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Fringe Tickets & Guides Now Available!

August 7, 2019

Festival Tickets Now on Sale!

A scene from the Fringe Box Office. Staff selling tickets, and patrons buying them. Aaron, dressed in a suit behind a woman, makes a face to the sky. Standing beside him is Paige, who is also making a face to the camera. Caption: Avoid line-ups by buying your tickets now! Photo by Mark Freeman.

Avoid line-ups by buying your tickets now! Photo by Mark Freeman.

Ready to indulge in some theatrically delicious Fringe shows? Tickets are now on sale! Visit our website and buy tickets to the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival shows for just $15. And if you’re looking to save some cash, don’t worry: select performances are available for half-price!

Can’t get enough Fringe? Buy a Frequent Fringer Card, good for four, 10, or 30 performances at a discounted price! But Frequent Fringer Cards are limited and always sell out, so make sure to get yours now.

Don’t forget, everyone needs a Membership to attend shows at the Festival. These are $7 and are available to purchase in advance online or at the venues. Memberships help cover the cost of the Festival, since Artists keep 100% of the base ticket price!

Find more ticket information here, then get your tickets! And when you do, make sure to read our Code of Conduct, a community pledge for all participants in the Fringe to ensure the Festival is a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for all. See you in September!

Program Guide Launch Party and AGM Recap

A collage of four photos. Clockwise from top left: three people lined up, and each of them is covering their eyes, their mouth, and their ears. Top right: a woman doing a split. Bottom photo: everyone involved in the Fringe--staff, volunteers, and artists--hold up their Program Guides. Second from top left: The Fringe's Board President, Executive Director, and Treasurer cheer. the Auditor is right beside them. Caption: Everyone had a Theatrically Delicious time at the Fringe's AGM and Program Guide Launch Party! Photos by Neil Bryan, Pierre Charlebois, and Bruce McPherson.

Everyone had a Theatrically Delicious time at the Fringe’s AGM and Program Guide Launch Party! Photos by Neil Bryan, Pierre Charlebois, and Bruce McPherson.

If you missed the Program Guide Launch Party on July 25, don’t worry—we’ll fill you in on what went down that evening at CBC Studio 700. The Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society also had its Annual General Meeting before launching into party mode, and here’s everything you need to know from that night.

Fringe Executive Director Laura Efron led everyone into full party gear! She invited Communications Director Debby Reis and Graphic Designer Courtney McLachlin to the stage to speak about the theme this year: “It’s Theatrically Delicious!2019 Program Guide cover artist Chris Ross aka Christache (who also created the 2018 cover) couldn’t join us that night, but shared some of his process on his Instagram page!

Once Program Guides were handed out, Fringers in attendance played a game of Stationary Scavenger Hunt while enjoying some snacks from Dockside Restaurant and refreshments from Georgian Bay Spirits Co.!

Afterwards, Director of Sponsorship and Development Chelsey Stuyt hosted a familiar treat for Fringers: a bite-sized Fringe-for-All exclusively for the party! Publius Productions opened the show with a scene from their show Pieces of Eight, followed by a set from Rape is Real and Everywhere’s Jane Stanton. The Great Canadian Porno: The Musical then took to the stage with a rousing musical number, followed by a scene from Legoland, which is part of this year’s Dramatic Works Series. Kat Single-Dain closed the show with her show Gloria’s Happy Hour, ending the night with a cartwheel and a split that surprised audiences!

Pick up your own Program Guide at select Blenz Coffee locations or at other Fringe-friendly business today! Visit the Program Guide page on the Fringe website for a downloadable version or check out the Google Map with all points of distribution marked so you can find a Guide close to you!

At the AGM, which preceded the Launch Party, Executive Director Laura Efron reported on the success of the 2018 Festival, highlighting the over 18% increase in artist payouts and the increase in show attendance. She also acknowledged Kathy Costello’s many years of hard work at the Fringe as the Finance Manager before retiring earlier this year.

Laura spoke about the Fringe’s ongoing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) work and introduced Siobhan Barker, the Fringe’s EDI Director. She also announced a new award for the 2019 Festival—the TD Fringe Forward Award. Presented in partnership with Neworld Theatre and sponsored by TD Bank Group, this prize recognizes a production that centres the work of Artists from historically marginalized communities. You can read more about this Award on the Fringe website.

The Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society thanked Aaron Pinto and Andrew Westman for their work as Board Secretary and Past President, respectively, as they step down from their roles. They also welcomed new board members Lee-Lynn Gan, Kuan Foo, and Robyn Kurtz. You may remember Kuan for writing the Public Market Pick of the Fringe winning-show, SELF-ish, and Robyn for being previously involved in the Fringe in different capacities for many years—as a volunteer, as a Board Member, and as the Director of Patron Development!

 

A $35,000 Birthday Present

A woman stands right by the window, singing and playing her guitar, while a small group of audiences watch. Caption: Donate to the Fringe's 35 for 35 campaign and you'll be invited to a donor-exclusive party featuring a private performance by a Fringe Artist! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Donate to the Fringe’s 35 for 35 campaign and you’ll be invited to a donor-exclusive party featuring a private performance by a Fringe Artist! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

The Fringe’s 35th birthday is coming up fast (less than a month, to be exact)—and we’re making merry by raising $35,000. And we’re almost halfway there! Help the Fringe reach this goal by donating today!

If you donate $25 by September 1, you’ll get the added perk of getting an invite to an exclusive Donor Event on Opening Night on September 4. This pre-Fringe-for-All party treats you to food, drinks, a private performance by a Fringe Artist, and an opportunity meet other Fringe lovers like you!

The Fringe does not earn money from selling show tickets—100% of the base ticket price goes directly to the Artists, and the one-time $7 Membership only covers 5.5% of the Fringe’s expenses. This means that it’s thanks to donations from awesome people like you that the Festival keeps going year after year!

Donate today to help the Fringe achieve its goal by October 1! As a token of gratitude, you’ll get an invite to a donor-exclusive party in November featuring food from Dockside Restaurant, drinks by Georgian Bay Spirits Co., and a one-of-a-kind performance by Fringe Artists just for donors!

Dispatch from Fringe New Play Prize Winning show, Mx

Two women are sitting on the floor with their laptops. They are looking at the camera, smiling. Caption: Lili Robinson is very busy preparing for Mx's premiere at the Fringe this September! Here she is with PTC's project dramaturg, Joanna Garfinkel.

Lili Robinson is very busy preparing for Mx‘s premiere at the Fringe this September! Here she is with PTC’s project dramaturg, Joanna Garfinkel.

The Fringe New Play Prize (FNPP), a partnership between the Fringe and Playwrights Theatre Centre, awards an emerging playwright a guaranteed spot on the Fringe Mainstage, dramaturgical support, and more. This year’s winner is Mx, created and written by Lili Robinson. In this latest Dispatch, Lili chats with dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel about the process of developing her show.

JG: What led you to apply to the FNPP?
LR: I was very interested in working with a dramaturg on a multidisciplinary show like this one and seeing how that process would take shape. The whole package of the FNPP also just seemed like an amazing springboard from which to dive into writing and performing my own work.

JG: How has it been different from working independently, or with peer writing partners?
LR: Compared to working totally independently, it has been really good to know that someone else has the show in their head and is keeping an eye on not only the sense and integrity of the writing itself, but the myriad little things to keep on top of, knowing that this is a self-produced show we’ll be doing at a Fringe Festival.

Knowing that I can write whatever wacky idea comes into my head and there is someone else, with a lot of experience in this stuff, looking out for the overall cohesion of the piece is a huge comfort, especially for a play as jam-packed as this one. Having a dramaturg allows me to be able to work towards the very specific, very personal vision of this piece while still having the gift of a collaborator working with me to figure out the best execution of it.

Click here to learn more about Lili’s thoughts on “writing” clown for the page, navigating heavy personal experiences in her work, bringing in Donna-Michelle Saint Bernard to direct Mx, and what learnings she’ll take going in to her next play. And visit PTC’s website to learn more about applying for the 2020 Fringe New Play Prize!

