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The Fringe is Up and Running!

September 12, 2016

Recap of an Incredible Fringe-For-All!

Left to Right: I Have My Own Steps Mom, Ze! Queer as Fuck, I Forgot to Fly Today, Curious Contagious, Trump The Musical. Photo by Mike Vlasman.

We promised you an entertaining and fast-paced event at the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All, and the 40 Fringe Artists who performed did not disappoint.

We have to give a special shout-out David C. Jones for his incredible hosting of the event with his charming presence, witty remarks, and never-ending costume changes keeping the audience alert for the entire two hour show. His job, of course was made easier, by the great performances that the Fringe-For-All artists put forth. Because of their very engaging showcases, the Fringe-For-All proved to be the best way to get a sense of the variety of styles and genres that the Fringe has to offer. Here are some of the most memorable quotes from that night:

“It’s not as cussy as it sounds and it’s deeper than you think” -Cameryn Moore, Nerdfucker

“I intend to have children one day, and outlive them.” – Steve Larkin, Fat Sex

“I’m not enough, I’m not enough, I’m not enough, I’m not enough, I’m not enough, I’m not enough, I’m not enough” -Megan Phillips and a loop pedal, Not Enough

Take a scroll through our Twitter feed and you’ll find the live-tweets of all 40 shows from the Fringe-For-All, plus some tweets on David C. Jones’ crazy antics!

But don’t forget that these were only previews! Both the Fringe and the Fringe Artists have plenty more to offer, so be sure to buy tickets and get your full Fringe experience!

More Fringe Bar Madness!

Fringers enjoying the new Fringe Bar location at Ocean Art Works. Photo by Dakota Shelby.

Every night of the Fringe we bring you a music festival within a theatre festival on the Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Stage at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar! This is the best and easiest way to get a taste of just how talented and diverse Vancouver’s music scene is. Our Online Music Partner, BeatRoute Magazine, knows all about our city’s music scene and Senior Editor, Maya-Roisin Slater, has put together a preview of what to expect at the Fringe Bar over the next few days:

Our second week’s summary is jam packed with activities, ranging from choreographed dancing to completely un-choreographed singing. With a little something in store for everyone, grab your extremely coordinated friends and your extremely shameless friends and even your hermit Cousin Stan! Bring them down to Granville Island, there under the twinkling lights, with a beer from Big Rock Brewery in one hand, and Cousin Stan’s shaking fist in the other, release your inhibitions and dance the night away!

If reruns of Little House on the Prairie aired on CBC at obscure times always filled your heart with a deep longing for a quaint country lifestyle, then clear your calendar for September 12. On this particular evening the Fringe Bar will be handed over to Paul Silveria, sometimes known as Square Dance Paul, for an evening of old American Couple’s Dancing. That cowboy hat that’s been sitting in the closet for years? Looks like it finally has its moment to shine.

Do-si-doing right onto September 13, we’re keeping the participatory fun going with Weekend Leisure Karaoke. The hours of your life spent belting pop songs in the shower were leading up to this moment. One mic, one backing track, one teleprompter, and an evening full of chances to prove you can sing Alanis Morissette’s “Thank You” as well, if not better than the original.

After a few days of being in the Fringe Bar spotlight we’re going to take the performance anxiety off your shoulders by providing another great evening of live music on September 14. One of the acts featured will be Jody Glenham and the Dreamers. Mixing 1960s pop with 2016 shoegaze and there you have Jody Glenham. The title says it all, they’re dreamers, they’re dreamy. Turn your email alerts on and keep your eyes peeled for next week’s edition of Fringe Bar intel. Goodbye for now!

Check out the full lineup of bands and DJs at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar here —and don’t forget, the Bar is in a new location this year, at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island, just outside Ocean Concrete.

Make Your Own Beer For The Fringe Bar!

We could be serving your beer creation at next year’s Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar if you enter our contest! Photo by Sunny Kim.

