The Fringe is Up and Running!

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.

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