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September 17, 2018

Thanks for a Great 2018 Fringe!

Just a few photos from the 2018 Fringe! Clockwise from top left: Volunteers on Hat Day, photo by Al Ricard; the 2018 giant poster in the twilight, photo by Alvin Roxas; some happy Fringe Members, photo by Alvin Roxas; Patrons checking on the Master Schedule, photo by Nandia Cahlandari.

Just a few photos from the 2018 Fringe! Clockwise from top left: Volunteers on Hat Day, photo by Al Ricard; the 2018 giant poster in the twilight, photo by Alvin Roxas; some happy Fringe Members, photo by Alvin Roxas; Patrons checking on the Master Schedule, photo by Nandia Cahlandari.

That’s a wrap! And just like that, the 11-day Festival is over. We hope you had a great time “playing” with us at the Fringe! Thanks to your support, artist payouts are up by more than 18% over last year! A big shout out to the Phillips Fringe Bar for keeping the drinks flowing, and to the musicians and DJs who gave us the tunes to swing or sing to.

We want to thank all our sponsors for generously supporting the Festival: our Presenting Partners CMHC Granville Island, the Georgia Straight, and TD Bank Group; our Signature Partners Phillips Brewing and Malting Co., Global TV, 980 CKNW, Wards Cider; our Leading Partner, The Status Bureau; our Supporting Partners Foodora and Road 13 Vineyards, Blenz Coffee, The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, Thunderbolt Signs, Finisterra Travel; our Sustaining Partners Mobi by Shaw Go, PrintPrintBeatRoute MagazineHardbite Chips, Dockside Restaurant; our Boosting Partners Boston Pizza, Habibi’s, Clif Bar & Company, Sober Guys, Rush Order Tees, Nita Lake Lodge, Georgian Bay Spirit Co., Shear Comfort, and Make Vancouver; and our Hub Sponsor, Cubeit Portable Storage!

And a very special thank you to all our volunteers! Truly, a big part of the Festival’s success is because of them. We are extremely grateful for all their hard work! We hope you had fun, and we hope to see you volunteer again next year!

Want to see some highlights? Come back soon to our Facebook page, where we’ll be uploading some of our favourite photos from the Festival. Don’t forget to tag yourselves—see you next Fringe!

Announcing the Public Market Pick of the Fringe!


Vancouver just can’t get enough Fringe Theatre—that’s why there are Fringe holdovers after the Festival! From September 19 through 23 the Public Market Pick of the Fringe will be held at Performance Works on Granville Island. Pick shows got people talking in lineups, at the Phillips Fringe Bar, and online—and they received rave reviews—so we just have to bring them back for another performance!

And without further adieu, the Public Market Pick of the Fringe winners are:

5-Step Guide to Being German 2.0
Wednesday, September 19 at 8:45pm
Wanna be German? Of course you do. German comedian Paco Erhard will teach you how. The first ever stand-up show to hold a mirror up to real modern Germany, Canada, and the rest of the world. You will laugh.
“It’s crowd-pleasing entertainment that has been packing houses for years.” —the Georgia Straight
Thursday, September 20 at 8:45pm
30-something Korean-Canadian Esther examines herself in the aftermath of a recent tragedy and navigates her relationship with family and other characters in her life.
“The heart of the show is a killer—thanks largely to Bang’s witty and transparent performance. Emotions pass over her like weather. She’s a star.” —Colin Thomas’s Fresh Sheet
Poly Queer Love Ballad
Saturday, September 22 at 6:45pm
Nina, a polyamorous bisexual poet, meets Gabbie, a monogamous lesbian songwriter. They struggle to reconcile their fierce mutual attraction with their opposing perspectives on love. A charming and poignant exploration of polyamory, queerness, and relationship.
“The tenderness and rapture of this story made me weep big, nostalgic tears..” —Colin Thomas’s Fresh Sheet
Squeeze My Cans
Saturday, September 22 at 8:45pm
Cathy Schenkelberg’s journey as a Nebraska Catholic girl from a family of 10, through the rabbit hole of the infamous cult of Scientology, represents an everywoman’s story of a young adult searching for her place.
“Schenkelberg is a dynamo of a storyteller, and her bravery is admirable given that this can’t be an easy story to tell.” —Winnipeg Free Press
Sunday, September 23 at 6:00pm
A completely improvised church service for a religion made up on the spot from Travis Bernhardt, creator of the award winning Charlatan!Unpossible!, and Chris & Travis.
“[Travis Bernhardt is] charismatic enough to get the entire audience to participate.” —Vancouver Presents
The Lady Show
Sunday, September 23 at 7:45pm
Putting the JOY in feminist killjoy! Sketch, stand-up, monologue, satirical news, and more starring Diana Bang, Morgan Brayton, Fatima Dhowre, and Katie-Ellen Humphries.
“I was in such high spirits leaving this performance and the positivity and hilarity has stuck with me.” —Theatre Addicts

More Fringe Just For You!