This year the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar is kicking! It’s big, beautiful, filled with people and music , and of course… beer! Speaking of beer—the Fringe and Big Rock are giving one person the chance to win the title of Fringe Brewmaster! You’ll work with Big Rock before the 2017 Festival to create a unique Fringe beer that will be served at the 2017 Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar!

Entering to win is simple! Earn ballots by following Big Rock and Vancouver Fringe, as well as posting things like “a beer ingredient” using our hashtag #FringeBrewmaster! Check out our Facebook event page or the webpage for full details on what to post and how to win!

It Won’t be Boa-ring…..

Board Night at the Bar

There’s a foosball table at the new Fringe Bar! Maybe the Boards will have a little tournament with each other? Photo by Dakota Shelby.

On Monday, September 12, starting at 7:00pm, the Board of Directors behind the Vancouver Fringe Festival will hold their 3rd annual networking night at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar—and you’re invited!

Do you sit on a performing arts non-profit board? Ever thought about joining a board of directors? Or are you just curious about what boards actually do? Come out and meet the Fringe Board and the Boards of many of Vancouver’s performing arts companies!

After the meet and greet, stay and enjoy The Fourth Annual Fringe Square Dance with Paul Silveria!
The Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar is now located at Ocean Art Works, 1531 Johnston Street on Granville Island. See you on Monday September 12!

Your Fringe for a Day

Elaine and Russ own a day of the Fringe and they were featured on CBC for being such huge Fringe fans!

Elaine and Russ own a day of the Fringe and they were featured on the CBC for being such huge Fringe fans!

Have you heard of Your Fringe for a Day? We’ve already celebrated Mission of Care Day, Diane’s Day, Russ & Elaine Day, Ken’s Happy Birthday Day, and today is Dale Raven North Day!

If you haven’t heard, Your Fringe for a Day is a fundraising program where people (or groups!) spend $1,000 and “buy” their very own day at the Fringe! We celebrate them and their reasons for giving all day long!

Coming up on September 17 is Your Friends in Black Day! Who are “Your Friends in Black” you ask? They are a group of fantastic Fringe technicians! Lukas McCormick, a long time Fringe tech, had the idea to buy a day with his cohorts. This is what Lukas said about why he wanted a tech day at the Fringe:

“September is a highlight for all of us. We look forward to the Fringe all year, and when it finally rolls around, some of the best memories are formed. It only seems logical to do our best to support where we can in return.”

Heidi Quicke is one of the techs who jumped on board and made a donation. When asked why she gives to a Festival that she also works for, she said “I’ve been involved with the Fringe Festival over the past eight years as a volunteer, venue technician, stage manager, and audience member! To me the Fringe Festival is all about what becomes possible when people come together for a common purpose. The relationships between performers, Festival staff, technicians, and volunteers are what make Fringe special. The diversity of the people involved mirrors the diversity we see onstage. Technicians do their jobs well, but they are hidden, so this day is a reminder to glance up at the booth and give a nod to our friends in black.”

Click here to find out more about our awesome, amazing, fantastic Your Fringe for a Day donors, to learn about becoming a day owner next year, and to see whose days are coming up!

Women Taking the Stage: Advance Theatre

Show image from The Long Call, which is on Wednesday at 1:30pm at the False Creek Gym.

Ruby Slippers Theatre, the Fringe, and Equity in Theatre are joining forces to present Advance Theatre: New Works by Women. From September 12-16, five new plays by female-identifying playwrights will receive public readings in an exciting collaboration between some of Vancouver’s finest theatre artists—all made accessible to audiences through pay-what-you-can matinees at the False Creek Gym on Granville Island.

These plays (curated by Ruby Slippers Theatre) include:

  • Aiming to Float by Janet Hinton and directed by Laura McLean, where an uncooperative patient and her exercise therapist, faced with crises of physical and emotional pain, discover the possibility of love;
  • Zahgidiwin/Love by Frances Koncan and directed by Christine Quintana, a story of a young Anishinaabe woman who embarks upon a journey through time and space to rediscover the truth about growing up as fabulously as possible amidst the intergenerational trauma of cultural genocide;
  • Jenn Griffin’s The Long Call which tells a tale of a former exotic dancer whose life dream is to free captive orangutans into the wild, is directed by Heidi Taylor;
  • Anywhere But Here, a darkly comic, magic realist play that centres around the quest for home by playwright Carmen Aguirre and directed by Anita Rochon; and
  • Women of Papiyek, the story of three Indigenous women who lived in Papiyek at the turn of the 20th century by Quelemia Sparrow and directed by Kim Harvey.

