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Don’t Stop Fringing

September 9, 2018

Travel to Guatemala for $10?!

There’s only a week left to put your name in the Fringe Raffle! With your purchase of a Raffle Ticket, you could win a $100 gift card to Foodora and a Kick Ass Pass for the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival (which basically means you can see as many shows as you like for free) or a weekend getaway for two at Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler with dinner for two at Aura Restaurant!

Buy raffle tickets from our awesome volunteers for a chance to win a trip to Guatemala! Photo by Al Ricard.

Buy raffle tickets from our awesome volunteers for a chance to win a trip to Guatemala! Photo by Al Ricard.

And the grand prize? A trip for two to Guatemala with Finisterra Travel! Enjoy eight days in Guatemala, with flights included. Explore Antigua’s cobbled streets, sample and learn how to cook traditional Guatemalan cuisine, kayak around Lake Atitlan, and more! So what are you waiting for?

Tickets are available at our Raffle Tent (in the Fringe Hub), or in the evenings at the Phillips Fringe Bar. Tickets are one for $10 or 3 for $20. Raffle winners will be drawn during Awards Night at Performance Works. Can’t make it? Don’t worry, we’ll be in touch if you win!

Read all Raffle rules and regulations 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.

Double Your Donation!

Help us achieve our goal of 22 new monthly donors, and we'll throw the best wedding reception ever! Photo by Robyn Kurtz.

Help us achieve our goal of 22 new monthly donors, and we’ll throw the best wedding reception ever! Photo by Robyn Kurtz.

Did you know the Fringe is a charity? Donations support the Festival, Fringe artists, and year-round independent theatre. Know what’s even better than a donation? A monthly commitment! Monthly donations are the most sustainable way of supporting the Festival. Whether you choose to donate $5 or $500 per month, this reliable income means the Fringe can continue its work beyond September.

Join our Commitment Club of monthly donors! AND when you sign up during the Festival, your first month’s donation will be doubled!

When you see a show, 100% of the base ticket price goes to artists, so the Fringe relies on generous donations from Fringers like you! YOU make the Fringe POSSIBLE!

If you’d like to become a monthly donor you can sign up online here, email Robyn, or visit us in the Donor Booth at the Fringe Hub! Thank you and thanks to Austin Property Tax Consultants for the generous matching donation!

By the way, if we reach our goal of signing up 22 new monthly donors during the Festival, we’re going to throw a wedding reception for a couple of chickens. We are serious. We are committed. Are you?

Coming Up at the Fringe Bar

The Sumner Brothers will take the stage tonight at the Phillips Fringe Bar!

The Sumner Brothers will take the stage tonight at the Phillips Fringe Bar!

Don’t miss out on great music while at the Fringe! Starting at 8:00pm tonight, get ready to jam to Harlequin Gold and the genre-defying The Sumner Brothers. They released a record of cover songs called To Elliot: In Remembrance late last year, which received praise from BeatRoute Magazine: “…when an artist digs a little deeper and shows their audience something farther removed from expectation, the listener gets to experience a piece of the artist’s inspiration.” They also recently came out with a music video for their cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad.”

 

Join us for the first annual Fringe Festival Ceilidh on Monday, September 10!

Join us for the first annual Fringe Festival Ceilidh on Monday, September 10!

After meeting our Board of Directors, join us for the first annual Fringe Festival Ceilidh with Alison Moen and Kilbirnie Station on Monday, September 10, at 8:00pm! We’ve decided to mix things up a bit after five years of square dancing at the Fringe bar by learning this traditional Scottish dance. All dances will be taught on the spot and no experience is necessary—just be ready to have fun learning from Alison Moen, with music from Kilbirnie Station!

Show us what you've got in the live karaoke session with Sami Ghawi & the Apartment on Tuesday, September 11!

Show us what you’ve got in the live karaoke session with Sami Ghawi & the Apartment on Tuesday, September 11!

Remember to warm up your vocal chords because on Tuesday, September 11, YOU will be part of our Fringe Bar lineup! Sami Ghawi & The Apartment will be hosting a live band karaoke starting at 8:00pm, and they know all your favourite songs—they just need you to grab the mic and show off your vocal prowess! Check out this song list so you can start practicing now!

