Prose writing, jazz singing and belly dancing in our FemFest Cabarets!

A showcase of new talent, creative masterminds and artistic expression that extend beyond the realm of theatre—the FemFest cabarets are always a festival favourite. This year, our lineup of Opening and Closing Cabaret contributors is stronger than ever – and it’s not just because our festival theme is She’s Got The Power. We are very fortunate to have such a diverse group of musician, actors, visual artists, and more who will showcase their original art on September 13th and 20th at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film. As with almost all of our FemFest events, the Cabarets are only $10.00. But there are so many more reasons than just affordability to attend both of these exciting evenings…

Bizarro Obscure

Bizarro Obscure

Last year the wonderful Susan Tymofichuk of CTV Winnipeg hosted our Opening Cabaret. Susan did such a great job that we asked her to host again this year! In fact Susan’s been keeping the action packed evening moving for us for several years. At the other end of things, the hosts of our Closing Cabaret are new to the FemFest scene. Janis and Jujube of Bizarro Obscure—a five star-rated production at this year’s Fringe Festival, are sure to bring their quirky, eccentric presence to the hosting of our Closing Cabaret! We couldn’t be more excited about the super women that have agreed to facilitate these two talent showcases.

Prairie Caravan

Prairie Caravan

Within the Cabaret lineups, audiences will have the opportunity to experience a diverse range of visual art presented by local talents Alison Moore, Pamela Hadder, Janice Kenworthy and Debbie Schon. Continuing on the visual side of things, this year’s cabarets will include the work of female filmmakers Antosia Fiedur and Ali Tataryn and an all-female dance troupe, Prairie Caravan, who will liven up the Opening Cabaret with tribal belly dancing.

Melanie Dahling

Melanie Dahling


Melanie Dahling returns with her comic stylings, Teresa-Lee Cooke is back with her wonderful prose writing and you do not want to miss a special musical performance by Tiffany Ponce! Opening will also be your opportunity to see a sneak peek of what will take place during the rest of FemFest as both The Naked Women and Launched will be previewed. During the Closing Cabaret, Comedian and burlesque dancer, Heather Witherden will treat us to a hilarious dose of provocative stand-up. Of course we have not forgotten our tradition of featuring dance and Alexandra Elliot will join us hot off the heels of her Fringe hit, Adi Sara Kreindler is back by popular demand and you do not want to miss the antics of the Talentless Lumps!

The Talentless Lumps

The Talentless Lumps

There are so many enticing components of our Opening and Closing Cabarets that you will have to visit our website, for all the details. Leave a comment below letting us know what Cabaret act you can’t wait to see. We hope to see you there!

FemFest Cabarets Deliver the Goods!

FemFest annually produces the best and brightest in female talent each year in Winnipeg. Although the festival’s mandate is to produce plays by women, we realized a few years ago that many women theatre artists were also working in other mediums. In order to showcase cross-discipline work we started including cabaret evenings as book ends to the festival. The ideas was so succesful that we expanded to invite even more women working in a broader range of mediums. Now our popular cabarets feature a unique smorgasbord of musicians, dancers, visual arts and everything in between and outside of the ordinary! We are thrilled to once again feature an array of local favourites for our 10th anniversary festival.

And now, presenting the FemFest 2012: Staging Identity Cabaret Line-up’s!

Opening Night – Saturday, September 15 – hosted by Susan Tymofichuk

Mad Young Darlings

Closing Night – Saturday, September 22 – hosted by Chrissy Troy

Prairie Caravan Tribal Bellydance

Both evenings will be followed by a reception with great food and a chance to meet the artists. For more information on getting your tickets for these amazing nights of exquisite talent, check out!

FemFest Opens in 1 Week!

FemFest 2011: Staging Inspiration will start with a bang with its opening night gala cabaret on Saturday, September 17th. Sarasvàti Productions, the organizers behind the festival which is now in its ninth season, are thrilled to host such an exciting and diverse array of performers and local celebrities. The cabaret will be hosted by popular television personality, Susan Tymofichuk from CTV. It will feature a collection of theatre, art, film and music. Some local artists participating are Anita Lebeau, Caroline Barrientos, Shelley-Lynne Hardinge, and the Fufuchichi choir featuring Michelle Boulet, Sarah Constible and Liz Quesnel. 

Hip Shakin' Mama Shelley Lynne Hardinge

“The evening cabarets are such an important part of the festival, it is a rare opportunity for audiences to mingle with the artists and to enjoy not only theatre but music, art and film as well,” says Artistic Director Hope McIntyre. “We are thrilled to showcase so many talented women as part of our opening night festivities,” she adds.

The content for this year’s opening cabaret includes some of the most recognized women artists in the country with an emphasis placed on Canadian content. SG Lee, a 30 year theatre veteran will be traveling from New Brunswick to perform with Winnipeg actor Dan De Jaeger who you may have seen in Cannibal! The Musical at the Winnipeg Fringe this year. Their piece titled Breathtaking was inspired by asthma – and compiled over the internet. The series of stories and breathing create the feeling of having your breath taken away. Anita Lebeau will also be showing her National Film Board short film titled Big Drive. She is a multiple-award winning film maker, and has freelanced projects in animation for Sesame Street and Sesame Park.

Anita Lebeau's Big Drive

The multi-disciplinary cabaret has been so popular that the festival will once again close with another stellar line-up of female artists at a closing cabaret. This closing event will be hosted by popular radio personality, Chrissy Troy from HOT 103. It will feature Cara Lytwyn performing her stand up comedy routine. She is Rumours Comedy Club’s “Funniest Person with a Day Job” winner from 2009. She also performed at the Winnipeg Comedy festival this year, and was part of Tazzy’s Angels at Winnipeg Fringe Fest 2011. We will also be featuring the Nova Dance Collective, a group of young Winnipeg contemporary dancers. They had a very successful run at this year’s Winnipeg Fringe Festival, receiving rave reviews and sell-out shows.

We are also very excited to announce that both evenings will be followed by a reception, which will be catered by La Trattoria. It is Winnipeg’s only Sicilian restaurant, and has been very successful since it opened earlier this year on Provencher Avenue in Saint Boniface.

The Opening Night Cabaret and Reception take place on Saturday, September 17th at 7pm. The Closing Night Cabaret and Reception take place on Saturday, September 24th at 9 pm. Tickets for each evening are $10 and can be reserved through the website or at 586-2236.

All FemFest events take place at the Canwest Centre for Theatre and Film (at the University of Winnipeg, 400 Colony Street).