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Vhine Und Szong
pVhine Und Szong

A Cultch Presentation

Come satisfy your craving for tunes from the sensational Veda Hille while savouring your favourite glass of wine or beer. MORE

July 31, 2016

Vhine Und Szong: Summer Edition

Music

Founders' Lounge

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Fakespeare Festival Photo 2B - Kazz Leskard, Natasha Zacher and Nathan Cottell.  Photo credit Tim Matheson.  Graphic design Kathleen Connors
Fakespeare Festival Photo 2B - Kazz Leskard, Natasha Zacher and Nathan Cottell.  Photo credit Tim Matheson.  Graphic design Kathleen Connors

A cheeky new festival celebrating clever Canadian twists of Shakespeare! MORE

Aug 3-28, 2016

The Fakespeare Festival

Comedy + Family + Music + Theatre

York Theatre

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L.J. Throstle
pDeborah Leigh

A Cultch Presentation

Every Day in Every Way: a group exhibition from Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture. MORE

Plastic Theatre Company
Plastic Theatre Company

Jag and The American is a play based on Ernest Hemingway's short stories. MORE

Aug 5 & 6, 2016

Jag and The American

Dance + Music + Theatre

Culture Lab

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OpeningNight_Landscape
OpeningNight_Landscape

Celebrate the opening of the inaugural Monsoon Arts Festival with an evening that will include sneak peek performances of the shows being presented in the 10 days ahead. MORE

Aug 11, 2016

Opening Night Reception

Music + Theatre

Historic Theatre

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05_17_honor_lanscape
05_17_honor_lanscape

A fun and poignant look at the exotic, dangerous life of Mumbai's real-life brothels and why they exist. This dark tale of pursuit of truth in modern day Mumbai is a testament to survival and pride and is a mother’s gift to her only daughter. MORE

Aug 12 & 13, 2016

Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan

Theatre

Historic Theatre

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05_17_butterchicken_lanscape

Imagine taking a little bit of "Saturday Night Live", mixing it with some ol' skool "In Living Colour", throwing in a scoop of ethnic, sprinkling a little singing n' dancing, and topping it off with a whole lot of Bollywood. MORE

Aug 13, 2016

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Chicken

Comedy + Dance + Music + Theatre

Historic Theatre

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Accordion Noir presents an intoxicating elixir of world class artists and a dance party mixer of epic proportions MORE

Sept 9 & 10 2016

The 9th Annual Accordion Noir Festival

Music + Theatre + Video

Other, York Theatre

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pHelenAndEdgar_Portrait

A Cultch Presentation

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. MORE

Sept 29 - Oct 8, 2016

Helen & Edgar

Drama + Theatre

York Theatre

SeanMcCann_landscape
SeanMcCann_landscape

Sober, Survivor & Great Big Singer. Séan 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 your self’, breaking the silence on his past addiction, abuse and using Music to change lives for the better. MORE

Sept 29, 2016

Sean McCann In Concert

Music

Historic Theatre

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Motherload
pMotherload_Portrait

A Cultch Presentation

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. MORE

Oct 4 – 15, 2016

Motherload

Comedy + Drama + Theatre

Historic Theatre

Piya Behrupiya
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A Cultch Presentation

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 been performed nearly 100 times across India and around the world. MORE

Oct 11 – 22, 2016

Piya Behrupiya (Twelfth Night)

Dance + International + Music + Theatre

York Theatre

FightNight_Landscape
pFight Night

A Cultch Presentation

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. MORE

Oct 18 – 29, 2016

Fight Night

Interactive + Theatre

Historic Theatre

The Pianist: A Concert Catastrophe
pPianist_Portrait

A Cultch Presentation

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… MORE

Oct 25 – Nov 6, 2016

The Pianist: A Concert Catastrophe

Comedy + International + Theatre

York Theatre

Empire of the Son
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A Cultch Presentation

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 CBC broadcasters and the radio silence between them. MORE

Nov 1 – 13, 2016

Empire of the Son

Drama + Theatre

Culture Lab

The Elephant Wrestler
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A Cultch Presentation

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. MORE

Nov 1 – 5, 2016

The Elephant Wrestler

Drama + International + Theatre

Historic Theatre

All Hell is Breaking Loose, Honey
pAllHell_Portrait

A Cultch Presentation

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. MORE

Nov 8 – 12, 2016

All Hell is Breaking Loose, Honey

Dance + Theatre

Historic Theatre

LittleRed_39A8242
pLittleRed_39A8221

A Cultch Presentation

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 An East Van Panto where everything gets real whacky, 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 Three Little Pigs doing here?! MORE

Nov 25, 2016 – Dec 31, 2016

East Van Panto: Little Red Riding Hood

Comedy + Family + Music + Theatre

York Theatre

FightingSeason_Landscape
pFightingSeason_Portrait

A Cultch Presentation

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. MORE

Jan 10 – 21, 2017

The Fighting Season

Drama + Theatre

Culture Lab

Mouthpiece
pMouthpiece_portrait

A Cultch Presentation

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. MORE

Jan 31 – Feb 5, 2016

Mouthpiece

Dance + Music + Theatre

Historic Theatre

NeoIndigenA
pNeoIndigenA

A Cultch Presentation

A full-length solo performance from award-winning artistic director, choreographer and performer, Santee Smith (TransMigration), exploring Indigenous sources from the perspective of an unbroken continuum. 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. MORE

Feb 15 – 19, 2017

NeoIndigenA

Dance

Historic Theatre

AMA_landscape
pAMA_portrait

A Cultch Presentation

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. MORE

Feb 21 – Mar 4, 2017

am a

Dance

Culture Lab

Elbow Room
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A Cultch Presentation

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 Technicolor world. MORE

Feb 28 – Mar 12, 2017

Elbow Room Café: The Musical

Comedy + Music + Theatre

York Theatre

DaisyTheatre_Landscape
pDaisyTheatre_Portrait

A Cultch Presentation

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 of the hands of renowned puppeteer provocateur Ronnie Burkett and his resident company of over 40 marionettes. For ages 19+ MORE

Mar 21 – Apr 9, 2017

The Daisy Theatre

Comedy + Theatre

Historic Theatre

HowToBe_Landscape
pHowToBe_Portrait

A Cultch Presentation

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. MORE

Apr 11 – 15, 2017

How To Be

Dance + Theatre

Historic Theatre

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A Cultch Presentation

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. MORE

Apr 18 – 30, 2017

Vertical Influences

Dance

Mump & Smoot
pMumpSmoot_Portrait

A Cultch Presentation

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. MORE

Apr 26  – May 7, 2017

Mump and Smoot in Anything

Comedy + Theatre

York Theatre

La Merda
pLaMerda_Portrait

A Cultch Presentation

A naked Silvia Gallerano sings and howls this provocative and critically acclaimed text. Her rage and bravery reveal revolting secrets, and a modern society that is powerful, desperate, vulnerable, and cutting. A multi-award winning sell-out hit across Europe, La Merda is truly shocking and truly brilliant. MORE

May 2 – 13, 2017

La Merda

International + Theatre

Historic Theatre

pChildrenOfGod_portrait

A Cultch Presentation

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. MORE

May 17 – Jun 3, 2017

Children of God

Drama + Music + Theatre

York Theatre