Solo piano recital by Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa of works by queer & trans composers, including Rodney Sharman, Ann Southam & Mary Jane Paquette
Celebrated contemporary piano virtuoso Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa performs a solo recital of queer and trans composers. The programme centres around the work of composer Rodney Sharman, as Rachel prepares to record his complete solo piano works. It will feature world premieres by Sharman and Mary Jane Paquette, paired with works by Ann Southam.
The concert takes its name from Rodney’s notorious music theatre piece The Garden, in which a man visits a gay sex club for the first time and finds his life transformed by a single, perfect kiss. Theatre direction by David Bloom.
Reception to follow.
Pyatt Hall is on the second floor of the VSO School of Music, accessible by elevator, with wheelchair accessible seating and bathrooms.
About the artist
Hailed in the press as a “keyboard virtuoso and avant-garde muse” (Georgia Straight) with the “emotional intensity” to take a piece “from notes on a page to a stunning work of art” (Victoria Times Colonist), Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa is recognized among Canada’s foremost contemporary music pianists. Check this website >
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 the artists’ exploration within a fractured cultural experience through deeply felt layered videos, paintings and archival film.
The exhibit has been held over until September 14.
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, located at #425 268 Keefer Street. The workshop is free, with snacks and transit passes provided.
Produced in partnership with Pride in Art Society, Community Arts Council of Vancouver, and TELUS.
Glitter Technics is an experiential creative empowerment workshop series designed to shine the light on you and a story you want to develop and share. Participants will have the opportunity to discover and enhance new and existing artistic practices, tools and techniques as well as choose the creative medium(s) that will help them share their story with the greater public. Come join in the glitter of some of the cities most inspiring performing artists and facilitators who will guide and mentor participants to explore their artistic curiosity and self-expression, take creative risks and increase their self-esteem, confidence and leadership.
Led by Mutya Macatumpag (moo-cha) (maca-toom-pag), participants will work as a collective, creating community, culture, a healthy environment to gain new skills, encourage existing ones to a new level and produce meaningful work. Our aim is to foster solo and group collaboration and production, through exploration, support, fun and mentorship. We will be building up our technical skills in digital story telling, music, movement, theatre, writing, visual and performance art.
Fri Jun 28 | 9pm | Free with QSO ticket | Party only $20 – $15
You can’t get that shit out!
On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the closing of QAF 2019 we’re throwing the party of the half-century! Get ready for a culmination of the creative outpouring of this festival season and the past fifty years of queer art and culture.
Join us at The Roundhouse in collaboration with Vancouver Pride Society, The Frank Theatre Company, and Zee Zee Theatre to revel in the queerevolution with live performances, DJ’s spinning us through the decades, and more!
It’s not your story. It’s your LEGEND.
QAF 2019 rEvolution gathers together artists who disassemble, push, and transgress: art as the evolution of the revolution.
“Art does not imitate life. Art anticipates life.” — Jeanette Winterson
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 Festival, and located at SUM Gallery.
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 – bring your songs, poems, stories, dance, images, or just your fierce self. This is a drop-in workshop, no registration necessary.
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 including Monica Meneghetti, jaye simpson and Marv Houngbo with arrangements by Canada’s foremost composers.
Chelsea D.E. Johnson
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+ narratives fearlessly out in the open with a focus on intersectionality.
Justin Ducharme – Positions
Fallon Simard – Prayers for Dreamy Boys
Nicole Jones Abad & Lisa Bui Why Do You Stay Here?
Wapahkesis – My Pride Is
Chhaya Naran – Gif me something to hold onto
BiG SiSSY – Black Star
Kent Monkman – Miss Chiefs Praying Hands
Image credit: Lacie Kanerahtahsóhon Burning
NOTE: Entry to all QAF events requires membership to the Pride in Art Society. Memberships are available for $3 online or $5 / $2 concession at the door (or included in passes). We welcome you to the bar which opens at 6pm. For reservations please arrive 15 minutes before the 7pm showtime to ensure your seats.
The Frank Theatre presents a reading of Diaspora: an interdisciplinary, devised performance created by queer refugees and immigrants. This collaboration between the Frank’s Artistic Director, Fay Nass, and an ensemble of immigrant artists and community members explores the challenges and freedoms that come with living in exile. Through text, video and physical theatre, it asks audiences to look beyond the Western perception of LGBTQ+ identity, towards diverse notions of gender and sexuality. The personal stories in Diaspora reveal how language and culture shape queerness, and how many queer newcomers leave their country in search of community, only to be excluded from Western queer subcultures. Artistically innovative and emotionally authentic, Diaspora will move audiences and incite cultural exchange.
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 included in passes). Please allow a few extra minutes at your first event to obtain your new card.
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 a two-week experimental process that gathered Deaf and Hearing artists to explore how poetry, music, English and ASL intersect. Bi-cultural and bilingual, this experience reflects a creative process that was both riveting and uncomfortable.
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 program.
NOTE: Entry to all QAF events requires membership to the Pride in Art Society. Memberships are available for $3 online or $5 / $2 concession at the door (or included in passes). Please allow a few extra minutes at your first event to obtain your new card.
A Night of Storytelling is back for its fourth year, showcasing the talented LGBTQ2+ voices in the CanLit scene. Danny Ramadan brings prominent voices from the Queer and trans community of words to the stage to read from their art as they explore their identities through adult fiction, nonfiction, poetry and YA novels.
Each author will be reading from their own work, centering the stage around their talents, and framing their public art through their personal lens, before joining each other for an open conversation on representation of the LGBTQ2+ community in the Canadian scene, and presenting an authentic and genuine image of queer and trans lives under a literary examination.
We often think of revolution in relation to ways of knowing, but we rarely think about revolution in relation to our colonial habits of being – how our habits are dependent on, maintained and enabled by colonization. A revolution of being is not about what we say, how we look, how we perform, or how we trade in the different economies of colonial modernity. A revolution of being invites us to change our desires, our hopes, how we hope, how we sense, how we love, and above all, regenerate and recalibrate our relationships with each other, with the land, with time, with form and with space. In this recalibration of being, time and revolution are not linear. A radically different and tender way of being is necessary to face the violence on particular bodies – the human and non-human – that keep colonial systems in place, and to not lose sight of what we do not want to see. It is the cultivation and maintenance of practices – artistic, spiritual, life – that gesture towards a reimagining of a different way of being, of sitting with the complexities that we collectively face in an increasingly polarized world. In this exhibition, we look towards practices and processes that move towards generative ways of being. – Curator Elwood Jimmy