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The countdown to Opening Night, aka the first day of the Festival, has started. And it’s less than one week away! Join the Vancouver Fringe Festival on Thursday, September 7 at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar on Granville Island for music, merriment, and free food and drinks! It starts at 6:00pm, so come on by and get a welcome drink from XFour (if you’re one the first 100), hors d’oeuvres from Dockside Restaurant, the Keg, and La Taqueria, as well as hand crafted cocktails from Sons of Vancouver. There’ll also be prizes from Urban Distillery and XFour. AND we’ll be drawing the winners of the Early Bird Raffle Draw! That’s prizes left, right, and centre! Everyone is welcome to this fun and laid-back party! Admission is free and there’s no dress code, so why hesitate? We’ll see you September 7 at 6:00pm!
It’s back! The Vancouver Fringe Festival will host the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All on Wednesday, September 6 at Performance Works. That’s right! The day BEFORE the Festival! Don’t miss one minute of the madness—after all, each show only gets two-minutes to present their preview! The Fringe-For-All starts at 8:00pm sharp. It’ll be an insane night of Travis Bernhardt and Chris Ross hosting 40 Fringe artists in this two-hour event!
Want to buy your Vancouver Fringe Festival tickets from a real-life Fringe staff member? Looking to pick up Memberships or Frequent Fringers? Or just need an excuse to meet some or our wonderful Box Office Associates? We’ll be populating the Box Office aka the “Fish Bowl” at 1398 Cartwright Street on Granville Island. But we won’t be there until September 5! So come by between 4-9:00pm on weekdays and noon-9:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays starting Tuesday, September 5 and there’ll be someone there to help you purchase tickets, or to pick up Memberships or Frequent Fringers (BTW Frequent Fringer 10s and 30s are sold out! There are still some Frequent Fringer 4s available).
Please note that there will be no refunds or exchanges once a ticket has been purchased.
If you have any questions about tickets or passes, visit our website for more information!
Every year, the Vancouver Fringe Festival becomes home to approximately 500 artists who put on 100 shows. For some of these artists, the Fringe will be their first production. The Fringe has a structure in place for producers to learn by doing. But the Fringe offers also offers program where artists grow and learn too.
Ruby Slippers Theatre and Playwrights Guild of Canada partner to bring Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women to the Fringe. The Program features new plays by diverse Canadian women who, according to a national study, account for less than a third of artistic directors and produced playwrights in professional Canadian theatre. This year’s lineup promises a selection of theatre by female playwrights and directors of diverse backgrounds who bring hard-hitting themes like sex, race, and depression. Hidden Memories is written by Lillian Nakamura Maguire a second-generation Japanese Canadian. She writes an intergenerational story about a daughter piecing together the lives of her Japanese immigrant parents who struggle with forced relocation and racial discrimination. This powerful story is produced by Gwaandak Theatre, the Yukon’s only Indigenous theatre company, making Hidden Memories one of the most culturally diverse plays in our series. Hidden Memories is joined by four diverse stories including old love in Jumping Ship by Marcia Johnson, a space race story in Go, No Go by Natalie Frijia, a stormy drama about sexual conflict in Sex, Drugs & Age, The Last Taboo by Colleen Ann Fee, and an emotional recovery piece in Happy Place by Pamela Mala Sinha. You can see the dramatic readings of these plays as matinees during the Festival. Tickets are pay what you can at the door only.
Similarly, the Dramatic Works Series at the Vancouver Fringe Festival seeks to boost dramatic content while showcasing previously published playwrights of Asian descent. Generously supported by the Lochmaddy Foundation, the Dramatic Works Series is an opportunity for artists to receive mentorship from an experienced director. Under the mentorship of Sherry Yoon who directed Shylock at Bard on the Beach, these five productions are genre defying productions. Soul Samurai by Qui Nguyen is one such show. It’s described as a “graphic novel exploding onstage” with shoguns, vampires, and the undead to craft a truly action packed revenge tale. The Dramatic Works Series will also speak to childhood trauma in Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries, school violence in Mieko Ouchi’s I Am For You, Indian exotic dancers in Anosh Irani’s Bombay Black, and race issues in David Henry Hwang’s Bondage.
The Fringe also offers mentorship opportunities to young artists through Generation Hot: Waterborne. The Only Animal’s Co-Founder, Eric Rhys Miller, has been leading five inclusive teams of artists and their fierce imagination in the creation of site-specific theatre pieces that tackle the urgent conflicts of climate change. This year’s lineup includes: O Sandada 150M, Twenty Feet Away, Brothers, WYSPA, and Citlali: A Fantastic Tale About Water by a Mexican Poet. WYSPA by Kanon Hewitt and Julia Siedlanowka features young actors between the ages of 11 and 16 years old who are also mentored by the older cast members. And so the cycle of Mentorship continues! Generation Hot: Waterborne will be presented as two programs throughout the Festival and tickets are just $12! Click here for performance dates and times.
The Fringe New Play Prize, a partnership between the Fringe and Playwrights Theatre Centre that provides dramaturgical support and a Mainstage spot on the Fringe for an emerging playwright was selected back in December, 2016. Since then, the team’s been hard at work. Here’s the latest Dispatch on the development of their show, Setting Bones.
The Setting Bones team is deep in rehearsal and we’re looking forward to bringing our show to the stage in less than two weeks!
One of the most exciting things about finally being on our feet is finding out where the text lands in our bodies. Once the words leave the page, the potential for their emotional resonance is boundless, which is both terrifying and thrilling. We are finding humour, tears and awkwardness in places we never expected. Moving our bodies also tells us where the story lives inside us, where the text can’t reflect the nuance of the scene. Being in rehearsal has shown our team once again how much a living organism this show is; we’re working and reworking the script even in these crucial moments in order to best represent this version of the story we are trying to tell.
The Early Bird Raffle is on and waiting to be won! And we have not one, not two, but THREE great prizes available. With just one ticket in our Early Bird Draw, you could win two-nights at the Granville Island Hotel, have fresh groceries delivered right to your home with Fresh Prep, and get access to almost all shows at the Fringe with a Vancouver Fringe Festival Kick Ass Pass! But where to start? Let’s take a look at our first prize—a two night stay at the Granville Island Hotel!
Did you know that no one really knows the history of the Granville Island Hotel? Current ownership bought the Granville Island Hotel in 1996 but some of their employees have been working at the hotel for longer than that and staff ages span over five generations! Even more mysterious? Folklore suggests that artisans squatted in part of the hotel before it was officially turned into the Granville Island Hotel! But no one can actually prove this. How Fringe! Today, Granville Island Hotel continues to provide patrons of Granville Island with beautiful rooms and breathtaking views. And their patio restaurant, Dockside, has been voted “Best Patio in Vancouver” in the Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards for seven years in a row! Can you imagine winning two nights here during the Vancouver Fringe Festival? You can easily find out!
Go to our website and buy a ticket! They’re one for $10 or three for $20. Purchase tickets before September 7 and you’ll be entered into our Early Bird Draw for a chance to win two nights at the Fringe, fresh groceries, and free Fringe shows! AND you’ll also be entered into our Final Raffle draw to win a trip to Costa Rica, a stay in Whistler, and a Float House subscription!
We’re holding the Early Bird Draw on September 7 at 8:30pm at Opening Night at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar at 1531 Johnston Street! The final draw will be on September 17 at 9:30pm on Awards Night at Performance Works at 1218 Cartwright Street. You do not have to be present to win—we will contact you if your ticket is drawn!
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.