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Fringe Your Blues Away

Reviews, Reviews, and More Reviews!

Having a hard time deciding what to see? Let the critics lead the way!

The Georgia Straight published reviews from Vancouver-bound shows at the Victoria Fringe in their September 6 issue and there’ll be more reviews out tomorrow. Check them all out online here, including the feature articles on funny feminism, magic shows, and more.

Check out our media board to read reviews of some of the shows! Photo by Nandia Cahlandari.

Check out our media board to read reviews of some of the shows! Photo by Nandia Cahlandari.

Long-time theatre critic, Colin Thomas, along with his team Sarvin Esmaeili and David Johnston, have also been reviewing up a storm.

You can find previews over at one of the city’s newest blogs, Theatre Addicts. They’re also being super ambitious—they’re reviewing every show in the Festival! Find them here.

Vancouver Presents are posting reviews in addition to their annual #FringeDuJour feature.

And you can find more reviews over at Two Cents & Two Pence, Review Vancouver, Fun Fun Vancouver, and if you’ve got an penchant for musicals, The Real Darryl and Vancouver Musicals have got you covered.

More reviews will be coming, and we tweet reviews as we find them! Follow along at Twitter.com/VancouverFringe.

Come One, Come All (Ages) to the Phillips Fringe Bar

During the course of the Fringe, the Phillips Fringe Bar is transformed into Vancouver’s hottest music venue, with more than 20 bands and performers rocking out every night. It’s also THE social hub at the Fringe, allowing artists, staff, volunteers, and Fringers to meet and greet. But did you know Fringers of all ages are welcome in the Fringe Bar?

We serve alcoholic AND non-alcoholic drinks at the bar! Photo by Al Ricard.

We serve alcoholic AND non-alcoholic drinks at the bar! Photo by Al Ricard.

You heard right! Fringers young and old can enjoy everything that the Fringe Bar has to offer! Come play foosball, listen to live music, learn a new dance, talk to other Fringers, and have a Phillips beer or a soda while you do!

All ages are welcome to enjoy the live music at the Fringe Bar, but you do have to be 19+ in order to be able to purchase alcohol. The Fringe Bar opens from 6:00pm-late weekdays, and from 1:00pm till late on the Festival’s final weekend. Remember: the Phillips Fringe Bar is free!

Up Next at the Phillips Fringe Bar

The highlight of the Phillips Fringe Bar is the musical performances from some of Vancouver music scene’s best! Once again, we’re partnering with BeatRoute Magazine, Western Canada’s indie arts and entertainment monthly to give you a sneak peak on the performers playing at the Fringe Bar. Here’s a teaser from BeatRoute‘s Lauren Donnelly on who’s hitting the stage on Wednesday, September 12 (that’s tonight!), and Thursday, September 13:

Got the middle of the week blues? Autumn means more grey days, but Desirée Dawson’s music transforms rain from cold to cozy. Her sound is soulful and plucky, and her lyrics are the perfect soundtrack for starting fresh. Dawson’s sound has ripened since she hit national airwaves as the ukulele-playing 2016 CBC Searchlight winner. Her most recent single “Just Fine,” shows off sultry vocals punctuated with staccato snaps. Dawson’s lyrics are a good mantra for the rest of the year––a reminder to step away from the grind to make time for reflection. If Dawson’s indie-soul melodies aren’t comforting enough, community choir group ESCHOIR will bring you a diverse set of covers to delight in.

Next up, two of Vancouver’s fiercest artists kickstart the weekend early. Thursday night opens with Kim Villagante, also known as Kimmortal. With jazzy keys, soul vocals and powerful rhymes, the emcee and singer-songwriter will make you think. Kimmortal makes good use of their background in Visual Arts and Art History with an experimental approach to music, but their work hearkens back to Lauryn Hill and old school soul too. Their two latest releases exemplify how they zigzag across the boundaries of genre lines. Doodle #1 isa features experimental sounds, intricate verses, and electro tunes, while I’m Blue mixes jazz with soul to set the listener adrift on a flight through time and space. Their songs paint mind pictures with lush sounds and striking lyrical imagery.

And if that wasn’t soulful enough for you, Dawn Pemberton will undoubtedly raise the stakes. The legendary Vancouver singer will play funky hits from her long-awaited debut album Say Somethin’. Pemberton’s vocals soar above thick grooves to get people moving, and builds simmering tension with influences from a multitude of genres. Jazz, funk, and soul are revitalized under her musical prowess. Here’s your chance to witness a performance from a soul diva.

Not only is there great music, but we’re also hosting an On the Table event! Join us at the Phillips Fringe Bar on Thursday, September 13 from 6-8:00pm to discuss what’s more important to arts and culture: traditional theatre or new voices? And what does the decline of print media and criticism mean for local theatre? On the Table is free—and there’ll be snacks!

Catch amazing performers and more at the Phillips Fringe Bar, located at Ocean Art Works! You can check the full Fringe Bar lineup on our website. We’re open from 6:00pm till late weekdays, and from 1:00pm till late on Saturday and Sunday.

Learn While You Fringe

Use your body at New(to)Town Collective's Training Jam on Thursday, September 13.

Use your body at New(to)Town Collective’s Training Jam on Thursday, September 13.

There’s still time to take in a workshop at the Fringe!

Participate in this morning’s discussion of Inclusive Hiring and Casting Practices in Theatre. On from 10:00am to noon, with an hour for informal discussion till 1:00pm, join Rohit Chokhani, Marisa Emma Smith, Mily Mumford, Raes Calvert, and Susanna Uchatius as they share lessons learned in creating diverse, inclusive, and equitable teams.

On Thursday, take part in New(to)Town Collective’s Training Jam on Embodied Awareness. Play with exercises, utilize your awareness in relation to performance, and meet new collaborators regardless of your experience level.

Love improv and musicals? Join Inside Voices‘ Jennifer Pielak and Peter Abando at this Musical Improv workshop and spontaneously create a song, practice your improv rhyming skills, and more on Friday, September 14.

Last Chance to Buy Raffle Tickets!

You only have a few more days to get tickets from our lovely volunteers! Photo by Alvin Roxas.

You only have a few more days to get tickets from our lovely volunteers! Photo by Alvin Roxas.

The final raffle draw is only four days away! Don’t miss your chance to win some awesome, awesome prizes, like a trip for two to Guatemala courtesy of Finisterra Travel, a weekend getaway to Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler, a gift card from Foodora AND a Kick Ass Pass to the 2019 Fringe! You have till 9:00pm on September 16 to buy a ticked and be entered to win. So what are you waiting for?

Get your tickets at our Raffle Tent (by the Fringe Box Office), at the Phillips Fringe Bar, and around the Festival! They’re $10 for one ticket, or $20 for three tickets. We’ll be holding the Raffle Draw on September 16 at 10:00pm on Awards Night at Performance Works on 1218 Cartwright Street. You don’t have to be present—we’ll be in touch if you’re drawn in the Raffle!

For all our Raffle rules and regulations, click here.

Tickets may be only sold and purchased in British Columbia.
Ticket purchasers must be 19 years of age or older. If a winning ticket bears a minor’s name, the prize will be lawfully delivered on behalf of the minor parent, legal guardian, or trustee.
Prizes have no equivalent cash value.