Whos in Fringeville?

Fringemas is (Almost) Here

Yes, we draw our shows out of a hat (yes, that bin is a hat)! Photo by Bruce McPherson.

Get ready to make merry with the Fringe—we’re having the 2020 Mainstage Lottery Party this Thursday, December 12, at CBC Studio 700, and you’re invited! Have an exclusive first look at who’s coming to the 2020 Festival as names are literally drawn out of a hat!

If you needed more reasons to party with us, the wonderful Emma Cooper, who you may remember co-hosted this year’s Awards Night and was part of Rape is Real and Everywhere, is hosting this year’s Fringemas festivities. Also joining the party are comedians Matty Vu, Andrea Jin, Gina Harms, and Rachel Schaefer who will be spreading holiday cheer onstage! Rounding out the Lottery Party’s entertainment is our headliner, Lil’ Clitty, whose naughty lyrics are certainly not PG-13!

Doors open at 6:30pm, with the Party starting at 7:00pm. CBC Studio 700 is accessible for wheelchair and mobility aid users. This casual event is free, and no RSVP necessary—just don’t be a Grinch. Come prepared to have a holly jolly Fringemas!

Coming Soon: Site-Specific Applications

Did you know that Where the Quiet Queers Are was performed in an indoor parkade? One of many possibilities in the Site-Specific category! Photo by Al Ricard.

Ever wanted to create a Fringe show in a park, a dumpster, or even a tire swing? Just hold tight—applications for the Site-Specific category open on Friday, December 13, after the Mainstage Lottery has been drawn on December 12! Site-Specific shows are presented in venues outside of a traditional theatre setting, within walking distance of Granville Island or Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive. These shows also provide their own technician, lighting, and sound. Go to Eventotron to begin your application, and check out our website for more details on this category!

Lead the Fringe

Lead the Fringe like Laura has over the past two years. Photo by Al Ricard.

Want to be a leader in Vancouver’s innovative independent theatre scene and assist in further actualizing the Fringe’s vision of “Theatre for Everyone?” You can by applying to be our Executive Director today!

The Executive Director leads the organization, artists, audiences, and volunteers in building on the society’s mission of cultivating artists and audiences, advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion, and creating an open and vibrant independent theatre community. Click here to read the whole posting. The application deadline is December 13, 2019.

Get that Tax Receipt!

Save yourself from the taxman by getting a charity tax receipt from the Fringe! A cartoon man holding a bag of money labeled income is running away from a giant white sheet of paper with devil horns and fangs labeled tax.

Save yourself from the Taxman by getting a charity tax receipt from the Fringe!

Did you know the Fringe is a charity? We rely on donations from Fringe fans to keep the Festival running, to create opportunities for emerging artists, and to connect you with the stories they share.

Not only does donating create a warm fuzzy feeling in your heart, but you also get a tax receipt. Hold a little back from the Taxman and make a donation before the year ends! Donations of $25 or more are tax deductible.

For more information or to donate click here. Or, if you’re interested in some sweet perks, click here to receive a reduced tax receipt in exchange for t-shirts, VIP tickets, and more!

The Theatre Scene

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

Pop-Up! Concert – Amplify Choral Theatre’s Where the Quiet Queers Are
Saturday, December 14
1:15pm Net Loft / 2:15pm Public Market by Blue Parrot on Granville Island
Amplify Choral will be performing a 20-minute musical excerpt of Where the Quiet Queers Are, which premiered during the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Featuring a diverse team of queer choristers and theatre makers, incorporating choral music, movement, and original poetry, it tackles a queer narrative rarely addressed, even in LGBTQ+ media.

East Van Panto: Pinocchio
Now – January 5, 2020
York Theatre
East Vancouver jokes abound in another instalment of the East Van Panto, this time featuring Fringe alumna, Pippa Mackie as Pinocchio!

Catch Wonderheads as they re-imagine a classic holiday tale! Photo by Kate Braidwood.

A Wonderheads Christmas Carol
December 20 at Kay Meek Arts Centre
& December 21 at Massey Theatre
Fantastic mask makers, Wonderheads, whose hit Fringe show Grim and Fischer won numerous awards at the 2011 Vancouver Fringe, are back in town for two nights only with the classic Dickens’ holiday story. Catch their version of Scrooge at the Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver on December 20 and at the Massey Theatre in New Westminster on December 21.

January 7-19, 2020
The Cultch Historic Theatre
Fringe alumni and co-founder of the Electric Theatre Company, Jonathan Young stars in Hannah Moscovitch’s Infinity. In this absorbing drama infused with science and classical music, three exceptional minds collide like charged particles in an accelerator. And The Cultch is offering Fringers a deal! Get premium A and A+ seats for just $39 when you use promo code: VOLCANO. Valid for performances on January 7-15, this offer ends on December 17.