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Let us love: The ‘Sun Comes Out’ at Portland Opera

Queer-themed Canadian opera makes U.S. premiere at Hampton Opera Center FEBRUARY 2, 2022 BYANGELA ALLEN, OREGON ARTSWATCH When the Sun Comes Out opened in 2013 in Canada, commissioned by the Vancouver Queer Arts Festival. Now, a long eight years later, the new-music opera by Japanese-Canadian Leslie Uyeda with a gorgeous libretto by

Vancouver composer Leslie Uyeda’s When The Sun Comes Out sees its U.S. premiere at Portland Opera, January 28

Originally commissioned and produced by the Queer Arts Festival, opera explores forbidden love in a nation where homosexuality is banned. BY JANET SMITH, STIR VANCOUVER A PIONEERING OPERA about oppression and the LGBTQSIA+ community is set to see its American premiere. Vancouver composer, pianist, and conductor Leslie Uyeda’s groundbreaking When the Sun Comes...

Here’s why a piano was lit on fire in Mountain View Cemetery this weekend

By: Brendan Kergin, Vancouver is Awesome An unusual sight lit the city’s only cemetery this past weekend. On the evening of Sunday, Oct. 24, a piano was set on fire as a woman in a red (fire-proof) gown played two new songs. This was a piece of transdisciplinary art, though a piece with...

Postponed Piano Burning finally ignites on October 24 at Mountain View Cemetery

BY JANET SMITH, STIR VANCOUVER The Queer Arts Festival and the Talking Stick Festival present Piano Burning on October 24 at 5 pm at Mountain View Cemetery IT’S A PERFORMANCE that refuses to be extinguished. After seeing postponement due to fire bans on August 8 during the Queer Arts Festival, Piano Burning...

Mark Takeshi McGregor will succeed SD Holman as artistic director of Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival

by Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight on August 16th, 2021 One of Vancouver’s most influential queer arts administrators is going to take a well-deserved respite. SD Holman cofounded the Queer Arts Festival 14 years ago and in 2018, founded SUM, which is the festival’s year-round programming arm. At the close of this year’s Queer Arts Festival...

Mark Takeshi McGregor takes helm of Pride In Art Society as SD Holman steps down

BY JANET SMITH, STIR VANCOUVER THE PRIDE IN Art Society board has announced that SD Holman is stepping down from its helm after 14 years. Musician Mark Takeshi McGregor will take on the role as artistic director of the multidisciplinary queer arts organization. Holman announced the exit on August 13 at the...

Queer Arts Festival addresses and postpones controversial Piano Burning performance at East Vancouver cemetery

by Craig Takeuchi, Georgia Straight, on August 6th, 2021 at 1:57 PM A scheduled performance at an East Vancouver cemetery involving fire has been postponed after after facing online comments, criticism, and questions. In response, the Queer Arts Festival (QAF), which began on July 24 and continues until August 13, released a statement today (August 6)...

Queer Arts Festival postpones Piano Burning, releases statement about fire ban

BY JANET SMITH, STIR VANCOUVER Updated: THE QUEER ARTS Festival has decided to postpone its Piano Burning concert due to the fire ban. Though the fest had a fire permit, it’s going to comply with the provincial fire ban and delay the performance at Mountain View Cemetery until a...

Stir Cheat Sheet: 5 things to know about the fiery Piano Burning at the Queer Arts Festival, August 8

BY JANET SMITH, STIR VANCOUVER AS WILDFIRES rage across BC, a timely performance this weekend will ignite discussion—along with a piano Full Circle First Nations Performance and the Queer Arts Festival’s presentation of Piano Burning, in which star musician Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa will play a new piece commissioned from Lil’wat composer Russell...

Queer Arts Festival’s Language as a Virus takes storytelling in radical directions, to August 13

Queer Arts Festival presents Language as a Virus: Queer Isolation Stories around False Creek and online, to August 13 BY GAIL JOHNSON, STIR VANCOUVER MUSIC, SOUND ART, individuals’ recordings, and power transmitters—Language as a Virus: Queer Isolation Stories is an event unlike any other at Queer Arts Festival 2021 Dispersed: it’s not...

Live music guide: Concerts to catch at Metro Vancouver parks, stages, and public spaces this summer

BY GAIL JOHNSON, STIR VANCOUVER LIVE MUSIC IS back, and it’s never sounded more joyful than in our (getting-there) post-pandemic world. Here are a few places to find it this summer. Check individual websites for the latest health and safety information. Keep your eye on this page for updates, and we’ll add...

