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Breaking All the Fringe Records!

September 19, 2016

This Fringe Broke Records!!


Wow… It’s already over! Let’s all give ourselves a round of applause! We made it through 11 jam-packed days of 700+ performances… and we had great fun “feeling it all!” We want to thank all 35,000+ attendees for breaking our (ticketed) attendance record and contributing to the highest revenues to artists ever (over a quarter of a million dollars)! We invite you to stick around for the holdover events we have coming up! Also, we have to give a huge shout out to the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar musicians and DJs who had us singing, dancing, and swaying as we sipped away on marvelous beverages.

Of course David has to steal the spotlight away from our Pick of the Fringe Winners. Photo by Ariane Lapointe-Auger.

We closed the Festival with Awards Night, where we gave special recognition to some of the outstanding shows from this year’s Festival. For example, Falling Awake by RAGMOP Theatre was awarded the Joanna Maratta Award and the Mollie Bradley Award . Check out the full list of Fringe Awards winners as well as our Raffle winners! The winners of the Public Market Pick of the Fringe are listed below so keep reading!!

Many thanks to all the artists, volunteers, donors, sponsors, and again, the attendees for making the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival as great as it was! The Fringe staff appreciates your fantastic efforts in upholding the Fringe’s Vision of “theatre for everyone!”

Want to see some highlights? Check out some photos on our Facebook page and don’t forget to tag yourselves in the photos from the My City Photos photobooth!

Announcing the 2016 Public Market Pick of the Fringe!

Vancouver just can’t get enough Fringe Theatre—that’s why there are Fringe holdovers after the Festival! From September 21 through 25, the Public Market Pick of the Fringe will be held at a new venue this year, Performance Works on Granville Island.

Pick shows got people talking in lineups, at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar, and online—and they received rave reviews—so we just have to bring them back for another performance!

And without further ado, the Public Market Pick of the Fringe winners are:

And Bella Sang With Us


Travis Bernhardt, creator of the award winning magic shows Unpossible! and Lies!, returns to tell fortunes, lift curses, and speak to the dead.
“Watching Charlatan! is a lot like using a Ouija board when you’re a teenager. Times about 10,000. What he does is jaw-dropping.”

—Colin Thomas, the Georgia Straight

Wednesday, September 21 at 7:00pm

And Bella Sang With Us

And Bella Sang With Us

Set in 1912 and inspired by Vancouver’s first women police officers, And Bella Sang With Us asks: Can two Constables save a woman from a life on the streets? Will they find their way in a police department driven by men? Will running after criminals while wearing floor-length skirts ever get easier?
“Extremely polished and a decided cut above the usual Fringe fare.”

—Jo Ledingham, the Vancouver Courier

Wednesday, September 21 at 8:45pm

The After After Party

The After After Party

Jules and Fiona make their own party because they’re never invited to the real party. The After After Party explores the ruthlessness of high school politics, the all-consuming need to be liked, and above all, friendship.
“I called Hoffman and Mabberley comedy goddesses back in 2014. I am even more in awe of their skills in this new iteration. The best of the fest.”

—Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents

Thursday, September 22 at 8:45pm

Curious Contagious

Curious Contagious

A surreal quest into the microscopic innards of a mythical beast. Funny, beautiful, and strange with handmade layered projections and an original musical soundtrack.
“A trippy experience that’s full of witty flourishes ... there’s no denying the skill at work in this epic, microscopic adventure.”

—Kathleen Oliver, the Georgia Straight

Friday, September 23 at 5:00pm

Sink or Swim

Sink or Swim

Brimming with songs and stories that vividly reveal all the fears and foibles of five-year-old “Smelly Elliott” a.k.a. Beverley Elliott, known by her fans around the world for her recurring role as “Granny” on ABC’s hit series, Once Upon a Time.
“A charmer. Full of warmth and humour ... these are evocative tales and songs with wonderful lyrics.”

—Monika Forberger, Entertainment Vancouver

Saturday, September 24 at 6:50pm

Carry On: A Musical

Carry On: A Musical

Set in the YVR baggage claim, Carry On: A Musical examines the convergent lives of weary wanderers and the baggage they bring with them.
“The production bristles with energy ... If you like musical comedies with a range of character insights, situation insights, and a cheerful ending, you’ll like this.”

Plank Magazine

Saturday, September 24 at 9:00pm

More Fringe Just For You!

