Virtu-Queer: A Digital Queer Cabaret

Thursday, Dec 9
4:30pm PST | 5:30pm MST|7:30pm EST


Virtu-Queer is a night that brings together some of the best drag, burlesque, music, and performance artists working across Turtle Island in so-called Canada. Bring your favourite beverage, dim the lights, and prepare for a fun celebration of queer performance from across the country! Sign up is included in full day registration.

Virtu-Queer will be hosted in Zoom, and will be captioned.

Host

Diana Sauss

Let’s get Saussed Up with Toronto’s own, Diana Sauss (she/they)! Based out of Kensington Market & popping up all over the city — Diana brings the energy, the drama, & the raunch every time. Keep an eye out for this moustached beauty at your next favourite Queer event!

Performers

Jeszika

T. Thomason

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Liam Zarrillo

NASRA

(they/them)

Jay Northcott

Gay Jesus

C. E. Gatchalian

Jeszika

Scotian born, black, native, and removed from their cultural heritage thanks to colonialism, Jae Delight & Vera Whiteclaw spent years trapped inside of Jeszika Mae whispering sweet nothings in their ear hoping to one day be freed. In 2020 from the Yukon backwoods emerged a burly bush man and sultry seductress.

T. Thomason

T. Thomason is a singer/songwriter and performer who has impressed fans with emotional and highly energetic performances for over a decade at festivals like The Great Escape, FOCUS Wales, Parliament Hill’s Canada Day, POP Montreal, Pride Toronto, Reeperbahn Festival, Canadian Music Week, Milwaukee Summerfest, and more. Photo Credit:  Meghan Tansey Whitton

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Kai Bryan aka \garbagefile is an award-winning visual artist, circus and drag performer based in St. John’s, Ktaqmkuk. Kai’s work plays in the monstrous and otherworldly, using shapeshifting and alien forms to explore their lived experience as a nonbinary person. Their unique blend of aerial arts, gender bending, clown, and special effects have made them a celebrated staple of the local performing arts scene.

Photo Credit: Alick Tsui

Liam Zarrillo

Liam Zarrillo is a theatre artist, poet and educator, based on Treaty 1 territory. They love and live to agitate, investigate, experiment and uncover. They are a member of the Emerging Playwrights Unit supported by Prairie Theatre Exchange & the Manitoba Association of Playwrights, and work with Winnipeg’s professional theatres as a playwright, actor and director.

NASRA

NASRA is a queer Oromo/Somali multidisciplinary artist based in Amiskwaciywaskahikan (Edmonton). They are the founder of Black Arts Matter and a former Youth Poet Laureate of Edmonton. Traverse their latest creative worlds; EP Salve available on Bandcamp and their show DNAPLAY premiering February 2022 with Common Ground Arts Society.

(they/them)

Jay Northcott

Is a multidisciplinary artist with a focus on: directing, performance art, playwrighting, burlesque/drag, and producing. Jay works to decolonize their art and practice through storytelling, movement, gesture and joy to create the fundamentals of their work.

They continue to grow and make it their mission to uplift projects that put BIPOC Queer artists in the spotlight.

Gay Jesus

The one and holy Gay Jesus (he/they) is a drag king serving up a mouth-watering communion of Latinx wine and non-binary bread. Born of virgin-ish loins and baptized in sex-appeal, his sermons consist of multidisciplinary protest pieces decked out in draglesque. In 2019 this sultry saviour received one of his biggest honours to date, a nomination for LGBTQ Person of the Year from the Inspire Awards.

C. E. Gatchalian

Born and raised on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh peoples (Vancouver), C.E. Gatchalian is a queer Filipinx author, playwright and teacher. He is the author of six books and co-editor of two anthologies. His memoir, Double Melancholy,was published in Spring 2019 by Arsenal Pulp Press. He currently lives in both Vancouver and Tkaronto (Toronto).