HalloQueer with Janice Jo Lee
300 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2L3, Canada
In order to attend in person or online, you must register at the ticket link. All in-person events will require proof of vaccination. Online ticket registration ends 1 hour before the event.
Join us this Halloween for a live concert with none other than Janice Jo Lee! Come ready for a costume contest, photo booth, Together We’re Bitter (TWB) Beer and other non-alcoholic drinks, Four All Ice Cream, Lenjo Baking, Free hot drinks, and LIVE MUSIC! This is the closing event for Rainbow Reel’s 21st annual Film and Artst Festival, Oct 22-31. See rainbowreels.ca for info on all of our festival programming.
If you are joining us in-person, we will be at the Kitchener Market - outside but protected from any strong winds or rain! Find us off of Eby St N. Overhead heaters will be turned on. We are excited and can't wait to see all of your cool, gay, and fun masks and costumes!
If you are joining us online, register at the ticket link for access to a Zoom Link for the night of the concert.
Costume contest categories to be determined, many candy prizes available to be won. We are excited to have Together We’re Bitter (TWB) bringing their beer, local cider, and other non-alcoholic beverages for purchase. A selection of Halloween themed Ice Cream Flavours from Four All Ice Cream will be available for purchase in addition to some Lenjo Baking. Free hot drinks available.
We are excited to gather in-person, and in order to do this safely, this will be an outdoor event at the Kitchener Market, masks must be worn while moving around the space (can be taken off while seated to consume food/drinks) and physical distancing required. The venue is fully accessible, will have washrooms available, and overhead heaters in the space will be turned on to deal with any chilly October weather. If you are unable to attend in person, please join us virtually (click the ticket link to receive a live-streamed Zoom link).
Janice Jo Lee (she/her)
“An iron fist in a slowly-removed velvet glove.”–Ilana Lucas, Mooney on Theatre
“Lee has a mischievous twinkle in her eye and a marvellous spontaneity”– Glenn Sumi, Now Toronto
Janice Jo Lee, aka Sing Hey, is a contemporary folk artist of Korean settler ancestry. She is a folk-soul singer-songwriter, spoken word poet, actor, bouffon, playwright, and educator. Lee is an award-winning performer who creates looping landscapes with her voice, guitar, trumpet and Korean jangu drum. She is a hard femme queer radical. She says the truth and gets in trouble for it often, on stage and off. She is interested in using art to build flourishing communities based in justice and joy. Her work explores gender justice, antiracism, friendship, burnout, community, ancestry and the Earth.
Lee’s one-woman musical satire Will You Be My Friend was developed and produced by Green Lights in Kitchener in 2017. The show asks the question: “How can you be friends with white people when they oppress you?” The show made its Toronto debut at Theatre Passe Muraille in October 2018. In Ontario her theatrical work has been produced with Green Light Arts, MT Space, Theatre Passe Muraille, and fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre.
Lee has facilitated anti-oppression workshops at University of Waterloo, Laurier Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work, Vancouver Poetry House and Folk Alliance International. She has directed theatre creation programs for racialized youth with MT Space, Le Project N’we Jinan, and Randolph Kids.
Lee was born in Tkaronto and formed her early artist career living and organizing in Kitchener-Waterloo, on Haldimand Tract Treaty Territory. She was the founding artistic director of KW Poetry Slam in 2011, and organized with LSPIRG, WPIRG, and Rainbow Reels. Janice has released two music albums Sing Hey (2016), Drown the Earth (2013) and is working on her upcoming album Ancestor Song.
Our COVID-19 Protocols:
-proof of vaccination required to attend in-person
-registration through the ticket link is mandatory (contact tracing)
-a mask must be worn while moving around the space and only removed when sitting to consume food/drink
-while performing, comics will be on stage without a mask, at least 4 meters from closest audience members
-all surfaces will be sanitized before the event
-chairs will be spaced six feet/two metres apart from other groups
-sanitizer will be available at entrance/exits and outside the bathroom
-stay home and join us online if you are sick, have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 while you were not wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), or have travelled in the last 14 days
-for contact tracing purposes we will ask for your name and contact info (FB or #) upon arrival
If you have any questions, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Huge thank you to the Kitchener Market for making this event possible!
Funders: City of Waterloo, City of Kitchener Tier 2, RofW Arts Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, Downtown Kitchener BIA
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