We Won’t Leave You Board

Board Night at the Fringe Bar

Meet the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society's Board of Directors, which includes Nancy More and Laura Efron! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Meet the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society’s Board of Directors, which includes Nancy More and Laura Efron! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Have you ever been on an arts organization board? Ever wondered what’s like to be on the board? Are you interested in joining the Fringe’s Board of Directors? Or are you just curious as to how these things work?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, come join us at our fifth annual networking night with the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society’s Board of Directors! Swing by the Phillips Fringe Bar (located at Ocean Art Works) on Monday, September 10, starting at 6:00pm, and get to know them in a casual setting!

There’ll be drinks, snacks, door prizes, and great conversation. Afterwards, stay and warm up for the first annual Fringe Festival Ceilidh with Alison Moen and Kilbirnie Station!

Feast at the Fringe

Don’t go hungry during the Fringe! Take advantage of the great food and drinks available from our sponsors and the Food Trucks at the Phillips Fringe Bar! There will be one food truck every night and more on Friday and Saturday right outside the Phillips Fringe Bar.

You can catch Super Thai and other food trucks outside the Phillips Fringe Bar! Photo by Al Ricard.

You can catch Super Thai and other food trucks outside the Phillips Fringe Bar! Photo by Al Ricard.

What’s great about our Food Trucks is that they open after most other shops on Granville Island are closed. Craving for some Thai Food? Super Thai is there to the rescue. Want some Mediterranean food? Check out Meet2Eat, or Chickpea for a vegan option. Want some sandwich? Go grab a bite at Mr. Bannock, The Kaboom Box, and Melt City Grilled Cheese. Don’t like eating with your hands? Island Time, Old Country Pierogi, and Aussie Pie Guy have your back. And if you want to try a new food truck this year, El Cartel will be at the Fringe.

Afterwards, head on over to the Phillips Fringe Bar to quench your thirst! Enjoy beer from Phillips, a Wards Cider, wine from Road 13 Vineyards, or a drink from Georgian Bay Spirit Co. And if you need a little snack, Hardbite Chips are handy.

Want more information about places to eat during the Festival? Click here to see the full list of food trucks and other places to eat on and off Granville Island. Happy feasting!

Artist Mentorship at the Fringe

For some of the Artists at the Fringe, the shows that they do at the Festival are their first production. Thanks to programs like the Dramatic Works Series and Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women, these Artists are offered an opportunity to hone their craft by showing their work at the Fringe.

Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women features dramatic readings of five new plays by female-identifying playwrights. Catch them at False Creek Gym!

Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women features dramatic readings of five new plays by female-identifying playwrights. Catch them at False Creek Gym!

In partnership with Ruby Slippers Theatre and Playwrights Guild of Canada, Advance Theatre: New Works by Diverse Women features dramatic readings of five new plays by female-identifying playwrights. Presented as 1:30pm matinees from September 10-14 at the False Creek Gym, this year’s lineup highlights powerful themes like family, relationships, and change: Gametes by Rébecca Déraspe (and translated and directed by Leanna Brodie) explores the boundaries between friends; Loretta Seto’s The Ones We Leave Behind reflects on the redemptive power of human connection; Rubble by Suvendrini Lena delves into a family’s life under relentless siege at the Gaza Strip; Kai Taddei‘s While You Sleep is co-written with the play’s original ensemble and follows six different people as they navigate the aftermath of receiving death threats; and Natalie Meisner‘s Speed Dating for Sperm Donors looks into Helen and Paige’s journey in finding a biological father for their future children. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, with a suggested price of $5 to $10, and are cash only at the door. Check the full schedule here.

Check out the Dramatic Works series at the Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch!

Check out the Dramatic Works series at the Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch!

Showing at The Cultch’s Vancity Culture Lab, the Dramatic Works Series seeks to boost dramatic content at the Fringe. This year’s participants are being mentored by actor, director, and producer Genevieve Fleming. Genevieve is the Artistic Producer of Hardline Productions, the 2018-19 inaugural company-in-residence at the Arts Club Theatre Company. Generously supported by the Lochmaddy Foundation, this year’s lineup features a stage production of the New German Cinema classic, The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant; an intimate re-telling of Bonnie & Clyde; an exploration of poets Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop’s friendship in Dear Elizabeth; an intergenerational drama about the connections we form when language fails us in Precious Little; a search for comfort in the darkest of places in Rabbit Hole; and a biting tale of love, lust, and betrayal in The Shape of Things. For the full schedule of the Dramatic Works Series, click here.

