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At QAF’s Queerotica, everything is sex, except sex, which is power

Written by Kaila Johnson, The Ubyssey Bisexual lighting — saturated beams of blue, pink and purple — coated the stage of the Queer Art Festival(QAF)’s Queerotica: Literary Readings on July 6 at the Sun Wah Centre. Four different writers shared their work on stage surrounding the...

Lesbian vampires and Queer almost-horror at Reel Eerie

Written by Makyla Smith, The Ubyssey Pride Month 2022 had no shortage of Queer-oriented art; some funky, some flamboyant and some straight from the surreal Salvador Dalí playbook. In Vancouver, the world-renowned Queer Arts Festival (QAF) provided all of the above. On June...

Queer Arts Festival’s Vanishing Act reaches fully realized curation, at Sun Wah Centre to July 8

New Delhi’s Adwait Singh curates the fest’s signature art exhibition under creative direction of QAF founding artistic director emeritus, SD Holman BY GAIL JOHNSON, STIR VANCOUVER Queer Arts Festival presents Vanishing Act in partnership with Centre...

60 Vancouver arts events in July 

By Steve Newton, Georgia Straight THE IMITATION GAME: VISUAL CULTURE IN THE AGE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Exhibition surveys the extraordinary uses (and abuses) of AI in the production of modern and contemporary visual culture around the world. To Oct 23, Vancouver Art Gallery. KINKY BOOTS Tony...

Events to not miss at Queer Arts Festival 2022

ByPeak Web By: Yasmin Vejs Simsek, Staff Writer The Vancouver Queer Arts Festival (QAF) is in the top three list of LGBTQ2S+ arts festivals world-wide and features multimedia exhibitions, music, rooftop parties, and more. This year it returns to an in-person programme from June 18–July 8 with...

Bijuriya brings together drag artistry, South Asian culture, and social commentary at the Queer Arts Festival

Quebec-born interdisciplinary artist Gabriel Dharmoo unveils a joy-filled full-length drag show BY ALEXANDER VARTY, STIR VANCOUVER The Queer Arts Festival presents Bijuriya at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre on June 28 at 7 pm.

R&B vocal artists Adria Kain and Janette King sing of queer love

The musicians perform locally through a Queer Arts Festival and TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival co-presentation BY EMMA JEFFREY, STIR VANCOUVER Coastal Jazz and Queer Arts Festival present Adria Kain + Janette...

Here’s a mega list of 2SLGBTQ+ events during Pride Season in Vancouver

By Maria Diment, Vancouver is Awesome Happy Pride Month! Vancouver is very proud of its 2SLGBTQ+ community and the city is showing support through the big and little things (like having a 2SLGBTQ-only micro-wedding day at City Hall). 

Festivals amplify Metro Vancouver’s arts and music scene

By Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight We’re coming up on festival season in Vancouver, which sometimes offers a way to take in the arts at bargain prices—or even for free. In this article, we're providing a snapshot of many of the big events. For more information,...

Vancouver’s Queer Arts Festival announces QAF 2022 lineup

BY GAIL JOHNSON, STIR VAANCOUVER The fest celebrates its 15th anniversary of summer-arts programming with the theme of Hauntings QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL (QAF) celebrates 15 years of summer-arts programming with QAF 2022: Hauntings, a “playful and profound exploration of Queer existence throughout...

Save the date: 15th Vancouver Queer Arts Festival lineup announced

Stuart Derdeyn, The Vancouver Sun Vancouver Queer Arts Festival When: June 18 — July 8, various timesWhere: Various spacesTickets/info: queerartsfestival.com The 15th annual instalment of this artist-run, transdisciplinary arts festival is...

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...

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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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. 

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...

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...

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
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