Toronto's Canwest Cabaret Festival Line-Up Announced, 10/29 - 11/1

Toronto's Canwest Cabaret Festival Line-Up Announced, 10/29 - 11/1

Albert Schultz, General Director of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, today announced the Canwest Cabaret Festival 2009, an intimate weekend of songs and stories at the Young Centre this fall. The second annual Canwest Cabaret Festival brings together over 150 of Canada's most diverse and exciting artists under the same roof for more than 60 unique performances. Every corner of the Young Centre is teeming with activity all weekend long.

Building upon the success of the inaugural festival in 2008, the weekend-long Canwest Cabaret Festival transforms the Young Centre into five intimate club venues. The Cabaret Festival highlights the collaboration of artists and artistic disciplines, while celebrating master musicians as well as emerging artists. Artists perform intimate cabarets showcasing their artistic strengths and interests. Featured artists are musicians, singers, actors, poets and dancers from across Canada, including Molly Johnson, Jackie Richardson, Melanie Doane, Tomson Highway, Kenneth Welsh, Brent Carver, Sharron Matthews, John Alcorn, Andrew Craig, Don Francks, Robert Glumbek, DK Ibomeka, aka SUBLIMINAL, Luis Mario Ochoa, Dave Restivo, Elizabeth Shepherd, Denzal Sinclaire, Maryem Tollar, Peter Tiefenbach, d'bi.young, Patricia O'Callaghan, and many more.

A Canwest Cabaret Festival signature is the Songbook Series, where featured artists celebrate master songwriters in playful and passionate interpretations. In this year's Songbook Series, artists pay tribute to Stevie Wonder, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Rodgers and Hart. To round out the series is a revue of the work of the celebrated Toronto songwriting team, the Breithaupt Brothers.

The festival's featured artists also perform in the Salon Series - an array of cabaret performances exploring a particular theme.

The Canwest Cabaret Festival begins on Thursday, October 29, and runs until Sunday, November 1, at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, located at 55 Mill Street, Building 49, in the Distillery Historic District. Tickets will be on sale October 14, 2009. Ticket prices: Concerts $20. Buy 3 concerts and save 20%. Gala Opening Night $100 (includes exclusive pre-show reception and 3 concerts). Student Festival Pass $30 (access to all concerts 5 minutes before show time, subject to availability) ID required. Tickets are available by calling the Young Centre box office at 416.866.8666 or online at or

Canwest is the Title Sponsor of the Canwest Cabaret Festival. TD Canada Trust Music is a Songbook Performance Sponsor. The Canwest Cabaret Festival is generously supported by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, the Ontario Arts Council, Canadian Heritage, and the City of Toronto. The Young Centre Resident Artist Program is generously supported by Donna and Gary Slaight.

The Young Centre for the Performing Arts is an award-winning, multi-venue performing arts facility located in the Distillery Historic District. Anchored by Soulpepper Theatre Company's year round season and George Brown College's Theatre School, the Young Centre is a home for Toronto's leading artists and arts organizations across all performance disciplines. The Young Centre presents the very best in theatre, dance, music and spoken word in a state-of-the-art setting.CANWEST



Joni Mitchell Songbook
Joni Mitchell is one of the most influential, multi-faceted artists of this generation and her music remains as timeless and relevant today as when she began her career over 40 years ago.

Joni Mitchell Songbook features Heather Bambrick, Suba Sankaran, david sereda, Elizabeth Shepherd and Denzal Sinclaire, with Musical Direction by Suba Sankaran.

Stevie Wonder Songbook
Stevie Wonder, a singer, songwriter, producer, musician, humanitarian and social activist, has recorded more than 30 Top 10 hits, won two dozen Grammys, and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

Stevie Wonder Songbook features Andrew Craig, Daniel Galessiere, Mike Ferfolia and Elizabeth Shepherd with Musical Direction by Andrew Craig.

Rodgers and Hart Songbook
During the 1920's and 1930's, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart helped craft musical comedy into a well-developed art form, with their songs being performed in countless hit stage productions. Rodgers and Hart were the first songwriting team in which the lyricist received equal billing with the composer. The remarkable pair crafted dozens of the great standards of the American popular repertoire, such as Blue Moon and My Funny Valentine.

Rodgers and Hart Songbook features John Alcorn, Diana Braithwaite, Heather Bambrick, Denzal Sinclaire and Chris Whiteley, hosted by Robert Cushman with Musical Direction by John Alcorn.

Breithaupt Brothers Songbook
Canada's Breithaupt Brothers - Don (composer) and Jeff (lyricist) - host a regular revue of their songs at New York City's Public Theater, featuring the very best musical theatre performers.

Get your feet tapping as these remarkably talented musicians explore the songs of the celebrated Breithaupts. Breithaupt Brothers Songbook features John Alcorn, Heather Bambrick, Adi Braun, Brent Carver, Patricia O'Callaghan, Jackie Richardson, Denzal Sinclaire and others, with Musical Direction by Don Breithaupt.

Leonard Cohen Songbook
The legendary Leonard Cohen is arguably the most influential Canadian singer/songwriter of our time. He is the fantasy of every English major, coffeehouse poet and aching romantic and his songs of love, lust, and loneliness have been covered by artists the world over. Last year, at age 73, Leonard Cohen embarked on a world tour, which has sold out major concert halls across Europe.

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