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Making Spirits Bright: Support and Apply Today

November 29, 2016

We’re Celebrating #GivingTuesday with a Surprise!

Sign me up for Fringe Benefits please! Photo courtesy of Mike Vlasman

Sign me up for Fringe Benefits please! Photo by Mike Vlasman.

You heard from volunteer and theatre lover Holly Hamilton, our executive director David Jordan made an appearance, and you know that Fringe Matchmakers are doubling the impact of new, increased, and converted monthly donations—but what you don’t know is this….

New this year: any donor who makes a gift of $25 or more can skip the Box Office line at the 2017 Festival! We’re introducing your very own Box Office attendant during our busy Box Office times. We’ll serve donors only at the Donor Booth in the Hub. Yup, that’s new too!

Next (drumroll please) we’re extending Fall for the Fringe by a week and here’s why—we’ve revamped our Fringe Benefits Program, and we think you’re going to love it!

Fringe Benefits are Fringey tokens of our appreciation. They are exclusive perks that we know Fringe Fans will really appreciate! Fringe Benefits include merchandise and VIP tickets to Fringe events, among other awesome things! You can check out all the Benefits HERE!

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day where amazing people step up to do amazing things. The Fringe needs your support. We’ve extended Fall for the Fringe and so you can still double the power of your Fringe Love if you act now because the Fringe Match Makers will make it so!

Donate now because there’s no better time to help make this year’s Festival


Be a Fringe Artist! Apply by November 30!

If you haven’t already and you want to toss your name in the hat for a chance to put on a show at the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival, apply by November 30 at 4:00pm PST!

To apply you just need to read this, fill in this form, and pay the $50 application fee. You’ll be entered into the Lottery for a Mainstage spot in the Festival. If you win on December 9, then the real work begins!

Other ways to become a Fringe Artist include the Bring Your Own Venue, the Dramatic Works Series, and the Site-Specific category. These applications will open in January and more information can be found here.

If you’re a woman-identified playwright, consider submitting to be part of Advance Theatre: New Works by Women. Submissions are due February 15 and information can be found here.

And yes, it’s true, Fringe show are uncensored so you have artistic freedom when creating your show!

A Peter n’ Chris-tmas Carol

In 2015 the Fringe held its first Christmas show ever, A Very Merry Fringemas. This year, Fringe heartthrobs, Peter n’ Chris created a show just for you—A Peter n’ Chris-tmas Carol!

On December 9 and 10 only, you can see a grumpy Chris as he’s visited on the night before Christmas (or maybe like a week before Christmas, honestly it’s a busy time for these Ghosts). Chris wastes most of his time with the first Ghost…

Chris Wilson shared reasons why you should see the show on the Theatre Wire blog. Meanwhile Peter Carlone did an in-depth interview with Theatre Wire where he reveals Peter n’ Chris performance rituals, the plays he dreams of directing, and how A Peter n’ Chris-tmas Carol is “a bit of an adventure show … with some hints of A Christmas Carol, just to get everyone in the MOOD.”

And if that’s not enough of a draw, a cash bar will be available featuring holiday cocktails in addition to beer and wine. Plus, if you purchase a VIP table, which seats up to four people, you’ll get Christmas-y treats along with appetizers from Emelle’s Catering, wine, and drink tickets!

Get your tickets or VIP tables here and prepare for a festive evening full of fun and laughter!

Get Lucky at the Fringe Lottery Party!


Whether you’ve applied for the Fringe Festival or you’re a Fringe Fan, we want to see you at the Lottery Party on December 9! If you’ve been before, or this is your first time, we promise a new and different Fringey good time!

All the details can be found HERE, including the link to RSVP—for free!

Granville Island 2040: Open House

Granville Island has been the Fringe’s home base since 2000 when the Festival moved most of its venues to the Island. It’s been a great partner and home as the Fringe has grown over the years. We know you love Granville Island too—we hear it every year through audience surveys!

But Granville Island is changing. The Emily Carr University of Art and Design will be moving their campus and it’s time to invigorate the Island and reinforce its founding vision. Over the past year, the Island has been busy surveying the public and stakeholders. Now they’re ready to present their findings and you’re invited!

On Saturday, December 3 at the Revue Stage on Granville Island you are welcome to drop in and view information between 10:30am and 4:30pm. There will also be presentations and Q&As with the project planning team at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm. If you’re unable to attend in person, you can watch via livestream on Granville Island’s Facebook page.

For more information on the process Granville Island has be going through, visit GravilleIsland2040.ca.

The Theatre Scene

Just a taste of what Vancouver has to offer in the way of Theatre


Basic Training
November 29 & December 3
Havana Theatre
Twenty-three unforgettable characters guide you through the true story of Kahlil Ashanti’s hilarious experience as a member of a military entertainment troupe called Tops In Blue and the shocking revelation that forces his attention home to face the abusive childhood he was trying to leave behind. Check out this video preview from when Kahlil took the show to the Edinburgh Fringe!

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol
December 2 – 18
Jericho Arts Centre
Plenty of Fringe alumni star in the little-known story behind Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (including David C. Jones, Adam Francis Proulx, Beth Gunderson, and Linden Banks)—the story of Jacob Marley’s heroic behind-the-scenes efforts to save the soul of Scrooge, everyone’s favourite curmudgeon.

