston Pizza, Earnest Ice Cream, KIND, Sun-Rype Tea, Hardbite Chips, Big Rock Brewery, and Road 13 Vineyards. Thank you—you make the Fringe a better experience!

You voted us the Best Local Performing-Arts Festival! Photo by Carlos Santos.

You voted us the Best Local Performing-Arts Festival! Photo by Carlos Santos.

We’re the Best Local Performing Arts Festival

We put out the call for our Fringers to vote for us in the 22nd Annual Georgia Straight Best of Vancouver Readers Choice Awards and you answered! Because the Georgia Straight just released the results and we’ve won first place in the Best Local Performing-Arts Festival category! It’s now official. You love us and we love you!

Tell us on Facebook! Did you have fun at the Vancouver Fringe Festival? Rate and like us! We want to hear what you think.

Roundhouse Radio is donating $1 to the Fringe for every new subscriber! Photo by Ravi Maharaj.

Roundhouse Radio is donating $1 to the Fringe for every new subscriber! Photo by Ravi Maharaj.

Reminder: Join Roundhouse Radio and They’ll Give to the Fringe!

Did you know that you can give $1 to the Vancouver Fringe Festival—by listening to your local radio station? That’s because this September, we are Roundhouse Radio’s charity of the month! For every new subscriber, Roundhouse Radio will donate $1 to the Fringe! And, in return, you’ll gain access to exclusive Roundhouse performances, podcasts, and station events. Pretty good deal right? But you only have 9 more days—so go to their website and subscribe now!

 

 

 

More Holdovers!

There are even more opportunities for you to keep on Fringing! Artists will often organize their own post-Festival holdovers and this year is no different:

Draining the Swamp
September 21 – 23 at 8:00 pm at Havana

Curious Creations, the company that brought you last years Fringe hit, Waiting for Garbo, gets curious again this time about He Who Shall Not be Named. Fringe regular Jacques Lalonde, repris(es) his Trump schtick from last year with gusto) with his Apprentice (energetic and eager Katie-Rose Connors). This musical takes a comedic jab at the privileged few who hold your wealth in their hands. Comic mayhem ensues when The Boss fires his apprentice, shoots his driver, and gets arrested for murder.

Your Princess is in Another Castle
September 27 at the Heritage Grill in New Westminster

After Princess Polly loses the popular vote to become Miss Leader of the Free World (…to a department store Mannequin!), a Prince Charming Type steps in to save her—by helping her GO VIRAL. Poetry meets political satire in this postapocalyptic metaculture where reality is live-streamed 24/7, and that Mannequin behind the coffee shop counter is flirting with you…

Want to see even more theatre? Theatre Wire offers independent and Fringe theatre year-round! There are so many shows you can even make a subscription package! Visit Theatre Wire for details on shows and to purchase your subscription! And don’t forget to sign up for the Theatre Wire newsletter so you can stay in the loop on shows added throughout the year!