Urban Conspiracy Cabaret

An evening of arts for civic revolution

Arts + Culture, Cities, Community Building, 2012, Summit Alone Together Connecting in the City

Metro Vancouver, its residents are more addicted to social media than the rest of Canadians, has a reputation for being unfriendly and disengaged. The Urban Conspiracy Cabaret was out to explore and combat these notions with what Vancouver does best – entertainment!

With comedic angst and political abandon CBC Debaters’ Charlie Demers and Richard Side took charge of a relevantly irreverent showcase that's cheaper than therapy and more powerful than a Facebook relationship status update. Using comedy, music and poetry, The Urban Conspiracy Cabaret left you feeling uplifted, "liked" and enlightened!

Presented with support from SFU Woodward's Cultural Unit and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

Thu, 20 Sep 2012

7:30 p.m. (PT)

Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C.

About Alone Together: Connecting in the City

In this inaugural SFU Public Square Community Summit, we explored the issue of civic disconnection and discussed ways of strengthening engagement across community and cultural divides. Over six event packed days, we heard from citizens, artists, librarians, businesses, film makers, and mayors in our region, we learned how youth would create a more connected city, and we celebrated the extra-ordinary people who surround us and work to make our lives better, bringing neighbourhoods and communities together.

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The Fabulous Army of Co-Conspirators

Colin Browne

Colin Browne is a writer, filmmaker and a professor in The School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU. His most recent book is The Properties (Talonbooks, 2012). 

Gamelan Gita Asmara

Gamelan Gita Asmara was founded as a student ensemble in1996 by Michael Tenzer but has since evolved into a community arts society. Using a new kind of Balinese gamelan set called Semaradhana, the group learns Balinese repertoire on an intensive practice schedule. Members bring long-term focus and commitment to rehearsal and performance. Over the years, Gita Asmara has commissioned several new works from its first guest artistic director Dewa Ketut Alit (in residence 2001-04), its current director I Wayan Sudirana, and composers Colin MacDonald and Jocelyn Morlock. Gita Asmara is a dedicated collective committed to mastering this challenging music together, the rewards of making something of aesthetic and social value, and the joy of sharing this with their audiences.

High Society

High Society is an unstoppable, dramatic rockin' Soul and Blues band, eager to fill your eyes and ears with euphoric excitement and inspiration. Based out of Vancouver, B.C. the band's unique and contemporary take on old school performance has been heard in theaters, pubs, cafés, street corners and on the radio across Western Canada. They have been building a regional reputation for close to two years playing a blend of R&B, Soul, Blues, Folk, Hip Hop, and Jazz. High Society is fronted by intrepid Adam Farnsworth on keys and vocals alongside the inimitable, Chelsea D.E. Johnson on vocals and guitar. Their solid rhythmic foundation is held down by Cory Sweet on baritone saxophone, tuba and various wind instruments; and Kenan Sungur on drums, upright bass, and vocals.

Veda Hille

Veda Hille was born August 11, 1968 into a nice family in Vancouver, Canada. Started playing piano in 1974. Childhood interests included plants, books, microscopes, science fiction, and psychiatry. Attended art college in the late 80′s and started writing music. Now makes records, writes musical theatre, scores films, teaches songwriting, tours, and generally keeps busy.

Paul Keeling

Pianist Paul Keeling grew up in San Diego, California, in a musically gifted family hearing live classical chamber music played by his own siblings and rehearsals of the University of California San Diego Madrigal Singers (directed by his father) in the living room. In his teens, he became interested in jazz and eventually became a member of west coast trumpet star Gilbert Castellanos' quartet for many years during the 1990's. After a three year stint playing in the U.K., he moved to Vancouver, B.C. in 2006 and recently recorded his debut CD "The Farthest Reach" with a top-notch Canadian quintet. Keeling's musical language is informed by bebop and 1960's era hard bop, but also reaches into the more stratospheric colorings of ECM recording artists such as Kenny Wheeler, Pat Metheny and Keith Jarrett.

