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Behind-the-Scenes with Tetsuro
Behind-the-Scenes with Tetsuro 08/26/16
You’re invited to join The Cultch + Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT) for a Behind-the-Scenes evening with Tetsuro Shigematsu, creator and star of Empire of the Son, and director Richard Wolfe.

Here’s your chance to see brand new work from Tetsuro, with excerpts from his brand new piece Midnight Son, a follow-up to Empire of the Son. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at Tetsuro’s new work in production, followed by a very special Q&A with Tetsuro Shigematsu and Richard Wolfe.

Space is limited! Tickets are by donation at the door, but you can reserve your spot here so you don't miss out!

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)
Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) 08/26/16 To 08/28/16

Presented by Awkward Stage Productions
York Theatre

Aug 3, 4, 11, 13, 17, 19, 25, 26 @ 8:00pm
Aug 7 & 28 @ 2:00pm
Preview: Aug 3 @ 8:00pm
Opening: Aug 4 @ 8:00pm

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is an exuberant comedy by Ann-Marie MacDonald, and Governor General’s Award winner. Were Shakespeare’s classic tragedies "Othello" and "Romeo and Juliet" originally comedies that got lost in translation? That’s what Constance, a young English literature prof from Queen’s University believes. So begins her comedic search for the ‘lost fool’, and possibly herself, through a modern rabbit hole with the intrepid help – and often hindrance - of fair Juliet and wise Desdemona.

This presentation contains strong language, smoking, loud noises and the use of haze

Ticket Prices: $30 A/$23 B/$15 C  (Preview only)

$35 (sec A) / $28 (sec B) / $20 (sec C)

TITUS: The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus
TITUS: The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus 08/27/16

Presented by Awkward Stage Productions
York Theatre

Aug 5, 6, 10, 12, 18, 20, 24, 27 @ 8:00pm
Aug 14 & 21 @ 2:00pm
Preview: Aug 5 @ 8:00pm
Opening: Aug 6 @ 8:00pm

TITUS: The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus won last year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival Pick of the Fringe and earned 5 Stars from the Vancouver Sun. Locally written by Andrew Wade and Jenny Andersen, this is the world premiere of its full Two Act glory! Young William Shakespeare bemoans that no one seems to care for his Titus Andronicus? Well what could possibly improve murder and mayhem better than singing and dancing? And make it funny! Yes, that’s it; people love a comedy! More than a parody; more than an adaption – it’s a bloody grand time!   

Please note: This presentation contains mature content, loud noises and haze

Ticket Prices: $30 A/$23 B/$15 C (Preview only)

$35 (sec A) / $28 (sec B) / $20 (sec C)

Love Potion Cabaret
Love Potion Cabaret 09/09/16

September 9, 2016
York Theatre

Accordion Noir presents an intoxicating elixir of world class artists. Headliners Nefertiti in the Kitchen (Rennes) channel the bite of Kurt Weill and the dreaminess of Radiohead with their eccentric multi-lingual cabaret. Patrick Farrell and Ben Holmes (Brooklyn) premier “The Conqueror Worm”, a suite of music, visuals and text based on the poem by Edgar Allen Poe. Jet Black Pearl (Belgium) delivers a masterful mix of accordion, vocals, beatboxing, looping and flute. Duo Finelli (San Fransisco), combines acrobatics, clowning with tex-mex flavoured squeezebox, and local composer Nathan Shubert premiers a new work for accordion and sheng with Tim Chan.

Please note this event is 19+
Online ticket sales end 24 hours in advance of the event.

Ticket Price: $22
**Early Bird Price: $18 until August 24

"Move the Mess Around" Dance Party
"Move the Mess Around" Dance Party 09/10/16

September 10, 2016
The Wise Hall (1882 Adanac Street)

**Please note this event is at The Wise Hall (1882 Adanac Street)

Accordion Noir presents a dance party mixer of epic proportions. Pinata Protest (San Antonio) brings shredding lead accordion to a mix of old school punk rock and traditional Latin border music. Local squeezebox superstar Jack Garton with his roots roller-coaster band the Demon Squadron celebrate the release of their new album “Move the Mess Around”. Featured square dance, button box rocker Gunther Kablutsiak (Arviat) teams up with local Metis dance troupe V’ni Dansi. Duo Finelli brings accordion clowning and acrobatics to a new level and Dirty Grace limbers everyone up with cheeky and soulful songs from the heart.

Please note this event is 19+
Online ticket sales will end 24 hours in advance of the event.