Tickets are available at the door only (at the False Creek Gym) and are pay-what-you-can with a suggested price of $5 to $10. For a full schedule, click here.

The Young Voices of Generation Hot

Show image from Amber.

Amber is part of Generation Hot’s Program A, and its set 30 years in the future.

With the guidance of The Only Animal’s co-founder, Eric Rhys Miller, and mia susan amir of The Story We Be, the nine young artists behind the Generation Hot program have courageously created Fringe shows that will educate their audience on the climate crisis, provide solutions, and/or express their reaction to the issue. Be sure not to miss the message they want to share at their site-specific location, the Anderson Street Parking Lot. The shows are split into three “Programs” with two-three separate shows within each. Read on for details:

Program A: Disposable Generation (Written & Directed by: Madelyn Osborne), Amber (Director & Playwright: Krys Yuan), Umizoko (Director: Julia Siedlanowska; Playwright: Kanon Hewitt)

Program B: Living On The Grid (Writer: Olivia Etey; Director: Jonathan Greenway), Saving Mother (Lead Artist: Crystal Smith), Apocalypse Parade (Lead Artist: June Fukumura & Keely O’Brien)

Program CThe Lilacs That Come A Month Early Are Still So Beautiful (Lead Artist: Ariel Martz-Oberlanders), Cosmic Justice (Created by: Nelson Ellis & Howard Dai; Produced by: Two Gents of New West)

Thanks to the RBC Emerging Artist Project for help in funding the program, as well as the BC Arts Council, the City of Vancouver, the TELUS Community Board, and the Province of British Columbia.

More info on the shows, and tickets are available here—and tickets are just $12 per program!

Reminder: Get Your Raffle Tickets!

Last year's winners in Peru!

Susan Freedman won the Raffle last year, and she took her husband, Bill Galloway with her to Peru! Will you win this year? Buy a ticket and you never know…

Raffle tickets are still available around the Festival! Anyone, including volunteers, patrons, and artists, can purchase tickets and enter to win the grand prize, a nine-day trip to Peru from G Adventures, second place prize, an XMb Electric Scooter from Motorino, or watch as many Fringe shows as you want for free next year with third place prize, a Kick Ass Pass for two to the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival.

The Raffle is a fundraising initiative that supports the Festival and its artists. With every ticket, you’ll only improve your chances of winning as you support the Fringe.

Tickets are available at the Raffle Tent (by the Fringe Box Office), the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar, and around the Festival. Winners will be drawn at Fringe Awards Night on Sunday, September 18 (doors at 9:30pm) at Performance Works (you do not have to be present—we’ll be in touch if you win!). Good luck!

For all Raffle rules and regulations, click here.

The Fringe is Upon Us!

September 8, 2016

First Day of the Festival!!!

Don't you feel like dancing?? The Fringe is finally here! Photo by Brenda Tsang

Don’t you feel like dancing?? The Fringe is finally here! Photo by Brenda Tsang.

Let the Fringe begin! The Vancouver Fringe Festival includes 110 diverse performances, as well as free performances on the Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Stage at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar and numerous special events. In other words, at the Fringe, you will have all the opportunity in the world to FEEL IT ALL! Come to the Festival and join us even if you have no idea what shows you want to see. You’ll be able to find out once you get here as there’s plenty of theatre to see! If you’d like to get a sneak peek of the shows, take a look at our Program Guide online, or grab one at select Blenz Coffee locations. Check out the map of all the distribution points here!

Also, be sure to post about your Fringe experience on social media and use the hashtag #VanFringe so we can follow along!

