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Nominate the Fringe

June 11, 2019

Turn One Dollar into $10,000!

Description: Eight people, seven of them wearing hats and Fringe volunteer t-shirts, lean in to the camera, smiling. At the top left is white text that says, "Help Us Win $10,000!" The photo has the Vancouver Fringe's logo on the bottom left, and The Great Canadian Giving Challenge's logo on the bottom right. Caption: What could the Fringe do with $10,000? For one, we will amplify our Volunteer Program, which supports the 500 or so volunteers that support the Festival every year! Photo by Al Ricard.

What could the Fringe do with $10,000? For one, we will amplify our Volunteer Program, which supports the 500 or so volunteers that support the Festival every year! Photo by Al Ricard.

As you may know, we’re currently running the 35 for 35 fundraising campaign to celebrate the Fringe’s 35th anniversary by raising $35,000 by the end of the Festival. But did you know that you can boost your donations through The Great Canadian Giving Challenge? And the best part is, with your help, we can win $10,000!

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is a month-long national contest benefiting registered Canadian charities. And yes, the Fringe IS a charity! The Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society supports emerging artists by creating a Festival where they can experiment with new works and produce their own shows; fosters community among 500 or so volunteers; and works to further the vision of “Theatre for Everyone” by working towards making the Festival more accessible and inclusive to audiences from marginalized communities.

For as little as $3, you can donate through our page on GivingChallenge or CanadaHelps between now and 11:59:59pm on June 30, 2019. Each dollar you donate automatically enters the Fringe into a draw to win $10,000 courtesy of GIV3 Foundation. Every dollar counts, so donate now!

Join the Fringe Team!

Description: A man looking at the camera, smiling. He is holding a clipboard with Fringe raffle tickets on one hand, and a sheet that shows the Raffle prizes in another. Caption: Our Raffle Coordinator gets to dress up every day! Photo by Al Ricard.

Our Raffle Coordinator gets to dress up every day! Photo by Al Ricard.

The Fringe may be a few months away, but that doesn’t mean we’re not already busy in the office. In fact, we’re looking for more people to help run the Festival! Kick off your Fringe experience by applying to be our Box Office Manager, Raffle Coordinator, Distribution Coordinator, or as one of our Volunteer Team Leaders, or share these job postings with people you think would be a great fit!

The Box Office Manager is a full-time, seasonal opportunity that runs July 2 to September 23! Reporting to the Managing Director, they’re responsible for planning and implementing all aspects of the Fringe Box Office. Check out the job posting here, and make sure to get your application in by Wednesday, June 12!

We’re also looking for a Raffle Coordinator and a Distribution Coordinator, which are contract positions that are mostly self-led. The Raffle Coordinator coordinates the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival Raffle, while the Distribution Coordinator coordinates, delivers, and maintains all Program Guide distribution points, including inventory, volunteer coordination, and post-Festival strike. Click on the links to see the full job description for Raffle Coordinator and Distribution Coordinator, and apply by June 16!

And finally, we’re looking for Volunteer Team Leaders! These high-level volunteers assist with recruiting, scheduling, training, and supervising over 500 Festival volunteers—all of whom come from all ages, cultures, and backgrounds! Take a look at the full description here, and apply with your resume and cover letter by June 21!

Fringers Nominated for Jessie Awards

Image description: a collage of three photos with four women in it. Clockwise from top left: a headshot of a woman looking at the camera, smiling. Right: two women stand in front of a microphone stand. The woman on the left strums a guitar and seems to be singing into the microphone. Just behind her is the other woman, her arms down to her sides. Bottom left: a headshot of a woman, her face to the right of the frame, looking at the camera, smiling. Caption: Congratulations to all the Jessie Awards nominees, especially to these Fringe alumni! Clockwise from top left: Therese Champagne (Precious Little), Sara Vickruck and Anais West (Poly Queer Love Ballad), and Genevieve Fleming (2018 Dramatic Works mentor).

Congratulations to all the Jessie Awards nominees, especially to these Fringe alumni! Clockwise from top left: Thérèse Champagne (Precious Little), Sara Vickruck and Anais West (Poly Queer Love Ballad), and Genevieve Fleming (2018 Dramatic Works mentor).

Now in its 37th year, the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards “celebrates and honours the outstanding achievements of the Vancouver Professional Theatre community.” The awards are named after Jessie Richardson, who bolstered Vancouver’s theatre landscape through her work as an actor, director, and patron of the arts. This year’s nominations were announced on June 3 at the BMO Theatre Centre, and a total of 50 theatrical productions are in the running for the Awards!

As usual, there are some familiar Fringe names among the nominees, including 2018 Dramatic Works mentor Genevieve Fleming, who was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role for Wet, which was part of Theatre Wire’s 2017-18 season! Thérèse Champagne was also nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in Precious Little, which was part of the Dramatic Works series in the 2018 Fringe!

