QAF 2023: Queers in Space

June 17 – 28 | Queer Arts Festival | Roundhouse Community Centre, SUM gallery, James Black Gallery, VAG North Plaza

Futurism and fantasy have always been cornerstones of the 2SLGBTQIA+ experience. What better place to manifest ourselves as the free and empowered superbeings we truly are? For many queer people, the Future is a place where dreams are realized; for others, it’s a vital sanctuary from a present-day reality that does not include them. While “Queers in Space” may evoke cosmic camp and otherworldly voyages (and this festival gleefully delivers both), we take these words very seriously as well: this is just as much a call to explore and celebrate the space we occupy, each and every day; to honour our queer elders on whose shoulders we stand; and to celebrate our future, queer trajectories.

ArtParty!  

Sat Jun 17 | 7pm Roundhouse Exhibition Hall – 181 Roundhouse Mews Join us as QAF 2023: Queers in Space officially launches into orbit! This year, ArtParty! returns to the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre’s Exhibition Hall for the first time since 2019. Party amidst our signature Visual Art…

bumfuzzled monachopsis: innerspace out

Curated Visual Art Exhibition Sat Jun 17 – Wed Jun 28  Mon – Fri 9am – 9pm Sat – Sun 9am – 5pm Roundhouse Exhibition Hall – 181 Roundhouse Mews ———— Zandi Dandizette , Curator bumfuzzled monachopsis: innerspace out Free Guided Curator Tour with Zandi Dandizette Sat Jun 24 ,…

Cosmic Connections: Queer Indigenous Astronomy (A View From Above and Below)

 Preston Buffalo AR works Sat Jun 17 – Wed Jun 2 8 9am to 9pm daily Roundhouse Exhibition Hall – 181 Roundhouse Mews Augmented Reality artist Preston Buffalo secretly brings the Roundhouse to life with Indigiqueer pasts and futures – including a creation story of how the Cree People originated…

Love After the End: Joshua Whitehead & Friends

QAF + Talking Stick Festival: a day in celebration of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Artists Sun Jun 18 | 3pm  Free cinq-à-sept reception to follow at 5pm Roundhouse Performance Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews Joshua Whitehead, Curator Love After the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction is an…

Virago Nation Burlesque

QAF + Talking Stick Festival: a day in celebration of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Artists Sun Jun 18 | 7pm Roundhouse Performance Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews Our day-long slate of events centred on Two-Spirit & Indigiqueer art concludes with breathtaking burlesque brought to you by the badass babes of Virago…

Queers in Space: Pride in Art Community Show

Mon Jun 19 – Sat Jul 8 Exhibition open Tue thru Sat, 12 – 6pm The James Black Gallery – 144 E 6th Ave . Opening Reception: Mon Jun 19, 7pm Long regarded as the bedrock of the Queer Arts Festival, the Pride in Art Community Show honours the legacy…

Kiss & Tell Collective: Lesbian Imagery & Sexual Identities

Thu Jun 22 | 5:30pm Or Gallery – 236 E. Pender St. In this community presentation and Q&A, Dr. Kristen Hutchinson discusses the history and impact of the pioneering Vancouver-based Lesbian artist collective Kiss & Tell. Presented in partnership with Or Gallery. Where do you draw the line between censorship…

New Yams Festival

 Odera Igbokwe solo exhibit Thu Jun 22 – Fri Jul 2 8 Exhibition is open Tue-Sat, 12 to 6pm SUM gallery – #425-268 Keefer St. New Yams Festival Opening reception with Odera Igbokwe Thu Jun 22, 7pm SUM gallery – #425-268 Keefer St. Buy Tickets on Eventbrite Register for opening…

Sujit Vaidya: Breathe In The Fragrance

Fri Jun 23 | 7pm Roundhouse Performance Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews Breathe In The Fragrance is Sujit Vaidya ‘s celebration of erotic ritual — of taste, of smell, of song, of dance, of sensations awakened by Jasmine — to make space for the in-betweenness of things to exist. Combining…

Witch Prophet

Sun Jun 25 | 5:30pm šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square – Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza – 750 Hornby St. Queer Arts Festival partners with Vancouver International Jazz Festival for the second year in a row to present Witch Prophet : the evolution of Toronto based singer-songwriter Ayo Leilani . Think Erykah…

Hymnen an die Nacht:

Claude Vivier Retrospective Tue Jun 27 | 7pm Roundhouse Performance Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews In 1983, Canada’s queerest and most cosmic composer, Claude Vivier, shockingly left this world at the age of 34, murdered by a rent boy in Paris. In this retrospective, we commemorate the 40th anniversary of…

Glitter is Forever

Wed Jun 28 | 7pm   Roundhouse Exhibition Hall — 181 Roundhouse Mews Our 16th Queer Arts Festival comes home to dock in spectacular fashion, featuring drag performances by the “only nationally acclaimed All-Asian drag family,” House of Rice and music by DJ Bella Sie! Take in our curated visual art…

2021: Dispersed
It’s not easy being green

Curated by Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour + SD Holman

QAF shows artists upcycling & recycling apocalyptic fear & dread into art & social change. Green symbolizes not only our relationship to each other & the lands we occupy, but also difference & marginalization, exemplified by popular culture green underdogs Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West & Rainbow Connection, Kermit the Frog. It’s not easy being green, fighting for a world that consistently rejects us. With imminent climate catastrophe upon us, we witness the world grappling with the end times, but when were the queered privy to life outside the apocalypse? 

Green is the complex terrain of extended kinship ties of Indigiqueer/two-spirit and queer settlers. Green spectrals haunt the hyphened margins of the subaltern; enduring perpetually frequent gaslighting(s) of post-traumatic settler-colonial and concurrent disorders. Together/apart WE endure our own private apocalyptics. Cataclysmic temporal end-points that exist as seemingly fixed and an unavoidable global terminus – from which Indigiqueer/queer resurgence erupts relentlessly into the ongoing colonial.