Feeling sad without the Fringe? Well, we just have the perfect thing to cheer you up: EVEN MORE FRINGE! Pick Plus is back with four shows especially handpicked for your enjoyment.

Happysad Theatre will be kicking off Pick Plus with 50 Shades of Vinyl – A Canadian Parody. According to Vancouver Presents‘ Mark Robins, Nico Dicecco “is a consummate storyteller. Never feeling forced, every word and gesture had a purpose in telling the sometimes ridiculously funny, and bawdy, stories.” His show will play on Wednesday, September 19, at 7:00pm!

Up next is Isabelle Kirouac and Nayana Fielkov’s Habitats! Winner of the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival Joanna Maratta and Mollie Bradley Awards, the show combines physical comedy, dance, circus, and shadow puppetry. Check out their show trailers here and see how Habitats is inspired by Fellini and Lewis Carroll. You can see them on Thursday, September 20, at 7:00pm!

Returning to Pick Plus is Kahlil Ashanti’s Basic Training. A theatrical mix of storytelling, redemption, and comedy, BroadwayBaby.Com comments that Basic Training is “imaginative and quick-witted… his acting is superb.” See him onstage on Friday, September 21, at 7:00pm!

And finally, the Pick Plus wraps things up with The Birdmann FINALE. A celebratory climax of past tours, CBC calls it a “show like no other.” Will this be The Birdmann and Egg’s last tour? There’s only one way to find out! You can watch them on Friday, September 21, at 8:45pm!

Catch them from September 19-21 at Performance at 1218 Cartwright Street. Pick Plus tickets are available for $25 each. But if you choose three or more of these shows and/or any of the Theatre Wire Package shows, you can save 20%! And if that’s not enough, you also get extra perks like a discount code for future shows that you can share with friends and family. For more information, visit TheatreWire.com!

And the Award Goes To…

Every year, the Fringe Awards Night honours the best and Fringey-est from the Festival! Held on September 16 at Performance Works, this year’s ceremony was hosted by Nathania Bernabe (Soul Samurai) and Sara Vickruck (Poly Queer Love Ballad). Here are the night’s big winners:

Congrats to the 2018 Public Market Pick of the Fringe Winners!

Congrats to the 2018 Public Market Pick of the Fringe Winners!

Volunteer Choice Award: Poly Queer Love Ballad
BC Touring Council Award: Awkward Hug
Joanna Maratta Award and Mollie Bradley Award: Hysteria
The Georgia Straight Critics’ Pick Award: Poly Queer Love Ballad
The Spirit of the Fringe Award (SOFA): Charlie Petch from Mel Malarkey Gets The Bum’s Rush
Artistic Risk Award: (Tied!) Red Bastard and Hip.Bang! Presents Surveil
Cultchivating the Fringe Award: Big Sister
Public Market Pick of the Fringe: SELF-ish5-Step Guide to Being German 2.0Poly Queer Love BalladSqueeze My CansUnscriptured, and The Lady Show (Click here for more info and to buy tickets!)

The Fringe Raffle winners were also announced!

Congratulations to Adam O’Neill for wining the $100 Foodora gift card and a 2019 Fringe Kick-Ass Pass; Stacy Ashton for winning the weekend getaway for two at the Nita Lake Lodge and dinner for two at Aura Restaurant; and Simone Avram for winning the Grand Prize, an eight-day adventure to Guatemala for two from Finisterra Travel!

Congratulations to all the winners! And to everyone, for a great Fringe yet again!

How to Win the Fringe New Play Prize

Has Fringing made you think of putting on your own show, and you need some guidance doing it? Today’s your lucky day—Playwrights Theatre Centre is now calling for applications for the Fringe New Play Prize!

Sara Vickruck and Anais West won the 2018 Fringe New Play Prize for Poly Queer Love Ballad. Could you be the 2019 winner?

Sara Vickruck and Anais West won the 2018 Fringe New Play Prize for Poly Queer Love Ballad. Could you be the 2019 winner?

Now in its seventh year, the Fringe New Play Prize gives BC artists a leg up in the process of creating and producing with material support. The prize package includes eight months of dramaturgy, free creation and rehearsal space, a free spot in their theatre production seminar series, and best of all, a spot in the 2019 Fringe Mainstage!

To learn more about the 2018 Fringe New Play Prize winners Sara Vickruck and Anais West from Poly Queer Love Ballad, click here to watch their interview with PTC, where they talk about developing their show and share snippets of Poly Queer Love Ballad.

Make sure to get your application in no later than October 1, 2018. The winner will be announced during the Fringe Festival Lottery Party this winter. For more information on the Fringe New Play Prize, click here!

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!