Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Cyclists, this is your weekend. The Gran Fondo is on, allowing an uninterrupted ride up the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler. Or, if you prefer neon garb and blinky lights to padded shorts and clip-in shoes, Bike the Night is the place to be in Vancouver. There’s also many events to cycle to; the Fringe Festival, a ballet about social media dating, Marc Maron, Bon Iver, rugby, supercars, and the Facade Festival.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

(Some of) what’s coming to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival

Lovecat Theatre co-founder Bronwyn Henderson stars in The Russian Play.

Even non-theatre-goers gets behind the annual play marathon the Vancouver Fringe Festival. This year’s 10-day event takes place from Sept. 5-15 and, as always, features a variety of different styles and topics (though some themes do emerge). Plays take place mostly on Granville Island along with a few East Vancouver locations. And, as always, the selections are un-juried, un-censored and drawn from a hat or chosen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Along with over 100 shows, the festival presents a bar (at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island), which is all-ages and open evenings and weekend afternoons.

Tickets for shows are $15 and on sale now, with half-price tickets offered for select performances. Below, we’ve highlighted a mere handful of plays (note: these are not recommendations, but merely sneak peeks based on which companies and performers were enterprising enough to send in materials to the author of this post).

See below for more about this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival.

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(Some of) what’s coming to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival

Crazy (in a good way) sexy (sort of) cool (maybe)—what’s coming to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival

Beaver Dreams

Beavers are funny. People pretending to be beavers is even funnier. Hence, Beaver Dreams, coming to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival.

How do you choose? That, along with, Is there parking?, is among the chief concerns accompanying the announcement of each new Fringe Festival. This year, the Vancouver Fringe Festival (Sept. 7-17) presents 100 different productions at various locations (mostly on Granville Island and in East Vancouver), and they range from one-person monologues about Trump to full-cast musical comedies about Trump. (Just kidding. Only a few of this year’s entries cover the current sitting president.)

So, to help the Fringe-goer decide, we’ve gone through the just-published schedule and broken down some of the selections into four categories: Sure Things; Intriguing. But…; Sexy… (Or Maybe Just About Sex in That Really Uncomfortable Fringe Way); and WTF.

This list is by no means meant to be comprehensive, and only includes about a quarter of the shows. (We also haven’t included any of the ancillary entertainment, from live music to Fringe-related shows before and after; perhaps in a future post. For a complete schedule, visit vancouverfringe.com.) But hopefully this guide will help to start you planning your Fringe-going.

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Crazy (in a good way) sexy (sort of) cool (maybe)—what’s coming to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival

Best of the Fringe Fest announced!

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Cheyenne Mabberley and Katey Hoffman star in The After After Party.

Each year, the Fringe Festival holds over a few of the more than 100 shows featured during the event. This year’s selections for Pick of the Fringe were announced over the weekend. From Sept. 21-25, theatregoers will have a second kick at the can when these six productions come back for one more show at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright St.) on Granville Island. Tickets are $25 online (see below for link) or, if they don’t sell out, at the door.

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Best of the Fringe Fest announced!

What to see at this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival pt. 2

A comedic look at Portuguese culture, Festa is part of this year's Fringe Festival.

A comedic look at Portuguese culture, Festa is part of this year’s Fringe Festival.

With the Fringe Festival officially kicking off Thursday (Sept. 8), we’re presenting one more post of highlights. There are over 100 shows to choose from in the annual theatre festival, which runs the gamut from full-on musical productions to one-person monologues, from drama to comedy to dance. You can see our other post of Fringe picks here.

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What to see at this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival pt. 2

Tea becomes them – the return of British duo James and Jamesy

James&Jamesy

A consistent favourite with audiences at the Fringe Festival, James & Jamesy are coming back to Vancouver.

James & Jamesy in High Tea, which begins May 18, is the second show from the award-winning British duo. It follows their 2012 debut 2 for Tea. Between the two, the shows have been performed 175 times in 13 Canadian cities to more than 15,000 audience members, children and adults alike. The shows have been described as “Monty Python meets Dr. Seuss.”

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Tea becomes them – the return of British duo James and Jamesy

Pick of the Fringe 2014 announced

Roller Derby Saved My Soul is one of this year's Picks of the Fringe.

Roller Derby Saved My Soul is one of this year’s Picks of the Fringe.

Sorry you missed this year’s Fringe Festival? Or just didn’t get enough of one of Vancouver’s premiere theatre events? Not to worry, friends. As in years past, some of the best of the many plays, playlets, musicals and assorted other theatrical productions from this year’s Fringe will have another kick at the can. The Public Market Pick of the Fringe runs at Performance Works (1412 Cartwright St. on Granville Island) from Sept. 17-21. Here’s what’s coming back (based on box-office popularity).

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Pick of the Fringe 2014 announced