Sissy Fit: A Queer Cabaret

Fri June 28 - Fri June 28, 2019
Sissy Fit: A Queer Cabaret

Sissy Fit: A Queer Cabaret
Presented by Arts Commons

Curated and Hosted by: Brett Dahl

Engineered Air Theatre
Doors at 6:30pm
Performance at 7:30pm

Tickets are FREE, but each person MUST RSVP below. 

General cabaret and regular seating, first-come first-served. Latecomers will only be seated at an appropriate break in the performance. 

SISSY FIT /ˈsɪs.iˌ fɪt/ noun: a sudden outburst of uncontrolled queerness. A queer battle cry. Used in a sentence: They exploded into an extraordinary Sissy Fit when the UCP was voted into legislature. 

Come as you are! Come and express your loudest self! SISSY FIT: A Queer Cabaret is an all-inclusive celebration of radical performances - all in the name of harnessing the diversity, depth, and wild power of being queer, and being queer in Alberta. Join us for a theatrical cabaret dedicated to showcasing exceptional, nuanced, and wickedly queer performers using gender, dance, music, poetry, spoken word, burlesque, fashion and visual art to explore the political - the personal - the sexy - the sassy; and it’s all indubitably and glamorously QUEER! 

In the early morning of June 28 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a staple of New York City’s underground gay community. However, this time community members fought back and incited a two-night riot that is now recognized as the modern fight for LGBTQ+ equality. One year later, people took to the streets again to commemorate that occasion. This June 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and to celebrate, Arts Commons invites you to Sissy Fit: A Queer Cabaret, honouring our heritage of Pride and a half century of hard-won progress for LGBTQ+ liberation made possible through Queer Strength and Resilience.

This spring Brett premiered his play Like Orpheus with Theatre Outré followed by a remount at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. Brett is originally from Calgary and a graduate of the BFA Acting Program from the University of Alberta and is an Associate Artist with Theatre Outré. Brett was the 2015 recipient of Theatre Calgary’s Stephen Hair Emerging Actor Award and the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award in 2018.


Please note: There is NO automated confirmation email after you RSVP – once you’ve entered your name, you’re all registered. We’ll send a reminder email the week of the performance to remind you!

The performance is approx. 90 minutes in duration with one 15 minute intermission.

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

This performance is best suited for audiences 14 years and older due to mature content.

Gender neutral accessible washrooms are available in this venue. Gender specific accessible washrooms are available by speaking with our Front of House Staff.

This space is accepting of all-types of difference, and all attendees have a right to feel safe at Arts Commons regardless of age, ancestry, colour, family status, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, mental disability, physical disability, place of origin, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or source of income (Alberta Human Rights Act). To this end, Arts Commons will not tolerate abusive or discriminatory behaviour, please know that such behaviour is grounds for removal from the event. If you witness abusive or discriminatory behaviour please speak with a member of staff.

We regret that a relaxed performance, audio described performance, or audio-enhanced/subtitles are not available for this presentation. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or comments:

Arts Commons recognizes the support of the Rosza Foundation as the Program Sponsor of Arts Commons Cabarets.

Please do not hesitate to call our box office with any questions or concerns regarding ticketing or accessibility: 403-294-9494.

To make planning your trip a bit easier, the most convenient parking can be found in the Arts Commons Parkade or across the street in the City Hall Parkade (attached by a +15 with an elevator). Arts Commons is also easily accessible by Calgary Transit (the C-Train is a block away) and the Centre City Cycle Track Network (there are bike racks out front of each entrance on 8th Ave SE).


Ideal for: Performances, presentations, lectures, weddings
Capacity: 185 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Cocktail reception  80 - dinner
Stage: Stage measures 11’ deep x 34’ wide 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible seats
Included: customizable theatre lighting, standard room set-up, private lobby, event planning support 

Completed in 1994 the Engineered Air Theatre carries on the tradition of having a theatre located in its exact location for over 100 years, even incorporating rescued decorative elements from the old Empress Theatre into both its theatre and lobby design. In the summer of 2016, the Engineered Air had a face lift with the comfier chairs and updated décor.