Get Ready to Play at the Fringe!

September 5, 2018

First Day of the Festival!

Peek-a-Fringe! IT’S FINALLY HERE! Can you tell we’re excited? For the next 11 days, enjoy almost 100 shows, jam to free performances at the Phillips Fringe Bar, attend our workshops and numerous special events, and soak up the awesomeness of the Festival!

Clockwise from left: Russ and Elaine were the very first people lined up at our Box Office; Box Office Manager Paige Louter opens the door; Paige greeting everyone with a smile. Photos by Robyn Kurtz.

Clockwise from left: Russ and Elaine were the very first people lined up at our Box Office; Box Office Manager Paige Louter opens the door; Paige greeting everyone with a smile. Photos by Robyn Kurtz.

Still undecided about what to see? Take a look at our Program Guide online, or get it at select Blenz Coffee locations and at other Fringe-friendly businesses. If you’re having trouble figuring out your Fringe schedule, you can head on over to Fringe-O-Matic, an app that’s been designed to organize your Festival experience! And if that’s still not enough, you can always come down to Granville Island or our BYOVs and wing it, Fringe-style.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest updates during the Festival! And don’t forget to show everyone how much fun you’re having on social media! Use the hashtag #VanFringe so we can follow along.

Happy Fringing!

Recap of an Incredible Fringe-For-All!

Thank you to everyone who attended our monster party last night, Opening Night featuring the Georgia Straight Fringe-for-All! Held on Wednesday, September 5 at Performance Works, Fringers made for a full house of fun. And if you missed out, we hope that our live tweets made you feel like you’re not missing out on anything at all!

Lip Service opened the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All! Keep an eye out on our Facebook in the next few days for more photos from our fast and furious party! Photo by Rosemarie Gresham.

Lip Service opened the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All! Keep an eye out on our Facebook in the next few days for more photos from our fast and furious party! Photo by Rosemarie Gresham.

After enjoying each other’s company while feasting on some bites from Dockside Restaurant, The Keg, and Habibi’s, everyone strapped themselves in for the Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All. Hosted by the delightful duo, previous Public Market Pick of the Fringe winner Travis Bernhardt ( and in this year’s Unscriptured) and Fringe New Play Prize winner Sara Vickruck (Poly Queer Love Ballad), they had a difficult job ahead of them, what with 40 Fringe shows ready to wreak havoc on the stage. But thanks to their engaging presence, witty remarks, and entertainment from the 40 shows, everything made for a party you won’t forget! Here are some memorable moments from last night: Lip Service tickled the audience by asking the audience to cum to their show (among other puns) and showed us what dancing vulvas look like; Is That How Clowns Have Sex? A One-Woman, Queer Clown Sex-Ed Show answered some burning questions about sex like, “Does God care about butt stuff?” and “Is pee stored in the balls?”; A Brief History of Beer teaches the audience a safety technique for when they go through the Quantum Pint Machine; and TrudeauMania closes the show with an energetic song-and-dance number.

Scroll through our Twitter feed and you’ll find the live-tweets of all 40 shows from the Fringe-For-All! But remember: these were only previews! Be sure to buy tickets to get your Fringe on!

Making the Fringe Accessible

With the Fringe’s motto being “Theatre for Everyone,” we strive to make the Fringe accessible and enjoyable for as many people as possible.

Almost all Fringe venues are wheelchair accessible, except XY. Since seating at the Fringe is first come, first served, patrons with seating needs are encouraged to arrive early and let the front of house volunteers know so they can receive priority seating. You can check out more information about our venues’ physical accessibility here.

We also strive to make the Festival accessible for people who are d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing. This year, four shows will be interpreted into ASL: the Saturday, September 8 performance of Rocko and Nakota: Tales from the Land, the Sunday, September 9 performance of Awkward Hug, the Friday, September 14 performance of SELF-ish, and the Saturday, September 15 show of Angels & Aliens. There are also some shows that have been identified as “d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Friendly,” which is indicated by a symbol that looks like an ear in the Program Guide. This means the sound elements do not affect the meaning and enjoyment of a show. For more information about these shows, click here. Additionally, have a look at Deaf artist, activist, and arts administrator Landon Krentzvlogs about our ASL-interpreted and d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing friendly shows.

