ali & the thieves


Leonard Cohen Koans

Our goal of returning to New York and FINALLY playing LCK in Leonard Cohen’s homeland, Canada, is NOW within our grasp!

Days Left

Part-concert and part-homage, this inspiring, passionate, intimate and sincere narrative concert interlaces Cohen’s poetry, prose and song with aspects of his devotion to Zen Buddhism, to weave a new pathway into the experience of this glorious Poet of the Holy Sinners.


It’s no easy feat to be granted an artist visa to the USA

–        we’ve worked hard at strengthening the foundations of our creative communities at home and abroad –NOW ITS TIME TO BUILD!!

–        our paperwork is in – we’re just waiting for our APPROVED stamps!!

–        the visa lasts for 12 months – we have dates starting in June in SEATTLE (The Pocket Theater), SAN FRANCISCO (Society Cabaret at The Rex), NEW YORK (world renowned cabaret room, The Duplex) and TORONTO (120 Diner, Toronto Jazz Festival) and we go back again in November!!

–        we’re raising funds to help us kick-off this massive opportunity!!


This 12 month visa is our chance to put a big Australian stake in the ground in the world’s Cabaret Capital!!

Your financial support will help us really get the most out of this incredible opportunity.

Your contributions will take care of the big things – airfares, legal costs, rehearsal room & equipment hire – this is a BIG opportunity, and we want to hit it with everything!

We have initial dates lined up in Seattle, San Francisco, New York and Toronto, with more dates rolling in!

Read more about us and our show at our website, or connect with us on our facebook page ali & the thieves and stay in touch to see what your support manifests!!

“exceptionally well-crafted…***1/2 out of ****”, NYC

“exquisitely delivered”, NYC

“an incredible ability to hold the stage” Nell Schofield, AUS


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!   ali & the thieves

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Ali Hughes – vocalist, storyteller, interpreter: soulful, velvety voice that crosses soul to rock to pop to jazz with ease and emotional honesty. Ali has performed as lead and support artist in theatre, children’s theatre, musical theatre, jazz, cabaret, americana and pop productions and concerts. Ali tours and records as backing vocalist for Canadian artist jane siberry (also singing vocals for kd lang, Suzanne Vega and Rufus Wainwright), and has appeared at Brooklyn Americana Music Festival, New York’s Joe’s Pub and The Iridium, DUMBO Archway in Brooklyn.

Daryl Wallis- musical director, piano: composer of music and creator of sound design for theatre, television and film projects. Has performed in opera, musical, jazz, theatre productions and in concert at Sydney Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Brisbane Cabaret Festival. Has featured in cabaret performance and recordings by Kanen Breen, Jacqui Dark, Mitchell Butel, and Jenny Vuletic.

Together as Ali & the Thieves, Ali and Daryl have appeared (among others) at the International Leonard Cohen Festival (Dublin), Noosa Long Weekend, Sydney and New York Fringe Festivals, NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge, the Sydney Opera House, The Basement, Camelot Lounge.


David Hirsch


Sarah Aleksovski



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