A-strange Love

Distilling 15 years of heartache into a cathartic cabaret brew of classic and contemporary torch songs that comment on and reimagine its contexts.

  1. Bu Liao Qing (Unforgettable Love) 3:48
  2. Cry Me a River 2:02
  3. En Vain pour Eviter (Carmen) 2:01
  4. Every Day a Little Death (A Little Night Music) 2:54
  5. Happiness (Passion) 2:35
  6. I Loves You Porgy (Porgy & Bess) 2:27
  7. is It Too Late (My Life with Albertine) 1:52
  8. I Wish I Could Forget You (Passion) 2:55
  9. Little Girl Blue (channeling Nina Simone) 3:54
  10. Losing My Mind (Follies) 4:03
  11. Loving You (Passion) 1:47
  12. The Man that Got Away (channeling Judy Garland) 3:39
  13. Maybe I like it this way (The Wild Party) 2:44
  14. Need You Know 2:53
  15. Time Heals Everything (Mack & Mabel) 3:08
  16. Turning Tables 3:39
  17. Unusual Way (Nine) 2:42
  18. When Did I fall in Love (Fiorello) 1:49

Returning to his cabaret roots (and voice), Stephen turns 15 years of heartbreak into a fun and cathartic evening of torch songs.

Wander in, grab some drinks and chill out as Stephen traces the trajectory of love, loss, and life in an eclectic program of standards and little known gems with some classical and contemporary thrown into the mix.

Opening: Little Girl Blue *

With every breath I take *
The man that got away *#
Immer leiser wird mein schlummer *

Interlude: Unusual way *

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Nothing really even happened
Need you now
Time heals everything

Interlude: Happiness

I loves you Porgy
Every day a little death
Maybe I like it this way
The physician

Interlude: If I loved you *

I wish I could forget you *
Loving you *
Your Daddy’s hands *

[Intermission]

You never said you loved me *
Nothing like you’ve ever known *
Even if I’m with you *
Bu liao qing *#

Interlude: When did I fall in love

En vain pour eviter
Landslide
Losing my mind

Interlude: Is it too late

Cry me a river
Turning Tables
Making love alone
Love is everything *

Interlude: Ye banks and braes *#

What can you lose? *
Out here on my own *
Hope there’s someone *
Encore: At Last

( # oboe: Adam Weinmann, * piano: Stephen Chen )

Suggested drink pairings

Stephen Chen (vocal, piano)
Adam Weinmann (piano, oboe)

Wed 04 Jul 2012, 8:00 – 10:00 PM | No Cover
2nd floor of Pauper’s Pub (539 Bloor Street West, just east of Bathurst Street)