Exhibitions + Events Listings

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

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...

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 by...

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 for its fourth year,...

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 musical Performance | Amplified Opera and Theatre Gargantua | $30 - $20 The Queen in Me explores the constraints of conventional opera roles and their reliance on gender and sex stereotypes, exploding operatic expectations of demure muses and femme...

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 Art Society. Memberships...

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,...

Diaspora

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

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 media...

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 with arrangements by Canada's foremost composers. Alex Samaras Chelsea D.E. Johnson...

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...