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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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Painting by Carole Sinlair
pDerek Gillingham

A Cultch Presentation

Works from Derek Gillingham and Carole Sinclair MORE

HowToAdult_landscape
HowToAdult_landscape

part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival: It’s time to adult the f*ck up. MORE

Sept. 8-18, 2016

How To Adult: The Musical

Drama + Theatre + Vancouver Fringe Festival 2016

Historic Theatre

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MrsBarbour_landscape

Part of Vancouver Fringe Festival 2016: Mary is facing eviction and is beset by memories of life in a family which for 100 years has been influenced, for good and bad, by Mrs. Barbour, leader of a rent strike in 1915 MORE

Sept. 8 -18, 2016

Mrs. Barbour’s Daughters

Drama + Theatre + Vancouver Fringe Festival 2016

Culture Lab

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GiveItUp
GiveItUp

Part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival: Morgan Brayton has it all! Okay, well, she has questions about it all. MORE

Sept. 8-18, 2016

Give It Up

Drama + Theatre + Vancouver Fringe Festival 2016

Historic Theatre

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FeaturingLoretta_landscape

part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival: What is a woman to do in a man’s world? MORE

Sept. 8-18, 2016

Suburban Motel: Featuring Loretta

Drama + Theatre + Vancouver Fringe Festival 2016

Culture Lab

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FallingAwake_landscape
FallingAwake_landscape

part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival: A comical conundrum between love and parasomnia. MORE

Sept. 8-18, 2016

Falling Awake

Comedy + Drama + Theatre + Vancouver Fringe Festival 2016

Historic Theatre

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Neon_landscape
Neon_landscape

part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival: NeOn questions how you commit to the practice of love. MORE

Sept. 9-17, 2016

NeOn

Drama + Theatre + Vancouver Fringe Festival 2016

Historic Theatre

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OneGoodMarriage_landscape

part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival: This two-hander moves from pathos to humour and back again as a tragic story is revealed MORE

Sept. 9 -18, 2016

One Good Marriage

Drama + Theatre + Vancouver Fringe Festival 2016

Culture Lab

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Antagonist_landscape
Antagonist_landscape

part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival: It’s not easy being a supervillain. MORE

Sept. 9-18, 2016

The Antagonist

Drama + Theatre + Vancouver Fringe Festival 2016

Historic Theatre

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AndBellaSangWithUs_landscape

part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival: An action packed drama with heart, humour, live music, and song. MORE

Sept 9 -17, 2016

And Bella Sang With Us

Drama + Theatre + Vancouver Fringe Festival 2016

Culture Lab

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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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SketchYaLater_landscape

part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival: Looking for a few laughs? A bit of fun? MORE

Sept. 9-17, 2016

Sketch Ya Later!

Drama + Theatre + Vancouver Fringe Festival 2016

Historic Theatre

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DyingCity_landscape
DyingCity_landscape

part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival: A young therapist is confronted by her late husband’s identical twin brother. MORE

Sept. 9-17, 2016

Dying City

Drama + Theatre + Vancouver Fringe Festival 2016

Culture Lab

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BerlinWaltz_landscape

part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival: Come waltz with Lady Berlin—if you dare... MORE

Sept. 9-17, 2016

Berlin Waltz

Drama + Music + Theatre + Vancouver Fringe Festival 2016

Historic Theatre

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HandsAround_landscape
HandsAround_landscape

part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival: 1890. Vienna. Ten encounters on a breakneck path through a chain of lovers. MORE

Sept. 10-18, 2016

Hands Around

Drama + Theatre + Vancouver Fringe Festival 2016

Historic Theatre

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Grounded_landscape
Grounded_landscape

part of the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival: A blistering story of a female F-16 fighter pilot MORE

Sept 10-18, 2016

Grounded

Drama + Theatre + Vancouver Fringe Festival 2016

Culture Lab

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returnofhistory_lanscape

Jennifer Welsh's 2016 Massey Lectures explore the why's and the what-now's MORE

Sept 23, 2016

The Return of History: Jennifer Welsh

Lecture

York Theatre

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Square Dance
pSquare Dance

A Cultch Presentation

Come One, Come All! The Cultch invites you to our 8th Annual Free Community Square Dance, a family friendly dance featuring caller Paul Silveria and live music by The New Short Mountain Deadbeats. MORE

Sep 23, 2016

8th Annual Community Square Dance

Community + Family + Fundraiser

Historic Theatre

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Shadi_landscape
Shadi_landscape

Renowned singer songwriter Shadi Toloui-Wallace has released her third studio album, Daughters of the Kingdom, and will be celebrating its launch in a live performance MORE

Sept. 24, 2016

Daughters of the Kingdom

Music

York Theatre

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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

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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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pFlame_portrait

A Cultch Presentation

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. MORE

Oct 4, 2016

The Flame: York Theatre Edition

Comedy + Theatre

York Theatre

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Motherload
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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

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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

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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

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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

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Empire of the Son
pEmpireOfTheSon_Portrait

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

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The Elephant Wrestler
pElephantWrestler_Portrait

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

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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

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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

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SicilianProject_landscape

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. MORE

Nov 25, 2016

Michael Occhipinti & The Sicilian Project

Music

Historic Theatre

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cagedbeats_landscape_08_23

Four miners are trapped in a mine due to a huge gas explosion. "Caged Beasts" is inspired by a real story which happened in Taiwan in 1986. MORE

Dec. 3, 2016

Caged Beasts

Drama

Culture Lab

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

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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, 2017

Mouthpiece

Dance + Music + Theatre

Historic Theatre

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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