Toronto's 6th Annual Bi Arts Festival

Toronto’s Bi+ Arts Festival returns September 23-25th, 2022 for their 6th annual celebration of diverse bisexual and pansexual creativity and voices, hosting an exciting lineup of in-person and virtual events all weekend long.

Come out and enjoy an unforgettable weekend of performers, speakers, and artists who all, in their own way, experience attraction to more than one gender! All are welcome to attend!

PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE -

Friday, September 23, 2022 - Celebrate the launch of our annual zine – FLIRT 2 – produced with our wonderful friends at QT Literary Magazine from 8:00 PM to 10:00 pm at Glad Day Bookshop.

Saturday, September 24, 2022 - Grab a friend and celebrate bisexual, pansexual and queer creativity and empowerment at our outdoor stage at Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church St, Toronto. Come at noon for insta-worthy art activities, socializing and our annual Pride picnic in partnership with the Toronto Bi+ Network.

The picnic will include popcorn supplied by Pride Toronto. The performances are provided in generous partnership with the 519 Community Centre. The 519 is a city agency and a registered charity committed to the well-being of the LGBTQ2S+ communities.

Stay for the performances, running from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM hosted by the glamorous burlesque bombshell, Bianca Boom Boom.

FEATURING -

Anto Chan - Queer 2nd Generation HK Chinese-Canadian performance artist, writer & producer. In 2022, he received a grant from the Canada Council of the Arts for his project InnerGenerational: Trauma & Healing, performed during Asian Heritage Month and the Guelph Fringe Festival.

Anuja Varghese - Pushcart-nominated QWOC writer based in Hamilton, ON. Anuja serves as Fiction Editor for The Puritan, as well as a board member for gritLIT, Hamilton’s literary festival.

Angelic - Russian-Jewish non-binary transgender poet and musician. They are the Poet in Residence at the Roundhouse Community Arts Centre and founder and creative director of the Transgender Expressions Haven – a non-profit organization celebrating transgender creative genius.

Kristine Maitland - Jazz, blues, spirituals, swing, cabaret and vaudeville performer. Featured at past Bi+ Arts Festivals as well as at Buddies in Bad Times, Free Times Cafe, and the Lula Lounge.

Steven Falk - Toronto-based upright and electric bass player featured in touring bands all over Canada.

Jade NC - Queer trans comedic performer, born and raised in Toronto. featured on the 420 Comedy Festival, JFL42, The Virtual Proud + Funny Festival 2020, and the 2019 Ted X Youth conference.

Oedipus the Motherforker - Drag, burlesque, performance artist of your nightmares who works with themes of gender, sexual ambiguity and the diagnosably strange!

Alliston Davis: A singer-songwriter based in Toronto. He is a coming-up artist in the Canadian music industry and has put out multiple singles like “Brand New”, “Own Me (10.15)”, and “Low Down Low”, and has featured on other Toronto-based artists' tracks like Lexxicon's “Doing To Me” and Drty Shdw's "Never Let Me Down".

Sunday, September 25, 2022 - The Toronto Bi+ Arts Festival virtual program includes our long-running “Crafternoon” with Toronto Bi+ Network and Ottawa’s Crafty by Nature. All welcome!

The Bi+ Arts Festival is an all-volunteer group of visual and performing artists, authors and community activists. We produce an annual arts festival every September and offer community programming throughout the year that celebrates bisexual visibility, culture and history.

Learn more at biartsfestival.com, and email us at biartsfestival@gmail.com with questions or to arrange interviews.

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