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  • Multiple Organism: Pick of the Fringe

    Buy tickets Mind of a Snail Puppet Co. Vancouver, Canada Playwrights: Mind of a Snail Puppet...
  • Chris & Travis: Pick of the Fringe

    Buy tickets Chris & Travis Vancouver, Canada Playwrights: Chris Ross & Travis...
  • Falling Awake

    Buy tickets RAGMOP Theatre presents Falling Awake, a surrealist physical comedy with mesmerizing illusions,...
  • The Fringe Cabaret October

    Buy tickets The Fringe Festival has an addictive quality. Patrons gorge on theatre and artists riff off each...
  • Mockingjay: The Musical - A Hunger Games Musical

    Buy tickets District 13 PresentsGood things come in threes... even angst filled dystopian musicals with kicky...
  • The Fringe Cabaret December

    Buy tickets The Fringe Festival has an addictive quality. Patrons gorge on theatre and artists riff off each...
  • Blindside

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

Fringe-ing, Fringe-ing & more Fringe-ing!

September 9, 2017

Recap of an Incredible Fringe-For All!

The Princess in Your Princess is in Another Castle didn't seem to want anything to do with this "Prince Charming type" at the Georgia Straight Fringe-for-All! Photo by Michael Levy.

The Princess in Your Princess is in Another Castle didn’t seem to want anything to do with this “Prince Charming type” at the Georgia Straight Fringe-for-All! Photo by Michael Levy.

If you weren’t at the Georgia Straight Fringe-for-All last week and you were following along while we live tweeted it, were you really not there? The Georgia Straight Fringe-for-All was held last Wednesday, September 6 at Performance Works and it was as popular as ever. In fact, the 250 seat capacity sold out before the doors even opened!

The two-hour event was brilliantly hosted by multiple Pick of the Fringe winners Travis Bernhardt and Chris Ross of the Fringe famous duo Chris & Travis. Their quick wit kept the show going, the acts moving, and more importantly the audience laughing. And with 40 shows moving on and off the stage–it really was quite the feat! And the 40 shows did not disappoint. Some memorable moments of the night: I Am For You had a fist fight on stage, Stupid Cupid threw an entire box of condoms into the audience, Good Game in “Gung Ho!” fired their horse lifeguard, and Interstellar Elder was put through a garburator!

Intrigued? Scroll through our Twitter page and see the live tweets for yourself! Or buy a ticket and see the shows in their entirety!

Join Roundhouse Radio and Support the Fringe!

For every NEW Membership, Roundhouse Radio will donate $1 to the Vancouver Fringe Festival!

For every NEW Membership, Roundhouse Radio will donate $1 to the Vancouver Fringe Festival!

Roundhouse Radio is known for their hyperlocal content, engaging storytelling, and intelligent discussion. They are so hyperlocal, in fact, that their radio station is a fixture in Railtown, located right on the fringes of Downtown Eastside. “We’re the only radio station on the street,” says Roundhouse Radio chief executive Don Shafer in the Globe and Mail. “We can see the best and the worst of what happens on a day-to-day basis. It is admittedly confronting to be on the street like we are, but it’s real and it’s why we’re here.”

Their mission to be local and inclusive means they highlight community groups they believe are making a real difference to Vancouver. This month, that charity is us! For every new subscriber in the month of September, Roundhouse radio will donate $1 to the Vancouver Fringe Festival. So not only do you gain admission to station events, invitations to exclusive Roundhouse performances, and access to Roundhouse Radio podcasts, but you will also support the largest non-juried, uncensored theatre Festival in BC! What’s not to love about that? Sign up for a Roundhouse Radio membership and join the Fringe family today! Or check them out at the Fringe Bar tonight (Sept. 9) and learn more about them in person.

Board Night at the Bar: It Won’t Be Boa-ring!

Meet our outgoing Executive Director David Jordan and Board Members Andrew Westman and Bob Wang as well as Board Members from arts boards around Vancouver at Board Night at the Bar! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Meet our outgoing Executive Director David Jordan and Board Members Andrew Westman and Bob Wang as well as Board Members from arts boards around Vancouver at Board Night at the Bar! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Have you been on, are on, or are interested in being on a Theatre Board? Now’s your chance! The Vancouver Fringe Festival is holding the annual networking event at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar! Come and join the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society, the producers of the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Theatre Wire, and other arts boards for a casual evening to get to know each other. We’ll provide the drinks, snacks, and door prizes, and you provide the conversation! Just be sure to RSVP so we know you’re coming. Then stay for Sarah Jane Scouten and Square Dancing with Paul Silveria and the Wooly Bears! We’ll see you Monday, September 11 from 6pm to 8pm at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar!

Early Bird Winners and a Ticket to Whistler!