QAF shows artists cast as see-ers/oracles/alchemists upcycling/rebranding/reclaiming/transgressing/transforming apocalyptic visions towards queer utopic landscapes, transmuting fear, dread and a collective broken heart of forced disslocations with departures and arrivals, using art as transformative praxis and practice towards social and spiritual metamorphoses.


2021 Events

Piano Burning

Sun Oct 24 | 5pm Transdisciplinary music performance | Mountain View Cemetery Rising from the ashes of this summer’s fire ban , QAF and Full Circle: First Nations Performance will reignite our Piano Burning event on Sunday, October 24 at Mountain View Cemetery. Curated by SD Holman and Margo Kane,...

ArtParty!

Sat July 24 | 7- 10 pm Festival Opening | SUM & Sun Wah 268 Keefer ArtParty! returns in-person for the first time since 2019! Regarded as one of Vancouver’s best-attended visual art events, ArtParty! marks the opening night of QAF’s signature Curated Visual Art Exhibition and kicks off it’s...

QAF 2021 dispersed:

it's not easy being green Jul 24 - Aug 13, 2021 QAF shows artists upcycling & recycling apocalyptic fear & dread into art & social change. Green symbolizes not only our relationship to each other & the lands we occupy, but also difference & marginalization, exemplified by popular culture green...

Curated Visual Art Exhibition

Sat Jul 24 - Fri Aug 13 , from 12 – 6pm Visual Art Exhibition | Sun Wah 268 Keefer, Lower Ground Floor Featured Artists: Beric Manywounds Blake Angeconeb Chad Baba Duane Isaac Falak Vasa Grace House Ho Tam Isaac Murdoch Jay Pahre Kali Spitzer Katherine Atkins Kathleen Ross Manuel...

Language as a Virus: Queer isolation stories

Sat Jul 24- Fri Aug 13 Sonic Installation | around False Creek & Online  Language as a Virus: Queer Isolation Stories is an interactive multi-platform sonic-art installation from artist Bobbi Kozinuk, featuring publicly broadcasted radio programming around the False Creek area as well as online. Combining music, sound art, and...

Language as a Virus: The Tour

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 a Virus: Queer Isolation Stories is an interactive multi-platform sonic-art installation from artist Bobbi Kozinuk, featuring...

Curator Tour with Guest Artists

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 Jeffrey McNeil-Seymour and SD Holman + guest artists. var exampleCallback = function() { console.log('Order complete!'); };...

Screen Greenery

Sat Jul 31 | 9 pm Media Art Screening | SUM & Sun Wah 268 Keefer Rooftop Curated by QAF Associate Artistic Director Fergie and Programs Coordinator Ben!  Rooftop screening of edutainment for the pandemic — very queer and rather green short films. var exampleCallback = function() { console.log('Order complete!'); };...

Queerotica

Mon Aug 2 | 8 pm Literary Readings | SUM & Sun Wah 268 Keefer Rooftop Curated by Josie Boyce , slip into a little green something and enjoy readings by Vancouverite writers. var exampleCallback = function() { console.log('Order complete!'); }; window.EBWidgets.createWidget({ // Required widgetType: 'checkout', eventId: '159891729467', iframeContainerId: 'eventbrite-widget-container-159891729467',...

Onibana Taiko and Alvin Erasga Tolentino

Sat Aug 7 | 8 pm Dance and Music Performance | Mountain View Cemetery *NEW* ONLINE | Tue Aug 10 | 24 hours When Japanese folk tradition meets punk, audience members are invited to commune with the ancestors via Obon dance, song, sensu (fan) cheerleading, fue, shamisen and kick-ass taiko....

Glitter is Forever

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 @ QAF 2021with us at the Sun Wah Centre, from the basement, to the...

Kindred Spirits

Sat Jul 24 - Fri Aug 13 Community Art Showcase | Online The digital culmination of the Kindred Spirits digital artist residency run by and for 2Spirit and Indigiqueer artists. Guided by Faculty members Dayna Danger , DJ O Show , Raven Davis and Art Auntie Shane Sable , this...

Pride in Art Community Show

Sat July 24 - Fri Aug 13, daily from 12 – 6pm Visual Art | SUM & Sun Wah 268 Keefer , 4th Floor The exhibition is open to the public and free to view in the SUM gallery (4th floor) of the Sun Wah Centre for the duration of...

Pillows for the Pandemic

Wed Jul 28 | 7:30 pm Workshop | SUM gallery or Online Falak Vasa leads us in a pillow-making workshop, based off of their own series of pillows created during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic offering small comforts that are controllable.  This event is ASL Interpreted. var exampleCallback = function() {...

Queerer than Queer: Lessons from Nonduality for Deep Planetary Healing

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, Possible Worlds In this two-part interactive workshop we will explore...

Gathering of Wishes and 1000 Paper Butterflies

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: Naoko Fukumaru and Eva Wong An ancient Japanese folk tale promises that anyone who folds 1000 paper cranes will have their wish answered by the...

2020: Wicked

Visual art Curator: Jonny Sopotiuk

July 16 – July 26, 2020

Wicked brings together a multigenerational group of artists living and producing work across Canada and the United States as they explore the body, community, and architecture of homonormativity. 

In 2020, we’re learning to live through a new form of containment during a global health pandemic. Our long fight for recognition and the foundations of community infrastructures that we created to sustain us are being fundamentally questioned.


2020 Events

Too Spirited

Indigenous Burlesque | July 17 | 7 pm Embrace your too-muchness with bombastic burlesque brought to you by the badass babes of Virago Nation , Turtle Island’s first all-indigenous burlesque collective. Featuring special guests Monday Blues and Lynx Chase! Whether you’ve seen it before or always wanted, now’s your chance...