We’re thrilled to be partnering with VocalEye again this year to make our shows more accessible to the Low Vision community! VocalEye will live describe the Sunday, September 15 performance of Precious Little at The Culture Lab. And if you notice a symbol that looks like an eye in your Program Guide, it means that an Artist has identified their show as being “Low Vision Friendly.” This indicates that the meaning and enjoyment of the show is not dependent on visual elements. Check out our list of Low Vision Friendly shows here.

We are also participating in the Access 2 Program again. This provides persons with disabilities a personalized Access 2 Card, which means they receives a complimentary ticket for their attendant to accompany them to shows. Click here for more info and if you have questions about the program, please e-mail us.

Once again, we are a part of the Cultural Access Pass program, which allows new Canadian citizens free access to cultural sites and events across Canada during their first year of citizenship. Click here to learn more about how to take advantage of the program to learn how to redeem your tickets!

We love kids here at the Fringe! Check out the kid-friendly show, Baba Yaga and the Black Flower. We also have shows that have identified themselves as being All Ages, meaning that children can still enjoy the show, although the content may not be designed for kids. You know your kids best and which All Ages shows might be most appropriate. Once again, we’re partnering with Kids Up Front to offer some opportunities for children affected by poverty, abuse, illness, or disability. See which shows are donating ticket and to learn more about the program here.

Please visit our website for more information, or e-mail us if you have more questions!

Fringe Bar Frenzy

Leisure Club will be open the Phillips Fringe Bar tonight at 8:00pm!

Leisure Club will be open the Phillips Fringe Bar tonight at 8:00pm!

Would you like some music with your theatre? At the Phillips Fringe Bar, you can have them every night during the Festival! Join us at Ocean Art Works from 6:00pm till late from Monday through Friday, and from 1:00pm till late on Saturdays and Sundays and enjoy some of the best in Vancouver’s music scene. And while you’re at it, enjoy some drinks from PhillipsWards Cider, Road 13 Vineyards, or a Georgian Bay Spirits Company Smash. And trust us, you don’t want to miss out on these!

Charlie Kerr is one of Vancouver's most exciting new voices. Don't miss him at the Phillips Fringe Bar, where he'll be playing on Friday, September 7, at 8:00pm!

Charlie Kerr is one of Vancouver’s most exciting new voices. Don’t miss him at the Phillips Fringe Bar, where he’ll be playing on Friday, September 7, at 8:00pm!

Kicking us off the first night is indie-pop band Leisure Club. This five-piece group released their self-titled debut album in the fall of 2017, which BeatRoute Magazine says “keep[s] you dancing until the end… [they] revel in pushing the envelope of indie-pop.” If you missed them at Khatsalahno Festival, now’s your chance to see them!

Charlie Kerr from Hotel Mira, also known as Matt and Sam’s Bro, will be taking the stage on Friday, September 7! He released his first album, My Brain Hurts a Lot, last year. Buzz Magazine writes about his debut project: “a little cynical, a little dark, and a little rough… it works for his sound,” and calls it “a great first showing, since he wrote some of these almost a decade ago.”

FRANKIIE's dreamlike tunes will be hitting the stage on Saturday, September 8, at 9:00pm.

FRANKIIE’s dreamlike tunes will be hitting the stage on Saturday, September 8, at 9:00pm.

Watch out for FRANKIIE on Saturday, September 8! Formed in 2013, this four-member band has taken their music from Haida Gwaii, to the southern tip of the Baja in Mexico. They recently released a music video for “Dream Reader,” where you can see for yourself how enchanting they are. After the Fringe, they’ll be touring the East Coast, so go see them before they leave!

Catch Avery and Elle O’Brien, aka Harlequin Gold, on Sunday, September 9 at 8:00pm at the Phillips Fringe Bar!

Catch Avery and Elle O’Brien, aka Harlequin Gold, on Sunday, September 9 at 8:00pm at the Phillips Fringe Bar!

Wrapping up the first weekend of the Fringe is indie pop-rock duo Harlequin Gold! Made up of sisters Avery and Elle O’Brien, they are currently working on their first EP. They were also at Khatsalahno Festival, and you can check out their singles “Youth,” and “Without You Now,” on Spotify!

Check out the full lineup of the Phillips Fringe Bar here. While all ages are welcome, people must be 19 years or older to purchase alcohol at the Fringe Bar.