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

The Garden: Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa in Recital

Thu, 13 February 2020 | 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM PST

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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...

running running trees go by…

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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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...


Tue Jun 25 | 7pm | with The Frank Theatre | Pay What You Can

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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!

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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
Tyler Homan


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

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...

Transfixed – Media Art Program

with VIMAF | Roundhouse Performance Centre

Transfixed is a curatorial collection of films that highlights the strategies utilized by Trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming artists to mitigate violence. Each artist within the collective examines the fractals of state violence that is perpetuated onto their bodies....

2018 Youth Curator Tour

with Broadway Youth Resource Centre & Directions Youth Services

Curator tour of the visual art exhibition for the younger generations (ages 15-24). You are welcome to experience a guided tour with QAF 2018 visual art curator, Valerie d. Walker. Come interact, ask questions about the...

Lay of the Land

Roundhouse Exhibition Hall

An annual soirée of erotic literary readings, curated this year by Daniel Heath Justice (Cherokee Nation), UBC Indigenous Professor and co-editor of Sovereign Erotics, the first and only published collection of Two-Spirit literary erotic writing. Previously known as...

Camera Obscura (hungry ghosts)

World Premiere with the frank theatre company | Roundhouse Performance Centre

A love story. A ghost story. A ritual for release.

A Vancouver artist attends the opening night of his career retrospective. Unbeknownst to gallery-goers, his past has returned to haunt him....

Skin & Metal: Homoerotic Music Theatre Works by Barry Truax

Roundhouse Performance Centre

Performed by Erato Ensemble with special guest artist Jerry Pergolesi, percussion, double bass, this concert honours seminal electro-acoustic Vancouver composer Barry Truax in a 30-year retrospective concert of his trailblazing...

How many ways can you sing a song?

This session will be led by Jeremy Dutcher, a composer and vocal artist of the Wolastoq nation. His music merges aesthetics and influences from traditional, classical and contemporary sound worlds, and his breakout album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa explores his sonic heritage. Come and engage in...


with MACHiNENOiSY | Roundhouse Performance Centre

The Queer Arts Festival presents MACHiNENOiSY’s PROX:IMITY RE:MIX

PROX:IMITY RE:MIX is the culmination of a 2 week performance process in Dance, Theatre and New Media with MACHiNENOiSY and LGBTQ+ youth. RE:MIX is an interdisciplinary dance...

Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (Maliseet Songs)

Roundhouse Performance Centre

Operatic tenor Jeremy Dutcher performs traditional songs of his Wolastoqiyik ancestors, in duet with recordings that he rediscovered, transcribed from century-old archival wax cylinder recordings, and arranged for voice, electronics and piano.

This performance is SOLD OUT! We...

Skin & Metal: Homoerotic Music Theatre Works by Barry Truax

Roundhouse Performance Centre

Performed by Erato Ensemble with special guest artist Jerry Pergolesi, percussion, double bass, this concert honours seminal electro-acoustic Vancouver composer Barry Truax in a 30-year retrospective concert of his trailblazing...

Lee Su-Feh: Everything

Roundhouse Performance Center

Dancer Lee Su-Feh negotiates an environment of smoke and numbers, flying objects in this durational performance. The complicated dialogue as Asian diaspora encounters colonized Indigeneity.

pay what you can

Community partner: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Traditional Chinese...

Glitter is Forever

Queeraoke Closing Party | The Junction

QAF’s final blowout—revel in community, effervescent refreshments, and karaoke with glitter.

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Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony (ALOT) presents They are a Lesbian with Jane Byers and Cicely-Belle Blain

Jane Byers

Nelson, B.C. poet, Jane Byers, “came out” with her 2nd poetry collection, Acquired Community, in October 2016 (Caitlin Press-Dagger Editions). It is a 2017 Golden Crown Literary Society Award Winner for Poetry and is...