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Fringe While You Can

September 14, 2018

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!

Fringe Your Blues Away

September 12, 2018

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.