In collaboration with Urban Ink

Festival Schedule

Wednesday
2019-10-02
Thursday
2019-10-03
Friday
2019-10-04
Saturday
2019-10-05
Sunday
2019-10-06
Wednesday
2019-10-09
Thursday
2019-10-10
Friday
2019-10-11
Saturday
2019-10-12
Opening Night Bash image
19:30
Opening Night Bash

YORK THEATRE

Transform: A Cabaret Festival kicks off with two spectacular Opening Night celebrations! The stars of this year’s festival join forces in an unforgettable extravaganza, featuring a unique mash up of exhilarating dance, music, and comedy numbers like nothing you’ve seen before. Read more

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21:30
Club Transform Grand Opening

VANCITY CULTURE LAB

The Vancity Culture Lab will transform nightly into a festival club that will turn up the volume as festival artists come together for a spontaneous, surprising, and spirited mash up of performance styles. Read more

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15:00
Steph Tisdell Comedy Workshop

YORK THEATRE

Harness your creativity to build confidence and learn how to use comedy as a coping mechanism and a diplomacy tool from Australian comedian Steph Tisdell. Read more

Opening Night Bash image
19:30
Opening Night Bash

YORK THEATRE

Transform: A Cabaret Festival kicks off with two spectacular Opening Night celebrations! The stars of this year’s festival join forces in an unforgettable extravaganza, featuring a unique mash up of exhilarating dance, music, and comedy numbers like nothing you’ve seen before. Read more

Club Transform Grand Opening image
21:30
Club Transform Grand Opening

VANCITY CULTURE LAB

The Vancity Culture Lab will transform nightly into a festival club that will turn up the volume as festival artists come together for a spontaneous, surprising, and spirited mash up of performance styles. Read more

Vhine Und Szong: Fantastic Femmes image
19:00
Vhine Und Szong: Fantastic Femmes

HISTORIC THEATRE

Veda Hille‘s intermittent song series returns with a cabaret festival twist. The essential elements are all here: songs, stories, and you–with wine!  Read more

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19:30
The Women Of Comedy

YORK THEATRE

Some of the funniest women we know are taking over the York in a side-splitting night of comedy. Read more

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21:15
The Darlings

HISTORIC THEATRE

Provocative and imaginative drag theatre! Read more

Club Transform image
21:30
Club Transform

VANCITY CULTURE LAB

The Vancity Culture Lab will transform nightly into a festival club that will turn up the volume as festival artists come together for a spontaneous, surprising, and spirited mash up of performance styles. Read more

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16:00
Steph Tisdell: Identity Steft

HISTORIC THEATRE

Indigenous comedian Steph Tisdell delves into issues of identity and colonialism, while discussing the merits of white guilt vs overt racism.  Read more

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19:30
The Women Of Comedy

YORK THEATRE

Some of the funniest women we know are taking over the York in a side-splitting night of comedy. Read more

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20:00
Virago Nation: Stripping for Sovereignty

HISTORIC THEATRE

Vancouver’s very own all Indigenous Burlesque troupe! Read more

Club Transform image
21:30
Club Transform

VANCITY CULTURE LAB

The Vancity Culture Lab will transform nightly into a festival club that will turn up the volume as festival artists come together for a spontaneous, surprising, and spirited mash up of performance styles. Read more

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11:00
Family Drag Brunch & Dress Up

VANCITY CULTURE LAB

Stories, laughter, and play at a family cabaret! Read more

Steph Tisdell: Identity Steft image
14:00
Steph Tisdell: Identity Steft

HISTORIC THEATRE

Indigenous comedian Steph Tisdell delves into issues of identity and colonialism, while discussing the merits of white guilt vs overt racism.  Read more

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19:00
Journey To South Asia & Beyond

HISTORIC THEATRE

Celebrate Diwali in BC with a multicultural evening of classical and contemporary South Asian dance and music that will push the boundaries of what is considered “cabaret”. Read more

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19:30
The Flame: Cabaret Edition

YORK THEATRE

Vancouver’s own monthly Storytelling Series brings together Indigenous and non-indigenous storytellers!  Read more

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21:15
The African Village Experience

HISTORIC THEATRE

Celebrate Diwali in BC! African Village Experience is an interactive event that involves storytelling, singing, and dancing with participants. Read more

Club Transform image
21:30
Club Transform

VANCITY CULTURE LAB

The Vancity Culture Lab will transform nightly into a festival club that will turn up the volume as festival artists come together for a spontaneous, surprising, and spirited mash up of performance styles. Read more

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19:00
Where The Two-Spirit Lives

HISTORIC THEATRE

A whimsical and moving exploration of what it means to be Two-Spirited in the new millennium in Southern Alberta. Read more

Leela Gilday featuring Sandy Scofield & M’Girl image
19:30
Leela Gilday featuring Sandy Scofield & M’Girl

YORK THEATRE

An evening of powerful music from some of our countries most gifted female musicians. Read more

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21:15
Silla + Rise featuring JB The First Lady

HISTORIC THEATRE

Blending Inuit throat-singing and futuristic dancefloor beats, Silla and Rise are a dynamic Canadian musical group based in Ottawa. Read more

Club Transform image
21:30
Club Transform

VANCITY CULTURE LAB

The Vancity Culture Lab will transform nightly into a festival club that will turn up the volume as festival artists come together for a spontaneous, surprising, and spirited mash up of performance styles. Read more

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19:00
Leela Gilday: Intimate & Unplugged

HISTORIC THEATRE

Get up close and personal with the one and only Leela Gilday. More raw, more intimate, and more Leela than anything you’ve heard from her before! Read more

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19:30
Cirque Transforming

YORK THEATRE

Contemporary circus crossed with traditional hoop dancing! Read more

Virago Nation: Stripping for Sovereignty image
21:15
Virago Nation: Stripping for Sovereignty

HISTORIC THEATRE

Vancouver’s very own all Indigenous Burlesque troupe! Read more

Club Transform image
21:30
Club Transform

VANCITY CULTURE LAB

The Vancity Culture Lab will transform nightly into a festival club that will turn up the volume as festival artists come together for a spontaneous, surprising, and spirited mash up of performance styles. Read more

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19:00
Corey Payette Musical Songbook

HISTORIC THEATRE

A transformative evening of music from Corey Payette’s award-winning and critically-acclaimed musicals–featuring songs and stories from Children of God, Les Filles du Roi, plus a sneak peek of the new musical, Sedna. Read more

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19:30
Drag Transforming

YORK THEATRE

The Queens of East Van, Peach Cobblah & Isolde N Barron, host a drag spectacular! Read more

Where The Two-Spirit Lives image
21:15
Where The Two-Spirit Lives

HISTORIC THEATRE

A whimsical and moving exploration of what it means to be Two-Spirited in the new millennium in Southern Alberta. Read more

Club Transform image
21:30
Club Transform

VANCITY CULTURE LAB

The Vancity Culture Lab will transform nightly into a festival club that will turn up the volume as festival artists come together for a spontaneous, surprising, and spirited mash up of performance styles. Read more

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A revolutionary new festival

A variety of ground-breaking artists—from here and around the world—will take over all three of our Cultch stages for nine 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.