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Fringe Your Blues Away

September 12, 2018

Reviews, Reviews, and More Reviews!

Having a hard time deciding what to see? Let the critics lead the way!

The Georgia Straight published reviews from Vancouver-bound shows at the Victoria Fringe in their September 6 issue and there’ll be more reviews out tomorrow. Check them all out online here, including the feature articles on funny feminism, magic shows, and more.

Check out our media board to read reviews of some of the shows! Photo by Nandia Cahlandari.

Check out our media board to read reviews of some of the shows! Photo by Nandia Cahlandari.

Long-time theatre critic, Colin Thomas, along with his team Sarvin Esmaeili and David Johnston, have also been reviewing up a storm.

You can find previews over at one of the city’s newest blogs, Theatre Addicts. They’re also being super ambitious—they’re reviewing every show in the Festival! Find them here.

Vancouver Presents are posting reviews in addition to their annual #FringeDuJour feature.

And you can find more reviews over at Two Cents & Two Pence, Review Vancouver, Fun Fun Vancouver, and if you’ve got an penchant for musicals, The Real Darryl and Vancouver Musicals have got you covered.

More reviews will be coming, and we tweet reviews as we find them! Follow along at Twitter.com/VancouverFringe.

Come One, Come All (Ages) to the Phillips Fringe Bar

During the course of the Fringe, the Phillips Fringe Bar is transformed into Vancouver’s hottest music venue, with more than 20 bands and performers rocking out every night. It’s also THE social hub at the Fringe, allowing artists, staff, volunteers, and Fringers to meet and greet. But did you know Fringers of all ages are welcome in the Fringe Bar?

We serve alcoholic AND non-alcoholic drinks at the bar! Photo by Al Ricard.

We serve alcoholic AND non-alcoholic drinks at the bar! Photo by Al Ricard.

You heard right! Fringers young and old can enjoy everything that the Fringe Bar has to offer! Come play foosball, listen to live music, learn a new dance, talk to other Fringers, and have a Phillips beer or a soda while you do!

All ages are welcome to enjoy the live music at the Fringe Bar, but you do have to be 19+ in order to be able to purchase alcohol. The Fringe Bar opens from 6:00pm-late weekdays, and from 1:00pm till late on the Festival’s final weekend. Remember: the Phillips Fringe Bar is free!

Up Next at the Phillips Fringe Bar

The highlight of the Phillips Fringe Bar is the musical performances from some of Vancouver music scene’s best! Once again, we’re partnering with BeatRoute Magazine, Western Canada’s indie arts and entertainment monthly to give you a sneak peak on the performers playing at the Fringe Bar. Here’s a teaser from BeatRoute‘s Lauren Donnelly on who’s hitting the stage on Wednesday, September 12 (that’s tonight!), and Thursday, September 13:

Got the middle of the week blues? Autumn means more grey days, but Desirée Dawson’s music transforms rain from cold to cozy. Her sound is soulful and plucky, and her lyrics are the perfect soundtrack for starting fresh. Dawson’s sound has ripened since she hit national airwaves as the ukulele-playing 2016 CBC Searchlight winner. Her most recent single “Just Fine,” shows off sultry vocals punctuated with staccato snaps. Dawson’s lyrics are a good mantra for the rest of the year––a reminder to step away from the grind to make time for reflection. If Dawson’s indie-soul melodies aren’t comforting enough, community choir group ESCHOIR will bring you a diverse set of covers to delight in.

Next up, two of Vancouver’s fiercest artists kickstart the weekend early. Thursday night opens with Kim Villagante, also known as Kimmortal. With jazzy keys, soul vocals and powerful rhymes, the emcee and singer-songwriter will make you think. Kimmortal makes good use of their background in Visual Arts and Art History with an experimental approach to music, but their work hearkens back to Lauryn Hill and old school soul too. Their two latest releases exemplify how they zigzag across the boundaries of genre lines. Doodle #1 isa features experimental sounds, intricate verses, and electro tunes, while I’m Blue mixes jazz with soul to set the listener adrift on a flight through time and space. Their songs paint mind pictures with lush sounds and striking lyrical imagery.

