Venue:  Mahtay Café
Time: Friday 7:30pm
Category:  Music, Theatre + Comedy
City of Origin:  St. Catharines
Price:  $10 or Festival Pass


A socio-political cabaret that reflects and delves into current conundrums followed by a conversation circle.


I’ve been presenting cabarets in Niagara for twenty years. The first Bohemian Rags to Rhapsody performance was commissioned by the Art Gallery of Algoma and ever since then I’ve wanted to form a troupe with multi-instrumentalist players who were willing to be silly and serious to fulfill the vision. I have found them with Mark Clifford and Beth Bartley of Vox Violins and we’re delighted to work together. We’ve now presented four cabarets in Niagara and Toronto and What A World! takes us off on another spin ~ we’re following our passions and whims and performing wherever this cabaret lands!

“maja is a butterscotch surprise. a storyteller in a tent. i can relax.” -Jane Siberry

“So much fun! I laughed, I cried.”
“Your songs break my heart – but in a good way.”


Maja Bannerman (vocals, guitar) is a writer, singer and performing artist based in Niagara. Her recent project is the Bohemian Rags to Rhapsody Cabaret, a lively performance of songs and vignettes created with collaborators Beth Bartley and Mark Clifford. Maja’s CD of original songs, Signs of Life, was released in 2017. Beth Bartley (vocals, piano, violin, banjo) Mark Clifford (vocals, guitar, percussion) Beth Bartley and Mark Clifford have two lifetimes’ worth of shared music on the same stage. They have performed across Canada many times as well as in Europe. They are very active in the Niagara Music community performing for the Folk Arts Festivals, Wine Festivals, wineries, pubs and private functions.

Joining Maja will be Vox Violins.