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Canadian Excellence Starts Somewhere

May 25, 2017

History Lessons from The Canada Show

Imagine the FLQ Crisis, but as a hockey game between the Leafs and the Habs. How would Leonard Cohen sing about obscure Canadian inventions? What was the fur trade like, from the beaver’s perspective? All this and more is part of The Canada Show and you have three chances to check it out! On May 31 through June 2, see Monster Theatre’s biggest hit, The Canada Show at the Revue Stage on Granville Island. And this time, there’s a whole new cast!

Three comedic historians, played by (left to right) Alex Gullason, Frankie Cottrell, and Carly Pokoradi, fight to tell the different versions of Canadian history in The Canada Show.

Three comedic historians, played by (left to right) Alex Gullason, Frankie Cottrell, and Carly Pokoradi, fight to tell the different versions of Canadian history in The Canada Show.

Since its Fringe run way back in 2001, the show has evolved. Not only is there more history to squeeze into this one hour show, but it’s grown beyond the English-French conflict it was originally based on.

The Canada Show stars three singing historians who are each fighting to tell their own version of Canada’s history. Carly Pokoradi is the francophone character, always focusing on the ways in which French Canadians have been mistreated, Alex Gullason is fighting for representation of women throughout our past, and Frankie Cottrell is the Aboriginal representative struggling to get the story of Canada’s First People told as well as trying to keep the whole show together. Fringe favourite, Ryan Gladstone directs The Canada Show, which he co-wrote with Bruck Horack, and starred in in its earlier incarnation.

Catch up on you Canadian history as you laugh out loud at this Fringe hit! Get your tickets online now, or take your chances at the door. Tickets go on sale at the venue starting at 7:15 for the 8:00pm performances. See you there!

Fringe Circuit Begins!

Every year there’s a special group of Fringe artists who travel from Fringe Festival to Fringe Festival across North America. There are Fringe Festivals in most cities, and many belong to the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF)—even if they’re in the USA. This year it’s not just artists that are touring the circuit. Long-time Vancouver Fringe volunteer Linda Gilbert is taking a “gap year” and touring as a volunteer! She’s at the Orlando Fringe right now, and she’ll be helping out at the Montreal, Portland Maine, Calgary, Indianapolis, and Vancouver Fringes too! And if she can, she’ll try to squeeze in the Winnipeg, Victoria, and Guelph Fringes as well.

You may recognize long-time volunteer Linda Gilbert, only this time, she's volunteering her way along the Fringe circuit, which has just begun in Orlando!

You may recognize long-time volunteer Linda Gilbert, only this time, she’s volunteering her way along the Fringe circuit, which has just begun in Orlando!

We asked Linda to tell us more about her trip and why she’s taking on the adventure. Here’s what she had to say:

I have always wondered what the life of a travelling Fringe performer was like. I realized I could get a taste of it by following the circuit as a Volunteer. I let this idea percolate for several years mentioning it to friends and family, but it was just a pipe dream—nice to think about but never happening. Over the last couple years I have met people who had come from other Fringes but nobody had done the tour. After our dark and dreary winter and wet spring “Linda’s Excellent Adventure” was born. On May 1, after another icky day feeling damp and cold I let my fingers do the walking and next thing I knew the dream was taking shape. I found a cheap flight to Orlando and signed up to volunteer. The organizers were able to point me in the direction of a nearby hotel and arranged for me to get the artist rate. From there I just kept contacting CAFF members and realized I could not do all the Fringes in one year, but I could do some! Montreal follows Orlando and with a family reunion coming up in Boston, the Portland Fringe seemed like a no brainer.

David Jordan, the Vancouver Fringe’s Executive Director, was a huge help as he sent out an email to his contacts at each festival and made me out like a great person to have around (editor’s note: You are Linda!). I left Vancouver on May 1 and travelled with Tara Travis, Chloe Ziner and Jessica Gabriel from Mind of a Snail, and Tom Jones from Woody Sed. Even shared a cab to the hotel with Tom.

