Brewing Up the Festival

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge!

Help the Fringe take off! Photo of 2017's Rocketman and Beano by Bruce McPherson.

Help the Fringe take off! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Thinking about donating to the Fringe? Now’s the time!

For as little as $3, you can help the Fringe during this year’s Great Canadian Giving Challenge, a national contest that benefits registered Canadian charities. Donate between now and June 30, 2018 at 11:59:59pm Pacific Daylight Time through our page at GivingChallenge or CanadaHelps. Every dollar you donate automatically enters the Fringe into a draw to win $10,000 courtesy of GIV3 Foundation!

But that’s not all–if you donate $25 or more, your name will be highlighted in the Fringe Program Guide and on donor recognition boards at the Festival!

And while the Fringe is still a few months away, it’s important to know that donations are invaluable to making sure the Fringe continues to fulfill the vision of “Theatre for Everyone” year after year. Your support directly affects hundreds of artists that create and perform in the Festival, as well as the thousands of patrons who see their shows. Every dollar counts–especially since every dollar you give can help us win $10,000!

A New Beer Partner & Returning Partners Support the Fringe

Party with us at the Phillips Fringe Bar!

Party with us at the Phillips Fringe Bar!

We’re excited to welcome Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. as our newest Partner! They are ardent supporters of the arts, partnering with various festivals across BC—and they’re no strangers to the Fringe—they have been supporting the Victoria Fringe Festival for 10 years! Phillips describes themselves as “a group of beer-loving adventurers, dedicated to exploring every corner of the craft beer frontier” and we are thrilled that Phillips is joining us as our exclusive beer sponsor!

We are also happy to welcome back Partners who added a lot of pizazz to last year’s Festival: our Presenting Partners, the Georgia Straight and TD Financial; Blenz Coffee, where you’ll be picking up your Program Guide soon; Dockside Restaurant and The Keg, who fed us mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres on Opening Night; PrintPrint.ca and Thunderbolt Sign, who helped us with signage and passes; Road 13 Vineyards, who kept the drinks flowing; Hardbite Chips, who provided delicious snacks for our volunteers and for purchase at the Fringe Bar; and Boston Pizza, who turned our Volunteer Appreciation Party into a pizza party!

Stand by for more announcements about this year’s Partners in upcoming newsletters!

Fringe-ifying the Jessie Awards

Congratulations to all our Jessie-nominated Fringers! Clockwise from left: Six Fine Lines, The After After Party, and Multiple Organism.

Congratulations to all our Jessie-nominated Fringers! Clockwise from left: Six Fine Lines, The After After Party, and Multiple Organism.

Since 1982, the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards have celebrated the best of Vancouver theatre. Named after Jessie Richardson, who spent more than four decades contributing to the growth and vitality of the Vancouver theatre community, this year’s nominations were announced on May 27. We’re proud to see so many familiar Fringe names among them!

Notable Fringe-related nominations include Katey Hoffman and Cheyenne Mabberley of The After After Party, who were nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble. In 2016, The After After Party won multiple Fringe Awards, including the Cultchivating the Fringe Award, the Critics’ Choice Award, and the Public Market Pick of the Fringe.

Two shows from the 2017 Festival have been nominated for the Critic’s Choice Innovation Award: Multiple Organism from Mind of a Snail and Level-Headed Friends ProductionsSix Fine Lines. Six Fine Lines is described as “part-gameshow, part-memoir, part-house party” and was a favourite amongst critics during the Festival. Multiple Organism won the Artistic Risk Award, the Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award, the Cultchivating the Fringe Award, and the Public Market Pick of the Fringe Award in 2017—and they just won the Edgy as Fuck Fabby Award at the Orlando Fringe Festival.

Alley Theatre, who you may recall from 2014’s Little One, which was part of the inaugural Dramatic Works Series, was nominated for The Ridiculous Darkness in the Significant Artistic Achievement Award category for outstanding work involving and engaging distinct communities from the Lower Mainland for cross community outreach connection and performance—as well as being nominated for a Critic’s Choice Innovation Award in partnership with Neworld Theatre.

Fringe regulars Tara Travis and Ryan Gladstone also got nods for their work in Monster Theatre’s Who Killed Gertrude Crump? Tara Travis is nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress, and for Significant Artistic Achievement with Dusty Hagerüd. Ryan Gladstone is in the running for Outstanding Direction, as well as for Outstanding Artistic Creation alongside Bruce Horak for The Canada Show.

There are a few more familiar Fringe names nominated too, which is no surprise as the Fringe is a launching pad for so many theatre artists!

Congratulations to all the nominees! To see the full list of nominees, check out the Jessie’s website. You can also buy your tickets for the Awards Ceremony, which will take place at the BMO Mainstage in Vanier Park on July 16.

The Theatre Scene

Just a taste of what Vancouver has to offer in the way of Theatre!

Victim Impact
June 8-17
The Cultch
Theatre Conspiracy is taking Victim Impact to the stage! This Fraudcast untangles the largest Ponzi scheme in BC history, were over 200 people were ripped off in the scam involving over $110 million.

Fringe alumna Ren Kennedy is directing I Am Not a Girl. Photo by Joel Fraser.

Fringe alumna Ren Kennedy is directing I Am Not a Girl. Photo by Joel Fraser.

June 15-24
Russian Hall
Join the Fringe’s Generation Hot program mentors, The Only Animal for Slime’s world premiere! Co-produced by the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, audiences join 100 animals, seven young translators, scientists, and suits at the 3rd Annual SLIME Conference, where everyone faces the threat of the insatiable creature, SLIME.

I Am Not a Girl
June 21-26
The Cultch
I Am Not a Girl follows the story of Erica as she becomes Eric, and the various physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual challenges of transitioning. Written by Fringe donor William Hubbard and 2016 alumna Ren Kennedy (from Mrs. Barbour’s Daughters, who is also directing this show), I Am Not a Girl is Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard Production Society’s first stage production.