HALLOQUEER CONCERT Live and In-Person!

Join us this Halloween Oct 31, 2021 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 Bakes, free hot drinks, and LIVE MUSIC!

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.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. Doors at 7pm, show starts promptly at 8pm.

BUY TICKETS $0-15 / Pay What you Can

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 Bakes. 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)


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 arrivalIf you have any questions, please send us an email at rainbowreelsfilm@gmail.comHuge 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

2021 What’s Happening


2021 – Jan to Feb, Mikw Chiyam Music Residency, Cree School Board, Waskaganish More Info
2021 – Jan 21 Artspeaks Workshop: A Song Is A Little Fire Link
2021 – Jan 31 Mashed Poetics Guitar Wonders Vancouver Link
2021 – Feb 4 – Glow Orangeville Presentation
2021 – Feb 14 Palentine’s Day Music and Comedy Show Link
2021 – Feb 15 Watershed Writers on CKWR 98.5 FM Link
2021 – Feb 19 Antiracism Workshop for U of Waterloo Link
2021 – Feb 24 Folk Alliance International Panel
2021 – Feb 24 Folk Alliance International Showcase
2021 – April 1, East Asian Solidarity Healing Space, U of Waterloo More Link
2021 – April 15, Kitchener Waterloo Poetry Slam Goodbye Showcase Link
2021 – April 25, Will You Be My Friend, radio play premiere on Midtown Radio
2021 – May 30, Raising Asian Voices, PGSS McGill Link
2021 – June 10, Steelworkers Pride
2021 – June 12, National Theatre School Drama Fest, Deep Rooted
2021 – June 25, 2Rivers Festival, Guelph More Info
2021 – July 16, Cahoots Theatre Sing for Your Summer Concert Virtual
2021 – Aug 27-29, Taiwan Fest Dialogue with Asia: South Korea Virtual
2021 – Aug 3, Korean Harvest Festival, Dates Virtual
2021 – Aug 9-20, IBPOC Youth Musical Theatre Creation Lab More Info
2021 – Sept 26, Bouffon Panel Play the Fool Festival More Info
2021 – Oct 19, Vancouver Writer’s Fest “Word” Virtual More Info
2021 – Oct 31, Halloqueer Concert, Kitchener Tickets

Bio

Janice Jo Lee, aka Sing Hey, is a contemporary folk artist of Korean ancestry. She is a folk-soul singer-songwriter, spoken word poet, actor and playwright from Kitchener, on Haldimand Tract treaty territory. Lee is an award-winning performer known for being disarmingly hilarious and off-the-cuff. On stage she creates looping landscapes with her voice, guitar, trumpet and Korean jangu drum. Lee is a hard femme, queer, radical, comedian, truth-teller and trickster. She is interested in using art to build flourishing communities based in justice and joy. Lee’s work explores gender justice, antiracism, friendship, community, ancestry and the Earth. Her latest compositions are Ancestor Songs, contemporary jazz-folk melodies full of truth and power. She is working on her upcoming albums Ancestor Song, Lonely is the Lullaby, and a new bouffon musical satire about the patriarchy.

Lee was born in Toronto on Treaty 13 / Williams Treaty Territory. She formed her early artist career living and organizing in Kitchener-Waterloo, on Haldimand Tract Treaty Territory. She has trained in spoken word with d’bi young anitafrika and Lillian Allen, has trained with Adam Lazarus in bouffon, and with MT Space in physical theatre.

In Waterloo Region, Janice Jo Lee was voted Best Performance Artist five years running from 2016 to 2020. She was the City of Kitchener’s Artist in Residence in 2015 and created four cinepoems with the community called Folk Myths of Kitchener. She is the founding artistic director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Poetry Slam and created its first Spoken Word Residency program for emerging professionals. 

She has performed spoken word and music at festivals and series nationally including Victorious Voices (Victoria), Vancouver Writers Festival, Verses Festival of Words (Vancouver), ArtsWells Festival (Wells, BC), Breath In Poetry (Edmonton), The Banff Centre, Saskatoon Poetic Arts Festival, Word Up Regina, In the Soil Festival (St Catharines), Toronto Poetry Slam, Canadian Festival of Spoken Word (Guelph), Hillside (Guelph), IMPACT Theatre Festival (Kitchener), Queer Asian Youth (Toronto), Korean Harvest Festival (North York), Small World Music (Toronto), Pervers/cité (Montréal), Philadelphia Folk Festival and more. Janice has released two music albums Sing Hey (2016), Drown the Earth (2013) and two self-published poetry chapbooks. Her poems have been published by Ricepaper, Blueprint, the League of Canadian Poets, and choa magazine.

Lee’s one-woman musical satire Will You Be My Friend was developed and produced by Green Lights in Kitchener in 2017. The show made its Toronto debut at Theatre Passe Muraille in October 2018 to critical praise from The Toronto Star (¾), Mooney on Theatre and a 4/5 rating from Now Magazine. 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 worked as an educator for 8 years facilitating arts, anti-oppression and leadership workshops across Canada. In the last year she delivered arts workshops at Victoria Poetry Project, Vancouver Poetry House, Island Mountain Arts, Kwantlen Poetry Project, and Suitcase in Point St Catharines. She has facilitated anti-oppression workshops at University of Waterloo, Laurier Student Public Interest Research, Laurier Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work and Folk Alliance International. Lee has helped young performers tell their own stories directing theatre programs with MT Space, The Family Centre (Kitchener), and Le Project N’we Jinan. Currently she is writing a new musical satire and serving as national director of speakNORTH.

“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
“Lee is a remarkable, irresistible performer”  – Drew Rowsome, My Gay Toronto
“A charismatic ball of energy, quirky jokes and charming music”- Ricepaper

Artist Statement

I am a folk artist. An artist of the people! A storyteller. It is my responsibility as a folk artist to affirm our contemporary stories, emotions and ideas through art and carry these stories onward. Art is my tool to build just and joyful communities that are as free as possible from systemic oppression. My art comforts the struggling and challenges political complacency. As a writer and performing artist, I combine my literature, music and theatre background with my political activism to create art that engages through its truth, comedy, lyricism and power. Genres and artistic disciplines do not limit me when creating songs, poems, scenes and stories. On stage, it is important for me to demonstrate power in embodied performances, unrelenting honesty, rhythm and humility. 

I am constantly learning and thinking critically about my position and cultural context within systems of oppression. I aim to decolonize myself and my art practice from oppressive ideas and practices. My art is subject to criticism and conversation. I do my best, allow room for error, and try to be kind to myself. As an artist and role model, I listen to and strive to be accountable to my community.

I seek communities and audiences where my best self, vitality, spirit and art are life-affirming. I want what I offer as a person to act as a spark or opening to emotional truth, social truth, untapped or forgotten joy, and self power. I seek to create an open space which reminds us that human connection is full of beauty, wonder, and a life worth living.