August 2020


Twitter: VancouverFringe


Photo by Al Ricard.

Welcome to the Phillips Fringe Bar, the Festival’s social hub, located at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island. This is the best place to meet fellow Festivalgoers and artists from across the country and around the world. We’re excited to be working with Good Night Out, a global network of organizers and trainers passionate about making nights out safer for all.

For the 11 days of the Festival, the Fringe Bar is also Vancouver’s hottest music venue, featuring amazing local bands and artists each night. Best of all, there’s no cover charge! No Fringe experience is complete without a trip to the Phillips Fringe Bar.

The Fringe Bar is open from 6:00pm till late, Monday to Friday and from 1:00pm till late on Saturdays and Sundays during the Festival, September 5-15, 2019.

People must be 19 years of age or older to purchase alcohol at the Fringe Bar, but all ages are welcome.


Thursday, September 5

Buckman Coe

We’re starting the Festival off with international favourite Buckman Coe, a seasoned performer who’s toured across Canada, the USA, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, and Indonesia. Buckman Coe is at times edgy and psychedelic, with guitar-driven explorations into blues-tinged Americana, world, contemporary, and throwback soul.
Body Party

If you wanna party, shake your body! Bella and Jess have been DJing for years individually, but when the two stepped on stage together in 2014, it was love at first mix. Body Party is the queer DJ duo behind the beats of all your favourite dance parties in East Van. 200% energy 100% of the time.

Friday, September 6


When Soft Cedar presented Tariq’s album release party this past April, Soft Cedar was blown away by the opener, Ings. We knew we had to program her again, and what better way to show her off than at the Vancouver Fringe! Ings is a guitarist and maker from Seattle known for her lullaby rock.
Body Party

Body Party’s second night on the decks at this year’s Fringe will get your body moving! Come dance.

Saturday, September 7

Presented with Light Organ Records
Sleepy Gonzales

Described as “Musical ADHD,” Sleepy Gonzales is an eclectic indie rock group who are difficult to put into a specific genre. This early in their career, Sleepy Gonzales try and avoid categorization, priding themselves on their ability to lull audiences into a collective daze with languid dream pop jams or violently shake the walls with loud uninhibited garage punk pandemonium.
Common People DJs

Vancouver’s fan favourite DJs are back again this year! Playing everything from R&B, Britpop, house, indie, and retro, these gentlemen helm some of Vancouver’s greatest club nights and we are thrilled to have them at the Fringe Bar all week long.

Sunday, September 8

Booty EP

This Vancouver based duo invites you to have a dreamy time in their wonderland of sounds and visuals. Francis Hooper (synth, guitar, vocals) and Alli Deleo (keys, vocals) blend sampled hip-hoppy beats with a wash of electronic instruments and cozy guitar.

Monday, September 9

2nd Annual Fringe Festival Ceilidh w/ Alison Moen and Kilbirnie Station

Back by popular demand! It’s time to bring out those kilts, Vancouver, we have brought back the Ceilidh! As always, the dances will be called on the spot and backed up by a live band. No experience necessary, all dances will be taught as we go. Come in groups, in pairs, or by yourself. Good times guaranteed!

Tuesday, September 10

Live Band Karaoke hosted by Sami Ghawi & The Apartment

Another evening back by popular demand?! Vancouver, it’s time to show us what you got! The Fringe has hired you a backing band. They know all your favourite songs and are ready to count you in. All you have to do is step up to the mic and prove you are the Rock God you’ve always secretly believed yourself to be. Are you ready?

Wednesday, September 11

Mohammed Assani

Mohamed Assani is an award-winning sitar player and composer, known for being a proactive ambassador for his rich musical tradition. He’s brought the sitar to new audiences through innovative collaborations that have stretched the boundaries of his instrument. Mohamed has performed Hindustani classical music as well as his own original music across the globe—with orchestras, string quartets, hip hop artists, DJs, world music ensembles, jazz artists, Indian and Pakistani classical artists—and as a soloist.

Thursday, September 12

Rae Spoon

Rae Spoon is an award-winning non-binary musician and author. They have released nine solo albums spanning folk, indie rock, and electronic genres and have toured across Canada and internationally. They have been nominated for two Polaris Prizes, a Lambda Literary Award, and a Western Canadian Music Award.
Common People DJs

Our resident party experts: Common People DJs will be playing everything from R&B, Britpop, house, indie, and retro. These gentlemen helm some of Vancouver’s greatest club nights and we are thrilled to have them at the Fringe Bar for the rest of the week.

Friday, September 13

Presented with Vancouver World Music Festival
Robin Layne & the Rhythm Makers

It is an honour to be partnering with the Vancouver World Music Festival to bring you an evening of music from one of BC’s most dynamic globalistas. Award-winning percussionist and composer Robin Layne has put together a project that showcases the marimba and his energetic and virtuosic style. Expect a blend of Latin jazz, Mexican folkloric, Afro-influences, and cinematic compositions.
Common People DJs
Third Annual '70s night!

Our residents, Common People DJs help us kick off the fi nal weekend of Fringe by throwing a ‘70s theme party. Are you ready to catch the fever?!

Saturday, September 14

Andrew Judah

Canadian musician Andrew Judah is obsessed with two things: painting with sound, and the search for meaning. He’s a restless creator, known for his combination of memorable pop melodies and complex musical arrangements.
Common People DJs

This is your last chance to dance along with our resident party experts: Common People DJs. Playing everything from R&B, Britpop, house, indie, and retro.

Sunday, September 15

DJ Shanique

Vancouver born and bred, DJ Shanique, aka Softieshan, has quickly become one of the city’s favourite DJs and event producers. Widely known for her femme-forward rap sets and all-round radiant vibes, she runs the Vancouver chapter of Intersessions, a grassroots organization with a mission to bridge the inequality gap facing female and femme-identified DJs in the music and nightlife industries. Intersessions now runs workshops globally, equipping women and members of the LGBTQ+ community with education and tools to navigate and thrive in these traditionally male dominated fields.