De l’Art Queer aux Quatre Coins de la Ville

Pour la première fois de son histoire, le Festival des arts queer de Vancouver propose une programmation hybride qui se déploie aux quatre coins de la ville. Un reportage de Lyne Barnabé. 28 juillet 2021. CBC Radio Canada Ici Télé.

Queer Arts Festival’s visual-art exhibition turns apocalyptic dread into artworks for change

BY GAIL JOHNSON, STIR VANCOUVER Queer Arts Festival 2021 Dispersed: it’s not easy being green runs July 24 to August 13 online and in-person at various venues. It’s not easy being green: a Curated Visual Arts Exhibition runs the same dates at Sun Wah Centre’s lower ground floor, with...

Two-spirit Squamish Nation councillor Orene Askew aims to build better world for young people of all sexual orientations

by Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight on July 22nd, 2021 Even though the term two-spirit originated with Indigenous people on the Prairies, it had immediate appeal to Orene Askew, a member of the Squamish Nation council. Askew’s mother is Indigenous and her father is African American, hailing from Gary, Indiana, where his parents lived down...

Vancouver dance artist Alvin Tolentino and Onibana Taiko to celebrate rebel spirits in Queer Arts Festival

Carlito Pablo, Georgia Straight on July 27th, 2021 This year’s Queer Arts Festival marks a homecoming for dancer and choreographer Alvin Tolentino. The founder and artistic director of the Co.ERASGA dance company said that he was one of the original performers in the Vancouver festival when it started as Pride in Art in...

Ceremony for Rebel Spirits brings dance and music to Mountainview Cemetery

The site-specific performance by Onibana Taiko and Alvin Erasga Tolentino is part of Queer Arts Festival 2021 Sponsored Post by Pride in Art Society · stir · 22 Jul 2021 Ceremony for Rebel Spirits is more than a dance and music performance. It’s an experience where Japanese folk...

How to Celebrate Pride in 2021

Amber Turnau · Hello BC Although we can share our pride year-round, Pride Month in June brings us all together to celebrate, advocate for, and support the LGBTQAI2S+ community. Though festivals and celebrations in British Columbia are adapting for the second year in a row, there are still plenty of...

Queer Arts Festival – Dispersed

Rebecca Bollwitt · Miss 604 · Jun 8 2021 9:09am PDT Queer Arts Festival – Dispersed is a three-week eco-apocalyptic exploration of queer experience and artistic expression in the face of an ongoing pandemic and marginalization. Vancouver’s premiere artist-run, multidisciplinary roister of art and culture, Queer Arts Festival...

Metro Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival hypes a hybrid edition

Annual celebration’s 13th edition returns with some live and outside shows across the Lower Mainland to complement its online offerings Dana Gee · Vancouver Sun · 20 Jul 2021 Last year, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the shutdown of live events, people scrambled to find a...

Indigiqueer artist Dayna Danger creates worlds that embrace BDSM and don’t conform to gender and sexual norms

Charlie Smith · The Georgia Straight · Posted: Jul 21, 2021 9:54 AM PDT Growing up in Winnipeg, visual artist Dayna Danger experienced conflicting identities. With Tio’tia:ke, Métis, and Saulteaux/Anishinaabe heritage, the 34-year-old Montreal-based artist described feeling “really ostracized” as she was raised in Polish Roman Catholic traditions. Danger, who prefers the pronouns they and them, is also proudly Indigiqueer. As...

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend July 23-25

by Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss604 blog This weekend Miss604 is proud to sponsor the Queer Arts Festival, kicking-off Saturday, July 24 and running until August 13 at various venues across the city and online. The Coquitlam Summer Concert Series is also launching online, and the Chilliwack Sunflower...

BC Today with Michelle Eliot – Pandemic isolation in queer communities.

CBC reporter and former Olympian Karin Larsen and viaSport CEO Charlene Krepiakevich look ahead to the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. We get a tour of Bobbi Kozinuk’s sound art installation “Language as a Virus,” and QMUNITY co-executive director of programs and services Anoop Gill discusses maintaining connections...

Picks of the Week – July 21, 2021

Posted on July 21, 2021 by jminter, jayminter.com Summer swiftly moves along bringing more activities and adventures to us each week. Stage: The Arts Club Theatre returns to the stage, with I, Claudia opens Thursday. Running until August 15th at the Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre. Festival: The 

Queer Arts Festival: Dispersed – It’s Not Easy Being Green.