And if that wasn’t soulful enough for you, Dawn Pemberton will undoubtedly raise the stakes. The legendary Vancouver singer will play funky hits from her long-awaited debut album Say Somethin’. Pemberton’s vocals soar above thick grooves to get people moving, and builds simmering tension with influences from a multitude of genres. Jazz, funk, and soul are revitalized under her musical prowess. Here’s your chance to witness a performance from a soul diva.

Not only is there great music, but we’re also hosting an On the Table event! Join us at the Phillips Fringe Bar on Thursday, September 13 from 6-8:00pm to discuss what’s more important to arts and culture: traditional theatre or new voices? And what does the decline of print media and criticism mean for local theatre? On the Table is free—and there’ll be snacks!

Catch amazing performers and more at the Phillips Fringe Bar, located at Ocean Art Works! You can check the full Fringe Bar lineup on our website. We’re open from 6:00pm till late weekdays, and from 1:00pm till late on Saturday and Sunday.

Learn While You Fringe

Use your body at New(to)Town Collective's Training Jam on Thursday, September 13.

Use your body at New(to)Town Collective’s Training Jam on Thursday, September 13.

There’s still time to take in a workshop at the Fringe!

Participate in this morning’s discussion of Inclusive Hiring and Casting Practices in Theatre. On from 10:00am to noon, with an hour for informal discussion till 1:00pm, join Rohit Chokhani, Marisa Emma Smith, Mily Mumford, Raes Calvert, and Susanna Uchatius as they share lessons learned in creating diverse, inclusive, and equitable teams.

On Thursday, take part in New(to)Town Collective’s Training Jam on Embodied Awareness. Play with exercises, utilize your awareness in relation to performance, and meet new collaborators regardless of your experience level.

Love improv and musicals? Join Inside Voices‘ Jennifer Pielak and Peter Abando at this Musical Improv workshop and spontaneously create a song, practice your improv rhyming skills, and more on Friday, September 14.

Last Chance to Buy Raffle Tickets!

You only have a few more days to get tickets from our lovely volunteers! Photo by Alvin Roxas.

You only have a few more days to get tickets from our lovely volunteers! Photo by Alvin Roxas.

The final raffle draw is only four days away! Don’t miss your chance to win some awesome, awesome prizes, like a trip for two to Guatemala courtesy of Finisterra Travel, a weekend getaway to Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler, a gift card from Foodora AND a Kick Ass Pass to the 2019 Fringe! You have till 9:00pm on September 16 to buy a ticked and be entered to win. So what are you waiting for?

Get your tickets at our Raffle Tent (by the Fringe Box Office), at the Phillips Fringe Bar, and around the Festival! They’re $10 for one ticket, or $20 for three tickets. We’ll be holding the Raffle Draw on September 16 at 10:00pm on Awards Night at Performance Works on 1218 Cartwright Street. You don’t have to be present—we’ll be in touch if you’re drawn in the Raffle!

For all our Raffle rules and regulations, click here.

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.

Don’t Stop Fringing

September 9, 2018

Travel to Guatemala for $10?!

There’s only a week left to put your name in the Fringe Raffle! With your purchase of a Raffle Ticket, you could win a $100 gift card to Foodora and a Kick Ass Pass for the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival (which basically means you can see as many shows as you like for free) or a weekend getaway for two at Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler with dinner for two at Aura Restaurant!

Buy raffle tickets from our awesome volunteers for a chance to win a trip to Guatemala! Photo by Al Ricard.

Buy raffle tickets from our awesome volunteers for a chance to win a trip to Guatemala! Photo by Al Ricard.

And the grand prize? A trip for two to Guatemala with Finisterra Travel! Enjoy eight days in Guatemala, with flights included. Explore Antigua’s cobbled streets, sample and learn how to cook traditional Guatemalan cuisine, kayak around Lake Atitlan, and more! So what are you waiting for?

