July 2019


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Some Things to Know Before It’s Time to Go

Our website is back up and running!!!!

Thank you so much for your patience and for help spreading the word about tickets still being available. You are truly an amazing bunch! If you have any trouble you can try clearing your cache, but you should be good to go!

www.vancouverfringe.com, back and better than ever.

Where Did the Time Go???

The Fringe in its full glory!

The Fringe in its full glory! Photo by Sunny Kim.

And just like that, we only have four more days until the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival comes to a close. But that doesn’t mean that we’re going to be slowing down before we cross the finish line! We’ve still got plenty more Fringeyness lined up for you, including additional food trucks at Oceans Artwork, exceptional music on the Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Stage at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar, special events for artists and patrons, and, of course, the final Fringe shows!

Buy tickets online or at the Box Office and watch all the shows you want to see before it’s too late! You can also take a more risky approach and get to a venue within 45 minutes of a show to get tickets at the door. Either way, take in all the Fringe goodness that you can so that you will be sustained until it returns next year!

Even More Fringe Bar Madness!

Nothing but good things at the Fringe Bar. Photo by Mike Vlasman

Nothing but good things at the Fringe Bar. Photo by Mike Vlasman.

Every night of the Fringe we bring you a music festival within a theatre festival on the Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Stage at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar! This is the best and easiest way to get a taste of just how talented and diverse Vancouver’s music scene is. Our Online Music Partner, BeatRoute Magazine, knows all about our city’s music scene and Senior Editor, Maya-Roisin Slater, has put together a preview of what to expect at the Fringe Bar over the next few days:

The last edition of the Vancouver Fringe Newsletter is here to provide some important intel on the carefully curated and extraordinarily wonderful artists who will be lending their talents to this year’s Fringe Bar. Our final week’s summary is jam packed with genres, ranging from Jazz to ‘80s dance hits. With a little something in store for everyone, grab your big jazz boys and your disco dancers and even your nutty Aunt Delilah and bring them down to Granville Island. There under the twinkling lights, with a beer from Big Rock in one hand, and Aunt Delilah’s puppy painted acrylic nails scratching up the other, release your inhibitions and dance the night away!
On September 15 folk-rock singer Sky Wallace will be taking the stage. A performer whose songs are both delicate and edgy, Wallace brings a smoky and mysterious finish to an otherwise driving genre. September 16 we’re really bringing the groove in full force. The night will start off with the Rossi Gang, a group of east van jazz players adding their flavour to all the classics. Next up is Los Duendes, a latin psych fusion band that will have you cha cha-ing in ways you never thought were possible.
September 17 will bring you back to your alternative roots, as you drift away with contemporary folk musicians The Nautical Miles. With honest and personal songs The Nautical Miles are sure to strike a chord. And once you’ve had a chance to f-e-e-l on the 17, you can scoot your boot right into our last night of programming with the Apres Skii DJs on September 18. This is the Fringe Festival’s best kept secret, two staff members undercover as world class DJs. Playing ‘80s party hits all night long the Apres Skii DJs are ready to give you the grande finale you’ve been looking for. So go over your high school mixtapes and throw on some neon to celebrate the end of another great year at the Fringe Bar. We will be back next year with more amazing local talent to tell you about, so turn your email alerts on and keep your eyes peeled. Bye for now!

The before and after artwork from I Have My Own Step Mom which is currently playing at The Firehall Arts Centre!

The before and after artwork from I Have My Own Step Mom which is currently playing at The Firehall Arts Centre!

Off-Island Love

When you think “Fringe,” you may think “Granville Island,” and that’s great. However, the Fringe is all across Vancouver and you should definitely take some time to explore those off-Island venues.

The Firehall Arts Centre, a Fringe venue going back as far as the 1990s, is currently the venue for several shows including I Have My Own Steps Mom and 2 For Tea! Meanwhile, venues on and near Commercial Drive, like the Cultch (currently playing Falling Awake), theRio Theatre (the venue for Beverly Elliot’s Sink or Swim), the Portuguese Club of Vancouver(the venue for FESTA!), and Havana (currently playing The Women of Lockerbie) harken back to our days of being “Alive on the Drive.” In fact, when the Fringe was centered on Commercial Drive, our office was upstairs from Havana!