PrintPrint Loves Artists

Four volunteers hold up their Rush Passes to the camera. Caption: Those flyers? PrintPrint. Those posters? PrintPrint. These super-cute Rush Passes the volunteers are holding up? Why, they're also from PrintPrint! Photo by Nandia Syabrina

Those flyers? PrintPrint. Those posters? PrintPrint. These super-cute Rush Passes the volunteers are holding up? Why, they’re also from PrintPrint! Photo by Nandia Syabrina.

Fringe Artists lead action-packed lives during the Festival. On top of performing anywhere from six to 10 times in 11 days, they also promote their show any way they can: by giving interviews, plugging their show everywhere, and by flyering Festival lineups. And if you’ve ever stood in line waiting to get into a Fringe show, you’ve probably gotten a flyer from one or more of them!

No one understands this fast-paced lifestyle better than PrintPrint. Serving all corners of the Vancouver area for nearly two decades, their tightly-packed shop churns out most orders inside a 24 to 48-hour timeframe—perfect for the Fringe’s lightning pace.

PrintPrint is locally-owned, progressive, caring, and they love supporting the arts community—from musicians, to illustrators, to everything in between. With the Fringe also sharing these values, it’s no surprise that we’ve partnered with them for many years to produce flyers, posters, and passes for the shows and the Festival!

So for your next project, make sure to publish it with PrintPrint and find out why people call them “the little shop that could!” Check out what some of their customers say about them on their Yelp, Facebook, and Google Reviews page.

Frequent Party Unicorns

July 18, 2019

Fringe a Lot With the Frequent Fringer Card

Two men stand in front of the Fringe schedule, pointing at shows. Caption: Make Fringing easier with the Frequent Fringer Card! Photo by Nandia Syabrina.

Make Fringing easier with the Frequent Fringer Card! Photo by Nandia Syabrina.

Want to Fringe a lot AND do it at a discounted bulk rate? You can with a Frequent Fringer Card! Select the four, 10, or 30, and see four, 10, or 30 performances on your own, or two, five, or 15 with a friend. Plus, Artists receive 100% of the proceeds from Frequent Fringer Card purchases—and you get to save up to $180!

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

There are a limited number of Frequent Fringer Cards available, so buy yours before they run out! Use your Frequent Fringer Card when you buy your tickets online (starting August 7), at the Fringe Box Office (opens September 3), or even at the door! Frequent Fringer Cards are non-transferable and you and your guest must present their own Membership at the venue. Memberships will be available August 7 online or at the door and must be purchased separately. And when you purchase tickets, make sure to read through our Code of Conduct, which is our pledge to make the Fringe a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for everyone in the community.

You’re Invited to the AGM and Program Guide Launch Party

Many people are on the stage, some of standing, some sitting. Most of them have a Program Guide open in their hands, looking at it in amazement. Jimmy, the Fringe's mascot/puppet, stands in the middle, looking happy. Caption: Get a first glimpse of the 2019 Program Guide at the launch party on July 25! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Get a first glimpse of the 2019 Program Guide at the launch party on July 25! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Get a taste of what’s coming to the 2019 Festival at our Program Guide Launch Party on Thursday, July 25 at CBC Studio 700! Fringe your heart out as we reveal this year’s theme and cover art starting at 7:30pm (doors at 7:00pm), while you fill up on snacks and refreshments generously provided by Dockside Restaurant and Georgian Bay Spirits Co.!

If you want to plan your Fringe early, then you don’t want to miss out on the Party. We’ll be hosting a mini-Fringe-for-All featuring five shows from the 2019 Festival! Get your pencils ready as these Artists entice you to attend their show in two minutes or less.

If you activated a Membership during the 2018 Festival (which means you dropped it off in a Membership Box or at the Box Office) you can save your seat for the Party later by attending the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society’s (VFTS) Annual General Meeting, which starts at 6:00pm! You can e-mail our Box Office Manager to verify your Fringe Membership.

No RSVP necessary—just show up, vote (if you’re a VFTS member), and have fun!

Party With Phillips (Again)

Four volunteers, all of them wearing a Fringe volunteer t-shirt, stand in front of the Phillips sign at the Fringe Bar. They hold up four cans of beer altogether: the two on the left raise an Electric Unicorn, and the other two are holdings cans of Blue Buck.Get ready to enjoy some Electric Unicorns and Blue Bucks at the Phillips Fringe Bar again! Photo by Al Ricard.

