Pinch Cabaret #28

Pinch x Femme Folks Fest Special Edition

Friday March 15 8PM
Button Factory Arts
Tickets start at $5
Indigenous peoples are free!


The Pinch Cabaret is KW’s monthly variety show, performance laboratory, and community arts party. An unexpected mix of indie-folk, comedy, poetry, dance, performance art, and who knows what else!


Created and curated by local yokel Ben Gorodetsky, this special edition will be guest-hosted by stand up comedy superstar Renee Groux. Get ready for a diverse bill that will surprise and delight audiences while bringing together disparate artistic communities!


Advance tickets are $5 / $10 / $20 / $30 – you choose the option that’s right for you.

Limited tickets will be available at the door.

Indigenous community members are welcomed to attend for free. Just email and let us know how many tickets you’d like.

Enormous thanks to Waterloo Region Community Foundation, Musagetes Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo for their generous support, allowing for accessible ticket pricing!

And thanks to Collective Arts Brewing for sponsoring the event with non-alcoholic drinks!


Haley Sheppard’s music and writing practice translates moments, memories, dreams, and thoughts into songs, sound, and poems. While moving through phases of making visual art, sound art, and written work, Haley’s songwriting practice is her consistent method of documenting the magic in everyday life for reflection, remembering, and sharing.

Act: Haley will be performing a sonic translation of a scroll of paper that collected words and drawings from anyone who participated in Studio Fuzion’s December exhibition, Cha Cha Real Smooth: Art with Instructions.

Amy Neufeld is a perfectly fine person who lives, works, knits, teaches, and writes in Kitchener, Ontario. She has been published in The Goose, Frazzled, Little Old Lady Comedy, and has written for CBC Radio’s “The Irrelevant Show.”

Tara Butler enjoyed a 20 year career as a classical ballet dancer based in Toronto and was a celebrated principal dancer for Canada’s Ballet Jorgen. Upon moving to Kitchener she has refocused her career as a contemporary dancer and choreographer and has established Kitchener’s first professional Contemporary Dance Company, Dust and Soul Dance.

Wish Fish is a riverbed fairytale, pulled from the land and architecture of Waterloo, that blends dance, movement, and storytelling.

Renee Groux is the co-producer of Fever Dream Comedy in Kitchener-Waterloo, has appeared at the Guelph Comedy Festival, Hillside Festival, and the 2022 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was also the co-host and producer of hit comedy radio talk show, Worst Responders on 93.3 FM.

An experienced comedian of the stage and the soundwaves, Renee promises to get silly (and probably gross!) and bring the laughs.

@reneegroux on Instagram

Megan Arnold (she/they) is a Filipinx-Canadian multidisciplinary artist living in Treaty 3 Territory / Guelph, ON. Recently, she has presented work at LIVE Biennale (Vancouver, BC), Chopped Liver Comedy (Toronto, ON), The Good Sport Show (London, ON), and Eastern Edge (St. John’s, NF).

Act description: For this iteration of PINCH, Megan will be exploring the intersecting points of performance art, video art, and comedy.

Social media: @hieronymusbinch (Instagram)

Daphne Copper is a trans femme music producer, electronica artist, and live comedy improviser. She runs Copper Sound in Guelph, a boutique recording and production studio.

Daphne will be performing her new project DAPH, combining vocals, drum machines, and analog synthesizers.