The Cultch

The Essentials (Soft Cedar)

WHEN & WHERE April 16-17, 2021, 7.30pm & 2pm on April 18 | Online, partially live-streamed from the York Theatre

Musicians Khari Wendell McClelland, Gordon Grdina, Tanika Charles, Jeanette Reed & Faye Mallett Spoken Word Performers Cecily Nicholson, Hari Alluri, Mia Birdsong, Jarrett Martineau, Ashon Crawley, Kathleen Gallagher, Andrew Kushnir, Harsha Walia & Seth Klein Dancer Henry Seaweed

Reviewer John Jane

Detroit native, now an adopted Canadian and a member of the gospel trio Sojourners, Khari Wendell McClelland asks his audiences to think about what is essential. He is joined on the York Theatre stage, in-person by international musicians and virtually by some eclectic spoken word performers. Full review



Imagine Van Gogh the Original Immersive Exhibition in Image Totale©

WHEN & WHERE March 19 to August 29th, 2021, Open Daily 9am – Midnight | Vancouver Convention Centre

Reviewer John Jane

Imagine Van Gogh creators Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron provide a virtual promenade inside the life and work of this iconic artist. The concept offers a rather unique immersive experience of seeing around 200 works through Van Gogh’s supposed vision. Full review


The Cultch in association with The 7 Fingers
OUT OF ORDER (North American premiere)

WHEN & WHERE March 18-20, 2021 at 7:30pm; March 21 at 12pm | Streamed pre-recorded performance from Pavillon de laTohu in Montréal

The Company Tuedon Ariri, Guillaume Biron, Mikael Bruyere, Samuel Renaud, Louis Joyal, Vincent Jutras, Éline Guélat, Maude Parent, Anna Kichtchenko, Antino Pansa

Reviewer John Jane

Out of Order (French trans. En panne) doesn’t have a straight line narrative, but has an obscure theme of prohibition with intentionally grotesque elements. Costumes vary between garish and minimalist. The artists demonstrate incredible balance and agility in the physical aspects and scintillating style in the theatrical aspects. Full review



One Who Dreams is Called a Prophet
a novel by Sultan Somjee

Published by Amazon, 2020

Book review by Christian Steckler

Those who have known only peace in their lives often take it for granted. They are unaware of those elements in life that preserve peace or threaten it. They have not experienced the truth of understanding one thing by knowing its opposite. Perhaps this understanding is strongest in those who have known peace, and then lost it. This might be one advantage that elders carry over youth. Experience, memory, tradition, and the capacity to learn from life can carry us to depths of understanding that are at least as valuable as any heights reached by youthful creativity and energy. Full review