10th Annual In the House Festival

10th Annual In the House Festival

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Date: 5/16/2013 7:44 pm
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Date of event June 7-9. 2013
Location of event Napier and Victoria

The In the House Festival is 10 years old! We've got a weekend of performance for you that you'll never forget. Music, dance, magic, comedy, burlesque and of course a circus will regale your senses for 3 days. And the unique and captivating thing about this festival? It all takes place in the intimacy of someone's home! 13 houses open up their doors and their yards to the 20 spectacular shows that will make you think twice about the purported "NoFunCity" that plagues Vancouver's reputation. There's something for everyone, so don't miss out on this fabulous community building event!

To further celebrate the momentous occasion of our 10th year, we are organizing a free community potluck on Sunday, June 9th. We hope you'll be able to celebrate with us and continue to build community and support the arts in the best way possible: With your friends, family, neighbors and food. So bring a delicious dish to share and join in the fun!

*Please bring your plate, cutlery and drinking container (we'll have some there too in case you forget, but we are trying to limit the amount of garbage produced). Please note: this is a strictly alcohol-free event.

In the House = creation, culture + community! 
In the House = friendships, flabbergastation + fabulousness! 

Date: June 7- 9, 2013

Time: Box office opens at 5 pm on June 7 and noon on June 8 + 9.
Community potluck is from 11:30am-1:45pm on June 9.

Address: Various houses around Napier and Victoria. Box office will be on Napier just east of Victoria.
Community potluck will be on Lily St.

Tickets: To purchase tickets on line, go to 
They will also be available at Highlife Records on May 15th. (1317 Commercial Dr.)
Single tickets: $15 adult / $10 kids 
Single tickets for the circus finale: $25 adult / $15 kids
4-show pass: $50 adult / $30 kids
Weekend pass: $95 adult / $75 kids
*Please note that passes do not include the Circus finale. If you would like to attend the finale, please purchase the $10 supplement.

**If you are purchasing passes, please email [email protected] with the list of shows for which you would like to redeem your passes. This is mandatory and will greatly speed up the process when you go to the box office of the festival to pick up your tickets (if you have a change of heart about which shows to see, you can change your selection until June 5). If we do not hear from you, we will email you a reminder to tell us which shows you want.

*** All passholders must report to the box office at the festival to pick up their ticket package. Please show your proof of purchase when you arrive.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email [email protected] or call 604-874-9325.

For more info on the performers and the festival, please go to


Friday, June 7th, 2013

7-8:45 pm

The World in Music:
Take a musical trip through Asia, Africa and Iran.
Orchid Ensemble
Robin Layne

Voyage to India:
Experience the beauty of India through music and dance.
South Asian Arts
Neeraja Aptikar
Others TBA

9-11 pm

Cabaret Capers:
Comedy, music and shadow puppetry – perfect ingredients for a cabaret!
Maria in the Shower
David C. Jones
Erica Mah + The Sargasso Season

Decadent Eccentric:
It's an unlikely match of fusion bellydance and contact juggling, but dang it works!
Chris Murdoch

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

2-3:45 pm 

Worlds of Dance:
Dances from around the world weave themselves around contemporary dance in this unique dance showcase.
Afifa Lahbabi
Now or Never Crew
Samar Oriental Dance Ensemble
Mascall Dance 
Matthew Waldie
Meredith Kalaman
Others TBA

Sirens of Song:
Sit down, relax, and drown yourselves in these lovely voices.
Yvette Narlock
East Van Morrison 

4-5:45 pm

Musical Stirrings:
Let the deep timbers and the passionate vocals of these groups stir your soul and mesmerize your mind.
Cameron Gunn + The Crafty Crows
Ben Rogers
High Society

Strings Attached:
A string… a simple thing, but create an instrument out of it and all of a sudden the complexities unfold. Listen as the harp, sitar, violin, viola and cello show you the magic that can come out of such a complex simple thing.
Mohamed Assani

