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June 26, 2017

Share Your Fringe Love for World Fringe Day!

Did you know the Vancouver Fringe Festival is one of more than 200 Fringe Festivals worldwide? And that the Fringe concept has been around for 70 years? We are celebrating World Fringe Day on July 11! And the world wants to know what you love about your own Vancouver Fringe Festival or about Fringe in general. See what your Fringe Festival Executive Director David Jordan and your Fringe friend Jimmy have to say here! (And watch the outtakes. Outtakes are the best.)

Submit a short video just like this one by July 4 to design[at]vancouverfringe[dot]com and we’ll share it on July 11 and then again leading up to and during the Festival. You can even shoot it on your smartphone! Or visit our website to learn more.

Work for Free, Get Free Stuff!

It’s time! The Vancouver Fringe Festival is putting out a call for volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels to join Team Fringe.

As a volunteer you will experience the VIP treatment. Volunteers will not only get access to all Fringe Festival shows that aren’t sold out—but volunteers also receive discounts on year round Fringe programming AND an invitation to the Volunteer Appreciation Party. Not convinced? We also have free snacks, refreshments, and of course, the famous Fringe t-shirt!

There are many great positions available including ticket seller, photographer, site crew, bartender, and more! With the variety of positions available, there is sure to be a position that fits you. All you have to do is sign up, or if you are a returning volunteer, update your profile. We’ll send you an email when shifts are available in mid-July.

Join the coolest gang in town! Last year's coolest gang shown here. Photo by Mike Vlasman.

Join the coolest gang in town! The coolest gang from last year shown here. Photo by Mike Vlasman.

We are also looking for Team Leaders! Volunteer Team Leaders are responsible for recruiting, scheduling, training, and supervising all of our Festival volunteers! If you want to take on a more administrative role and gain skills in human resources and event planning, you may be a great fit for Team Leader. Positions go from July 10 through to September 24 with a minimum time commitment of 25 hours per week leading up to and during the Festival. If this sounds like a job for you, send your cover letter and resume to Angie Descalzi by Friday, June 30 with “Volunteer Team Leader” in the subject line of your email.

The Vancouver Fringe sends out a big thank you to our sponsor ShearComfort, who’s returning to support our Volunteer Program once again!

Please join us! We look forward to meeting all of you!

See Your Name in Print—Or All Over the Festival!

Make a donation and become a Fringe Hero! Support the Vancouver Fringe Festival in 2017 with a gift that ensures we can continue to provide Theatre for Everyone. AND if you donate $25 or more, you will receive special access to our NEW Donor Booth! It’s a place where donors can pick up Fringe benefits, buy tickets during peak Box Office hours, check out exclusive merchandise, and be showered with Fringe love and appreciation. Better yet, donate before July 1 and the Vancouver Fringe will publish your name in the upcoming 2017 Program Guide! Click here to become a donor or email Robyn Kurtz.

Fringe donors get access to the new Donor Box Office as well as exclusive events like this one, the On the Fringe Documentary! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Fringe donors get access to the new Donor Box Office as well as exclusive events like this one, the On the Fringe Documentary! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Looking for a super fun way to donate? A day at the Vancouver Fringe Festival can be YOUR day at the Vancouver Fringe Festival! When any individual or group gives $1,500 or more, we set aside a special day of the Fringe just for you—complete with a customized curtain speech at all Mainstage venues, 10 exchange vouchers good for one show each, and a custom Fringe hoodie! You can spread out your donation in monthly payments or make it a team effort and share the love with your friends! Either way, we’ll name the day after you and proclaim your Fringe Love all day long! Learn more at our website or email Robyn Kurtz.

