2022 Nanaimo Fringe

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Fringe Festival Hub

Fitzwilliam Gate in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter

  • Tickets & Festival Passes
  • Festival Info
  • 50/50 raffle
  • Merch

August 11-21st | Hours: 11am-6pm

Fringe Beer Garden

Gallery Row in Nanaimo’s Old City Quarter | 19+

  • A selection of Longwood craft beverages available
  • 50/50 raffle
  • Patrons must respect Fringe performances taking place on the Gallery Row outdoor stage during beer garden hours.

Friday, August 13 & 20th | Hours: 1-9pm

Saturday/Sunday August 12-14th & 19-21st | Hours: 4-10pm

Fringe Ticketing

  • ALL PATRONS ARE REQUIRED TO PURCHASE A ONE-TIME $5.00 FRINGE FESTIVAL BUTTON TO SEE ANY SHOWS (available at the Fringe Hub and at the door). Proceeds support the operating costs of the festival
  • In-person shows: $12.00^
  • On Demand streamed shows: $8.50^
  • Festival Pass: Save big and see any 5 Fringe shows for just $50.00^. Pass can be used for yourself, or bring along a friend!
  • Artists receive 100% of their box office revenues; to protect artist income, all ticket sales are final.

^plus applicable fees.

Shows at the Port Theatre

125 Front Street, Nanaimo

Nanaimo Fringe Festival Preview Night

Let’s kick off the festivities with this FREE event, compiling 5 minute teasers from each Festival show!

The Last Frontier

Roaring Heart Theatre, Nanaimo

Port Theatre Mainstage | 60 Mins | Strong language & adult situations | 15+

The Last Frontier is a new original musical with book by Michael Armstrong and music and lyrics by Beth DeVolder. A new doctor and his young wife arrive in a remote logging camp in northern Minnesota in 1910 where the last great stand of white pine is being cut. Their adventures in the frontier among the towering trees, the rowdy lumberjacks, and the local suffragettes couldn’t be more different. This will be a showcase presentation of the first act.

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Randii Andii – Going Deep

Randii Andii, Nanaimo

Port Theatre Mainstage | 60 mins | nudity, sexuality, LGBTQ+, language | 18+

The show consists of comedy, burlesque, a wide variety of musical numbers and fabulous show-stopping costumes. Randii will take you on a musical journey of her life.

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Seven for a Secret

Child of a Hoodlum Productions, Nanaimo

Port Theatre Mainstage | 60 Mins | some loud Sci-fi sound FX | 12+

Seven for a Secret, an original work by Bill Miner, is a 1940s style sci-fi thriller, and will be performed as a live radio drama, complete with period costumes and eerie sound effects, transporting the audience back to the golden age of radio.

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My First Miracle – adventures in bipolar disorder

Bennet Caffee, San Fransisco

Port Theatre Mainstage | 60 Mins | mild profanity | 14+

After trying to leave town in the night, Ash gets confronted by her old friend Grace. After a night fuelled by alcohol, emotions, and secrets they must ask themselves one question. Is this the last time they’ll see each other?

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When We Gather

Sing for No Reason Productions, Victoria

Port Theatre Lobby | 55 mins | 10+

Susan is up in the attic all alone, singing harmonies with herself on a vocal looper. Aching for a time when we’ll be able to gather together again, she dreams of singing with friends around a picnic table, by a campfire, and in some happening little bistro. Imagination blurs into reality as the audience begins to realize they’re truly welcome to join in the deliciousness of voices intertwining. When We Gather is a dream collage of original songs, spoken word, movement and memoir.

“Susan Ellenton is the songwriting Queen of the Universe!” – Chris Mann

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Shows at the OV Arts Centre

25 Victoria Road, Nanaimo

Strange Danger

Herbert Henries – Comedy Dangerist, Winnipeg

OV Arts Centre Mainstage | 45 mins | 16+

A comedy show like no other. Herbert Henries has come all the way from Canada’s Got Talent to your hearts, and he is on a quest to find work one show at a time. A 45-minute roller coaster of comedy, stunts, and a few extra surprises. Every stunt/act he performs is strangely unique and exciting. He loves involving the audience in his show as he can’t afford to hire an assistant. People don’t just watch Herbert Henries; they experience him.

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A Staged Reading: an Intentional Comedy

Live Works, Nanaimo

OV Arts Centre Mainstage | 60 mins | All ages

The first staged reading of the murder mystery, “Macabre Park.” It all goes fantastically wrong as the writer shows up at the last moment with the scripts and their changes…

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Nabil Sayes, Nanaimo

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An original work by local theatre artist, Nabil Sayes. Recipient of the Pacific Coast Stage Co. cultural artist bursary.

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Sadec 1965: A Love Story

Flora Le, Washington, USA

Port Theatre Lobby | 65 mins | PG13+

How can we find true, sustained love when we failed to receive it? This is the question Sadec 1965 attempts to answer. After finding out that her estranged father has cancer, Flora goes on a 6-week solo motorcycle trip through Vietnam, her father’s homeland, to make sense of her difficult relationship with him. Her search for answers will take her on an incredible journey through time and space, allowing her memories to take on a new meaning.

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Outdoor Shows in the Old City Quarter

The Reason I Perish | performed at Gallery Row

Alina Blackett, Vancouver

60 mins | 16+ (please be advised that any minor patrons must be seated outside of the licensed Beverage Garden, as directed by Festival ushers.)

A meditation on how life experiences can affect one’s health, the potentially devastating impact of trauma, and the isolating and distorting nature of certain diagnoses, this one-person show follows a character who is trapped in an unknown, liminal space. In an attempt to discover where they are, why they are there, and who they’re with, they search through a journal that has been left behind. Selections from the journal come to life through the character, providing a poetic roadmap to the possible meaning of their tragic situation. 

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Nanaimo’s Got Talent  | performed at Gallery Row

A Penny A Sketch, Nanaimo

60 mins | family friendly (please be advised that any minor patrons must be seated outside of the licensed Beverage Garden, as directed by Festival ushers.)

A marionette production involving two puppeteers and two musicians. This is a fun performance about a boy named Andy who dreams about being on a game show called “Nanaimo’s Got Talent”. 

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Silent Disco | at Gallery Row

Collective Groove Silent Dance Co.

D3 hours | By Donation

Get yours groove on and join the silent disco party at the Fringe Beer Garden. Headsets provided.

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Festival Wrap Karaoke Night + Audience ‘Pick of the Fringe’ at Gallery Row

FREE | Sunday August 21st @ 8:30pm.

Vote for your favourite 2022 Fringe show and celebrate alongside the winner and other Fringe artists at our Festival Wrap Karaoke event in Gallery Row.