Inside the Elbow Room Café

Photo by Dustin Godfrey
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Holiday at the Elbow Room Café is based on a small breakfast joint on Davie Street that was owned by Patrick Savoie and Bryan Searle until last year – Vancouver’s most iconic café in the city.

“It’s such a theatrical place. It’s hugely colourful. There’s so much to look at. There’s so much to hear.” —DAVE DEVEAU, Playwright & Co-Lyricist

The motto of the restaurant was “Food and service is our name, abuse is our game!” including some special house rules for every customer:

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Savoie says the diner’s feisty roots can be traced back to a busy Sunday morning when a group of customers rudely yelled for some more coffee while he was servicing another table. He gave into his frustrations.

“I turned around and I said, f–k you! I was just over there and asked you if you wanted coffee … and now you expect me to drop everything?

Those customers left — but everyone else applauded.

They said Patrick, you did what every single waiter and waitress in America or around the world would like to have done.”

A Sassy Spoonful: Inside the Elbow Room

If you did not finish your meal, you had to donate to A Loving Spoonful, a local HIV organization.

In 35 years The Elbow Room Café raised over $123,000 for the support of free healthy meals to people living with HIV and AIDS.

Patrick Savoie (left) and Dave Deveau (right)
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Holiday at the Elbow Room Café runs Dec 10-29, 2019 at the Historic Theatre. Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363.

Introducing East Van Panto’s new scenic illustrator: Cindy Mochizuki!

We are so excited to welcome Cindy Mochizuki to the East Van Panto team!

Theatre Replacement’s East Van Panto features the work of so many amazing artists every holiday season. Part of the magic of the Panto, is having new voices featured each year with new members of the creative team. This year, we are so excited to welcome Vancouver artist Cindy Mochizuki to the team!

Cindy Mochizuki creates multi-media installation, performance, animation, drawings, and community-engaged projects that explore the ways in which we manifest ‘story’. Her community-engaged projects explore the triangular relationship of performativity, social engagement, and magic. 

 A large body of her work investigates narratives and memories within the archive of familial architecture, including childhood spaces, home videos, photography, and oral histories.  These projects revisit the memory and history of displacement and migration of family members both within Canada and Japan.”

Check out some of her amazing work below!

Cave to Dream:

Explores the passage of time, life and death, and the power of dreams.
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Other Faces of Nihonga:

An embroidery and listening experience that brings to light remembrances of Japanese Canadian mothers and their domestic skills and artistry during the internment camps as conjured by their daughters (now in their 80’s).
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During her residency, Mochizuki opened a fortune shop out of her studio and offered fortunes in exchange for personal monster stories.
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Check out Cindy’s amazing work on stage at East Van Panto: Pinocchio!

East Van Panto: Pinocchio runs Nov 20-Jan 5, 2020 at the York Theatre. Book tickets online or by phone by calling The Cultch Box Office at 604.251.1363.

LEO soars into Vancouver after sold out run in Montreal

By Caitlin Bryant

Montreal’s Nouveau Theatre video

After premiering at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it took home the Three Weeks Editors Award, the Scotsman Fringe First Award and the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, LEO received this review from theatre critic Thomas Haywood: “LEO is a superb physical one-man dance show… mind-bending, illusionistic and spellbinding… This show is destined for a great future.”

Haywood’s intuition was right. Since then, LEO has toured numerous cities throughout the UK, US, Iran, New Zealand, Germany, Poland, and Zimbabwe. LEO has taken the international theatre community by storm – so much so, that they’ve had to train two additional actor-acrobats, Julian Schulz from Berlin and William Bonnet from France will also play the role of the “imaginary cosmonaut” named Leo.

Chamaleon Theatre Berlin, Germany

It’s really no surprise that LEO is enjoying such great success. This comedic piece of physical theatre is a funny, surreal, and surprisingly touching work that challenges the senses and tests perceptions of reality through the clever interplay of live performance and video projection. This creation by the innovative Berlin-based production company Circle of Eleven leaves audience members wondering which way is up and which way is down.

The Cultch presents LEO

But don’t take our word for it; check out the incredible buzz this show has created world-wide.

“LEO… does on its stage what Einstein and great physicists have dreamt of for ages… successfully break through the inter-space-time-continuum.”Review Fix

“An eye-teasing, deeply impressive work of sustained absurdist magic.”Time Out, New York

“Mr. Wegner knows just what he is doing, but his character has no idea: the man adjusts to a world of changed gravitational laws as the room around him becomes a fantastical playground.”New York Times

“LEO uses an ingenious combination of stage design and video projections to create an unexpected environment for extraordinary feats of acrobatic theater in which “our hero” literally loses his sense of gravity and departs on a logic-defying adventure”SHOWBIZZ CHICAGO

“By the end of the performance, your brain has been successfully hoodwinked: you almost forget to watch the performance in the real physical space, focusing all your attention on the fantasy taking place on the video projection,”Edinburgh Spotlight

“A triumph of coordination, Leo interacted perfectly with… the physical challenges thrown his way by an ever-changing environment” New Zealand International Arts Festival

LEO biscuit trailer

Interview with Tobias Wegner

Visit Circle of Eleven’s website for Performer Tobias Wegner, Director Daniel Briere, and Creative Producer Gregg Parks artist’s statements. –

For more information, click here . Tickets are from $17 and may be purchased by visiting, by calling the box office at 604-251-1363, or in person at 1895 Venables St.

Tobias Wegner discusses LEO with a fascinated Gr. 1 class in Charleston, South Carolina

Only until Sunday, December 2: Purchase 4 or more tickets to LEO and enjoy 25% off Section A & B seats. This promotion is valid only for performances on December 4 – 9, 11 & 12. Offer valid with promo code GRAVITY25. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. No cash value. Offer may not be applied toward past purchases. This offer expires Sunday, December 2, 2012 at midnight.