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Fringe Tickets & Programs Now Available!

August 8, 2018

Tickets! Tickets! Tickets!

Avoid the lines! You can buy your Fringe tickets online now! Photo by Mike Vlasman.

Avoid the lines! You can buy your Fringe tickets online now! Photo by Mike Vlasman.

Ready, set, Fringe! Tickets for the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival are now on sale. Go to our website and get a ticket for only $15. And if you want to save even more, select performances are available for half-price!

Want to see a lot of Fringe shows? We’ve got you covered. You can get a Frequent Fringer Card good for four, 10, or 30 performances at a discounted price. Our Frequent Fringer Cards are limited and always sell out, so get yours now!

Don’t forget your Membership, which you’ll need to attend shows at the Festival. You can purchase one for $7 in advance online or at the venues. Membership fees help cover the cost of the Festival, since 100% of the base ticket price goes directly to the artists!

Get your tickets now. See you in September!

Need a little help deciding which shows are for you? Try out the new Fringe-O-Matic! Tell Fringe-O-Matic how much you want to see each show (or just your favourites), update your availability in your Google Calendar, and Fringe-O-Matic will create a Festival schedule just for you! Just don’t forget to buy your tickets when you’re done!

Program Guides have been Launched!
(and we had an AGM too)

Photos from the Program Guide Launch Party! Photos by Bruce McPherson and Cody Leung.

Photos from the Program Guide Launch Party! Photos by Bruce McPherson and Cody Leung.

Did you miss our Program Guide Launch Party on July 30? That’s okay, we’ve got you covered with a rundown of what happened at the Backstage Lounge. Our emcee and Executive Director, Laura Efron, kicked it off by introducing the Program Guide to the world! She invited Debby Reis, our Communications Director, Rosemarie Gresham, our Lead Designer, and Chris Ross, our 2018 Program Guide cover artist to the stage. You may recognize Chris, aka Christache, from 2017’s Chris & Travis. Chris developed and illustrated this year’s “Play!” theme with the bingo card cover. Laura also acknowledged Debby’s 10th year of working with the Fringe! Everyone then played Fringe Fact Finder, which allowed guests to take a closer look at the Program and see what the Fringe has in store for September.

In the spirit of old-school Fringe, we played Drag Bingo with the amazing Jaylene Tyme! She hosted multiple rounds of bingo and gave away gift bags with prizes from our sponsors and Fringe Artists! Thanks to the Georgia Straight, Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., Road 13 Vineyards, foodora, Sober Guys, Georgian Bay Spirit Co., and The Keg! And thanks to the artists behind the shows Wastelands, Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life, MIND MAGIC, and Hysteria!

If you want to see for yourself how much fun we had, check out Rompost TV’s segment on our Launch Party! They were on site, interviewing Fringe staff and artists from the shows Bonnie and Clyde, Miyoshi: An RCMP Investigation, Box of Freedom, The Camping Guy, and Baba Yaga and the Black Flower.

Prior to the Launch Party, the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society held its Annual General Meeting. Executive Director Laura Efron reported on the past year of change on both staff and board levels, including her own transition into the Executive Director role in December 2017, and the introduction of three new year-round staff: Managing Director Samantha Kannegieter, Sponsorship Manager Chelsey Stuyt, and Communications and Outreach Coordinator Karla Comanda. She also acknowledged Chelsee Damen’s work at the Fringe as the Interim Executive Director and Managing Director roles during this period.

Andrew Westman stepped down from his role as the President of the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society and will be continuing his work with the Fringe as Past President, while Sharon Sutherland will transition from being the Society’s Vice President to President. Bob Wang also stepped down from his role as Treasurer, with Phillip Djwa taking over his duties.

The Fringe is taking steps to move forward with ShapeShift Arts’ various recommendations in the Diversity Audit, including forming an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, hiring an Outreach Coordinator, and hiring an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Manager (we’re still looking for one!). After much thought and consultation, Membership fees will increase to $7, the first increase in 11 years, and ticket prices to $15, which will result in increased payouts to artists who keep 100% of the base ticket price. The Fringe Bar will be sponsored by Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. this year—meanwhile Good Night Out will be helping the Fringe develop safe space policies.

Those who partied and played with us, and those who followed our live tweets know what an awesome time it was! Now, go get your Program Guide, and we’ll see you in September!

Blenz (Coffee) Friends Forever

Find a Program Guide at a Blenz Coffee near you! Photo by Mike Vlasman.

Find a Program Guide at a Blenz Coffee near you! Photo by Mike Vlasman.

If you want to get a copy of our 2018 Program Guide but not sure where to grab it, look no further than Blenz Coffee! They’ve been a great friend to us for many years, and they serve as the main distribution point for the Program Guide.

Did you know that Blenz Coffee started in Vancouver? And right at the heart of the downtown, no less, at Robson and Bute! Sit down with one of their iced tea lemonades and read the Program Guide from cover to cover in one of their Vancouver locations. As arts lovers, they also support other festivals like the Vancouver International Dance Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival, and we’re happy to be in great company.

Get your Program Guide at select Blenz Coffee locations or other Fringe-friendly businesses near you! Click here for a map of all Program Guide distribution points.