Glitter is Forever Pajama Party

Closing Binge | July 26 | 4 PM Get your dress jammies on, grab a drink and binge-watch the entire Queer Arts Festival with us (take it all in!!). Expect surprises and special prizes.  ...

Pride in Art Community Art Show

Art Show | July 16 -26 From the roots of the Queer Arts Festival, this open visual art show honours our founder, Two-Spirit artist Robbie Hong and 21 years of Pride in Art organizing. This show will launch online on July 16 and run through to July 26. 2020 Artists...

This Crazy Show

Dance Performance | July 25 | 7 PM | July 26 | 2 PM In his Swan Song, contemporary dance legend Noam Gagnon sashays the fine line between pain and pleasure in a fetishization of something glamorous and beautifully twisted: a monster beautified. Synopsis: This piece is a reflection on...

A Conversation on Queer Mentorship

Lunch Discourse | July 25 | 12 pm Hiromi Goto and Erica Isomura explore the nuances of intergenerational mentorship as queer POC writers. Hiromi Goto , an emigrant from Japan, gratefully resides on the Unceded Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil Waututh Territories. She’s the author of many books. Her first graphic...

The Darlings, Uncensored

Drag Performance | July 24 | 7 pm | The QAF proudly welcomes The Darlings — Continental Breakfast, PM, Rose Butch and Maiden China —to the stage, ahem, screen , with a new performance created around the festival theme of ‘wickedness.’ The multidisciplinary, non-binary drag performance collective has been taking...

Underground Absolute Fiction

Speculative Theatre | July 23 | 7 pm | Underground Absolute Fiction is an immersive play-meets-punk-concert, inspired by the apartment theatre of 1980s Poland. It invites audiences into a secret meeting at a post-Communist home. There, they join a queer punk band and Lena, a Polish-Canadian settler. Created by Anais...

A Night of Storytelling

Literary Readings | July 22 | 7 pm | A Night of Storytelling is back for its fifth year and once again hosted by the much-beloved Danny Ramadan, this time around as a new online experience. Spend a night in with the talented LGBTQ2+ voices of the CanLit scene. Danny...

Media Nights with VIVO

| July 18 + July 19 | 7 PM Rupture Probe and Return to Sodom North look at the continuity of themes across the two decades that separate the works. They also illustrate the resilience of shorter experimental forms that emerging queer festivals preferred and rapidly evolving technologies coveted. However,...

Curator Tour

Curated by Jonny Sopotiuk | July 16 - 26 | Curator Statement Queer life is a reality of ongoing survival. From government and societal oppression, to family rejection and social isolation our memories and experiences have been defined and shaped by the structures that are designed to contain us. Our...

Wicked: Curated Visual Arts Exhibition

Curated by Jonny Sopotiuk | July 16 - 26 | Queer life is a reality of ongoing survival. From government and societal oppression, to family rejection and social isolation our memories and experiences have been defined and shaped by the structures that are designed to contain us. Our identities and...

2019: rEvolution

Visual art Curator: Elwood Jimmy

June 17 – 28, 2019

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.


2019 Events

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 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...

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 - bring your songs, poems,...

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. Calling all queer, Two-Spirit, and allied poets, lyricists, performers, truth-tellers and music-makers! Want...

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 told by local narrators including Monica Meneghetti, jaye simpson and Marv Houngbo with arrangements by...

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 Diverse, and Two-Spirit Inclusion team to the big screen. This...

Diaspora

Tue Jun 25 | 7pm | with The Frank Theatre | Pay What You Can Buy Tickets Buy Tickets on Eventbrite var exampleCallback = function() { console.log('Order complete!'); }; window.EBWidgets.createWidget({ widgetType: 'checkout', eventId: '61060017155', modal: true, modalTriggerElementId: 'eventbrite-widget-modal-trigger-61060017155', onOrderComplete: exampleCallback }); The Frank Theatre presents a reading of Diaspora: an...

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 a two-week experimental process that gathered Deaf and Hearing artists to explore how poetry,...

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 program . NOTE: Entry to all QAF events requires membership to the Pride in...

The Queen in Me

Fri Jun 21 & Sat Jun 22 | 7pm | Multidisciplinary musical Performance | Amplified Opera and Theatre Gargantua | $30 - $20 Buy Tickets Buy Tickets on Eventbrite var exampleCallback = function() { console.log('Order complete!'); }; window.EBWidgets.createWidget({ widgetType: 'checkout', eventId: '59867100108', modal: true, modalTriggerElementId: 'eventbrite-widget-modal-trigger-59867100108', onOrderComplete: exampleCallback }); The...

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 V. Smith . A Night of Storytelling is back...

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 think about revolution in relation to our colonial habits of being – how our habits are dependent on, maintained and enabled...
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 QAF’s curated exhibition, Relational rEvolutions, curated by Elwood Jimmy; the Pride in Art Community...

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2018 : DECADEnce

Visual art Curator: Valerie d. Walker

June 16 – June 29, 2018

Decadence is often used in a negative context to denote some kind of moral or social decline with lavish or overindulgence in things that bring us pleasure. Queer that up and see the opportunity for: Luxurious self-indulgence full of richness and the celebration of pleasures. That’s the idea.


2018 Events

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 Idea Guerrilla Girls Jenny Lin Katherine...

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 public queer art is essential and...

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. The collective's works discuss white...

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 DECADEnce exhibition, stand-back or just observe...

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 Queerotica, Samantha Nock rebranded the readings as Lay of...

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. What if what we thought we knew about our...

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 work, breaking down barriers of gender, sexuality and technology through music. Featuring Barry Truax Jerry Pergolesi...

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 an intimate, interactive sounds workshop...

