Exhibitions + Events Listings

Complete listings of exhibitions and upcoming events brought to you by the Queer Arts Festival.

Art Party!

Tue Jun 18 | 7pm Gala Opening Reception Art and conviviality converge at the grand opening of the 2019 QAF. (more…)

Relational Revolutions

Mon Jun 17 - Wed Jun 26 | Visual Art Exhibition |  Guest curator Elwood Jimmy posits a rumination on the theme of revolution and extends an invitation to recalibrate our desires, our hopes, how we hope, how we sense, how we love, and above all reexamine our relationships with each other, with...

A Night of Storytelling

Wed Jun 19 | 7pm | Literary Readings |  Danny Ramadan brings his much-loved nights of readings to the Queer Arts Festival. Featuring Kai Cheng Thom, Andrea Jenkins, Tash McAdam, Monica Meneghetti and Michael V. Smith. (more…)

Youth Curator Tour

Wed Jun 19 | 4pm | led by Elwood Jimmy |  Curator Elwood Jimmy leads tour for LGBT2S youth to see their identities reflected in art, organized in partnership with Broadway Youth Resource Centre and Directions Youth Services.

Artist Tour

Thu Jun 20 | 7pm | Led by Elwood Jimmy |  QAF visual artists and curator Elwood Jimmy convene for a panel discussing the visual art exhibition.

The Queen in Me

Fri Jun 21 & Sat Jun 22 | 7pm | Multidisciplinary Performance |  Exploding operatic expectations, soprano Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野 explores the constraints of conventional opera roles and their reliance on gender and sex stereotypes, combining Queen of the Night and other classic arias with original text. (more…)

Technical Knockouts

Sun Jun 23 | 7pm | Multidisciplinary Music |  Electronic music by DJ O Show with guests from QAF’s emerging artist program. NOTE: Entry to all QAF events requires membership to the Pride in Art Society. Memberships are available for $2 online or $5 / $2 concession at the door (or...

Jesse – an ASL opera

Mon Jun 24 | 7pm | with re:Naissance Opera JESSE - AN ASL OPERA is a workshop reading by Landon Krentz, Heather Molloy & Paula Weber resulting from a two-week experimental process that gathered Deaf and Hearing artists to explore how poetry, music, English and ASL intersect. Bi-cultural and bilingual,...


Tue Jun 25 | 7pm | with The Frank Theatre | An interactive project lead by The Frank Theatre Artistic Director Fay Nass that will work with up to 15 Vancouver LGBTQI+ community members, addressing their views and experiences of queer refugees or immigrants in Canada. NOTE: Entry to all...

The Wide Open

Wed Jun 26 | 7pm | Media Art with Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival |  The Wide Open, curated by Lacie Kanerahtahsóhon Burning, continues from media art in community centres throughout Vancouver through their Trans, Gender Diverse, and Two-Spirit Inclusion team to the big screen. This media project puts LGBTQ2S+...

Queer Songbook Orchestra

Fri Jun 28 | 7pm |  Celebrated national chamber ensemble Queer Songbook Orchestra unearth the queer backstories and personal narratives inspired by musicof the past several generations. Weaving together stories told by local narrators with arrangements by Canada's foremost composers. (more…)

Technical Knockouts Lab

Wed Jun 12 - Sat Jun 22 |  A female-centred music production drop-in lab for queer, Indigenous and allied youth led by Kinnie Starr, DJ O Show and Tiffany Moses. ASL interpretation available upon request. (more…)

Queer Songbook Orchestra Workshop

Thur Jun 27 | 6 - 8 pm room B |  Workshop for emerging artists using their own personal narratives as an entry point for creating music.

69 Positions: the Queer Canadian and Québec Archive in Film and Beyond

May 14 - Aug 17 | with VIVO Media Arts and Vancouver Queer Film Festival |  The west coast stop of Queer Media Database Canada-Québec Project’s touring exhibition series, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Omnibus which legalized same-sex sexual activities. In partnership with VIVO and the Vancouver Queer Film...