Getting to Know Phillips Beer

Phillips Brewing's founder, Matt Phillips.

Phillips Brewing’s founder, Matt Phillips.

This year, Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. will be the Fringe’s exclusive beer Partner! The Fringe and Phillips’ founder Matt Phillips share the same creative, risk-taking spirit—which makes it no surprise that Phillips Beer and the Fringe have teamed up! Phillips has grown from its humble beginnings in Matt’s windowless apartment in 2001. They have a soda company, a distillery, and a malting facility, which allows them to “work with local farmers, cut down on environmental emissions, better control quality, and increase the creativity of [their] recipes!”

And speaking of creativity, that’s one thing we love about Phillips Beer—they have a great knack for naming things! With “full-time” beers like Electric Unicorn, 6IX, and Bottle Rocket, there’s a drink for everybody to get excited about in this year’s Phillips Fringe Bar. They even have seasonal beers that you don’t want to miss out on—Solaris? Tiger Shark? Levidrome? Sign us up!

Another thing we love about Phillips Beer is their commitment to the environment and the community. They’ve won awards for their sustainability initiatives in recycling, waste reduction, and reducing carbon emissions, the latter of which they’ve reduced by more than 30% by analyzing their beer’s lifecycle! And as we previously mentioned, they support various festivals across BC, partnering with music and theatre-focused events like Rifflandia, Pacific Baroque Festival, Victoria Fringe, and now, the Vancouver Fringe. Come party with us at the Phillips Fringe Bar!

Developing Poly Queer Love Ballad

With just less than a month to go before the Fringe, what are New Play Prize winners Sara Vickruck and Anaïs West up to these days? Check out their video interview with Playwrights Theatre Centre, where they talk about working with dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel, developing their award-winning genre-bending slam poetry musical Poly Queer Love Ballad, collaborating and working with the community, integrating poetry and sound, and more! They even give a sneak preview of what audiences can expect this September.


July 18, 2018

Get Your Fringe On

Keep your options open with a Frequent Fringer Card! Photo by Roman Bartos.

Keep your options open with a Frequent Fringer Card! Photo by Roman Bartos.

Calling all Fringe bingers and bingers-to-be! Frequent Fringer Cards are now available! Good for four, 10, or 30 shows, Frequent Fringers mean you can keep your options open! The Cards are good for up to two people, with no more than two uses per performance. The best part? You can save up to $180 and 100% of the proceeds from Frequent Fringer Card purchases go directly to the Artists!

BUT! Frequent Fringer Cards are limited and always sell out, so get yours now!

Frequent Fringer 4 : Get 4 performances for $40
Frequent Fringer 10: Get 10 performances for $90
Frequent Fringer 30: Get 30 performances AND one Fringe Membership for $270

Once you purchase your Frequent Fringer Cards, and after tickets go on sale August 8, you can book your show tickets online or in person at the Fringe Box Office (opens September 4)! Or if playing the Fringe by ear is more your thing, you can also use your Frequent Fringer Card at the door. The Cards can be used at any regular Fringe shows but are not valid at special events like the Georgia Straight Fringe-for-All or the Artists’ Cabaret. Cardholders and their guests must each have their own Fringe Membership Card. And please note that Memberships and Frequent Fringer Cards are non-transferable!

Reminder: Fringe AGM and Program Guide Launch Party!

Sneak peek from the 2018 Program Guide!

Sneak peek from the 2018 Program Guide!

Ready or not, the Fringe will come! Come on down to the Backstage Lounge on July 30 for the Program Guide Launch Party at 7:30pm (doors at 7:00pm). And if you attended the 2017 Fringe Festival and activated a Membership, we want to see you at our Annual General Meeting, starting at 6:00pm, just before the Launch Party!

After the AGM, get a first look at what’s happening at the Fringe this year as we launch our 2018 Program Guide! Can you spy with your little eye what our theme and cover art is for this year? Eeny-meeny-miny-moe your way through the shows, Phillips Fringe Bar lineup, workshops, special events, and more! Join us for a throwback to old-school Fringe with Drag Bingo, hosted by the legendary Jaylene Tyme. We have more prizes and surprises in store for you, so don’t miss out on this party!

RSVP now. Please note that Backstage Lounge is accessible for wheelchair and mobility aid users. See you there!

Help the Fringe Out!

Volunteers have been a big part of the Fringe's success for over three decades now! Photo by Deandra Atmojo.

Volunteers have been a big part of the Fringe’s success for over three decades now! Photo by Deandra Atmojo.

We recently celebrated hitting an important milestone (200 volunteers) in the lead up to our goal of 500 volunteers and we’re looking for more helping hands for the Festival!

Volunteers make the Fringe a success every year by helping the Festival in different ways: selling tickets for shows, keeping the Phillips Fringe Bar safe and fun, coordinating Front of House activities, and more! Volunteers get a lot of great perks from the Fringe, including a Volunteer Rush Pass, which lets you see any Fringe show that’s not sold out. Check out our volunteer positions to see what role fits you best! And when you’re ready, register on MyVolunteerPage.com or update your profile if you’re a returning volunteer.

