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August 23, 2018

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!

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.