WHAT’S ON QUEER BC JULY 9, 2021 2021 Queer Arts Festival (QAF): Dispersed — Vancouver’s QAF announces its first hybrid format festival in it’s not easy being green, opening Jul 24, 2021. Vancouver BC, Jun 8, 2021 | Vancouver’s premiere artist-run, multidisciplinary roister of art and culture, QAF is back for its...

Queer Arts Festival | Dispersed

ART-BC.COM Queer Arts Festival (QAF) is returning for 2021 with Dispersed – it’s not easy being green, opening July 24, 2021. After a digital-only festival last year, the easing of COVID restrictions allows Vancouver’s premiere artist-run festival to return for its first hybrid format festival.  For its 13th year, QAF...

Nine summer festivals that will bring some much-needed joy to Vancouver and the region

by Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight on June 11th, 2021 estival season is underway in Vancouver, minus the communal feasts that have been a hallmark of events like Greek Day on Broadway and Italian Day on the Drive. Damn that pandemic! However, there is still plenty of sizzle coming at you virtually during the next...

It’s really happening: theatres have started to announce live shows again, even indoors

BY JANET SMITH, STIR VANCOUVER IT’S WHAT everyone in the performing arts community has been waiting for: announcements from theatre companies that stages will reopen. The first out of the gates have released plans to host audiences not just outdoors, but to invite up to 50 back indoors again this summer. In the...

La chronique culturelle de Lyne Barnabé

radio-canada | Rattrapage du vendredi 24 juillet 2020

Queer Arts Festival WICKED Pulls Out All The Stops For Closing Weekend Global Audience

Broadway World | July 23, 2020 Recently referred to as “A Showcase of Resilience in the Digital World”, the 12th Annual Queer Arts Festival (QAF) continues their digitally re-imagined festival through the weekend with headline performances from critically acclaimed artists such as avant-drag collective The Darlings and internationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer...

4 happenings to wind you up or down right now

xtra | July 23, 2020 What to watch: Life is Easy Queer digital platform Revry creates their own spin on Freaky Friday with the new body-swap comedy series, Life is Easy. The New Zealand-based web series explores the complexities of race, gender, sex and the true meaning of being “woke” in 2020. The show follows Jamie-Li...

Too Spirited for the 2020 Queer Arts Festival

The Peak. | SFU | July 23, 2020 By: Kelly Chia, Features Editor Too Spirited, an Indigenous burlesque show performed for the Queer Arts Festival, was an amazing reminder of why burlesque is so invigorating to watch: it’s all about getting...

There’s no one way to do drag, and Vancouver collective The Darlings are proving that loud and queer

| Peter Knegt · CBC Arts · Posted: Jul 23, 2020 1:15 PM ET | The non-binary quartet are about to offer their most ambitious performance yet | Queeries is a weekly column by CBC Arts producer Peter Knegt that queries...

INTERVIEWS with Lynx band member of Random Order & Rainbow Glitz Part of the troupe TOO SPIRITED – Indigenous Burlesque with Virago Nation at Vancouver Queer Arts Festival 2020

Queer FM | Episode July 7, 2020 8:00am – 10:00am Lynx the trans-identified Toronto based vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and producer Lynx has a major love of pop music with an edge and has an indie heart making his style truly stand out....

Queer Arts Festival presenters : Anais West (Underground Absolute Fiction) & Danny Ramadan (A Night Of Storytelling)

Queer FM | Episode July 17, 2020 8:00am – 10:00am Anais West is a queer actor, playwright, and producer, as well as a settler of Polish descent. She is the playwright of Underground Absolute Fiction, which has a reading at the Queer...

Interview with Erica Hiroko Isomura a Vancouver-based Writer at the Queer Arts Festival 2020

Queer FM | July 21, 2020 8:00am – 10:00am Erica Hiroko Isomura ‘A Conversation On Queer Mentorship’ writer based in Vancouver. Check out programming at Queer Arts Festival.https://qafonline.ca/a-conversation-on-queer-mentorship/Social media handles @ericahiroko (Twitter and Instagram) ericahiroko.ca
CBC | July 19, 2020 Now in its 12th year, Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival isn’t letting physical distancing measures get in the way of its programming, as organizers reimagine the festival for the digital realm.  Thierry Gudel, president of the Pride in Art...

Burlesque troupe Virago Nation are on a mission to reclaim Indigenous sexuality

 CBC Arts · Posted: Jul 16, 2020 11:45 AM ET by Peter Knegt  Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival has gone virtual this year…and this is one event you won’t want to miss As it has with pretty much every cultural event over the past four months, the pandemic has made...

