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Get Lucky at the Fringe! Tickets Now on Sale

August 3, 2017

Get ready for the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival Line Up! Photo by My City Photos.

Just some of the shows that are part of the 2017 Fringe. From left to right, top to bottom: HabitatsChris & TravisBushel and PeckStupid Cupid; Gold, Guns & Greed; 7 Ways to Die, a love story; An Arrangement of Shoes; Let Me Freeze Your Head; and Distractingly Sexy.

Tickets Now on Sale!

Yes, you heard us right, tickets are on sale! Now, you can go to our website and buy tickets to the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival for just $14. Or buy tickets for a half-price show and get it for—that’s right—half price!

For the dedicated Fringe fans—we know you’re out there—buy a Frequent Fringer Card and buy four, 10, or 30 performances at a discounted price! But Frequent Fringers are limited, so buy them before we sell out!

Don’t forget, everyone needs a Membership to attend shows at the Festival. You can purchase one in advance online or at the venues.

So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets today!

Looking back at the AGM and Program Guide Launch Party

If you missed the Program Guide Launch Party on July 27 we’re here to fill you in.

A first look at the Program Guide! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

A first look at the Program Guide! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Before the party started, we held our AGM, and here it is in five seconds:

The Big Rock Brewerey Fringe Bar will now open at 1:00pm on weekends and at 6:00pm on weekdays thanks to a grant from Creative BC.

Youth, education, and diversity will also receive support thanks to the Vancouver Fringe’s largest ever corporate grant from TD Bank Group. And the Fringe will be undergoing a Diversity Audit by ShapeShift Arts!

The Vancouver Fringe Festival also welcomed two new members, Aaron Pinto and Katia Tynan to the Vancouver Fringe Festival Board. You might recognize Aaron as the impeccably dressed Venue Captain from the 2016 Fringe. But did you know that he is also a Spirit of the Fringe Award winner? And Katia Tynan? She’s been with us since 2011! First as a Volunteer Team Leader in 2011, then as the Volunteer Coordinator in 2012 and 2013, and then again in Dispatch in 2014 and 2015! Welcome back to the Fringe Family Aaron and Katia!

After the AGM, the Fringe dove straight into the Program Guide Launch Party! (Queue the excitement.) Big Rock Urban Eatery and Brewery provided the venue, beer, and pizza. Krystle Dos Santos provided live music. And the rest was provided by David, Jimmy, and the Fringe Family! Add in the surprise guest performance by The Birdmann and it was quite the part-ay! At the end of the night, the Fringe wrapped up with the famous Program Guide Scavenger Hunt which had guests searching for the “Bear Naked baby” and the “Intellectual Fruit”—see if you can find them! In the end, there was a three-way tie between Jelena, Katia, and Riaan who all went home with prizes from Big Rock and the Vancouver Fringe Festival!

You can get your own copy of the Program Guide at Blenz Coffee locations and other Fringe friendly businesses. Or you can download your own copy of the Program Guide! For more photos from the Program Guide Launch Party visit our Facebook page! Thank you to everyone who came out!

Get to Know the 2017 Program Guide

After weeks of waiting, the Vancouver Fringe Festival finally unveiled the 2017 Program Guide—slowly over Instagram and then all at once at the Party! This year’s tagline is “Get Lucky at the Fringe” with a gambling inspired theme meant to encourage you to take a chance on shows at the Festival.

April Caverhill with the original art and the Program Guide!

April Caverhill with the original art and the Program Guide!

And the beautiful “Get Lucky” cover art? We have Ontario born and Victoria settled April Caverhill to thank for that! April runs her own illustration business, Pigs Have Wings, all while finishing up an illustrated travel journal, creating art for coffee coasters as a protest against the Kinder Morgan pipeline, and getting involved with some of the arts festivals in Victoria!

“Although I’m an illustrator, what I really am is a storyteller who’s too shy to get up and speak in front of a roomful of people,” April says, explaining why she paints. “Painting pictures allows me to speak though my art.”

She designed the cover over the course of several weeks despite colour choices, changes, text glitches, and late nights. The cover you now know as “Get Lucky at the Fringe” emerged from a simple pencil drawing! She hopes—and so do we—“that people are so overwhelmed with enthusiasm when they see the poster art that they’re inspired to purchase copious numbers of tickets.”

In future, you can find April working with more artist residencies in remote and fascinating places with creative and interesting people. Visit her website to learn more or pick up your own hardcopy of the Program Guide at a Blenz Coffee location and other Fringe friendly businesses near you. Thank you April!

Making the Fringe More Diverse

The cast of hoof at the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Photo by Clayton Wong.

The diverse cast of hoof at the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Photo by Clayton Wong.

The Fringe strives to be an open environment. Shows are selected by lottery or on a first come, first served basis, content is uncensored, and the history of the Fringe is to welcome people who aren’t part of the theatre establishment. But that doesn’t mean that the Fringe is as inclusive or diverse as it strives be. But why?

The Fringe has partnered with ShapeShift Arts to conduct a diversity audit as a first step towards addressing diversity in the Fringe.

The team at ShapeShift Arts has been collaborating since 2013 and officially launched in 2016. “Through ShapeShift Arts we create and produce interdisciplinary art, workshops, and offer consulting services,” lee williams boudakian, ShapeShift’s Creator explains. “The name ShapeShift comes from a love of science fiction and a recognition that future-building includes acts of science fiction and suspension of disbelief in the now. To us, ShapeShifters are creators and changemakers who confront the many parts of self and community that must be faced in order to create/enact/accomplish radical change.”

The team for the audit includes lee williams boudakian, Anoushka Ratnarajah and Gavin Kade Somers. They’ve been busy interviewing Fringe staff and board members as part of the audit process and will be leading focus groups and an artists’ forum with performing artists to identify barriers for participation and collect feedback about the needs/desires of artists for future participation.

Gavin Kade Somers speaking for Shapeshift Arts at the Fringe AGM! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Gavin Kade Somers speaking for Shapeshift Arts at the Fringe AGM! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Are you, or do you know someone who has never been a Fringe artist who would like to participate in a focus group? Focus groups will take place on August 28, September 1, and September 2. Click here to read more about participating and to sign up. 

There will also be an Artists Forum during this year’s Fringe. The Forum is for artists/producers who have participated in the Fringe Festival. This includes artists/producers from past years and artists/producers in this year’s Festival. We’ll be sharing more information on how to participate in an upcoming Fringe newsletter, so stay tuned!

All this work will lead to strategic planning sessions to identify next steps and visions for how to implement change.

We’re also happy to announce that TD Bank Group has partnered with the Fringe on the Diversity and Inclusion Program! TD has a long history of supporting art, diversity, and mentorship. This partnership made sense as both organizations have a common goal: to activate the cultural harmony within the Metro Vancouver community. TD’s contribution will help us sustain the Diversity Program for the next two years!

As the Fringe works towards greater inclusivity and diversity we aim to be a leader in the arts sector. lee from ShapeShift probably put it best. When asked what ShapeShift Arts’ goal was in working with the Fringe, they said, “our goals in this work are many, but one is to create a model for doing this work that is applicable for many arts organizations seeking to centre equity and justice in the arts.”

Want to Fringe a Lot?

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.