BI ARTS FESTIVAL

celebrating bisexual lives & culture
september 22-24, 2017 - toronto, canada


Background

The Bi Arts Festival was dreamed into existence in September, 2016

The Festival grew out of a desire to rejoice and celebrate bisexual, pansexual and fluid culture in a highly visible way, the weekend of Celebrate Bisexuality Day (September 23rd). We also wanted to promote the work of Toronto’s bi, pan and fluid artists, writers, filmmakers, craft people and artisans to a larger audience.

People

Catherine Jones is a Toronto-based visual artist, filmmaker and zine maker and was the co-organizer and curator of FLUID, a month-long exhibit of bisexual photographers at Project Gallery, for World Pride 2014. She runs an online store  – “Prickly Cactus Collage” – and is also on the web at http://catherinejones.format.com.

Stephen Harvey is a longtime member of Toronto's bisexual community, where he has organized and facilitated numerous events since 1990. He was one of the Co-Coordinators of the 9th International Conference on Bisexuality held at Ryerson University in 2006, where he was responsible for community outreach. For over ten years, he has been the chief contributor to Bi Beats, an ever-expanding playlist of bisexual music on Youtube and Spotify.

Jaene F. Castrillon - film and video advisor. Jaene is a multi-disciplinary artist who explores her relationship to the world through various spiritual teachings and the wisdom of the land. As a mixed race (Indigenous Colombian/Hong Kong Chinese) queer woman of color living with disabilities, her work combines art and activism with spirituality to open a dialogue on ideas of wellness and illness. Jaene believes in sharing the brilliance and heart-break of living a life less ordinary.

Voralis Quillartherus - pop-up market.

Kat Pruss - zine - Kat is an artist / illustrator / designer living in Toronto, Canada. She says "I have a deep love for fingers, squirrels and, this season, all things soft. I studied Design at Seneca college and English and Visual Arts at the University of Toronto. I explore themes of self and sexuality in a narrative context. Recently, a collection of my work was published by Steel Bananas, (Vancouver, Leeds), with funding from The Canada Council for the Arts. I use liquid gel pens, ink, watercolour, acrylic and pencil crayon."