They’re baaaaaack!! Pick Plus returns September 22-25 with a series of Fringe hits! All of the shows featured in the Pick Plus are popular Fringe acts from the past or from other Fringe Fests, and handpicked for your pleasure. It’s the perfect solution for those who crave more Fringe!

In a hilarious show considered more of a tribute than a parody, One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendships and Shoes goes through all six seasons of Carrie’s love life. What else would you expect from the “Fringe god” TJ Dawe and the amazingly talented Kerry Ipema? Kerry’s performances seem to cause reviewers to say only great things, including this review from CBC: “The whole enterprise is created by one woman’s voice and gestures. Sex and the City was always a guilty pleasure but this funny show can be savoured with head held high.”

One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendships and Shoes is on September 22 and September 23. Both shows will start at 6:45pm at Performance Works.

Peter n’ Chris has won not one, not two, but three Canadian Comedy Awards—and they’ll be bringing their comedic chops to Pick Plus with their new show, Peter vs Chris! This comedy duo has built one of the most impressive Fringe resumes you will find with a total of 12 awards from Fringe Festivals across Canada, and three awards from the Vancouver Fringe Festival (including the Public Market Pick of the Fringe in 2015). Do not miss these two fellas who the Globe and Mail dubs “comedy legends.”

Peter vs Chris is on September 23 at 8:45pm and September 24 at 5:00pm at Performance Works.

Want more Pick Plus? The New Conformity and God is a Scottish Drag Queen IV, both on September 25, are part of the line up too! Click here for more details.

More Festival Holdovers!

Trump the Musical will be independently performing in their own holdover!

Trump the Musical will be independently performing in their own holdover! Photo by Dakota Shelby.

In the spirit of the Fringe’ DIY nature, some artists will be hosting their own holdovers! So if you didn’t get a chance during the Festival, go check them out.

Note that these shows are not being sold through the Fringe, but are independent. Follow the links below for more info.

Trump the Musical!
Friday, September 23 at 8:00pm and 9:30pm
at Studio 16
After a sold out run at the Fringe, Jacques Lalonde and friends will be remounting this absurd romp. Follow the unlikely and hilarious rise of the one and only Donald Trump in a musical featuring songs like I’m a Yankee Doodle Donald, Lyin’ Ted, and Hillary’s Lament.

Stay tuned to the Vancouver Fringe Festival newsletter and social media where we’ll share news about any other holdovers!

How to Win the Fringe New Play Prize

Deneh Cho Thompson won the Fringe New Play Prize this year! Next year it could be you!

Deneh Cho Thompson won the Fringe New Play Prize this year! Next year it could be you!

Think your script has the chops to win the Fringe New Play Prize? Want to produce it at the Fringe Festival next year? Applications for Playwrights Theatre Centre’s Fringe New Play Prize are due on October 2, 2016!

If you have questions, PTC is hosting two info sessions this week!

Thursday, September 22, from 10-11:00am and later in the day at 6-7:00pm at PTC’s office, located at #202 – 739 Gore Ave. in Vancouver.

They will be going through the application process, answering questions, giving general suggestions, and asking you questions too!

No RSVP necessary! If you want to know more, just show up to the info session, visit PTC’s website, or email kathleen@playwrightstheatre.com.

Thunderbolt’s Buzz

Even our Fringe artists, like Amelia from In the Blue of Evening, are getting in on the Buzz Board action! Photo by Emilio Merritt.

Even our Fringe artists, like Amelia from In the Blue of Evening, are getting in on the Buzz Board action! Photo by Emilio Merritt.

There are many places one could go to find what is being said about Fringe shows. Of course, we very much appreciate the reviews from the Georgia Straight, Entertainment Vancouver, and Vancouver Observer, among others, but it’s great when Fringe artists get to see and hear high praise from their fans! Thanks to Thunderbolt Sign, we have Buzz Boards set up around Granville Island so that anyone can write their Fringe feedback for all to see!

Our Buzz Boards have held up perfectly despite some rainy days, which is a big testament to the quality from Thunderbolt Sign. They can create all types of signs that you could want for your event including banners, flags, and more… all using the latest technologies! Here’s a short excerpt from their website describing the service they provide:

“We are with you from the first step of branding to the end— to guarantee the dramatic impact of each exposure. So your information stands out.”

