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September 10, 2019

Extra! Extra! Read All the Reviews!

Catch reviews of Fringe shows at The Georgia Straight and other outlets! Photo by Neil Bryan.

Not sure what to see? We know the Fringe = overwhelming choice. Need some help? Reviews can help!

The Georgia Straight has put together a Festival Guide that includes preview articles and reviews. They even sent critic Andrea Warner to the Victoria Fringe to review shows that were also coming to Vancouver!

Vancouver Presents is a great supporter of the Fringe! Not only did they run their annual #FringeDuJour preview series in the month leading up to the Festival, but they’re posting reviews daily. Check out all their Fringe coverage here.

Theatre critic Colin Thomas’s Fresh Sheet can be delivered to your inbox with daily reviews or you can visit his blog to check out his reviews.

Jo Ledingham, known for her reviews in the Vancouver Courier, has been posting about the shows she’s seeing on her website here.

Two Cents & Two Pence has also been busy reviewing shows.

More reviews are coming out and we’ll be sharing them on Twitter, so follow along. Otherwise, just get out there! The best thing about the Fringe is that there’s something for everyone and with ticket prices being as low as a movie and shows averaging at just one hour, your chances of finding a show you like are good.

Last Chance to Buy Raffle Tickets

Buy your raffle tickets from any of these well-dressed people! Photo by Al Ricard.

There’s only a few days left to win one (or more!) of these amazing prizes at the Fringe Raffle: a week-long Cuban adventure for two courtesy of Finisterra Travel, a weekend getaway to The View Winery and Vineyard in Kelowna, and an Instant Camera Prize Pack courtesy of Quay Pacific Property Management LTD and a Kick Ass Pass to the 2020 Fringe! Get your tickets before 9:00pm on September 15 to be entered to win, so don’t delay!

Visit the Raffle Tent next to the Fringe Box Office at 1398 Cartwright Street, the Phillips Fringe Bar, or say hi to one of the lovely Raffle Ticket sellers you see around the Festival! Tickets are one for $10 and three for $20. We’re holding the Raffle Draw on Sunday, September 15 at 10:00pm at Awards Night at Performance Works at 1218 Cartwright Street. You don’t have to be present to win—we’ll contact you if your ticket is drawn!

Read the Fringe Raffle’s rules and regulations here.



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.

Phillips Fringe Bar Feature: Rae Spoon Opens Doors with Mental Health

An unequivocal vehicle to the light side of the dark

Rae Spoon will be back at the Phillips Fringe Bar on Thursday, September 12! Photo by Philip Dovey.

It’s no secret that the Phillips Fringe Bar showcases some of Vancouver’s best music for the duration of the Festival. Once again, the Fringe is proud to partner with BeatRoute Magazine, Western Canada’s indie arts and entertainment monthly, to learn more about one of the amazing performers gracing the Phillips Fringe Bar Stage. Here’s a feature from BeatRoute’s Dayna Mahannah about award-winning musician Rae Spoon, who will be hitting the stage on Thursday, September 12!

Rae Spoon is not one to take the easy way out. With a past occupied by depression, anxiety, and CPTSD, the Calgary-born musician marches tirelessly towards life’s lighter offerings. In their 10th full-length album, Mental Health, Spoon leans into the tough stuff with an unflinching frankness and a vital sense of hope—here, light and dark coexist.

“I really like when people go for it in their art,” Spoon, who goes by they/them pronouns, says over the phone with BeatRoute from their home in Victoria. Their manner of speaking lacks frivolousness. “I think it’s really brave to not be ambiguous about what your writing is actually about.”

Inspired by personal experiences, Mental Health achieves the incredible feat of making painful subject matter approachable. “If I start with a serious topic at all, I try to be more pop about it.” Suffering through childhood abuse, oppression as a trans/non-binary person, and the loss of friends to suicide had adverse effects to their mental wellness, but creating music has been Spoon’s cornerstone for coping. “Belonging to a community like LGBTQ—they … have a lot more oppression that causes stress and mental health conditions. Or aggravates it,” they share gently. “I thought it would be nice to talk about those things. To be more open about it. That was kind of the idea.” Spoon balances gravity with hope, to soothing effect.

Other coping mechanisms are less popular concepts. “I don’t really keep in touch with anyone in my family,” the artist admits. “When things are unhealthy, it’s actually sometimes healthier to just take a lot of distance from people.” A laugh tumbles through the phone. “There’s a big stigma about that—not communicating with anybody from your family you’re born into. I actually think it helps me stay grounded and happy.”

Still, they credit human connection as a source of healing from anguish. “You need to have people around you that respect your identity and see you for who you are,” Spoon states wisely. Which may be why they recorded Mental Health—released by Spoon’s own record label, Coax Records—in the laid-back atmosphere of the Noise Floor studio on beautiful Gabriola Island, and collaborated with several artists, all who were female or non-binary (including Vancouver’s Maya Miller and Becky Black of The Pack A.D.). “I’ve been trying to work my whole life to be in more healthy relationships with people than I started out with.”

Mental Health is out now and available at coaxrecords.com. Rae Spoon performs on September 12 at the Phillips Fringe Bar (Vancouver). For more info, visit raespoon.com

Catch Rae Spoon and other amazing performers at the Phillips Fringe Bar, located at Ocean Art Works! Check out the full Fringe Bar lineup here. The Bar is all ages too, so Fringers young and old can play jenga, dance, meet other Fringers, and sip on a Phillips beer (if you’re 19+!)