Sara Vickruck and Anais West from the 2018 Fringe show Poly Queer Love Ballad were nominated for Outstanding Musical Production and Outstanding Original Script! Poly Queer Love Ballad took home multiple Fringe awards last year including the Volunteer Choice Award, the Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award, and the Public Market Pick of the Fringe.

Affair of Honor’s Soul Samurai, which was part of the 2017 Fringe, was nominated in the Significant Artistic Achievement Award category for outstanding fusion of kinetic dance and martial arts fight choreography. And The Ones We Leave Behind, which was part of our Advance Theatre series in 2018, was also nominated for a couple of Jessies, including Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, and Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition for their run at The Cultch.

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated! To see the full list of shows and artists nominated, visit the Jessie Awards’ website. And don’t forget to buy your tickets to their Awards Ceremony, which takes place on July 15 at the BMO Mainstage in Vanier Park!

The Theatre Scene

Just a taste of what Vancouver has to offer in the way of Theatre!

The Crystalline Cabaret’s Summer Soirée
June 21
Havana Theatre
If you enjoyed The Crystalline Cabaret Presents: House Nocturnae at the 2018 Fringe, then you’ll love their latest offering, Summer Soirée! Featuring some of Vancouver’s favourite variety performers, this celebration of the summer solstice is a shimmery extravaganza that mixes old variety special with live theatrical oomph and originality.

Jesse: an ASL Opera
June 24
Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre
Exploring one man’s journey of self-discovery as he navigates Deaf culture, queerness, and the rhythms of being human, Jesse: an ASL Opera is a workshop reading by Landon Krentz, Heather Molloy, and Paula Weber. This work resulted from a two-week experimental process that gathered Deaf and Hearing artists to explore how poetry, music, English, and ASL intersect.

Description: a collage of three photos. On the left: two women, their backs to each other, smiling. The woman on the left is holding a microphone. They're both tied together by a green rope. Center photo: a woman looking directly at the camera. Right: a woman, sitting on a blue chair, looks at the camera, smiling. Caption: Make sure to catch SHIFT Festival this July, and see what some of our Fringe alumni have been working on!

Make sure to catch SHIFT Festival this July, and see what some of our Fringe alumni have been working on!

SHIFT Festival 12
July 11-13
ANNEX
SHIFT Festival’s 12th year features fierce truth-telling with three short, sharp, and original works! Featuring shows created and performed by Tai Amy Grauman, Kelsey Kanatan Wavey, and Claire Love Wilson with Sara Vickruck, these vigorous voices explore the past, present, and future.

Operatic Ghosts and Dogs

May 22, 2019

Fringe Season Opens!

A collage of show images for shows that are coming to Vancouver from Orlando. Clockwise, from top left: A blue eye looking straight to the camera; a man in a hat with both arms crossed and raised, one holding a gun; a man in a suit looking up to the right; a man speaking into a mic; a man with his mouth closed, looking to the right, holding a mic; a drawing of a tomato, a man holding on to what looks like an arrow with wings, with the text

Keep an eye out for these shows that will be making their way from Orlando to Vancouver! Clockwise, from top left: Didn’t Hurt; Crazy for Dick Tricks: A Dirk Darrow Investigation; You Belong Here; Operatic Panic Attack; The Immaculate Big Bang; and Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life.

‘Tis the season to start Fringing! Although the Vancouver Fringe is still a few months away, Orlando Fringe’s launch on May 14 officially marked the beginning of Fringe season. Vancouver, Orlando, and about 30 other Festivals are part of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals, which means that there are a lot more Fringe Festivals happening over the summer before we kick things off September 5!

This also means that many Fringe Artists will start touring the circuit, taking their shows from city to city in the US and Canada. From Orlando, six shows will be staged in different Festivals before arriving in Vancouver: Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Life (which was here last year!), Operatic Panic Attack, Crazy for Dick Tricks: A Dirk Darrow Investigation, You Belong Here, Didn’t Hurt, and The Immaculate Big Bang. And did you know that Fringe Artists don’t have to perform the same show on their Fringe circuit tour? This is the case for Squirrel Suit Productions, DK Reinemer, bike circus, and Chicken for Supper Productions.

With months of Festivals ahead of us, you’re probably bound to stumble upon a Fringe during your summer travels! And while we wait for September, let’s have some fun with CAFF’s #RandomFringeTitle generator. Check out our Twitter feed and Facebook page to see what Fringe staff and fans have been sharing! Also check out the full list of CAFF Member Festivals here, and make sure to follow us on Twitter, where we’ll be sharing reviews of shows that will be making their way to Vancouver in September!

