Transform: A Cabaret Festival takes over all three Cultch venues to
Transform: A Cabaret Festival takes over all three Cultch venues to "push the boundaries of what is considered acceptable in the mainstream.”

Bringing together over fifty Indigenous and non-indigenous performers, the inaugural Transform: A Cabaret Festival takes over The Cultch’s three venues from October 2-12.

Transform will be a gathering for so many artists to share their daring and powerful works with audiences and inspire landmark conversation for years to come,” says co-curator Corey Payette in a media release.

With nearly twenty events over its nine nights, we’ve put together a list of five we think you should check out. For the complete listing of events visit

1. The Women of Comedy (Oct 4 & 5)

Canadian Comedy Award-winner Martha Chaves, Australia’s rising Indigenous comedy star Steph Tisdell, Toronto-based comedian Nour Hadidi, and local comedian Erica Sigurdson come together at The York in a show designed to get you laughing.

2. Vhine und Szong: Fantastic Femmes (Oct 4)

Veda Hille’s intermittent song series returns with a cabaret festival twist as she hosts Jaye Simpson and Carleigh Baker with songs and stories.

3. Where the Two-Spirit Lives (Oct 10)

Drag and storytelling combine to create a whimsical exploration of what it means to be Two-Spirited in the new millennium in Southern Alberta.

4. Silla and Rise featuring JB the First Lady (Oct 10)

Ottawa-based Silla and Rise bring their unique blend of Inuit throat-singing and futuristic dancefloor beats, with special guest Vancouver-based hip hop and spoken word artist, JB the First Lady.

5. Cirque Transforming (Oct 11)

Inspired by traditional hoop dancing, fire circles, and spinning orbs, a variety of circus artists come together for a deluge of whirling wheels, flying sparks, and more.

Transform: A Cabaret Festival takes place at all three Cultch venues (Historic Theatre, York Theatre & Vancity Culture Lab) from October 2-12. Visit for the complete line-up, tickets and information.