I love the Fringe and have enjoyed being a volunteer for the past 12 or 13 years. The Fringe has opened up my mind to its creative side and shown me anything is possible. The staff, volunteers, and artists are real people who are warm, caring, and supportive. Everyone interacts with a love of theatre as their bond. I love talking to patrons about what they liked and why. It has given me insight to another perspective and even if I disagree, we have a dialogue which is constructive and respectful. I enjoy recommending shows and people thanking me for my suggestions after they have gone. I have seen shows out of my comfort zone that I have loved, and learned to appreciate several genres. I even enjoy a puppet show now and again. I enjoy meeting up with some of the international artists and am always amazed by them remembering my name and greeting me warmly. I am considering this my “gap” year, which I missed after university. It’s going to be a great summer!

We’ll be sharing photos from Linda’s trip on social media over the summer, so stay tuned for a glimpse into “Linda’s Excellent Adventure!” And if you’re looking for volunteer opportunities, stay tuned! We start recruiting volunteers for the Vancouver Fringe in June!

Work With Us!

The Vancouver Fringe's 1986 staff team. Want to be memorialized in Fringe history like these guys? Apply for a job today!

The Vancouver Fringe’s 1986 staff team. Want to be memorialized in Fringe history like these guys? Apply for a job today!

Every year the Fringe hires a team of amazing seasonal staff who contribute to making the Festival awesome! Are you a team player filled with Fringe love and useful skills? Check out the positions available and apply today!

We’re currently accepting applications for the following positions:
Volunteer Team Leader
Box Office Manager
Distribution Coordinator
Raffle Coordinator

Make sure to check this page for more opportunities in the coming months.

Jessie Award Nominations Announced!

It’s almost time for the annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and Fringe alumni and Theatre Wire shows are well represented as part of this year’s nominations!

The Fighting Season, which premiered at the Vancouver Fringe Festival in 2015 and won the Cultchivating the Fringe Award and the Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award, has been nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role (Kyle Jespersen), Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role (Siona Gareau-Brennan), Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition (Matthew MacDonald-Bain), and Outstanding Original Script (Sean Harris Oliver).

Many Fringe and Theatre Wire shows received nominations at this year's Jessie Awards. From top, The Fighting Season, Green Lake, and REDPATCH.

Many Fringe and Theatre Wire shows received nominations at this year’s Jessie Awards. From top, The Fighting Season, Green Lake, and REDPATCH.

Two shows from the 2016 Fringe got nods as well. The Nether was nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design (Jonathan Kim) and for Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition (James Coomber). And Bella Sang With Us was nominated for Outstanding Direction (Sarah Rodgers) and for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Sarah May Redmond).

David C. Jones, who’s hosted special events at the Fringe and been involved in numerous Fringe shows, was nominated for the Vancouver NOW Representation and Inclusion Award for demonstrating leadership as a champion of diversity (intersections of queer, cultural diversity, differently abled) in his body of work as a director, producer, and writer.

Theatre Wire shows made a splash among this year’s Jessie Award Nominations too! Green Lake received six nominations, including Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role (Alexandra Lainfiesta), Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for both Kayla Deorksen and Donna Soares, Outstanding Set Design (Yvan Morisette), Outstanding Direction (Rachel Peake), and Outstanding Production of a Play. REDPATCH received five nominations, including Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role (Raes Calvert), Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Reneltta Arluk), Outstanding Costume Design (Christopher David Gauthier), Outstanding Direction (Sean Harris Oliver and Raes Calvert), and Outstanding Production of a Play.

The City and the City was nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design (Jonathan Kim) and under the Significant Artistic Achievement category, Kendra Fanconi, Daniel Martin, Dave Mott, and Jason Patrick Rothery got a nod for Significant Artistic Achievement for Outstanding Innovation in Staging Interactive Audio.

Meanwhile, Deb Williams was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role for her role in [email protected] and Three Stories Up was nominated for the Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Innovation Award.

And we’d be remiss not to mention that our Artist Services Coordinator, Jess Amy Shead was also nominated! Jess, along with Randi Edmundson, were nominated for their Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Design for the puppets in Freddie in the Neighbourhood in the Theatre for Young Audiences category!

Congratulations to all the nominees! The Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards will be held at the Commodore Ballroom on Monday, June 26 and you can buy tickets here.

