Vancouver Fringe Festival review: A Sad-Ass Cabaret

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      One thing I love about TJ Dawe’s shows is that I always learn so many fascinating facts.

      Dawe is a master of transforming research into riveting stories, and here his tales from the lives of well-known musicians are complemented by the music of Lindsay Robertson. 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 voice and gentle acoustic guitar pair seamlessly with Dawe’s carefully crafted prose to make a thoroughly enjoyable hour.