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The Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All

Now on a whole new day and time , join hilarious hosts Travis Bernhardt and Chris Ross in this fast and furious two-hour preview event. 40 Fringe artists will have two minutes each to present the reason why you should see their show. Have your pens and program guides ready to circle your must-see shows. With 100 shows in this year's Festival, it's going to be hard to choose!

Sorry, no passes will be accepted for admission.

Tickets available online or at the door (if we don’t sell out first!)

9/6/2017 8:00 PM
Opening Night

Join your fellow Fringers on the first night of the Festival to celebrate 11 days of Fringe-ing! Tickets are free, come celebrate with us!

Start your Fringe with music, merriment, and complimentary food and drink!

Join us for:

After the party, go get your Fringe on by seeing a show (or two) or staying for the first night of our amazing live music series!

PLUS! We’ll be drawing the winners of the Early Bird Draw for the Get Lucky Festival Raffle! Buy your Fringe Raffle tickets before 6:00pm on September 7 to be eligible to win early bird prizes, including a 2-night stay at the Granville Island Hotel during the Festival, a month’s worth of meals from Fresh Prep, or a 2017 Kick Ass Pass! Raffle tickets are available online at VancouverFringe.com/Raffle

9/7/2017 6:00 PM
The Flame Performance: Your Story. Your Voice. New to Storytelling
Join the participants of the Your Story. Your Voice. New to Storytelling workshop at their public performance! They’ve worked hard for three days, and have a plethora of weird and wonderful TRUE stories to share with you. This performance is free for all to attend, on a first-come-first-served basis, at the door.
9/13/2017 9:00 PM
The Flame Performance: Your Story. Your Voice. Experienced Storytellers
Join the participants of the Your Story. Your Voice. Experienced Storytellers workshop at their public performance! They’ve worked hard for two days, and have a plethora of weird and wonderful TRUE stories to share with you. This performance is free for all to attend, on a first-come-first-served basis, at the door. 
9/15/2017 10:00 PM
Fringe Awards Night 2017

Celebrating the Best of the Fest!

Sunday, September 17, at 9:30pm
Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street

We're once again happy to support the Performing Arts Lodges! Your cash donation to PAL Vancouver gets you into the Fringe Awards Night.

The 2017 Public Market Pick of the Fringe Awards
The hottest selling shows return September 20-24 for hold-overs at Performance Works!

Cultchivating the Fringe Award
From the Fringe to The Cultch, the “Cultchivating the Fringe Award” is given to a show that demonstrates unique potential and rewards it with a run at The Cultch.

The Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award
The Georgia Straight’s theatre critics will nominate five outstanding shows, and award one with the coveted prize!

Joanna Maratta Award
In honour of the Vancouver Fringe Festival's founder, this award goes to an artist who best exhibits the original founding spirit of the Fringe.

BC Touring Council Award
The winner of this award receives mentorship, marketing support, and the chance to showcase their work at Pacific Contact, BC Touring Council’s annual tradeshow and booking conference for the performing arts.

Mollie Bradley Award
Selected by jury, this cash award supports either the winner of the Joanna Maratta Award or the BC Touring Council Award by providing financial help for travel, marketing, and other professional development of one or both award winners. This award is given in honour of Fringe Board member, Jim Sibley's mother-in-law, Mollie.

The Fringe New Play Award
Won by lee Williams boudakian, Anoushka Ratnerajah, and Kamee Abrahamian in 2017 for their show Setting Bones, Playwrights Theatre Centre is now accepting submissions for the 2018 edition of the Prize. PTC supplies dramaturgy and more for the winning script while the Fringe supplies a guaranteed Mainstage spot in the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Visit playwrightstheatre.com/programs/fringe-new-play-prize to submit your project!

Artistic Risk Award
Selected by jury and financially supported by the Fringe’s Board of Directors, this award is given to an artist or group of artists for risk-taking in Fringe theatre.

Volunteer Choice Award

The Volunteers have spoken, and this is their favourite show of the year!

The SOFA (Spirit of the Fringe Award)
This year the SOFA award is given in honour of our departing Executive Director David Jordan. It will be awarded to the artist, company, or show that best exhibits David's spirit of tenacity, leadership, and calm under pressure. Oh, and the ability to have a good time while ensuring it all comes together!

Tickets by donation at the door. Sorry, no passes will be accepted for admission.

9/17/2017 9:30 PM
The Merkin Sisters

SNAFU & Stephanie Morin-Robert

Wednesday Sept. 20 at 7:00pm at Performance Works

Daughters of the now-defunct Merkin Empire, these formerly-famous sisters leave the house for the first time in a decade as they risk everything to present their Ultimate Work of Art. Think Olsen Twins meets Grey Gardens meets the Muppets.

“In a show that goes where few, if any, shows have gone before, their skits swing from superbly graceful to absolutely bizarre.” —The Orlando Sentinel

Sexual Content

Pick Plus
Can't get enough Fringe Theatre? Enter Pick Plus: a series of Fringe hits handpicked for your enjoyment.

Pick Plus shows are $25

9/20/2017 7:00 PM
Give It Up

Morgan Brayton
Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7:00pm at Performance Works

Morgan Brayton has it all! Well, she has questions about it all. Where is her husband Scott Baio? When is SNL going to call? What happened to her big break? Did she miss it? Is this it? Will there be snacks? Outlandish characters and true stories combine for big laughs from this award-winning but still only moderately famous comedian.

"A fiercely funny, but biting look at 'the industry' that is film ... Brayton delivers with panache and incredible timing."
—Entertainment Vancouver

Pick Plus
Can't get enough Fringe Theatre? Enter Pick Plus: a series of Fringe hits handpicked for your enjoyment.

Pick Plus shows are $25

9/21/2017 7:00 PM
Shirley Gnome: Taking It Up The Notch

Heartichoke Arts
Friday Sept. 22 at 7:00pm at Performance Works

Vancouver's very own internationally acclaimed, award-winning cabaret comedian Shirley Gnome sings explicitly honest songs about sex and human nature. A country, folk, soft-rock and pop cabaret mashed with wickedly witty lyrics and dark social commentary—with a dollop of empowerment and a dash of sequins. The show chronicles her attempt to write songs that might make the world a better place—raunch in tact.

"Hilarious... Gnome is a disarmingly likeable performer." —Chortle (UK)

Pick Plus
Can't get enough Fringe Theatre? Enter Pick Plus: a series of Fringe hits handpicked for your enjoyment.

Pick Plus shows are $25

9/22/2017 7:00 PM
Peter n' Chris’ Best Bits

Friday Sept. 22 at 8:45pm at Performance Works


Three-time Canadian Comedy Award Winners Peter N' Chris return to bring you a night of sketch, friendship, and laughs with a collection of their very best stuff. The comic duo has been writing sketches and comedy shows for almost 9 years now and after all that time has finally accumulated one show's worth of pretty great material!               

★★★★★ ”Hugely and un endingly funny. The two comics exhibit a remarkable chemistry, an irresistible energy and bounce off each other like racquet balls.”  —Edmonton Sun    

Pick Plus
Can't get enough Fringe Theatre? Enter Pick Plus: a series of Fringe hits handpicked for your enjoyment.

Pick Plus shows are $25

9/22/2017 8:45 PM