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.

Calling all queer, Two-Spirit, and allied poets, lyricists, performers, truth-tellers and music-makers! Want to take your passion for words and music in a new direction? The Queer Arts Festival is here to help with the return of Technical Knockouts Emerging Artist Lab; a free, creative workshop series that invites you to tell your story, experiment, and access professional resources and mentors.

The TKO Lab experience includes:

  • Sharing the spotlight with a line-up of groundbreaking artists, musicians and performers at this years Queer Arts Festival!
  • Collaboration with queer female-identified Indigenous artists: Juno Award-winning musician, producer, and spoken word artist Kinnie Starr (mixed-race Mohawk), vocalist and audio engineer Tiffany Moses (Dene), and DJ O’Show (Squamish and Black).
  • Tips and techniques to level up your performing potential
  • Hands-on training in poetry, spoken word, DJing processes and electronic music, such as Ableton, Pro Tools, Logic and loop stations
  • Free Queer Arts Festival passes and meals, and up to $160* in honorary artist fees.

Introductory drop-in teaser events with the artists will be taking place throughout the month of May.
The official Lab runs from June 12th to June 22nd, leading up to the performance on June 23rd at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

Contact for more information or to set-up a pre-interview! Those interested can fill out a form here:
Signing up in advance is encouraged, but no one will be turned away at the last minute.

About the artists:

Kinnie Starr is a genre-defying artist blazing her own influential trail. Entirely self-trained, Starr moves from hip hop to art-pop, folk to spoken word to EDM with eclectic grace. Kinnie’s career as singer-songwriter, spoken-word poet, Juno-Award-winning producer has taken her around the world, but she is first and foremost an artist and activist. Her activism began before her career in music as a visual artist, and her current visual work continues to touch on her areas of interest: race, home, family and humanity.

Orene Askew aka DJ O’Show is a musician, DJ, MC, public speaker as well as instructor at the School of Remix teaching students with an inspired approach to pursue their dream of becoming DJs. She is Afro-Canadian and First Nations and proud to be a member of the Squamish Nation; growing up on the Squamish reserve her whole life.

Tiffany Moses is a vocalist and audio engineer currently living in Vancouver, BC. Inspired by a love of music she has been singing since she was a young girl following her grandfather into the bush. Musical influences include jazz singers such as Billie Holiday and Nina Simone as well as classical composers such as Vivaldi and later trip-hop bands Portishead and Massive Attack.

Technical Knockouts is produced in partnership with Full Circle: First Nations Performance, BYRC, Directions Youth Services and Qmunity and with the support of the Vancouver Parks Board.

Drop-In Times:

Week 1: Trout Lake Comunity Centre

 June 12th 5 – 8:30pm (Room C)

 June 13th 5 – 8:30pm 

 June 14th 5 – 8:30pm 

 June 15th 1 – 4pm 

 June 16th 1 – 4pm 

Week 2: Roundhouse

 June 19th 5 – 8:30pm (Room C)

 June 20th 5 – 8:30pm (Room B)

 June 21st 5 – 8:30pm (Music room)

 June 22nd 1 – 4pm (Music room)

 June 23rd 7 – 9pm (Performance Hall)*