Queer Arts Festival /Pride in Art History

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2011 archival website


7.26 - 8.13

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Games People Play

In 2011, Pride in Art once again brought three weeks of multidisciplinary arts to Vancouver during the Queer Arts Festival. For the first time, QAF featured two visual art shows. The curated exhibit explored the many strange, terrible and fabulous Games People Play, the festival theme, in salute to the OutGames being hosted here in Vancouver. The second art show was the return of the Pride in Art Community Show in the Great Hall of the Roundhouse.
Along with festival favourites Jodaiko, Darcy Michael, and The Shirleys, we saw new programs in performance including Short Shorts, a night of playful miniatures, and opera stars doing drag in the Glitter and Be Gay Cabaret. More youth workshops were added this year, taught by high caliber professional teachers. This resonates strongly with the mission of QAF; by providing youth with positive role models and a much needed avenue for self-expression, art can save lives.

2010 archival website


7.24 - 8.24

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Queertopia: The Best Place on Earth

In addition to our 12th annual visual arts show, 2010 saw our third consecutive multidisciplinary festival, 19 days of music, dance, and theatre performances as well as a juried visual art component. The theme for the Pride in Art Festival 2010 was “Queertopia: The Best Place on Earth?”:

Imagine the ultimate queer world.…Would being queer be the norm? Would there be no prejudice? Would BC’s queer qualities be extolled in glowing tourism ads? Although queers are nominally equal today, we haven’t been historically and aren’t internationally. In the wake of spending on Olympics, difficult social issues remain. Will queers be part of the government’s spending in addressing those issues, or be invisible? Artists presented both utopian and dystopian visions.

Visual artists included Kathy Atkins, Dana Ayotte, Dzee Louise, Carol Weaver, Amy Dame, Maarten Perera, Sakino Sepulveda, Noel Silver, and Wendy Sexsmith. Performances included Sara Davis Buechner, piano; Darcy Michel, and Morgan Brayton, comics; one man shows by Doug Cameron and James Howell; Vancouver Men’s Chorus; Konzert Kontinuum performing Cole & Co., a Cole Porter tribute show; a cappella sensation the No Shit Shirley’s; JODAIKO taiko drummers; Clean Sheets play reading workshop; Bluelight; cellist Cris Derksen; ritual performance by Humberto Alvarez; our annual cabaret hosted by Denis Simpson and Karen Lee-Morlang; and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival’s Youth Gala.

Our community was rocked in November 2009 by the tragic death in a plane crash of Catherine White Holman, wife of our Artistic Director, Shaira Holman. Catherine was a pivotal festival supporter and community figure, well-loved by members of the board, volunteers, artists, and many audience members. The 2010 Festival was dedicated to her.
2009 archival website


7.28 - 8.14

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre 

Faerie Tales: Telling Our Stories

In our 11th proud year as a visual art show at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, timed to coincide with Vancouver's Pride Week festivities, PiAF 2009 was one of Vancouver's most highly attended visual art events. The Pride in Art Festival’s 2009 theme was Faerie Tales:

Why are Queers called fairies? Faerie Tales explored the myths and legends that shape us and our community. Whether those myths are light or dark, strange or powerful, these whimsical and sometimes political fables can have a far-reaching effect upon our collective psyche. The Pride in Art Society challenged artists to look back – into our childhoods, into our histories, into the mists of time – and explore the symbols and archetypes that help us to build our identities. Where do you find your inspiration? A drag queen Cinderella Story? A butch knight in shining armour? The steadfast love of David and Jonathan? Faerie Tales invited artists to share their stories through all media.

Visual artists included Garth Amundson, Patricia Atchison, Dana Ayotte, Pierre Gour, Suzo Hickey, Rosamund Norbury, Maarten Perera, Sakino Sepulveda, and Diana Smith.

