About Mama Cutsworth

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Mama Cutsworth has been a DJ and dance party curator for over a decade, building a reputation for her deep knowledge and love of music that lives outside of the mainstream club scene. She stands out for seamlessly mixing songs from extremely different genres and time periods within a single set.

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She is one half of the popular DJ duo House of Gold Diamonds, alongside the talented DJ J. Jackson. Often surrounded by an army of drag queens, this dynamic pair is known for their infectious love of music and thoughtfully curated events. Their dance floor is filled with positive energy and fabulous people. By the end of the night, these two are likely at the front of the stage or perched on a speaker, proudly lip syncing their hearts out.

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This past year, Mama Cutsworth performed in Madrid, Barcelona, Sintra and Milan with Speechless, a theatrical project she co-created with Colombian improvisers/circus performers Felipe Ortiz and Daniel Orrantia of Bogotá. Since forming in 2013, the group has also performed in Bogotá, São Paulo, Mexico City, Oslo, Paris, Berlin and Hamburg. They are scheduled to tour Europe in March/April 2016. Find out more about Speechless.

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In 2012, she founded Mama Cutsworth’s DJ Academy for All Women, a welcoming space that teaches women and trans folks the basic skills and confidence it takes to become a professional DJ. Now in its fifth season, the academy has seen 65 female, trans and non-binary students come through its doors.

And she has been producer and host of Stylus Radio, a weekly rare funk and soul program on CKUW 95.9 FM, since 2001. Check it out on-line or on-air, every Thursday 14:00-15:00 CST. If you’d like to subscribe to the free weekly podcast, check it out here!

Achievements and Awards:

  • Featured in The Uniter‘s Top 30 under 30 “who are making a difference and impacting their community in some way, or who are outstanding in their field.”
  • One of three finalists for the Future Leaders of Manitoba Award, Arts Category, 2011
  • Voted #2 DJ in all of Winnipeg in 2010, Uptown Magazine
  • Featured in the documentary Technology Stole My Vinyl, 2009
  • Voted #3 DJ in all of Winnipeg in 2006, Uptown Magazine
  • First place (as well as first and only female competitor ever) in 2006 Clash of the Titans DJ Battle, Winnipeg