As part of CFMF at Pride we are very excited to have Toronto based chamber pop ensemble Queer Songbook Orchestra. They create and perform a living archive of songs into intimate performances which explore and elevate LGBTQ2S+ narratives through a popular music lens. Through extensive touring, they bring tenderness, vulnerability and truth to centre stage. A highly collaborative collective, QSO has engaged local communities with guest story contributors, local narrators, arrangers, visual artists and singers, including Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Cris Derksen, Carole Pope, Orville Peck, Vivek Shraya and Mary Margaret O’Hara. QSO have released three studio albums and Reach the Sky, a stop-motion animated short film.
During their performance at CFMF at Pride, QSO will feature four special guests:
Antoinette GreenOliph (She/Her)
Antoinette finally quit — with nothing on the horizon, two kids to support, and an overriding feeling that everything had to change. And everything did.
Since coming out 24 years ago, Antoinette GreenOliph — born in Tobago into a food loving family, an accolades- and award -winning restaurateur since 2002 when she moved from Toronto to St Pierre Jolys, Manitoba and then on to Dawson City and finally Whitehorse, Yukon — would develop memorable flavours while she also would make herself into the person she was always meant to be.
Jaye Simpson (they/them)
jaye simpson is an Oji-Cree Saulteaux Indigiqueer whose roots hail from the Sapotaweyak, Keeseekoose & Skownan Cree Nations. they are published in several magazines including Poetry Is Dead, This Magazine, PRISM international, SAD Magazine: Green, GUTS Magazine, SubTerrain, Grain and Room . They are in two anthologies: Hustling Verse (2019) and Love After the End (2020). it was never going to be okay (Nightwood Ed.) is their first book of poetry. they are a displaced Indigenous person resisting, ruminating and residing on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) First Nations territories.
Francesca Ekwuyasi (She/Her)
Francesca Ekwuyasi is a Halifax based writer and multidisciplinary artist from Lagos, Nigeria. Her work explores themes of faith, family, queerness, consumption, loneliness, and belonging. Her short documentary Black + Belonging screened at the Halifax Black Film Festival , Festival International du Film Black de Montréal , and Toronto Black Film Festival.
You may find some of her writing in Winter Tangerine Review, Brittle Paper, Transition Magazine, the Malahat Review, Visual Art News, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and GUTS magazine . Her story "Ọrun is Heaven" was longlisted for the 2019 Journey Prize, and her debut novel Butter Honey Pig Bread is forthcoming on Arsenal Press in October, 2020.
Dave Stewart (He/Him)
Dave Stewart is a copy and fiction writer in Prince Edward Island. He has written for a number of publications and websites, and earlier this year he released a collection of short stories entitled “Monster Man” . His most recent project is “Before Grindr” , an upcoming web archive documenting the social history of gay Prince Edward Islanders pre-Internet.