Six Days Left!
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.
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.
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!
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.
An unequivocal vehicle to the light side of the dark
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.”
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!