Sandra Bernhard Boldly Kicks Off the Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver

Image by BJ Graham | Via Sandra’s official website

By Rachel Rosenberg

Sandra Bernhard has definitely reached icon status in pop culture, as an actress, writer, singer and radio host. She’s also a very talented live performer, appearing in both on and off-Broadway shows, so don’t miss out on her October 31st cabaret-style show at The Vogue, 8 PM.

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Sandra Bernhard Boldly Kicks Off the Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver

Buffy Sainte-Marie among the performers at this year’s Verses Festival of Words

Canadian music icon Buffy Sainte-Marie headlines this year’s Verses Festival of Words.

The singer/songwriter/activist is the most prominent figure at the spoken-word festival, which takes place April 19-29, with 30+ events across East Vancouver.

Along with Sainte-Marie, guests include radio host Janet Rogers, burlesque dancer Sparkle Plenty and cyber-punk poet Joshua Whitehead, amongst many others. In addition, a poetry competition will bring students from across B.C. to perform original works.

See below for a closer look at Verses, and some of the headliners.

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Buffy Sainte-Marie among the performers at this year’s Verses Festival of Words

Verses Festival of Words April 8 – 13

Mindy Nettifee. Photo courtesy Verses Festival of Words.

Mindy Nettifee. Photo courtesy Verses Festival of Words.

Versəәs Festival of Words, Canada’s largest spoken word festival, arrives in Vancouver April 8th-13th. Poets from across Canada will compete to become the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Champion. The winner, receives an all-expenses-paid trip to
Paris as a competitor in the World Championships. The week-long multi-media event also features musicians, storytellers and artists.

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Verses Festival of Words April 8 – 13

Tongue N’ Cheek March 22 at the Rio Theatre

Vancouver burlesque dancer Lola Frost

Lola Frost with the Night Owl Revue at Electric Owl, Vancouver, Oct 2011. Photo credit: Jason Statler/The Snipe News

What happens when you put slam poetry together with burlesque and music? Why, you get Tongue N’ Cheek, a bawdy night of song, words and tassels at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway near Commercial) Friday March 22.

Now in its second year, Tongue N’ Cheek features some of the city’s top burlesque performers interpreting the erotic poetry of renowned spoken-word artists from Vancouver and the U.S.

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Tongue N’ Cheek March 22 at the Rio Theatre