PROX:IMITY RE:MIX

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 performance which celebrates diversity of experience and individuality in...

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 recommend arriving at the Roundhouse early to ensure enough...

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 work, breaking down barriers of gender, sexuality and technology through music. Featuring Barry Truax Jerry Pergolesi...

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 Gardens ...

Glitter is Forever

Queeraoke Closing Party | The Junction QAF’s final blowout—revel in community, effervescent refreshments, and karaoke with glitter. [fancygallery id="9" album="30"]

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2017 : UnSettled

Visual Art Curator: Adrian Stimson

June 17 – 29, 2017

UnSettled is curated by Two-Spirit and queer-identified Indigenous artists, and developed in collaboration with Indigenous arts organizations. The term “Two-Spirit” is used by many Indigenous people to describe their gender, sexual and spiritual identity—often inclusive of all Indigenous LGBTQ+—in reclaiming and restoring traditional concepts suppressed by colonial heteronormativity.


2017 Events

Glitter is Forever: Queeraoke Closing Party

QAF’s final blowout—revel in community, effervescent refreshments, and karaoke with glitter. Free, $6 cover after 9pm. At the Junction The Junction is a 19+ venue at all times. Proper government issued photo I.D. is required for entry. The kitchen closes at 10pm. $6 Cover Charge – BRATPACK : SEASON 3...

Pride in Art Exhibition

From the roots of the Queer Arts Festival, this open visual art exhibition honours our founder, Two-Spirit artist Robbie Hong. Scent Reduced: This event is scent-reduced. Please help us keep this a welcome space for everyone and refrain from wearing scented products while attending QAF events. Mobility Accessibility: This event...

Art Party! Gala Opening Reception

Art and conviviality converge at the grand opening of our 2017 festival. Performance art curated by Stimson will take place on this night. ASL Interpretation: ASL interpretation has been booked for this event. Scent Reduced: This event is scent-reduced. Please help us keep this a welcome space for everyone and refrain...

UnSettled

Siksika visual art curator Adrian Stimson curates Indigenous work exploring Two-Spirit identity. For too long, the absence of representations of Two-Spirit people, art, and being from contemporary popular culture has been equally embedded in hegemonic practices of colonization. With UnSettled I explore the art and being of Two-Spirit* artists, and...

Curator Panel

Curator Adrian Stimson discusses UnSettled with curated artists Dayna Danger , George Littlechild , John Powell, Michelle Sylliboy, and Vanessa Dion Fletcher . Community partner: Bill Reid Gallery ASL interpretation: ASL Interpretation has been booked for this event. Scent Reduced: This event is scent-reduced. Please help us keep this a welcome...

Art Salon

QAF Visual Art Preparator Lacie Kanerahtahsóhon Burning leads a public salon with local artists and curator to discuss the themes of the visual art exhibition. Community Partner: Daily Xtra ASL Interpretation: ASL Interpretation has been booked for this event. Scent Reduced: This event is scent-reduced. Please help us keep this a welcome...

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 2017 visual art curator, Adrian Stimson. Come interact, ask questions about the UnSettled exhibition, stand-back or just observe...

Lay of the Land

A Night of Indigenous Erotica —curated by Samantha Nock Lay of the Land is a night of space taken back and reclaimed for queer and two-spirit Indigenous poets and writers to call back our sexualities. Through 500 years of colonization, spaces to safely express love, longing, and our relationships to...

MSM [men seeking men]

With lemonTree creations MSM [men seeking men] is a dance theatre piece inspired by transcripts of online conversations between men who seek other men. lemonTree ’s Artistic Producer Indrit Kasapi has created a world of electronic beats where music is the omnipotent power, and through choreography, movement, and text, deconstructs...

QAF Young Artist Program: Technical Knockouts

Kinnie Starr , DJ O Show , and Tiffany Moses A female-centred music production, tech, songwriting and DJ drop-in lab for queer Indigenous and allied youth. Open to all genders, all nations, all affiliations. Come hover, hang or create with us. No experience necessary. Snacks and drinks will be there...

Unsettling Colonial Gender Boundaries

Local curators June Scudeler and Lacie Kanerahtahsóhon Burning program an evening of Two-Spirit media art, centering Indigenous experiences of sexuality and gender. Shared and emerging histories are explored through media and performance by Thirza Cuthand (Cree), Chandra Melting Tallow (Siksika), Raven Davis (Anishinaabek), and Kent Monkman (Swampy Cree) to highlight discourse...

THE GRID [a workshop]

with lemonTree creations Indrit Kasapi of lemonTree leads dance and theatre artists through lemonTree’s creation process ‘the grid,’ based on viewpoints. The Grid is a creation process that lemonTree creations has been using to generate their material for several of their productions including MSM [men seeking men]. Indrit Kasapi (Artistic...

Talking Two-Spirit

Join us for an afternoon conversation of what is Two-Spirit and who is Two-Spirit from a pre-contact/traditional context and what is being done today to revitalize these time-honoured ways. Also addressed is how this discussion and work is different from the broader western LGBT/Queer framing. This conversation will be followed...

Artist-Led Afternoon

Site-specific and culturally-focused teaching through storytelling from local media artist and ethnobotanist Cease Wyss. T’uy’tanat-Cease Wyss , Skwxwu7mesh/Sto: Lo/ Hawaiian/Swiss Individual, who is a media artist with 25 years of experience, producing various formats of media art, as well as being a mentor in her field for close to 15...

Kinnie Starr, DJ O Show, Tiffany Moses in concert: Technical Knockouts

Poetry, DJ, hip hop and electronic music by  Kinnie Starr , DJ O Show , and Tiffany Moses performing with guests from QAF’s young artist program . Kinnie Starr is a genre-defying artist blazing her own influential trail. self-trained, Starr moves from hip hop to art-pop, folk to spoken word to...

