Occurs on Saturday June 23 2018

Approximate running time: 2 hours


- Cowichan Performing Arts Centre
2687 James Street
Duncan BC V9L 2X5

Performance Notes

× Throughout much of the twentieth century the lives of queer artists were hush hush, quietly and swiftly swept under the rug. The Queer Songbook Orchestra lifts that rug and takes a look at the last one hundred years of popular song with the queer lens intact revealing the backstories and personal narratives behind much of this music.

Their living archive of songs acknowledges the contributions of LGBTQ artists and explores the unifying and empowering elements of music shedding light on revelations such as the contradiction of a public which adores the art but shuns the artist.

A Toronto based project, The Queer Songbook Orchestra is an 11-piece chamber ensemble, made up of a selection of the top queer and allied musicians. Not simply covering the songs as per the original artists recording, the QSO commission all new interpretations of the material from many of Canada’s top composers and arrangers, and present the songs alongside the narratives that illustrate their place in the Songbook.

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