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Live @ AOK Kitchener

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AOK, 165 King St West, Kitchener

Lullabyes For End Times. A two act solo spoken word and music concert. Entrance through Halls Lane.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible via Halls Lane. Also accessible through the King St. entrance which involves an elevator and staff assistance. AOK has a ramp at the front door as well as a permanent ramp inside that leads down into the main bar area.
Large washrooms though not accessible to code. There is an accessible washroom (to code) on the floor above us via elevator and staff assistance to unlock the door.

Toronto Writers Centre: Salon Series

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Hail Mary Bar, 582 College St, Toronto

Join the Toronto Writers’ Centre at Hail Mary (582 College Street, in Track & Field Bar) once a month for a lively set of readings! From playwrights and screenwriters to prose writers and poets, we’ll be hosting all manner of works and words.

We’re launching this series with a remarkable assortment of performers - swing by Hail Mary on Sunday, January 28th for a night of readings, featuring Margaret Nowaczyk, Marcia Johnson, Johnny Wideman, and Janice Jo Lee.

Auspicious Folk

Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON

An evening of singer-songwriters to soothe your soul Curated and hosted by Janice Jo Lee A two act folk music concert featuring four artists, their poetic lyrics and uplifting melodies.

December 1st, 2023 at the Small World Centre 180 Shaw St, Toronto

About the Artists Arlene: Award-winning singer-songwriter from Mississauga with a global fanbase, known for hosting "Striving Artist" on Filipino TV and addressing mental health in her upcoming EP.

Tennyson King: Nomadic indie folk musician from Hong Kong and Canada, renowned for his album "Good Company," promoting Chinese community representation, and blending traditional Chinese music with indie folk in his new project.

Darling Cora (Darlene Cuevas): Filipino Canadian composer and finger-style guitarist known for soulful songs with sunny grooves and progressive folk rock, as well as instrumental guitar tunes.

Janice Jo Lee: Multidisciplinary artist based in Ontario, blending folk, soul, jazz, and more to explore themes like gender justice, anti-racism, and community using various instruments and performance techniques.

Mohsin Zaman: Fusing Eastern and Western influences, Mohsin Zaman creates heartfelt songs that touch on love, family, compassion, and self-peace, delivering a captivating and relatable musical experience.

$20

Hinprov Comedy Workshop

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Comedy Bar Danforth, 2800 Danforth Ave, East York

Introductory Physical Comedy Workshop with Sing Hey/Janice Jo Lee

Hinprov is Toronto based BIPOC Theatre Ensemble that trains, performs and practices multilingual improvisation. This project is a series of workshops aimed to find and engage with newcomer artists, to develop shows and give stage time to the emerging BIPOC artists. We have limited spots and seek 'expression of interest' from folx via the application form if they'd like to reserve a spot!

We are seeking applications from new and emerging artists. Specially those who are new to Canada. Artists from various walks of life and varied art disciplines are welcome to apply. 10-12 artists will be selected to be a part of every workshop, free of cost.

About the workshop:

The project is a series of 'drop in' workshops conducted by seasoned BIPOC improv artists. Every workshop shall culminate with a show, offering performance and stage-time (optional) to participants.

Free

Play Play: Clown Workshop

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Gordon Head, Victoria, BC, Victoria, BC

Clown, physical theatre and performance workshop facilitated by Janice Jo Lee. Where is the play, the joy, the game? Performers will move, dance, improvise and connect with their bodies and fellow performers. There is no wrong way to do clown. The purpose is to shed self-judgement and to have fun.

Performers of all disciplines and experiences are welcome at this workshop. Unfortunately, this workshop space is not wheelchair accessible.

Janice Jo Lee Trio, Zoubi, Sara Rose

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Dan's Dance Hall, Victoria, BC

Three act folk music concert with drag comedy acts by Scotty Kim and Andres Amor. Dan's Dance Hall, Victoria, BC, Exact address sent along with ticket purchase. Closest major intersection Interurban Rd and Wilkinson Rd.

Advance Tickets: Pay What You Can, Suggested $20. Admission at the door: donations of $15-25, cash or card. Masks encouraged. Doors at 6pm. Show at 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Poets, Queers & Folkies: Kai Cheng Thom, Johnny Trinh, Janice Jo Lee

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Vivace on the Drive, 1728 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC

Poets, Queers and Folkies Spoken Word and Folk Music Show Sun Nov 12, 3-6pm at Vivace on the Drive $10 Admission (Tickets available at the door cash/card)

Author and performer Kai Cheng Thom, poet and theatre artist Johnny Trinh, musician-poet Janice Jo Lee present a triple bill of queer asian performance art. MC’d by Johnny Trinh and featuring sing-along folk music stylings of Janice Jo Lee’s trio: Y Josephine and Camilo Diaz-Varela. A three act show with 2 intermissions. The restaurant will be open and serving food.

Artist Talk: Hard Times Require Queer Love

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Research and Innovation Centre Room 209, 3737 Wascana Pkwy, Regina, SK

Artist Talk: Hard Times Require Queer Love Free A much-needed morale booster for the tired activist! The times are getting harder. It feels like we are moving backwards in the movement for gender equity and anti-oppression. In this artist talk and performance, you will hear from three queer artists on how they navigate and survive in the world of patriarchy, heteronormativity and white supremacy. Janice Jo Lee (she/they), Y Josephine (she/her), and Camilo Diaz-Varela (they/them) will perform moving songs and fierce poems on workers rights, consent, gender justice, climate change, community, burnout, healing and ancestry.

