2017 : UnSettled

Visual Art Curator: Adrian Stimson

June 17 – 29, 2017

UnSettled is curated by Two-Spirit and queer-identified Indigenous artists, and developed in collaboration with Indigenous arts organizations. The term “Two-Spirit” is used by many Indigenous people to describe their gender, sexual and spiritual identity—often inclusive of all Indigenous LGBTQ+—in reclaiming and restoring traditional concepts suppressed by colonial heteronormativity.

2017 Events

Glitter is Forever: Queeraoke Closing Party

QAF’s final blowout—revel in community, effervescent refreshments, and karaoke with glitter. Free, $6 cover after 9pm. At the Junction The Junction is a 19+ venue at all times. Proper...

Pride in Art Exhibition

From the roots of the Queer Arts Festival, this open visual art exhibition honours our founder, Two-Spirit artist Robbie Hong. Scent Reduced: This event is scent-reduced. Please help us keep this a welcome space for everyone and refrain from wearing scented products while attending QAF events.

Art Party! Gala Opening Reception

Art and conviviality converge at the grand opening of our 2017 festival. Performance art curated by Stimson will take place on this night. ASL Interpretation: ASL interpretation has been booked for this event. Scent Reduced: This event is scent-reduced. Please help us keep this a...


Siksika visual art curator Adrian Stimson curates Indigenous work exploring Two-Spirit identity. For too long, the absence of representations of Two-Spirit people, art, and being from contemporary popular culture has been equally embedded in hegemonic practices of colonization. With UnSettled I...

Curator Panel

Curator Adrian Stimson discusses UnSettled with curated artists Dayna Danger, George Littlechild, John Powell, Michelle Sylliboy, and Vanessa Dion Fletcher. Community partner: Bill Reid Gallery ASL...

Art Salon

QAF Visual Art Preparator Lacie Kanerahtahsóhon Burning leads a public salon with local artists and curator to discuss the themes of the visual art exhibition. Community Partner: Daily Xtra ASL Interpretation: ASL Interpretation has been booked for this event.

Youth Curator Tour

with Broadway Youth Resource Centre & Directions Youth Services Curator tour of the visual art exhibition for the younger generations (ages 15-24). You are welcome to experience a guided tour with QAF 2017 visual art curator, Adrian Stimson. Come interact, ask questions about the

Lay of the Land

A Night of Indigenous Erotica—curated by Samantha Nock Lay of the Land is a night of space taken back and reclaimed for queer and two-spirit Indigenous poets and writers to call back our sexualities. Through 500 years of colonization, spaces to safely express love, longing,...

MSM [men seeking men]

With lemonTree creations MSM [men seeking men] is a dance theatre piece inspired by transcripts of online conversations between men who seek other men. lemonTree’s Artistic Producer Indrit Kasapi has created a world of electronic beats where music is the omnipotent power, and...

QAF Young Artist Program: Technical Knockouts

Kinnie Starr, DJ O Show, and Tiffany Moses A female-centred music production, tech, songwriting and DJ drop-in lab for queer Indigenous and allied youth. Open to all genders, all nations, all affiliations. Come hover,...

Unsettling Colonial Gender Boundaries

Local curators June Scudeler and Lacie Kanerahtahsóhon Burning program an evening of Two-Spirit media art, centering Indigenous experiences of sexuality and gender. Shared and emerging histories are explored through media and performance by Thirza Cuthand (Cree), Chandra Melting Tallow (Siksika), Raven Davis (Anishinaabek), and Kent Monkman (Swampy Cree) to...

THE GRID [a workshop]

with lemonTree creations Indrit Kasapi of lemonTree leads dance and theatre artists through lemonTree’s creation process ‘the grid,’ based on viewpoints. The Grid is a creation process that lemonTree creations has been using to generate their material for several of their...


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