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Raven Transforming Cabaret Festival


Curated by Corey Payette & Heather Redfern

Oct 02–12, 2019  |  Historic Theatre, York Theatre, & Vancity Culture Lab


A variety of ground-breaking artists—from here and around the world—will take over all three of our Cultch stages for eight explosive nights of bold, fresh, and extraordinary performance. It will be Indigenous and non-Indigenous, rough and ready, brash and beautiful, polished and political. Your heart will be wrenched, your mind inspired, and you’ll laugh until your belly hurts. All with the purpose of furthering our collective efforts towards reconciliation and the important conversations we must continue to have.
Cabaret is the perfect vehicle for the modern theatrical stage. Around the world, cabaret festivals emerged during a period of change and uncertainty as a platform for political discourse and engaging in deep conversations. Raven Transforming Cabaret Festival will be a new cabaret festival inspired by a daring new concept to bring radical and lasting change to live performance in these unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.
You will hear truth told a multitude of ways through music, dance, spoken word, poetry, theatre, circus, and burlesque. There will be revelations, questions, and engagement. This is a festival of transformation.” —Heather Redfern, Festival Co-curator
Raven Transforming Cabaret Festival will be a gathering for so many artists to share their daring and powerful works with audiences and inspire landmark conversation for years to come. —Corey Payette, Festival Co-curator


Raven Transforming Cabaret Festival will take over all three Cultch stages, Oct 02–12!
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Announcing the first round of Raven Transforming Cabaret Festival artists: 

All Indigenous Burlesque troupe Virago Nation
Beloved local singer-songwriter Veda Hille
Musqueam writer and performer Quelemia Sparrow
Toronto-based comedian Nour Hadidi
Canadian Comedy Award winner Martha Chaves

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