Greed / REsolve

with Full Circle First Nations Performance Commerce, greed, and disenfranchisement are key themes in these two paired dance works by Circadia Indigena - Indigenous Arts Collective . Greed examines our exploitative stock market system and the crippling effects of corporate and personal greed, results of the false ego. This work...

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2016 : Stonewall was a Riot

Visual art Curator: Jonathan D. Katz

June 21 – 30, 2016

Drama Queer is about queer politics, but not in the usual sense. It doesn’t ask you to assume a position and endorse a belief, for that would only meet you in known, familiar territory.


2016 Events

Curator Panel

ASL interpretation has been booked for this event. Renowned curator Jonathan D. Katz and curated artists lead audiences through Drama Queer: seducing social change.  Entry to all QAF events requires membership to the Pride in Art Society. Memberships are available for $2 online, or a $1-$5 slide scale at the...

Queering Selfies

In partnership with WePress , Directions Youth Services and Broadway Youth Resource Centre . For queer youth, the defence of our identities is wrapped into survival. Self portraiture, a.k.a. Selfies, are a grounding mechanism and an easy route to self compassion and empowerment. This workshop encourages the mixing and blending...

Young and Queer, Here and Now

In partnership with MACHiNENOiSY . The late teens and early 20s are often a time of uncertainty and self-identification. We struggle to figure out who we are, who we want to be and how we can embody that to the world. QAF and MACHiNENOiSY create opportunities for the next generation...

A Gossamer Bit: CONTACT Contemporary Music

In partnership with Redshift . Tickets $30/$15 concession A Gossamer Bit celebrates the longstanding association between the Toronto based ensemble Contact and lesbian composer Allison Cameron. A kaleidoscopic fusion of elements as disparate as minimalism, avant-garde jazz and Charles Ives, Cameron’s music is spacious, introspective and hypnotic. Released on CD...

Queer Noise

ASL interpretation has been booked for this event. Queer Noise is a program of Canadian media art which combines presentation and dialogue to explore political intention in contemporary queer work. The evening will include short film and video curated by media artist E Hearte and featuring the work of artists: ...

Dragging Piaf

In partnership with BC Living Arts . Tenor Frédérik Robert performs as iconic French singer Edith Piaf, accompanied by a silent film directed by Alan Corbishley. Desperate to be loved and understood, Vancouver drag queen Ed becomes obsessed with the tragic life of Edith Piaf, paints himself in her likeness,...

Glitter is Forever: Closing Party

Presented by  SAD Mag . ASL interpretation has been booked for this event. SAD Mag presents the Queer Arts Festival’s final blowout—revel in community, effervescent refreshments, karaoke and DRAG! Glue on your glitter beards and get down to the Waldorf for glitter-licious performances by: ROSE BUTCH ALMA BITCHES and GRIMM...

Queewritica

Queewritica: Erotic writing on libido's continuum. No matter the genre, no matter your level of experience on or off the page, if you're writing about sex, we want you to come. Be your boner micro or macro or no bone at all, Queewritica can take it. From dried up to...

Lyle Chan’s String Quartet: An AIDS Activist’s Memoir

ASL interpretation has been booked for this even. Please arrive early, as the event will begin promptly at 7:00pm with no intermission. This new work by acclaimed Australian composer Lyle Chan , is a visceral musical portrait of the peak of the epidemic. Between 1991-1996, Chan and fellow activists couriered AIDS treatments...

Art Song Lab

in partnership with Art Song Lab and the Canadian Music Centre, Vancouver International Song Institute, CMC BC Creative Hub, The Roundhouse A queer edition of the week-long program exploring the collaborative fusion of poetry and music. Hear the songs premiered at SongLaunch on Sat Jun 25 at 2pm. Brown Paper...

Art Party! Gala Opening Reception

ASL interpretation has been booked for this event. Join us for the Queer Arts Festival’s Art Party!, one of Vancouver’s hottest pride season events. This spectacular gala event features, ravishing refreshments, amazing artwork and queer conviviality. Art Party! celebrates the opening night of QAF’s curated exhibition, Drama Queer: seducing social...

Pride In Art Visual Art Show

From the roots of the queer arts Festival, this open visual art show exhibits artists from our communities and honours our founder Robbie Hong. Artists: Katherine Atkins Kate Braun Jackson Photographix Jeff Gibson Kelly Haydon Donal Hebner Trish Holowcznek Dzee Louise Noemi Molitor Nisha Platzer Rosamond Norbury SD Holman  ...

Youth Curator Tour

In partnership with Directions Youth Services and Broadway Youth Resource Centre . Jonathan D. Katz, curator of QAF's visual art exhibition Drama Queer: Seducing social change, leads a tour of the exhibition for street-involved queer youth. A meal will be provided onsite after the tour by Directions Youth Services. Need...

Queerotica

ASL interpretation has been booked for this event. A soirée of erotic literary readings to tantalize and titillate. This year's edition of Queerotica is curated by Dagger Editions , Caitlin Press ’s new imprint dedicated to writing by queer women (those who identify as queer women, including trans women, or...

Salon

Salon with artists and Daily Xtra’s Robin Perelle. Bring your open minds and hearts to reflect on the curated exhibition. After years of swinging in and out of fashion, the art world's appreciation of art for social change may once again be on upswing. But queer artists have always known...

The Pink Line

Produced by the frank theatre company . ASL interpretation has been booked for this event. What’s it like being a person of colour and being queer in a community where whiteness and queerness are synonymous? Where do you fit when your black hair and brown body mark you out as...

The Launch of Dagger Editions

Dagger Editions , an imprint of Caitlin Press , publishes literary fiction, non-fiction and poetry by and about queer women (those who identify as queer women, including trans women, or include this in their personal history). We celebrate the launch of Dagger’s first,  Oscar of Between: A Memoir of Identity...