We drew the winners of the Vancouver Fringe Festival Early Bird Raffle at the September 7 Opening Night Party! Darren Ainsley (ticket #30098) won the 3rd place prize: a Fringe Fest Kick Ass Pass, Susan Webber (ticket #30482) took home the 2nd place prize: a gift certificate to Fresh Prep, and Al Costello (ticket #30433) won the 1st prize: a two night stay at the Granville Island Hotel during the Fringe!

You could win a four night stay at the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa with a raffle ticket in the Fringe Final Raffle!

You could win a four night stay at the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa with a raffle ticket in the Fringe Final Raffle!

Missed the Early Bird Raffle? Don’t worry! The Final Raffle Draw has three more prizes to be won! There’s still a Costa Rica Quest for Two provided by G Adventures, a Whistler Package for Two provided by the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa and Nita Lake Lodge, and a Floathouse subscription!

You learned a lot about our Costa Rica prize in our last newsletter but this newsletter we’re delving into our Whistler Package prize which includes four nights at the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa! With four nights you could visit Whistler Village, head to the Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains, AND enjoy what Luxury Travel Guide voted the Luxury Resort & Spa of the Year for British Columbia in 2016 & 2017! And once you’re tired of that, you can head over to Nita Lake Lodge for two 60-minute Swedish massages at the Spa. Such luxury! And yours with a raffle ticket!

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.

It’s Starting!

September 7, 2017

It’s the First Day of the Festival!

Our staff are excited to delve into ALL 100 shows at the Fringe!

Our staff are excited to delve into ALL 100 shows at the Fringe!

Are you ready for the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival? Well you’d better be because we’re coming in hot! The Fringe is just HOURS away from our Opening Night Party which means we are just HOURS away from officially launching 100 shows and 31 free concerts at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar.

Not sure what to see? Take a look at our Program Guide, online or in its glorious hard copy format at select Blenz Coffee locations and at other Fringe friendly businesses near you! Still undecided? Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and stay up to date on what’s happening at the Festival. And then use the hashtag #VanFringe to let us know what you’re excited to see!

Fringe Bar Madness!

It’s first week madness with a live soundtrack, every night at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar! Join us from September 7-17. The Fringe Bar is open Monday through Friday, 6pm till late and Saturday through Sunday, 1pm till late at Ocean Art Works. See all that the Vancouver music scene has to offer! Trust me, the Vancouver music scene has A LOT to offer. Here’s the rundown!

SAVVIE will be playing her expertly crafted melodies and head-nodding choruses at the Fringe Bar on Thursday, September 7 at 8pm!

SAVVIE will be playing at the Fringe Bar on Thursday, September 7 at 8pm!

We’re opening the first night at the Fringe Bar with SAVVIE! SAVVIE aka Savannah Leigh Wellman is “poised, subtly sexy, and layered with varied levels of emotion. Her sultry vocals ache through introspective moments” BeatRoute Magazine says. Her debut album Night Eyes with Tiny Kingdom Records is critically acclaimed but you can look forward to the Fringe Bar because SAVVIE herself has told us “This will be my first show in almost a year, and I’ve got new songs to share!”

Meet Vancouver music royalty Queer as Funk on Friday, September 8 at the Fringe Bar!

Meet Vancouver music royalty Queer as Funk on Friday, September 8 at the Fringe Bar!

Queer as Funk packed the Commodore Ballroom for their legendary Pride party and on September 7 they’ll pack the Fringe Bar with two sets of explosive, high-energy funk! It’s “classic, outstanding, phenomenal music that’s interesting musically, but that’s also super catchy and that has a deep and abiding meaning culturally”, says Queer as Funk lead singer Connie Buna in the Georgia Straight. And they’re excited to be at the Fringe Bar this year, “Queer As Funk plays the music that we love, as an homage to the amazing artists that inspire us, and we are very privileged to do so. We are indebted to these musicians, to their struggle, their talent, their stories. Queer As Funk is grateful for the opportunity to share our love of this music with you.”

It's Jen Hodge All Stars! She's at the Fringe Bar on Saturday, September 9.

It’s Jen Hodge All Stars! She’s at the Fringe Bar Saturday, September 9.

The Fringe Bar is now open in the afternoon on weekends! On Saturday, September 9 you’ll find Jen Hodge All Stars with her bass in hand playing all the hits from the 1910s, ’20s, and ’30s! There’s no better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than listening to hard swinging grooves and traditional jazz with a glass of Road 13 Vineyards wine in one hand a Vancouver Fringe Program Guide in the other. “Jen is a mainstay of the traditional jazz scene in Vancouver; nay, she’s not just a mainstay, she may even the nucleus.” says Solomon Douglas, pianist and bandleader.

Join us on Sunday, September 10 at 9pm for a night with Vancouver's most sought after musical alchemist, Art d'Ecco!

Join us on Sunday, September 10 at 9pm for a night with musical alchemist, Art d’Ecco!

