From June 17-29 Vancouver gets a little pinker than usual as the 2017 Queer Arts Festival (QAF) gets underway at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Here are five reasons we think you should go:

1The Music

This year’s QAF presents a mix of internationally-celebrated music, including Indigenous music trailblazer Cris Derksen’s Orchestral Powwow with The Chippewa Travellers, and the Allegra Chamber Orchestra. Plus Canadian Canadian singer-songwriter Kinnie Starr collaborates with DJ O Show and Tiffany Moses in a performance of poetry and electronic music.

2The Dance

QAF 2017 presents two dance events including original choreography in MSM [men seeking men], a dance theatre piece inspired by actual transcripts of online conversations between men who seek other men.

The Circadia Indigena Aboriginal Arts Collective presents Greed/REsolve, an examination of the stock market and crippling corporate greed juxtaposed with traditional knowledge that values harmony with the natural environment and maintaining a dynamic balance by “taking only what is needed.”

3The Art

In UnSettled, Siksika visual art curator Adrian Stimson curates Indigenous work exploring Two-Spirit identity. This contemporary exhibition focuses on art produced in the new millennium, bringing together Two-Spirit visual artists working in new media, video, photography, performance, painting, sculpture, and installation in Canada.

4The Art – Part II

From the roots of the Queer Arts Festival, this year’s Pride in Art Exhibition honours QAF’s founder, Two-Spirit artist Robbie Hong.

5The Gala

Art Party!, the opening night gala at this year’s QAF is not only a festive start to the festival but will also feature performance art curated by Adrian Stimson.

The 2017 Queer Arts Festival takes place June 17-29 at the Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver). Visit for tickets and information.