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August 31, 2017

You’re Invited to the Opening Night Party!

You too can join the Opening Night madness! At Ocean Art Works on September 7!

You too can join the Opening Night madness! At Ocean Art Works on September 7! Photo by my city photos.

The countdown to Opening Night, aka the first day of the Festival, has started. And it’s less than one week away! Join the Vancouver Fringe Festival on Thursday, September 7 at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar on Granville Island for music, merriment, and free food and drinks! It starts at 6:00pm, so come on by and get a welcome drink from XFour (if you’re one the first 100), hors d’oeuvres from Dockside Restaurant, the Keg, and La Taqueria, as well as hand crafted cocktails from Sons of Vancouver. There’ll also be prizes from Urban Distillery and XFour. AND we’ll be drawing the winners of the Early Bird Raffle Draw! That’s prizes left, right, and centre! Everyone is welcome to this fun and laid-back party! Admission is free and there’s no dress code, so why hesitate? We’ll see you September 7 at 6:00pm!

Just a few of the shows at the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All! From left to right, top to bottom: Almost a Stepmom; Cry-Baby: The Musical; Your Princess is in Another Castle; Draining the Swamp; Fifty Shades of Dave; Naturally; Teaching Shakespeare; Alternate Endings; Ain't True & Uncle False.

Just a few of the shows at the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All! From left to right, top to bottom: Almost a Stepmom; Cry-Baby: The Musical; Your Princess is in Another Castle; Draining the Swamp; Fifty Shades of Dave; Naturally; Teaching Shakespeare; Alternate Endings; Ain’t True & Uncle False.

Preview (almost) All the Shows BEFORE the Festival!

It’s back! The Vancouver Fringe Festival will host the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All on Wednesday, September 6 at Performance Works. That’s right! The day BEFORE the Festival! Don’t miss one minute of the madness—after all, each show only gets two-minutes to present their preview! The Fringe-For-All starts at 8:00pm sharp. It’ll be an insane night of Travis Bernhardt and Chris Ross hosting 40 Fringe artists in this two-hour event!

You can buy tickets online for $10 each or at the door—if it doesn’t sell out first. Get your tickets now!

The Box Office FAQ

Our Box Office Associates are excited to meet you! Photo by Mike Vlasman.

Our Box Office Associates are excited to meet you! Photo by Mike Vlasman.

Want to buy your Vancouver Fringe Festival tickets from a real-life Fringe staff member? Looking to pick up Memberships or Frequent Fringers? Or just need an excuse to meet some or our wonderful Box Office Associates? We’ll be populating the Box Office aka the “Fish Bowl” at 1398 Cartwright Street on Granville Island. But we won’t be there until September 5! So come by between 4-9:00pm on weekdays and noon-9:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays starting Tuesday, September 5 and there’ll be someone there to help you purchase tickets, or to pick up Memberships or Frequent Fringers (BTW Frequent Fringer 10s and 30s are sold out! There are still some Frequent Fringer 4s available).

Please note that there will be no refunds or exchanges once a ticket has been purchased.

If you have any questions about tickets or passes, visit our website for more information!

Honing their Crafts: Learning Opportunities at the Fringe

Every year, the Vancouver Fringe Festival becomes home to approximately 500 artists who put on 100 shows. For some of these artists, the Fringe will be their first production. The Fringe has a structure in place for producers to learn by doing. But the Fringe offers also offers program where artists grow and learn too.

Happy Place by Pamela Mala Sinha will play as part of the Fringe's Advance Theatre series.

Happy Place by Pamela Mala Sinha will play as part of the Fringe’s Advance Theatre series.

Ruby Slippers Theatre and Playwrights Guild of Canada partner to bring Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women to the Fringe. The Program features new plays by diverse Canadian women who, according to a national study, account for less than a third of artistic directors and produced playwrights in professional Canadian theatre. This year’s lineup promises a selection of theatre by female playwrights and directors of diverse backgrounds who bring hard-hitting themes like sex, race, and depression. Hidden Memories is written by Lillian Nakamura Maguire a second-generation Japanese Canadian. She writes an intergenerational story about a daughter piecing together the lives of her Japanese immigrant parents who struggle with forced relocation and racial discrimination. This powerful story is produced by Gwaandak Theatre, the Yukon’s only Indigenous theatre company, making Hidden Memories one of the most culturally diverse plays in our series. Hidden Memories is joined by four diverse stories including old love in Jumping Ship by Marcia Johnson, a space race story in Go, No Go by Natalie Frijia, a stormy drama about sexual conflict in Sex, Drugs & Age, The Last Taboo by Colleen Ann Fee, and an emotional recovery piece in Happy Place by Pamela Mala Sinha. You can see the dramatic readings of these plays as matinees during the Festival. Tickets are pay what you can at the door only.

