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July 20, 2017

Fringe Binge with a Frequent Fringer Card

Watch any regular show at a discounted price with the Frequent Fringer Card! Photo by Roman Bartos.

Watch any regular show at a discounted price with the Frequent Fringer Card! Photo by Roman Bartos.

The Vancouver Fringe Festival’s Frequent Fringer Cards are finally here! If you’re a fan of the Fringe, bundle your tickets in sets of four, 10, or 30 and save up to $150! Who doesn’t want that? With a Frequent Fringer Card, you and a guest can get tickets to any regular Festival performance at a discounted bulk rate. And, 100% of sales from Frequent Fringer Card purchases go directly to Fringe Artists—so what’s holding you back?

We only have a limited number of Frequent Fringer Cards available. Buy them before they run out:

Frequent Fringer 4: Get 4 performances for $40
Frequent Fringer 10: Get 10 performances for $90
Frequent Fringer 30: Get 30 performances for $270 (the Frequent Fringer 30 includes one Membership!)

Hurry and buy your Frequent Fringer Cards now! Then, when tickets go on sale August 3, you’ll be able to book your tickets online. You’ll also be able to book tickets at the Fringe Box Office when it opens on September 5, or at the venues starting 45 minutes before show time. Just note that each person using the Frequent Fringer Card must have their own Membership and cards are non-transferable.

Will You Be the 2018 Fringe New Play Prize Winner?

Anoushka Ratnarajah rehearsing Setting Bones. Photo by Playwrights Theatre Centre.

Anoushka Ratnarajah rehearsing Setting Bones. Photo by Playwrights Theatre Centre.

Are you a BC artist producing a new play? Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC), in collaboration with the Fringe, is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Fringe New Play Prize! The artist with the winning submission will receive eight months of dramaturgy with PTC Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel, free rehearsal space, a free spot in PTC’s how-to-produce theatre seminar series, and a free and guaranteed space on the Fringe Mainstage for the 2018 Festival. With the full package valued at $5,000, the Fringe New Play Prize is a rare opportunity for artists to create new work under experienced mentorship without the financial pressure of a regular production.

Apply by October 2, 2017 to be considered. Click here to learn more.

The 2017 winners of the Fringe New Play Prize, lee william boudakian, Anoushka Ratnarajah, and Kamee Abrahamian with support from PTC Associate Dramaturg mia amir are producing Setting Bones which will be at the Revue Stage during the 2017 Vancouver Fringe. Their seven month journey to create Setting Bones has brought them from a story about family and culture to one of real life events as they face inter-generational silence and a disappearing history. As Anoushka Ratnarajah describes:

“We started writing this show with the task of creating a fictional family formed out of the shared and differing experiences of our own families and cultures. What started seven months ago has evolved into a piece of theatre that is delving into the whys and hows of the stories we hear and tell about ourselves. It is a show that sits in the silences that may never be filled, because those who carried those stories have left this earth, because the physical and emotional geographies of ‘home’ and ‘origin’ are quickly disappearing because of trauma, war and assimilation.”

Click here to read the more about the birth of Setting Bones, how far it’s developed, and their process and their inspiration.

Get Lucky at the Fringe Raffle!

Experience nine days of nonstop adventure in Costa Rica with G Adventures!

Experience nine days of nonstop adventure in Costa Rica with G Adventures!

You’re in luck! The Vancouver Fringe Festival has officially launched the 2017 Fringe Raffle! This year the Fringe is announcing the first ever Early Bird Draw. This means that when you buy a raffle ticket before 6:00pm on September 7, you’ll double your chances of winning! What prizes, you ask? How does a two-night stay at the Granville Island Hotel during the Festival sound? (It’d go great with a Frequent Fringer Card, right?) Or how about one month’s worth of prepared recipe ingredients delivered right to your door from Fresh Prep? Or a 2017 Fringe Festival Kick Ass Pass which gives you and a guest access to shows at the 2017 Festival? Think you could get down with that? Be sure to buy a ticket and it may even be the winning one! The Early Bird Draw is on September 7 at 8:30pm on Opening Night at the Fringe Bar at Ocean Art Works at 1531 Johnston Street.

Your Early Bird ticket will also be reentered into our Final Raffle! We’re raffling off a nine-day trip to Costa Rica for two from G Adventures with flights from Vancouver included, a Whistler package for two including a four-night stay at the Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa and two 60-minute massages at the Spa at Nita Lake Lodge, and a one-year membership to Float House! The draw will be on September 17 at 9:30pm on Awards Night at Performance Works at 1218 Cartwright Street. You do not have to be present to win—we will contact you if your ticket is drawn!

