qtpoc dtm4June 5, 2016


The Good Will (625 Portage Ave.)

(On the evening of Pride)
Presented by QPOC Winnipeg (org by Christina & Uzoma).
An open mic night for queer and trans people of colour
WITH SPECIAL GUEST Vivek Shraya joining us from Toronto!

Hosted by CJ!
Other performers include: Adrienne Yeung, Tharuna Abbu, Edmund, Chimwemwe Undi, Devon Delorme, & Hazim Ismail! (Other QTPOC participation is encouraged! See below!)

$10 tickets in advance until June 3 at the Good Will in person or online (http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1196323-qpoc-drop-mic-6-30pm-winnipeg/)
$15 at the door (no one turned away; pay what you can)

Attending DTM also gets you free entrance to the Pride Closing Party: Colour Me Queer starting right after!! ♥

Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based artist whose body of work includes several albums, films, and books. She is one half of the music duo Too Attached, as well as the Associate Editor of Heartbeats, a website featuring racialized artists and stories. Vivek’s first novel, She of the Mountains, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2014. Her debut collection of poetry, even this page is white, was released this spring. Vivek has read and performed internationally at shows, festivals and post-secondary institutions, sharing the stage with Tegan & Sara and Dragonette, and has appeared at NXNE, Word on the Street, and Yale University.

Vivek is a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, a 2015 Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award finalist, and a 2015 recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize Honour of Distinction. Vivek’s first children’s picture book, The Boy & the Bindi, will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2016. Her book on recording artist M.I.A. will be published in 2017 by ECW Press, as part of their Pop Classics series.

Other queer and trans people of colour are welcome to sign up on the spot for a 5 minute slot to share storytelling, poetry, spoken word, comedy, music, dancing, instrumentals, and more. There will also be a guitar available for use.
We encourage people of all levels and all kinds of talent to participate. Please consider providing a Trigger Warning before your performance. Msg us if you have q’s!

The venue is wheelchair accessible.
There are single-stall gender-inclusive washrooms.
The venue is 18+ and there is alcohol sold at the venue.

We want to create a positive, open environment, free from oppressive comments and behaviour. Please be respectful of those who attend and perform.
We will not tolerate any sexism, racism, transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, fatphobia, ableism, or sexual harrassment on stage or from our guests.

Please report any problematic behaviour to Christina Hajjar or Uzoma Chioma or let us know what we can do to create a more welcoming environment @ hajjarchristina@gmail.com OR qpoc204@gmail.com.

What do we mean by “QT-”?
“Queer” and “trans” encompass a wide range of identities including but not limited to: lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit, queer, intersex, asexual, genderqueer, gender-variant, genderfluid, genderless, and non-binary.

What do we mean by “-POC”?
People who self identify as a person of colour. We hope to see a diversity of people of colour represented at this event.

Drop the Mic serves as an opportunity for queer and trans people of colour to take up space, be heard, and share parts of themselves. Recognizing the marginalization QTPOC face for both their race and their sexuality, this is a celebration of identity and a resistance to oppression.
We view structural inequality as not only abstractly caused by higher levels of power, but also as upheld and perpetuated by our very own POC, feminist, and queer(/lgbt) circles everyday.
Drop the Mic merges queer pride and racial pride and is an opportunity to broaden our perspectives, learn from each other, care for each other, listen with intent, and build solidarity. Getting on stage is a willingness to be vulnerable, a trust in co-created space, and a generous gift of expression that we are so lucky to take part in.

This event is partly sponsored by the University of Winnipeg’s Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies. Thank you to Sharanpal Ruprai for introducing QPOC Winnipeg to Vivek!