Queer Arts Festival creates safer ways to express itself during COVID-19 times

Vancouver Sun | Jul 14, 2020  Queer Arts Festival When: July 16-26, 2020 Where: Online and some public art Tickets and info: Register for events and pay by donation at queerartsfestival.com Like many artists these days, acclaimed dancer/choreographer Noam Gagnonhas had to take a different approach to his work as the novel...

Event listings: 12 things to do this week, July 16-22

Vancouver Sun | Julia Piper | July 15 1. Matthew Good Info: $20, sidedooraccess.com When: July 17, 6 p.m. Info: $20, sidedooraccess.com Canadian singer-songwriter Matthew Good performs an acoustic set of songs from his expansive catalogue, from his home. This will be...

Twelve things to do around Metro Vancouver the week of July 16-22

Vancouver Province | Julia Piper | July 15, 2020 1. Matthew Good Where: Online When: July 17, 6 p.m. Info: $20, sidedooraccess.com Canadian singer-songwriter Matthew Good performs an acoustic set of songs from his expansive catalogue, from his home. This will be an interactive experience, with Matt answering questions from the audience. The evening...

Noam Gagnon’s This Crazy Show takes to the virtual stage as part of this year’s Queer Arts Festival

Vancouver Presents By Mark Robins -July 16, 2020 Vancouver’s artist-run, professional, multi-disciplinary festival of queer arts, culture and history, takes place July 16 – 26 The 2020 Queer Arts Festival (QAF) gets underway today in a re-imagined virtual format. Celebrating queer art,...

Things to do in Vancouver

Georgia Straight | July 16, 2020 Queer Arts Festival Art Party When To Jul 16, 5-7 pm Price free or by donation  Categories Virtual/Online, FestivalsBUY TICKETSWEBSITE QAF’s opening: Luxuriate in a cinq-à-sept afternoon delight to come together with visual...

Queer Arts Festival creates safer ways to express itself during COVID-19 times

Vancouver Sun, Dana Gee | Jul 14, 2020 Queer Arts Festival When: July 16-26, 2020 Where: Online and some public art Tickets and info: Register for events and pay by donation at queerartsfestival.com Like many artists these days, acclaimed dancer/choreographer Noam Gagnonhas...

Queer Arts Festival: a Conversation on Queer Mentorship with Hiromi Goto + Erica Isomura

The Bulletin | BY JOHN ENDO GREENAWAY | JULY 13, 2020 #dailyquarantinecomic from March 27, 2020 by Erica Isomura (@ericahiroko) ERICA There is much about my identity that has taken me years...

QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL BRINGS TOO SPIRIT INDIGENOUS BURLESQUE | VIRAGO NATION TO WICKED 2020

TANYA COMMISSO | SAD MAG | JULY 13, 2020 Shane Sable wasn’t intending to form Canada’s first Indigenous burlesque collective while on a hiatus from her performance career. Yet in May 2016, that’s exactly what she started to do. Virago Nation was born when Sable reached out to fellow members...

QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL -WICKED Begins This Week

by BROADWAY WORLD VANCOUVER News Desk Jul. 13, 2020   The stage is set, the glitter is dusted and the 12th Queer Arts Festival – WICKED (rated one of the top 3 festivals of its kind in the world) is ready to showcase the...

The Vancouver 2020 Queer Arts Festival Presents ‘Wicked’!

Homoculture. | July 13th, 2020 Taking place between July 16-26th, ‘Wicked’ includes 11 days of events that exposes the implications of homonormativity as erasure and reimagines the current status quo of identity politics Even with the current social distancing taking place throughout the world, the one thing that will connect all mankind...

Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival Officially Kicks Off Next Week

Curiocity Magazine | Jul 9, 2020 Looking for a fun way to spend an evening next week? Then we suggest tuning in for some of the amazing programming coming out for the Queer Arts Festival. The annual event has gone online this year and has created a great lineup of...

THE 2020 QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL WICKED — INVASION OF THE DIGI-QUEERS!

Posted by  MUSKRAT Magazine Date: July 02, 2020 Vancouver, BC—The COVID crisis and elevated racist violence has created an unprecedented situation which has seen many 2SLGBTQ+ people isolated without vital support structures. Queer art has helped keep our community connected during the age of social distancing. To ensure that this audience can continue...

All-Indigenous Burlesque Show Moves Online and We’re Here For It

By Alyssa Hirose / Vancouver Magazine, Jul 10, 2020 “There’s a joke about giving an Indigenous person a microphone, and you can’t get them to stop talking,” laughs Sparkle Plenty, a burlesque performer in Virago Nation. “That’s...
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