Project Limelight

Project Limelight is about inspiring children to look inside themselves and discover their inner strengths, explore their hidden talents, develop confidence and form lasting friendships.  Above all, Project Limelight is about having fun!

Motivated to give back, sisters Maureen Webb and Donalda Weaver founded Project Limelight to support the East Vancouver community where they were raised.

Margo Kane

Margo Kane (Cree/Saulteaux) is an interdisciplinary artist and a leading figure in Aboriginal performing arts. Over the past forty years, she has been recognized as a storyteller, dancer, singer, animator, video and installation artist, director, producer, writer, and teacher. Her desire to create work that has meaning for her people is the catalyst for her extensive travels into both rural and urban Aboriginal communities across Canada, and fuels her commitment to performance that is not only socially relevant but empowering, as well.


Reports and Resources

Alone Together: Connecting in the City Events

  • Alone Together: A Mini Film Festival

    Cities, Community Building, Summit Alone Together Connecting in the City, 2012, Arts + Culture

    Films from across the globe, exploring the issue of isolation in the urban environment, was screened at the Westminster Savings Credit Union SFU Surrey Theater for the Alone Together Film Festival.

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  • Rain City Chronicles – Extra Ordinary

    Arts + Culture, Cities, Community Building, 2012, Summit Alone Together Connecting in the City

    An evening of storytelling and music, this event featured extra–ordinary community folks sharing personal reflections on how they have brought their neighborhoods and communities together.

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  • Urban Conspiracy Cabaret

    Arts + Culture, Cities, Community Building, 2012, Summit Alone Together Connecting in the City

    CBC Debaters Charlie Demers and Richard Side hosted a unique and eclectic night of comedy, music, arts and poetry.

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  • Lonely in Vancouver | City Conversations

    Cities, Community Building, Summit Alone Together Connecting in the City, 2012, Series City Conversations

    As part of the SFU Public Square Community Summit, City Conversations will feature a dialogue on the Vancouver Foundation report on isolation in the region, featuring the foundation’s Catherine Clement, Vice President, Public Engagement and Communications, and Daphne Bramham, award-winning columnist for the Vancouver Sun.

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  • Creating A Connected City: The Role of Business in Addressing Urban Isolation

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    Metro Vancouver's business leaders discussed the role that the business community plays in building urban connections.

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  • Big Ideas for Libraries in Communities

    Cities, Community Building, Summit Alone Together Connecting in the City, 2012, Arts + Culture

    Community spirit thrived at libraries – virtual, cooperative, academic and public! We heard the top ten ideas submitted by community members, on how libraries can contribute to building stronger and more meaningful connections.

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  • Our Voices: Youth Building a Connected City

    Cities, Community Building, Summit Alone Together Connecting in the City, 2012

    Designed for youth, by youth, explored issues related to isolation and disconnection while helping develop solutions at this interactive daylong conference.

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  • Opening Night at the Orpheum!

    Cities, Community Building, Summit Alone Together Connecting in the City, 2012

    Where it all began! Featured some of Canada's innovative minds discussing how we can create more connected communities. With special appearances by Bend Sinister and Shane Koyczan.

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  • Alone Together: Connecting a City with One Voice

    2012, Summit Alone Together Connecting in the City, Cities, Arts + Culture, Community Building

    The SFU Public Square ONE VOICE Music Project is an exciting initiative that harnesses the power of music, media, performance and collaboration to bridge across differences and inspire meaningful connections between (and an appreciation for) our diverse community members.

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  • Open Space

    Cities, Community Building, Summit Alone Together Connecting in the City, 2012

    A public square is not only a place for SFU to engage with the community, it is also a space where individuals and community groups may self-organize. We were excited to offer free open space at our three SFU campuses as part of the Alone Together Community Summit.

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