6 Day Countdown:
Only six more days until our opening night! Do you have your membership yet? Don’t forget to visit our website and follow us on Twitter for the most up-to-date information about this year’s Queer Arts Festival! We’re excited to see you.
Sunny Drake’s X
What is X? Sunny Drake’s X is a magical, humorous, and honest look at addiction, grounded in queer and trans experiences. Sunny combines multiple art forms in his performance, including stop motion animations, puppets, and live performances.
Check out the trailer. There will be three nights of this must-see event! July 26-28. Buy your tickets online or at Little Sister’s on Davie. Looking for a sober event for Pride? Check out the July 27 Sunday matinee of X – no alcohol will be served.
Meet Colin Tilney
We asked Colin Tilney, world-renowned keyboardist, a few questions about his upcoming performance at Queer Arts Festival. Here is what he had to share:What does it mean to you to be performing this concert for the Queer Arts Festival? It’s a pleasant change from asking people to give me work; here you ask me! On a more serious level, it’s a chance to support the long battle to establish equal rights for people to follow their sexual orientation without prejudice.If you had been told, when you were just starting out, that there would be such a thing as a “Queer Arts Festival” and that you would be performing in it, what would you have thought? Almost certainly, when I was starting my professional life (my first serious paid engagement was in 1959), I should have been glad to get work in any kind of festival at all! Now, so many years later, I am thrilled that such a thing exists and pleased to get an opportunity to share some of my favourite music with a new audienceWhat message would you give to young queer musicians who are starting out now? Advice from someone of my age would not be relevant to people 60 years younger – how could it be? They would know far better than I do what problems they face. If they have something important to say, something the world has need of, they are likely to find support, rather than adversity; who cares who they sleep with?Colin Tilney will be performing a solo harpsichord recital at the Queer Arts Festival, co-presented with the Vancouver Early Music Festival. For more information, click here.
Ticket Process Changes
New this year, attendance at licensed QAF events requires valid membership in the Pride in Art Society. Memberships are only $2; please allow extra time at your first event to obtain your new membership card. Get your membership in advance with your online ticket or pass purchase, or by volunteering, and waltz in past the line-ups.
Click here to learn more.
Meet Cor Flammae guest conductors Peggy Hua and Hussein Janmohamed
Many have said to us, “Why a queer classical choir?” When people who have shared a struggle sing together, a new and different spirit arises from the music. Sadly, even to this day, many composers and classical musicians face homophobia and workplace barriers due to their queer identities. We are thrilled to present the works of queer composers, share the stories that may have intentionally or unintentionally been left out of the history books, and honour the vast contributions of queer composers, historic and contemporary.
For us, the act of making and listening to music can be a vehicle for singers and audience alike. In programming this concert, we discovered themes of struggle, hope, goodbyes, freedom from limitations, social action and compassion. Through Cor Flammae, we hope to create a space for our whole selves to be represented in music by composers who have also shared our struggle.
Check out their full interview on YouTube. Canada’s first professional classical queer choir, Cor Flammae, has been getting a lot of buzz! Ticket sales are burning up, so if you want to hear their debut performance, get yours now before they’re all gone.
You can get your tickets online or at Little Sister’s at 1238 Davie Street.