Fringe While You Can

So Many Shows, So Little Time

There's only three days left to Fringe! Photo by Alvin Roxas.

There’s only three days left to Fringe! Photo by Alvin Roxas.

All work and no Fringe makes for a dull September! You only have this weekend left until the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival comes to a close, and then you’ll have to wait again until 2019 (that’s one year from now)! Get your last fill of Fringey goodness this weekend by hanging out and listening to amazing local music at the Phillips Fringe Bar (and have a glass of Wards Cider or wine from Road 13 Vineyards), attend more special events for artists and patrons, and see some of the almost 100 Fringe shows we have to offer!

Fringe while you can by buying your tickets online or at the Box Office. Or if you feel like winging it, you can buy your tickets at the door 45 minutes before show time (but remember: venues are cash only!). This weekend is your last chance to Fringe, so enjoy it now before the Festival ends!

Up Next at the Fringe Bar

Want to listen to some great music while you Fringe? You can head to the Phillips Fringe Bar to do just that! If you want to know what to expect as we kick off the final weekend at the Fringe, we’ve partnered with BeatRoute Magazine, Western Canada’s indie arts and entertainment monthly, to give you the inside scoop on the upcoming performers. Here’s a preview from BeatRoute’s Lauren Donnelly on the acts hitting the stage tonight, September 14, Saturday, September 15, and Sunday, September 16!

Fringe is the place to get weird and indulge your theatrical side. Vancouver-based rock n’ roll duo Kitty and the Rooster is the perfect fit. At first glance their promo materials seem kid-friendly—the pair pose in a variety of tableaus from album cover references to traditional headshots, wearing full cat and rooster masks. But don’t be fooled by the whimsy. Think euphemistically and you’ll get a sense of the band’s brand of raunchy and hilarious songs. There’s more to these two than the animal shtick. Jodie Ponto on drums and guitarist Noah Walker are seasoned pros. They’ll deliver a surf-rock influenced set of witty and weird music that may include the quip—what do you call it when you have to drive from Calgary to Vancouver for one show? One Gig Hard Drive (also the title of their new album).

Up next is queer rock trio Parlour Panther. Fresh off the release of their LP, Hot Magic, and the summer festival circuit, PP is back in Vancouver and on the prowl. With clear, strong vocal harmonies, sexy lyrics delivered with a passionate intensity, understated drums, and a whole lot of funky rock, they’ll put you in a hot, magical mood.

On Saturday be treated to a set from Tambura Rasa for some global flavour. Their music draws from Balkan, Spanish, Turkish, and Middle Eastern sounds to create an energetic hodgepodge. Featuring flamenco and belly dancers, their performances are a folk festival goer’s dream and a feast for the senses.

To cap off another year of fringe festivities, Common People DJs will play a seven-hour closing set on Sunday night. Common People’s Bazz Mathe, and Bryan Sea will be spinning tracks in a week-long residency at the Fringe Bar all week, and you’ve probably partied to their sets before. From R&B to Britpop, to house, to indie, to retro, Common People DJs are behind Vancouver’s hippest club nights. This will be a dance party you don’t want to miss.

Don’t miss out on these exciting performers at the Phillips Fringe Bar, located at Ocean Art Works! We’re open from 6:00pm till late today, and from 1:00pm till late on Saturday and Sunday. Don’t forget: all ages are welcome at the Phillips Fringe Bar, but you must be 19 years old and over to purchase alcohol. See you there!

Enjoy the Off-Island Breeze

Much of the Fringe happens on Granville Island, yes, but did you know that we’re happening all across Vancouver? This means that you can see more Fringe shows at our off-Island venues!

Come see shows at our off-Island venues! One of them is the Cultch Historic Theatre near Commercial Drive. Photo by Clayton Wong.

Come see shows at our off-Island venues! One of them is the Cultch Historic Theatre near Commercial Drive. Photo by Clayton Wong.

If you don’t want to go too far from the Island, Studio 16 is just right on Granville and West 7th. Over in the Downtown Eastside, Woodwards Atrium and the Firehall Arts Centre (which has been a Fringe venue since the 1990s) are home to many shows this year. Feel like harkening back to the Fringe’s old days of being “Alive on the Drive?” Go check out Shoreline Studios, Havana Theatre, Your Open Closet, The Cultch Historic Theatre, and the Vancity Culture Lab (home to the Dramatic Works Series). And for the first time, the Fringe is in the West End, at Club XY!

To learn more about the shows on our off-Island venues, check out our Program Guide, which sorts the shows by venue. And click here to find the addresses and maps for our venues!

Artists’ Cabaret: Expect the Unexpected

Don't forget to bring your flashlight for the Artists' Cabaret! Photo by Rosemarie Gresham.

Don’t forget to bring your flashlight for the Artists’ Cabaret! Photo by Rosemarie Gresham.

You’re probably wondering, “what’s the Artists’ Cabaret about?” And the answer is: we have no idea. That’s because the show is completely put together by this year’s Fringe Artists, and all anyone can do is show up at the cabaret not knowing what to expect.

Here’s all we can tell you about the Artists’ Cabaret: if you look at the Program Guide’s master schedule, you can see that Lotte Lenya’s Cabaret of Bullshit is happening on Saturday, September 15, at 11:00pm at Performance Works. The event will be completely lit by flashlights, so bring one from home, or buy one by donation at the door! Finally, tickets are $15 and are only sold at the door. And be sure to arrive early since tickets always sell out!

Celebrate the Fringe at Awards Night

At the Fringe Awards Night, we'll be honouring the best and the Fringey-est of the Festival. Photo by My City Photos.

At the Fringe Awards Night, we’ll be honouring the best and the Fringey-est of the Festival. Photo by My City Photos.

Come celebrate with us at the 2018 Fringe Awards Night! Hosted by Nathania Bernabe and Sara Vickruck, Awards Night honours the best and the Fringey-est of this year’s Festival by rewarding them with opportunities to hone their craft. Tickets are by cash donation, and the proceeds will be given to Performing Arts Lodges, which supports longstanding members of Vancouver’s performing arts professions with affordable housing.

Be the first to find out which shows win the Public Market Pick of the Fringe and will return for holdover performances from September 19-23 at Performance Works! Some of the other prizes that we will also be announcing are the Cultchivating the Fringe Award, which grants the winner a run in next year’s season at the Cultch, the BC Touring Council Award, which offers mentorship and a showcase spot at Pacific Contact, and the Volunteer Choice Award!

If you bought a raffle ticket, be sure to join us since we will be drawing the winners of this year’s raffle prizes: a trip to Guatemala for two courtesy of Finisterra Travel, a weekend getaway for two to Nita Lake Lodge, and a $100 Foodora gift card and a Kick-Ass Pass to next year’s Festival!

The Fringe Awards Night starts at 9:30pm on Sunday, September 16 at Performance Works! We’re excited to party with you!