Save the Date!

You may have marked your calendars to set some time aside for the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival, which is happening September 7-17, but there’s a couple other dates you need to set aside too!

The Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All preview is moving to the Wednesday before the Festival! Now you can preview the Festival before the Festival on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Mark your calendar! Tickets for the Fringe-For-All and the Festival shows will go on sale in early August.

Opening Night will now move to… the opening night of the Festival! A misnomer for years, the Opening Night Party will now take place on the first day of the Festival, Thursday, September 7, and you’re invited! And since this is a new event, with a new Fringey feel, we’re looking for a new name! There’ll still be appetizers from our partners Dockside Restaurant, The Keg Steakhouse and Bar Granville Island, and (new this year) La Taqueria, as well as drinks from some brand new exciting sponsors, but it’ll be a more casual affair at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar where you can mingle with fellow Fringe goers and artists and then go see a show (or two). Have an event name* in mind? Email Robyn at robyn[at]vancouverfringe.com and if your name is chosen, you’ll win a prize! How lucky!

(*Fringey McFringeface will not be accepted as an event title.)

Get Your Fix and Start Counting Down

April 19, 2017

April Fringe Fix:

Funny Music Weirdo and the Fringe Cabaret

There are four full months before the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival, but you don’t have to wait to get a dose of Fringe!

Chase Padgett, best known for his 2013 Pick of the Fringe and Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award winning show, 6 Guitars, is melding his two most popular performance skills—guitar showmanship and comedic hijinks—in his latest show, Funny Music Weirdo, April 20-22.

But Chase isn’t just a guitar aficionado. He keeps his comedy chops honed with a standing gig at Curious Comedy Theater in Portland, Oregon, known as “Portland’s best mix of improv, sketch, and variety comedy.”

Funny Music Weirdo promises an hour of comedy showcasing music, characters, stories, and Chase’s personal take on why Crossfit is cruel and unusual punishment—not to mention a looper machine and effects pedal hooked up to a Wiimote for some special musical effects.

Chase will also be part of the Fringe Cabaret: After Dark—a late night Fringe Cabaret on April 22, starting at 10:00pm with fellow Fringe alumni, Jeff Leard (The Show Must Go On), Ingrid Hansen (Little Orange Man), David C. Jones (The Dance Teacher), Mark Hughes (Tragedy + Time Served = Comedy), and many more! Check the Facebook event for a full list of all the Fringe alumni who are performing.

Get a dose of Fringe this weekend! Book your tickets to Funny Music Weirdo here and to the Cabaret here.

Happy National Volunteer Week!

Thanks to all our awesome volunteers! Happy National Volunteer Week. Photos by Clayton Wong, Adrian Nickpour, Mike Vlasman, and Sunny Kim.

Photos by Clayton Wong, Adrian Nickpour, Mike Vlasman, and Sunny Kim.

Next week is National Volunteer Week and the Fringe wants to extend our appreciation to the 500-plus volunteers who donated over 10,000 hours this past year! Thanks to them, the Festival ran smoothly, Theatre Wire shows had help with front of house operations, and we accomplished so much that just wouldn’t have been possible without their help!

Volunteering for the Fringe is part of a Canadian trend. According to Statistics Canada, “44% of Canadians volunteered a total of 1.96 billion hours in not-for-profit organizations in 2013.” And Hill Strategies pointed out that “between 2004 and 2013, the number of volunteers in arts and culture organizations increased by 23% [and] during the same timeframe, the number of volunteer hours in arts and culture organizations increased by 22%, higher than any other type of not-for-profit organization and much higher than the 1% increase in volunteer hours in all types of organizations.”

If you want to join the trend, mark your calendars! We’ll be recruiting volunteers for the 2017 Festival in June!

We also want to say thanks to Shear Comfort, which has supported our volunteer program since 2014. Shear Comfort’s contribution helped fund the purchase of volunteer coordination software—not to mention volunteer perks like t-shirts and training day BBQs. We’re happy to announce that Shear Comfort is back for 2017! And while Shear Comfort’s focus is obviously their custom-made seat covers for cars and trucks, they certainly have a love of all things fun and quirky. Not only do they love and support the Fringe, but check out their ode to the Gran Torino, the Dude’s car in The Big Lebowski, and their tribute to all the classic cars in the movie version of Grease!

