Glitter is Forever

Fri Jul 8 | 7pm  

Sun Wah Centre, 2nd Floor — 268 Keefer St.

Join us for the festival closing party at the Sun Wah Centre: three glorious floors of art, plus music and performances by the Queens, Kings, and Things of the House of Rice, including the fabulous Shay Dior and Haina from China!

Shay Dior. Credit: John Bello
Haina from China. Credit: Haina Wan


A night of literary readings

Wed Jul 6 | 7pm 

Sun Wah Centre, 2nd Floor – 268 Keefer St.

Berend McKenzie, Curator

This year our artists will present works that inspire, provoke, and titilate while exploring the theme, the Masc & Femme We Wear: what are the costs of masking or revealing one’s inner self under the glaring stage lights of colonialist supremacy? How do the expectations of a salacious supremacist gaze fit, chafe, bind, haunt or even unravel the BIPOC queer body and spirit? How is the BIPOC queer body eroticized and fetishized?

Featured Artists:

Janice Esguerra

Kyle Shaughnessy

Elmer Flores

Laura Fukumoto

Aly Laube

Berend McKenzie (he/she/they interchangeably) is an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, screenwriter, and published author living on Treaty 6 land otherwise known as Edmonton, Alberta. Berend is best known for his ground-breaking, Jessie Richardson Award nominated one-person show NGGRFG. He has worked with Oscar-winning actresses Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie. Berend is currently writing his first auto-fiction novel, Adopted. In October 2021, Berend’s short story Hockey Night in Canada was published in the anthology Between Certain Death and A Possible Future: Queer Writing in Growing up with the AIDS Crisis (Arsenal Pulp Press) and has just completed writing their first TV pilot under option with Warner Media.

Vanishing Act at Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art Curator Tour

Sat Jul 2 | 3pm

Followed by an opening reception:
Sat Jul 2 | 5pm

Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art – Unit 205, 268 Keefer St.

Adwait Singh, Curator. SD Holman, Visual Art Exhibition Creative Director.

Our curated visual art exhibition, Vanishing Act, becomes fully realized and fully materialized on Jul 2, when Centre A opens its doors as our festival partner. We’re celebrating our complete complement of curated artists with a building-wide tour of the entire exhibition led by the exhibition’s Curator, Adwait Singh, Visual Art Exhibition Creative Director, SD Holman, and visiting guest artists. Join us as we tour the multiple rooms that make up our most ambitious curated visual art show yet!

This event is ASL interpreted.

Bijuriya: Gabriel Dharmoo

Tue Jun 28 | 7pm

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre Performance Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews

Gabriel Dharmoo is a music composer and experimental vocalist. Bijuriya is a drag artist engaging with South Asian culture. Gabriel values innovation and risk taking as he navigates Eurocentric artistic scenes. On social media, Bijuriya lip-syncs her way into the hearts of brown queers. Both of them have marginal practices but they have very different audiences. But Gabriel and Bijuriya are one person – and it’s time to bring them together on one stage. Code-switching between drag performance, original songs, experimental sound design and the porosity between singing and lip-syncing, this piece celebrates the artist’s brownness through an array of unexpected talents. A quirky yet vulnerable exploration of their inadequacy to fully represent the subcultures they seek to embrace. 

Read the press release for Bijuriya: Gabriel Dharmoo.

Concept and performance: Gabriel Dharmoo (Bijuriya)

Technical Direction and Light Design: Jon Cleveland

Assistant to Light Design and to Tech Direction: Michael Tonus

Sound Design: Gabriel Dharmoo

Original songs: Bijuriya and Gabriel Ledoux

Voice, cello, steel pan and harmonium: Bijuriya

Electric guitar: Gabriel Ledoux

Additional vocals: Vidita Kanniks

Costumes: Bijuriya, Julie Pichette, Angela Rassenti

Wigs: Heaven Genderfck, Keith Fernandez

Sets accessories: Bijuriya 

Reel Eerie

Sun Jun 26 | 7pm

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre Performance Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews

CS Fergusson-Vaux & Ben Siegl, Curators

Did you hear that sound? What could it be? A monster, a masked assailant, a man-eating shark, a spectral haunting tethered to our plane, neither alive nor dead until suddenly…! The jump scare—a mirror, a blade, a bloodied hand on your shoulder… 