Nakedness and Noir: A Perfect Opening to the Fringe

Thank you to all the Fringers who contributed to the amazing time we had at Opening Night on Tuesday! The sold out event was as much fun as anyone would expect and more! From appearances by Fringe artists, to the delicious food from Emelle’s, Dockside, and The Keg being lovingly served by our volunteers (and Emelle’s staff), to our Executive Director David Jordan showing off his hot bod in a plea for more bids at the auction, the Opening Night was definitely one to remember.

The silhouette of Butt Kapinski...

The silhouette of Butt Kapinski… Photo by: Dakota Shelby.

The enthusiasm for Opening Night was apparent from the beginning as a lot of well-dressed Fringers were lined up outside Performance Works half-an-hour before we were scheduled to open the doors. Once the doors opened, it didn’t take long for the place to start buzzing with conversation and laughter around the gorgeous flower arrangements from Olla Urban Flower Project. Of course it helped that those who attended could take the edge off with drink samples from The Liberty Distillery, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, and The Great Jamaican—not to mention the chocolatey, malty, special cask from Big Rock Urban Brewery. Many folks got their Festival Raffle tickets from G Adventures staff, who were talking up the trip to Peru, the Raffle’s grand prize. And, of course, we held true to the Film Noir theme as we prepared for the hilarious performance from Butt Kapinski, with decorations and music playing throughout the facility.

The fun energy continued as we settled in the theatre with David Jordan emceeing a very suspenseful and entertaining auction that included an electric bike from Motorino. To cap things off, we had some of our Fringe artists (including Tara Travis from Til Death, Cameryn Moore from Nerdfucker, as well as the artists from Fat Sex, Awkward Stage Productions, William vs. The World, Mind of a Snail, and Charlatan!) accompany Deanna Fleysher as Butt Kapinski in another fantastic performance.

We couldn’t have asked for a better night! If you were unable to attend Opening Night, check out some photos from the My City Photos photo booth on our Facebook page—and if you want to contribute to the success of our fundraiser, donate to the Fringe here!

2016 Festival Raffle: Win a Trip for Two to Machu Picchu!

The beautiful scenery of Machu Picchu.

How does nine days in Machu Picchu for the reasonable price of $10 sound? That sounds fair right? Well, thanks to G Adventures, if you buy a ticket for this year’s Festival Raffle, that trip could be yours! This year, they are sending two of you to Machu Picchu to explore the Inca Trail (or you can opt to spend more time in Cusco and take a train ride up instead). It’s going to be a crazy adventure!

The Raffle is a fundraising initiative that supports the Festival and its artists. Anyone, including volunteers, patrons, and artists, can purchase as many tickets as they want! With every ticket, you’ll only improve your chances of winning as you support the Fringe.

You could also travel more locally with the second place prize from Motorino, an XMb Electric Scooter, which will either have you feeling like Indiana Jones or a like WWII war hero (Note: both are extremely badass).

And for our third place prize winner, we have a Kick Ass Pass for two to the Vancouver Fringe Festival in 2017. This would mean that you and a friend could watch as many Fringe shows as you want at no charge!

Tickets are available at the Raffle Tent (by the Fringe Box Office), the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar, and around the Festival. Winners will be drawn at Fringe Awards Night on Sunday, September 18 (doors at 9:30pm) at Performance Works (you do not have to be present—we’ll be in touch if you win!). Good luck!

For all Raffle rules and regulations, click here.

First Week Fringe Bar Madness!

Every night of the Fringe we bring you a music festival within a theatre festival on the Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Stage at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar! This is the best and easiest way to get a taste of just how talented and diverse Vancouver’s music scene is. Our Online Music Partner, BeatRoute Magazine, knows all about our city’s music scene and Senior Editor Maya-Roisin Slater has put together a preview of what to expect at the Fringe Bar over the next few days:

The Wooden Horsemen. Photo by Jon Vincent.

Wooden Horsemen, one of the featured bands at the Fringe Bar! Photo by Jon Vincent.

