Sounds Good to Me: Sam Nabi

Sam Nabi, a proudly millennial local hip-hop artist and rapper who studied urban planning, pushes back against the gaslighting of our generation. His songs explore identity, class, and culture at a time when these distinctions are becoming hyper-visible.

His latest album, Out of Body, explores a post-COVID world of gently releasing our inhibitions, erasing self-imposed restraints, and stepping out into a world that is forever changed yet somehow still wants us back. This album follows on the heels of Attract Hazard, his previously album produced through a Region of Waterloo Arts Fund grant.

Sam will be joined by drummer Ryan Dugal and guitarist Doug DeRozario to re-interpret and deconstruct his hip-hop sound in a live band setting. As Sam Nabi says in his song Motives, “Don’t just let your backing track do the talking — say something, okay hun? Are you a flash in the plan or are you a great one?”

Sam is co-owner of Full Circle Foods in downtown Kitchener.

This event is part of the Sounds Good to Me concert series. Doors open at 7:30.

Cabaret: A Night of the Arts

The Innovative Productions will be hosting a Cabaret Mix & Mingle on Saturday, July 23rd at 9 Princess Street Waterloo (KWLT Theatre). 

Come join us for a fun night of local artists, theatre, music, and fun!

Doors Open – 6:30pm

Cabaret Begins – 7:00pm

Staged Reading – 8:30pm

Doors will remain open until the staged reading begins, please feel free to come at any time and stay as long as you’d like.

Local artists will have their art featured in the lobby so please bring cash to be able to purchase some of their amazing art.

Tickets will be available at the door and will be pay-what-you-want with a minimum of $5 (Cash only). 

Donations of $10 will be entered into a draw to win 2 tickets to our Fall production.

Donations of $15 will receive a year long membership to The Innovative Productions. Members receive discount ticket prices.

If you’d like to pay with Credit for your ticket, you can do so here. (A minimum donation of $7.50 is required for entrance due to processing fees)

Sounds Good To Me: Scott Wicken

Scott Wicken writes lyric driven songs that are short stories. Accompanied by deft fingerpicking, his songs shift from earnest and sincere, to funny and irreverent, to surreal and surprising, like each song is a different room in some bizarre rambling house… you ask yourself, am I in a dream?… and why is it all so familiar?… did I live here as a child?

Part of the Sounds Good To Me concert series, produced by Jack Cooper.

Sounds Good to Me: Scott Cook

A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Alberta’s Scott Cook has distilled the stories collected over thirteen years of near-incessant touring across the world into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. He brings humour, a disarming honesty and a deep love of humanity to his songcraft and storytelling, whether accompanying himself with fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo or backed by his acoustic trio the Second Chances. He has made his living as a troubadour since 2007, and independently released seven albums along the way. All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.

This show is part of the Sounds Good To Me concert series, produced by Jack Cooper.

Super Gay Cabaret 2022, presented by Rainbow Reels Queer & Trans Film Festival

Join us for an evening of queer joy featuring a variety of performers.

This year’s show will feature an incredible array of performers including DJs, singers, actors, drag and more!We will also have many items in our silent auction from local vendors.  

Come see Kit the Qaptain and Bridget Ramzey, drag and opera performers, MC your night, Amy Smoke and Maddie Resmer speak about Indigenous voices in KW, Manny Manilla’s fabulous drag (sexually explicit), Bert Raccoon’s Rock Music, Aubrey S’ originals on guitar and voice, Azul’s performance art, Tara Lord’s hip hop featured at Toronto Pride, and finally, Lisa Shen’s award winning slam poetry!

In-person tickets are available, but the event will be streamed online via Zoom as well.

Find out more about Rainbow Reels Queer & Trans Film Festival.

Hassan Phills: That’s Crazy Comedy Tour

This random dude from Scarborough picked up a mic once in front of a few people and now he thinks he’s a comedian. 

Not sure where the confidence came from, but he’s now touring the country. Unfortunately, you could grab tickets if you want…

No one’s sure how he opened shows for Hasan Minhaj from the Netflix series The Patriot Act, Dave Merheje from the Hulu series Ramy, and Emmy-nominated Nimesh Patel. That’s crazy.

Also featuring Terminal 5 Comedy!

Performances by:

  • Yazid Suliman
  • Rami Abushhab
  • Younis Dhaher 
  • Adil Qaisar