While the Phillips Fringe Bar is open from 6:00pm till late on weekdays, did you know that it’s open from 1:00pm till late on Saturday and Sunday? This means that you can have a taste of Fringe all day on the weekends! In fact, this coming Saturday, September 14, Gary Chalk and the Kits Point All-Stars will jump on stage at 2:00pm to perform some Blues-Rock numbers for Fringers in attendance! See you there!


Raffling Off-Island Flavours

September 8, 2019

A Weekend Getaway

Get your Raffle Tickets at the psychedelically-decorated tent in the Fringe Hub! Even visiting the Raffle Tent is a “trip!” Photo by Simone Leslie.

Known as “the gateway to the stunning Okanagan Valley,” Kelowna is also home to The View Winery & Vineyard and you could win a weekend getaway there that includes a guided tour of the orchard and vineyard with the company’s president, Jennifer Molgat along with wine and cider tastings, and a picnic with fancy treats including a bottle of wine or selection of ciders!

All this could be yours for just $10.

No, that’s not missing any zeros! This Getaway Prize is the 2nd Prize in the Fringe Festival’s Raffle!

A fundraiser for the Fringe, Raffle tickets are just $10 each or three ticket for $20. Your chances of winning are good, so be sure to visit our Raffle Coordinator Beau or one of our amazing volunteers in the Raffle Booth in the Fringe Hub or at the Phillips Fringe Bar and get your tickets asap!

Not only can you win this weekend away, but you could also win a trip for two to Cuba from Finisterra Travel or an Instant Camera Prize Pack courtesy of Quay Pacific Property Management LTD along with a Kick Ass Pass for the 2020 Fringe!

The Raffle Draw will be held on September 15 at 10:00pm as part of 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 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. 

Get Off the Island

Give the Fringe some love beyond Granville Island by seeing a show in one of our Off-Island venues! Some shows include (clockwise from top left): Try to Remember, Larry, The Most Massive Woman Wins, and My Name is SUMIKO. Photos by Brandon Law.

A lot of Fringe action happens on Granville Island—but did you know that you can find Theatrically Delicious shows all across Vancouver? This means you can taste the Festival at Off-Island venues too!

If you want to stay close to Granville Island, Studio 16 on West 7th is home to many shows at the Fringe! The Downtown Eastside is also bursting with Fringe flavours—just head down to the Firehall Arts Centre and Woodward’s Atrium! Or head on over to the Fringe’s old stomping grounds on Commercial Drive and check out Havana Theatre, The WISE Hall, The Cultch Historic Theatre, and Vancity Culture Lab (where the Dramatic Works Series is happening!), and our new East side venue, What Lab. Or head downtown to check out PAL Studio Theatre.

To learn which shows are happening Off-Island, you can flip through the Program Guide, which sorts the shows by venue, click on the links above, or use the search function on our website to search venues. And find addresses and maps to the venues here!

Eat the Fringe

Feeling hungry? Food trucks like Chickpea will be right outside the Phillips Fringe Bar! Photo by Ellyn Chen.

Hungry? We can’t blame you. With cereal on the cover of the Program Guide, you’re bound to be on the lookout for a bowl. Sadly, there is no cereal at the Fringe, but there are options if you’re feeling peckish.

If you’re down on Granville Island, the Public Market is full of food options in the food court and amongst its many delis. But it’s good to keep in mind that the Market closes at 7:00pm.

Of course there are food trucks nightly outside the Phillips Fringe Bar! This year Chickpea (plant-based Mediterranean comfort food), Meet2Eat (pitas and falafel), Melt City Grilled Cheese (you guessed it), and JB’s Crêpes (you guessed it again!) will be rotating their trucks nightly.

Looking to sit down in comfort? Dockside Restaurant and The Keg on Granville Island are great Fringe supporters and we suggest you visit them—plus Dockside is offering 15% off your food when you show them your Fringe tickets!

Checking out shows in the East Side? Havana’s an easy choice—especially if your show is in their theatre!

And of course, whenever you need a hit of caffeine or to calm down with some tea, Blenz Coffee is a great option—and you can grab a Program Guide there to plan the next leg of your Fringe adventure.

The Fringe <3 Dockside Restaurant

Artists enjoyed a delicious dinner generously provided by Dockside Restaurant to welcome them to the Fringe! Photo by Al Ricard.

For many out-of-town Artists, Vancouver is the last stop on their summer-long tour. This means some of them have been on the road for months, performing at Fringes from coast to coast. Because of their hectic schedules, many of them don’t have time to sit down and enjoy a hearty meal! 

On September 3, the Fringe hosted a welcome dinner for local and touring Artists who enjoyed picturesque views and delicious food courtesy of Dockside Restaurant, and thanks to donor Diane Kent for the impetus for having this dinner! Located on the waterfront where Granville Island meets the city, Dockside Restaurant was the perfect place to welcome Artists to the Fringe—in a space close enough to where most of the action was going to be, but quiet enough to relax and enjoy each other’s company! 

Make sure to thank Dockside Restaurant whenever you spot by during the Fringe. It’s open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including Ocean Wise seafood and meals made with the freshest, local ingredients! Present your ticket to them when you visit and you’ll get 15% off your food bill. Bon appétit!