Tickets are available at our Raffle Tent (in the Fringe Hub), or in the evenings at the Phillips Fringe Bar. Tickets are one for $10 or 3 for $20. Raffle winners will be drawn during Awards Night at Performance Works. Can’t make it? Don’t worry, we’ll be in touch if you win!

Read all Raffle rules and regulations here.


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.

Double Your Donation!

Help us achieve our goal of 22 new monthly donors, and we'll throw the best wedding reception ever! Photo by Robyn Kurtz.

Help us achieve our goal of 22 new monthly donors, and we’ll throw the best wedding reception ever! Photo by Robyn Kurtz.

Did you know the Fringe is a charity? Donations support the Festival, Fringe artists, and year-round independent theatre. Know what’s even better than a donation? A monthly commitment! Monthly donations are the most sustainable way of supporting the Festival. Whether you choose to donate $5 or $500 per month, this reliable income means the Fringe can continue its work beyond September.

Join our Commitment Club of monthly donors! AND when you sign up during the Festival, your first month’s donation will be doubled!

When you see a show, 100% of the base ticket price goes to artists, so the Fringe relies on generous donations from Fringers like you! YOU make the Fringe POSSIBLE!

If you’d like to become a monthly donor you can sign up online here, email Robyn, or visit us in the Donor Booth at the Fringe Hub! Thank you and thanks to Austin Property Tax Consultants for the generous matching donation!

By the way, if we reach our goal of signing up 22 new monthly donors during the Festival, we’re going to throw a wedding reception for a couple of chickens. We are serious. We are committed. Are you?

Coming Up at the Fringe Bar

The Sumner Brothers will take the stage tonight at the Phillips Fringe Bar!

The Sumner Brothers will take the stage tonight at the Phillips Fringe Bar!

Don’t miss out on great music while at the Fringe! Starting at 8:00pm tonight, get ready to jam to Harlequin Gold and the genre-defying The Sumner Brothers. They released a record of cover songs called To Elliot: In Remembrance late last year, which received praise from BeatRoute Magazine: “…when an artist digs a little deeper and shows their audience something farther removed from expectation, the listener gets to experience a piece of the artist’s inspiration.” They also recently came out with a music video for their cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad.”

 

Join us for the first annual Fringe Festival Ceilidh on Monday, September 10!

Join us for the first annual Fringe Festival Ceilidh on Monday, September 10!

After meeting our Board of Directors, join us for the first annual Fringe Festival Ceilidh with Alison Moen and Kilbirnie Station on Monday, September 10, at 8:00pm! We’ve decided to mix things up a bit after five years of square dancing at the Fringe bar by learning this traditional Scottish dance. All dances will be taught on the spot and no experience is necessary—just be ready to have fun learning from Alison Moen, with music from Kilbirnie Station!

Show us what you've got in the live karaoke session with Sami Ghawi & the Apartment on Tuesday, September 11!

Show us what you’ve got in the live karaoke session with Sami Ghawi & the Apartment on Tuesday, September 11!

Remember to warm up your vocal chords because on Tuesday, September 11, YOU will be part of our Fringe Bar lineup! Sami Ghawi & The Apartment will be hosting a live band karaoke starting at 8:00pm, and they know all your favourite songs—they just need you to grab the mic and show off your vocal prowess! Check out this song list so you can start practicing now!

We Won’t Leave You Board

Board Night at the Fringe Bar

Meet the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society's Board of Directors, which includes Nancy More and Laura Efron! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Meet the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society’s Board of Directors, which includes Nancy More and Laura Efron! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Have you ever been on an arts organization board? Ever wondered what’s like to be on the board? Are you interested in joining the Fringe’s Board of Directors? Or are you just curious as to how these things work?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, come join us at our fifth annual networking night with the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society’s Board of Directors! Swing by the Phillips Fringe Bar (located at Ocean Art Works) on Monday, September 10, starting at 6:00pm, and get to know them in a casual setting!