Bondage by David Henry Hwang will bring intensity to the Dramatic Works series at the Vancouver Fringe.

Bondage by David Henry Hwang will bring intensity to the Dramatic Works series at the Vancouver Fringe.

Similarly, the Dramatic Works Series at the Vancouver Fringe Festival seeks to boost dramatic content while showcasing previously published playwrights of Asian descent. Generously supported by the Lochmaddy Foundation, the Dramatic Works Series is an opportunity for artists to receive mentorship from an experienced director. Under the mentorship of Sherry Yoon who directed Shylock at Bard on the Beach, these five productions are genre defying productions. Soul Samurai by Qui Nguyen is one such show. It’s described as a “graphic novel exploding onstage” with shoguns, vampires, and the undead to craft a truly action packed revenge tale. The Dramatic Works Series will also speak to childhood trauma in Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries, school violence in Mieko Ouchi’s I Am For You, Indian exotic dancers in Anosh Irani’s Bombay Black, and race issues in David Henry Hwang’s Bondage.

Generation Hot: Waterborne's O Sandada 150M will be at Ron Basford Park this year!

Generation Hot: Waterborne’s O Sandada 150M will be at Ron Basford Park this year!

The Fringe also offers mentorship opportunities to young artists through Generation Hot: Waterborne.  The Only Animal’s Co-Founder, Eric Rhys Miller, has been leading five inclusive teams of artists and their fierce imagination in the creation of site-specific theatre pieces that tackle the urgent conflicts of climate change. This year’s lineup includes: O Sandada 150M, Twenty Feet Away, Brothers, WYSPA, and Citlali: A Fantastic Tale About Water by a Mexican Poet. WYSPA by Kanon Hewitt and Julia Siedlanowka features young actors between the ages of 11 and 16 years old who are also mentored by the older cast members. And so the cycle of Mentorship continues! Generation Hot: Waterborne will be presented as two programs throughout the Festival and tickets are just $12! Click here for performance dates and times.

 

Setting Bones—In the Studio

Playwrights Anoushka Ratnarajah, Kamee Abrahamian, and lee williams boudakian will perform Fringe New Play Prize winner Setting Bones at the Vancouver Fringe Festival!

Playwrights (from left to right) Anoushka Ratnarajah, Kamee Abrahamian, and lee williams boudakian are working on the final touches of their Fringe New Play Prize winning show, Setting Bones.

The Fringe New Play Prize, a partnership between the Fringe and Playwrights Theatre Centre that provides dramaturgical support and a Mainstage spot on the Fringe for an emerging playwright was selected back in December, 2016. Since then, the team’s been hard at work. Here’s the latest Dispatch on the development of their show, Setting Bones.

The Setting Bones team is deep in rehearsal and we’re looking forward to bringing our show to the stage in less than two weeks!

One of the most exciting things about finally being on our feet is finding out where the text lands in our bodies. Once the words leave the page, the potential for their emotional resonance is boundless, which is both terrifying and thrilling. We are finding humour, tears and awkwardness in places we never expected. Moving our bodies also tells us where the story lives inside us, where the text can’t reflect the nuance of the scene. Being in rehearsal has shown our team once again how much a living organism this show is; we’re working and reworking the script even in these crucial moments in order to best represent this version of the story we are trying to tell.

We can’t wait to share our work with our audiences come the second week of September!

Sleepovers at the Fringe

Enjoy a two night stay at the Granville Island Hotel during the Festival. But only if you buy a raffle ticket for our Early Bird Draw!

Enjoy a two night stay at the Granville Island Hotel during the Festival. But only if you buy a raffle ticket for our Early Bird Draw!

The Early Bird Raffle is on and waiting to be won! And we have not one, not two, but THREE great prizes available. With just one ticket in our Early Bird Draw, you could win two-nights at the Granville Island Hotel, have fresh groceries delivered right to your home with Fresh Prep, and get access to almost all shows at the Fringe with a Vancouver Fringe Festival Kick Ass Pass! But where to start? Let’s take a look at our first prize—a two night stay at the Granville Island Hotel!