Tickets are $10 each or three tickets for $20. So what are you waiting for? Buy tickets now online!

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.

Reminder: Program Guide Launch Party on July 27!

Jimmy will be at our Program Guide Launch Party on July 27. Will you?

Jimmy will be at our Program Guide Launch Party on July 27. Will you?

The Vancouver Fringe Festival is just one week away from the launch of the highly anticipated 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival Program Guide! Join us on Thursday, July 27 at the Big Rock Urban Brewery and Eatery and be the first to see this year’s theme and cover art. Can you wager a guess? (We think we’ve hit the jackpot). Not to mention, this year we’re upping the ante with a Program Guide Scavenger Hunt! Starting at 7:30pm, the House will be dealing out free drinks and pizza provided by our sponsor Big Rock Urban Brewery and Eatery. We expect a full house, so we’re doubling down—come hungry! Just be sure to RSVP so we know you’ll be joining the party!

Come early and join the Vancouver Fringe Society at 6:00pm as we vote on issues important to you and the Fringe Festival and Theatre Wire. Bring yourself, your vote, and your suggestions! We’ll take it from there.

We’re Winning at the Fringe!

July 11, 2017

Today is World Fringe Day!

Happy World Fringe Day! Today the Vancouver Fringe Festival is joining Fringe Festivals around the world to celebrate 70 years of Fringe. That’s 21 Fringe Festivals in Canada, 11 Fringe Festivals in the United States, and over 200 internationally! To celebrate, we asked you to submit a video telling us what you love about the Fringe. And tell us you did! Hear what long time Fringe Artist David C. Jones has to say  about his experience with the Fringe!

You can find the rest of the videos on our Youtube Channel—where we’ll be sharing the love all day! Have a story you want to share? It’s not too late to submit your video! Just send it to design[at]vancouverfringe[dot]com or tag #WorldFringeDay and #VanFringe in your social media post and we’ll share it throughout the Festival in September!

Get Lucky at the Fringe!

Want to win a coastal getaway, a day at the spa, and unlimited access to the Vancouver Fringe Festival? The Fringe Raffle is back with double the prizes! The Vancouver Fringe Festival is excited to announce the launch of the first Early Bird Draw! If you buy a raffle ticket before September 7, 2017 at 6:00pm you can win three great prizes including a two-night stay during the Festival at the Granville Island Hotel, a gift certificate for freshly delivered groceries from Fresh Prep valued at $576, and access to as many Fringe shows as you want this year with a 2017 Fringe Festival Kick Ass Pass (we don’t even sell these passes—that’s how exclusive they are). The winner will be announced at our Opening Night celebration on September 7, 2017 at 8:30pm at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar.

You could win a Costa Rica Quest for two in the Grand Prize Draw!

You could take a swim in La Fortuna waterfall in Costa Rica if you win the Grand Prize!

Even better? Your ticket for the Early Bird Draw will be reentered to win in our Grand Prize Draw! You could win a trip for two to Costa Rica with G Adventures, a four-night stay at the Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa with two 60-minute Swedish massages at the Nita Lake Lodge, and a subscription to Float House! The Grand Prize Draw will take place at our Awards Night on September 17, 2017 at 9:30pm! You do not need to be present—we’ll be in touch if you win!

Tickets are $10 each or $20 for three and you can purchase them online now, or during the Festival at the Raffle Tent by the Fringe Box Office, at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar, and around the Festival! 100% of proceeds will go directly to the Vancouver Fringe, which means you can win incredible prizes while supporting Theatre for Everyone—it’s a win-win! For more information visit the Raffle Page on our website. Good luck!

Prizes have no equivalent cash value.

Host an Artist, Help the Fringe!

Have you ever wondered what a Fringe artist looks like in its natural habitat? Interested to find out? Sign up before August 4 to be a billet host and see for yourself!

Jimmy had a great time with his billet host in 2008. Sign up to host artists just like Jimmy!

Jimmy had a great time with his billet host in 2008. Sign up to host artists just like Jimmy! Illustration by Zuzia Juszkiewicz.