The horror film is a ripe framework for queer storytelling; a tense and violent confrontation with the unknown leaves you questioning your safety while inextricably inviting an experience that is both courageous and pleasurable. A haven of expressive catharsis, queer horror offers illusionary renderings of modern fears that give room to pick apart our monsters. The malevolence witnessed in the theatre is complex and personal, reminders of a history tucked under beds and hidden inside of closets—a lot of these monsters are our former roommates. Afterall, “…if something is both queer and gothic, look under the surface to disinter the insidious trauma buried there.” (Lauren Westengard)

“Reel Eerie” showcases filmmakers who have bravely picked-up a shovel and started to dig. Sifting through everything the genre has to offer—from the delightfully campy to the existentially terrifying—the films illustrate that our “real” journey from danger is always made in the hopes of heading towards liberation. Not all of us arrive, but we all do try. 

This event is ASL interpreted.

Featuring Films by:

Adam Tyree

Jonathan Wysocki

Joshua Lam

Kaye Adelaide

Mary Galloway

Monika Estrella Negra

TJ Cuthand

Tyler Barnes

Assistant Curator Benjamin Siegl is an artist, administrator and occasional curator hailing from the great state of Florida. Born in Philadelphia, he holds a BFA from Florida State University (2011) and a MFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2017) and currently resides on the unceded Coast Salish territories of Vancouver, BC. His interests include experimental animation and painting, and he is currently collaborating on a project with a PhD of molecular biology exploring the intersections of art and science.

Associate Artistic Director CS Fergusson-Vaux is a Black Carib Immigrant Artivist, and Historian with a fervent belief in decolonizing our community, encouraging and aiding in bold cultural endeavours, and constructing an ethical and inclusive artistic legacy. She uses Performative History, Transnational Studies, and JEDI based engagement to facilitate just artistic exchange between newly arrived diasporic and local queer commuities. She is currently pursuing studies in Social and Environmental Arts Practice.

Adria Kain + Janette King

Fri Jun 24 | 7:30pm

Performance Works, Granville Island – 1218 Cartwright St.

Queer Arts Festival proudly partners with Coastal Jazz and Blues Society to bring you a night of stunning R&B vocal artistry: Adria Kain and Janette King. This special event is part of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, taking place at Performance Works on Granville Island.

**Please note that tickets to this event are not included in QAF’s festival pass, and tickets must be purchased through Coastal Jazz.

Adria Kain

Sharing stories of ardour, resilience, and self-actualization, Adria Kain’s voice, at once powerful and restrained, is a balm for times of tumult and noise. Chronicling a range of experiences, from the palliative effects of the natural world to embracing her identity as a queer Black woman, Adria’s new album When Flowers Bloom reminds us what it’s like to fall in love for the first time—or to discover an artist whose music can pierce your soul.

Janette King

Through the prism of alternative R&B, house, and pop, Caribbean-Canadian vocalist/producer/multi-instrumentalist Janette King’s What We Lost unpacks the complexities of grief with a wisdom you wouldn’t wish on someone so young. It’s a statement that — like contemporaries Victoria Monét and Snoh Aalegra — fuses deeply personal assessments of life with glass-half-full soundscapes that “ought to place her right near the top of the list of this country’s up-and-coming R&B artists” – Exclaim!

Presented in association with Coastal Jazz and Blues Society

Catalina La O Presenta:

Now With Me

Thu Jun 23 | 7pm
Sat Jun 25 | 2pm 

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre Performance Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews

A comedy show. A protest. A cabaret. Winner of the 2020 Vancouver Fringe New Play Prize, Catalina La O explores the life of khattieQ and Puerto Rican singing legends Myrta Silva and Ruth Fernández. The ravages of a storm have forced Catalina La O to take shelter in an abandoned television studio. None of her live audience has arrived, but she broadcasts her one-woman show anyway to the millions of viewers she hopes are watching. Created by the duo jk jk (khattieQ, musician/performer; Jenny Larson-Quiñones, director/writer), Catalina La O is a piece for queer communities, a piece for colonized bodies, a piece for Puerto Rico, and a piece for anyone who has experienced heartbreak.

Catalina La O gives voice to […] untold Latinx women’s stories, and to their struggle and resilience.” – Stir Vancouver

This event is ASL interpreted.

