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It’s a Fringe Goodbye… For Now

September 18, 2017

It’s OVER—A Fringe Festival in Review

The Vancouver Fringe Festival is now over which means it’s time for a Fringe Recap. Queue the montage!

Queer as Funk filled the Fringe Bar to maximum capacity on Friday, September 8! Photo by Carlos Santos.

Queer as Funk filled the Fringe Bar to maximum capacity on Friday, September 8! Photo by Carlos Santos.

The first day of the Festival was EXPLOSIVE—quite literally, with a power outage that shut down half of Granville Island! The culprit? Ingrid Hansen of Interstellar Elder can be seen holding IT (she dubbed it the “evil balloon”) on our Instagram. But, after a rough start, the Festival forged on anew, with three of the cancelled performances staging extra performances the following week. And more good news? There were a number of shows that sold out multiple performances, including Draining the Swamp, An Arrangement of Shoes, and Almost a Stepmom. Bombay Black by Anosh Irani sold out ALL of their performances by the first Sunday of the Festival!

And the successes kept coming! With the expansion of the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar, including live music, magic shows, and artist performances in the afternoons, the Fringe Bar was filled to the brim. In fact, we recorded thousands of people coming and going over the course of the 11 day Festival! Some nights, the line ups extended out the door and down the block—a first for the Vancouver Fringe!

We closed this explosive Festival with Awards Night, where we announced the winners of all our Awards, including Mind of a Snail, whose show Multiple Organism won a Public Market Pick of the Fringe spot AND the Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award, the Artistic Risk Award, and the Cultchivating the Fringe Award! Click here to see all the Awards that were won and the shows that won them! We also did the final Raffle Draw! Congrats to Jelena Culibrk (ticket # 30785) for winning a one-year membership to Float House, to Zachary Lamarche (ticket #30989) for winning the Whistler Package including a four-night stay at the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa and two 60-minute Swedish massages at the Spa at Nita Lake Lodge, and to our Grand Prize winner, Ken Hsuch (ticket #30325) who gets a nine-day Costa Rica Quest trip to Costa Rica from G Adventures!

Many thanks to Fringe donors, artists, and volunteers without whom there wouldn’t be a Festival at all!

For a review in pictures, check out our Facebook page. We hoped you enjoyed it as much as we did!

It’s the Public Market Pick of the Fringe

Vancouver just can’t get enough Fringe Theatre—that’s why there are Fringe holdovers after the Festival! From September 20 through 24 the Public Market Pick of the Fringe will be held at Performance Works on Granville Island. Tickets are $25!

Pick shows got people talking in lineups, at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar, and online—and they received rave reviews—so we just have to bring them back for another performance!

And without further adieu, the Public Market Pick of the Fringe winners are:

Swordplay: A Play of Swords
Wednesday, September 20 at 8:45pm

Chandelier-swinging, dastardly schemes and swordfights, swordfights, swordfights await as Sex T-Rex bring their signature style to the stage, dipping their rapier wit into all things sordid and sworded.

“I sat on the edge of my seat, bounced up and down, giggled, and howled with laughter.” —Deneh’Cho Thompson for ColinThomas.ca
An Arrangement of Shoes
Thursday, September 21 at 8:45pm

Set in an Indian railway colony during the Gulf War, this poignant family portrait is a captivating solo performance about family and global history in the Age of Faith.

“Magnetic piece of theatre ... remarkable storytelling.” —Extra! Extra!
Cry-Baby: The Musical
Saturday, September 23 at 6:45pm

Allison Vernon-Williams is drawn across the tracks from her 1954 finishing-school background into a relationship with the orphaned Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker, the leader of a pack of rebel outcasts.

“This over-the-top satiric musical with a sincere and timeless message is a rocking good time.” —Vince Kanasoot, the Georgia Straight
Bombay Black by Anosh Irani
Saturday, September 23 at 9:00pm

The lives of an Indian exotic dancer and her embittered mother are altered when a blind stranger visits them. Anosh Irani’s Dora Award-winning Bombay Black is a searing play set in the bitter reality of India.

“One of the most harrowing, unsettling, and mesmerizing plays I’ve ever seen.” —Andrea Warner, the Georgia Straight
Multiple Organism
Sunday, September 24 at 6:00pm

Mind of a Snail’s risquést show yet! A gender and genre bending surrealist comedy for adults: live projections, puppetry, and an original musical score. Use your invagination!

“Even diehard fans of Mind of a Snail ... are in for a surprise—and a treat.” —Kathleen Oliver, the Georgia Straight
Chris & Travis
Sunday, September 24 at 7:45pm

Travis Bernhardt and Chris Ross scribble outside the lines of improv comedy with their high energy, hilarious and surreal two-man show.

“Forty-five minutes of delightful absurd silliness.” —Penny Warwick, Two Cents & Two Pence

More Fringe Just for You! Pick Plus Shows Run Sept. 20-24!

Are you sad that the Vancouver Fringe Festival is over? Yes? Well then we have some good news for you. Pick Plus has returned with a series of Fringe Hits handpicked for your enjoyment!

