Kip Mac (they/them pronouns) is a classically trained pianist who does PIANO PUNK shows that center around arrangements of hardcore, metal, grunge, and punk. They sing and play piano and talk shit about music history.

PIANO PUNK shows are more than just covers. They are cabaret shows involving storytelling, music history, jokes, and accessible media and cultural criticism through a queer and feminist lens. And, of course, singing and piano playing.


PiaNu-Metal: Revisit rock’s most dismissed genre. The white boy dread locks, the rampant sexism, the dubious samples, the suburban angst, the chain wallets. What better way to revisit the highs and lows of this arrogant, often misogynistic, supposedly testosterone-fueled music than through the lens of a queer, non-binary, classically-trained pianist and vocalist? Piano Punk covers some of your most favourite (and perhaps least favourite) songs by Disturbed, Evanescence, Limp Bizkit, Korn, Deftones, System of a Down, Linkin Park, and more!

Carols in Minor Keys (Christmas Show): Is Christmas the most wonderful or the most dysfunctional time of year? It’s both in this cathartic, darkly joyful, and festive cabaret show! Piano Punk (a classically trained pianist and singer who normally specializes in hardcore, metal, grunge and punk on piano) takes a night off of their usual nonsense to bring you this very special seasonal show of deeply unsettling and childhood-ruining renditions of Christmas Carols you once loved. They will be playing minimalist piano arrangements and singing in this show that is equal parts creepy and campy.

F*ck Love: Love Songs in Minor Keys (Valentines Day Show): Deeply sentimental, schmaltzy, cheesy, and nauseating love songs put into unsettling minor keys. Whether you’re in a relationship or single, these very creepy arrangements of wedding slow dance songs and ballads are perfect for a cynical celebration of the most controversial holiday of the year. Interspersed between the relationship-ruining renditions of love songs, classically trained-pianist Kip Mac will also be playing hardcore, metal, grunge, and punk classics.

Piano Punk: What do The Sex Pistols sound like stripped back? What happens when you mash up hardcore with a waltz? Can “mathcore” be realised on piano? These and many more questions will be answered in PIANO PUNK. Vivaciously weaving together classical and punk practices in a way that avoids both pandering and pretension, Piano Punk is a show that will please metal heads, classical aficionados, and those who know nothing about either.