7-8:45 pm 

Ain't No Sittin' Down:
Come prepared to dance, cause once you hear these beats and rhythms, you won't have the choice. You'll be up and boogying in no time flat!
Tonye Aganaba

East Van Represent:
Oh East Van. The talent you produce… Here's a sampling just for you. Enjoy!
Glittering Kingdom
Blackberry Wood
Melissa Bandura

8 pm – 10:30 pm

Shadow Jam
Shadowjam is a fully participatory event/workshop where everyone is a performer and everyone is the audience. It's a magical blend of improvised musical jam, in-the-moment shadow puppetry, and spontaneous storytelling. We start by crafting shadow puppets together around a theme. Then we set up a sheet in the middle of the room, with an overhead projector and puppets on one side and musical instruments all around. Everyone is encouraged to try and responding with the whole picture in mind. Participants often describe it as a shared dream.

What to Bring? An open mind and willingness to participate. 
Optional: Bring a musical intruments, and any interesting objects you think would look good in the shadows.

This event is for Adults & Teens 10 yrs +

Mind of a Snail Puppet Co.
You, the audience 

9-11 pm

Sizzle and Spice:
Prepare to be dazzled and gobsmacked, titillated and excited. This show will have you hooting and whistling, laughing and clapping. It's hot, it's sexy and it's a huge bundle of fun! Adults only please.
Razzle Tassel Tease 
Travis Bernhardt
Chai Tea
Vaudeville Vagabonds

Instrumentally Electronic
It may start off as mellow magic, but soon you'll be up to dance dance dance dance to some amazing beats as musicians blend live instruments with electronics including looping and turntables. Music accompanied by live visuals.
Cris Derksen
Michael Fraser
Rup Sidhu
Ben Z. Cooper

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

11:30-1:45: Free community potluck picnic to celebrate the 10th year anniversary for the In the House Festival! Come to Lily St. to share food, music and fun with your friends, family and neighbors. It's a potluck, so bring your favorite dish to share. We will provide non-alcoholic beverages, but you can bring your own non-alcoholic beverage too if you want! This is an alcohol-free event, so please don't bring beer, wine or other alcoholic beverages.

2-3:45 pm

Latin Fever:
Music from Cuba, Brazil and Peru will transport you to tropical climes. So strap on your seatbelts and take that trip around South America that you've always wanted to do. 
Matices Del Sur

Juggling Juggernauts:
Curated by Madskillz, this show will astound you with the juggling and prop manipulation exploits of these artists. Prepare to pick your jaw up from the ground! 
Yuki Ueda
Olivier Duveau
Sia Metta
Chris Murdoch
Alexander Grant
Dawn Monette
Ariel Anderson
Jason Stuart
Cameron Fraser
Alley 'Oop

4-5:45 pm 

Children's show:
This show is strictly for the kids! Well… parents can come too. The more the merrier really. But be prepared to revel in a whole ton of kidlet mayhem and fun! 
Stories on Wheels
Matthew Johnson

Comedy Central:
Are you ready to laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh? Don't forget to bring a healthy amount of tissues to wipe up those tears of laughter. You'll need them as these comics lay on the best medecine there is.
Jane Stanton
The Bobbers
Others TBA

7-8:45 pm

Touch of Celt:
Get your feet moving and tapping to the mad fiddling and swirling rythms of Celtic music and dance. You just won't be able to stop!
Jocelyn Pettit Band
Rakish Angles
Fiddle Stix

The Originals:
It's our 10 year anniversary, and to celebrate it, we're bringing back some amazing folks who performed at the very, very, very first In the House Festival all those years ago.
CR Avery
Body Narratives Collective
Naomi Steinberg

9-11 pm

Grand Finale: 
It's a circus. It's amazing. Need I say more? 
The Underground Circus 
Opening act TBA

For more details on performers and schedules, please go to