The Most Honest Man in the World
December 19
Dusty Flower Shop (2050 Scotia Street)
Missed it at the 2015 Fringe? Andrew Wade builds a lie detector onstage and straps himself in. Using stories, music, apps, and tap shoes, Wade looks at old relationships and insecurities as he tries to learn how to honestly let go.

Diving into the Next Fest

November 2, 2016

In 2016, Bad Bad Bunny won a spot in the Lottery and brought In the Blue of Evening to the Festival. Who will win this year? Applications are now open! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

In 2016, Bad Bad Bunny won a spot in the Lottery and brought In the Blue of Evening to the Festival. Who will win this year? Applications are now open! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Artist Applications Now Open!

Here’s your chance to star in the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival! All you have to do is create a play that’s 75 minutes or less, that can be set up and taken down in 15 minutes, read the emails we send you regarding important dates, deadlines, and opportunities, and work your butt off to create the best show you can! Oh, and win your spot via random draw.

The application fee is $50 and if you get a spot in the Festival the fee is $800 for a 31-75 minute show and $600 for a show under 30 minutes (including the $50 non-refundable application fee). Winners will be announced at the Lottery Party on December 9, starting at 5:30pm at Performance Works.

A Mainstage venue spot refers to shows that are placed in a venue supplied by the Festival, including a technician, basic lighting, and sound. There are approximately eight groups assigned to each venue.

Applications are now open and will close on November 30, 2016. Click here to apply!

For information on the other artist categories, including Bring Your Own Venue, click here.

See, the Fringe does literally draw names out of a hat to select the artists that'll be part of the next Festival. Be there for the draw, Dec. 9! Photo by Rosemarie Gresham.

See, the Fringe does literally draw names out of a hat to select the artists that’ll be part of the next Festival. Be there for the draw, Dec. 9! Photo by Rosemarie Gresham.

Save the Date: Lottery Party on December 9!

Every year the Fringe selects its Mainstage Category artists via random draw at our annual Lottery Party! This year, we’re hosting the party at Performance Works on Granville Island and we’d love for you to come!

The Party will start at 5:30pm on Friday, December 9. Games, drinks, suspense, laughter, music, camaraderie, prizes from Big Rock Urban Brewery—and of course, attending means you’ll be the first to know which artists will be part of the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival! If that sounds like your idea of a good time, you’re correct and should come!

Stick around after the Lottery Party when Peter n’ Chris hit the stage with their holiday spoof, A Peter n’ Chris-tmas Carol.

You can purchase tickets to A Peter n’ Chris-tmas Carol now (and we suggest getting your tickets in advance if you plan on staying), but the Lottery Party is free! See you there! Invite yourself to the Facebook Event to stay up-to-date.

The Georgia Straight: Arts, Culture, and Revolution

The Georgia Straight is Canada’s largest urban weekly newspaper, so it’s no wonder that the Straight is the first place people turn for information on arts and events in Vancouver!

The weekly print issue has been around since 1967 when it began as an anti-establishment focused newspaper that was raided by the Vancouver police and was the first to showcase Greenpeace’s work. Launching www.straight.com in 1996 the Georgia Straight is now the leading source for what’s happening in Vancouver. 2017 will be a landmark year as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary.

The Straight is probably best known for their arts coverage and their popular Best of Vancouver issue where readers vote for their favourite businesses, events, and more. We’re proud to lay claim as Vancouver’s Best Performing Arts Festival, an award the Fringe has won so many times that we’ve been inducted into the Straight’s Hall of Fame!

Want to learn more about the Straight’s revolutionary past? Check out the 1997 documentary The Last Streetfighter: The History of the Georgia Straight, where they talk about how many times the paper was charged with obscenity, including the infamous “Muff Diving Case.”

Colin Thomas recommends seeing Butt Kapinski, saying,

Colin Thomas recommends seeing Butt Kapinski, saying, “This ain’t a review, see? It’s a tip. And, if you know what’s good for ya, you’ll act on it. Fast. … What’s going to happen this time? Who the fuck knows? That’s part of the fun. And don’t worry; you’ll be in good hands.” Photo by Nathaniel Mason.

The Theatre Scene

Just a taste of what Vancouver has to offer in the way of Theatre

Butt Kapinski: Dick on the Loose
November 3-5
Grant D. Burnyeat Rehearsal Hall at the BMO Theatre Centre
Love film noir? Like getting your mind blown? Butt Kapinski is back with a whole new interactive comedy-mystery for the whole family, provided the whole family is over 18 and totally twisted. Need reason to book a ticket? Click here. Do the critics like it? You bet.

November 17
Telus Studio Theatre at the Chan Centre
A hilarious, heartbreaking monologue about consciousness, mental illness, and friendship from award-winning novelist, musician and former Canadian poetry slam champ (and 2015 Public Market Pick of the Fringe winner) Brendan McLeod, Brain maps McLeod’s experiences with obsessive compulsive disorder. Check out a preview video here!

Green Lake
November 17-27
Performance Works
Katey Hoffman, one half of the 2016 Public Market Pick of the Fringe winning show, The After After Party, takes a nuanced look at the coming of age of Jane NoName, who falls in love at summer camp and starts to see the truth of the world around her.

Tragedy + Time Served = Comedy
November 25-26
Dusty Flower Pot Cabaret 2050 Scotia St.
Missed it at the 2016 Fringe? Mark Hughes shines a light on his dark and grim past of street life, addiction, and prison through introspective and playful stand-up comedy.