How do I transgress thee? Let me count the ways… One more week!

We are now 7 days away from the opening night of the 2013 Queer Arts Festival: TransgressionNow.

Hope y’all are coming down to our Art Party! Wednesday July 24, from 7-10pm at the Roundhouse, because it’s gonna be a blast. The opening night gala is always a queer-tastic, inclusive, all-ages event for everyone to see some art and build community. Proudly sponsored by Health Initiative for Men(HIM).

And the Art Party! is just the tip of the iceberg. For almost three weeks, we are presenting an incredible array of shows, workshops and outreach activities. Check out all our events on our website or on our Facebook page.

If you like the weird and the wonderful, the unexpected and fresh, then make sure you come to this evening of transdisciplinary performance art inspired by short queer films.

Reflection/Refraction flips the gaze of the artist. Cellist Cris Derksen drapes her layers of sound around the flirty awkwardness of Narissa Lee’s The Bus Pass. David C. Jones develops gender musings through physical theatre with a tip of the heel to The Hawker by Elisha Lim and Coco Riot. Mette Bach evokes complex personal histories in contrast to Kent Monkman’s playful cultural critique Dance to Miss Chief.

Dancer Ralph Escamillan holds Clark Nikolai’s Galactic Docking Company gently and pushes far beyond the reaches of space. Mr Cobalt 2013, Tran ÀPus Rex, challenges the dragged-up Herr by John Greyson with choreography by Vancouver’s Joe Laughlin.

Reflection/Refraction is curated by Kristina Lemieux, Artistic Producer of Brief Encounters, and Jen Crothers, artist and filmmaker (Butch Tits), who share a love of queer interdisciplinary arts.
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Queer Migration and Homing:
A g/local world cafe dialogue

To broaden the impact of our commissioned opera When the Sun Comes Out, QAF is partnering with Rainbow Refugee to engage in community outreach programs; giving voice to a wide range of true-life stories surrounding the issues raised by the opera: homophobic violence, migration, and the search for community and home. We invite you to come and just listen or share your own story.

Speakers: Tehseen A. (Rainbow Refugee), Chris Morrissey (Rainbow Refugee), Dai Kojima (UBC, Liu Institute), Fatima Jaffer (Trikone, UBC)

Dialogue Facilitators: members of Our City of Colours, My Circle, Queer Migration Collective, Rainbow Refugee, and cast and creators of When the Sun Comes Out

Sunday July 28, 5-7pm, at the Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, 2nd Flr, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street.

Pride Legacy Awards
We are PROUD to announce that two of our 2013 curated artists, Joe Average and SD Holman, are finalists for a a Pride Legacy Award, for their contributions to Art in Vancouver.

Presented by Vancouver Pride Society and TELUS, the awards ceremony will take place this Sat. July 20 at the Imperial, and will be hosted by Fred Lee. See Facebook event

View our TransgressionNow Curated Visual Art Exhibition, showing July 24 – Aug 9 in the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall, to see their work.

Congrats and good luck!

GayVancouver.Net is yet another homo-fabulous new Media Partner this year, and we just loooove all the twitter buzz and editorial they’ve been providing this year!

GayVancouver.Net (Gay Vancouver Online) is Vancouver’s LGBTQ online guide. Check it out:


Become a Pride in Art Patron
Imagine a world without homophobia — then help make that world a reality.

Whether you make a one-time gift, or commit to sustain the festival with a monthly contribution, your tax-deductible donation helps QAF commission and incubate cutting-edge new queer work, nurture the next generation of queer talent, and to celebrate with the wider world the best our communities have to offer.

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How do I buy tickets?
Buy in-person at Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium, 1238 Davie St.

Purchase online through Brown Paper Tickets!

Or, take your chances and purchase from Box Office the night of the show. Opens 30 minutes before showtime, accepts cash only.

Festival passes
A screamin’ deal – 4 shows for $69 (excluding the Big Gay Sing, surcharges apply to Kinnie Starr/Cris Derksen, and When the Sun Comes Out). To assure seating, QAF passholders can book available shows online up to 72 hours in advance. Or live dangerously and come with your pass when the box office opens.

$5 youth tickets
(24 and under)
Available for select shows, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the TD Come Out for Art youth ticket program.