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Celebrate the opening of Fringe season with us by playing the #RandomFringeTitleGenerator, and don’t forget to share your results with us!

35K for 35 Years

A collage of photos throughout the Fringe's history. Top left photo: a man stands between two drag queens, holding a mic and a piece of paper. Top right: A person painted in silver paint blowing bubbles. Middle: a group of people walking, some of them with woodwind instruments and drums. Bottom left: two people look at the camera deviously. One of them looks to have little devil horns coming out of their head, and the other one with a single blue horn. They both look painted to be like clowns. Bottom right: Eight people look to the left, their faces well-lit. Their faces are painted to recall traditional Japanese theatre. Caption: Make this the best Fringe birthday ever by donating to the 35 for 35 campaign!

Make this the best Fringe birthday ever by donating to the 35 for 35 campaign!

The Vancouver Fringe is turning 35 this year. That’s three and a half decades of Fringey theatre in Vancouver! It seems like just yesterday when the first Fringe Festival opened in the parking lot of an IGA in Mount Pleasant. While some things have changed and some have stayed the same, one thing’s for sure: the Fringe has grown since 1985!

Celebrate this milestone by raising $35,000 during the 35 for 35 campaign. You can help the Fringe reach the goal by donating on the website. Your donation will support emerging artists, make the Fringe accessible, and amplify our equity, diversity, and inclusion work, among other things. A $500 donation has kicked off the campaign, and now it’s up to Fringers like you to raise $34,500 more! As a token of our gratitude, we will feature your name at the Donor Booth during the 2019 Fringe, and you’ll be invited to a donor-exclusive event where you’ll meet fellow Fringe donors and be treated to a private performance by a Fringe Artist!

For more information on our 35 for 35 campaign, contact Chelsey Stuyt, Director of Sponsorship and Development. Donate now and help make this the best Fringe birthday ever!

 

Get Spooked With Fake Ghost Tours

Two men weaing caps and jackets are framed by two audience members. They are wearing mics as well. Shawn, the one on the left, has one hand on his chest, and the other hand on Abdul's shoulder. Caption: Go on a real walking tour with "real" ghost stories with ghost hunters and "identical" twin brothers, Shawn O'Hara and Abdul Aziz! Photo by Nandia Syabrina.

Go on a real walking tour with “real” ghost stories with ghost hunters and “identical” twin brothers, Shawn O’Hara and Abdul Aziz! Photo by Nandia Syabrina.

Get to know the ghosts of East Vancouver in an all-new edition of Fake Ghost Tours at this year’s rEvolver Festival! From May 30 until June 2, join “identical” twin brothers and ghost hunters Abdul Aziz and Shawn O’Hara as they take audiences on a real walking tour with “real” ghost stories.

Lauded by Vancouver Presents as a “fresh and welcome respite,” Fake Ghost Tours came about as a result of two friends trying to make each other laugh.

“[W]e were walking around Victoria one afternoon and joking around about how, if ghosts were real, most of the ghosts that exist were probably just regular boring people,” Abdul recalls. Their roving show has since been staged at the Vancouver and Victoria Fringes.

For Abdul, the best part of every show are the unscripted parts where they field questions and interact with passers-by, creating a unique experience for every audience. One memorable instance during their run in Victoria was when a Chinatown resident dressed up in a Halloween costume and jumped out at the tour group during the show.

“We incorporated it into the tour and had a fun time over the rest of the show making call-backs and jokes about the overzealous and attention-seeking demon who haunted Chinatown,” he says.

Audiences can expect the same irreverence, interactive sense of fun and playfulness that drew audiences to their hit Fringe show. And perhaps a potential cameo from one of the ghosts that haunt The Cultch.

“We don’t just try and make people laugh, but we also try to cultivate that feeling of irreverent fun that we all share with our friends in those rare moments late at night when someone says something so wild and hilarious that 15 minutes of uncontrollable giggling ensues,” Abdul says.

Get your tickets for Fake Ghost Tours here, enjoy the tour, and cross your fingers that the ghosts at The Cultch don’t haunt your dreams!

Welcome New Fringe Staffers!

Three people stand with Jimmy, the Fringe's mascot. Megan has her arms behind her back, Hillary has one arm on her hip, the other one raising Jimmy's, while Siobhan holds his other arm. Below them is Angie, who is holding Neelix the Dog. They are all smiling. It's sure to be a great Fringe thanks to our new staff members! You may even recognize some of them! Clockwise from left to right: Megan, Hillary, Jimmy, Siobhan, Neelix, and his mom Angie! Photo by Debby Reis.

It’s sure to be a great Fringe thanks to our new staff members! You may even recognize some of them! Clockwise from left to right: Megan, Hillary, Jimmy, Siobhan, Neelix, and his mom Angie! Photo by Debby Reis.

