#FridayFive: 2019 Queer Arts Festival

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.

Michael V. Smith is one of the featured readers at this year's A Night of Storytelling.
Michael V. Smith is one of the featured readers at this year’s A Night of Storytelling. Photo by Sarah Race.

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.

Teiya Kasahara performs in The Queen in Me as part of this year's Queer Arts Festival. Photo by Henry Chan.
Teiya Kasahara performs in The Queen in Me as part of this year’s Queer Arts Festival. Photo by Henry Chan.

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.

Tiffany Moses is one of the mentors behind Technical Knockouts at this year's QAF.
Tiffany Moses is one of the mentors behind Technical Knockouts at this year’s QAF.

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.

Landon Krentz and re:Naissance Opera perform in a workshop reading of the new opera Jesse.
Landon Krentz and re:Naissance Opera perform in a workshop reading of the new opera Jesse.

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.

Toronto's Queer Songbook Orchestra returns to Vancouver as part of this year's QAF. Photo by Tanja Tiziana.
Toronto’s Queer Songbook Orchestra returns to Vancouver as part of this year’s QAF. Photo by Tanja Tiziana.

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.