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  • 50 Shades of Vinyl – A Canadian Parody

    Buy tickets Happysad TheatreKink has never been so polite! This trio of original stories spoofs a beloved...
  • Habitats

    Buy tickets By Isabelle Kirouac & Nayana FielkovAccompanied by a mysterious white hare, a woman travels through...
  • Basic Training

    Buy tickets Written, created, and performed by Kahlil AshantiA comedic, powerful, and redemptive story about a...
  • The Birdmann FINALE

    Buy tickets DownundergroundA man like no man, the internationally infamous, award-winning, festival favourite...
  • Razor

    Buy tickets Ashanti Enterprises Inc presents:RazorNovember 7-9, 2018Studio 1398, 1398 Cartwright Street,...
  • God is a Scottish Drag Queen: A Christmas Special

    Buy tickets God is a Scottish Drag Queen: A Christmas SpecialDecember 5-7, 2018Studio 1398, 1398 Cartwright...
  • Theatre Under the Gun

    Buy tickets Monster Theatre presents:Theatre Under the GunFebruary 9, 2019Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright...

Murder the Fringe In Your Bed

July 7, 2016

Dick on the Fringe: A Can’t-Miss Opening Night

Private Dick, Butt Kapinski, will solve a Fringe murder on Opening Night! Photo by Mihaela Bodlovic.

*Cue film noir music*

It’s gonna be an amazing night. The type of night where even the most introverted member of your family would be heartbroken to miss. We could spill all the details if we wanted to. We could tell you all about how the Vancouver Fringe Festival Opening Night will knock your proverbial socks off with opportunities to meet Fringe artists and Fringe VIPs. We could let you know about the spectacular pre-show reception that includes:

But we’re gonna keep all that under wraps for now. All you need to know about this special event on September 6 is that there will be a featured performance from a person who some would say is one of the finest private eyes wearing a lamp on their head. Yes, we are talking about none other than the detective with the lisp: Butt Kapinski. Watching Butt means laughing your way to solving a murder mystery. That’s a two for one deal that even that even a gentleman with the brain of a dodo bird would know to take. So do yourself a favour, and get your tickets.

Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Location: Performance Works (1218 Cartwright Street on Granville Island)
Doors: 7:00pm
Tickets: $50 (19+ only)
Click here to buy tickets.

Host an Artist, Help the Fringe!

How does being part of an artist’s Vancouver Fringe Festival experience sound? Good? Great! Then sign yourself up to become a billet host! By opening your home to our journeying Fringe artists, you’ll not only be an amazing supporter of the Festival, but you’ll also be an example of the wonderful people who reside in our great city!

The fringe artists will take what they can get, but if you give them the best bed with the finest sheets in your house, they won’t complain.

Once you fill out the Billet Request Form, we will ensure that your household is compatible with the amount of and types of Fringe artists that come into your home. Whether you have guest rooms, air mattresses, a loud household, or a quieter household, we will find the artist(s) that work for you! If you were a billet host during past Festivals and would like to bring back the artist(s) that you had before, we have an option on our form to request that as well. As a token of our appreciation, billet hosts will receive either a Volunteer Rush Pass, which allows free admission into any show that’s not already sold out, or 10 Exchange Vouchers for the 2016 Festival, which can be used for admission to any regular Fringe performance. Sounds great, right? We knew you would agree… so sign up!

And while we’re on the subject of volunteering… let’s talk about volunteering! We still have space for you to become one of our volunteers! Yes, you! Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the perks that come with being a Vancouver Fringe volunteer, including the Volunteer Rush Pass! Check out all the positions we have, and then either sign up, or if you are a returning volunteer, simply update your profile. We’ll email you when shifts are available so you can sign up directly.

Thanks to Shear Comfort and the Great Jamaican for supporting our volunteer program (and yes, there will be Ginger Beer at the Volunteer Centre)!

Changing Our Name at the AGM on July 28!

The First Vancouver Theatrespace Society, producers of the Vancouver Fringe Festival, will be holding an Annual General Meeting on Thursday, July 28 at Big Rock Urban Brewery, located at 310 West 4th Avenue. Doors open at 6:00pm.

If you purchased and activated a Membership at the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival, you are a Member and eligible to attend and vote at the AGM. At this AGM, Members will be reviewing new bylaws, reviewing our constitution, ensuring compliance with the new Society Act, and will appoint the auditor.

Members will also vote on a proposed name change that would change the Society’s name from the First Vancouver TheatreSpace Society (FVTS) to the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society (VFTS). The reason for this proposed name change is to have a Society name that better reflects the purpose of our organization.

Big thanks to our sponsor, Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery for hosting once again! See you there!

The Fringe at the Jessie Awards

The cast and crew of The North Plan accepting the award for Outstanding Production, Small Theatre, an award that was sponsored by Theatre Wire!

Congratulations to all the artists who were nominated for a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award this year… especially the nominated Fringe alumni!

The Fringe and Theatre Wire’s Executive Director, David Jordan, and Communications Director, Debby Reis, were in attendance at the Awards on June 27, where they live-tweeted  the events (@theatrewire) and posted the highlights on the Theatre Wire Instagram. Read our piece about the night and the Theatre Wire alumni who won Jessies in our last Theatre Wire newsletter. You can also find out more about the Jessies and all the shows and artists who were nominated and won on the Jessies’ website.

Volunteer and Subscriber Perks!

June 22, 2016

15 Reasons to become a Theatre Wire Subscriber

Don't miss one of the Fringe's favourite comedic acts... Pajama Men!