To find out more about the shows at off-Island venues, check out our Program Guide, where shows are sorted by venue.

Our lovely Director of Patron Development, Robyn Kurtz, loves the app so much she’s taking selfies with it!

Our lovely Director of Patron Development, Robyn Kurtz, loves the app so much she’s taking selfies with it!

Fringe and Theatre Wire App Ready!

Better late than never… the Fringe and Theatre Wire App is finally ready! Don’t have a program guide handy? The App can be your guide! You can look up show times, read show descriptions, and even buy your tickets through the App!

Year round, the App will also help you to stay on top of the shows that are part of the Theatre Wire subscription!

Find the App by searching for Vancouver Fringe or Theatre Wire in iTunes or Google Play (or wherever you get your apps from) and remember to turn on notifications so you can stay up to date with schedule changes!!

Photo by Clayton Wong.

And the Fringe Award Goes To…

Get ready for the annual Fringe Awards Night! Hosted by Give It Up’s Morgan Brayton, Awards Night will be continuing its tradition of rewarding the Fringe’s stand-out artists by offering them opportunities to grow as artists. Everyone is welcome and tickets are by donation! The proceeds will be given to Performing Arts Lodges (PAL), a company that provides veterans of Vancouver’s performing arts industry with affordable housing.

We will also be announcing the winners of the Public Market Pick of the Fringe at the award show! The Pick of the Fringe acts will have holdover performances from September 21 to 25 as a reward for their popularity amongst patrons and critical acclaim.

Other awards, include the Cultchivating the Fringe Award, which grants the winner a run in the Cultch’s season next year, the BC Touring Council Award, which offers mentorship and a showcase spot at Pacific Contact, the Georgia Straight Critic’s Choice Award, and, of course, the Volunteer Choice Award, will also be announced!

If you bought a raffle ticket, or entered our #FringeBrewmaster contest be sure to join us at the Fringe Awards Night because we will be announcing the winners of the raffle prizes from G Adventures, Motorino, and the Fringe—and our 2017 Fringe Brewmaster!

The show starts at 9:30 on September 18 (the last day of the Fringe) and will be held at Performance Works! Bring your donation and prepare to have loads of fun!

Cabaret: The Talent Show with Actual Talent!

The marvelous spectacle of the Cabaret!

The marvelous spectacle of the Cabaret!

So, we would love to tell all of you what is going to happen at the Cabaret, but the fact of the matter is that we have no idea. That’s because this show is being completely put together by the Fringe Artists, and all anyone can to do is show up for the world premier with no preview whatsoever.

We do, however, know a few things surrounding the event, such as the show’s title: Haldeman and Erlichman’s Cabaret of Bullshit. The other thing we can tell you is that the show will be lit completely by flashlights, and you can join in on the lighting! You can bring one from home, or flashlights will be sold by donation so that everyone in the audience can participate in the Cabaret’s wonderful spectacle.

Note: The time of the Cabaret has been changed to Saturday, September 17 at 11:00pm. Tickets will only be sold at the door.

Even More Reviews!

We know the Fringe is a whirlwind of shows and sometimes the choices are just overwhelming! Good thing there are plenty of reviews out there. Check these sources out to help you make a decision:

The Georgia Straight sends their reviewers, Colin Thomas and Kathleen Oliver, to check out the Fringe in Victoria so they can get a head start with reviewing shows that will also be in the Vancouver Fringe. They also have a handy schedule on their site! Check out their reviews, feature articles, and other Fringe news, including videos from the Georgia Straight Fringe-for-All, info on “the city’s most vibrant musical hotspot,” and 33 (and counting) capsule reviews of Festival shows!

Plank Magazine is back on board with the goal to review every single show in the Festival! Meanwhile Vancouver Presents’ reviews have started rolling in in addition to their daily feature #FringeDuJour, which featured a Fringe show per day since August 8!

And there are plenty of other reviews out there too, including Vancouver Weekly, Review Vancouver, and The Vancouver Courier‘s Jo Ledingham reviewing for the paper and adding more to her website.

And did you get Vancouver Observer’s newsletter today? It was all Fringe reviews!

Keep your eyes out for more reviews cropping up via these sources and more! And don’t forget to stop by the Buzz Boards, sponsored by Thunderbolt Sign, on Granville Island where you can write your own reviews and see what everyone else has to say about shows too!

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