queer songbook orchestra

may 6 and 7, 2022

Journey of Heart and Mind / Voyage du coeur et de l’esprit

Guntar Kravis




May 6, 2022: 7:30 p.m.

May 7, 2022: 7:30 p.m.

The Queer Songbook Orchestra (QSO) are a Toronto based 13-piece chamber pop ensemble, dedicated to exploring and uplifting LGBTQ2S+ narrative in pop music. With a queer lens, they look through the last century of popular music and bring forward obscured LGBTQ2S+ historical narratives. They are shared alongside personal reflections from members of queer communities. By working with a base of known songs that are uniquely reimagined for the ensemble, the listener is offered new points of entry into familiar works and a broader perspective on the universality of human experience. A highly collaborative project, the QSO incorporate members of the local community to participate in every performance. From high school students to elders, and from well-known artists to novice performers, individuals are invited on stage to co-present these narratives to foster dialogue and nurture deepening community.