Drama Queer: seducing social change, curated visual art exhibition

Visual art exhibition curated by Jonathan D. Katz and Conor Moynihan. At the centre of this year’s festival is Drama Queer: seducing social change , a visual art exhibition curated by Jonathan D. Katz. This exhibition explores the role of emotion in contemporary queer art as a form of political...

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2015 : Trigger – Drawing the Line in 2015

Curated by: SD Holman

July 23 – August 7, 2015

QAF celebrates the 25th anniversary of a landmark work of queer heritage with this year’s theme Trigger: Drawing the Line in 2015.

We draw our lines today very differently than in 1990. As “trigger warnings” placed before art to alert viewers about potentially traumatizing material become increasingly common, QAF 2015 questions what we are sacrificing for safety’s sake. As Jeannette Winterson wrote: “Art has deep and difficult eyes and for many the gaze is too insistent… We avoid painful encounters with art by trivializing it, or by familiarizing it… Every day, in countless ways, you and I convince ourselves about ourselves. True art, when it happens to us, challenges the “I” that we are… Art objects. The nouns become an active force not a collector’s item. Art objects.”


2015 Events

Lifedrawing with HIM

Life Drawing with HIM is an informal, drop-in drawing and sketching social group for men. For one night only, Life Drawing with HIM is collaborating with the Queer Arts Festival to bring this popular drop-in session to the queer arts community. All skill levels, orientations, and genders welcome. This group...

TRIGGER: Drawing the Line in 2015 Curator Tour

Queer Arts Festival: Curator tour and Salon Join festival Artistic Director and Curator of this year's exhibition SD Holman for an informal tour of this year’s Drawing the Line exhibition, followed by a salon co-hosted by Daily Xtra managing editor Robin Perelle, who will ask participants where they draw the...

Cor Flammae: FALLEN ANGELS

QAF's Pre-festival Fluffer! Back for their second incendiary season, Cor Flammae presents FALLEN ANGELS: sacred + profane choral works by historical and modern queer composers. The rich religious traditions of choral music mean a participant must confront sacred spaces which have historically defined the queer body as profane, obscene and unholy....

Genderfest Introvert Chill Mingler

An introvert's way to kick off the rowdy weekend. This event is scent-reduced, and fully wheelchair accessible. For more information on how to support a scent-reduced event, please visit PeggyMunson.com For a full accessibility audit of the space, visit  Radical Access Mapping Project . ...

I am ME

Wed Jul 29 & Aug 5 | 6pm Explore your identity through movement in this Dance Out Loud workshop with Kinesis Dance somatheatro . This workshop is for all those who wish to share and celebrate who they are! Explore your identity through movement in a comfortable, fun and supportive...

PROX:IMITY RE:MIX & Night

Co-presented with Kinesis Dance somatheatro and MACHiNENOiSY Queer contemporary dance with Kinesis Dance somatheatro and MACHiNENOiSY's youth dance intensive. PROX:IMITY RE:MIX & NIGHT Two dance companies two dance shows PROX:IMITY RE:MIX is the culmination of a 2-week process in which contemporary dance company MACHiNENOiSY offers skill building in dance, theatre...

Tough Language, Tender Wisdoms: Crafting the Personal Essay

Workshop (2 days): Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26 10:30 am to 1:30 pm A Writing Workshop for transgressive voices led by author Amber Dawn, Tough Language, Tender Wisdoms invites participants to write under-told and boundary-pushing stories from their personal experience, and to develop strategies to creating safe and...

QSONG Performance

Co-presented with Access to Music Foundation Prepare to be dazzled by the extraordinary talent of young queer and allied singer/songwriters from our fabulous QSONG workshop . With mentors Sarah Wheeler and Ellen Marple. Buy Tickets / Reserve Seats Coming with a friend or 3? Get a QAF Flex-Pass . Go...

TRIGGER: Drawing the Line in 2015

Gallery hours: 12PM - 9PM weekdays; 11AM - 4PM weekends QAF's curated exhibition honours the 25th anniversary of Kiss & Tell's legendary exhibition, Drawing the Line. 19 participating artists challenge, provoke and push boundaries. What sets you off? Curated by SD Holman Artists - Kiss & Tell: Lizard Jones, Persimmon...

Salon des Refusés

Co-presented with Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium Little Sister's exhibits explicit art by artists in our queer communities. Artists: Alex Winter Jane Eaton Hamilton jackson photografix Rebecca Blankert robin Ron Kearse SD Holman Shakti Sama Coming with a friend or 3? Get a QAF Flex-Pass . Go to 4...

Pride in Art community Show

An open visual art exhibition celebrating queer artists from our communities. Gallery hours: 12pm - 9pam weekdays; 11am - 4pm weekends Known as the Pride in Art Community Show, it is a Queer Arts Festival tradition. This longstanding event showcases the talents of emerging and established visual and media artists...

Queerotica

Community Partner Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium Literary readings to tantalize and titillate - aka Catherine and Jim's dirty porn night . Curated by Ray Hsu. Queerotica started in '99, when SD (Shaira) Holman approached Janine Fuller at Little Sister's Bookstore saying - hey you wanna do some queer porn...

Kiss & Tell

Co-presented with Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture Notorious Vancouver collective Kiss & Tell’s first public appearance together in 13 years. Videos by Lorna Boschman, with talkback moderated by Janine Fuller of Little Sister’s book Store. Kiss & Tell: Persimmon Blackbridge, Lizard Jones, Susan Stewart By donation - Please support art...

TRIGGER WARNING: a video curation by Coral short

An evening of fearless queer video art curated by international curator Coral Short. Followed by an open dialogue with artists and curator. Buy Tickets Coming with a friend or 3? Get a QAF Flex-Pass . Go to 4 shows, take a friend to two shows, bring a group to one...