Every year, the Vancouver Fringe Festival welcomes over 500 Fringe artists who put on nearly 100 shows. About 10% of these artists are not based locally. That’s 50 artists who need a place to stay! These artists depend on your generosity as hosts. By opening up your home, you allow Fringe artists to continue sharing their craft within a safe and secure environment. And it certainly makes an impact! Fringe Artist Richard Harrington says, “Fringe volunteers and billets are some of my favourite people. I am still friends today with my Vancouver Fringe billet from 2000!” If you are interested in making a new friend, sign up to become a billet host!

When you sign up to be a billet host, we’ll match you with an artist or artists that are suitable to you and your living space. Whether your home has a guest room or a sofa bed, if it’s a loud household, or a quieter one, we’ll find the artist that works for you! And to show our appreciation, billet hosts receive either a Volunteer Rush Pass, which allows free admission into any show that isn’t sold out, or 10 Exchange Vouchers, which are good for any regular Fringe performance in the 2017 Festival. Those are 10 good reasons to sign up!

If this isn’t an option for you, we’re still recruiting volunteers! Check out all the great positions, and then sign up, or if you are a returning volunteer, update your profile. We’ll email you when shifts are available.

The Vancouver Fringe Festival thanks ShearComfort for their support of our Volunteer Program!

You’re Invited to the Program Guide Launch Party & AGM!

Get ready to rock at our Program Guide Launch Party! Photo by Alex Sirbu.

Get ready to rock at our Program Guide Launch Party! Photo by Alex Sirbu.

Join us in celebrating the launch of the 2017 Program Guide with beer, pizza, and games of chance, including the Program Guide Scavenger Hunt on Thursday, July 27. The Party starts at 7:30pm at the Big Rock Urban Brewery and Eatery!

We’ll be revealing this year’s theme and cover art. Hint: It’s been created by April Caverhill whose impressive bold lines and colours resulted in a Royal Flush! We’re taking our chances that everyone loves it! We think it’s a sure bet. Don’t forget to RSVP to attend the party!

We’re also holding our Annual General Meeting starting at 6:00pm, just before the Program Guide Launch Party. If you bought and activated a Membership at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival, you are a Member and eligible to vote in the AGM! If you didn’t, but still want to participate, you may purchase a Membership at the AGM. Please note that these Memberships are for 2016 and a new, 2017 Membership will be required to attend shows at the 2017 Festival.

If you can’t attend on July 27, keep a look out at Blenz Coffee locations as well as other Fringe-friendly businesses. Distribution will begin shortly after the Party!

The Fringe at the Jessie Awards!

The 35th Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards were held on Monday, June 26—and both the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Theatre Wire were in attendance—in fact, Theatre Wire sponsors the Award for Outstanding Production in the Small Theatre Category!

The 2015 Fringe show The Fighting Season by Bleeding Heart Theatre was nominated for four Jessie Awards, with Kyle Jespersen taking home the award for Outstanding Performance. Fringe alumni, Rohit Chokhani (Mrs. Singh and Me) won the award for Outstanding Work in Expanding the Diversification of Vancouver Theatre through Excellence in Festival Programming (for Diwali Fest)—and he’ll be directing Anosh Irani’s Bombay Black in the upcoming Fringe!

Theatre Wire was also well represented this year at the Jessie Awards with Green Lake by Solo Collective Theatre. Alexandra Lainfiesta took home the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role and Rachel Peake took home the award for Outstanding Direction in the Small Theatre category.

L: Jared Raschke, Randi Edmundson, and Jess Amy Shead, R: Raes Calvert, Angie Descalzi, and Sean Harris Oliver at the Jessie Awards. Photo by Artslandia.

L: Jared Raschke, Randi Edmundson, and Jess Amy Shead, R: Raes Calvert, Angie Descalzi, and Sean Harris Oliver at the Jessie Awards. Photo by Artslandia.

The Vancouver Fringe Festival is also proud to say that two members of the Fringe Team were also recipients of Jessie Awards! Artist Services Coordinator Jess Amy Shead won the Jessie Award for Outstanding Performance: Theatre for Young Audiences with her costar Randi Edmundson for her incredible work in Freddie in the Neighbourhood by the Little Onion Puppet Company. And Audience Services and Volunteer Department Manager Angie Descalzi was awarded the Mary Phillips Prize for Behind-the-Scenes Achievement! Congratulations to both Fringe Family members for their much deserved awards!

You can find out more about the Jessies and all the shows and artists who were nominated and won on the Jessies’ website.