(Top to Bottom, Left to Right) Give It Up, The Merkin Sisters, Shirley Gnome: Taking It Up The Notch, and Peter n' Chris' Best Bits will return in our Pick Plus series!

From left to right, top to bottom: Give It Up, The Merkin Sisters, Shirley Gnome: Taking It Up The Notch, and Peter n’ Chris’ Best Bits will return in our Pick Plus series!

Ingrid Hansen, of sold out show Interstellar Elder, and Stephanie Morin-Robert, of critically acclaimed show Bushel and Peck, return in Pick Plus show The Merkin Sisters. “They have the chemistry, synchronized movement, expert choreography, and puppet mastery that can’t be found in any other show this year. In thirty years of Fringing, I have never seen anything as good as this at pushing the limits of edgy comedy,” says Lisa Campbell of The Jenny Revue. The Merkin Sisters will play Wednesday, September 20 at 7:00pm!

Fringe celebrity and Vancouver Fringe Awards Night Host Morgan Brayton will bring Fringe hit Give It Up to Pick Plus. “Between the moments of vulnerability, Morgan brings to the stage out-of-this-world, car-crash-you-can’t-look-away-from characters that have the audience in stitches,” says Stephanie Lo of Plank Magazine. See it on Thursday, September 21 at 7:00pm!

Or take it up a notch with Shirley Gnome: Taking it Up the Notch! Glen Sumi of Now Magazine described it saying, “Vancouver’s Shirley Gnome is like a sweet-voiced, folk singer version of NYC’s chanteuse of raunch, Bridget Everett. But she’s even funnier.” Her show will play Friday, September 22 at 7:00pm!

And there’s no better way to end a week than with three-time Canadian Comedy Award Winners Peter n’ Chris. They’re bringing Peter n’ Chris’ Best Bits to Pick Plus. In fact, the CBC called it, “a terrific blend of narrative momentum and relaxed absurdity, where reality is elastic and the fourth wall comes and goes.” Catch them Friday, September 22 at 8:45pm.

So there you have it, four shows hand picked just for you. See them all September 20-24 at Performance Works at 1218 Cartwright Street on Granville Island. All Pick Plus Shows are $25 on our website. But you can save money when you buy your tickets as part of a Theatre Wire Subscription. Subscription pricing comes into effect when you buy tickets through the Theatre Wire website and you purchase tickets to three or more Theatre Wire subscription shows. Pick Plus shows are just four of 16 shows on offer. Visit TheatreWire.com for more info.

How to Win the Fringe New Play

Cast member lee williams boudakian rehearses her play Setting Bones, last year's New Play Prize winner.

Cast member lee williams boudakian rehearses their play Setting Bones, last year’s New Play Prize winner.

If the Fringe has got you thinking of putting on your own show—now’s your chance! Because Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC) is calling for applications for the Fringe New Play Prize. What’s that you say? It’s a prize that offers BC artists a leg up in producing a new play. And with eight months of mentorship from PTC Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel, a spot in PTC’s how-to-produce-theatre seminar series, and a guaranteed space on the Fringe Mainstage for the 2018 season, it’s not something you’ll want to pass up.

Last year’s New Play Prize winning team lee williams boudakian, Anoushka Ratnarajah, and Kamee Abrahamian produced Setting Bones at the Fringe Festival this year. To see their journey from new project to new play, read it here.

Just be sure to submit your application no later than October 2, 2017. Find info and application details here!

Touring Lottery Application is Open for the 2018 Circuit

Keep an eye out for our Touring Lottery applications. Open soon! Photo by Rosemarie Gresham.

Keep an eye out for Touring Lottery applications. They also draw shows from a hat! Photo by Rosemarie Gresham.

The Vancouver Fringe Festival may be wrapping up but we know you’re already thinking about next year’s Festival. What if we told you, you could have your own show at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival—guaranteed? Well today’s your lucky day because the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) is opening applications for the touring lottery! Winners of the touring lottery will be guaranteed a spot in a minimum of five CAFF Festivals of their choice (for example, the Vancouver Fringe Festival and four others). And it’s in high demand! Last year they had 170 applications for ten touring spots, with hopes to add an additional five this year! So get a head start on next year’s Festival and apply before October 22 at 11:59pm (CST)! Applications open September 18.

And while you’re applying for that, keep an ear out and an eye open because the Vancouver Fringe Festival will be opening applications for our own lottery later this fall! Details will be announced in an upcoming newsletter so make sure you’re subscribed.

Last Days of the Fringe!

September 16, 2017

Final chance to Fringe today and tomorrow only!

You only have two days to get your Fringe on! Photo by Carlos Santos.

You only have two days to get your Fringe on! Photo by Carlos Santos.

Today is September 16 which means you have only today and tomorrow to get your Fringe on! There is still a lot going on. But what to do? Rock out to the impressive lineup of local music at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar! See some of the 100 shows! You may not have a chance to see them again! Head out there before it’s too late!