Save the Date! AGM and Program Launch Party on July 27

Board Chair Andrew Westman, Treasurer Bob Wang, and Executive Director David Jordan at the 2016 AGM. Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Board Chair Andrew Westman, Treasurer Bob Wang, and Executive Director David Jordan at the 2016 AGM. Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Debuting its newly minted name, the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society (VFTS), formerly the First Vancouver TheatreSpace Society (FVTS) will be holding an Annual General Meeting at Big Rock Urban Brewery and Eatery. On Thursday, July 27 at 6:00pm, the producers of the Vancouver Fringe Festival will discuss issues that are important to you and your Fringe Society. If you purchased and activated a Membership at the 2016 Fringe Festival, then you are a Member and eligible to attend and vote during the AGM.

Stick around after the AGM and celebrate the launch of the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival Program Guide at the Program Launch Party! Join us as we celebrate the 33rd release of the Festival guide in true Fringe fashion—with drinks and good conversation at the Big Rock Urban Brewery and Eatery.

A formal invite to the meeting and launch party will be sent out soon, but for the time being, be sure to save the date! A big thanks to our sponsors, Big Rock and Blenz Coffee, where you’ll be able to find the guide after July 27.

Don’t Miss the Theatre Wire Seasons Announcement!

Subscribe to our Theatre Wire newsletter to see our 2017-2018 Season coming soon!

Subscribe to our Theatre Wire newsletter to gain first day access to our 2017-2018 Season coming soon!

Look out! The Theatre Wire Season Announcement is almost here. Two shows in last year’s season, REDPATCH by Hardline Productions and Green Lake by Solo Collective Theatre, received a combined 12 Jessie Award nominations! Clearly, Theatre Wire shows are critically acclaimed! Sign up for our newsletter and be the first to know which shows will be part of the 2017/2018 season at Theatre Wire! Or visit the Theatre Wire Theatre Wire website to learn more.




Celebrating the World of Fringe

June 7, 2017

Celebrate World Fringe Day!

World Fringe Day is coming July 11 and the Vancouver Fringe Festival will join Fringe Festivals across the globe to celebrate, but we need your help!

We’re looking for short video submissions, from you, about the Fringe! Your video can simply be shot on a smart phone and emailed to us at design@vancouverfringe.com. We’ll share these videos all day on July 11, and then again leading up to and during the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival!

Click here for more about filming and submitting your video!

2017 marks 70 years since the birth of the Fringe concept. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe began in 1947 when eight groups arrived in Edinburgh hoping to perform at the newly formed Edinburgh International Festival—but they were refused. Rather than being discouraged from performing, they went ahead and performed on the “fringe” of the Festival anyway.

The spark that was ignited in Edinburgh has circled the globe and there are now more than 200 Fringes worldwide. The Fringe model has been emulated from Australia to France, Canada to Prague, South Africa to Brighton, China to Brazil, and everywhere in-between. The Fringe movement has grown enabling people all over the world to make cultural connections that transcend national boundaries.

“70 years is young in the art world,” Vancouver Fringe Executive Director David Jordan explains. “We are still at the beginning of a movement. Sometimes I take for granted how radical what we’re doing is. ‘Fringe’ has become synonymous with authenticity and independent art and we want to keep it that way to ensure that Fringe Festivals are accessible platforms for all artists and audiences. We hope that Vancouver Fringe audiences and artists will join us on World Fringe Day to tell the world what Fringe means to them.”

Share a memorable Fringe moment, tell us why the Fringe is important to you, or simply wish the world a Happy World Fringe Day in a short video! Find video submission details here and learn more about World Fringe Day here!

Welcome New Fringe Sponsors!

Welcome to the Fringe new sponsors! Fringe folk are going to love you! Photos by Emilio Merritt (top) and Mike Vlasman (bottom).

Welcome to the Fringe new sponsors! Fringe folk are going to love you! Photos by Emilio Merritt (top) and Mike Vlasman (bottom).

Sponsors play an important role at the Fringe, providing perks for volunteers, prizes for our Raffle, and making the Festival run smoothly! Many Fringe sponsor partners are returning, but we wanted to introduce you to the new sponsors joining the Fringe in 2017.

