Get Your Art On at the Closing Cabaret!

There is so much to look forward to at FemFest and to wrap it all up we’ll have rabbits, rock, cupboards and dancing! Once again featuring an exciting mix of artists from all disciplines, the festival closing won’t disappoint. Here’s the full line-up and more inside info on the artists.
FemFest Closing Cabaret – September 19th 9pm
Hosted by comic genius Heather Witherden

  • music by Nameless + Shameless
  • Sandra Brown – visual art installation
  • The Origin of Ocean Rabbit – an animated film by Alison Davis
  • Afghan Dance re-imagined – from a workshop with Monirah Hashemi and local dancers
  • The Reflections Movement – by Kim Zeglinski and Angela Chalmers
  • music by Raine Hamilton

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Check out what the artists had to say about themselves:

Heather Witherden would introduce herself in this way: “Oh, THAT Heather Witherden? She’s funny, do you know her? She seems to know everybody! I love her, she cracks me up! She also likes to talk about herself in third person.” If she wasn’t performing she would love to nap professionally. Melissa McCarthy would play her in a movie. She’s also currently working to help produce a Winnipeg Burlesque Festival.

Alison McLean of Nameless + Shameless is a creative person whose outlets include working with children, writing plays, singing in a rock n roll band with her husband who’s a drummer, and being a mother to two awesome teenage boys. She’d like to roar about what we’re doing (or not doing) for the poor in our city, especially children and young adults. She loves rockin out with this band and is looking forward to doing more gigs!

Sandra Brown is a mixed media artist and mother of two children. If she weren’t an artist she would be a life coach or an epic gardener. She could see herself played by Rosanna Arquette in a movie. She’d like to roar about the fact that “the work of mothering is huge and completely undervalued in our world.” She would choose to be a butterfly if she wasn’t human.

Alison Davis is curious to learn new things and is passionate about her projects. “I am a pretty low key person though, and would much rather be at home, animating, cooking, gardening, reading or hanging out with a couple friends than be in the spotlight.” She believes in a movie about her life they should cast Tilda Swinton to play her.

Kim Zeglinski would introduce herself as “a woman who wears many hats. Life is a crazy roller-coaster ride sometimes, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t feel fully ‘me’, unless I’ve got many irons in the fire, which serve the multiple life-roles of wife, mother, teacher, and artist.” Although she doesn’t resemble her she would LOVE Julianne Moore to play her in a movie. On the roaring front “Don’t get me started! HOMELESSNESS for one!” And she is a Mama Bear, through and through! Get more info at @kimmyzeewpg on Twitter.

How would Raine Hamilton describe herself to a stranger: “Like a shorter, funnier Joni Mitchell, crossed with a shorter, more musical Tina Fey. Acoustic folk, story teller, safe passage into the dark and beautiful places.” She’ll be touring Ontario in October and released her CD last May. She works with the We Care Campaign, a campaign for awareness and action for missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. Outside of being a musician she’d love to be a comedian. Her choice for casting in her life movie: “Ellen Page, who is awesome, and to whom I bear a resemblance. How tall is she?” She’d like to roar about colonialism, systemic racism, MMIW…

Get your tickets for this stellar line-up. The Closing Cabaret is also followed by a fabulous reception!

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