The Fringe is ON!
Gotta have your Fringe? Enjoy 11 days of a Theatrically Delicious Festival… which officially opens TODAY! Watch one (or more!) of the 101 shows, dance to amazing live music for free at the Phillips Fringe Bar, learn at the workshops, attend our special events, and get your daily dose of Fringe on and off the Island!
If you’d like to get a sneak peek of the shows, take a look at the Program Guide online, or get it a Blenz Coffee near you and at other Fringe-friendly businesses! If you’re ready to build your Fringe schedule, go to Fringe-O-Matic, a free app that will help you get the most out of the Fringe! And if you’re more about living in the moment, you’re always welcome to Fringe on Granville Island or any of our Off-Island Venues!
Check out the latest updates from the Festival by following the Fringe on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! And make sure to tag us @VancouverFringe on those platforms and show the world how much fun you’re having at the Festival! Also use the hashtag #VanFringe so we can follow along.
Thanks to everyone who Fringed their heart out at Opening Night featuring The Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All last night! Held on Wednesday, September 4, Fringers had a taste of everything (well, 40 shows anyway!) and packed Performance Works with laughter and applause. And if you weren’t there, we hope that you got a healthy scoop of Fringe from our live tweets!
Fringers kicked off Opening Night by mixing and mingling each other while nibbling on food from Dockside Restaurant, The Keg, and Habibi’s, and sipping on refreshments by Road 13 Vineyards and Georgian Bay Spirits Co. At 8:00pm, Abdul Aziz (Fake Ghost Tours 2) and Ate Dean Aiden Vanité Ethan Yo-Yo Kaldereta the First (who you may remember from the show Big Queer Filipino Karaoke Night) welcomed everyone to the controlled chaos that is the Fringe-For-All! Thanks to their witticisms, banter, and presence, they made rolling out 40 bite-sized theatre trailers onto the stage feel like a breeze! Some memorable moments include Joylyn Secunda (The Moaning Yoni) pulling out a giant tampon onstage, Janoah Bailin (SpinS) going onstage on a unicycle and juggling, and Monica Ogden‘s memorable pap smear experience, shoving a “vagina jack” into her doctor’s face!
Take a peek at the Fringe Twitter feed and you’ll find snippets from all 40 shows from the Fringe-For-All! And when you see a teaser that tickles your fancy, make sure to buy your tickets to see shows in their full glory.
We want as many people as possible to enjoy the Fringe—after all, our vision is “Theatre for Everyone!” With that, we also strive to make the Festival accessible to patrons with different needs and ensure that everyone feels welcome.
All Fringe Festival venues are wheelchair accessible. Learn more about the venues’ physical accessibility here. Since seating at the Fringe is on a first come, first served basis, we encourage patrons with seating needs to arrive early and let the front of house volunteers know so you can receive priority seating. Learn more about the venues’ physical accessibility here.
The Vancouver Fringe strives to make the Festival accessible for people who are d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing. This year, four shows will be interpreted into ASL: the Tuesday, September 10 performance of Dissection of a … Mixed Heritage Woman; the Friday, September 14 performance of Old-ish; the Saturday, September 14 performance of Borderline A**hole; and the Sunday, September 15 performance of Mx. Additionally, the Sunday, September 15 performance of Monica vs. The Internet: Tales of a Social Justice Warrior will be interpreted. There are also some shows that have been identified as “d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Friendly,” which is indicated by a symbol that looks like an ear in the Program Guide. This means the sound elements do not affect the meaning and enjoyment of a show. For more information about these shows, click here. For more information on the ASL-interpreted and d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing-friendly shows, check out these vlogs created by Ebony from Artistic Sign Language!
The Fringe is thrilled to be partnering with VocalEye again this year to make the Festival more accessible to patrons with Sight Loss and the Low Vision community! VocalEye will live describe Perv Hunters on Sunday, September 15 at 1:10pm at the Waterfront Theatre and The Robber Bridegroom: A Grimm Fairytale on Saturday, September 14 at 2:30pm at the Waterfront Theatre. You may notice in your Program Guide a symbol that looks like an eye—this indicates shows that are Low Vision Friendly. This means that the show’s meaning and enjoyment does not depend on visual elements. Check out the Low Vision Friendly shows here.
We are also excited to institute the Attendant Ticket Program this year. This provides patrons with accessibility needs a complimentary ticket for their attendant to accompany them to see shows. Tickets are subject to availability. Click here to learn more about this new Program and e-mail us for any questions!
