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fu-GEN Kitchen Creators Unit
Potluck XV Festival of New Works
The Theatre Centre, Toronto
May 26, 2018, 8pm


May 26, 2018, 8PMfu-GEN Kitchen Potluck XV FestivalThe Theatre CentreToronto, ON 
May 29, 2018, 6PMTrue North Music ShowcaseWateloo Public SquareWaterloo, ON
June 2, 2018, 7PMKW Poetry Slam FinalsCatalyst 137Kitchener, ON
June 8, 2018, 7PMCAFKA FestivalArena ExhibitKitchener, ON
June 10, 2018, 7PMAncestor Song ConcertThe Registry TheatreKitchener, ON
June 15, 2018London Poetry SlamLondon Music ClubLondon, ON
July 4, 2018, 7PMWordspellFree Times CafeToronto, ON
July 14-15, 2018Hillside FestivalGuelph Lake ParkGuelph, ON
July 30, 2018Vancouver Poetry SlamCafe deux SoleilsVancouver, BC
Aug 3-6, 2018ArtsWells FestivalStage TBAWells, BC
Oct 22-Nov 11, 2018Will You Be My FriendTheatre Passe MurailleToronto, ON


  • Sing Hey


  • Drown the Earth



Janice Jo Lee is a Korean-Canadian, folk musician, multi-instrumentalist, spoken word poet, and theatre artist rooted in Kitchener, on Haldimand Treaty territory. She is passionate about building flourishing communities based in justice and joy through art. Lee is a hard femme queer radical and on stage is known for being disarmingly hilarious, off-the-cuff and fearlessly honest. Artistically she explores social justice issues at the vanguard and enjoys multidisciplinary collaboration and improvisation. She is interested in the question: “What is my responsibility to my ancestors and my community as a storyteller?”


She has performed at festivals and poetry slams across Canada, and has facilitated over one hundred workshops on poetry, storytelling, songwriting and activism. In Waterloo Region, she curates and produces for KW Poetry Slam, Rainbow Reels Queer and Trans Film Festival, and co-directs the Young Company at MT Space (Multicultural Theatre Space). In 2017 readers of the Community Edition Newspaper voted Lee Best Performance Artist and Best Musician in Waterloo Region. Lee was the City of Kitchener’s Artist in Residence in 2015 and her music has been played nationally on CBC radio. In 2017 Lee premiered her one-person musical Will You Be My Friend to sold out houses in Kitchener produced by Green Light Arts. Her long-anticipated third studio album Ancestor Song comes out in Fall 2018.

(Photo from “Bad Koreans” by Hannah Yoon)