The Cultch Announces its Fall 2020 Season

The Cultch, Vancouver’s most diverse and innovative arts and cultural hub, has announced its Fall 2020 Season. The past few months have made it clear that The Cultch isn’t just a place, it’s a community. It’s more than a historic church and a former movie theatre—it’s a vibrant and resilient community of artists and arts lovers. Continue reading:
The Cultch Announces its Fall 2020 Season

East Van Panto Charms in a 2019 Rendition of Pinocchio

Chirag Naik, Pippa Mackie, Shawn Macdonald (L to R); Photo Credit: Emily Cooper

Now in its seventh year, the East Van Panto, presented by Theatre Replacement, has become a holiday tradition in the city.

On opening night, the spirited cast proved why audiences keep on returning to this quirky take on a traditional Christmas panto.

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East Van Panto Charms in a 2019 Rendition of Pinocchio

East Van Panto Delights in a Satirical Holiday Laughathon

Photo Credit: Emily Cooper

Have you ever seen a play that left you giggling for days after, to the extent that family and friends think that you must be possessed by the devil of silliness? Has a production ever made such an impression on you that you burst out laughing every time Rachel Notley’s face is on the news?

If not, you’re in luck because the East Van Panto’s latest production, Wizard of Oz, is sheer ludicrous, satirical merriment.

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East Van Panto Delights in a Satirical Holiday Laughathon

Hitchcock-style Opera Is Sure to Thrill at Vancouver’s Cultch

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It’s promising to be yet another exciting theatre and arts season in Vancouver! Companies around the city are launching their new productions, some particularly avant garde and definitely worth catching.

Upcoming at The Cultch Historic Theatre (1895 Venables) is City’s Opera’s mounting of Nigredro Hotel, a one-act chamber opera that is an intense delving into the intricacies of relationships and the instability and survival of the human psyche.

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Hitchcock-style Opera Is Sure to Thrill at Vancouver’s Cultch

Australia’s Hot Brown Honey headlines Femme January

One of the hits of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is coming to Vancouver.

Hot Brown Honey has had two successful runs at the standard-bearing Fringe, including an award for 2016 Total Theatre Award for Innovation. Originally scheduled for just two weeks, presenters the Vancouver East Cultural Centre has added a week of shows. It now runs Jan 9-27, at the York Theatre (639 Commercial Dr.).

In addition, the Cultch is billing Hot Brown Honey as part of a month of programming. Femme January, as its called, includes a couple of other shows.

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Australia’s Hot Brown Honey headlines Femme January

Innovative Noh Chamber Opera Comes to Vancouver’s Cultch

Featured image of model Noriko Cool by Trevan Wong

One of the most exciting parts of living in and visiting Vancouver is witnessing the incredibly rich East/West cultural collaborations that occur in the city.

This season, The Cultch will host the world premiere of a ground-breaking and emotionally charged noh chamber opera, presented by TomoeArts.

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Innovative Noh Chamber Opera Comes to Vancouver’s Cultch

Gender Non-Conformists’ November Show in Vancouver is Gonna Be Much More than “Pretty Good”

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By Casey Stepaniuk

This November, my absolute dream queer literary event—and possibly yours too—is coming to Vancouver. Local storyteller Ivan Coyote and Toronto-based artist Vivek Shraya are teaming up for a multi-disciplinary show called Pretty Good, combining their various talents as writers, poets, storytellers, and musicians. It’s a short-running show, visiting only Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, and Edmonton, as if it’s some sort of special gift for western Canada! Pretty Good will feature these two talented artists as “they revisit family origins, sing about scars and skeletons, and perform brand new material from their new books.” Another queer Vancouver author, Amber Dawn, will be joining Ivan and Vivek as a guest.

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Gender Non-Conformists’ November Show in Vancouver is Gonna Be Much More than “Pretty Good”