We love kids here at the Fringe! Check out the kid-friendly site-specific show, Legend of the Frozen Trees. The Fringe also has shows that have self-identified as being All Ages, which means that although the content isn’t designed for children, they can still enjoy the show. Have a look at those shows on our website and see which of them would be most appropriate for your kids! And once again, the Fringe is partnering with Kids Up Front to offer opportunities to children affected by poverty, illness, abuse, or disability. Click here to learn more about the program and see which shows are donating tickets to Kids Up Front.
Every night of the Fringe is a party! And not just because of all the great theatre. The Phillips Fringe Bar is home to live music, beverages from Phillips Brewing, Wards Cider, Road 13 Vineyards, and Georgian Bay Spirits Company, and your last chance at outdoor music this summer!
Our Partner, BeatRoute Magazine has picked some highlights from this year’s lineup that they think you should check out, starting with Buckman Coe tonight! This is his last show in Vancouver before he heads out on tour in Asia! Without futher ado, here’s more of the Fringe Bar from BeatRoute:
Thursday, September 5 at 8:00pm
Vancouver’s Buckman Coe weaves a socially conscious narrative into harmony-fuelled rhythms through a unique blend of soul, world music, and Americana.
Friday, September 6, at 8:00pm
With rich vocals and sweet melodies, the lullaby rock of Seattle-based Ings will send you off into a happy dream state.
Saturday, September 6, at 8:00pm
Whether they’re churning out dreamy pop jams, playing with ambient textures, or flirting with punk, this eclectic outfit always has one constant: they’re damn good.
Thusday, September 12, at 8:00pm
Touting two Polaris Prize nominations, a Lambda Literary Award, and a Western Canadian Music Award, the creative mind of this talented musician and author is a force to be reckoned with.
Sunday, September 16, from 7:00pm to 2:00am
DJ Shanique heads the Vancouver chapter of Intersessions—an organization dedicated to bridging inequality gaps facing female-identifying DJs. Vibrant rap sets and hip-hop nights have made her a local favourite.
To top all that off, we’ve just learned that The Rainbow Concert Band, Canada’s only LGBTQ2S+ concert band, will be playing the Phillips Fringe Bar on Sunday, September 8 from 3:00 to 3:30pm! Be sure to save some space in your calendar to check them out!
Happy 35th birthday to the Fringe!! For this wonderful occasion, we’re raising $35,000 to keep the Festival going for another 35 years. And while we’re halfway there, we’re working hard to reach our goal by October 1! The money raised from the 35 for 35 campaign will further the Fringe’s support for emerging artists, accessibility at the Festival, and the ongoing equity, diversity, and inclusion work.
Since 100% of the base ticket price goes to the pockets of Fringe Artists, one of the ways the Festival is raising money is through the Fringe Raffle! This is a special fundraising effort—prizes to be won include an Instant Camera Prize Pack courtesy of Quay Pacific Property Management Ltd and a Kick Ass Pass for the 2020 Fringe, a Romantic Vineyard Weekend Getaway for Two in Kelowna thanks to Wards Cider and The View Winery, and a Week-long Cuban Adventure for Two through Finisterra Travel!
To get your Raffle Tickets, visit the Raffle Tent next to the Box Office at 1398 Cartwright Street or from one of our raffle ticket sellers in the evenings at the Phillips Fringe Bar! Tickets are one for $10 or three for $20. We’re holding the Final Raffle Draw on September 15 at 10:00pm on 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.
Driving down to Granville Island to see some Fringe shows? Then make sure to read on, because parking rules on the Island have changed this year.
Parking is free and without time constraint in most parking spots across the Island after 6:00pm. However, paid parking is in effect from 11:00am to 6:00pm for $3 per hour. Fringers can buy parking time in 15-minute, 30-minute, or one-hour increments through the Honk, EasyPark, or PayByPhone apps, or via credit card at machines on site (note that only some machines accept cash). Want to Fringe all day on Granville Island? You can buy a day pass for $21; and If you purchase parking until 6:00pm, it will be valid until 11:00am the next day.
Do you want to Fringe on the weekends but find these new parking rules to be a barrier to enjoying the Festival and taking transit or another mode of transportation isn’t possible? This year, the Fringe will be running a trial Accessible Parking Program on September 7-8 and September 14-15 so you can see more shows and not worry about the parking costs! There are a limited number of parking subsidies available on those dates and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Learn more about the Accessible Parking Program on the Fringe website.