There’ll be drinks, snacks, door prizes, and great conversation. Afterwards, stay and warm up for the first annual Fringe Festival Ceilidh with Alison Moen and Kilbirnie Station!

Feast at the Fringe

Don’t go hungry during the Fringe! Take advantage of the great food and drinks available from our sponsors and the Food Trucks at the Phillips Fringe Bar! There will be one food truck every night and more on Friday and Saturday right outside the Phillips Fringe Bar.

You can catch Super Thai and other food trucks outside the Phillips Fringe Bar! Photo by Al Ricard.

You can catch Super Thai and other food trucks outside the Phillips Fringe Bar! Photo by Al Ricard.

What’s great about our Food Trucks is that they open after most other shops on Granville Island are closed. Craving for some Thai Food? Super Thai is there to the rescue. Want some Mediterranean food? Check out Meet2Eat, or Chickpea for a vegan option. Want some sandwich? Go grab a bite at Mr. Bannock, The Kaboom Box, and Melt City Grilled Cheese. Don’t like eating with your hands? Island Time, Old Country Pierogi, and Aussie Pie Guy have your back. And if you want to try a new food truck this year, El Cartel will be at the Fringe.

Afterwards, head on over to the Phillips Fringe Bar to quench your thirst! Enjoy beer from Phillips, a Wards Cider, wine from Road 13 Vineyards, or a drink from Georgian Bay Spirit Co. And if you need a little snack, Hardbite Chips are handy.

Want more information about places to eat during the Festival? Click here to see the full list of food trucks and other places to eat on and off Granville Island. Happy feasting!

Artist Mentorship at the Fringe

For some of the Artists at the Fringe, the shows that they do at the Festival are their first production. Thanks to programs like the Dramatic Works Series and Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women, these Artists are offered an opportunity to hone their craft by showing their work at the Fringe.

Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women features dramatic readings of five new plays by female-identifying playwrights. Catch them at False Creek Gym!

Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women features dramatic readings of five new plays by female-identifying playwrights. Catch them at False Creek Gym!

In partnership with Ruby Slippers Theatre and Playwrights Guild of Canada, Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women features dramatic readings of five new plays by female-identifying playwrights. Presented as 1:30pm matinees from September 10-14 at the False Creek Gym, this year’s lineup highlights powerful themes like family, relationships, and change: Gametes by Rébecca Déraspe (and translated and directed by Leanna Brodie) explores the boundaries between friends; Loretta Seto’s The Ones We Leave Behind reflects on the redemptive power of human connection; Rubble by Suvendrini Lena delves into a family’s life under relentless siege at the Gaza Strip; Kai Taddei‘s While You Sleep is co-written with the play’s original ensemble and follows six different people as they navigate the aftermath of receiving death threats; and Natalie Meisner‘s Speed Dating for Sperm Donors looks into Helen and Paige’s journey in finding a biological father for their future children. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, with a suggested price of $5 to $10, and are cash only at the door. Check the full schedule here.

Check out the Dramatic Works series at the Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch!

Check out the Dramatic Works series at the Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch!

Showing at The Cultch’s Vancity Culture Lab, the Dramatic Works Series seeks to boost dramatic content at the Fringe. This year’s participants are being mentored by actor, director, and producer Genevieve Fleming. Genevieve is the Artistic Producer of Hardline Productions, the 2018-19 inaugural company-in-residence at the Arts Club Theatre Company. Generously supported by the Lochmaddy Foundation, this year’s lineup features a stage production of the New German Cinema classic, The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant; an intimate re-telling of Bonnie & Clyde; an exploration of poets Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop’s friendship in Dear Elizabeth; an intergenerational drama about the connections we form when language fails us in Precious Little; a search for comfort in the darkest of places in Rabbit Hole; and a biting tale of love, lust, and betrayal in The Shape of Things. For the full schedule of the Dramatic Works Series, click here.