For over 10 years, the Queer Arts Festival has presented thought-provoking works and performances to audiences that engage and initiate dialogue. Each year is carefully themed and curated. Here is a historical archive of the Queer Arts Festival from its inception.

Past Events

Sun Oct 24 | 5pm Transdisciplinary music performance | Mountain View Cemetery
Sat July 24 | 7- 10 pm Festival Opening | SUM & Sun Wah 268 Keefer
Mon Jul 26 | 5 pm Audio Art Tour | Roundhouse Community Arts Centre Roundabout Join artist Bobbi Kozinuk in an exploration of her work, Language as a Virus: Queer Isolation Stories. Language as...
Tue Jul 27, 5pm Visual Art Tour | Sun Wah 268 Keefer, Lower Ground Floor Come together for our Visual Art Tour of our exhibition it's not easy being green, with the curators...
Mon Jul 26 - throughout festival Digital Discourse | Online In the connective void that has been this pandemic pause, QAF takes you on a few house calls. We visit with several festival artists in...
Mon Aug 2 | 8 pm Literary Readings | SUM & Sun Wah 268 Keefer Rooftop Curated by Josie Boyce, slip into a...
Sat Aug 7 | 8 pm Dance and Music Performance | Mountain View Cemetery *NEW* ONLINE | Tue Aug 10 | 24 hours
Fri Aug 13 | 7 - 10pm Closing Party | SUM & Sun Wah 268 Keefer Rooftop Join us for the festival closing with DJ O Show and your last chance to see all the art...
Wed Jul 28 | 7:30 pm Workshop | SUM gallery or Online Falak Vasa leads us in a...
Thu Aug 5 & Fri Aug 6 | 7pm Workshop | Online "Now, my own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose."~ JBS Haldane in his 1927 essay,...
Phase 1 of Mass Reincarnation of Wish Fragments 願片大量転生 (Ganhen Tairyou Tensei) Workshop | Wed Aug 4, 6pm | SUM gallery & Online With Artists:

The Garden: Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa in Recital

Thu, 13 February 2020 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST Buy Tickets Now Solo...

Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements

Curated by Love Intersections Feb 1 – Apr 18, 2020 | Opening Reception: Feb 1, 4-6 pm Yellow Peril; The Celestial Elements is a visual art exhibit inspired by the Chinese Five Elemental forces, seized by the urgent tensions between Queer Chinese diasporic identities....

BC Gay and Lesbian Archives photo identification project

The BC Gay and Lesbian Archives (BCGLA) is a diverse collection of LGBTQ2+ history, started by Ron Dutton in 1970s and recently donated to the City of Vancouver Archives. Of the over 5,400 images that have been digitized, about 1,000 photographs depict people and events that are currently...

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Curated by Justin Ducharme in collaboration with the artist, this year’s Vancouver Queer Film Festival offers a pop-up exhibit featuring new and retrospective works from artist Zachery Longboy. Longboy is from Churchill, Manitoba and is of Sayisi Dene lineage. This new and retrospective collection continues...

Glitter Technics

Glitter Technics is a 13 week workshop held every Wednesday from September 11th to December 4th, from 4pm to 8pm, with the exception of a special 5-hour workshop with Reel Youth on October 30th from 4pm to 9pm. All classes take place at The SUM Gallery in Chinatown,...

Stonewall 50: Glitter is Forever

Fri Jun 28 | 9pm | Free with QSO ticket | Party only $20 - $15 You can't get that shit out! On the...

69 Positions – Curator Tour

June 27 @ the Sum Gallery

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This event is over. For more information on the exhibition, visit: https://sumgallery.ca/2019/03/22/adrian-stimson-naked-napi/

Loud and Queer | Symphony at the Annex

March 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm $19 – $30 This concert recognizes the fiftieth anniversary of homosexual rights in Canada and celebrates the many, many vibrant voices that make up our queer community. This concert is presented in partnership...

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...

Queer Songbook Orchestra Workshop

Thur Jun 27 | 6 - 8 pm room B |  This opportunity is for emerging artists to work with the celebrated Queer Songbook Orchestra, and use your own personal narratives as an entry point for creating music. Young artists of all disciplines welcome...

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.

Queer Songbook Orchestra

Fri Jun 28 | 7pm | Concert | $40 - $30 Celebrated national chamber ensemble Queer Songbook Orchestra unearth the queer backstories and personal narratives inspired by musicof the past several generations, weaving together stories...

The Wide Open

Wed Jun 26 | 7pm | Media Art with Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival | $20 - $10 The Wide Open, curated by Lacie Kanerahtahsóhon Burning, continues from media art in community centres throughout Vancouver through their Trans, Gender...

