With the 50th anniversaries of the decriminalisation of Canadian sodomy laws (June 27) and Stonewall (June 29) approaching, this year’s Queer Arts Festival remembers with twelve days of multi-disciplinary queer arts at the Roundhouse Community Centre.
With nearly 100 artists and more than 20 events under this year’s theme of rEvolution, here are five performances we think you should check out:
1. A Night of Storytelling (June 19)
Back for its fourth year, Danny Ramadan curates another evening of readings from LGBTQ2+ voices in the CanLit scene. This year’s featured artists include Kai Cheng Thom, Tash McAdam, Monica Meneghetti, and Michael V. Smith.
2. The Queen in Me (June 20)
Exploding operatic expectations, soprano Teiya Kasahara explores the constraints of conventional opera roles combining original text with classic arias.
3. Technical Knockouts (June 23)
This multidisciplinary music and performance showcase features the young artists from QAF’s music lab, mentored by Kinnie Starr, DJ O Show and Tiffany Moses.
4. Jesse – An ASL Opera (June 24)
Deaf playwright and performer, Landon Krentz presents a workshop reading of his new opera. Integrating sign language, the opera is the story of one man’s journey of self-discovery as he navigates Deaf culture, queerness and his place in a hearing world.
5. Queer Songbook Orchestra (June 28)
National chamber ensemble Queer Songbook Orchestra unearth the queer backstories and personal narratives inspired by music of past generations. The evening’s performance will be followed by this year’s closing party, Stonewall 50 Glitter is Forever.
The 11th Annual Queer Arts Festival runs June 17-28 at the Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver). Visit queerartsfestival.com for tickets and information.