Opening Night featuring The Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All

Come out and play with us on September 5 at Performance Works for two of your favourite events rolled into one—Opening Night and the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All!

Starting at 7:00pm, indulge yourself with some hors d’oeuvres and desserts from The Keg and Dockside Restaurant, and hummus from Habibi’s. Catch up with some old friends and meet new ones, and start making plans for 11 days of Fringing!

Join us at The Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All and Opening Night for a party jampacked with Fringey goodness!

Join us at Opening Night featuring the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All  for a party jampacked with Fringey goodness!

Afterwards, it’s game on with the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All. Get a taste of the shows before committing! Sit back, relax, and enjoy (and maybe take notes) as 40 Fringe Artists and companies convince you—in two minutes or less—why you should see their show! Hosted by Travis Bernhardt (Unscriptured) and Sara Vickruck (Poly Queer Love Ballad), the Fringe-For-All is true to the Fringe’s nature: unjuried and uncensored. With 99 shows to choose from, we assure you it’s okay to tag multiples!

Tickets are available for $25 online or at the door. Can’t make it? Don’t worry—we’ll be live-tweeting that night and keep you posted!

Wanted: Volunteers and Billet Hosts

You still have time to apply to volunteer with us! Photo by Al Ricard.

You still have time to apply to volunteer with us! Photo by Al Ricard.

We’re looking for more volunteers for the Festival! We have just over 400 volunteers, but we hope to have 100 more! From selling raffle or show tickets to pouring a glass of Wards Cider or Road 13 Vineyards wine at the Phillips Fringe Bar, and to driving people and supplies to our BYOVs, we have just the job for you! Volunteers get an awesome t-shirt from Rush Order Tees, snacks from Hardbite and other refreshments at the Volunteer Centre, a Volunteer Rush Pass, and more! Sign up now through MyVolunteerPage.com.

Want to help but can’t commit to volunteering? Why not host one of our touring Artists? Billet hosts provide a safe and secure place for Artists to stay while they’re performing at the Fringe. As a token of our appreciation, billet hosts get a Volunteer Rush Pass, or 10 Exchange Vouchers, which are good for any regular performance in this year’s Festival. Sign up now and help us make this year’s Festival a great one!

Expect to Have a Rockin’ Time at the Phillips Fringe Bar!

Clockwise from left: Dawn Pemberton, Kimmortal, Kitty & the Rooster.

Clockwise from left: Dawn Pemberton, Kimmortal, Kitty & the Rooster.

With only a few weeks left before the Festival, we’re getting ready to push “play” at the Phillips Fringe Bar! Head over to Ocean Art Works to jam to some great music from different genres, sing karaoke with a live band, dance the Irish Ceilidh, and have fun times with fellow Fringers. If you’ve been looking at the Program Guide and can’t quite decide which artist to check out, here’s a preview of what’s playing.

On September 14, emcee and singer-songwriter Kimmortal will be bringing their high energy to the stage! Featured this year in SXSW and JUNOfest, BeatRoute Magazine describes them in 2016 as “[their] voice… unwavering, [their] style… razor sharp, and [their] candor… as refreshing and infectious as [their] electro soul hip-hop beats.”

After Kimmortal, local legend Dawn Pemberton will be rocking the Fringe Bar with her funky, soul-jazz beats! Named by the Vancouver Sun as “one of the country’s rising queens of soul,” this Western Canadian Music Award-winning veteran was recently featured at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Don’t be fooled by Kitty & the Rooster’s masks! In 2017, this rock n’ roll duo released the song “Paid a Million Dollars (To Live Like You’re Poor),” which the Georgia Straight describes “as a song that might as well be modern Vancouver’s municipal anthem.” They’re coming out with a new album, One Gig Hard Drive, which we’ll probably get to hear on September 14!

All this and more are coming soon at the Fringe! You can check out the full line-up right here. The Fringe Bar is open from 6:00pm till late from Monday to Friday, and from 1:00pm till late on Saturdays and Sundays. All ages are welcome, but people must be 19 years or older to purchase alcohol at the Fringe Bar. See you there!

Review for Theatre Addicts

Join the Theatre Addicts review team to share your thoughts and help them cover every single show at the Vancouver Fringe this year!

Theatre Addicts are already getting involved by interviewing Fringe artists and creating their own live version of Fringe Bingo. Soak up some behind the scenes secrets with cast interviews, artist profiles, and other exclusive content on their website! They recently interviewed the cast and director of Bonnie and Clyde, which you can check out here.

Theatre Addicts is more than a guide to help people decide what to see. Their goal is to create a place for conversation, for the exchange of different perspectives and insights. They need your help bringing Vancouver in all its diversity out to the theatre.

No experience reviewing? No problem! They’ll provide the training—all you need to bring is your unique perspective, a bucket load of enthusiasm, an inquiring mind, and a love for the performing arts. E-mail Danielle at contact@theatreaddicts.com to apply to become a Theatre Addicts reviewer!

Apply now for the Fringe New Play Prize

Sara Vickruck and Anaïs West's Fringe New Play Prize-winning play Poly Queer Love Ballad will be coming very soon!

Sara Vickruck and Anaïs West’s Fringe New Play Prize-winning play Poly Queer Love Ballad will be coming very soon!

Do you have a great idea for a show? Do you see yourself in the Fringe Mainstage in 2019? If you answered yes to both questions, we have good news for you—the Playwrights Theatre Centre is currently accepting applications for the Fringe New Play Prize! Now in its seventh year, the prize offers BC artists a leg up in creating and producing a new play by offering them free creation and rehearsal space, a guaranteed spot at the 2019 Fringe Mainstage, a spot in PTC’s theatre production seminar series, Block P, and eight months of dramaturgy with PTC Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel.

2018 winners Sara Vickruck and Anaïs West are currently hard at work for their show, Poly Queer Love Ballad. To see how they developed their show and snippets of their songs and poetry, check out this video interview with PTC!

Check out the PTC website for all the finer details and submit your application no later than October 1, 2018. We hope to see your work in the 2019 Fringe!