Diaspora

Tue Jun 25 | 7pm | with The Frank Theatre | Pay What You Can Buy Tickets Buy Tickets on Eventbrite ...

Jesse – an ASL opera

Mon Jun 24 | 7pm | with Landon Krentz and re:Naissance Opera | Pay What You Can JESSE - AN ASL OPERA is a workshop reading by Landon Krentz, Heather Molloy & Paula Weber resulting from...

Technical Knockouts

Sun Jun 23 | 7pm | Multidisciplinary Music | $20 - $10 Performances by young artists from QAF’s Technical Knockouts music lab, mentored by Kinnie Starr,  DJ O Show and Tiffany Moses. QAF’s emerging artist...

The Queen in Me

Fri Jun 21 & Sat Jun 22 | 7pm | Multidisciplinary musical Performance | Amplified Opera and Theatre Gargantua | $30 - $20

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.

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.

A Night of Storytelling

Wed Jun 19 | 7pm | Literary Readings | Pay What you Can Danny Ramadan brings his much-loved nights of readings to the Queer Arts Festival. Featuring Kai Cheng Thom, Mey Rude, Tash McAdam, Monica Meneghetti and Michael...

Relational rEvolutions

Mon Jun 17 - Wed Jun 26 | Visual Art Exhibition |  Guest curator Elwood Jimmy We often think of revolution in relation to ways of knowing, but we rarely...
Queer Arts Festival 2019 ART PARY!

Art Party!

Tue Jun 18 | 7pm | Free Gala Opening Reception Join us for the Queer Arts Festival’s opening Art Party!, where art and conviviality converge at the grand opening. Art Party! marks the opening night of...

Adrian Stimson: Naked Napi [Opening]

SUM Gallery, Canada’s only queer multidisciplinary gallery, is honored to host Adrian Stimson’s debut of their most recent work for the gallery’s second exhibition of the year, Naked Napi. Adrian Stimson: Naked Napi Exhibition Dates: Sept 8, 2018 to Dec 8, 2018 – Tuesday to...

Karin Lee: QueerSUM 心 [opening]

Opening: May 12  2 – 4pm Exhibition: May 12 – August 18 (Tuesday - Saturday 12-6pm) Curated by Paul Wong and SD Holman Presentation Partner: On Main Gallery Queer-sum a “Chinglish” translation and play on the words...

Karin Lee: QueerSUM 心 [artist talk]

Opening: May 12  2 – 4pm Artist talk: May 17 7 - 9pm Exhibition: May 12 – August 18 (Tuesday - Saturday 12-6pm - closed on stat holidays) Presentation Partner: On Main Gallery

Cris Derksen Orchestral Powwow

In this chamber symphonic work, classically-trained Allegra Chamber Orchestra follows the lead of The Chippewa Travellers’ Powwow drum, as they create new forms of music in cellist/composer Cris Derksen’s Orchestral Powwow. Bringing Indigenous music to the centre of the European model, Cris Derksen, The Chippewa Travellers, hoop dancer...

SUM: Free workshops on Technology in the Arts

Emerging Artists Program Join us at SUM for FREE workshops on Technology in the Arts! Technology in the arts can provide us with incredible opportunities to take our creations to the next level. However, knowledge on how to use and...

2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Come to a party at our Annual General Meeting. We'll be providing updates on new developments at Pride in Art Society, and giving a sneak peek into this year's festival. Not only does the AGM provide us the opportunity to hang out with you in...

Art Party!

Gala Opening Reception | Roundhouse Exhibition Hall Art and conviviality converge at the grand opening celebrating 10 years of the Queer Arts Festival. with DJ O'Show! [fancygallery id="9" album="29"]

Pride In Art Exhibition 2018

Roundhouse Great Hall This open visual art exhibition honours our founder, Two-Spirit artist Robbie Hong and 20 years of Pride in Art. Alecska Divisadero Art Sun-Face Chris Watson David Camisa Edward Bader Holly Steele Jeannette Sirois Julia Wong Kenneth Freeman Sakino Sepulveda Samsa Tyler Homan

DECADEnce

June 16 - 27 — The Roundhouse DECADEnce visual art exhibition curated by Valérie d. Walker. Visual artists AA Bronson Angela Gabereau & Coral Short & Visionaries April Sumter-Freitag Berlynn Beam Carl Pope Jr. Chandra Melting Tallow Dana Claxton Dayna Danger Eloisa Aquino General...

Curator Tour

Roundhouse Exhibition Hall Curator Valérie d. Walker discusses DECADEnce with curated artists Berlynn Beam, Eloisa Aquino, Jenny Lin, and Mutya Macatumpag (moo-cha) (maca-toom-pag) – a.k.a. FIND MUTYA the stirring moments of queer time, the inherited legacies of queer ancestors and why...