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.
Please note that this event is 19+
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.
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)
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.
no static: kele fleming record release
presented by tinforest productions
October 15, 2016 at 8PM
October 2016 sees the release of kele fleming’s 5th full-length album, no static. A two-year project in the making, no static is a homegrown Vancouver project co-written with musical collaborator Ron Yamauchi, and recorded, mixed and mastered by Brent Cross at Grizz Studios. The album brings forward what is most raw for us in a way that also brings light in – it reflects the essential beauty available to the human experience: moments of personal redemption, love, and wholeness.
kele and Ron will be joined onstage by Vancouver indie musicians…members of Silent Martin (Ken Schroeder, Jenny Beech and Lorri Dar); Lisa Butel and Brent Cross (Her X and the Wildman and LBS); and Lara Kroeker.
Tickets: $25.00 (Early bird price $22.00 until September 22)
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.
10/19/16 To 10/23/16
October 19-23, 2016 Culture Lab 8PM & 3PM
In the challenge to provide an evening's entertainment "TAKE 5" wins hands down. Over 80 minute it's an emotional classic carney ride through and around 5 eclectic, emphatic, funny plays. Like the Brubeck classic it's hip and happy and haunting. Come see some of Vancouver's best in action at the Cultch.
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
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
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
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.
A Ukulele Night to Remember
November 10, 2016 7PM York Theatre Presented by Ruby's Ukes An evening of Enchanting Ukulele music featuring a double bill: Ruby & Smith and Ruby's 70 piece Ukulele Orchestra
Ruby & Smith Vancouver’s First Lady and Duke of Uke, Daphne Roubini and Andrew Smith are Ukulele Jazz/Folk Balladeers. With her captivating voice and their ukulele skills, together they’ve wowed crowds at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Jazz Fest and Mission Folk Fest, in addition to delighting audiences across Canada and their native UK.
Ruby’s Ukulele Orchestra The Ruby’s Ukulele Orchestra is a 70 piece Ukulele Orchestra with heart, soul, vision, diversity and style. After their very successful debut show this Summer, this new addition to the Vancouver Ukulele Scene will inspire, enliven, and entice you gently into the amazing world of Ukulele that is taking the world by storm.
11/17/16 To 11/27/16
Presented by Touchstone Theatre | As a part of Diwali Fest November 17-27 Culture Lab 8PM & 2PM
Rekha arrives in Calcutta thinking she has come to work in a light-bulb factory. In actuality she has been sold to a pimp by her own brother-in-law. In this impossible situation Rekha manages to shape her own destiny and find inner liberty. Winner of the 2011 Dora Award for Outstanding New Play and a finalist for the 2012 GG Awards, Brothel #9 features Touchstone favourite Laara Sadiq, rising star Adele Noronha and noted actors David Adams and Shekhar Paleja. The Western Canadian Premiere of a deeply moving work that promises to be a highlight of the fall theatre season. Warning: For mature audiences
Presented by String Plunker Records November 19, 2016 8:00PM Historic Theatre
Acoustic Jazz, Classical, Folk, Brazilian, Flamenco, and more with: Kent Hillman, Hanh Nguyen, Les Finnigan, Edgar Avelino, Alexander Flock, and John Gilliat with Rossi Tzonkov. The West Coast Guitar Night features an impressive array of finger-style acoustic guitarists that all play completely different yet complementary styles of music. The show is produced by String Plunker Records and has been a popular annual concert in Vancouver since 1999.
Tickets: $29.00 + Service Charges
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
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 Panto where 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.
Child tickets just $20 for any seat in the house! *Ages 18 and under
Family Packs (2 adult and 2 children tickets, Sec A) from just $120!
Your discount will automatically apply in the basket review after you hit "order seats"!
If you are experiencing difficulties purchasing this package please call the box office at 604-251-1363 and one of our agents will be happy to help!
The Sicillian Project
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.