Victoria Arts Guide
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Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
Kirsten Schrader has curated yet another incredible season creating a diverse fall program for the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre (CPAC) — chock full of award winning, multifaceted musicians, theatrical dance and critically-acclaimed comedy.

Juno-award winning Jesse Cook performs Sept. 26, and one of Canada’s most-celebrated musicians, Jann Arden on Nov. 19, making a return visit, while the indigenous dance troupe, Dancers of Damelahamid perform at the CPAC for the first time on Oct. 14 with their masked-dance production, Flicker.

The season opens on Sept. 22 with a unique musical performance featuring Ukraine’s DakhaBrakha, delivering a tapestry of indie folk-rock and pop music blended with Ukrainian folk-music — an avant-garde sound that’s become a cult phenomenon around the world — lovingly described as “ethno-chaos”. CPAC delivers unique musical performances with Nashville Hurricane, starring Chase Padgett on Oct. 18. On Nov. 2, the BC World Music Collective brings together 13 musicians from Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Africa and London that takes listeners on a worldwide journey without ever leaving their seats.

Here’s your chance to catch some of Canada’s rising stars in CPAC’s Cabaret Series. The stage is transformed into an intimate, speakeasy-style venue with on-stage seating.

Cabaret Series Performances:

Oct. 4: Lion Bear Fox

Apr. 25: Derina Harvey Band

The Comic Strippers return on Oct. 12 with their sexy-larious fictitious male stripper parody. Victoria’s Mike Delamont returns Nov. 3 as the Almighty in, God Is A Scottish Drag Queen: The Second Coming.

Nov. 16, CBC’s ‘This is That’ returns for a final appearance on the CPAC stage.

Oct. 25: Ballet Kelowna brings an evening of passion and power in an adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.

Nov. 7: Glass Tiger performs legendary iconic songs featuring special guest Jessica Mitchell.

Nov. 18:Tango de mi Vida — an afternoon of high-energy music and dance.

Nov. 25: Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy’s festive holiday concert ‘A Celtic Family Christmas’.

Nov. 29: Dean Brody brings his Dirt Road Stories Acoustic Tour in a solo performance.

Dec. 9: Winter Harp magical holiday concert.

Dec. 14 &15: A Royal City Youth Ballet of ‘The Nutcracker’ with more than 100 dancers.

Jan. 25: International Guitar Night with Italy’s Luca Stricagnoli, Antoine Boyer and Samuelito joined by Cenk Erdogan.

Feb. 7: Canada’s Ballet Jörgen brings a tale of love, life and mistaken identity in ‘Coppélia’.

Feb. 8: Acoustic performance from Matthew Good.