Sawdust Collector Season 3 Launch Party

Sawdust Collector Season 3 Launch Party

September 4 at Sawdust Collector

Welcome to a whole new year, pals! Join us for a night of music, dance and improvisation. The return of mailing list treats! Specials! & More...


Only a Visitor (avant pop)

Celina Kurz (vox), Emma Postl (vox), Robyn Jacob (vox, keys) Kevin Romain (drums)

Desi Rekrut with Lucas Wilson-Bilbro (contemporary dance)

Torsten Müller (double bass) with Barbara Bourget & Jay Hirabayashi (improvised dance)

How to Get In

Where: #211- 207 West Hastings (Hastings & Cambie, above Nuba)
When: Doors 9:00 PM // Performance at 9:30 PM.
Tickets: $5/$10 or PWYC at the door. Cash Only.
But, How: Instructions for entrance will be posted on the front door the night of the show.

More information about our space is below.


Only a Visitor

Described by CBC Music as one of 10 Vancouver acts to watch, Only A Visitor is a quintet that blurs genre boundaries by straddling the line between art music and pop. Composer and arranger Robyn Jacob’s eclectic songwriting is guided by her decades long study in classical piano, her commitment to avant garde music, and her study of Balinese Gamelan. Her songs concentrate on unique vocal techniques and arrangements that take precedence over the traditionally grounding keyboard, bass and drums. With asymmetrical rhythms twisted around a pop skeleton, Only A Visitor makes room for themselves between pop and experimental music.

In summer of 2017, the quintet released their first full length album Lines, which was followed by a tour of Eastern Canada, including appearances at the Montreal, Toronto and Halifax International Jazz Festivals. Joined by drummer Kevin Romain, bassist Jeff Gammon, and singers Emma Postl and Celina Kurz, Only A Visitor released their EP Tower Temporary in 2015. In the fall of 2016 composer Robyn Jacob completed a solo music residency at the Banff Centre, to begin work on the upcoming album Technicolour Education. 

Desi Rekrut

Desi Rekrut attended SFU for Contemporary Dance and graduated in 2015. At SFU they had the pleasure of working with many artists such as: Crystal Pite, Wen Wei Wang Amber Funk Barton, and were also fortunate to be a part of the restaging of “Native Green” (Merce Cunningham). After graduating, Rekrut went on to do Arts Umbrella’s 2-year post graduate diploma program. There Rekrut danced in new works by: Crystal Pite, Cayetano Soto, Fernando Hernando Magaden, Emanuel Gat and Tom Weinberger. He also had the pleasure to be a part of restaged works by Crystal Pite (Emergence & Parade), Sharon Eyal (Sarah & Killer Pig), Marie Chouinard (bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS) and Azure Barton (Busk).

After graduating Rekrut worked a year training under the direction of Lesley Telford in her program PReP. He then apprenticed Telford’s company Inverso, and performed in her work “Spooky Action at a Distance”. While under the direction of Telford, Rekrut had the opportunity to work with and do new works by Idan Cohen, Heather Meyers, Serge Bennathan and Noam Gagnon.

Why is it that anger results in heat? Is it true that at the end you can find a renewed sexual awakening? Sex and passion can be separated, but at what cost? Is it the intimacy we crave? Or the loneliness we fear? “Out” explores the sexual frustration at the end of a relationship.

Lucas Wilson-Bilbro

Lucas Wilson-Bilbro is a performing artist currently based in Vancouver.

Torsten Müller

From the smallest gesture of extended technique, to big, brash shredding, these Vancouver improvisers have talent to burn. Bassist Torsten Müller creates dramatic music using knotty plucks, audacious bowing, and a wide vocabulary of extended technique.

Barbara Bourget

Since forming Kokoro Dance, Barbara has choreographed over one hundred dance works. Her choreography, like her personality, is full of emotion. The emotion, however, is translated through disciplined technique. With a penchant for creating full evening works, Barbara Bourget’s work challenges her dancers. With her restless spirit always exploring new territory, she also challenges her audiences. Butoh’s focus on ma—the space between events—is a continuing investigation. Integration of feminist text into her work, through her collaborations with playwright Elizabeth Dancoes, has been a focus of research for more than fifteen years. Revisiting and refining older works is a necessary labour of love. During her career so far, Barbara has received sixteen Canada Council grants for choreographic and technical research. Barbara received a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University in 2003. Her graduate studies focused on the integration of dance and text. In 2009, Barbara was a recipient of The Dance Centre’s Isadora Award for outstanding contribution in dance in British Columbia in teaching. For 2011 – 2012, The Dance Centre named Barbara its senior artist in residency giving her access to studio and production space. During the residency, Barbara mentored five choreographers while they develop new solos. In 2011, Barbara received the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award in Dance from Mayor Gregor Robertson.

Jay Hirabayshi

Jay Hirabayashi, who was born in the United States, did not begin to dance until he was an adult and needed to strengthen one of his knees after an injury resulting from competitive downhill skiing. In 1978, he joined the Paula Ross Dance Company. Later, he was a member of Mountain Dance Theatre and the Karen Jamieson Dance Company.

In 1982, he became a co-founder of the Vancouver-based creative collective EDAM (Experimental Dance and Music) with Peter Bingham, Barbara Bourget, Lola MacLaughlin, Jennifer Mascall, Peter Ryan and musician Ahmed Hassan. Hirabayashi's choreographic style reflects his interdisciplinary dance training, particularly his deep affinity for Japanese butoh dance. As a teacher, Hirabayashi has a created a hybrid style of modern dance and butoh techniques. As an administrator, he has served on the board of The Dance Centre in Vancouver and is the executive director of the Vancouver International Dance Festival, which began in 1998 as the Vancouver Butoh Festival. In addition to educating audiences about the butoh aesthetic, the Festival is an important promoter of local contemporary dance artists as well as presenting contemporary and culturally diverse dance artists from around the world.


Sawdust Collector takes place at The Gold Saucer Studio, a collective space located in The Dominion Building. Information on how to enter the show is posted on the front door of the building by 8:45 PM on every show night. After 9:30 PM you will need a cell phone to enter. If you do not have access to a phone please try to arrive by 9:15 PM. If you come later there may be a wait.

The front door is located at 207 W. Hastings. There is one low stair between the sidewalk and the building level. The studio is located on the second floor and is accessible by elevator. Seating is informal. We will do our best to adapt seating as requested, but site-lines may not be ideal on full nights and movement may be limited. If you have questions about accessing the space, please contact us. There is one single-occupancy, gender-inclusive washroom on the second floor, accessible by key. We are a trans-inclusive space.

Sawdust Collector is run by us, three artists and our friends who curate and produce the events on a volunteer basis. We own the glassware but not the room. For our weekly series, a bit of scruff is part of the deal. If you have questions about what kind of scruff you're in for, please feel free to contact us:

We acknowledge that our work takes place in Vancouver on traditional and unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish),Stó:lō and səlil̓wətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful for this place.

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