TRANSFORM Cabaret Festival returns for a fourth year with an exciting digital and in-person hybrid format that will take what you know about Cabaret to the next level! Co-curated by Corey Payette and Heather Redfern, with the support of Protocol Keeper, Quelemia Sparrow, the Digital Remix 2023 festival continues to focus on empowering Indigenous artists and encouraging collaboration with non-Indigenous artists. This unique festival builds relationships and brings communities together to create lasting social change and cutting edge world-class performance. Featuring local and international artists in a variety of performance styles including theatre, music, drag, circus, comedy and everything in between.
Come and see a selection of new shows, including powerful works from local artists—Kim Senklip Harvey’s Making The Mystics: An Artistic Ceremony Documentary and Urban Ink’s Guide My Way, a concert film by Corey Payette—as well as some big Canadian and
international shows including a new show from Manitoba’s Darla Contois (The War Being Waged), and powerful interdisciplinary cabaret and circus shows from Australia’s Polytoxic and Aotearoa New Zealand’s Te Rēhia Theatre and The Dust Palace (Demolition, and the documentary Te Tangi ā te Tūī).
On top of these new shows, this free digital TRANSFORM Cabaret Festival will offer viewers the option to revisit some of the festival’s past favourites. People can watch the digital Opening Night Bash that brought TRANSFORM online in 2020, a compilations show of some select moments of the late Candy Palmater’s The Candy Show, contemporary drag from Vancouver’s favourite non-binary drag collective, The Darlings, and Connective T/issue – Classical Cirque, collaborations between contemporary classical musicians and circus artists.
With so many exciting shows available at no cost, Urban Ink and The Cultch hope TRANSFORM Cabaret Festival—The Digital Remix 2023 gives people the opportunity to experience world-class performances from wherever they may be.
This year, our artists are taking over our stages for 2 months of explosive days of bold, uncompromising, political, and interactive performances all created for a digital experience hybrid with an in-person audience twist you won’t want to miss! Now, more than ever, this festival is a platform for IBPOC artists to self-determine the stories they share and how they want to share them with the world. We can’t wait for you to join us!