Did you know that no one really knows the history of the Granville Island Hotel? Current ownership bought the Granville Island Hotel in 1996 but some of their employees have been working at the hotel for longer than that and staff ages span over five generations! Even more mysterious? Folklore suggests that artisans squatted in part of the hotel before it was officially turned into the Granville Island Hotel! But no one can actually prove this. How Fringe! Today, Granville Island Hotel continues to provide patrons of Granville Island with beautiful rooms and breathtaking views. And their patio restaurant, Dockside, has been voted “Best Patio in Vancouver” in the Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards for seven years in a row! Can you imagine winning two nights here during the Vancouver Fringe Festival? You can easily find out!

Go to our website and buy a ticket! They’re one for $10 or three for $20. Purchase tickets before September 7 and you’ll be entered into our Early Bird Draw for a chance to win two nights at the Fringe, fresh groceries, and free Fringe shows! AND you’ll also be entered into our Final Raffle draw to win a trip to Costa Rica, a stay in Whistler, and a Float House subscription!

We’re holding the Early Bird Draw on September 7 at 8:30pm at Opening Night at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar at 1531 Johnston Street! The final draw will be 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.

You Need to Know or You Might Miss Out!

August 16, 2017

The Georgia Straight Fringe-for-All is Back

Catch all of these shows and more at the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All!

Just a few of the shows that may be part of the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All! From left to right, top to bottom: Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story; Gruesome Playground Injuries; Katherine Ferns is in Stitches; Figmentally; A Soldier’s War; Beaver Dreams; Bouncers; Tightrope Talking; Hip.Bang! presents Fin.

Your favourite fast and furious two-hour preview event, the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All is back—on a whole new day and time! Presented by the Georgia Straight, this year’s Fringe-for-All will be on the night before the Festival on Wednesday September 6 at 8:00pm. It will give you enough time (to recover)—and decide which of the 100 Fringe shows you want to see.

That’s right—there are 100 shows this year! Hedge your bets by joining us on September 6 to sample the 2017 lineup. We’ll be showcasing 40 of our Fringe artists who have 2 minutes each to prove why you should see their show. So you’ll get a little bit of everything—all at once! The rapid fire show will be hosted by none other than the hilarious Travis Bernhardt and Chris Ross who are also putting on a show during the Festival (Chris & Travis)! Come by, connect with other Fringers, meet Fringe artists, and pick your shows—all in one night. No one said you couldn’t do 40 things at the same time!

The event will start at 8:00pm at Performance Works. Tickets are available for $10 online or at the door. Get your tickets now and take a chance on 40 of 100 shows at the Fringe!

Free Live Music Every Night of the Fringe!

Ready for a new year at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar? Yes? Well then do we have good news for you. The social hub has gotten bigger this year with expanded hours and more amazing artists! The best part about it? There’s no cover! So head down to Ocean Art Works and drop by the Fringe Bar for the best music at the hottest venue on Granville Island. Here’s the run down.

Polaris Prize Nominee Rae Spoon will be performing at the Fringe Bar on Saturday September 16!

Polaris Prize Nominee Rae Spoon will be performing at the Fringe Bar on Saturday September 16!

On Sept. 16, the Fringe is bringing songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, author, and Polaris Prize Nominee Rae Spoon to the stage. They’ve been described by The Toronto Star as a “melodic pop” artist with “synths and electronic percussion alongside guitars and Spoon’s evergreen vocals,” which means, yes, you should definitely attend.

Queer as Funk’s self described “hot horns and killer vocals” will energize the first Friday of the Festival. You may have seen them packing the streets at the Pride Parade earlier this August and they’ll be packing the stage at the Fringe Bar on Sept. 8!

Drop by the Fringe Bar on Saturday September 9 and see The Matinée!

Drop by the Fringe Bar on Saturday September 9 and see The Matinée!

The Matinée‘s “infectious rhythm and catchy lyrics” (Canadian Beats Media) will get you moving. The band of four friends has been on the road together for more than a decade but will grace our stage to share their Canadian roots rock with all of us at the Fringe on Sept. 9.

Known for singing backup for Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Ashley Shadow has “simple, beautiful arrangement[s] and [a] strong vibrato” (Stereogum). Her debut album is both haunting and powerful, and you can hear it in full force on Sept. 13.

