An Evening of Queer Humour and Song
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
1882 Adanac St.,
SUZANNE WESTENHOEFER, Stand up Lesbian Comic, 1st out-gay comic on TV. SUZANNE WESTENHOEFER claims the unique distinction of being the first openly Gay comic to appear on television, appearing on Late Night with David Letterman as well as Comedy Central, Logo TV and HBO where her appearance earned her a Cable Ace Award nomination in 1994. In an already tough business, back then nobody could successfully crack the stand-up comedy circuit and be “out.” Not even Ellen.
“I’m a piece of Gay history!” she kids. “I was on Sally Jessy Raphael in 1991 and the topic was, ‘Lesbians Who Don’t Look Like Lesbians’ which is so offensive now. I know what you’re trying to say. But these jokes don’t work anymore. These are things that even sound stupid to a hip, Straight audience. It’s like ‘The Nightmares of Being Gay.’ You better have a way to say it funnier now,” Suzanne theorizes about the changing times.
“Funny does not begin to describe what Suzanne does…embedded in the hilarity is edgy truth and a fierce understanding of the human condition. Add a touch of political depth and fierce truth and a dab of sexy and you have the best of the best. A treasure find for all who see her performance.” -Judy Dlugacz, CEO of Olivia Travel
Teacher, then Musician, now Activist, Kate breaks down stereotypes by combining her talents to communicate the humanity within us all. Reid’s grassroots following has created an all-ages audience across Canada and beyond. Her quirky humour, even when dealing with difficult issues, makes people laugh, and cry. Kate’s performances are unique, always entertaining, filled with funny and more serious songs about our lives.
“Kate Reid is, quite simply, one of the best songwriters to emerge from the Canadian folk roots scene since David Francey. -Tim Readman, Penguin Eggs Magazine
Kate’s latest CD “Queer Across Canada” is more than an album. It’s breaking barriers in schools and as well, Reid has developed teaching materials for the classroom based on the album. The Queer Across Canada Musical-Education Kit marries the songs with lessons and activities that encourage acceptance of gender and sexually diverse people, families and communities. “Her energy and passion created quite a vibe among students and staff lucky enough to see her,” said Elizabeth Alton, Vice Principal of Lindsay Collegiate & Vocational Institute in Lindsay, Ontario.
Kate’s currently combining her passions in a Master’s degree at UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. “I’m really interested in how songs can be used to educate students so I’m studying the nexus of queer activism, folk music and education.” she says before adding with a laugh: “As a friend of mine puts it, I’m essentially studying myself!”