Ticket Price: $22
**Early Bird Price: $18 until August 24

Square Dance
Square Dance 09/23/16
It's the 8th Annual Cultch Community Square Dance - Friday, September 23 from 7-10pm, featuring caller Paul Silveria (AKA Professor Banjo) and live music by The New Short Mountain Deadbeats. Admission by donation!
The Return of History: Jennifer Welsh
The Return of History: Jennifer Welsh 09/23/16

Presented by 2016 CBC Massey Lectures
September 23, 2016 @ 7:00PM
York Theatre

In his 1989 essay "The End of History?" Francis Fukuyama suggested that western liberal democracy was the endpoint for political systems- the best and final system to emerge after thousands of years of trial and error and theory about large-scale social organisation. Fukuyama seems to have been wrong; our recent history- filled with terrorism and war, rising inequity and the mass flight of peoples- suggests that we've failed to create any sort of global formula for lasting peace and social equity. Jennifer Welsh's 2016 Massey Lectures explore the why's and the what-now's.

Adult $35.00 (Sec A) $30.00 (Sec B & C)
Student & Senior $20.00 (All Sections)

Daughters of the Kingdom
Daughters of the Kingdom 09/24/16

Presented by Shadi Toloui-Wallace

September 24, 2016
7:30 PM
York Theatre

Renowned singer songwriter Shadi Toloui-Wallace has released her third studio album Daughters of the Kingdom (2016) and will be celebrating its launch in a live performance with her studio band, for this one night only concert.
Like her other records, Daughters of the Kingdom is inspired by the Writings, Stories, and Teachings of the Baha'i Faith and draws on various themes, specifically the empowerment of women and the high station they’ve held throughout history. Shadi spent the last few years travelling, performing and collaborating with other musicians, experimenting with various styles, and playing in alternative bands, all in the lead up to the release of her latest project. For more information visit:

Tickets: $25.00

Helen & Edgar
Helen & Edgar 09/29/16 To 10/08/16

A story of Savannah told by celebrated orator Edgar Oliver
The Cultch 2016/17 Presentation
Sept 29 – Oct 8   
York Theatre - 639 Commercial

The creative team behind storytelling juggernaut The Moth join forces with acclaimed raconteur Edgar Oliver to present the mesmerizing, hilarious, and heartbreaking tale of Oliver and his sister Helen’s strange childhood in Savannah, and their mother’s struggle with madness.

Sean McCann in Concert
Sean McCann in Concert 09/29/16

Sean McCann in Concert
September 29, 2016 8PM
Historic Theatre- 1895 Venables

Sober, Survivor & Great Big Singer. Sean McCann, widely known as a member of internationally renowned band, Great Big Sea, has spent the last 20 years sailing around the world enamouring audiences from Copenhagen to California. Today his mantra is ‘help yourself’, breaking the silence on his past addiction, abuse and using Music to change lives for the better.

Tickets: $32

The Flame
The Flame 10/04/16

Vancouver’s wildly popular True Storytelling series The Flame comes to the York Theatre on Tuesday, October 4 for an unforgettable evening of daring, poignant, and often embarrassing true stories told live on stage. Now in its 8th season, The Flame has presented over 600 stories at its monthly event on Main Street at Cottage Bistro. Join this brilliant roster of raconteurs as they risk stepping in front of the microphone to boldly share their most personal true stories. Featuring Charlie Demers, Tara Jean Stevens, Ryan Biel, Dawn Milman, JJ Lee, Marylee Stephenson, Grant Lawrence, and Stephanie Morin-Robert. With music guests Anton Lipovetsky & Molly MacKinnon.

Real People. True Stories. Only at The Flame. Presented in community partnership with The Cultch.

Motherload 10/04/16 To 10/15/16

The Motherload Collective (Vancouver)
The Cultch 2016/17 Presentation
Oct 4 - 15   
Historic Theatre - 1895 Venables

Returning after a wildly successful 2015 run, Motherload is an intimate account of parenting in the modern age. Four prominent Canadian theatre artists and mothers bare their personal stories about what it takes to be a member of the world’s biggest club.

Piya Behrupiya (Twelfth Night)
Piya Behrupiya (Twelfth Night) 10/11/16 To 10/22/16

The Company Theatre (India)
The Cultch 2016/17 Presentation
Oct 11 - 22   
York Theatre - 639 Commercial

Presented with Diwali Fest | With English surtitles

Commissioned by London’s Globe Theatre, The Company Theatre, one of Mumbai's most innovative theatre groups, created a Bollywood-meets-Shakespeare musical adaptation of Twelfth Night. A runaway success, the contagiously joyful Piya Behrupiya has since performed nearly 100 shows across India and around the world.

