Poets and songwriters will share the stage of the Literary Cabaret series

Former burlesque company owner Cat Skinner will bring a different kind of cabaret to Niagara Falls.

Over the winter, the author issued a call for writers and musicians to take part in LitCab – a series of songs and tales at the town center pub Camp Cataract. The response was overwhelming.

“It won’t be difficult to schedule all four dates,” she said. “Actually, I’m probably going to have to say no to people unless we can generate more revenue from ticket sales.”

The series, which begins April 9, is one of this year’s Niagara Falls Cultural Development Fund recipients. The $5,000 she received allows all the artists involved to be compensated for their work.

The first evening will include poetry by Skinner, Jenny Arndt, Dragana Komadina and CD Onofrio. Music will be provided by Hannah Jamal, Will Nitransky, Aaron Berger and Nathanial Goold.

“Fundamentally, it’s a showcase of Niagara’s talent in poetry and storytelling, songwriting and songwriting,” Skinner said.

After the second LitCab on May 14, the event takes over the summer before returning in the fall.

“This type of event has broad appeal for audience members of all ages,” Skinner said. “We also feature up-and-coming artists, so we have an honorarium that we pay to high school and college students who work to develop their own body of poetry, stories, or songs.”

Skinner owned the Toronto burlesque company Les Coquettes before moving to Niagara nine years ago. She published two books last year – the erotic superhero tale ‘Bump & Grind’ and the poetry collection ‘Whispering’.

Tickets for the April 9 LitCab party are $10, available on the event site Facebook page and to www.eventbrite.ca.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. Camp Cataract is at 4317 Queen Street.

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