Don’t miss one of the Fringe’s favourite comedic acts… Pajama Men!

We’ve been teasing you and teasing you, but the time has come. The 2016/2017 Theatre Wire season was announced on June 6, 2016 and there 15 reasons why you should become a Theatre Wire Subscriber.

Reason 1-13: The shows! 
There are 13 shows that include Baba Brinkman talking about climate change, dystopian worlds in The City and the City, Generation Post Script, and Frankenstein, 1945, Canadian histories in REDPATCH and The Canada Show, Fringe favourites like Chase Padgett, Butt Kapinski, and Peter n’ Chris, and so much more.

Reason 14: The Sweet Price!
Subscription packages start with just three shows for $52.50 or you can choose six or more shows and ticket prices drop down to less than $20 per performance. It’s a great deal! BUT these are Early Bird prices, so make sure to buy your Subscription before August 1, 2016 when prices go up! (And yes, single tickets are also available.)

Reason 15: The Perks!
Theatre Wire Subscribers get a lot of extra goodies, including discounts at The Liberty Distillery and Big Rock Urban Eatery , and early access to Frequent Fringer Cards! There are some time sensitive perks too! The first 50 subscribers get free tickets to an Instant Theatre show AND buy your subscription before August 1 and you’ll be entered to win your subscription!

What are you waiting for! Become a Theatre Wire Subscriber today!

We Are Looking for Volunteers!

All smiles with the Fringe volunteers! Photo by: Jessica Leung

All smiles with the Fringe volunteers! Photo by: Jessica Leung

We are calling for anyone and everyone who would like to take part in the behind-the-scenes activity of the Vancouver Fringe Festival. In addition to playing an essential role in the success of the Festival, volunteers enjoy the benefits of improved communication skills, work experience, and potential networking opportunities.

More tangible benefits include a free t-shirt, snacks in the Volunteer Centre, an invite to the Volunteer Appreciation Party (where there will be exclusive performances from Fringe artists), and, best of all, the Volunteer Rush Pass, which allows free admission into any show that’s not already sold out!

With the variety of positions we have available there’s bound to be a position that fits you, so check out all the volunteer positions we have, and then either sign up, or if you are a returning volunteer, simply update your profile. Please make sure to fill out your profile completely, including your contact info and qualifications. We’ll email you when shifts are available so you can sign up directly.

We are also accepting applications for Volunteer Team Leaders for those who would like to take on more responsibility and want to gain skills in human resources, arts administration, and event planning.

Please join us! We’re very excited to have you!

And a special shout out to Shear Comfort, , who are back to support our Volunteer Program for another year!

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge

Here's Jimmy celebrating Leonard Schein Day in 2015! You can have a day in 2016... Contact Robyn!

Here’s Jimmy celebrating Leonard Schein Day in 2015! You can have a day in 2016… Contact Robyn!

CanadaHelps and GIV3 are challenging Canadians to be more giving by encouraging you to give to your favourite charities (cough, the Vancouver Fringe Festival)! To inspire you to give, they’re hosting a contest where your entries mean your favourite charity (cough, the Vancouver Fringe) is entered to win $10,000!

Every dollar donated through CanadaHelp.org is an entry for your favourite charity (…) to win. But, donations must be made before June 30, 2016 at 11:59:59pm Pacific Daylight Time and the minimum donation is $3. So what are you waiting for? Your fav… We want to win $10,000! Donate today and help us win!

AND if you donate $25 or more before June 24 you’ll be included in our Donor Thank You page in the 2016 Festival Program Guide! The Program Guide is distributed all around Vancouver, including at Blenz Coffee locations and at Big Rock Urban Brewery, and is shared on our website—so you can bask in the glory of making the Fringe Festival and independent theatre possible!

Speaking of giving, we’re working on Your Fringe for a Day—that’s where you love the Fringe so much that you donate $1000 and get your very own day of fame at the Festival! There are a few days left, so if you (or a group of you and your friends) want to own your own day at this year’s Festival, email Robyn ASAP!

Save the Date: Fringe AGM on July 28!

The First Vancouver Theatrespace Society (FVTS), producers of the Fringe Festival, will be holding an Annual General Meeting on Thursday, July 28 at 6:00pm at the Big Rock Urban Eatery. If you purchased and activated a Membership at the 2015 Fringe Festival, then you are a Member and eligible to attend and vote during the AGM.

This year FVTS will be proposing a new set of bylaws in order for the FVTS to be in compliance with the new Society Act.

We’ll send an official notice of the meeting soon, but for now, save the date to come and vote at the AGM on July 28.

The 2015 Fringe hit Titus is back on at the Fakespeare Festival!

The 2015 Fringe hit, Titus, is back on at the Fakespeare Festival!

The Theatre Scene

Just a taste of what Vancouver has to offer in the way of Theatre (the Shakespeare edition)


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
June 24 & 26
The Columbia Theatre, New Westminster
A ridiculous night of Shakespeare: 37 play in 97 minutes with three actors playing 1,222 characters!

Shakespeare After Dark
June 25
Havana Theatre
Shakespeare served with a side of improvisational mischief. Somehow, they’ll be improvising in iambic pentameter, or at least trying to.

The Fakespeare Festival
August 3-28
The York Theatre
A cheeky new festival celebrating clever Canadian twists on Shakespeare, including Titus: The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus, which won last year’s Public Market Pick of the Fringe—now in its full two-act glory!