Fight Night
Fight Night 10/18/16 To 10/29/16

Ontroerend Goed, Border Project Australia, Richard Jordan Productions, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Vooruit in association with Adelaide Festival of the Arts
The Cultch 2016/17 Presentation
Oct 18 - 29   
Historic Theatre - 1895 Venables

Five performers. Five rounds. Your vote. One survivor. The power is in your hands (literally! You have keypads!) to vote for your favourite candidate. Fight Night makes elections a wickedly fun theatrical game.

The Pianist
The Pianist 10/25/16 To 11/06/16

Thomas Monckton (New Zealand)/Circo Aereo (Finland)
The Cultch 2016/17 Presentation
Oct 25 – Nov 6   
York Theatre - 639 Commercial

Classical clowning mixed with contemporary circus produces a catastrophic comedy centered on, in, under, and around the grand piano. At the peak of high society entertainment sits The Pianist. Impeccable, he glides through life without a foot out of step. He is, in a word: perfection. Or at least that’s what he thinks…

Empire of the Son
Empire of the Son 11/01/16 To 11/13/16

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver)
The Cultch 2016/17 Presentation
Nov 1 - 13   
Vancity Culture Lab – 1895 Venables

Returning after an extended and completely sold out run, Empire of the Son, written by and starring Tetsuro Shigematsu (former host of CBC Radio One’s The Roundup), is the story of two generations of broadcasters and the radio silence between them.

The Elephant Wrestler
The Elephant Wrestler 11/01/16 To 11/05/16

Indian Ink Theatre Company (New Zealand) | Presented with Diwali Fest
The Cultch 2016/17 Presentation
Nov 1 - 5   
Historic Theatre - 1895 Venables

The contradictions of modern India, with its iPhones and ancient gods, come alive in this funny and beautiful romantic thriller. Inspired by a traditional Indian fairy tale, The Elephant Wrestler follows a poor chaiwallah (tea seller) as he attempts to solve the interwoven mysteries of true love, tragedy, and joy. An international success earning rave reviews in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, and the US.

All Hell Is Breaking Loose, Honey
All Hell Is Breaking Loose, Honey 11/08/16 To 11/12/16

Frédérick Gravel/Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup (MONTREAL)
The Cultch 2016/17 Presentation
Nov 8 - 12   
Historic Theatre - 1895 Venables

Performed by four male dancers, choreographer Frédérick Gravel attempts to deconstruct the stereotypes of the typical North American male, from T-shirts, beer, and baseball to violence, confusion, and mood swings.

East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood
East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood 11/23/16 To 12/31/16

Theatre Replacement (Vancouver)
The Cultch 2016/17 Presentation
Nov 23 – Dec 31   
York Theatre - 639 Commercial

Here she comes! Little Red Riding Hood is bombing down the Adanac bike trail to deliver a basket of goodies to her sweet little granny. Easy right? Not in the East Van Pantowhere everything gets real wacky, real fast! Cheer Little Red along as she battles everything from bike thieves to distracted drivers to the Big Bad Wolf. And what the heck are the Three Little Pigs doing here?!

The Sicillian Project
The Sicillian Project 11/25/16

Presented with Capilano University and the Italian Cultural Centre

Michael Occhipinti’s JUNO-nominated Sicilian Jazz Project has been dazzling audiences world-wide with its intriguing mix of Sicilian folk material and the best elements of jazz, world music, funk, blues and reggae. The project is being hailed by critics as, “a masterpiece of cultural fusion.” The band will be joined by special guest artist, Italian singer-songwriter, Pilar.

The Fighting Season
The Fighting Season 01/10/17 To 01/21/17

Bleeding Heart Theatre (Vancouver) | Cultchivating The Fringe Award
The Cultch 2016/17 Presentation
Jan 10 - 21   
Vancity Culture Lab – 1895 Venables

Inspired by his father's deployment in Afghanistan, Sean Harris Oliver's searing new play investigates the Afghan war through the eyes of a Canadian field medic, a doctor, and a recovery room nurse.

Mouthpiece 01/31/17 To 02/05/17

Quote Unquote Collective (Toronto) | Presented with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
The Cultch 2016/17 Presentation
Jan 31 – Feb 5   
Historic Theatre - 1895 Venables

Mouthpiece follows one woman, for one day, as she tries to find her voice. The push and the pull, the past and the present, the progress and the regression: this is the inner conflict that exists within a modern woman’s head. Interweaving a cappella harmony, text, and movement – Mouthpiece is a harrowing, humourous, and heart-wrenching journey into the female pysche.