Check out Thunderbolt Sign’s amazing portfolio and be sure to hit them up the next time you’re planning an event!

Some Things to Know Before It’s Time to Go

September 16, 2016

Our website is back up and running!!!!

Thank you so much for your patience and for help spreading the word about tickets still being available. You are truly an amazing bunch! If you have any trouble you can try clearing your cache, but you should be good to go!

www.vancouverfringe.com, back and better than ever.

Where Did the Time Go???

The Fringe in its full glory!

The Fringe in its full glory! Photo by Sunny Kim.

And just like that, we only have four more days until the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival comes to a close. But that doesn’t mean that we’re going to be slowing down before we cross the finish line! We’ve still got plenty more Fringeyness lined up for you, including additional food trucks at Oceans Artwork, exceptional music on the Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Stage at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar, special events for artists and patrons, and, of course, the final Fringe shows!

Buy tickets online or at the Box Office and watch all the shows you want to see before it’s too late! You can also take a more risky approach and get to a venue within 45 minutes of a show to get tickets at the door. Either way, take in all the Fringe goodness that you can so that you will be sustained until it returns next year!

Even More Fringe Bar Madness!

Nothing but good things at the Fringe Bar. Photo by Mike Vlasman

Nothing but good things at the Fringe Bar. Photo by Mike Vlasman.

Every night of the Fringe we bring you a music festival within a theatre festival on the Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Stage at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar! This is the best and easiest way to get a taste of just how talented and diverse Vancouver’s music scene is. Our Online Music Partner, BeatRoute Magazine, knows all about our city’s music scene and Senior Editor, Maya-Roisin Slater, has put together a preview of what to expect at the Fringe Bar over the next few days:

The last edition of the Vancouver Fringe Newsletter is here to provide some important intel on the carefully curated and extraordinarily wonderful artists who will be lending their talents to this year’s Fringe Bar. Our final week’s summary is jam packed with genres, ranging from Jazz to ‘80s dance hits. With a little something in store for everyone, grab your big jazz boys and your disco dancers and even your nutty Aunt Delilah and bring them down to Granville Island. There under the twinkling lights, with a beer from Big Rock in one hand, and Aunt Delilah’s puppy painted acrylic nails scratching up the other, release your inhibitions and dance the night away!
On September 15 folk-rock singer Sky Wallace will be taking the stage. A performer whose songs are both delicate and edgy, Wallace brings a smoky and mysterious finish to an otherwise driving genre. September 16 we’re really bringing the groove in full force. The night will start off with the Rossi Gang, a group of east van jazz players adding their flavour to all the classics. Next up is Los Duendes, a latin psych fusion band that will have you cha cha-ing in ways you never thought were possible.
September 17 will bring you back to your alternative roots, as you drift away with contemporary folk musicians The Nautical Miles. With honest and personal songs The Nautical Miles are sure to strike a chord. And once you’ve had a chance to f-e-e-l on the 17, you can scoot your boot right into our last night of programming with the Apres Skii DJs on September 18. This is the Fringe Festival’s best kept secret, two staff members undercover as world class DJs. Playing ‘80s party hits all night long the Apres Skii DJs are ready to give you the grande finale you’ve been looking for. So go over your high school mixtapes and throw on some neon to celebrate the end of another great year at the Fringe Bar. We will be back next year with more amazing local talent to tell you about, so turn your email alerts on and keep your eyes peeled. Bye for now!

The before and after artwork from I Have My Own Step Mom which is currently playing at The Firehall Arts Centre!

The before and after artwork from I Have My Own Step Mom which is currently playing at The Firehall Arts Centre!

Off-Island Love

When you think “Fringe,” you may think “Granville Island,” and that’s great. However, the Fringe is all across Vancouver and you should definitely take some time to explore those off-Island venues.

The Firehall Arts Centre, a Fringe venue going back as far as the 1990s, is currently the venue for several shows including I Have My Own Steps Mom and 2 For Tea! Meanwhile, venues on and near Commercial Drive, like the Cultch (currently playing Falling Awake), theRio Theatre (the venue for Beverly Elliot’s Sink or Swim), the Portuguese Club of Vancouver(the venue for FESTA!), and Havana (currently playing The Women of Lockerbie) harken back to our days of being “Alive on the Drive.” In fact, when the Fringe was centered on Commercial Drive, our office was upstairs from Havana!