The Fringe office is bustling with new people! We’re very excited to have on board new and familiar faces: Siobhan Barker, Megan Lai, and Hillary Kaplan. And we’re still looking for more people to join our team!

If you love designing and marketing, you can apply now to be our Junior Designer! This volunteer is responsible for designing and producing marketing collateral, editing photos, and helping with marketing initiatives, including social media. To apply, e-mail your resume and cover letter by Sunday, June 2.

Siobhan Barker is one of the latest additions to our Fringe family as the new Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Director. She has been previously involved in the Fringe as a performer for a few shows and as a volunteer! Outside the office, Siobhan runs nutrition and wellness programs, facilitates professional development for organizations, and is also a writer and singer. She’s looking forward to seeing as many shows as she can in this year’s Festival!

Megan Lai joins us this year as the Artist Services Coordinator. When she’s not in the office, you can find her a stone’s throw away at the Vancouver TheatreSports, where she works as the Sound and Lighting Improviser and Stage Manager, and where she performs in improv shows regularly! She’s excited to be involved in the Fringe from the Festival side of things and see how everything comes together!

You may recognize Hillary Kaplan, who was involved in the Fringe last year as our Volunteer Supervisor and is coming back as Assistant Volunteer Coordinator! Also a producer for Burn in the Forest, she’s looks forward to getting to know all the Fringe volunteers, saying “I love being around all the volunteers talking about all the shows they’ve seen, what they’re going to see, how everyone just lives and breathe Fringe for 11 days. When it was over, it felt like I had just come back from summer camp and had to readjust to The Real World.”

Lastly, we’d like to welcome Neelix, the Fringe’s official Morale Officer! He’s a year and a half old shepherd mix who comes to us all the way from Texas. This cuddly dog loves carrots, apples, cheese, and pepperoni sticks, going out for walks and playing with his canine friends at the dog park. He’s excited to steal the heart of every human who walks through our office doors!

The Theatre Scene

Just a taste of what Vancouver has to offer in the way of Theatre!

rEvolver Festival
May 22-June 2
The Cultch
rEvolver Festival is back for another year! Upintheair Theatre’s annual theatre festival features adventurous, high energy, and sophisticated new work by emerging companies and artists. If you want to see familiar Fringey faces, catch Kanon Hewitt (Fireflies), June Fukumura (Perfect Strangers), Tai Amy Grauman (You Used to Call Me Marie), After Party Theatre (Lady Parts), and Davey Calderon (Brave Space) in their newest shows! And if you missed Awkward Hug, Fake Ghost Tours (which the Fringe is presenting!), and Surveil at the 2018 Festival, now’s your chance to see them. Check out the whole lineup here.

Five people are gathered around a table. A woman wearing a furry yellow sweater on the left leans on the table, her right hand dangling raw chicken. Next to her is a man in a toque looking at her, his right hand on the man next to him's shoulder. In the middle is a man in a white shirt wearing an apron. He has a cutting board in front of him, and he is about to cut a raw chicken. Behind him is a woman wearing a floral shirt and holding sunglasses. Next to her is a woman wearing a toque with cat ears, half her body on the table, her head resting on her hands. Caption: Three magical worlds collide as we contemplate the ideas of home, cultural identity, and point of our existence in Chicken Girl. Starring (from left to right): Amanda Sum as Chicken Girl, Pedro Chamale as Submariner, BC Lee as Uncle Chan, Marguerite Hanna as Supersuperstar, and Maki Yi as Cat. Photo by Emily Cooper.

Three magical worlds collide as we contemplate the ideas of home, cultural identity, and point of our existence in Chicken Girl. Starring (from left to right): Amanda Sum as Chicken Girl, Pedro Chamale as Submariner, BC Lee as Uncle Chan, Marguerite Hanna as Supersuperstar, and Maki Yi as Cat. Photo by Emily Cooper.

Chicken Girl
May 24-June 7
ANNEX
rice & beans theatre’s latest show, Chicken Girl, might just have the answer to the perpetual question, “why did the chicken cross the road?” Follow the eponymous protagonist as she goes on a surreal adventure to uncover her Uncle Chan’s mysterious disappearance, a homesick intergalactic rock star struggling to reconcile with estranged family, and an anxiety-ridden submariner as they recruit an anthropomorphic cat to settle and old score.

Vancouver International Children’s Festival
May 27-June 2
Various Venues on Granville Island
Get the kids in your life hooked on theatre by attending the Vancouver International Children’s Festival! Make sure to check out Iron Peggy, a multimedia feast that uses live performance, animation, video, and shadows to tell the story of a young girl’s personal victory and First Nations participation during World War I. Buy tickets here and take a look at all the shows that are part of the Festival here.