Cosmophony

Co-presented with the Powell Street Festival Eleven composers share their inner reflections on outer space in Cosmophony , Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa’s solo piano project inspired by the beauty and mystery of the cosmos. Praised in the Vancouver Sun as “brilliant” and “unforgettable,” the program opens with Denis Gougeon's fiercely virtuosic...

Sister Mary’s A Dyke?! (ASL / PWYC)

Co-Produced with the frank theatre Sister Mary’s a Dyke?! is a new play by Toronto-based playwright Flerida Peña. It follows Abby, a Catholic school girl who discovers that not everything is at it seems at Crown of Thorns Academy. After falling in love for the first time, Abby is sent...

A Queen’s Music: Reginald Mobley in Recital

A collaboration with Early Music Vancouver Reginald Mobley, countertenor Alexander Weimann, harpsichord and piano As was with people of colour, the contribution of gay composers and musicians throughout history has been largely forgotten, hidden, or ignored. And in this “Age of Grindr”, where the “woof” of an app is stronger...

Song

Meet Singer/Songwriter, SARAH WHEELER, QSONG Head Mentor and sign up for Access to Music Foundation's Queer Songwriters of a New Generation a FREE 9-week songwriting workshop for queer, trans* and allied youth in the Lower Mainland. Interested participants can attend a demo of the program, meet our head mentor and...

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2014 : ReGenerations

Visual Art Curator: Laiwan

July 23 – August 9, 2014

QAF’s 2014 theme, Regenerations, is a defiant reframing of the Nazi term “Degenerate Art”, the moniker under which they banned work by the avant-garde, Jews, Communists and queers.

Tyrants throughout history have censored artists on the grounds that their work posed an imminent danger to society. QAF embraces the premise of art as dangerous, even revolutionary. For it is in the intimate act of sharing as artists and audiences we find meaning and transformation. And from that place of vulnerable connection, we find the strength and inspiration to change the world.


2014 Events

GenderFest Screenprinting Workshop

Learn to silk screen! Bring your own t-shirt, bag, fabric, etc to silk screen on. Children welcome! 3:30pm-8:30pm $2-20 sliding scale per family Roundhouse Community Centre 181 Roundhouse Mews *satellite event in the West End (Yaletown) Submit a design by July 15th and have your design made into a silk...

QAF 2014: ReGenerations

QAF’s 2014 theme, ReGenerations , is a defiant reframing of the Nazi term “Degenerate Art,” the banner under which they banned artists who were avant-garde, Jewish, or queer, saying their work posed an imminent danger to society. QAF 2014 embraces the premise that art can be dangerous, even revolutionary. In the intimate act of sharing...

Queering the International

Photo credit: ZANELE MUHOLI, South Africa Katlego Mashiloane and Nosipho Lavuta, Ext. 2, Lakeside, Johannesburg 2007 ©Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Gallery hours 10:30am - 10pm weekdays; 10:30am - 4:30pm weekends QAF’s signature visual arts exhibition is curated this year by esteemed interdisciplinary artist Laiwan. Queering the International features...

Pride in Art Community Visual Art Show

Image credit: Christina Cooke, Butch 2014  - 5  Wed Jul 23 - Sat Aug 9 | Gallery hours 10:30am - 10pm weekdays; 10:30am - 4:30pm weekends The Pride in Art Community Show is a Queer Arts Festival tradition. This longstanding event showcases the talents of emerging and established visual and...

Seeking Protection is Not A Crime

Painted Stories from Self Identified LGBTQ2SI Migrants & Refugees. Co-produced with the Rainbow Refugee Committee and PeerNetBC. An intimate participatory painting workshop creating and claiming  space for queer refugees and migrants, sharing stories and building community through visual arts, facilitated by Mira Ghattas (Jordan) with social artist Melanie Shambach (Colombia). ...

Cor Flammae

Photo credit: belle ancelle photography Cor Flammae [kor 'flam.maj] flaming heart Ignite your evening with the ravishing, soaring voices of Cor Flammae, Canada’s only professional choir of queer singers who illuminate the rich and furtive queer spaces typically left out of classical choral concerts. Composed from the ranks of Canada’s...

Colin Tilney Celebrates LXXX

Presented in partnership with the Vancouver Early Music Festival A giant among the first generation of musicians who brought the idea of historically informed performance to the general concertgoer, world-renowned keyboardist Colin Tilney turned 80 this year. Join us as we celebrate his legacy with a solo harpsichord recital. Tilney's...

X

With community partner Genderfest (July 26) Ever seen a drunk puppet? Sex. Booze. Facebook. Carbs, Fess Up: what’s your guilty pleasure? Stunning stop motion animation, whimsical puppets, and sharp live performance meld in this fast-paced one-man show. X is a magical, imaginative and honest look at addiction, particularly struggles with...

Self-Producing and Touring 101 with Sunny Drake

So you wanna tour the world with your art or performance? Step-by-step considerations for self-producing and touring independent performance, including being presented by venues, festivals or community groups, hiring venues and/or Do-It-Yourself style (warehouses, youth centres, living rooms…). Workshop facilitator Sunny Drake has toured his work extensively including in Canada,...

Clean Sheets

Co-presented with frank theatre Everything is better in bed. Curated by frank theatre, Clean Sheets was created in 2008 by Seán Cummings and Chris Gatchalian as a new national queer playwriting workshop, and premiered at the 2009 Queer Arts Festival with the support of the City of Vancouver and Pride...

Alien Sex

NEW START TIME 7:30PM With event partner Genderfest  ASL Interpretation provided by BCRAD Tentacles wrestle the sexual status quo; secret identity exposes itself; and the Empire is challenged by authentic expression in a work that mixes whimsy, savage poetry, heartbreaking vulnerability and B-movie joy. Get your alien on in this...

