We’re the Best, and You are too!

Besting the Fringe

Thanks to all of you for making this year’s Fringe a blast! Photos by (clockwise from top left) John Roxas, Monique Sello, and Neil Bryan.

We’re simply the best—according to you! Thank you for voting for the Vancouver Fringe Festival as the Best Local Performing Arts Festival for the 24th Annual Georgia Straight Readers’ Choice Awards for the 16th year! Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who voted for the Fringe—here’s to the next 35 years with you all!  

Did you indulge in some Theatrically Delicious shows this year? If you did, make sure to fill out the Audience Survey so we can learn more about you! Plus, your responses help the Fringe in reporting to donors and funders!  

If you’re feeling some post-Fringe blues and want to reminisce the good times you had at the Fringe, check out our Facebook page to see some highlights from the Festival taken by our lovely and talented volunteers!   

Love the Fringe for the next 35 years

Become a Fringe Lover today and you’ll help keep the Festival going for the next 35 years! Photo by Marie-Catherine Massie.

Thanks to your support, the 35 for 35 campaign to raise $35,000 by the end of the Festival is a success! The final amounts are still being tallied, but make sure to become a Fringe Lover by October 31. If you donate a minimum of $25 before the end of the month, you’ll receive an invite to an exclusive donor event in November!  

It’s thanks to Fringe Lovers like you that Festival continues to thrive. Did you know the entire Dramatic Works Series is possible thanks to one donor? And thanks to another donor’s idea, the Fringe was able to host its first ever Artist Welcome Dinner? And monthly donors are the reason the Fringe is able to secure venues months in advance of the Festival! It’s true! Become a Fringe Lover today to support the Fringe as it grows for another 35 years! 

Go On Tour!

Monica vs. The Internet: Tales of a Social Justice Warrior was one of the CAFF Touring Lottery winners this year! Photo by Brandon Law.

Calling all (potential) Fringe Artists! The Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals Touring Lottery is now open!

If you’ve ever wanted to take a Fringe show on the road, the CAFF Touring Lottery makes this process easier by giving Fringe Artists a guaranteed spot in a minimum of five Fringe Festivals in Canada and/or the United States. To be eligible for the lottery, Artists must have participated in at least one CAFF Member Festival before. Learn more about the Touring Lottery on CAFF’s website, and when you’re ready, start your application here and remember to submit by 10:00am (CST) on October 22. The lottery draw will take place on October 24, with results to be posted on CAFF’s website. Good luck and see you at the 2020 Fringe!

The Theatre Scene

Just a taste of what Vancouver has to offer in the way of Theatre!

Diwali in BC
October 6-November 1
Various Venues
Now returning for its third year, Diwali in BC is back with a groundbreaking and culturally diverse lineup of Artists from various traditions and backgrounds, including Fringe veterans Rohit Chokhani and Nyla Carpentier, and Mohamed Assani, who you may remember from his fantastic show at the Phillips Fringe Bar. The 2019 edition of Diwali in BC will continue to build on its success in Vancouver with special programming in the Punjabi Market and the Downtown Eastside, as well as Diwali presentations in Vernon and Cranbrook.

Did you miss (clockwise from top left) Didn’t Hurt, Legoland, How I Killed My Nan, and Where the Quiet Queers Are at the Fringe? Catch them again at the first Replay festival!

REPLAY: A Bunch of Great Plays, Again!
October 15-26
Havana Theatre
REPLAY: A Bunch of Great Plays, Again! features artists that are fresh from the Fringe, ready to pluck your heartstrings, knock you sideways, and make you laugh. Presented by Staircase Theatre Society, this festival features Amplify Choral Theatre (Where the Quiet Queers Are), Ragamuffin Productions (Legoland), Rodney DeCroo (Didn’t Hurt), Dion Arnold (How I Killed My Nan), and Power Pause Productions’ Joanna Rannelli and Hilary Filier, who are back with a new show after the successful run of The Most Massive Woman Wins at the Fringe! Plus, No Tweed Too Tight: Another Grant Canyon Mystery from a few years back, will be back at REPLAY Festival!

November 3-16
Vancity Culture Lab at The Cultch
Fringe alumna Jan Derbyshire needs help in determining her current state of sanity, so she turns the audience into a mental health review board. Join this irreverent fun of Jan’s hilarious and heart-aching journey through the mental health system. Grapple with hefty questions like: how do we define “crazy” and who gets to decide? In this case: you do.