Get Lucky at the Fringe! Tickets Now on Sale

Get ready for the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival Line Up! Photo by My City Photos.

Just some of the shows that are part of the 2017 Fringe. From left to right, top to bottom: HabitatsChris & TravisBushel and PeckStupid Cupid; Gold, Guns & Greed; 7 Ways to Die, a love story; An Arrangement of Shoes; Let Me Freeze Your Head; and Distractingly Sexy.

Tickets Now on Sale!

Yes, you heard us right, tickets are on sale! Now, you can go to our website and buy tickets to the 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival for just $14. Or buy tickets for a half-price show and get it for—that’s right—half price!

For the dedicated Fringe fans—we know you’re out there—buy a Frequent Fringer Card and buy four, 10, or 30 performances at a discounted price! But Frequent Fringers are limited, so buy them before we sell out!

Don’t forget, everyone needs a Membership to attend shows at the Festival. You can purchase one in advance online or at the venues.

So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets today!

Looking back at the AGM and Program Guide Launch Party

If you missed the Program Guide Launch Party on July 27 we’re here to fill you in.

A first look at the Program Guide! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

A first look at the Program Guide! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Before the party started, we held our AGM, and here it is in five seconds:

The Big Rock Brewerey Fringe Bar will now open at 1:00pm on weekends and at 6:00pm on weekdays thanks to a grant from Creative BC.

Youth, education, and diversity will also receive support thanks to the Vancouver Fringe’s largest ever corporate grant from TD Bank Group. And the Fringe will be undergoing a Diversity Audit by ShapeShift Arts!

The Vancouver Fringe Festival also welcomed two new members, Aaron Pinto and Katia Tynan to the Vancouver Fringe Festival Board. You might recognize Aaron as the impeccably dressed Venue Captain from the 2016 Fringe. But did you know that he is also a Spirit of the Fringe Award winner? And Katia Tynan? She’s been with us since 2011! First as a Volunteer Team Leader in 2011, then as the Volunteer Coordinator in 2012 and 2013, and then again in Dispatch in 2014 and 2015! Welcome back to the Fringe Family Aaron and Katia!

After the AGM, the Fringe dove straight into the Program Guide Launch Party! (Queue the excitement.) Big Rock Urban Eatery and Brewery provided the venue, beer, and pizza. Krystle Dos Santos provided live music. And the rest was provided by David, Jimmy, and the Fringe Family! Add in the surprise guest performance by The Birdmann and it was quite the part-ay! At the end of the night, the Fringe wrapped up with the famous Program Guide Scavenger Hunt which had guests searching for the “Bear Naked baby” and the “Intellectual Fruit”—see if you can find them! In the end, there was a three-way tie between Jelena, Katia, and Riaan who all went home with prizes from Big Rock and the Vancouver Fringe Festival!

You can get your own copy of the Program Guide at Blenz Coffee locations and other Fringe friendly businesses. Or you can download your own copy of the Program Guide! For more photos from the Program Guide Launch Party visit our Facebook page! Thank you to everyone who came out!

Get to Know the 2017 Program Guide

After weeks of waiting, the Vancouver Fringe Festival finally unveiled the 2017 Program Guide—slowly over Instagram and then all at once at the Party! This year’s tagline is “Get Lucky at the Fringe” with a gambling inspired theme meant to encourage you to take a chance on shows at the Festival.

April Caverhill with the original art and the Program Guide!

April Caverhill with the original art and the Program Guide!

And the beautiful “Get Lucky” cover art? We have Ontario born and Victoria settled April Caverhill to thank for that! April runs her own illustration business, Pigs Have Wings, all while finishing up an illustrated travel journal, creating art for coffee coasters as a protest against the Kinder Morgan pipeline, and getting involved with some of the arts festivals in Victoria!

“Although I’m an illustrator, what I really am is a storyteller who’s too shy to get up and speak in front of a roomful of people,” April says, explaining why she paints. “Painting pictures allows me to speak though my art.”

She designed the cover over the course of several weeks despite colour choices, changes, text glitches, and late nights. The cover you now know as “Get Lucky at the Fringe” emerged from a simple pencil drawing! She hopes—and so do we—“that people are so overwhelmed with enthusiasm when they see the poster art that they’re inspired to purchase copious numbers of tickets.”

In future, you can find April working with more artist residencies in remote and fascinating places with creative and interesting people. Visit her website to learn more or pick up your own hardcopy of the Program Guide at a Blenz Coffee location and other Fringe friendly businesses near you. Thank you April!

Making the Fringe More Diverse

The cast of hoof at the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Photo by Clayton Wong.

The diverse cast of hoof at the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Photo by Clayton Wong.

The Fringe strives to be an open environment. Shows are selected by lottery or on a first come, first served basis, content is uncensored, and the history of the Fringe is to welcome people who aren’t part of the theatre establishment. But that doesn’t mean that the Fringe is as inclusive or diverse as it strives be. But why?

The Fringe has partnered with ShapeShift Arts to conduct a diversity audit as a first step towards addressing diversity in the Fringe.

The team at ShapeShift Arts has been collaborating since 2013 and officially launched in 2016. “Through ShapeShift Arts we create and produce interdisciplinary art, workshops, and offer consulting services,” lee williams boudakian, ShapeShift’s Creator explains. “The name ShapeShift comes from a love of science fiction and a recognition that future-building includes acts of science fiction and suspension of disbelief in the now. To us, ShapeShifters are creators and changemakers who confront the many parts of self and community that must be faced in order to create/enact/accomplish radical change.”

The team for the audit includes lee williams boudakian, Anoushka Ratnarajah and Gavin Kade Somers. They’ve been busy interviewing Fringe staff and board members as part of the audit process and will be leading focus groups and an artists’ forum with performing artists to identify barriers for participation and collect feedback about the needs/desires of artists for future participation.

Gavin Kade Somers speaking for Shapeshift Arts at the Fringe AGM! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Gavin Kade Somers speaking for Shapeshift Arts at the Fringe AGM! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Are you, or do you know someone who has never been a Fringe artist who would like to participate in a focus group? Focus groups will take place on August 28, September 1, and September 2. Click here to read more about participating and to sign up. 

There will also be an Artists Forum during this year’s Fringe. The Forum is for artists/producers who have participated in the Fringe Festival. This includes artists/producers from past years and artists/producers in this year’s Festival. We’ll be sharing more information on how to participate in an upcoming Fringe newsletter, so stay tuned!

All this work will lead to strategic planning sessions to identify next steps and visions for how to implement change.

We’re also happy to announce that TD Bank Group has partnered with the Fringe on the Diversity and Inclusion Program! TD has a long history of supporting art, diversity, and mentorship. This partnership made sense as both organizations have a common goal: to activate the cultural harmony within the Metro Vancouver community. TD’s contribution will help us sustain the Diversity Program for the next two years!

As the Fringe works towards greater inclusivity and diversity we aim to be a leader in the arts sector. lee from ShapeShift probably put it best. When asked what ShapeShift Arts’ goal was in working with the Fringe, they said, “our goals in this work are many, but one is to create a model for doing this work that is applicable for many arts organizations seeking to centre equity and justice in the arts.”