To wrap up the week, Art d’Ecco is gracing the stage with a mix of ‘70s glam, Motown, krautrock, and spaghetti western soundtracks. Art d’Ecco aims to “hijack your feelings” but their outfits are neo-glam and their vocals are eyebrow-raisingly good. They’re making waves on the local scene and making waves at the Fringe Bar on Sunday, September 10!

Join us at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar! You must be 19 or older to purchase alcohol but all ages are welcome. We’ll see you there September 7-17!

Festival Accessibility

The Vancouver Fringe Festival operates with “Theatre for Everyone” as our vision which means we want as many people as possible to be able to enjoy the Fringe.

Almost all Fringe Festival venues are fully wheelchair accessible. But we encourage patrons with special seating needs to arrive early and identify themselves to front of house volunteers to receive priority seating. Wheelchair access to site-specific shows may also be limited. Note that the Generation Hot Program Blue and Program Green shows at Ron Basford Park are not wheelchair accessible, however portions of the show Slumber Here, also at Ron Basford Park, are. Check out the wheelchair accessibility section of our website for details.

We also strive to be more accessible to people who are d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Thursday, September 14 performance of Everybody Dies in December, the Friday, September 15 performance of Lovely Lady Lump, the Monday, September 11 performance of Setting Bones, and the Sunday September 17 performance of 12 Minute Madness will be interpreted into ASL. There are also shows which have been identified as “Deaf and Hard of Hearing Friendly.” You’ll see shows in the program guide with a symbol that looks like an ear. These are the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Friendly shows. The meaning and enjoyment of these shows does not depend on sound elements. For more information on these shows, visit our website—where you can find videos created by Deaf activist and arts administrator, Landon Krentz, of ASL descriptions of all the d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Friendly Shows at this year’s Festival. Fun fact: the Deaf and Hard of Hearing friendly shows are also great options for audience members who do not speak English!

The Vancouver Fringe is excited to partner with VocalEye again this year as we endeavor to become more accessible to the Low Vision community! VocalEye will live describe the Saturday, September 16 performance of A Very Unpleasant Evening at the Rockefeller Rink Sometime Late December…ish at The Cultch. You may notice a symbol in the program guide that looks like an eye. It marks shows that are “Low Vision Friendly”. The meaning and enjoyment of these shows does not depend on visual elements. Check out the Low Vision Friendly shows here.

The Fringe is also a participant of the Access 2 Program. The Program provides persons with a disability a personalized Access 2 Card. Cardholders will receive a free ticket allowing their attendant to accompany them to shows. If you have questions about the program, email us!

We are happy to be a part of the Cultural Access Pass, a program allowing new Canadian citizens free access to cultural events in their firsImport/Exportt year of citizenship. If you have any questions about the CAP program or how to redeem your tickets, please email us.

And the Vancouver Fringe loves kids! We have partnered with Kids Up Front to offer opportunities for children affected by poverty, abuse, illness, or disability. Here is a list of family friendly, all ages shows!

If you have any questions please visit our website for more information or email us!

Food with a View: At Dockside Restaurant!

Catch a show then catch some views at the Dockside Restaurant Patio on Granville Island!

Catch a show then catch some views at the Dockside Restaurant Patio on Granville Island!

This summer’s been a scorcher, but as things start to cool down, it’s good to know that Dockside Restaurant is open rain or shine throughout the Festival with delicious food and amazing views to match.

Dockside offers everything from lunch on the patio, to full service dinner, to evening cocktails, so you can easily schedule it around all of your Fringe-y activities! Dockside is literally a few steps away. Can’t hold out until the Food Trucks open? Dockside has full service breakfast, lunch, AND dinner. Dockside is at your service!

Dockside may be known for its Ocean Wise seafood and fresh, local ingredients, but it’s their patio that sets them apart. And Vancouverites agree! Dockside’s patio has been voted “Best in Vancouver” for seven years in a row by the Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards! It must be the expertly crafted cuisine and stunning panoramic views of False Creek—stop by and see for yourself!

Travel to Costa Rica for $10?!

Zip line through jungle canopies in Costa Rica with GAdventures. All with a ticket in our Final Raffle Draw!

Zip line through jungle canopies in Costa Rica with G Adventures—all with a ticket in our Final Raffle Draw!

The Early Bird Raffle portion of the Festival Raffle is being drawn tonight BUT you have 11 more days to put your name into the Final Raffle Draw! With the purchase of a Raffle Ticket you could win a trip to Costa Rica with G Adventures, a 4-night stay at the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa and two 60-minute Swedish massages at the Spa at Nita Lake Lodge, and a Float House subscription!

And the headliner prize? A Costa Rica Quest for Two! That’s 9 days in Costa Rica with flights from Vancouver included. The 9 day tour starts and ends in San José. With horseback riding, ATV driving, and canopy zip-lining in between. And you can even visit the Mi Cafecito Community Coffee Plantation, the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, and the Manuel Antonio National Park. 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 on 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.