Club PuSh International Festival at the Anvil Centre, New Westminster

The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (PuSh Festival) expands its experimental, night-time weekend series Club PuSh, January 19 to February 3  to a second venue: The Anvil Centre in New Westminster. New West audiences are invited to take in three Club PuSh shows from the eight-show series where acclaimed artists from Canada, the US and UK will perform in works ranging from the hip and the queer, to the radical and riotous.

“Too often Vancouver is assumed to be the ‘centre’ of all things West Coast. Nothing could be further from the truth; there are many centres, and just as many inspiring arts venues outside of our city,” says Norman Armour, Artistic and Executive Director of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. “Our partnership with Anvil Centre is testament to this. It forges a significant link with an important arts hub, in which the performing arts theatre is led by one of our region’s most experienced and trusted arts leaders, Jessica Schneider. Having the spirit and brand of Club PuSh co-exist at both The Fox Cabaret and New Westminster’s Anvil Centre feels right. We’re excited to broaden our reach to this burgeoning community.”

Jessica Schneider, representing both Anvil Centre and the Massey Theatre, added: “We have adventurous audiences all over Metro Vancouver who are going to love having Club PuSh a little closer to home. This is yet another smart move for PuSh in branching out to New Westminster’s community. Anvil Centre will be a great theatre setting to take in Club PuSh. Adding a second date for visiting artists increases the impact of their visits to BC and an earlier performance time makes the shows accessible to a wider public.”

Club PuSh audiences will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with art-lovers and artists as they soak up this showcase running in conjunction with the 2018 PuSh Festival’s Main Stage shows. PuSh Festival encourages audiences to enjoy the pre-show atmosphere at Club PuSh at both locations—the bars opens one hour before showtime.

The three Club PuSh shows presented at Anvil Centre, which will also be presented at The Fox Cabaret on alternating nights, are:

Unplugged – Dickie Beau (England)
Jan 19, 9PM at The Fox Cabaret
Jan 20, 8PM at­­ Anvil Centre
Presented with Anvil Centre
Supported by British Council
Drag artist extraordinaire Dickie Beau has refined the art of lip-synch playback performances with flawless miming and use of found sound.  Here he drops the mask, and the true Dickie enlightens on Greek culture, democracy and more, laying bare his artistic journey and technique.

Joseph Keckler (USA)
Jan 26, 8PM at Anvil Centre
Jan 27, 9PM at The Fox Cabaret
Presented with Anvil Centre
The artistically ambidextrous Joseph Keckler is a star of New York’s performing arts scene with awards, commissions and book deals. Harnessing his three-octave range, Keckler moves from opera to pop without missing a beat. A self-deprecating and charming showcase of the lowbrow and highbrow.

Cris Derksen Trio — Cris Derksen (Canada)
Feb 2, 8PM at Anvil Centre
Feb 3, 9PM at The Fox Cabaret
Presented with Anvil Centre
Cellist and composer Cris Derksen has been called to collaborate with icons from Kanye West to Naomi Klein. Armed with loop pedal, drum machine, and cello, the JUNO Award-nominee pulls audiences into the propulsive, hypnotizing pounding of powwow music, head-nodding rhythms of a hip-hop, metronome thumps of a techno mix, and more in a thrilling night.

PuSh Passes are now sold out. Single tickets start at $12. To buy tickets, visit or call the PuSh Festival Audience Services info line at 604.449.6000.

About the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (
The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is Vancouver’s signature, mid-winter cultural event, taking place over three weeks each January in theatres and venues across the city. The PuSh Festival presents groundbreaking, contemporary works of theatre, dance, music, and multimedia by acclaimed local, national, and international artists. The 2018 PuSh Festival features 28 works overall, including 20 Main Stage shows.

About Anvil Centre (
Anvil Centre Theatre is host to community-based arts, dance, and heritage programs, as well as public arts performances. The New Westminster New Media Gallery, New Westminster Museum and Archives, and Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, which all call Anvil Centre home, invite visitors to connect, experience, explore, and discover. Anvil Centre opened in 2014 and also features a boutique conference centre conveniently located in the heart of the City of New Westminster. Designed to accommodate a wide range of events, arts and cultural activities, and City and community-led programs, Anvil Centre is a vibrant gathering space and is New Westminster’s newest commercial and cultural hub.

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