And if you want to help out the Fringe but volunteering your time isn’t feasible, you can host an Artist in the comfort of your home from September 4-18! Billet hosts provide touring Fringe Artists a semi-private/private place to sleep, access to a shower and kitchen, and the freedom to come and go as needed. Sign up to host an artist and we’ll match you with someone who fits you and your living space. In return, billet hosts get a Volunteer Rush Pass or 10 Exchange Vouchers (which are good for any regular Fringe performance).

If you’re interested, sign up to volunteer or billet now!

See Theatre All Year Long!

We know you love binging on theatre during the 11-day Fringe, but did you know the Fringe also runs Theatre Wire, which brings you Fringey, independent, and local theatre year-round? And we’ve just announced next season’s shows!

Missed Habitats at the 2017 Fringe? You have one more chance to see them at Pick Plus!

Missed Habitats at the 2017 Fringe? You have one more chance to see them at Pick Plus!

We’re offering up two package options that’ll help you save some cash. There’s the Theatre Wire Package and there’s the SeeMore Theatre Series Package!

The SeeMore Theatre Series includes five theatre companies that are part of the theatre residency program at the ANNEX. See all five shows for just $99! These include Hardline ProductionsTom at the Farm, Pi Theatre’s Hir, Delinquent Theatre’s Never the Last, rice & beans theatre’s Chicken Girl, and Alley Theatre’s #whatnow. Click here to read all the show descriptions and to purchase your SeeMore Theatre Series Package!

The Theatre Wire Package offers up to six shows—choose three or more and your tickets will be discounted by 30% (if you purchase by August 8. After August 8, Theatre Wire Packages will be discounted 20%). These shows include Kahlil Ashanti’s Razor, Aenigma Theatre’s The How and the Why, Affair of Honor’s Soul Samurai, Mike Delamont’s God is a Scottish Drag Queen: A Christmas Special, Monster Theatre’s Theatre Under the Gun, and Zee Zee Theatre’s Dead People’s Things. Click here for more details on the Theatre Wire Package and for show descriptions.

But wait! There’s more! We’ve just added Pick Plus shows to the mix! Pick Plus shows are hand-picked Fringe shows that have been popular in past years or other Fringe Festivals that we just need to see! These one-night-only performances happen in the week following the Fringe Festival in September. You can now include Pick Plus shows as part of your Theatre Wire Package! This year’s Pick Plus shows are 50 Shades of Vinyl – A Canadian Parody (formerly known as 50 Shades of Dave), The Birdmann FINALE, Habitats, and Kahlil Ashanti’s Basic Training.

Make room for theatre in your life all year long! Visit TheatreWire.com for more info and make sure to check back in case more shows are added!

The Fringe at the Jessie Awards

Some of our Fringe staff were all dressed up for the Jessies! From left to right: Laura, Jess, and Angie. Photo by Robyn Kurtz.

Some of our Fringe staff were all dressed up for the Jessies! From left to right: Laura, Jess, and Angie. Photo by Robyn Kurtz.

The Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards celebrate excellence in Vancouver’s professional theatre community. The 36th awards ceremony returned to its theatrical roots, taking place on July 16 at Bard on the Beach in the BMO Mainstage in Vanier Park. We want to congratulate all the Jessie nominees and winners, especially those who are Fringe alumni!

Fringe alumna Chelsea Haberlin, who you may remember from our site-specific program Onsite, and her work with ITSAZOO Productions, took home the award for Outstanding Artistic Creation in Theatre for Young Audiences for her work in Green Thumb Theatre and Neworld Theatre’s Jabber.

Mind of a Snail’s Multiple Organism won awards in the Vancouver and Orlando Fringes, and now they have a Jessie under their belt! They garnered this year’s Critic’s Choice Innovation Award, which awarded two winners for the first time—the other being Universal Limited’s Japanese Problem.

Fringe regular Rohit Chokhani (Bombay Black) was awarded the Vancouver Now Representation and Inclusion Award for his work in “encouraging the inclusion of Indigenous and diverse voices in theatre and dance, and… creat[ing] works of theatre that communicate South Asian perspectives to a wider audience.”

Two Fringe Artists were also recognized for their potential: Tai Amy Grauman, whose show, Her Name Was Mary was part of the 2017 Fringe, garnered the Sam Payne Award for the Most Promising Newcomer. Genevieve Fleming, this year’s Dramatic Works mentor, was awarded the Ray Michal Prize for Most Promising New Director. We’re excited to see more work from them in the future!

Devon More, whose one-woman show Berlin Waltz played at the 2016 Fringe, won the Gordon Armstrong’s Playwright’s Rent Award. Designed to “mark how hard it is to buy precious time to write,” More was nominated by Fringe regular TJ Dawe for her work in coordinating the Way Off Broadway performance series in New Westminster, and for helping other playwriting artists develop their own work. She’s back at the Fringe this year with Flute Loops, a “subatomic pop opera where anything can happen does!”

You can check out the full list of nominees and winners on the Jessies’ website. We’re proud have so many artists use the Fringe as a springboard for their careers, and to see these theatre artists’ achievements honoured!