Top Five: Music Productions at PuSh Festival

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (PuSh Festival) recently announced it’s 13th annual season with artists coming from around the world to participate in this three week mid-winter series. Six of these performances channel music to tell their stories, so let’s take a look.

Mouthpiece – Quote Unquote Collective (Canada)
Presented with The Cultch
Jan 31–Feb 5 | Historic Theatre at The Cultch

Two women are sitting in a bathtub. They’re two halves of the same woman, a woman who recently lost her mother and must now plan a funeral. They overlap…until they don’t. The show honours the privacy that women seek for themselves, emphasizing female assertion and submission, diverging in just the right moments to produce little epiphanies.

dirtsong – Black Arm Band (Australia)
Presented with Coastal Jazz
Supported by Australian High Commission Canada, CDm2 LIGHTWORKS, Full Circle: First Nations Performance
Feb 4 | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Against a backdrop of stunning documentary, this spectacular performance company of Indigenous artists share songs honouring their connection to the earth with driving percussion, didgeridoo and soulful vocals. Deeply moving and intoxicating, this Canadian premiere poignantly coincides with the 150th year of our nation born from the displacement of Indigenous peoples.

Town Choir – Theatre Replacement (Canada)
Presented with Theatre Replacement
Supported by Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, Vancouver Public Library and Westbank
Jan 22, 29, Feb 5 | Various locations

The Vancouver Youth Choir brings a variety of thoughts and obversations about Canadian cities to life. Some are hilarious, others profound, but by the end you’ll be feeling a sense of community that’s been missing in the age of social media.

Four Thousand Holes – Vicky Chow/Ben Reimer (Canada)
Presented with Music on Main
Jan 23 & 24 | The Fox Cabaret

A master of contemporary piano and a percussionist meet at The Fox and…create a night of unforgetable music. There are world premieres by Music on Main’s composer-in-residence Nicole Lizée and the widely acclaimed Vincent Ho, plus John Luther Adams’ Four Thousand Holes.

Zappa Meets Varèse & Oswald: The Present Day Composer Refuses to Die 
Turning Point Ensemble (Canada)
Presented with Turning Point Ensemble
Supported by SFU Woodward’s
Jan 27–29 | Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Zappa and Varèse are two striking musical figures of the twentieth century, and here the 30-piece Turning Point Ensemble and composer John Oswald bring them together for an inventive production, still ahead of its time.

Sculptress: The Music of Nicole Lizée – Standing Wave Ensemble (Canada)
Presented with Standing Wave Ensemble & Music on Main
Jan 30 & 31 | The Fox Cabaret

Here you’ll find another Nicole Lizée piece, but this time it’s mixed with audiovisual performances and electro-acoustic chamber music.

Single tickets start at $10. To buy tickets, visit or call the PuSh Festival Audience Services info line at 604.449.6000.
PuSh Passes are also available.