On the Queer Mic
FREE | Barrier-Free Space | All Gender Washroom | Snacks Provided
LGBTQ+ artists from Mississauga are incredible when they are in front a mic!
Join the AGM for a community conversation with local artists and activists who will share their journeys and experiences - from singing, to researching the intersections of queerness and soca, to stand up comedy!
Kevin is a clinical social worker, performer and has been working with queer and trans populations for the last 11 years. Kevin graduated for the musical theatre program at Sheridan College. Kevin has been seen in many music videos, films, print and TV commercials. Most recently, Kevin has been working on completing his first album that focuses on his experiences being a racialized person of colour and queer. Intersectionality is important to the way he lets music influence his sound. Art and community advocacy blends with what Kevin does in his other roles.
In his other capacity, Kevin has been working as the Youth Beyond Barriers Coordinator at Associated Youth Services of Peel. Kevin is also the co-chair for Pride Toronto. As co-chair, Kevin is committed to ensuring that the vision, mission, and values of Pride are being adhered to, and that community voices are being heard. In 2017, Kevin began providing consultations, training, and resources to several organizations within different sectors (e.g., school boards; mental health organizations; businesses) to help them understand the core foundations of Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression practices and how to incorporate in their everyday lives and businesses.
Ryan Persadie is a queer, biracial, Indo-Caribbean-Canadian educator and PhD student in the department of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. He holds a MA in Ethnomusicology and Sexual Diversity Studies from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). His research investigates the interrelations of Trinidadian soca (and soca-chutney) music, queer diasporic Carnival spaces, drag culture, LGBTQ+ Indo-Caribbean genders and sexualities, and the politics of belonging, citizenship and "pride" in Canada. In addition, Ryan is also a practicing drag queen in Toronto where he goes by the name of "Tifa Wine". His community work, research and performances as Tifa Wine work to offer a queered expression of his diasporic positionality and forefront and center the experiences, narratives and voices of the Indo-Caribbean in both diasporic Caribbean and queer spaces. While Indo-Caribbean identities are often erased, misrepresented and marginalized on multiple fronts in Caribbean, South Asian and queer spaces, Ryan's work seeks to unpack the complexities of queer Indo-Caribbean communities, identities and diasporas as well as create room for our communities to be represented and be made visible.
Vale is a queer, non-binary trans person, and a multi-racial settler from Mississauga. Vale makes earnest attempts at comedy every few weeks, and earnest attempts at fashion ALWAYS. At any given moment, Vale has a song stuck in their head, wishes they had a cup of tea, or is fighting off brain demons. Sometimes all three.
Moderated by Anu Radha Verma
On the Queer Mic is the first event of Celebrate & Agitate, a project of the AGM that is funded by the Community Foundation of Mississauga. Celebrate and Agitate is a series of community conversations honouring LGBTQ artists from across disciplines, building bridges with LGBTQ communities, allies, and arts organizations from Mississauga. These intimate gatherings focused on education and empowerment will culminate in an unconference to address challenges, make connections and increase a sense of belonging. The AGM is collaborating with the LGBT Youth Line, A Colour Deep, and QTBIPOC sauga for Celebrate & Agitate.
LGBT Youth Line, a Queer Trans, Two-Spirit, youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of youth 29 and under across Ontario by providing anonymous peer support and referrals; training youth to provide support to other youth; and providing resources so youth can make informed decisions.
A Colour Deep (ACD) creates opportunities among queer, trans south asians to connect with each other and share stories/experiences through a website, social media, and in person events.
QTBIPOC sauga, is a grassroots gathering of queer and trans, Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities from Peel, that organizes monthly gatherings in Mississauga as well as various community events.
AGM gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Hazel McCallion Fund for Arts, Culture and Heritage at the Community Foundation of Mississauga, a registered charitable public foundation serving the people of Mississauga.