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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.

Get Your Festival Facts and FAQs

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.