Saturday, Apr 6 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Haven Phoenix Auditorium


This event has been cancelled. 

How do musicians turn sadness into beauty? Get ready for an evening of haunting tunes and tales. A Sad-Ass Cabaret stars musician Lindsay Robertson and actor and storyteller TJ Dawe, as they weave the stories and songs of famous sad musicians Hank Williams, Judy Garland, and Sufjan Stevens. An intimate tear-jerker for music and theatre lovers. 60 min.

Playwright, director, actor, and dramaturge TJ Dawe’s name is synonymous with Fringe Festival. Dawe has been performing his autobiographical solo shows across Canada and abroad for more than 20 years, and has performed in more than 100 festivals.

Dawe and his partner Lindsay Robertson will be performing a two-person music-monologue-hybrid show—an hour of stripped-down songs and storytelling entitled A Sad Ass Cabaret. Dawe is a master of transforming research into riveting stories. His tales from the lives of well-known musicians are complemented by Robertson’s music. These two “sommeliers of tears” let us in on Hank Williams’s final concert, Judy Garland’s tragic childhood, Bessie Smith’s badass defiance, and Sufjan Stevens’s faith in the power of love. Robertson’s dusky, raw, and hauntingly beautiful voice and gentle acoustic guitar pair seamlessly with Dawe’s carefully crafted prose to make a thoroughly enjoyable performance.

This show is a tear-jerker, as the title so elegantly tells us, and if the stories aren’t enough to pull at our heartstrings, Robertson’s voice will steal your heart. A Sad Ass Cabaret reveals the power of sad music and the way that we all relate to the struggles of these musicians.

“TJ Dawe is something special…we need more of his kind of performer on the stage.”VancityBuzz

“Dawe is…an artist who knows how to find those universal truths.” —FIVE STARS Winnipeg Free Press

Lindsay Robertson and TJ Dawe are a dynamic music and theatre duo from Vancouver. Dawe is performing his inspiring monologue Burn Job as the IOTA opening night event. Click here for details.

Ages 14+ 

$25 

175 seats max