You can buy tickets online, at the Box Office, or at the venue starting 45 minutes before show time, if they’re not sold out. You have 48 hours to get your fill of the Fringe before it’s gone—the clock is ticking!

Show Us Some Off-Island Love

Beaver Dreams is one of our off-island shows. Find these curious beavers at Havana Theatre! Photo by Yelena Markova.

Beaver Dreams is one of our off-Island shows. Find these curious beavers at Havana Theatre! Photo by Yelena Markova.

If you’ve spent the last nine days on Granville Island and feel a little Fringed out, we have a solution for you! See MORE Fringey shows—off Island, at any of our seven off-Island venues! Here’s how you can show us some off-Island love.

For a (very slight) change of scenery, head up to Studio 16 on West 7th. Or experience a little Fringe nostalgia and feel “Alive on the Drive” for shows at The Cultch Historic Theatre and the Vancity Culture Lab, home to the Dramatic Works Series, Havana, and Ocean and Crow Yoga. Or visit our Downtown Eastside venues Firehall Arts Centre and Woodwards Atrium!

It’s true—we’re everywhere! To find out more about shows off-Island, take a look at our Program Guide, which sorts shows by venue. And find addresses and maps to all our venues here!

Wrapping up the Fringe with the Artists’ Cabaret and Awards Night!

The Vancouver Fringe Festival is coming to a close but that doesn’t mean it’s over yet! In fact, we still have two exciting events headed your way: the Artist Cabaret and Awards Night!

The super top secret Artist Cabaret has returned! Photo by Rosemarie Gresham.

The super top secret Artist Cabaret has returned. It’s the Big Brother’s Cabaret of Bullshit! Photo by Rosemarie Gresham.

What can we tell you about the Artist Cabaret? Not much actually. As it turns out, the Artist Cabaret is a super top secret performance completely put together by Fringe Artists—Fringe Staff are strictly kept out of the loop. We only know these three things: Firstly, it’s called the Big Brother’s Cabaret of Bullshit. Secondly, it’s completely lit by flashlights (brought from home or purchased by donation at the door). And finally, it sells out every year! Has that peaked your interest? Then we’ll see you Saturday, September 16 at 11:00pm at Performance Works! Tickets are $15 and are only sold at the door—so be sure to arrive 45 minutes early!

And if you haven’t gotten your fill of the Fringe on Saturday, come Sunday for Fringe Awards Night! We are happy to announce that your entrance fee, which is by cash donation, will be going to support the Performing Arts Lodges (PAL), an organization which provides longstanding members of Vancouver’s performing arts professions with affordable housing.

Once you’re in, prepare yourself for a celebration hosted by none other than Morgan Brayton of Pick Plus show Give It Up! We’ll be announcing the winners of the 2017 Public Market Pick of the Fringe Awards aka the hottest selling shows at the Fringe who will return for hold-over performances from September 20-24 at Performance Works. We’ll also be announcing our other nine awards including the Cultchivating the Fringe Award which grants the winner a run in The Cultch’s 2018/2019 season, the BC Touring Council Award, which offers mentorship and a showcase spot at Pacific Contact, the Spirit of the Fringe Award, given in honour of our departing Executive Director David Jordan, and of course, the Volunteer Choice Award!

And if you make it through all of that, we will also be drawing the winners for our Final Raffle which include prizes from G Adventures, Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa, Nita Lake Lodge, and Float House.

Fringe Awards Night takes place Sunday, September 17 at 9:30pm at Performance Works. We want to see all of you there to celebrate the last day of the Festival!

Last Chance to Win a Trip to Costa Rica!

You still have time to win an all expenses paid trip to Costa Rica! Have you bought your ticket yet? Photo by Chris Shrubsall.

You still have time to win an all expenses paid trip to Costa Rica! Have you bought your ticket yet? Photo by Chris Shrubsall.

Ready to fly 7500 km away on a trip for two to Costa Rica with G Adventures? Too far? How about driving 120 km for a four-night stay for two at Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa? It comes with a Swedish massage at the Spa at Nita Lake Lodge. Still too far? How about staying here and enjoying a free subscription to Float House? If any of this sounds appealing to you, you’ll want to by a raffle ticket to win one—or all—of these prizes! But, here’s the thing. You have to buy tickets before 6:00pm on September 17 to be entered to win. So what are you waiting for?

Go to our website and buy a ticket or visit the Raffle Centre in the tent next to the Box Office at 1398 Cartwright Street or in the evenings at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar! Tickets are one for $10 or three for $20. We’re holding the Final Raffle Draw on September 17 at 9:30pm at Awards Night at Performance Works at 1218 Cartwright Street. You do not have to be present to win—we will contact you if your ticket is drawn!

Tickets may be only sold and purchased in British Columbia.
Ticket purchasers must be 19 years of age or older. If a winning ticket bears a minor’s name, the prize will be lawfully delivered on behalf of the minor parent, legal guardian, or trustee.
Prizes have no equivalent cash value.