Nov6

Artist Talk: Art as Work and Art as Activism

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University of Regina, University Theatre, Riddell Centre, 3737 Wascana Pkwy, Regina, SK

Artist talk for the University of Regina Faculty of Music and Performance Free Why do you make your art? How does your art interact with your community? What are the concrete skills an artist needs to make a living in this cultural ecology? In this artist talk, Janice Jo Lee will share her journey in figuring out how to be a professional artist-activist after University. Janice will lead you through the process of writing an artist statement, and figuring out your place in the arts ecology. We will also go over the business of being an artist including grants, incorporation, and touring.

Virtual Workshop: Writing Satire

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Zoom

Writing and Performing Satire: A Workshop Ft. Janice Lee

Thursday November 2, 2023

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Free Online Zoom Workshop

Please register in advance: https://creativecitycentre.wufoo.com/forms/m2tsbwp07igch9/

“Writing and Performing Satire”

Many spoken word poems are written as polemics: a strong critical attack on a topic. Mix up your tone and write a satire. We will write a poem in character of something you can’t stand. We will rehearse your performance focusing on eye contact, pausing to connect with your audience, and using facial expressions as commentary. We will see how satire effectively uses humour and irony to demonstrate your point. Plus, it’s more fun.

Free

seatbelts everyone tour

janice jo lee trio goes to the prairies and bc

OCT 6 - SWEET ACTION THEATRE, TORONTO, ON 

NOV 4 - WITH ERIC JACKSON, WILLOW RIVER CENTRE, KITCHENER, ON

NOV 6 - U OF REGINA, FACULTY OF MUSIC, SK

NOV 7 - U OF REGINA, WOMEN AND GENDER STUDIES, SK

NOV 8 - REGINA WORD UP, SK

NOV 9 - FOUND BOOKS, COCHRANE, AB 

NOV 10 - OPENING FOR MATTHEW BYRNE, CALGARY FOLK CLUB, AB

NOV 12 - WITH KAI CHENG THOM, JOHNNY TRINH, VIVACE, VANCOUVER, BC

NOV 13 - COWICHAN FOLK GUILD, DUNCAN, BC

NOV 14 - NANAIMO, BC

NOV 16 - WITH RICHARD GARVEY, SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC

NOV 17 - HOPE BAY STUDIO, PENDER ISLAND, BC

NOV 18 - SOOKE FOLK NIGHT, BC

NOV 19 - WITH ZOUBI AND SARA ROSE, VICTORIA, BC 

NOV 21 - CLOWN WORKSHOP, VICTORIA, BC


 

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Ancestor Song

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Ancestor Song (2023) Worldwide Release Date Nov 1, 2023. 13 Song CD hard copy in a cardboard foldover sleeve. Contains pull out poster. Music and Lyrics composed by Janice Jo Lee. Produced and arranged by JoJo Worthington and Janice Jo Lee. Recorded, Edited and Mixed by JoJo Worthington. Recorded at Union Sound, Hotel2Tango, and Studio Sing Hey.

Ancestor Song (2023) Worldwide Release Date Nov 1, 2023. 13 Song CD hard copy in a cardboard foldover sleeve. Contains pull out poster. Music and Lyrics composed by Janice Jo Lee. Produced and arranged by JoJo Worthington and Janice Jo Lee. Recorded, Edited and Mixed by JoJo Worthington. Recorded at Union Sound, Hotel2Tango, and Studio Sing Hey. Mastered by Sage Kim. Cover Photography by Bangishimo. Inside Photography by Frankie La Fay. Insert Photography by Bangishimo and Hannah Love Yoon. Album Art Design by Eric Chengyang. Copyright Sing Hey Arts Publishing SOCAN 2023.

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Street Release: May 1, 2023
Folk Radio and Worldwide Release: Nov 3, 2023
Janice Jo Lee powerfully demonstrates her distinct folk-jazz sound: rousing melodies, poetically-rich lyrics wrapped in layered harmony.

“The music blooms and is deeply captivating in every way.” -Heather Majaury, Playwright


“Janice is a confident performer who wears her politics on her sleeve, often coupled with humour. We could really use more overt politics in folk music these days given the times we live in, so Janice is a breath of fresh air.” -Heather Kitching, Roots Music Canada


Drawing inspiration from her island-dwelling family roots in South Korea, Janice Jo Lee explains the
inspiration for ANCESTOR SONG. “The melodies on this album access a musical spirit deep in my blood
memory, which I feel have been passed down to me by my ancestors, who gave me the voice in my chest
and my body as an instrument.” Lee’s songs are "folk in tradition, concerned with contemporary issues of the people and land, and supported by expansive jazz harmonies, with many songs depicting water as a force of healing, power, drowning and destruction."


In the studio, Lee says for the first time she felt safe and supported by her producer, avant-folk-rock artist from Kitchener-Waterloo, JoJo Worthington. “JoJo is an incredible sound engineer and musician with an ear for sonics that’s beyond my frequency. With JoJo in the control room, we were able to actualize my musical dreams without compromise and I couldn’t be more proud of this record. We captured the Janice Jo Lee sound and I’ve been telling everyone it’s the best thing I’ve ever made.”

Sing Hey

Janice Jo Lee

These are survival songs. Affirmations of sadness, celebrations of love, songs to sing to get free.
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