Read the press release for Catalina La O Presenta: Now With Me  – English version / Versión en Español

Una payasa. Una protesta. Un cabaret. Ganadora del Premio de Mejor Obra Nueva en el Festival Fringe de Vancouver 2020, Catalina La O explora la vida de khattieQ y de las cantantes legendarias de Puerto Rico, Myrta Silva y Ruth Fernandez. Los estragos de una tormenta han forzado a Catalina a refugiarse en un estudio de television abandonado. La audiencia en vivo no ha llegado así que Catalina decide transmitir el show a los millones de espectadores que, ella espera, estén viendo el show por televisión.

Creada por el duo jkjk (Jenny Larson-Quiñones directora/escritora y khattieQ músicx/ejecutante), Catalina La O es una obra para las comunidades queer. Esta pieza es para los cuerpos colonizados, para Puerto Rico, para todas las personas que conocen la angustia.

Este evento va a ser interpretado en ASL.

Productor: From The Corner Productions

Co-presentador: Rumble Theatre

Una produccion asociada de frank theatre company y Neworld Theatre

jk jk

jk jk es Arte de la Performance creada por khattieQ(músicx/ejecutante) y Jenny Larson-Quiñones(directora/guionista). La pareja crea arte de performance queer ideado en colaboración, para magnificar las historias de los marginados y perturbar el status quo.

Catalina La O presenta Ahora Conmigo fue desarrollada con la ayuda de Playwrights Theatre Centre y la dramaturgia de Joanna Garfinkel y el apoyo creativo de Adrienne Dawes.

Presenting Partner:

Presenting Partner:

Performer: khattieQ

Playwright and Director: Jenny Larson-Quiñones

Producer: Shanae Sodhi

Associate Producer: Anahita Monfared

Composer: Anton Berrios

Sound Design: Erika Champion

Lighting Designer: Abby Levis 

Set Designer: Kimira Reddy

Costume Design: Michelle Thorne 

Stage Manager: Katie Voravong 

Assistant Stage Manager: Rachel Brew 

Production Manager: Jasmin Sandhu

Technical Manager: Victoria Bell

Catalina La O presenta: Now With Me was developed with Playwrights Theatre Centre and has received dramaturgy from Joanna Garfinkel, and creative support from Adrienne Dawes and Neworld Theatre. Produced with support from Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, and Canadian Heritage

jk jk

jk jk is performance art created by khattieQ (musician/performer) and Jenny Larson-Quiñones (director/writer). The couple creates collaboratively-devised queer performance art to magnify stories of the disenfranchised and disrupt the status quo.

HAUNTINGS: Pride in Art Community Show

Jun 20 – Jul 8

Exhibition open Wed thru Sat, 12 – 6pm

The James Black Gallery – 144 E 6th Ave.

Opening Reception: Mon Jun 20, 7pm

Long regarded as the bedrock of our Festival, the Pride in Art Community Show honours the legacy of founder, activist, and Two-Spirit artist Robbie Hong. This year we’ve teamed up with our queer partner-in-crime, The James Black Gallery, to showcase the audacious artwork of our local 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. Come see what haunts the artists in our midst …

Featured Artists:

Avery Chace

B. Malinsky

Braden Scheck

Darius Kian

Dezi Raider

Holly Steele

Israel Aguayo


Kali Fish

Katharine Hoehn

Katy Slany

Kwiigay + Paperwave

Lisa G

Nicholas Frenette

Nicole Melnicky

Rachel Warwick


Steven Broome


Curated Visual Art Exhibition

Jun 18 – Jul 8 

Wed thru Sat, 12 – 6pm

Sun Wah Centre 3rd Floor, 4th Floor – 268 Keefer St.

Adwait Singh, Curator
SD Holman, Visual Art Exhibition Creative Director

Vanishing Act at Centre A:
Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Sat Jul 2

Sun Wah Centre 2nd Floor – Unit 205, 268 Keefer St.

Visual Art Tour | 3pm
Reception | 5pm

Sun Wah Centre | | Free

Featuring nearly 20 artists from around the world, Vanishing Act is a survey of queer artistic practices from the Global South – South Asia, Africa, the Middle East and their diasporas. Adwait Singh’s curation asks viewers to “behold the hulking vessel of modernity, where the only hope for a future is a ghostly one, the only inheritance a poisoned gift.” Singh and Holman ask us to face our own Frankensteins, in a manner that queers have long been wont, haunted as we are by spectral toxicities.

Our Vanishing Act Curated Visual Art Exhibition becomes fully realized, fully materialized on July 2, when Centre A opens its doors as our festival partner and we unveil the extension to this exhibition. We’re celebrating our complete complement of curated artists with a building-wide tour led by Curator, Adwait Singh, Visual Art Exhibition Creative Director, SD Holman, and visiting guest artists. We then return to Centre A for a 5pm reception – come raise a glass to our most ambitious Curated Visual Art Exhibition ever!

