You Can’t Stop The Fringe!

And Even More Reviews!

Read reviews of Soul Samurai, Draining the Swamp, Slumber Here, Figmentally, and more!

Read reviews of Soul Samurai, Draining the Swamp, Slumber Here, Figmentally, and more!

Still on the hunt for reviews of Fringe shows? In our last newsletter we pointed you to reviews from the Georgia Straight and Vancouver Presents, but there’s more out there!

Did you know two of Vancouver’s most noteworthy theatre critics are blogging their way through the Festival? Jo Ledingham has been covering Vancouver’s theatre scene since the mid-1980s (about as long as the Fringe has been around) and she’s posting her reviews here. Another critic that’s been covering Vancouver theatre for many years, Colin Thomas, has brought on guest reviewer Deneh’Cho Thompson (Fringe alumni himself) to cover even more shows at the Festival this year.

Local bloggers over at Two Cents & Two Pence have sent out six reviewers and plan on reviewing 40 of the 100 show at the Fringe this year!

You can also find reviews over at Review VancouverRoom Magazine, Merely Players, and recent BC Entertainment Hall of Fame inductee, Jerry Wasserman has been reviewing for the Vancouver Sun.

We tweet reviews as we find them, so be sure to follow along at Twitter.com/VancouverFringe.

And if you want to see some of the news first hand? The CKNW and Global News Street Team will be handing out Global News & CKNW Where We Live stickers this Friday outside the Fringe Box Office. Drop by the set of Global News at the Fringe and have your picture taken on the set! You can download your picture from the website afterwards—free of charge! Who wouldn’t love that?

Up Next at the Fringe Bar!

The Vancouver Fringe Festival hosts local artists and live music every night at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar! Even better, we’ve partnered with BeatRoute Magazine, Western Canada’s indie arts and entertainment monthly to bring you an inside look on the bands playing at the Fringe Bar. Here’s the latest for the Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15 performances:

Summer may be drawing to a close, but Malcolm Jack insists we live in denial of this just a little bit longer. Jack’s sound is ambient and trance-like, evoking images of running through a field of flowers on a mid-summer’s day. His most recent release, Inner Circles, plays like a dreamscape—Jack’s melancholic yet hopeful guitar and vocals are complemented by Elisa Thorn on the harp, Ashleigh Ball on the flute, and Jenn Bojm providing bass and backup vocals. Although he was born and raised in Vancouver, Jack’s music seems to exist on a plane blissfully removed from the frantic pace of city life. And if this wistful escape from reality isn’t enough to draw you in, Bend Sinister will be following with a live rendition of the Forrest Gump soundtrack.

Next up, we’re kicking off the weekend with the upbeat, dance-y funk vibes of Camaro 67. Camaro 67 has 10 members, so there’s a wide range of experiences, tastes, and influences coming together to create modern groove music with an Afrobeat inspiration. And if that doesn’t sound unique enough for you, they’re entirely instrumental, too. Come listen to Camaro 67 tell stories wordlessly through percussion, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, keyboard, guitar… the list goes on. They’re sure to get you on your feet, and the act following them, Mazacote, will keep you dancing, especially if you prefer to sing along. Mazacote is a six-piece world/Latin band whose album NUEVA ERA was nominated for World Album of the Year at the WCM Awards in 2016. And deservedly so—Mazacote brings their jazzy, quick-paced salsa music to festivals and parties worldwide, educating listeners about beats rooted in the histories of Nicaragua, Colombia, and Mozambique.

Vancouver-based Sam Tudor is originally from a small community called William’s Lake, whose nature-soaked surroundings inspired a thoughtful, acoustic-heavy style. His lyrics are contemplative, insightful, and self-aware, lending to the sense that Tudor knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s created three albums thus far, and each one serves to further refine his vision. His most recent release, Quotidian Dream, layers Tudor’s vocals and guitar with the violin stylings of Tegan Wahlgren and features Harry Tudor and Jasper Wrinch on drums and bass, respectively. The result is complex and intentional, yet ethereal at the same time.

Rae Spoon has done it all as a musician. They started performing at the age of 17 and have since experimented with styles ranging from indie to folk punk to country to electronic. They even made a musical documentary called My Prairie Home that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014. The film examines Spoon’s childhood as the child of extremely religious parents and an abusive father, and while their recent album releases touch on that as well, their music tends instead to look towards the future. Having produced nine albums, Spoon is a staple in the Canadian music scene, and their wealth of experience is evident when you see them perform.

The acts are playing at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar located at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island! Check out the Fringe Bar page on our website for a full lineup. We’re open Monday to Friday 6pm till late and Saturday and Sundays 1pm till late. Come say hi!

All Ages Welcome at the Fringe Bar

On Tuesday, eleven09 played backing band to a little Celine Dion who sang 'My Heart Will Go On' at Karaoke Night at the Fringe Bar.

On Tuesday, eleven09 played backing band to a little Celine Dion who sang ‘My Heart Will Go On’ at Karaoke Night at the Fringe Bar.

You already know that THE social hub of the Vancouver Fringe Festival is the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar. You might even know that the Fringe Bar is Vancouver’s hottest music venue, with almost 30 bands performing over the course of the 11 day Festival! But did you know that the Fringe Bar is now ALL AGES?

That’s right, the Fringe Bar now welcomes Fringers of all ages! This year Big Fringers and their Little Fringers can enjoy (non-alocholic) drinks, snacks and live jazz. Last weekend, KIND hosted face painting at their booth and there were family friendly performances by The Birdmann. This weekend, Travis Bernhardt (of Fringe Famous duo Chris & Travis) will perform a Magic Show at 2:00pm on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17! Not to mention we have our always popular foosball table on site.

You still have to be 19+ to purchase alcohol at the Fringe Bar, but all ages are welcome to join in on the live music! So don’t miss out! We’re at Ocean Artworks till we close late on Sunday, September 17.

Last Chance to Buy Raffle Tickets!

Float all of your problems away with a subscription to Float House, our third prize in the Final Raffle Draw!

Float all of your problems away with a subscription to Float House, our third prize in the Final Raffle Draw!

The Final Raffle Draw is only three days away! Which means you have only three days to buy a ticket to win a Costa Rica Quest for Two provided by G Adventures, a Whistler Package for Two provided by the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa and Nita Lake Lodge, and a Float House subscription! Last week we told you about our first two prizes from G Adventures, Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa and Nita Lake Lodge. But this week, we want to tell you about our third prize, the Float House subscription!

Float House is one of the largest float centres in the world with nine float tanks in its Gastown location. Not familiar with float tanks? They’re designed to allow for a minimal amount of sensory input to enter into your nervous system, meaning it’s a pain reliever, a stress releaser, and an insomnia healer. And after going hard for 11 days at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, it’s something you’ll definitely want. All you need now is a winning raffle ticket in our Final Raffle Draw!

Go to our website and buy a ticket or visit the Raffle Centre in the tent next to the Box Office at 1398 Cartwright Street or in the evenings at the Big Rock Brewery Fringe Bar! Tickets are one for $10 or three for $20. We’re holding the Final Raffle Draw on September 17 at 9:30pm at 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.