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Date: October 2 to 12Venue: The CultchPrice: From $26thecultch.com
A drag artist, burlesque performer and circus star walk into a theatre: the result might be funny, but it’s no joke. The Raven Transforming Cabaret Festival is Vancouver’s freshest multidisciplinary Indigenous performance festival, and it has a focus that stretches from stand-up to DJs to intimate club acts.
Festival curators Corey Payette (artistic director of Urban Ink) and Heather Redfern (executive director of the Cultch) are excited to spotlight a new form of performance in our cabaret-lacking city. “Having a large body of work showcased in a relatively compressed period of time creates synergies between artists who are often siloed into one aspect of cabaret,” say the festival organizers. Don’t skip leg day—you’ll need those edge-of-your-seat muscles.
Date: September 24 to 29Venue: The CultchPrice: From $18vancouverimprovfest.com
This fest features local comedians, out-of-town celebs (including Andrew Phung of CBC’s Kim’s Convenience) and open public workshops—so get ready to play yourself.
Date: October 7Venue: Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports CentrePrice: From $36rocktherink.com
Attention, triple axel admirers: iconic Canadian figure skaters Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir and Patrick Chan fuel this star-studded skating spectacular.
Date: September 12 to October 13Venue: Stanley Industrial Alliance StagePrice: From $29artsclub.com
This haunting but hopeful show is an adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling page-turner and tells the story of an unlikely bond between two women living in Kabul in the 1990s.
Date: Ongoing on MondaysVenue: Burdock and CoPrice: From $10burdockandco.com
Celebrate surviving the first day of the workweek by getting down with savoury dumplings, an all-natural wine list and a live DJ spinning vinyl.
Date: October 12Venue: Vogue TheatrePrice: From $32.50postmodernjukebox.com
If you like “Old Town Road” but think it could use more sousaphone, look no further than this giant vintage musical collective (also known by their acronym, PMJ)—their weekly YouTube covers have gained over four million subscribers.
Date: September 24 to October 5Venue: Firehall Arts CentrePrice: From $20firehallartscentre.ca
However woke you think you are, prepare to get woker: Young Jean Lee’s modern minstrel show about black identity confronts bias with a bite.