La Taqueria is adding tacos to our (new) Opening Night festivities, while  Sons of Vancouver Distillery will be preparing fancy cocktails to kick off the Festival.

Speaking of beverages, Urban Distilleries’ Spirit Bear Gin and XFour Vodka will now be available at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar. And for those of you looking for a non-alcoholic beverage or an interesting mixer, try RISE Kombucha. For late night snacks at the Fringe Bar, Hardbite will satisfy your cravings.

Hardbite will also donate chips to the Volunteer Centre (as if seeing shows for free wasn’t incentive enough to volunteer) and the 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Party will double as a pizza party thanks to Boston Pizza!

The 2017 Raffle will be extra exciting with prizes supplied by Float House, Fresh Prep, the Granville Island Hotel, Nita Lake Lodge, and Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa.

Stay tuned for more on how our new and old sponsors will be supporting the 2017 Festival!

Fringe New Play Prize: Setting Bones

The 2017 Fringe New Play Prize winning show, Setting Bones, will be at the Festival in September.

The 2017 Fringe New Play Prize winning show, Setting Bones, will be at the Festival in September.

The Fringe New Play Prize, a partnership between the Fringe and Playwrights Theatre Centre that provides dramaturgical support and a Mainstage spot on the Fringe for an emerging playwright was selected back in December, 2016. Since then, the work-in-progress, (Untitled) Boxes, has undergone many transformations, including a new title: Setting Bones.

Show creators lee williams boudakian, Kamee Abrahamian, and Anoushka Ratnarajah have been devising and writing, delving more deeply into themes of cultural memory loss and recovery, intergenerational storytelling, and queer diaspora. During one of their intensive sessions, the new title emerged as if it had been waiting for them. The creation process continues to unearth discoveries of character, plot, image and sound, all weaving together to tell the stories that wait to be told.

Anoushka, Kamee, and lee will be sharing more about the development of their show in Fringe newsletters leading up to the Festival. Stay tuned for more!

Balancing Theatre, Work, and Life

From left to right, top to bottom, Donna Soares, David Jordan, Peter Jorgensen, mia susan amir, each of whom will be discussing work/life balance at the annual Making a Scene conference.

From left to right, top to bottom, Donna Soares, David Jordan, Peter Jorgensen, mia susan amir, each of whom will be discussing work/life balance at the annual Making a Scene conference.

Since 2000, the annual Making A Scene conference has been essential to strengthening the local theatre industry. Through presentations, working sessions, and plenty of opportunity for social gathering, the day-long conference offers attendees the chance to delve into discussions with colleagues, friends, and new acquaintances, all of whom are passionate about theatre. This year, Making A Scene falls on Tuesday, June 20.

Our Executive Director, David Jordan, will moderate a panel at this year’s conference on work/life balance. Setting Boundaries: An Artists’ and Administrators’ guide to Health and Wellness will feature one of Vancouver’s preeminent directors of musical theatre, Peter Jorgensen, rising star Donna Soares, and mia susan amir, who is currently the Playwrights Theatre Centre mentor for the Fringe New Play Prize! David is excited to get them sharing their war wounds as well as their strategies for the battle for balance in the arts.

Find out about the other sessions at the conference. And there’s still time to register!

What Could the Fringe Do with $10,000?

A whole lot of amazing, that’s what!

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is back! This national contest will benefit any registered Canadian charity, and guess what? The Fringe is a charity!

Every $1 donated to a registered charity on CanadaHelps.org or GivingChallenge.ca, automatically enters the charity to win a $10,000 donation, provided by the GIV3 Foundation.

Make a donation to the Vancouver Fringe through Canada Helps in the month of June and your donation will enter us to win $10K! Donations as low as $3 count—and even if we don’t win, you’ll be investing in “Theatre for Everyone,” which is pretty awesome all on its own. Donate now!