Read the press release for curated visual art show, Vanishing Act.

Adwait Singh is an independent curator and theorist based out of New Delhi. Their works frequently weave in and out of areas of inquiry such as subjectivity formation, gender and sexuality, posthumanism, contemporary technogenesis and ecofeminism. Shortly after completing their Master’s at Goldsmiths, they seized the opportunity to be a part of the Students’ Biennale 2016 and have since facilitated different art projects and workshops for/with young artistic practitioners across the country for various non-profit organisations. Recent curations include ‘Mutarerium’ at the Mumbai Art Room that questions the terminology of the Anthropocene based on three more-than-human evolutionary timelines (Mumbai, 2019) and ‘Caressing History’ — a group show investigating the possibility of a body-based historiography for Prameya Art Foundation (New Delhi, 2018). They have been appointed as the curator of the 5th edition of the Mardin Biennial (2020).

 As an art writer Adwait has been devoting his energies documenting and theorising independent exhibitions and alternative art practices.

SD Holman (born 1963, Hollywood, California) is an award-winning artist and curator whose work has toured internationally. An ECUAD graduate in 1990, Holman was picked up by the Vancouver Association for Non-commercial Culture (the NON) right out of art school. Holman was appointed Artistic Director of Pride in Art in 2008 and spearheaded the founding of the Queer Arts Festival, now recognized among the top 2 of its kind worldwide, and SUM, Canada’s only queer-mandated transdisciplinary gallery. Holman has programmed artists notably including Kent Monkman, Cris Derksen, Jeremy Dutcher, Paul Wong, Angela Grossmann and Dana Claxton. A few Curatorial highlights include TRIGGER, the 25th anniversary exhibition for Kiss & Tell notorious Drawing the Line project, Adrian Stimson’s solo show Naked Napi, and Paul Wong’s monumental multi-curator Through the Trapdoor underground storage locker exhibition. Some of SD Holman’s other experience running art spaces included founding and running Studio Q the notorious Art Salon in Vancouver’s DTES Chinatown as noted in Secrets of the City 1st edition.

A laureate of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, one of Canada’s most prestigious awards, Holman is known for engagement with themes of sex, death and identity. Holman’s work has exhibited at Wellesley College, the Advocate Gallery (Los Angeles), the Soady-Campbell Gallery (New York), the San Francisco Public Library, On Main Gallery, The Helen Pitt International Gallery, Charles H. Scott, Exposure, Gallery Gachet, the Roundhouse, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Artropolis, and Fotobase Galleries (Vancouver). Holman’s portrait project BUTCH: Not like the other girls toured North America and is in its second print edition, published by Caitlin Press, Dagger Editions.

Featured Artists:

Andrew McPhail

Aryakrishnan Ramakrishnan

Areez Katki

Bassem Saad

Charan Singh

Elektra KB

Fazal Rizvi

Hank Yan Agassi

Hiba Ali

Imaad Majeed

Omer Wasim

Renate Lorenz & Pauline Boudry

Renuka Rajiv

Shahana Rajani

Sharlene Bamboat

Sunil Gupta

Syma Tariq

Syrus Marcus Ware

Vishal Jugedo

A partnership with Centre A, On Main Gallery, and Griffin Art Projects.


Sat Jun 18 | 7pm

Sun Wah Centre Rooftop – 268 Keefer St.

We’re back! What better way to kick off QAF 2022 than from the rooftop of our Chinatown digs? Stunning views, phenomenal performances, delicious food and drink, and the launch of Vanishing Act, our curated visual art exhibition curated by Adwait Singh and directed by SD Holman. Check out the exhibition on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Sun Wah Centre, then head up to the rooftop for beats provided by DJ KOTA and special performances curated by Full Circle: First Nations Performance! It’s art. It’s conviviality. And it’s damned queer.

This event is ASL Interpreted.

DJ KOTA is a trans/2s Kanyen’kehá:ka DJ and event coordinator currently living in so-called Vancouver. They’ve been co-producing events and DJing since 2018, with a focus on creating safer night life spaces for QTBIPOC event goers. Driven by their passion for music and community, they hope to contribute to the production of nightlife events that centres and gives platform to Indigiqueer brilliance and joy.