All-Access Box

Below you’ll find details, links, activities, and more to enjoy as part of your TRANSFORM ALL-ACCESS BOX! The festival shows will be streamed at their specific show times but everything else can be explored and enjoyed anytime.

TRANSFORM Cabaret Festival Presented by Urban Ink & The Cultch


“There has never been a more important time than now to share the vision of this festival. TRANSFORM Cabaret Festival began as a way to create relationships and collaborations between artists, companies, and communities.  The need for this work is deepened by the current realities that could pull us apart rather than bring us together. Doing the Festival this year is a celebration of our resilience, our determination, and our dedication to our community. With film crews in London (UK), Toronto (ON), Moncton (NB), Montreal (QC), Melbourne (AUS), and these Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver, BC) we bring the world to your living room. Thank you for joining us at the Festival!”

–Corey Payette & Heather Redfern
Co-Curator, Artistic Director of Urban Ink & Co-Curator, Executive Director of The Cultch

Opening Night Bash: First Week

Thursday, Sept 24 at 7pm PDT 

The Darlings III

Friday, Sept 25 at 7pm PDT 


Le Gateau Chocolat: ICONS

Saturday, Sept 26 at 12pm PDT

Saturday, Sept 26 at 7pm PDT


Opening Night Bash: Second Week

Thursday, Oct 01 at 7pm PDT

The Candy Show

Friday, Oct 02 at 7pm PDT

Toronto - March 30, 2016
Dustin Rabin Photography #2720

Deadleh Indigenous: Virago Nation

Saturday, Oct 03 at 7pm PDT

*The TRANSFORM All-Access Box does not include access to Family Drag Brunch, Storytime & Dress Up due to the limited number of participants, if you would like to attend, you can purchase tickets here.

You will be emailed performance reminders for all the shows listed above prior to each performance. If you have any questions or trouble accessing the shows online, please email and we’d be happy to help!

Bonus Content

Cultchcast: Shigematsu Shoots the Shit

This season, local favourite Tetsuro Shigematsu hosts a brand new Cultch podcast! Before he created some of your favourite shows (Empire of the Son, 1 Hour Photo, and Kuroko) Tetsuro was the host of CBC Radio One’s former afternoon series The Roundup. His experiences as an artist, writer, performer, and broadcaster make him the perfect host to have in-depth conversations with a variety of artists from our season.

Episode #1
with special guest, Hot Brown Honey’s Lisa Fa’alafi

Episode #2
with special guest, The Darlings’ Continental Breakfast (Chris Reed)


Created by Sidonie Adamson, Renee Mak, and Maria Sample

This 30-minute digital circus show is a collaborative exploration into the nostalgia of live performing arts. This immersive, behind-the-scenes experience celebrates local Vancouver artists, and all of the things that make the performing arts possible while reaching towards a more diverse future for circus arts. Filming all around The Cultch, a group of unbelievable circus artists fill the empty theatre with circus magic for you to enjoy anytime during the festival!

#1: Ritual.

A night out at The Cultch is going to be different, hopefully just for this season. 

What are your favourite theatre rituals? What are the rituals you miss most right now?

Maybe it’s something you do before the show starts, or what you do afterwards. Maybe it’s something you wear, or who you are with.

#2: Write a note to an artist.

Think back through your memory archive of shows at The Cultch and/or the York.

Is there a work or an artist that you immediately think of?

What/who is it and why?

How did it make you feel?

Special Offers

Dinner and a show!

Receive 15% off take-out and dine-in orders from the following Cultch restaurant partners any night of the festival!

Caffe La Tana

La Tana is a grocery store, neighbourhood cafe, and pasta house stocked with the finest imported Italian goods, and serving house-made pastas, pastries, and strong, traditional espresso. Translated from “the den”, La Tana’s Italian name offers a nod and a home to the namesake fox of sister restaurant Savio Volpe, becoming a gathering place on Vancouver’s Commercial Drive.

V.V Tapas Lounge

A brand new gathering place for Vancouverites who share a passion for artfully prepared small plates, locally and internationally sourced wines, craft beers, and cocktails, and most importantly, good company. Situated in Strathcona Village, at V.V you can expect relaxed yet refined ambiance, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and tasty fare ranging from in-house pickled fruits and vegetables, creatively seasoned popcorn, and raw oysters to delicious charcuterie selections including a range of hand-selected artisan cheeses and fine meats. 

We look forward to seeing you at V.V and sharing our fresh take on a Vancouver classic.

Signature Cocktail: Sparkling Ginger Cocktail


For ginger syrup:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 oz fresh ginger peeled and sliced thinly

For each cocktail:

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz ginger syrup
  • 1 oz freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • Sparkling water 


To make ginger syrup:

Combine all three ingredients in a large microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl and microwave for 2 minutes, or until sugar dissolves completely with a quick stir. Let stand at room temperature one hour.

To make a cocktail:

Stir bourbon, ginger syrup, and lemon juice together in a glass. Add a handful of ice and top with a splash of sparkling water.

Enjoy the festival!