Thanks Shear Comfort! And thanks to everyone who spends time volunteering—be they Fringe volunteers, or volunteers for other organizations. Make sure to thank the volunteers in your community during National Volunteer Week, April 23-29!

Fringe Love for Fringe Lovers

A note from Robyn Kurtz, Director of Patron Development (aka your friendly fundraiser)

Happy New Year Everyone! Ok, we know it’s long past January, but at the Fringe, we’ve just ended our 2016/2017 fiscal year and we’re feeling pretty grateful and thankful as we head into 2017/2018!

Thank you to everyone who donated during our recent Spring for the Fringe fundraising campaign and to everyone who gave in 2016/17. Spring for the Fringe launched with this letter from board member Sharon Sutherland, who asked you to join her in supporting the Festival, Fringe Presents, and Theatre Wire. She also let you know that we’ve kicked off a new initiative, the Fringe Diversity and Inclusion project. Your gift, or monthly pledge, is already at work making a difference for artists—and with your generosity we are off to a great start for 2017/18. 2017 will mark our best Festival ever (we always say that, and we always mean it!), we’ll launch the third season of Theatre Wire, and we’ll kick off the Diversity and Inclusion project with confidence.

The Fringe supports and enriches the growth of many people through many programs and it all takes a lot to create, execute, and maintain. We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you Fringe Lovers!

Elaine McRitchie and Russ Miranda had a blast on their Your Fringe For A Day in 2016! You could get a Day in 2017, but book it early! Photo by Mike Vlasman.

Elaine McRitchie and Russ Miranda had a blast on their Your Fringe For A Day in 2016! You could get a Day in 2017, but book it early! Photo by Mike Vlasman.

Speaking of Fringe Love, for 2017 we’ve made some exciting changes to the Your Fringe for a Day program and we want to know, do YOU want to have your own day at the 2017 Fringe Festival? You, or a group of friends, family, or colleagues can make a donation that “buys” you a day at the Festival! On Your Day we’ll celebrate you and your reasons for supporting the Fringe all day long! It may seem like the Festival is months away, but…the Festival is only months away! Since there are only 11 days to choose from, Your Fringe for a Day usually sells out. If this sounds like way too much fun, you’re right, and you’re going to want to get in on this! You can donate in one lump sum, make several smaller donations, or sign up for monthly giving. All donations from October 2016 onwards count, so you may have already given enough, or are close. If you’d like to have a Your Fringe for a Day at the 2017 Festival, let me know now and we can reserve your day today!

Once again, to all of our donors—from $10 to $10,000— YOU make it possible! Thank you!

XXOO
Robyn

We’re Hiring!

Just some of the awesome people who worked on the 2016 Festival. Think you've got what it takes to make the 2017 happen? Apply today! Photo by My City Photos.

Just some of the awesome people who worked on the 2016 Festival. Think you’ve got what it takes to make the 2017 happen? Apply today! Photo by My City Photos.

Every year the Fringe relies on seasonal staff to prepare for the Festival. Think you’ve got what it takes? Review the job postings below and apply now! More postings will be shared in the coming months, so be sure to regularly check this page for the latest opportunities.

Box Office Manager
The Box Office Manager is responsible for the planning and implementation of all aspects of the Fringe Box Office. This is a seasonal position, 30 hours per week July 3, 2017 to August 11, 2017 and then 37.5 hours per week August 14, 2017 to September 29, 2017.

Communications Coordinator
The Communications Coordinator is responsible for creating and implementing online marketing material including the e-newsletter, social media, and additional marketing projects. This is a seasonal position with full-time hours June 19, 2017 through September 29, 2017, with flexibility regarding class schedules in September.

Volunteer Supervisor
The Volunteer Supervisor supports the recruitment, assignment, management, and training of more than 500 volunteers who make the Fringe happen. We are looking for someone with great attention to detail and people skills. This is a full-time seasonal position, beginning June 12, 2017.

Please note that the contract dates included in these positions are contingent on funding and are subject to change.