I Sing The Body Electric: Walt Whitman and The Beat Generation

Co-presented with the Erato Ensemble Just in time for Pride weekend, Erato Ensemble’s  I Sing the Body Electric  celebrates the Queer spirit of Walt Whitman and the Beat Generation, who dared to express an individual language and lifestyle in the midst of the conservative social mores of their times, changing...

Big Gay Sing!

Co-presented with the Vancouver Men's Chorus The perfect post-parade pairing -- round out your Pride Sunday with a Queer Arts Festival's mainstay, Big Gay Sing!, a festive, participatory, music-making spectacle led by the Vancouver Men's Chorus. Described as "Karaoke with Glitter," this post-parade sing-a-long is one of our most popular...

Kickstart REVERB

Co-presented with the Kickstart Society for Disability Culture and REVERB: a queer reading series The dog days in August bring languid evenings, raw mornings, hot afternoons. This year, as part of the Queer Arts Festival, they also bring an alchemical collaboration between Kickstart Disability Arts and REVERB: A Queer Reading...

Tough Language, Tender Wisdoms: Amber Dawn Writing Workshop

3rd of 3 sessions: July 26, 27 and August 2, 1 - 3pm A Memoir Writing Workshop for trangressive voices led by author Amber Dawn, Tough Language, Tender Wisdoms invites participants to write under-told and boundary-pushing stories from their personal experience, and to develop strategies to creating safe and celebratory...

QueerProv

Co-presented with the Vancouver Pride Society Join the Bobbers' all-queer improv comedy troupe for a special edition of QueerProv! The well-loved weekly improv show at Heaven's Door moves on up to the Roundhouse for Pride. Featuring local performers in a fabulous showcase Vancouver's LGBTQ comedic talent. QueerProv: Special Pride Show...

Épopée: L’État du monde, film screening

Co-presented with the grunt gallery  and Dazibao Co-presented with the grunt gallery Initiated by the filmmaker Rodrigue Jean, Épopée is a collection of short films written and made in collaboration with male drug addicts and sex trade workers in Montreal. Set in the district known to residents as "the box,"...

Deaf-Queer Dialogue 101

Join the BC Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (BCRAD) and the Queer Arts Festival as we embark on a collaboration to explore the dynamics of Deaf-Queer identities! Our facilitator and four panelists from various backgrounds of Deafness explore the intersections of Deaf and queer culture, deliver heavy-hitting personal treatises on...

Loud & Queer! Music, Art Auction & More

Celebrate the closing of another thrilling festival season with Loud and Queer! Our final fiesta, join us for a delectable evening of choice edibles, effervescent refreshments, spellbinding performances, and two silent auctions featuring the latest treats, swag bags and accoutrements from local queer artists and businesses.  Revel in the scintillating...

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2013 : TransgressionNow

Visual Art Curators: Glenn Alteen and Paul Wong

July 24 – August 9, 2013

Since the days of the Stonewall Riots in 1969, queers have prided themselves on the notion of being at odds with straight culture. Indeed the whole Gay Pride movement is predicated on the right to be different than society at large.

TransgressionNow looks at where Queer artists still transgress social, gender, and political boundaries and what that looks like now.


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2012 : Random Acts of Queerness

Visual Art Curators: Persimmon Blackbridge, Jeffery Austin Gibson & SD Holman

July 31 – August 18, 2012

The 2012 Queer Arts Festival brings you “Random Acts of Queerness”, to commemorate the centenary of the experimental multidisciplinary queer artist John Cage. A pioneer of experimental music, Cage is best known for championing Indeterminacy: a philosophy that opens up artistic practice to include the random as a way of radically breaking with tradition, convention and habit.


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2011 : Games People Play

Visual Art Curators: Persimmon Blackbridge, Jeffery Austin Gibson & SD Holman.

July 26 – August 13, 2011

Queer cultures often emphasize elements of game-play: from camp to butch/femme to strictures of “straight looking/straight acting”, we play around with identity and its shadows of artifice, passing and trespassing. The curators are encouraging artists to queer the idea of games and play: board games, bored games, war games, mind games, drinking games, parlor games, gender games, games theory, game shows, word play, gun play, foreplay, BDSM play, playing the fool, playing by ear, playing along, playing around, playing for the team, playback, playmates, team sports, blood sport, water sports… With this exuberance of possibilities we will build a show of divergent investigations; a game for viewers to trace commonalities and conflicts along the through-line of gaming.


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2010 : Queertopia

The Best Place on Earth?

Imagine the ultimate Queer community… Would it be a place where being Queer was the norm, and heterosexuals were the minority? Or a place where attitudes towards difference didn’t exist? Where government monikers proclaim “the best place on earth” — a recent slogan from a Government of BC tourism ad — that would illustrate how magnificently Queer the province is? Would Queertopia be the same? Or even better?

There is no program available to view for this year.

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2009 : Faerie Tales

Visual Art Curators: Valerie Arntzen, Glen Alteen, and Marin Borden

July 28 – August 14, 2009

With our 2009 theme Faerie Tales, the Pride in Art Festival invited Queer artists to explore the myths and legends that have shaped us, and our community.

Light or dark, strange or powerful, these whimsical and sometimes political fables can have far-reaching effects upon our collective psyche. PiAF challenged artists to look back — into our childhoods, into our histories, into the mists of time — and explore the symbols and archetypes that have helped us to build Queer identities. The juried Visual Art Exhibition features works in many different artistic disciplines, and pairs established and emerging artists from across BC and Canada.

There is no program available to view for this year.

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2008 : Gender Twist

The first juried visual art show

July 24- August 10, 2008

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.

There is no program available to view for this year.

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