Our first week’s summary is jam packed with genres, ranging from garage rock to experimental folk. With a little something in store for everyone, grab your cigarette smoking friend with the greasy shoulder length hair and the Nike Cortez shoes and your wide brimmed black hat wearing friend who only communicates with handwritten letters and is making the bolo tie fashionable again—even grab your reserved Uncle Dave! Bring them all down to Granville Island, and there under the twinkling lights, with beer from Big Rock in one hand, and Uncle Dave’s limp wrist in the other, release your inhibitions and dance the night away!

The evening of September 8 will feature Emily Chambers, a soul singer whose music is both nostalgic and bursting with attitude. Having cut her teeth busking across the south of France and parts of Italy, Chambers is more than just a voice, she’s an entertainer. September 9 brings a gritty blues theme with star crossed lovers The Wild Romantics making hearts swell while fusion eight piece, Wooden Horsemen usher in a subtle funk. Drawing from the ‘90s and early 2000s alt music of yore, three piece garage rockers Wishkicker will be lighting your humpday up like the first of July on September 10. Chalked full of all the angst and carelessness that makes power pop so delicious, Wishkicker will have you dancing wildly and journaling about your feelings at the same damn time. We close the week out with Sun Belt, a band that can only be described as the musical equivalent of lemonade on the porch in summer. Dusty desert imagery intersects with haunting surreal characters to create a warm and eerie world. It’s music to daydream and chew a toothpick to, a musical mystery waiting to be solved. Turn your email alerts on and keep your eyes peeled for next week’s edition of Fringe Bar intel. Goodbye for now!

Check out the full lineup of bands and DJs at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar here—and don’t forget, the Bar is in a new location this year, at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island, just outside Ocean Concrete.

 

Feast at the Fringe

Photo by Rosemarie Gresham

Quality service from Community Pizzeria. Photo by Rosemarie Gresham

You don’t need to worry about going hungry during the Fringe! Every night of the Festival, you’ll have the chance to enjoy some of the best food from Vancouver’s ever-growing food truck industry. There’ll be one truck every weeknight and more on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the Festival in front of the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar, located at Ocean Art Works, next to Ocean Concrete.

Here are just a few of the Food Trucks to look out for:

  • Community Pizzeria
    Come here for some traditional Neapolitan‐style pizza!
  • Kaboom Box
    A food lover’s dream with a variety of options.
  • Varinicey Pakoras
    Experience amazing flavours from across the globe!
  • The Burger Bus
    Sometimes a good, solid burger is all you could ever need or want.
  • Aussie Pie Guy
    The only place in Vancouver for authentic Australian Cuisine.

Need a treat before dinner? There’ll be delicious, organic freezies for sale from Tubify at the Info Centre Hub on Thursdays through Fridays during the Festival. Be sure to try out those tasty treats!

Want more suggestions on where to eat during the Festival? Click here to see the full list of food trucks and other places to eat. Happy Feasting!

 

Sponsor Spotlight: Roundhouse Radio

It’s our great pleasure to welcome Roundhouse Radio as our brand new sponsor! Things are already off to a great start, because for the month of September, the Vancouver Fringe Festival is Roundhouse Radio’s Charity of the Month. This means that for every new Full Membership registration at Roundhouse Radio, they will donate $1 to the Fringe! Not only is this a great way to assist the Fringe, but it’s also a great way to stay connected to the general Vancouver community as well!

Roundhouse 98.3 is based in Vancouver and focuses on representing the city’s diverse population. Their goal is not just to entertain their listeners, but to do everything they can to contribute to their community through engaging storytelling, intelligent discussion, and supporting charities. In their own words: “We want to make a difference for everyone who lives, works, and plays in the City of Vancouver.” Tune in with them on Sunday at 9pm when Tonye Aganaba (a star of the Big Rock Brewer Fringe Bar) will be hosting Guilt & Co Live which will feature live-to-air performances from local, national, and international musicians! And check out their full schedule to learn more about their hosts and programs.

If you’d like to learn more about Roundhouse Radio and/or their Charity of the Month initiative, they will be set up at the Info Centre Hub on both Fridays of the Festival. Or if you’re already convinced, sign up for a full membership on their site now!