NeoIndigenA 02/15/17 To 02/19/17

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (Toronto)
The Cultch 2016/17 Presentation
Feb 15 - 19   
Historic Theatre - 1895 Venables

A full-length solo performance from award-winning artistic director, choreographer, and performer Santee Smith (TransMigration), exploring our relationship to ancestors, the living universe, and renewal. The spellbinding score features elemental voices of Inuit singers Tanya Tagaq and Nelson Tagoona with musical composition by Cris Derksen, Jesse Zubot, Michael Red, and Adrian Harjo.

am a
am a 02/21/17 To 03/04/17

Amber Funk Barton and Mindy Parfitt (Vancouver)
The Cultch 2016/17 Presentation
Feb 21 – Mar 4   
Vancity Culture Lab – 1895 Venables

am a explores identity through the lens of Neuroplasticity, a science that examines the brain’s capacity for change. But how do we change our brains? And if we can change, how far can we go? Using personal text, scientific writings, dance, song, and frivolity to explore personal confrontation, am a is a celebration of being human. Of daring to succeed. Of daring to fail.

Elbow Room Café: The Musical
Elbow Room Café: The Musical 03/01/17 To 03/12/17

Zee Zee Theatre (Vancouver)
The Cultch 2016/17 Presentation
Feb 28 – Mar 12   
York Theatre - 639 Commercial

A candid look inside Vancouver’s most iconic eatery: home of raucous service, celebrity sightings, and hearts of gold. Dave Deveau (My Funny Valentine) and Anton Lipovetsky (Broken Sex Doll) sink their teeth into the whimsy and heart of real life café owners Patrice and Bryan and explore how we age together in a Technicolour world.

The Daisy Theatre
The Daisy Theatre 03/21/17 To 04/09/17

Ronnie Burkett (Toronto)
The Cultch 2016/17 Presentation
Mar 21 – Apr 9   
Historic Theatre - 1895 Venables

For ages 19+

Returning after three sold out runs, don’t miss your chance to see the production The Georgia Straight called “one of the best shows you’ll ever see.” Each performance will be different, daring, ridiculous, and on the edge in the hands of renowned puppeteer provocateur Ronnie Burkett and his resident company of over 40 marionettes.

How To Be
How To Be 04/12/17 To 04/15/17

Tara Cheyenne Performance (Vancouver)
The Cultch 2016/17 Presentation
Apr 12 - 15   
Historic Theatre - 1895 Venables

Choreographer/creator Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg presents an exciting blend of dance and theatre with her signature comic sensibilities. How to Be is a close up look at how we think we "should" be, how we think others "should be," and the beautiful failure of it all.

Vertical Influences
Vertical Influences 04/18/17 To 04/30/17

Le Patin Libre (Montreal)
The Cultch 2016/17 Presentation
Apr 18 - 30   
Brittania Ice Rink - 1661 Parker

Le Patin Libre is creating a new kind of ice dancing, far beyond the confines of traditional figure skating. There are no sparkles, no stereotypes, and no fuzzy animal costumes. An all-ages spectacle of dizzying spins, spiralling arabesques, and maximum fun.

Mump and Smoot in Anything
Mump and Smoot in Anything 04/25/17 To 05/06/17

Mump & Smoot (Toronto)
The Cultch 2016/17 Presentation
Apr 25 – May 6   
York Theatre - 639 Commercial

For ages 19+ (except previews/matinee)

The famed Canadian clown duo return to The Cultch with a new work that will take Vancouver audiences yet again into the giddy, scary world of pure imagination. In their twisted netherworld, Mump and Smoot are confronted by a myriad of nightmarish obstacles that present themselves at every turn.

La Merda
La Merda 05/02/17 To 05/13/17

Silvia Gallerano/Cristian Ceresoli | Frida Kahlo Production (Italy) | Richard Jordan Productions (UK) | PRESENTED with the Italian Cultural Centre
The Cultch 2016/17 Presentation
May 2 -13   
Historic Theatre - 1895 Venables

Literally naked, internationally acclaimed Silvia Gallerano sings and howls this provocative and critically acclaimed text: a stream of consciousness that reveals, with rage and poetry, revolting human secrets, and a modern society that is powerful, desperate, vulnerable, and cutting. A multi-award winning sell-out hit across the world, La Merda is truly shocking and truly brilliant.

Children of God
Children of God 05/17/17 To 06/03/17

A new musical by Corey Payette | World Premiere | Produced by The Cultch WITH THE National Arts Centre English Theatre (Ottawa), Raven Theatre (VANCOUVER), and Urban Ink Productions (Vancouver)
The Cultch 2016/17 Presentation
May 16 – Jun 3   
York Theatre - 639 Commercial

In this powerful musical, the children of an Oji-Cree family are sent to a residential school in Northern Ontario. This is a story of redemption: for a mother who was never let past the school’s gate, and her kids, who never knew she came. Children of God offers a thrilling blend of ancient traditions and contemporary realities, celebrating resilience and the power of the Indigenous cultural spirit.

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