Get ready to enjoy some Electric Unicorns and Blue Bucks at the Phillips Fringe Bar again! Photo by Al Ricard.

Do you miss the refreshing drinks, music, and conversations you had at the Phillips Fringe Bar last year? You’re in luck: Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. is back to partner with the Fringe for another year! Throughout the Festival, they help convert Ocean Art Works into the place to be during the Fringe, featuring some of the Vancouver music scene’s best every night.

While we wait for the Fringe to begin in September, you’re invited to Phillips’ Backyard Weekender, July 26-28! Enjoy this weekend festival with a pint of Oro Blanco or Rose Coloured Glasses and watch the Phillips Brewery parking lot transform into Victoria’s hottest homegrown summer party! This year’s lineup includes The Mariachi Ghost, Haviah Mighty, and Art d’Ecco, who graced the Fringe Bar stage in 2017!

Get your tickets here, and don’t miss out on an amazing weekend with Phillips!

Get Your Theatre Fix All Year Long!

A collage of the show images for the three Pick Plus shows. Top left is Flute Loops: the artist stands in the centre, looking up to her left. She wears a candy necklace, with an atomic particle as a backdrop. Top right is The Ballad of Frank Allen. A man with a very long beard is in the background, taking up most of the image's space. He looks directly in front. Below him is a man looking up to the right, rendered smaller, holding a light that's pointed upwards. Bottom photo is of Rocko and Nakota: Tales from the Land. The artist stands centre frame, looking expressively at the camera. He holds his hands up close to the front of the frame. Caption: Pick Plus shows are part of the Theatre Wire Package! Catch (clockwise from top left) Flute Loops, The Ballad of Frank Allen, and Rocko and Nakota: Tales from the Land right after the 2019 Festival.

Pick Plus shows are part of the Theatre Wire Package! Catch (clockwise from top left) Flute Loops, The Ballad of Frank Allen, and Rocko and Nakota: Tales from the Land right after the 2019 Festival.

Sometimes, 11 days of Fringe theatre in September just isn’t enough. Thanks to Theatre Wire, which brings you the best of Vancouver’s independent theatre year-round, you can extend your Fringe fix until way after the Festival! The 2019/2020 Season’s shows have been announced! And if you buy your tickets now, you can save up to 40% thanks to Early Bird pricing!

With 12 shows to choose from, it’s easy to build your own Theatre Wire Package, save money, AND support independent theatre in your community. To start creating your Package, make sure to choose shows with a pink ticket in their image. Buy your tickets before September 4 and you can get a 30% discount for a 3-5 Show Package, and a 40% discount if you pick six or more shows in the season. After September 5, Package discounts will drop to 20% and 30%, respectively.

Theatre Wire’s 2019/2020 shows include Naked Goddess ProductionsDancing Lessons, Rohit Chokhani’s Bombay Black, Aenigma Theatre’s Turn of the Screw, TJ Dawe’s Roller Coaster, Paul Strickland PresentsAin’t True & Uncle False, Cookies ‘n Cream Collective’s Consensual, and finally, the return of Monster Theatre’s Theatre Under the Gun!

But that’s not all: you can also add Pick Plus shows! These are past Fringe hits handpicked for your enjoyment! This year’s Pick Plus shows are Rocko and Nakota: Tales from the Land, Flute Loops, and The Ballad of Frank Allen.

Go to Theatre Wire’s website now to read all the show descriptions, purchase your tickets, and start building your Package today! The discount will automatically come into effect once you add three or more shows to your basket. And make sure to check TheatreWire.com regularly in case more shows are added!

Inside Scoop on Mx

The 2019 winner of the Fringe New Play Prize is Mx, a boundary-pushing and bouffon-inspired show that explores what it means to be mixed-race and Black in today’s world. Awarded in partnership with Playwrights Theatre Centre, the winner is given a guaranteed Fringe Mainstage spot, provided with eight months of dramaturgy, and free creation and rehearsal space. In this video chat between playwright and creator Lili Robinson and producer Shanae Sodhi, they talk about what inspired her to create Mx, the significance of telling this story today, and why it was important to have Donna-Michelle St. Bernard on board as the show’s director.

