Ambitious new project looks at fictional boomtown, launches Feb 1 at Club PuSh in Vancouver

Photo courtesy Anvil Press.

Photo courtesy Anvil Press.

The end of the PuSh Festival is just over a week away – so you still have a chance to see some extraordinary performance art and interdisciplinary shows.

One of these is a combination book launch and musical performance, and it happens this Sunday (Feb. 1) at Club PuSh.

Club PuSh, at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright St.) on Granville Island, is basically the social hub of the annual international performing arts festival – the place where performers and theatre-goers alike can see some shows, have a drink or two and talk about the festival.

This informal setting sounds ideal for the launch of Cabalcor: An Extracted History.

Cabalcor is a new multidisciplinary work that charts the rise and fall of a mythical boomtown. A collaborative project, it draws on the talents of a number of local writers and artists in local collective Sun Belt. They contribute an array of material, from journal excerpts to film transcripts to environmental studies and police reports, as well as photos, paintings, illustrations and music.

The book launch features readings from the book as well as a life performance by Vancouver musicians Stephen Lyons, Jon Wood, Terri Upton, Paul Rigby and Rick Maddocks. Historian/MC Nita Bowerman presides over the event.


Calvin Wharton is one of the people who will read from Cabalcor at Club PuSh on Feb. 1.

Tickets for Cabalcor are $27 at and by calling Tickets Tonight at 604-684-2787 ext. 2.

Cabalcor: An Extracted History (mixed media, 8 x 7 inches; $24 CAN/USA; 168 pp; ISBN 978-1-77214-003-3) will be in stores Feb. 15.

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