To find out more about the shows at off-Island venues, check out our Program Guide, where shows are sorted by venue.

Our lovely Director of Patron Development, Robyn Kurtz, loves the app so much she’s taking selfies with it!

Our lovely Director of Patron Development, Robyn Kurtz, loves the app so much she’s taking selfies with it!

Fringe and Theatre Wire App Ready!

Better late than never… the Fringe and Theatre Wire App is finally ready! Don’t have a program guide handy? The App can be your guide! You can look up show times, read show descriptions, and even buy your tickets through the App!

Year round, the App will also help you to stay on top of the shows that are part of the Theatre Wire subscription!

Find the App by searching for Vancouver Fringe or Theatre Wire in iTunes or Google Play (or wherever you get your apps from) and remember to turn on notifications so you can stay up to date with schedule changes!!

Photo by Clayton Wong.

And the Fringe Award Goes To…

Get ready for the annual Fringe Awards Night! Hosted by Give It Up’s Morgan Brayton, Awards Night will be continuing its tradition of rewarding the Fringe’s stand-out artists by offering them opportunities to grow as artists. Everyone is welcome and tickets are by donation! The proceeds will be given to Performing Arts Lodges (PAL), a company that provides veterans of Vancouver’s performing arts industry with affordable housing.

We will also be announcing the winners of the Public Market Pick of the Fringe at the award show! The Pick of the Fringe acts will have holdover performances from September 21 to 25 as a reward for their popularity amongst patrons and critical acclaim.

Other awards, include the Cultchivating the Fringe Award, which grants the winner a run in the Cultch’s season next year, the BC Touring Council Award, which offers mentorship and a showcase spot at Pacific Contact, the Georgia Straight Critic’s Choice Award, and, of course, the Volunteer Choice Award, will also be announced!

If you bought a raffle ticket, or entered our #FringeBrewmaster contest be sure to join us at the Fringe Awards Night because we will be announcing the winners of the raffle prizes from G Adventures, Motorino, and the Fringe—and our 2017 Fringe Brewmaster!

The show starts at 9:30 on September 18 (the last day of the Fringe) and will be held at Performance Works! Bring your donation and prepare to have loads of fun!

Cabaret: The Talent Show with Actual Talent!

The marvelous spectacle of the Cabaret!

The marvelous spectacle of the Cabaret!

So, we would love to tell all of you what is going to happen at the Cabaret, but the fact of the matter is that we have no idea. That’s because this show is being completely put together by the Fringe Artists, and all anyone can to do is show up for the world premier with no preview whatsoever.

We do, however, know a few things surrounding the event, such as the show’s title: Haldeman and Erlichman’s Cabaret of Bullshit. The other thing we can tell you is that the show will be lit completely by flashlights, and you can join in on the lighting! You can bring one from home, or flashlights will be sold by donation so that everyone in the audience can participate in the Cabaret’s wonderful spectacle.

Note: The time of the Cabaret has been changed to Saturday, September 17 at 11:00pm. Tickets will only be sold at the door.

Even More Reviews!

We know the Fringe is a whirlwind of shows and sometimes the choices are just overwhelming! Good thing there are plenty of reviews out there. Check these sources out to help you make a decision:

The Georgia Straight sends their reviewers, Colin Thomas and Kathleen Oliver, to check out the Fringe in Victoria so they can get a head start with reviewing shows that will also be in the Vancouver Fringe. They also have a handy schedule on their site! Check out their reviews, feature articles, and other Fringe news, including videos from the Georgia Straight Fringe-for-All, info on “the city’s most vibrant musical hotspot,” and 33 (and counting) capsule reviews of Festival shows!

Plank Magazine is back on board with the goal to review every single show in the Festival! Meanwhile Vancouver Presents’ reviews have started rolling in in addition to their daily feature #FringeDuJour, which featured a Fringe show per day since August 8!

And there are plenty of other reviews out there too, including Vancouver Weekly, Review Vancouver, and The Vancouver Courier‘s Jo Ledingham reviewing for the paper and adding more to her website.

And did you get Vancouver Observer’s newsletter today? It was all Fringe reviews!

Keep your eyes out for more reviews cropping up via these sources and more! And don’t forget to stop by the Buzz Boards, sponsored by Thunderbolt Sign, on Granville Island where you can write your own reviews and see what everyone else has to say about shows too!