If Mx inspires you to create your own Fringe show, PTC is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Fringe New Play Prize! This award supports emerging artists by providing a guaranteed spot in the 2020 Fringe, eight months of dramaturgy with PTC Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel, and more. Go to the PTC website for full details on this award and submit your application no later than October 4, 2019. Good luck, and we hope to see you at the 2020 Festival!

Introducing the Fringe’s VTLs and Junior Designer

The Volunteer Team Leaders--Janice, Henry, Michelle, and John--are sitting down in front of their computers, temporarily stopped. They look at the camera and smile. Caption: The Fringe VTLs hard at work! Clockwise, from left: Janice Denovan, Henry Wu, Michelle Li, and John Sullivan.

The Fringe VTLs hard at work! Clockwise, from left: Janice Denovan, Henry Wu, Michelle Li, and John Sullivan.

As Fringe staff shift into high gear in preparation for the Festival, we’d like you to say hi to some amazing volunteers who are helping… a lot: Volunteer Team Leaders John Sullivan, Janice Denovan, Michelle Li, and Henry Wu, and Junior Designer Sarah McNeil! Volunteer Team Leaders help recruit, schedule, train, and supervise over 500 volunteers for the Festival, while the Junior Designer designs and produces marketing collateral and assists with the Fringe’s marketing initiatives.

If you’ve volunteered for the Fringe in the past few years, then you’ve probably met John Sullivan! He first started as a Rescue Ranger (the first year the position was created, no less!), then joined the next year as a Crew Chief, before becoming a Volunteer Team Leader that many volunteers have come to know! He’s excited to see the shows this year, especially Ruby Slippers Theatre’s Advance Theatre. He adds, “Also looking forward to working with the other volunteers, both new and experienced. It’s quite a privilege to work with so many caring people.”

Janice Denovan is another volunteer you may have met at previous Fringes, including back in the Fringe’s Mount Pleasant days! As for her favourite Fringe show, she says, “The best Fringe production I ever saw was an adaptation of Orwell’s Animal Farm by a Russian cast.” We’re excited to have her join us for the first time as a Volunteer Team Leader!

Jimmy, the Fringe's official mascot/puppet, puts one arm around Sarah, who is crouched down. She smiles to the camera. Caption: Jimmy's very excited to meet Sarah McNeil, this year's Junior Designer!

Jimmy’s very excited to meet Sarah McNeil, this year’s Junior Designer!

Another VTL you’ll be getting to know is Henry Wu, who’ll be Fringing with us for the first time! He’s excited to meet all the volunteers and see a lot of shows. Outside of the Fringe office, you can catch him as a producing intern for Chimerik 似不像, a local non-profit multidisciplinary collective that utilizes performance, art, and technology to make the world a better place! Come say hi to him in their next show, Crossing Mountains & Seas (穿越山海经), happening on July 20 at the Vancouver Playhouse!

Also Fringing with us for the first time is Michelle Li! Aside from being an aspiring filmmaker and photographer, did you know that this VTL played tennis throughout high school, competing in national championships and international tournaments? As for what she’s looking forward to at the Festival, Michelle says: “Besides the theatre, which I am always excited about, […] I am looking forward to working closely with my group of volunteers and seeing the staff’s hard pre-Festival work finally pay off!”

Lastly, make sure to give a warm welcome to Junior Designer Sarah McNeil, who is new to Vancouver AND the Fringe! She says, “I’m excited to see all the new and original work put on during the Festival, and to get to know Vancouver’s theatre community. Also, the Fringe Bar and Cabaret!” When she’s not in the Fringe office, she works as a freelance graphic designer and photographer who mainly shoots weddings. If you or someone you know lives in London, Ontario, make sure to check out her show art campaigns for Allswell Productions.

Sign up to join the volunteer team today! You’ll be guaranteed an amazing experience at the Fringe with the help of our incredible Volunteer Team Leaders and Junior Designer!