Enjoyed the sneak peek? The full lineup of this 11-day music festival at the Fringe can be found right here. You can catch it all from 6:00pm till late, Monday to Friday and from 1:00pm till late on Saturdays and Sundays during the Festival. People must be 19 years of age or older to purchase alcohol at the Fringe Bar, but all ages are welcome. See you all there!

Buy a Raffle Ticket and Eat Free for 50 Days

Win fresh groceries from Fresh Prep delivered right to your doorstep with a raffle ticket in the Fringe Early Bird Draw!

The Vancouver Fringe Festival is giving away three great prizes in our first ever Early Bird Raffle! You could win a two-night stay at the Granville Island Hotel, have fresh groceries delivered to your doorstep with Fresh Prep, and get free, almost unlimited shows at the Fringe with a Vancouver Fringe Festival Kick Ass Pass (we don’t even sell this Pass, so it’s super exclusive)! To prove just how amazing are prizes are, take a closer look at one of our awesome Early Bird Prizes—from Fresh Prep!

We know that during the Festival, Fringers are busy enough with Fringey shows and Fringey music to worry about making dinner every night. That’s why Fresh Prep is so perfect! There’s no prep, no planning, and no stress so you can prep, plan, and stress about trying to fit 100 shows into 11 days at the Fringe instead! You can have Lemon Pepper Chicken on Monday, Garlic and Chili Soy Shrimp on Tuesday, and Summer Bolognese on Wednesday—little effort required. They have a diverse selection too, with options for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets too!

Here’s the kicker. You have to buy a Fringe Raffle ticket first. But that part’s easy! All you have to do is go to our website and purchase a ticket—or two or three! Tickets are one for $10 or three for $20. Buy it before September 17 and you’ll be entered into our Early Bird Draw to win a hotel stay, fresh food, and free shows! AND you’ll also be entered into our Final Raffle draw to win a trip to Costa Rica, a stay in Whistler, and a Float House subscription!

We’re holding the Early Bird Draw on September 7 at 8:30pm at Opening Night at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar at 1531 Johnston Street! The final draw will be 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.

Making the Fringe More Diverse: Talking to Current and Former Fringe Artists

We want to hear from artists who have participated in the Fringe before. Left: Kiss Around Pass Around (photo by Clayton Wong). Right: Mrs. Singh & Me (photo by Paul Duchart).

We want to hear from artists who have participated in the Fringe before. Left: Kiss Around Pass Around (photo by Clayton Wong). Right: Mrs. Singh & Me (photo by Paul Duchart).

In the last Fringe newsletter we introduced you to ShapeShift Arts and the work they’ve been doing to make the Fringe more diverse and inclusive. ShapeShift has been working with the Fringe’s board and staff and will be holding focus groups on August 28, September 1, and September 2 for theatre artists from diverse backgrounds who have never participated in the Fringe before. (Click here for more on those focus groups and to sign up.)

But if you’re an artist who has participated in the Fringe before (or this year), ShapeShift wants to hear about your experiences too! On September 12, from 11:00am to 1:00pm, join us in Studio 1398. This Forum will be an opportunity to explore what it is/was like for you as an artist/producer involved with the Festival. What’s working? What’s been challenging? And how can we better support our artists moving forward?

To sign up, or if you have any questions, contact ShapeShift Arts at contactshapeshiftarts[at]gmail[dot]com with the subject line “Fringe Artists Forum.”

Reminder: Volunteers and Billet Hosts Still Needed!

Our Volunteer Team Leaders would be so happy to have you join them!

Our Volunteer Team Leaders would be so happy to have you join them!

The Vancouver Fringe Festival is still looking for Billet Hosts! With less than a month to go before the Festival, we’re reaching out to our dependable Fringe Family to help our artists find safe and secure places to stay while they’re performing at the Fringe. In return, Billet Hosts receive a Volunteer Rush Pass, which allows free admission into any show that isn’t sold out, or 10 Exchange Vouchers, which are good for any regular Fringe performance in the 2017 Festival (along with our undying love and gratitude).

If Billet Hosting is not for you, we are also still recruiting volunteers! Last week, we reached 400 volunteers but we still have another 100 to go! Volunteers help us set up venues, answer artists’ and audience members’ questions, serve drinks at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar, sell tickets, and much more! Remember, the Fringe couldn’t exist without volunteers like you—join the Fringe Family today!