Performances included interdisciplinary performance collective SweLL (Anna Camilleri, Ivan E. Coyote, Lyndell Montgomery and Leslie Peters); Amber Dawn; Denis Simpson; JODAIKO; Synergy and Colla Voce men’s choirs, cellist Cris Derksen collaborating with Aerial Sllk artist Jillian Deri and video artist Kathryn Jean; and flutist Mark McGregor. 2009 also marked our first collaborations with Collaborations with the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Screaming Weenie Theatre and Mirateca Arts Management.
2008 archival website



Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Gender Twist (remounted from 2007)

The first juried visual art show, exhibiting the work of 24 artists including Mary Taylor, Margaret Matsuyama and Piere Gour.
The festival performance line-up included PIAF Cabaret, a night of transgressive music and dance; QUEEROTICA, readings of censored literature; Still Breathing Fire, Anna Camilleri's ground-breaking one woman show; Wilde @ Art, a tribute to Oscar Wilde; Gilding the Lily, 50th birthday retrospective of composer Rodney Sharman; and JODAIKO, the incendiary all woman taiko ensemble.

These shows included world premieres of works by Anna Camilleri, Jeffrey Ryan, and Rodney Sharman.
Performers included Bill Richardson, Denis Simpson, Amber Dawn, Cris Derksen, Shaira Holman, Karen Lee-Morlang, Tiresias and many others.
The festival included for the first time two workshops by featured artists: writer Anna Camilleri and Taiko Drummer Tiffany Tamaribuchi.
Feature articles were published in the Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight, Westender, Xtra West, and the Xtra West and Westender Pride Guides. Interviews were broadcast on CBC and Co-op Radio. 


2007 archival website



Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Gender Twist

Cancelled due to civic strike and subsequent venue closure.


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Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

joy along the continuum

Pride in Art becomes a festival, with two performing arts events in addition to the exhibition and Opening.
Opening night performances were curated by David Blue of Raving Theatre, with remarks by MP.s Libby Davies and Hedy Fry.
Our very first JODAIKO concert in the Performance Center was a sold-out success.
In the Performance Centre, we presented "Queering the Air," with performances by Joel Klein and Michael Robert Broder, baritones; and Karen Lee-Morlang, piano. Queering the Air also featured the world premiere of Jocelyn Morlock's flute and piano duo, "I conversed with you in a dream," performed by Tiresias (Mark McGregor flute, and Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, piano), the recording of which was subsequently nominated for a 2008 Western Canadian Music Award. 
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Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Who Is your Tribe, Who Is your Family?

The exhibition featured the works of 21 visual artists in a multi-disciplinary exhibition with a total of 33 pieces of art. 
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Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Two Spirits, One Heart

Our return to the Roundhouse was a welcome occasion for Pride in Art with 30 visual artists participating and over 50 pieces of art work exhibited.
Opening night festivities, with M.P. Libby Davis in attendance, featured LGBT Choir and Duane Ghastant. Pride in Art awarded $100 honoraria to two prize-winning artists. 
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St. Paul's Anglican Church

In Our Hearts

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No Pride in Art Exhibition.
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Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

From Dark to Light, From Oppression to Expression

The exhibition featured the works of 28 visual artists in a multi-disciplinary exhibition with a total of 42 pieces of art. Pride Vision TV again covered our event in news editorial program titled "Out and Proud". 
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Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Pride in Art

The exhibition featured 30 visual artists with 45 pieces of art.
Performances included a modern dance troop and several guest speakers.
Pride in Art held our first Pride in the Written Word where 30 invited local writers read their short stories over three nights.
Pride Vision TV covered our event with the cover on their weekly news magazine and a spot on their local arts and entertainment show. Xtra West did a feature article and included us in their pride guide for the first time. 
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Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Pride in Art

The exhibition featured 39 multi-discipline visual artists in the exhibition hall.
Featuring opening night performances by Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Kevin Bergsma of Butoh-A-Go-Go, LGBT Choir, and the Vancouver Gay Men's Choir.
Xtra West covered the exhibition in their events listings. 
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Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Where is the Queer Art?

The exhibition featured 35 visual artists exhibiting in in hallways and up floors of the Roundhouse.
Approximately 280 attended the Opening Night Gala. Our first exhibit at the Roundhouse was successful and well attended.
Xtra West covered the exhibition. 

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